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What seemed like an innocent gesture had major consequences for the Columbus, Texas, High School Mighty Cardinals track team.

The Cardinals thought they won a 4x100 relay and a chance to move on to State, having bested the field by seven yards.

But Derrick Hayes' skyward point led to a disqualification.

The runner was gesturing in thanks to God, but the point counted as "excessive celebration," which is against the state scholastic rules.

Columbus High Runners

Many in the town, including the runner's father, called it a violation of religious freedom, but the school insists the gesture is not banned because it is religious, but because it is celebratory.

What do you think of the decision by the school, and the father's response?

Is banning a gesture thanking God a violation of religious freedom?

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A teen mom in North Carolina found herself banned from her high school yearbook this spring after posing with her one-year-old child in her senior photo.

Caitlin Tiller, 17, is fighting the school over its decision, claiming the yearbook committee even asked students to “pose with a prop.” She chose her son.

Teen Mom Banned

Tiller works part-time, yet managed to finish high school earlier than many peers and will soon attend college. She said she is proud to be a teen mom.

Unlike MTV Teen Mom mainstays Jenelle Evans and Farrah Abraham, she credits her son for her resolve and determination and lives to do right by him.

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The FBI put a woman, Joanne Chesimard (also known as Assata Shakur), on its Most Wanted Terrorists list for the first time in history Thursday.

A '70s radical who authorities say murdered a New Jersey state trooper, Chesimard made a daring daylight escape from prison and fled to Cuba.

The agency and the state have a $2 million bounty on her capture.

Joanne Chesimard (Assata Shakur) Photo

Chesimard is actually the step-aunt of late rapper Tupac Shakur.

It's just the latest turn in the 40-year saga of Chesimard, who was part of the Black Liberation Army and one of the most notorious fugitives in U.S. history.

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At one time a mainstay of email and Internet communication, Hotmail is officially dead.

In related news, Hotmail was apparently not officially dead until this week. Who knew!

Hot Mail

As of Thursday, every single remaining Hotmail account (all 14 of them) has been migrated to Outlook, Microsoft's newer and redesigned email experience.

Chillax. Your Hotmail account will be the same. Your emails will still get to you at that address. But the interface and experience no longer say Hotmail.

Outlook allows Hotmail users to use SMTP, a popular, device-friendly standard for receiving email, and integration with SkyDrive, Microsoft's cloud storage solution.

R.I.P. Hotmail. Say hi to AltaVista for us.

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Gays, lesbians, their friends and families erupted into cheers on Thursday when Rhode Island became the 10th state to legalize same-sex marriage.

R.I. Bill

A final 56-15 vote in the Rhode Island House made it all but official, and Gov. Lincoln Chafee signed the bill into law on the Statehouse steps.

Ten U.S. states - Maryland, Washington, Iowa, New York and all six New England states - now allow gay and lesbian couples to marry legally.

California would become the 11th if Prop 8 is ruled unconstitutional. Lower courts have done so, but the case is now with the U.S. Supreme Court.

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As many as 33 students at San Diego's Scripps Ranch High School have been suspended over a twerking video and other twerk-related violations.

The kids all received five-day suspensions, according to NBC 7 San Diego, for violating the high school's zero tolerance sexual harassment policy.

That policy bans "verbal, visual or physical conduct of sexual nature in the educational setting" ... which officials say applies to the video above.

The video features numerous girls "twerking" around the school campus, while an awkward male student awkwardly poses in each awkward shot.

A handful of girls wear what appear to be sports jerseys, but we imagine the Scripps Ranch Twerk Team is a club sport, not official varsity material.

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Construction crews at the World Trade Center hoisted a spire adorned with an American flag to the top of the site's signature One World Trade Center building.

Workers symbolically raised the WTC spire to a temporary work platform atop the structure's roof, where ironworkers can later permanently attach it.


When fully installed, One World Trade Center will stand a symbolic 1,776 feet high, making the new building the tallest in the Western Hemisphere.

The 408-foot spire will also serve as a broadcast antenna.

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William Roache, the world's longest serving soap actor, was charged this week with two counts of rape against an underage girl, UK prosecutors said.

Roache, 81, plays Ken Barlow in the popular Coronation Street.


He is the latest high-profile UK figure to be accused of sex crimes since the death of BBC TV presenter Jimmy Savile in 2011 caused a ripple effect.

Savile was one of the BBC's biggest stars in the '70s and '80s, but after his death police discovered alleged sex crimes on an unprecedented scale.

This triggered an investigation that netted several other stars.

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This koala photo is almost guaranteed to bring a tear to your eye.

The little guy wandered back to his home in New South Wales, Australia last week only to find it had been cut down and chipped to pieces by loggers.

A volunteer with the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service said the koala had been sitting on top of the wood pile for over an hour looking confused:

Koala Photo

He was taken to a local veterinarian and released near an established koala colony, but the heartbreaking photo has become emblematic of their struggles.

Severe habitat destruction and a deadly koala chlamydia outbreak have decimated populations and may threaten the iconic species' survival.

The Australian government now lists them as threatened.

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Danish scientists say they are expecting new results that have left them "on the brink" of “finding a mass distributable and affordable cure to HIV."

Not just to keep it at bay, but to cure it for good.

Clinical trials are testing a “novel strategy” in which the HIV virus is stripped from DNA and destroyed permanently by the immune system.

Viruses, Cells

The move would represent a dramatic step forward in the attempt to find a cure for the virus, which causes AIDS, which has killed millions worldwide.

Scientists are currently conducting human trials on their treatment, in the hope of proving that it is effective. It has already been found to work in lab tests.

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