Murder of Pregnant Woman Could Bring Death Penalty

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-01_bcfa08a8dc.jpgHarris County Sheriff's Office (HARRIS COUNTY, Texas) -- A Texas man was charged Friday with murdering his estranged wife and her unborn child, a capital murder charge that carries the death penalty. Detectives arrested Matthew Sowders, 28, of Harris County Thursday night, hours after a diving team recovered the body of his estranged wife Melissa Sowders, 26, from Cypress Creek, which is behind Sowder's home.

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Mega Millions Winner Forgot He Bought a Ticket

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-01_47f4f8feaa.jpgCalifornia Lottery (LOS ANGELES) -- The winner of the second-biggest lottery jackpot in history forgot he had even played, and said he left the $324 million winning ticket sitting on top of dresser for weeks before checking the numbers. Steve Tran, a delivery driver from Sacramento, Calif., joined much of the rest of the country wondering for weeks when the mysterious winner of the Dec. 17 Mega Millions jackpot would come forward, never suspecting that he was that mystery man.

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Cops Catch Accused Killer Who Escaped Mental Hospital

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-01_2aee75ab19.jpgOconee County Sheriff's Office (COLUMBIA, S.C.) -- An escaped South Carolina mental patient, who was accused of killing his parents in 2006, was arrested Thursday in Tennessee. Jason Mark Carter, 39, was found by the Tennessee Highway Patrol at a motel near the border between the two states. Carter was captured without incident, according to South Carolina's Department of Mental Health.

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Lion on the Loose Sets Off Search at Florida Sanctuary

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-01_604d9a0ce7.jpgiStock/Thinkstock (PASCO COUNTY, Fla.) -- Search teams were out in full force Friday looking for a lion that was reported missing from the Survival Outreach Sanctuary in Spring Hill, Fla., only to find the feline in an enclosure there, authorities said. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) has launched an investigation into how the lion escaped its own area. The lion was reported missing after authorities couldn’t locate the cat earlier Friday, a spokesperson for the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office told ABC News.

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Winter Storm Dumps over Two Feet of Snow in Parts of Northeast

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-01_bd80661045.jpgDarren McCollester/Getty Images (NEW YORK) -- A major winter storm unleashed its fury on the Northeast affecting more than 100 million people with significant snowfall, strong winds and bone-chilling temperatures that brought all methods of traveling to a screeching halt. Suburbs north of Boston were hit the hardest with more than two feet of snow overnight, while other parts of the state were slammed with as much as 18 inches, according to the National Weather Service.

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