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Cherryville is a city located in Gaston County, North Carolina. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 5,361.

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Youngest prisoners when convicted, 1 of 2 killers released after 16 years

One of two of the country's youngest convicted killers was released from a Florida prison Tuesday morning, according to the South Bay Correctional Facility.

Curtis and Catherine Jones were 12 and 13 years old when they killed their father’s girlfriend, Sonya Speights.

Investigators said they confessed to wanting to first kill a relative who had sexually abused them, and then their father and his girlfriend for not protecting them.

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Curtis and Catherine accepted pleas and were both sentenced to 18 years in prison. They have been in jail since 1999.

At the time, the siblings were the country's youngest people to be tried as adults and convicted of murder. They are now 29 and 30 years old.

The brother and sister have never learned how to drive a car and don't know how to use social media. Many believe life will be a challenge for them after their release from prison.

Since being incarcerated, Curtis became an ordained minister and Catherine married a pen pal, WFTV reported.

Catherine is set to be released on Aug. 1.

Tue, 28 Jul 2015 08:57:43 -0400

What sounds did NASA send to space to find alien life? It was not 'Shake It Off'

For almost 30 years, NASA has had a collection of sounds floating through space, trying to make contact with alien life.

But what did the scientists think would make a connection with extra-terrestrials? Their choices may surprise you.

Sounds like Morse Code, dogs barking, a train and even a baby cooing and crying were sent into space on the "Golden Record," the sounds that were sent on the Voyager spacecraft that launched in 1977, The Next Web reported.

And now you can hear the high quality recordings yourself.

Click here or listen below.

Tue, 28 Jul 2015 08:34:54 -0400

SC woman loses part of arm in pit bull attack

A North Charleston woman is recovering after a pit bull attacked her, causing her to lose part of her arm.

Area media outlets report that 48-year-old Katherine Rizk was attacked late Sunday at her home and is in the intensive care unit of the Medical University of South Carolina Hospital in Charleston.

Mahmoud Rizk tells The Post and Courier of Charleston that his wife had to have her left arm amputated from the elbow down.

He says he had had the dog for three years and it had never attacked anyone. He says the dog had been cut earlier Sunday and thinks the dog attacked after his wife pressed on the wound while petting the animal.

The dog was euthanized Monday.

Tue, 28 Jul 2015 07:56:32 -0400

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