It was Superdog to the rescue.

A family in Los Angeles was home when armed intruders broke in – but their medium-sized pooch may have saved their life.

Charlie was one of three dogs at the Pineo family home in Los Angeles when two men barged into the house. The three dogs chased out the intruders, who fired shots at the pets as they ran off.

Charlie was struck in two of her legs and the other dogs tried to push her back into the house after she was hurt, according to the North Central Shelter’s Facebook page.

“Everybody said good-bye to the dog. For us, she was dead,” dog owner Armando Casillas told KTLA. “I saw the dog coming through the house bleeding.”

Thanks to an online fundraising campaign, Charlie had a lifesaving surgery and is now recovering at home.

Family members said they were glad they could save the dog’s life – since she likely saved theirs. If Charlie had not been in the line of fire, the bullets could have hit one of the children, the family said.

Charlie was taken by Animal Control to the North Central Shelter because the family could not afford to get her to an emergency veterinarian on their own.

Initially, when told the cost of the surgery to save Charlie’s life, the family almost thought they would not be able to save her. But a technician at the shelter reached out to the North Central Shelter Intervention Program, which helps owners find resources.

Karri Lowe Armstrong, who works at the shelter, went online to seek donations to save Charlie. In less than an hour, about $4,000 (the cost of the surgery) had been raised.

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A man of the United Kingdom, was charged with manslaughter after he failed to call for help when his son was electrocuted.

Shaun Stewart, 52, of Barnsley, appeared at the Sheffield Crown Court, after his son died while they tried to steal copper.

Brent Shaun Campbell, 29 , was electrocuted by 11,000 volts of electricity. The jury heard how the father and son traveled to the Tyers Hall pumping station in Darfield, with the intent of stealing what they thought was expensive copper cables.

The pumping station is a Northern Power Grid circuit breaker that provides electricity to 3,000 customers. To their disappointment, the overhead cable was actually made ​​of aluminum, with has a much lower value than copper.

The duo decided to take the metal anyway. In order to reach the metal, they sawed down a pole, which supported three cables.

Prosecutors said that they did not realize the lines were energized. As a result, Campbell suffered a fatal electric shock and his father was seriously injured in the leg, face and neck.

After the incident occurred, Stewart did not call for help. Instead, he returned home without his son and told his wife he could not remember what happened.

He was taken to a hospital where he was treated for third degree burns. Sheffield Police received a call from the pumping station after employees found a body in a nearby field.

When the area was confirmed to be safe at 3:02 a.m., Campbell was discovered and pronounced dead at the scene.

After an investigation, Stewart was arrested for theft. During the interview with police, he admitted that he and his son went there to steal cables as they both needed money, according to the prosecutor.

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LAS VEGAS, March 6 (UPI) -- A California businessman's lawsuit against a Las Vegas casino alleges he was allowed to gamble while "blackout drunk" and was loaned $500,000 by management.

Mark Johnston, 52, the retired owner of a southern California car dealership, alleges in his lawsuit the Downtown Grand Casino, which opened under its current name and owners in October 2013, violated Nevada laws by allowing him to play blackjack and pai gow for several hours during a Super Bowl weekend trip to Las Vegas, reported Thursday.

Nevada laws prohibit allowing visibly inebriated patrons to continue gambling or receive comped drinks. Johnson alleges he was already "blackout drunk" when he arrived at the Downtown Grand and he was comped several drinks and given a $500,000 loan by management to continue gambling.

Johnson said he put a stop on the payment of the markers when he emerged from his drunken state on Super Bowl Sunday and discovered how much he had lost.

"It's certainly an extraordinary case," attorney Sean Lytte said. "This is not a story that I've ever heard before, where someone was blackout intoxicated where they couldn't read their cards, and yet a casino continued to serve them drinks and issue them more markers. It's a very heavy-handed and unusual approach that we haven't seen in this town in a long time."

The Downtown Grand has filed a countersuit against Johnson, alleging he is attempting to avoid paying his gambling debt.


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Russia has reportedly begun large-scale air defense drills as tensions with the West continue escalating over the fate of Crimea.

Roughly 3,500 troops and more than 1,000 units of military hardware will be hosted for about a month in Kapustin Yar, some 280 miles east of the Ukrainian border. The exercise by Russia’s Western Military District, according to a report from RIA Novosti, will culminate with live-firing drills and deployment of air defense systems.

“It is for the first time that all air defense units from the district, including coastal defenses of the Northern Fleet, have gathered in one place,” district spokesman Col. Oleg Kochetkov said, adding that the drills were part of regular training cycles. “It is the largest-ever exercise held by air defense units of the Western Military District.”

Pentagon officials on Friday confirmed the report to Fox News based on the latest intelligence available to U.S. officials. The exercise comes as the speaker of Russia's upper house of parliament said Friday that Crimea — an autonomous Ukrainian region with a majority ethnic Russian population — would become an equal part of Russia if the region votes to leave Ukraine in an upcoming referendum.

Valentina Matvienko met with the head of the Crimean parliament to discuss the region's possible accession to Russia. The parliament of Crimea voted on Thursday to move the referendum date up to March 16 and to include a question on joining Russia.

President Vladimir Putin told reporters on Tuesday that Russia had no intention of annexing Crimea, while insisting that residents had the right to determine the region's status — and thus possible independence — by popular vote. The referendum, however, will give Crimea residents only two options: to join Russia or to stay with Ukraine.

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A U.S. Marine, who suffered serious injuries after it is believed he jumped on a grenade to protect a fellow Marine as they stood guard on a rooftop in Afghanistan's Helmand province, will receive the nation's highest combat valor honor, The Marine Times reported, citing unnamed sources.

William Kyle Carpenter, 24, who medically retired as a corporal, is expected the receive the Medal of Honor later this year, the report said. Carpenter lost his right eye, most of his teeth and shattered his mouth and arm in the November 2010 grenade attack, the report said. He would be the service's third recipient of the honor from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Neither Carpenter nor the White House would confirm the report, the paper said.

The investigation to verify the story has been difficult. Carpenter acknowledges he remembers little from the attack, and the Marine he is believed to have saved, Lance Cpl. Nicholas Eufrazio, suffered head injuries that until recently left him unable to speak. There were no other witnesses.

However, those who know Carpenter say they have little doubt of his heroism. A Navy Corpsman who treated the Marine said the trajectory of the explosion indicates that Carpenter did indeed cover the explosive, the report said.

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ANGLESEY, Wales, March 5 (UPI) -- The head of a Welsh elementary school allegedly called police when she heard students were planning not to smile for a photo, a conduct hearing heard.

The General Teaching Council for Wales heard a list of complaints Tuesday against Ann Hughes, former headmistress of the village elementary school in Anglesey, including allegations she had a police officer come to the school to reprimand students who she heard were planning to refuse to smile for a school photo, the Mirror reported Wednesday.

The allegations against Hughes also include accusations she failed to investigate bullying complaints, shouted excessively at students, called a student "stupid," ripped up a pupil's exam for spelling his middle name wrong and showed favoritism toward students whose first language was Welsh.

Five of the school's six teachers called in sick at the same time in May 2011 after no action was taken on a vote of no confidence in Hughes. The teachers said there was a climate of "fear" at the school before Hughes was suspended in July 2011 and subsequently dismissed from her position.

The conduct hearing is ongoing.


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Authorities released dramatic video Wednesday showing rescuers pull members of a South Carolina family from their minivan after it became submerged in the Atlantic surf on Florida’s Daytona Beach.

The Daytona Beach News-Journal reported that the woman and her children — ages 3, 9 and 10 — ended up in the water around 5 p.m. Beach Safety Capt. Tammy Marris says the woman was driving on the beach, where cars are allowed. One witness reportedly saw the woman take a hard turn toward the ocean.

Rescuers could be seen in the video outside the car pulling the children to safety while the surf was crashing on the hood of the car. The mom managed to escape through the window.

One witness said the children in the backseat were screaming that their mom was trying to kill them.

"The two in the backseat was crying with their arms out saying 'Our mommy's trying to kill us, please help," Tim Tesseneer, a witness, told First Coast News. Tesseneer said rescuers were leaving the minivan and were told by the children that there was a baby in the vehicle. The mother "wouldn't say a word. She didn't tell us nothing about a baby."

The family was taken to Halifax Health Medical Center for treatment. Their vehicle was towed. Police say the mom is being uncooperative and has been taken in for psychiatric evaluation. The three children spent a night in the hospital and may stay with grandparents.

"She had this look on her face," Tesseneer reportedly said. "I can't describe it. It was just an awful blank look, like spaced out look."

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A man who was supposed to go on a business trip, changed his plans at the last minute.

His wife, thinking her husband was out of town, cheated on him with a younger man.

The drama unfolded in Inyathi, Zimbabwe, on Tuesday, when the man reportedly caught his worker having sex with his wife. Lingane Moyo, 24, who was hired to care for the family’s animals, allegedly began having an affair with his owner’s 26-year-old wife Sandra Ndlovu.

As soon as Jeffrey Mlotshwa, 29, left his house to go on his business trip, the two began sleeping together. Mlotshwa, who was supposed to travel to Bulawayo, unexpectedly canceled the trip and returned home.

Upon arriving home, he was surprised to see his employee on top of his wife, and having sex with her. The man ordered his wife to leave his house and decided to divorce her.

“People may think I am overreacting and that I should forgive my wife, but enough is enough,” Mlotshwa said, indicating that his wife had cheated on him previously. The woman confirmed that their daughter had been thrown out of her matrimonial home by her husband, but refused to speak about her alleged cheating ways.

However, they said that they are in the process of trying to save the marriage.


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Police in India have failed to act on hundreds of corruption complaints because they lost a computer password - for eight years.

Officers in Delhi were unable to access a portal holding more than 600 complaints, reports the Indian Express.

The lapse at India's anti-corruption agency, the Central Vigilance Commission, had gone undetected since 2006.

But two senior police officers have now been trained in the system, and can access the 667 cases that have piled up since the portal launched.

One officer told the paper the oversight was "a technical problem", and complaints were now being addressed.

Despite the confusion, police in Delhi "remain committed to public grievances", a senior officer told the newspaper.


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PHILADELPHIA – A 47-year-old Philadelphia man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for firing a weapon into the air.

Francis Aponte was at an outdoor party in June 2012 when two Philadelphia police officers saw him shoot a gun into the air.

KYW-AM said that act, along with a criminal record including at least one prior felony, has resulted in the 20-year sentence handed down Tuesday.

No one was hurt, but federal prosecutor Jose Arteaga argued that the defendant committed a potentially lethal offense.

Arteaga noted several prior instances of children and adults being killed or disabled in similar incidents in Philadelphia.

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