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A Palestinian man drove a minivan into a crowd of pedestrians in East Jerusalem today, killing one person and wounding at least 13 before he was shot dead by police. Israeli officials described the incident as a terrorist attack.

Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson pleaded no contest in his child abuse case, avoiding jail time after being indicted in September for using a wooden switch to punish his 4-year-old son.

The Associated Press reports that a judge in Conroe, Texas, agreed to the plea deal.

A Russian Taliban member today became the first military detainee from Afghanistan to appear in a federal court.

Irek Hamidullan appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge David Novak at the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia in Richmond. He has been in U.S. custody since 2009, and was held at the Bagram airfield in Afghanistan. Last month, the White House said Hamidullan, who was captured on the battlefield in Afghanistan, would be brought into the U.S. criminal justice system.

How do you count all the rats in New York City? If one urban legend is to be believed, you don't have to: There are as many rats as people — 8 million.

Statistician Jonathan Auerbach decided to test that idea. We'll get to how many rats he found in a bit. First, consider some of the daunting challenges he faced in trying to get a head count.

The world's largest film industry, by the number of movies produced, has barred women from working as makeup artists for nearly six decades. But that may be changing.

The country's Supreme Court said Monday that it wouldn't allow this "constitutionally impermissible discrimination" to go on.