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Hugo Chavez, the firebrand President of Venezuela, has died at the age of 58.

Unlike last week's erroneous reports of his demise, this time it's the real deal.

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Vice President Nicolas Maduro, who reported that Chavez was battling for life earlier this week, confirmed that he lost the battle about 45 minutes ago.

Maduro said that Hugo Chavez died at 4:25 p.m. Tuesday.

"We must unite now more than ever," said Maduro, fighting back tears and flanked by cabinet ministers, calling on Venezuelans to remain "peaceful and respectful."

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George Zimmerman's attorneys stunned court observers Tuesday when they waived their client's right to a "Stand Your Ground" pretrial hearing.

That hearing, scheduled for April, could have led to a dismissal of the charges in the shooting death of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin in 2012.

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Zimmerman, a former neighborhood watch captain in his Sanford, Fla., subdivision, shot and killed the teen, who was visiting a house in the area.

He claimed self-defense but faces second-degree murder charges. The move allows the defense more time to prepare for the trial this summer. 

It also raises the stakes for the defendant.

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A pint-sized b-girl and her mind-blowing breakdancing skills, as demonstrated in a recent competition in the UK, are going viral this week. For good reason!

Watch as six-year-old Terra of the London-based Soul Maverick Crew out-hustles, out-flares and out-spins and outshines an older, male opponent:

Damn, son. That right there is what we call getting served. Hardcore.

With mad skills and attitude to boot, Terra soundly won this dance-off.

We can see an appearance on Justin Bieber's next tour, or Season 21 of So You Think You Can Dance, in this youngster's future, can't you?

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A Texas baby born with its heart on the outside of its body survived a risky surgery and now looks like she will thrive against nearly impossible odds.

The little girl's mom was told 16 weeks into her pregnancy that the fetus was developing a rare heart malformation that almost always proves fatal.

"I was devastated,” Ashley Cardenas said earlier on Today. “I didn’t really understand what they meant by her heart was on the outside of her body.”

Rather than terminate her pregnancy, Cardenas tried to beat the odds.

Her daughter, Audrina, was born with ectopia cordis, a condition in which all or part of the heart is outside of the chest - which required major surgery.

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A Maryland father claims that his seven-year-old son was suspended from school for chewing a breakfast Pop Tart into what appeared to be a gun.

According to local news reports, the child was suspended for two days.

Pop Tart Gun

"It was already a rectangle and I just kept on biting it and biting it and tore off the top and it kind of looked like a gun but it wasn't," 7-year-old Josh Welch said.

Josh admits trying to create a masterpiece out of the breakfast pastry.

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Rahmell Pettway, a 36-year old Brooklyn resident, admitted this week to faking his own kidnapping in order to avoid the wrath of his girlfriend.

Police confirm that Pettway was absent from his Bedford-Stuyvesant residence for two weeks and found hog-tied in the street on Thursday, although rolls of duct tape were dangling from his wrists at the time he was discovered.

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He told authorities that two men in a minivan abducted him on February 19, covering his eyes, taking him away and dumping him on the street weeks later.

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Demolition crews are working on razing the Florida home where a sinkhole opened up last week underneath a bedroom, swallowing a sleeping man.

Jeff Bush, 37, was declared "presumed dead" by Hillsborough County officials on Sunday as rescue workers abandoned hope of recovering his body.

Looking at photos of the Florida sinkhole, you can see why:

Sinkhole

The goal now is to demolish the rest of the house before efforts will begin to stabilize the sinkhole, said William Puz, a spokesman for Hillsborough County.

The hole was about 30 feet wide and 60 feet deep and filled with clay and debris. It is unlikely that Bush's body will ever be retrieved, officials said.

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Amazon is hearing it from many sides today, following a sale on its UK website Saturday of T-shirts that encourage violence against women.

The items - manufactured and also sold in the U.S. - included slogans such as "Keep Calm and Rape a Lot" and "Keep Calm and Rape Them."

They were retailing for between $23 and $26.

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It didn't take long for Amazon to remove the shirts, but not before receiving hundreds of complains.

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A 16-year-old Florida high school student claims he wrestled a loaded gun away from a teen threatening to open fire - and was suspended as a result.

The Cypress Lake High School student tackled the 15-year-old suspect on a school bus after he allegedly pointed the weapon at another student.

"I thought he was really going to shoot him right then and there," said the student, who declined to be identified in speaking to local news outlets.

So was he hailed as a hero? Not exactly.

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A suburban Philadelphia school district is in mourning after a sixth-grader was taken off life support following injuries suffered in a fight this January.

Family members say Bailey O'Neill died Sunday morning, a day after he turned 12. The sixth-grader suffered a concussion, broken nose and other injuries.

The fight took place at Darby Township School on January 10, after which doctors put him in a medically induced coma when he began having seizures.

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