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Americans more loyal to credit than marriages

Americans are more likely to maintain a relationship with a credit card company than with their own spouses, according to a new report by the U.S. Census Bureau. In 2009, the average divorce came eight years after tying the knot, while the average credit card holder keeps the same account for more than 10 years. The same report found that approximately 50 percent of all marriages will end in divorce.

Man accused of torturing, raping wife

A 24-year-old Pennsylvania man is accused of raping and torturing his wife as well as trying to make her flee the country. Authorities say Lirim Rufati abused his wife for more than a year before driving her to the airport and attempting to force her onboard a plane to her homeland of Macedonia. However, he did not accompany her past the security checkpoint and she was able to alert police as soon as he was out of sight. He was arrested and bail was set at $250,000.

Man who shot pregnant wife denied appeal

A North Carolina man was denied a retrial following his 2010 conviction of charges including first-degree murder. In 2008, Robert Broom shot his then-pregnant wife, which required doctors to perform a caesarian operation and remove the girl, who later died. Broom was sentenced to life without opportunity for parole. He denies that he meant to kill his wife or his unborn daughter.

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