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An Italian court has returned a verdict in the third trial of Amanda Knox and her former boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, in the 2007 death of Meredeth Kercher:

Knox was found guilty of the crime for the second time in the notorious case.

Hard Knox Life

Amanda was sentenced to 28 years and six months in jail, though it's rather unclear if she'll ever serve even a day of that. More on that in a second.

The first two trials produced flip-flop verdicts of guilty then innocent for Knox and Sollecito, who were acquitted on appeal in 2011 after four years in custody.

An appeals court found that important evidence regarding blood and DNA had been handled improperly by investigators, leading to the released of the duo.

But Italy's supreme court, called the Court of Cassation, dismissed that ruling based on what it said was key evidence that had been omitted during the appeal.

A new trial, at which Amanda Knox did not appear, began in 2013.

The three-day deliberations were closely watched as jurors were tasked with either confirming or overturn the initial guilty verdict "as if the acquittal never happened."

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Dzhokhar Tsarnaev will face the death penalty for his role in the Boston Marathon bombing if the U.S. has its way, Attorney General Eric Holder saod today.

He was arrested for the blasts last April that killed three people, injured more than 260 others, and sent a wave of shock and fear through Massachusetts.

Prosecutors notified a federal judge in Boston today of the decision.

“After consideration of the relevant facts, the applicable regulations and the submissions made by the defendant’s counsel," Holder said in a statement.

"I have determined that the United States will seek the death penalty in this matter. The nature of the conduct at issue and the resultant harm compel this decision."

With the authorization, the U.S. attorney’s office can move forward in requesting a trial date. The death penalty can also now be a factor in any plea negotiations.

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Meet Park Seo-yeon, a South Korean woman, makes $9,000 a month from fans who like to watch her eat for hours each day, according to reports.

Known as "The Diva" online, Seo-yeon cooks up elaborate meals, sits down and ingests them in front of a camera, all while chatting with her adoring fans.

Who pay handsomely for the privilege of doing so, obviously.

Almost surprisingly, there is no sex or nudity involved. Nor is there remote suggestion of it. Any hoovering she does involves food and food alone.

The web craze is called "Meok-Bang" and it cures loneliness and hunger pangs ... seriously. This is a thing and it's reportedly common in South Korea.

"People enjoy the vicarious pleasure of my online show when they can't eat that much, don't want to eat food at night, or are on a diet," Seo-yeon said.

It boils down in part to demographics:

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Police have arrested 18 operators of a high-end drug and prostitution ring allegedly banking on Super Bowl week to deliver "party packs" of cocaine and hookers.

Sorry, Seattle and Denver fans looking to score either/or in NYC.

A nearly year-long undercover investigation discovered that in addition to selling the "party packs," the ring allegedly laundered the money illegally.

Proceeds were funnelled through front businesses that included a clothing wholesaler, a wig wholesaler, a limousine service and a beauty supply company.

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said the ring targeted wealthy customers in New York for large events, which the Super Bowl clearly is.

Fans can still build Legos for oral relief from Christy Mack, at least.

Last week, a text message was blasted to frequent customers of the "organization" noting that "new sexy & beautiful girls R in town waiting for u."

The enterprise also ran numerous ads online and on public access TV.

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With no disrespect to President Barack Obama's address to the nation Tuesday, here's another look at the State of the Union ... through the eyes of Google.

Google autocomplete, to be exact. Thanks to the search engine's real-time results and the Twitter account @Amazing_Maps, we can now stereotype all 50 states!

If we're not being clear: When a search phrase like "Why is Illinois so..." is typed into Google, the search engine auto-fills the sentence with its best guess.

That guess, using algorithms based on how often people associate said words with that particular state, is usually pretty accurate. Usually. Take a look:

US State Stereotypes

In the case of Illinois, the result was hilariously "corrupt."

Clearly, the state's political apparatus lives up to its reputation. Ditto the cost of living in New York State, the longtime leader in all things taxation.

Apart from Ohio, which was dubbed "important," Massachusetts ("smart") Oregon ("good") and Colorado ("fit"), it's hard to call many of the results positive.

Nebraska is apparently "boring." Georgia is "backwards." Pennsylvania and Connecticut are "haunted" somehow, while a handful of states are "expensive."

A lot of places are poor. The entire Upper Midwest is COLD.

What's your state stereotype, and do you agree with it? Which ones do you think are the most and least accurate? Share your comments with us below ...

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Could cow farts, in the right quantity and environment, actually blow up a barn? We've all wondered this over the years, and the answer is ... apparently so!

Talk about blowing the roof off this place. A static charge triggered an explosion of methane gas inside of a barn in Rasdorf, Germany earlier this week.

Methane released by the cows caused the static electric charge that triggered an explosion and burst of flames that nearly took the structure's roof off.

The roof was damaged and one cow suffered light burns. No people were hurt.

Police say 90 cows are kept in the shed and it wasn't clear why quantities of methane had built up, though such a setting is prime for such an occurrence.

Bovine flatulence and belching releases large quantities of the gas.

Someone should really try to harness these emissions for some new green energy initiative. Cap-and-trade methane offsets? Think about it. It's all-natural!

Between these cows and this deer farting (below), we'd be set ...

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You want fries and a vial of heroin with that? A Pittsburgh McDonald's employee was arrested for dealing the drug using Happy Meal boxes, according to reports.

People would roll up to the drive-thru window and use the code phrase, "I'd like to order a toy," at which point the accused employee would hook them up.

Customers more in the mood for hard drugs than Big Macs were allegedly instructed to order this way, then pick up their "order" at the next window.

Undercover officers from a local narcotics enforcement team made a buy from the accused employee after being tipped off by an informant, officials said.

DA spokesman Mike Manko told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that undercover officers bought 10 bags of heroin in stamp-sized packets from the location.

Another 50 bags were found on the employee's person after making the buy.

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Pope Francis has achieved a new milestone, joining generations of influential figures in the worlds of politics, pop culture and life who have covered Rolling Stone.

The 266th and current of the Roman Catholic Church, who cracks a smile and waves to the camera in the cover photo, has become a rock star of sorts.

Perhaps it's not surprising that he's the first pontiff to be treated as such ...

Pope Francis Rolling Stone Cover

The cover story? An appropriately titled homage to Bob Dylan's classic song, and Francis' new reign, "Pope Francis: The Times They Are A-Changin.'"

The article offers readers a peek "inside the Pope's gentle revolution."

"Since his election last March, Francis has consistently confounded expectations with the simplest of gestures," writer Mark Binelli explains of the 77-year-old.

Whether he's paying his own bills, kissing disfigured strangers, joking at his own expense or spreading a message of inclusion, Francis has won wide acclaim.

It's not just Rolling Stone. Pope Francis is Time's Person of the Year for 2013, and was also given such an honor by The Advocate for his views on gays.

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Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Rolling Stone Cover
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on the new cover of Rolling Stone, which may have hit a new low with this one.

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Look, drunk college kids. It's totally freezing out.

Some of us may be able to sit inside and upload Kim Kardashian pictures everyday or scour the Internet for the sexiest shots of Kate Upton nude.

But others, such as The Weather Channel's Jim Cantore, are forced to stand outside in the rain and wind and sub-zero temperatures in order to make a living.

So can you please give these hard-working weathermen a break.

For your own sake, even, considering you may end up with a knee to the crotch if you attempt a winter weather videobomb similar to the idiot below.

Watch Cantore quickly dispatch his unwanted guest as you'd expect Cantore to do, then toggle through other memorable moments in recent news history:

Jim Cantore Knees College Kid on Camera
The Weather Channel's Jim Cantore, reporting live from the site of crazy weather as he always does, beats back a college kid's attempt to video bomb him.

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Brazilians are calling this graphic viral video of a five-year-old child getting run over by a car - only to emerge unharmed - nothing short of "a miracle."

Last week, 5-year-old Jao Pedro Nascimento was walking home from school with his grandmother Vilma, 56, in Brazil, when the unthinkable happened.

A passing Honda Fit hit another car before clipping a parked Volkswagen, which sent the VW careening onto the sidewalk and into the pair's path:

As shown by CCTV cameras, the whole scene happened too fast for the Nascimentos to avoid the car, which didn't just hit them, but ran over them both.

They survived, however, and didn't require major medical attention to do so. Amazingly, the boy and his grandmother suffered only minor injuries.

The "miracle" happened when Jao Pedro sprung up as if nothing even happened, looking around for help for Vilma as he realized what he experienced.

His grandmother was hospitalized but discharged the next day.

"I feel as if we've been born again," Vilma Nascimento said.

Based on the video above ... we can see her point.