1. HOUSE OF HORRORS

    Cleveland Kidnapper Considers Plea

    AP Photo/Cuyahoga County Jail, File

    The accused perpetrator in one of this year’s most horrific stories is considering a plea deal that would spare him the death penalty. Ariel Castro, a Cleveland bus driver who’s accused of holding three women hostage for a decade, faces 977 charges. The county prosecutor confirmed the plea-deal negotiations, but did not add any details. If it goes through, Castro is expected to appear in court Friday to officially accept the plan.

    Video screenshot

    Watch Castro's first court appearance.

    Read it at USA Today