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"Affluenza" mom Tonya Couch facing Texas judge

Ethan Couch remains in a Mexican immigration detention facility as he fights deportation. After an intensive manhunt, Couch was apprehended with her son Ethan in Mexico on December 28 and she was transported by U.S. She's expected to be arraigned Thursday afternoon. Couch and her son were found in Puerto Vallarta. Lawyers successfully argued his wealthy parents didn't teach him right from wrong thanks to "affluenza".

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Oregon Sheriff meets leader of armed group

The group objects to federal land policy and seized buildings at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in OR on Saturday. The armed men who took over a federal wildlife refuge haven't received any of the demands they've made so far, but their tense standoff with law enforcement has served at least one vital goal - recruiting supporters to their cause and ideology.

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Pressure grows on China to rein in North Korea after nuclear test

The United States called on China on Thursday to end "business as usual" with its ally North Korea after Pyongyang defied world powers by announcing it had tested a hydrogen bomb. Experts quoted in the New York Times say the explosion seemed too small to be a hydrogen bomb. But the United Kingdom has urged the country to go easy on the propaganda for fear of needlessly enraging North Korea.

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Donald Trump, "What's the difference between Bill Clinton & Bill Cosby?"

Donald Trump clarified his Clinton attack strategy saying he only attacked Hillary because she called him "sexist" and in the future any attack on Bill "would be fair game if he did something or said something having to do with foreign policy and other things that I would have disagreed with".

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Mother of 'affluenza' teen taken to Texas jail

Ethan Couch is still in Texas, fighting deportation. Couch, the mother of a fugitive teen who used an "affluenza" defense after a deadly drunken-driving case, faces a charge of helping her son evade capture. FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — The mother of a fugitive teen who used an "affluenza" defense after killing four people in a drunken crash is set to be arraigned on a charge of hindering the apprehension of a felon.

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Sandra Bland's family reacts to trooper's indictment

The Texas state trooper who stopped Sandra Bland and shouted "I will light you up" while pulling the black woman over has been indicted. Encinia, 30, is suspected of lying in his incident report of Bland's arrest at a traffic stop; the charge is a misdemeanor that would warrant possibly a year in jail and a fee of $4,000.