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Law & Crime Breaking News: American Hacked to Death Over $1.60 Cab Fare, Thai Police Say

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A Thai taxi driver accused of hacking an American to death after an argument over a $2 fare has been arrested, according to Bangkok police. Troy Lee Pilkington, 51, was repeatedly slashed with a 12-inch machete. The suspect claimed when he asked for the money, the American threw a cup of coffee at him, after which he pulled the knife from his trunk and chased after him. Trayvon Martin's fatal shooting garnered worldwide attention when the man who fatally shot him wasn't arrested for weeks ? a backlash fueled largely by social media. Now, social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook have permeated George Zimmerman's trial both inside and outside the courtroom. A witness who testified via Skype was inundated with calls from other users on the Internet-based phone service, and a defense attorney was tripped up by a photo his daughter posted on Instagram. Abu Qatada, a radical Muslim preacher described as a key al-Qaida operative in Europe rejected terrorism charges linked to alleged plots targeting Americans and Israelis in Jordan, his lawyer said, hours after Britain deported him to bring an end to a decade-long legal saga over his extradition.

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