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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

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October 21, 2014

When cops found 19-year-old Afrika Hardy dead in an Motel 6 bathtub, they arrested Darren Deon Vann who quickly confessed to six other murders. Vann's disturbing history of violence goes well beyond the seven deaths in Indiana, reports Michael Daly, from threatening to immolate himself and an ex-girlfriend to nearly killing another escort in Texas.


A driver described as an Islamic radical hit two Canadian soldiers, killing one of them, in Quebec on Monday. Law enforcement said Martin Rouleau had been "radicalized" and converted to Islam recently. Rouleau hit two soldiers with his car before a police chase that ended with cops killing him when he emerged from his vehicle. Investigators say they're looking into a possible terrorism connection. The other soldier remains hospitalized.

Sultan of Suave

Legendary fashion designer Oscar de la Renta has died, according to a family member. The veteran designer, a native of the Dominican Republic, was 82 years old and had been diagnosed with cancer in 2006. Over a long career, de la Renta designed clothes worn by fashion's finest and spent a half century putting high society in haute couture. His path to renown was blazed when he designed clothing for Jacqueline Kennedy, and he went on to dress a host of U.S. first ladies, including Laura Bush and Michelle Obama, as well as talk-show guru Oprah Winfrey. He also designed Chelsea Clinton's wedding dress, and most recently the wedding gown for Amal Clooney, George Clooney's new bride.

CALL 911

Tracing an Ebola patient's contacts is critical to stopping the outbreak. In impoverished West Africa, the task has been left to outside groups like Doctors Without Borders, but even they can't keep up anymore. Abby Haglage and Kent Sepkowitz write that this shows how pitiful the international response has been.


A citizen journalist in Mexico was brave enough to expose the country's powerful drug cartels on Facebook and Twitter, but drug lords killed her for it. Jason McGaham writes about Felina, who reporting from Tamaulipas, a state notorious for extortion, kidnappings, and corpses. "Today my life has come to an end," drug lords tweeted from Felina's account after murdering her.

Again to the Breach
ISIS Launches New Attacks in North Iraq
As Turkey helps Kurdish fighters enter Syria.
Total Oil's CEO Dies in Moscow Jet Crash
Plane collided with snow plow.
$7.6B Fight to Curb Afghan Opium Fails
Poppy crops hits record, despite U.S. efforts.
1st Conviction in Fake Girl Sex Sting
Sweetie is the virtual 10-year-old Filipina.

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