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A New Jersey family court judge ruled today that the parents of a teenager suing them for her college education do not have to pay her tuition fees.
Rachel Canning, 18, who was suing her parents for 'abandoning' her, says that they threw her out of the house. She has made claims that her mother calling her 'porky' led her to suffer from bulimia and her ex-police chief father used to drink heavily and kiss her inappropriately.
Her parents claim their daughter ran off to stay with friends when she turned 18 because she refused to abide by rules they had set down, including to stop dating her boyfriend.
However the judge took a dim view of the lawsuit.
Superior Court Judge Peter Bogaard denied Canning’s emergency request for $600 a month in support, high school and college tuition and legal fees.
When he read out an expletive-laden and vicious answerphone message left by Rachel Canning to her mother, Elizabeth, in which the girl said: 'I wanna s*** all over your face', he said: "Have you ever in your experience seen such gross disrespect for a parent? I don’t see it in my house."
"What kind of parents would the Canning’s be if they didn’t try to set down some strict rules?" He told the court.
Bogaard hinted that ruling in the teen’s favor could set a dangerous legal precedent.
“Do we want to establish a precedent where parents living in constant fear of establishing basic rules of the house?” he said.
US Secretary of Sate John Kerry accused Russia of intimidation and aggression against Ukraine.
He said the "Russian government is trying to make the world believe, against all evidence, it is representing Ukrainian people."
"Not a single piece of evidence supports any of Russia's claims. None," the top American diplomat said."There's a better way for Russia to pursue its interest in Ukraine," Mr Kerry added.
A man from Suffolk has been charged in the US with hacking into computer servers belonging to the Federal Reserve and then stealing and revealing the personal details of people who use them.
Lauri Love was charged with one count each of computer hacking and aggravated identity theft. He faces up to 10 years in prison on the hacking charge and another two years on the identity theft charge.
Love was first arrested in October in the UK and charged by US and British authorities with hacking into and stealing data from a variety of US government computer systems, including those run by the military.
The Taliban have suspended talks over a possible exchange of Taliban and US prisoners due to the "complexity" of the situation in Afghanistan, the militant group said today.
"Due to the political complexity of the current situation in the country, the leadership of the Islamic Emirate has decided to suspend the issue for some time," Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said in an email -using the name the Taliban gave their 1996-2001 government.
"Therefore, the prisoner exchange process has been delayed until further notice," Mujahid said. He provided no further detail on why that decision had been made.
The US has "gravely violated" basic norms over relations between China and the US, after President Obama granted an audience to Tibet's Dalai Lama yesterday. In a statement from China's foreign ministry reiterated its view that no country has a right to interfere in its internal affairs:
Tibet is a sacred and inalienable part of China. Tibet-related affairs fall entirely within the internal affairs of China which allow no foreign interference. The Dalai Lama is a political exile who has long been engaged in anti-China separatist activities under the cloak of religion.
We urge the US side to take China's concerns seriously, cease to connive and support anti-China separatist forces that seek "Tibet independence", stop interfering in China's internal affairs and take immediate steps to remove the adverse impact so as to avoid further damage to China-US relations.
US Secretary of State John Kerry has criticised Venezuela's "unacceptable" use of force against anti-government protesters and political figures.
"Despite calls from thatcountry’s democratic opposition and the international community, the Venezuelangovernment has confronted peaceful protesters with force and in some cases witharmed vigilantes claiming to support the government ...This is not howdemocracies behave," Kerry said.
"The government’s use of force and judicial intimidation against citizens and political figures, who are exercising a legitimate right to protest, is unacceptable and will only increase the likelihood of violence," he added.
He called on the Venezuelan government to release jailed dissidents "and initiate a process of genuine dialogue with the democratic opposition.
China has urged the US to scrap plans for President Barack Obama to meet exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama today, warning that the planned meeting would "seriously damage" ties between the countries.
Obama's planned meeting with the Dalai Lama at the White House is a "gross interference" in China's internal affairs, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said in a statement on the ministry's website.
US President Barack Obama will meet exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama at the White House today, as the US raises concerns about tensions and human rights in Tibetan areas of China.
"We are concerned about continuing tensions and the deteriorating human rights situation in Tibetan areas of China," Caitlin Hayden, a spokeswoman for the White House National Security Council said.
"We will continue to urge the Chinese government to resume dialogue with the Dalai Lama or his representatives, without preconditions, as a means to reduce tensions," Hayden said in a statement announcing the 10am (1500 GMT) meeting.
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie will be sworn in for his second term today amid allegations that he misused about $2 million in funds collected for Superstorm Sandy relief.
Christie is also reeling from the 'Bridgegate' scandal, as he and several officials face a class legal action over claims they conspired to cause a traffic jam on one of the country's busiest bridges.
The relief fund Investigations focus on a $25 million Jersey Shore marketing campaign which included a television advert featuring Christie and his family.
The promotional advert - with the tagline that New Jersey was "Stronger than the Storm" - was broadcast in the spring as Christie headed into a re-election campaign to win a second term.
Christie was lampooned by his music hero Bruce Springsteen over the New Jersey bridge scandal, who appeared on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon on NBC in the US to rework his hit Born To Run.