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Cops: Shooting of FSU professor not random act

Cops: Shooting of FSU professor not random act

Cops announced a possible new lead Monday in the mysterious murder of Dan Markel, a well-liked Florida State University professor who was found shot in his garage on July 18.

According to the Tallahassee Fire Department, a neighbor went over to the Markel's garage after hearing a "loud bang." It was there, the neighbor told police, where they found Markel's driver side window "bashed in" and the professor bleeding. The neighbor, who called 911, told police Markel was sitting and moving in the car but that he was unable to speak.

Was woman who was stabbed to death targeted?

Was woman who was stabbed to death targeted?

The search is on for a man cops say stabbed a 26-year-old mother to death.  Michelle Marie Miers called 911 around 11 p.m. Monday, saying she was attacked by an unknown intruder inside her San Bernardino, California apartment.

She was stabbed several times. Now Lt. Rich Lawhead with the San Bernardino Police Department tells us this wasn’t the first attempt on Miers life and detectives believe she was “targeted.”

Arrest made in Abigail Hernandez kidnapping case

Arrest made in Abigail Hernandez kidnapping case

New Hampshire police made an arrest Monday in connection to the kidnapping of Abigail Hernandez, the teen who was missing for nine months before she was safely reunited with her family earlier this month.

According to investigators, 34-year-old Nathaniel Kibby was arrested and charged with felony kidnapping. Police said Kibby knowingly confined Hernandez with a "purpose to commit an offense against her."

NFL star’s 2-game suspension: Fair or unfair?

In the early morning hours of February 15, Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice walked into an elevator at the Revel Casino in Atlantic City with his then-fiancée Janay Palmer. Moments later, surveillance footage shows Rice dragging an unconscious Palmer out of that elevator. Rice, 27, was charged with third-degree aggravated assault, for which he could have served three to five years behind bars.

But Rice will not be serving any time behind bars. In fact, all criminal charges were dropped after he agreed to enter a program for first-time offenders that included participating in family counseling.  

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Can you help these pets find the purr-fect home?

Can you help these pets find the purr-fect home?

Each night, Jane Velez-Mitchell features her "Pet of the Day" on her show at 7 p.m. ET on HLN. Today, we have a special collection for Pet of the Day. These pets all need new homes. 

Jane Velez-Mitchell is teaming up with animal welfare expert Jane Garrison and adoptapet.com to try to find some amazing animals new and loving homes. You can find information on adopting each animal below. And you can always go to adoptapet.com to rescue an animal near you! If you save any of these animals, please send us a photo so we can post it on the website. Our email address is Jane@hlntv.com

Katie Cleary fights to save orangutans in late husband's honor

Katie Cleary fights to save orangutans in late husband's honor

Jane speaks to Katie Cleary, a former “America’s Next Top Model” contestant and television personality who’s fighting to save the Bornean orangutans whose habitat is being decimated to make way for palm oil plantations.  Palm oil is used in many processed food items and cosmetics, but companies often use other terms to disguise it on the label.

Cleary founded the organization Peace 4 Animals and recently made a donation to World Land Trust to purchase and protect a parcel of land in the Malaysian Borneo rainforest in her late husband Andrew Stern’s name.  Cleary also talks to Jane about her husband’s recent tragic suicide.

Day 2: Was Renisha McBride a threat?

Day 2: Was Renisha McBride a threat?

Day two in the Renisha McBride shooting trial brought several new witnesses to the stand including a responding officer and a woman who witnessed the 19-year-old victim's car accident hours before she was shot to death.

Wafer is accused of shooting and killing Renisha McBride on his porch last year.  He claims he was in fear of his life and shot her in self-defense.

Drugged, raped & bitten at CEO's mansion?

Drugged, raped & bitten at CEO's mansion?

Former Tennessee tech CEO Mark Giannini is accused of raping a woman who thought she was meeting the businessman for a job interview.

The victim apparently told police Giannini drugged and raped her and that one of his employees then drove her back to a motel where her family was staying.

Day 1: The Renisha McBride shooting trial

Day 1: The Renisha McBride shooting trial

Testimony began Wednesday in the case against Theodore Wafer, the 55-year-old man accused of shooting and killing an unarmed 19-year-old girl on his porch last year.

Wafer's defense began their opening statements today by telling jurors that their client heard banging on his door at least four separate times before he opened it and shot McBride in the early morning hours of November 2, 2013.

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