Former Miss Venezuela, Husband Murdered

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-01_6ff3c334dc.jpgANDREW ALVAREZ/AFP/Getty Images (CARACAS, Venezuela) -- Venezuela is reeling following the shooting deaths of a soap opera star and her husband in what is described as a highway robbery gone wrong. Monica Spear, who was crowned Miss Venezuela in 2004, and her husband, Thomas Henry Berry, were gunned down in their car Monday about 125 miles west of the capital city of Caracas. Their 5-year-old daughter was also in the car and shot in the leg but the injury was not life-threatening.

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Gen. Ray Odierno Says Fallujah Fighting Is ‘Disappointing’ and ‘Concerning’

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-01_4b9be4eb77.jpgDouglas Graham/CQ Roll Call (WASHINGTON) -- Gen. Ray Odierno, the former top U.S. general in Iraq, said Tuesday the current deterioration of security in that country is “concerning” and “disappointing to all of us.” Iraq’s security forces have struggled this week to retake the western Iraqi cities of Fallujah and Ramadi, which have been seized by al Qaeda fighters. In 2004, Fallujah was the scene of the bloodiest battles of the war in Iraq.

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Ralph Lauren's Niece Arraigned in Pub on Drunk Charge

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-01_b3ef67215c.jpgiStock/Thinkstock (LONDON) -- Jennifer Lauren, the niece of fashion designer Ralph Lauren, was arraigned Tuesday in an Irish pub on charges of being drunk, threatening and abusive after being arrested and thrown off a Delta Airlines flight from Barcelona to New York. The plane made an unscheduled stop at Shannon Airport on the way to New York to drop Lauren off Monday after she was deemed so intoxicated that she represented a danger to herself and others.

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Dennis Rodman’s Defense of North Korea

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-01_aa35b8ddcb.jpgWANG ZHAO/AFP/Getty Image (NEW YORK) -- Dennis Rodman, in North Korea for a basketball game honoring the country’s supreme leader, became angry and defensive in a rambling response to an American interviewer’s questions about whether the athlete would “speak up” for a U.S. citizen imprisoned in the reclusive country. Rodman, who is leading a delegation of former NBA players for an exhibition match against the North Korean national team, appeared to suggest that North Korean authorities were right to detain Kenneth Bae, a missionary from California jailed in 2013.

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Prince William Begins Course at University of Cambridge

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-01_41d14a1f91.jpgMark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images (LONDON) -- As thousands of Londoners made their way to work Tuesday, they were joined by an unlikely fellow commuter, the Duke of Cambridge. Prince William began his first day of a special 10-week course at the University of Cambridge and the royal heir got to school not by a private chauffeur or even the school bus, but by train.

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