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US woman 'tried to sew her daughter's mouth shut'

The woman allegedly attempted to sew her daughter's mouth closed. Credit: Reuters

A woman in the US is facing charges after allegedly trying to sew her daughter's mouth shut, NBC News reports.

Rana Cooper, 46, is also accused of forcing the child to eat cat litter and of not allowing her to eat or go to the toilet until she had earned enough points for cleaning the house.

Cooper and her husband Richard, both from Avella in Pennsylvania, adopted the child in 2008.

She faces charges of assault, reckless endangerment and endangering the welfare of a child.


Girl who received carolling last wish has died

A terminally ill eight-year-old girl, who had thousands of Christmas carollers singing outside her home to fulfil her final wish, has died, her family said.

Eight-year-old Delaney Brown. Credit: Team Laney

Delaney Brown from Pennsylvania, US, "passed away quietly with her loving family by her side" early on Christmas morning, a family spokesman told the Associated Press.

On Saturday night, thousands of singers gathered outside her home in a bid to grant her wish of a huge festive sing-along.

The songs included Frosty the Snowman, Jingle Bells and Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer with a chorus of Happy Birthday ending the event because Delaney had turned eight on Friday.

Shortly after the carolling began, the family's Facebook page showed a picture of the girl with both of her thumbs up and text saying: "I can hear you now!!! Love you!"

Delaney, whose nickname was Laney, was diagnosed with a rare form of leukaemia in May.

Two killed and four wounded in US shooting

Two people were killed and four others were wounded after gunshots were fired at a local government building in Pennsylvania's Monroe County.

It was not immediately clear whether those wounded suffered life-threatening injuries, Jeffrey Strunk, a spokesman for the county said. He added a suspect was taken into custody soon after the incident.