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Toys R Us appeal $20M award in Mass. slide death

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July 2006, Robin Aleo climbed to the top of a 6-foot inflatable pool slide and slid down head first,. As she neared the bottom, the slide partially collapsed and Aleo slammed her head on the concrete pool deak, causing fatal injuries, reported news sources.

Five years later, a jury awarded Aleo's family more than $20 million, finding that the slide sold by Toys R Us did not comply with federal safety standards for swimming pool slides, reported The Independent.

Toys R Us will go before the highest court in Massachusetts on Monday to ask that the award be overturned, reported The Spec.

Lawyers for Aleo's husband say pool slides have been subject to a federal safety standard since 1976. The standard applies to all pool slides, no matter what they are made of, said Benjamin Zimmermann, a Boston attorney who represents Michael Aleo, Robin's husband, reported The Independent.

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) said it would delay implementation of new rules scheduled to take effect on Thursday that would have let passengers carry small knives onto airplanes, reported news sources.

TSA Administrator John Pistole sent word of the change in a e-mail to employees on Monday, reported The Christian Science Monitor.

The delay is likely temporary: TSA officials have been firmly committed to lifting the ban because they believe it will enhance screeners' ability to focus on threats to airplanes, reported The Wall Street Journal.

The TSA did not link the change to the bomb attacks at the Boston Marathon, instead saying that the move "will enable TSA to incorporate the [advisory panel's] feedback about the changes to the Prohibited Items List and continue workforce training," reported The Christian Science Monitor.

While surviving suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing lay hospitalized under heavy guard, Boston Mayor Tom Menion said authorities may never be able to question him, reported news sources.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, was in "very serious" condition at a Boston hospital after being captured Friday night, Menion told ABC. "And we don't know if we'll ever be able to question the individual," he said without elaborating, reported The Globe and Mail.

The suspect was being treated in hospital for a reported bullet wound to the through and was unable to speak, reported The Guardian.

Officials believe that he tried to kill himself, based on the extent of the gunshot wound to his neck. The injury "had the appearance of a close rang, self-inflicted style," a senior law enforcement official told the New York Times. "He's not in good shape," reported The Globe and Mail.

Dan Coats, a Republican member of the Senate intelligence committee, told ABC: "The information that we have is that there was a shot to the throat. It doesn't mean he can't communicate, but right now I think he's in a condition where we can't get any information from him at all," reported The Guardian.

The bombings at the Boston Marathon were being investigated as an 'act of terrorism,' President Obama said on Tuesday reported The New York Times.

President Obama said law enforcement authorities did no know whether it was the work of foreign or domestic groups or individuals, reported The New York Times.

Authorities reported that 176 people were wounded, along with three killed, in the two blasts Monday near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, reported The Kansas City Star.

"We will find whoever harmed our citizens and we will bring them to justices," the president said Tuesday, according to The Kansas City Star.

Mom says teen kills herself after rape, bullying

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A Canadian mother says her daughter hanged herself after she never recovered from an alleged rape by four teenage bous that left her deeply depressed and byllied in her community reported Seattle Post.

Leah Parsons said Tuesday she took her 17-year-old daughter, Rehtaeh, off life-support Sunday after she hanged herself last week, reported Fox News.

Parsons is dissatisfied that the police concluded there were no grounds to charge the four boys, reported Seattle Post.

RCMP Cpl. Scott Mac Rae says there was insufficient evidence to proceed with charges, reported Fox News.

There are no plans to review the case, reported news sources.

Troy James Knapp who is suspected of burglarizing and vandalizing Utah cabins, was captured Tuesday, reported news sources.

For six years Knapp, 45, eluded authorities, moving from cabin to cabin across the Utah mountains, taking food and weapons and leaving notes to brag about it, reported New York Daily News.

Knapp dubbed the "Mountain Man" by cabin owners, was taken into custody in the snowy mountains outside of Ferron in central Utah after firing several shots at officers and a helicopter, authorities told Huffington Post.

No one was hit before Knapp was captured after his brief effort to flee on snowshoes from dozens of officers who converged on snowmobiles and a snowcat, Sanpete County Sheriff Brian Nielson told New York Daily News.

Knapp's motives have never been clear but speculated that he was fed up with civilization, authorities told Huffington Post.

Knapp was booked into Sanpete County Jail Tuesday evening and does not yet have an attorney, reported news sources.

The grand jury indicted 35 Atlanta Public Schools educators and administrators Friday on charges of racketeering and corruption, news sources reported.

Beverly Hall, the former schools superintendent, was among those indicted by a grand jury in Fulton County, Georgia, reported CNN.

Dr. Hall gained national recognition in 2009 for turning around Atlanta's school system, reported CNN.

Jackie Parks, a third-grade teacher at Venetian Hills Elementary School, was the first to confess the testing scandal, reported NYTimes.

Ms. Parks admitted to Richard Hyde, Georgia state investigator, that she was one of seven teachers who "sat in a locked windowless room every afternoon during the week of state testing, raising students' scores by erasing wrong answers and making them right," reported NYTimes.

Dr. Hall was charged with racketeering, theft, influencing witnesses, conspiracy and making false statements, reported NYTimes.

Dr. Hall could face up to 45 years in prison, reported CNN.

Hall and the 34 other teachers indicted have been ordered to surrender to authorities by Tuesday, Paul Howard, the district attorney, told CNN.

Teens accused of sexual assaulting an Ohio girl

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Ma'lik Richmond and Trent Mays, high school football players, are accused of rapping a girl while at a party, reported news sources.

Richmond, 16, and Mays, 17, brought unwelcomed spotlight of the teen rape trial to the small town of Steubenville, Ohio, reported CNN.

On the night of Aug. 11, 2012, Richmond, 16, and Mays, 17, allegedly used their hands to penetrate a 16-year-old girl vaginally, reported ABC News.

Ma'lik says he was stunned to get a text from a friend three days after the party saying that one of the girls present that night had accused him of rape, reported ABC news.

"I just texted him, like, 'What are you talking about? Stop playing with me,'" Ma'lik told ABC news.

Prosecutors will argue that the young girl who was allegedly raped was intoxicated and beyond the point of consent, reported ABC News.

A verdict is expected Sunday, reported CNN.

Cat sanctuary intern mauled to death by lion

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A 24-year-old intern ventured into a lion enclosure at a privately owned zoo and was mauled to death Wednesday, reported news sources.

A 350-pound African lion killed Dianna Hanson at Project Survival's Cat Heaven in Dunlap, California, where she was working as an intern, reported CNN.

Hanson had a lifelong love for big cats and saw her internship at Cat Heaven as her big break, reported CNN. She hoped to get a full-time job at a zoo.

For reasons still being investigated, Hanson entered the enclosure of the lion named Cous Cous. The lion attacked Hanson and was later shot by Fresno County sheriff's deputies who were trying to reach her body, reported The Washington Post.

Autopsy results revealed Hanson died quickly of a broken neck, possibly form a paw swipe, and the numerous bites and scratches she sustained were inflicted after she died, reported The Washington Post.

Paul Hanson, Hanson's father, supported his daughter's lifelong dream, yet he always feared for her safety, reported CNN.

Dianna Hanson died doing what she loved, taking care of big cats and that's the only way her father can bear the death of his daughter, reported CNN.

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