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5 things you need to know Friday

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Lee Thompson Young attends Diddy's Official VMA after party at Space August 28, 2005 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Peter KramerGetty Images)
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Female journalist gang raped in India

A young photojournalist was gang raped while her male colleague was tied up and beaten in India's business hub of Mumbai, police said Friday. The case was reminiscent of the December gang rape and death of a young university student in the Indian capital that shocked the country. Police said the woman was on assignment to take pictures of an abandoned textile factory in south Mumbai late Thursday when five men confronted her with an offer to help her get permission to shoot inside the building. Police Commissioner Satyapal Singh told reporters that the men tied her colleague's hands with a belt while she was gang raped. The woman, 22, is in stable condition in hospital.

Lee Thompson Young memorial is Friday

E! News is reporting that a memorial service will be held Friday morning at Paramount Studios in Hollywood for Lee Thompson Young, the 29-year-old actor whose suicide on Monday morning shocked the entertainment world. According to E!, the 11 a.m. PT memorial will be held on the lot used by Rizzoli & Isles. Young played Detective Barry Frost on the TNT series, which stars Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander.

United Nations says Syrian child refugees tops 1 million mark

The number of registered child refugees fleeing Syria's violence has topped the 1 million mark in another grim milestone of the deepening conflict, two U.N. agencies said Friday. Roughly half of all the nearly 2 million registered refugees from Syria are children, and some 740,000 of those are under the age of 11, according to the U.N. refugee and children's agencies. Separately, Syria's deputy prime minister told the Associated Press that foreign fighters and their international backers are to blame for a purported chemical weapons attack near Damascus that the opposition says killed at least 100 people, the deadliest such attack in Syria's civil war.

Jury in Fort Hood massacre trial ends first day deliberations

Jurors in the court-martial of Maj. Nidal Hasan will return to court to resume deliberating murder charges against the Army psychiatrist. The case went to the jury Thursday after Hasan declined to give a closing argument at his trial on charges of killing 13 people and injuring 31 others in a shooting spree here four years ago. A military prosecutor, in his closing, pressed the jury of 13 Army officers for a unanimous murder conviction that could lead to the death penalty.

Reports: Bob Filner to resign as San Diego mayor

San Diego Mayor Bob Filner reportedly will resign as part of a deal to settle a sexual harassment lawsuit, according to news media reports. The Los Angeles Times, NBC News 7 and ABC in San Diego quoted unnamed sources saying the embattled mayor will step down after the proposed settlement is discussed at a closed-door City Council session today. The sources were granted anonymity by the news outlets because they were not authorized to speak publicly.

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