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Rapper Killer Mike Deplores Prosecution Of McKinley Phipps: 'We Must Stand With Artists Like Mac'

(19) Comments | Posted March 26, 2015 | 7:42 AM

NEW ORLEANS -- Rap musician Michael Render, better known as Killer Mike, stood up for jailed recording artist McKinley "Mac" Phipps on Wednesday, telling Dillard University students that a prosecutor's twisting of Phipps' lyrics during his manslaughter trial threatens everyone's free speech.

"If we let this stand, what you're going...

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Bullied Eyewitnesses Blast Rapper's Wrongful Conviction, Join Family In Plea For New Trial

(12) Comments | Posted March 24, 2015 | 3:47 PM

HAMMOND, La. -- In 2001, they say, they were bullied into silence or forced to lie in court to help prosecutors wrongfully convict a 22-year-old rap artist of shooting a fan. Now, they will no longer keep silent.

Five eyewitnesses -- including the prosecution's star witness -- have signed affidavits...

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Prosecutor Used Hip-Hop As A Weapon To Convict Mac Phipps

(20) Comments | Posted March 24, 2015 | 7:55 AM

ST. TAMMANY PARISH, Louisiana -- As he lies at night in his cell at Elayn Hunt Correctional Center, McKinley "Mac" Phipps can hear the words of his best-known song echoing in his head:

Murda, murda (murder, murder)

Kill, kill (kill, kill)

S**t's real (s**t's real)

On the battlefield (on the...

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Jailed Rapper To Seek New Trial Based On Witness Bullying

(10) Comments | Posted March 19, 2015 | 11:53 PM

ST. TAMMANY PARISH, La. -- Rapper McKinley "Mac" Phipps, serving time for manslaughter in a fatal nightclub shooting 15 years ago, will seek a new trial based on recent allegations by witnesses that authorities threatened and coerced them, his attorney said Thursday.

"The statements made by key witnesses in...

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Family Of Rapper Jailed In Killing Demands Investigation Into Witness Bullying

(39) Comments | Posted March 19, 2015 | 2:34 AM

ST. TAMMANY PARISH, La. -- The family of McKinley "Mac" Phipps, a once promising rap artist whose conviction in a nightclub shooting death is now in question, is calling on authorities to take a fresh look at the case that landed him behind bars 15 years ago.


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Witnesses: DA Bullied Testimony That Put Rapper Away For 30 Years

(91) Comments | Posted March 18, 2015 | 9:15 AM

ST. TAMMANY PARISH, La. -- Fourteen years after rapper McKinley "Mac" Phipps was convicted of manslaughter in the shooting death of a teenage fan at a show, five prosecution witnesses have told The Huffington Post that police and prosecutors bullied them into fingering the once-promising hip-hop artist as the gunman.

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Denise Hart Missing: Foul Play Suspected In College Student's Disappearance

(8) Comments | Posted March 6, 2015 | 4:29 PM

The mother of Denise Lynette Hart, a missing 25-year-old Connecticut college student whose vehicle was recently found ablaze, is desperate for answers in her daughter's unexplained disappearance.

"Not knowing is killing me," Dedre Robinson told The Huffington Post. "I just want my daughter home. I need her and her 3-year-old...

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DEADLOCKED: Jodi Arias Jury Unable To Reach Unanimous Decision

(197) Comments | Posted March 5, 2015 | 11:06 AM

Jodi Arias, the bespectacled murderess who tried to turn her elaborate sex life into a defense for the brutal killing of her ex-boyfriend, Travis Alexander, will not pay for her crime with her life.

The jury of eight women and four men, which deliberated for 26 hours over a...

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Kimberly Rouland Missing: 'They Know Something Happened to Her'

(0) Comments | Posted March 4, 2015 | 4:17 PM

The boyfriend of an upstate New York mother of three who has been missing since last month said police have told him to prepare for the worst.

"The cops sat me down and literally looked at me and said, 'Don’t plan on her coming home alive,'" Adam Siskavich told The...

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Michelle Parker Missing: Search Renewed For 'People's Court' Mom

(9) Comments | Posted March 3, 2015 | 10:10 AM

Florida police are taking a fresh look at the disappearance of Michelle Parker, an Orlando mother of three who vanished nearly three years ago, after an episode of "The People's Court" featuring her and her ex-fiancé aired.

Authorities have conducted a search of a swampy area near the...

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Fresh Hope For Natalee Holloway's Father As Disappearance Nears 10th Anniversary

(30) Comments | Posted March 2, 2015 | 5:55 PM

An Amsterdam man who claims to have seen Joran van der Sloot dispose of missing U.S. citizen Natalee Holloway's body in Aruba has given the young woman's father new hope for answers as the 10-year anniversary of her disappearance approaches.

"I don’t want to get my hopes up high because...

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Victor Barnard, Fugitive Minnesota Cult Leader Accused Of Child Molestation, Captured In Brazil

(4) Comments | Posted March 2, 2015 | 9:39 AM

The leader of a cult-like religious sect who was on the U.S. Marshall's Most Wanted List has been arrested by Brazilian authorities and faces extradition for allegedly molesting two young girls.

Victor Arden Barnard, 52, was taken into custody Friday in northeastern Brazil, according to The U.S. Marshals...

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ESPN Writer Ivan Maisel Anxious About Son Max Maisel's Disappearance

(23) Comments | Posted February 27, 2015 | 2:34 PM

Ivan Maisel, a senior writer for, is clinging to the hope that his missing 21-year-old son Max will be found safe.

"We're scared and we're heartbroken," Maisel said at a Wednesday press conference on a pier in western New York, near where his son's car was found. "We're asking...

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Could Jodi Arias Ever Walk Out Of Prison?

(104) Comments | Posted February 26, 2015 | 6:38 PM

Jodi Arias will pay for killing her ex-boyfriend -- but will that crime cost the 34-year-old woman her life?

The Arizona jury now deliberating over her fate has three possible choices for a sentence: life in prison, life with the possibility of parole after 25 years or death row....

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Texas Serial Shooter 'Won't Stop'

(90) Comments | Posted February 26, 2015 | 4:41 PM

Investigators in Texas are in a desperate hunt for a serial shooter they blame for five shootings, one of them fatal, in less than a week.

But until the manhunt is successful, the shooter likely will continue to terrorize the Houston area, an expert on serial killers told The Huffington...

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Lyon Sisters' 1975 Disappearance May Soon Be Solved As Police Zero In On Persons Of Interest

(48) Comments | Posted February 24, 2015 | 6:26 PM

Police say they're closer than ever to solving the mysterious disappearance of Sheila and Katherine Lyon, the young sisters who vanished almost 40 years ago from a suburban Washington, D.C., shopping center.

Lloyd Lee Welch, a 58-year-old convicted sex offender who authorities named as a person of interest...

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Sisters Misty And Nicole Kornegay Charged With Murder Of Brother

(597) Comments | Posted January 7, 2015 | 9:04 AM

In an unthinkable homicide case, a Florida teen and her younger sister have been charged in the shooting death of their older brother.

"Anytime you come on scene with something this horrific, where you have juveniles or children involved, it's pretty unsettling, even to seasoned law enforcement and deputies," Columbia...

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1-Year-Old Child Fatally Stabbed In California Knife Attack

(17) Comments | Posted January 2, 2015 | 9:49 AM

A 1-year-old boy is dead and his father seriously injured following a knife attack at a California home early Friday morning.

According to the Ventura Police Department, the child’s father called 911 around 1:45 a.m. and requested assistance at a residence in the 400 block of Crocker Avenue.

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Georgia Police Chief William McCollom Says He Shot His Wife Accidentally (UPDATE)

(634) Comments | Posted January 1, 2015 | 12:45 PM

A Georgia police chief, who claims he accidentally shot his wife twice, has been placed on administrative leave, pending the outcome of the investigation.

UPDATE: Authorities provided an update at a Thursday afternoon press conference. "The initial reports that we got from a 911 call were that the chief had...
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Welcome To 2015: New Year's Mayhem

(98) Comments | Posted January 1, 2015 | 7:53 AM

While millions of merrymakers around the country welcomed in the new year, police around the U.S. were busy responding to numerous reports of criminal activity.

Here's a first look at some of the violence, as shared by reporters on Twitter.


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