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What we know about Aussie hostage taker

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 21:42

The man behind the deadly siege was a self-styled sheikh with a violent criminal past.

Suspect in six Pennsylvania killings is target of manhunt

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 19:38

By Daniel Kelley LOWER SALFORD, Penn. (Reuters) - An Iraq war veteran suspected of killing six family members, including his 14-year-old niece, in a shooting spree in communities near Philadelphia was being sought on Monday by Pennsylvania police. The manhunt for Bradley William Stone, 35, focused in and around Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, where residents were advised to remain indoors with their doors locked, the Montgomery County district attorney said. ...

Senate approves Obama pick for surgeon general

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 16:03

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate on Monday approved President Barack Obama's nomination of Dr. Vivek Murthy to serve as U.S. surgeon general, despite opposition from Republicans and some Democrats over his support for gun control and past statements that gun violence is a public health issue.

6 dead, suspect on loose in suburban Philadelphia

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 15:43

PENNSBURG, Pa. (AP) — A man suspected of going to three houses in the Philadelphia suburbs and fatally shooting six people, including his ex-wife and her 14-year-old niece, was at large Monday night, and a prosecutor said investigators didn't know where he was or how he was getting around.

Three dead, four hurt in Sydney siege

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 09:55

The siege that had lasted more than 16 hours is finally over.

Rare white rhino dies at San Diego zoo, leaving only five on earth

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 09:06

(Reuters) - One of only six northern white rhinoceros left on earth died over the weekend at a San Diego zoo, bringing the species closer to extinction, zoo officials said on Monday. Angalifu, who was about 44 years old and being treated for age-related conditions, died on Sunday, according to the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. The world's only known remaining northern white rhinos are an elderly female still at the Safari Park, one at a zoo in Europe and three in Africa, the California zoo said in a statement. ...

Boston Marathon bomber suspect to appear in court this week

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 08:37

BOSTON (Reuters) - Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is due to appear in court in Boston this week for the first time in more than a year, at a final hearing before his trial begins next month, one of his attorneys said on Monday. Tsarnaev, 21, is charged with killing three people and injuring more than 260 with two homemade pressure-cooker bombs left at the race's crowded finish line on April 15, 2013. Three days later as Tsarnaev and his older brother, Tamerlan, attempted to flee the city, federal prosecutors contend that they shot and killed a university police officer. ...

Spin wars: How a bitter feud between the CIA and FBI stoked the torture debate

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 08:01

A glimpse into an intense, years-long bureaucratic clash between the CIA and FBI may be key to understanding the debate over the intel agency’s “enhanced interrogation” program.

Amazon hit by pre-Christmas strike in Germany

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 07:14

Workers went on strike at German sites of Amazon Monday to increase pressure on the US online retail giant during the busy Christmas period in a long-running pay dispute. Around 2,300 employees took part in the work stoppage at five of the company's nine distribution centres in Germany, the services sector union Verdi said. "The employees are increasing the pressure on Amazon," Verdi's Stefanie Nutzenberger said, accusing Amazon of a "blockade attitude". Amazon said it would still deliver on time and pointed out that only a minority of employees were taking part.

5 Palestinians arrested in Israel for planned attacks

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 07:13

Israel's internal security service said Monday it has arrested five Palestinians for planning attacks including a suicide bombing in Tel Aviv. The suspects from the West Bank were arrested in October and November and included a woman who planned to blow herself up in Israel's commercial capital, the Shin Bet said. It also came as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu seeks to resist a Palestinian ultimatum through the UN Security Council to end Israel's occupation, citing the spread of "Islamic terrorism" in the region.

Families of 2012 Connecticut shooting victims sue gunmaker: local media

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 07:11

(Reuters) - The families of nine people killed in an attack on a Newtown, Connecticut, elementary school in 2012 filed a wrongful-death lawsuit on Monday against the company that manufactured the gun used in the attack, the Hartford Courant reported. The suit named gunmaker Bushmaster, a distributor and the local retailer that sold the weapon used by 20-year-old gunman Adam Lanza to kill 20 first-graders and six educators in a Dec. 14, 2012, attack at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Families of nine victims and a 10th person who was wounded filed the suit in state court, the Courant reported. ...

Suspect in five killings barricaded in home near Philadelphia: reports

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 06:35

(Reuters) - A suspect in five killings has barricaded himself in a home outside Philadelphia on Monday morning, local media outlets reported. Police had discovered the bodies of five people, all shot at close range, in three separate locations in a Pennsylvania county northwest of Philadelphia, WPVI television and other media reported. Police SWAT teams were positioned outside the home in Souderton where the suspect, believed to be a military veteran, was holed up, WPVI reported. A shooting was first reported at about 4:00 a.m. ...

U.S. top court rejects Arizona appeal over abortion drug law

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 06:00

By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday blocked Arizona from enforcing a state law that restricts access to abortion-inducing drugs by prohibiting off-label uses of RU-486, the so-called "abortion pill." The high court’s refusal to hear the state’s appeal means that an April ruling by the San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that prevented the law from going into effect while litigation continues will remain intact. The law would prevent women from using the drug between the seventh and ninth week of pregnancy. The U.S. ...

Friends try to correct record on UVa rape story

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 03:34

The friends of 'Jackie' attempt to set the record straight.

Guantanamo 9/11 hearing to focus on FBI infiltration

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 02:09

By Ian Simpson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - FBI efforts to infiltrate defense teams will top the agenda when a U.S. military court hearing for suspects in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks starts on Monday, the first such proceeding since a Senate report on CIA torture was released last week. The two-day pretrial hearing at the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, will focus on the extent of Federal Bureau of Investigation intrusion into defense teams, according to the docket on a Pentagon website. ...

Accused Boston Marathon bomber set to emerge in court this week

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 01:20

The surviving suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings is scheduled to appear in court for the first time in more than a year.

‘Torture Report’ could help defense of accused 9/11 plotters

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 01:04

The Senate Intelligence Committee’s bombshell report on the CIA’s interrogation program has armed defense attorneys representing accused terrorists held in the military prison at Guantanamo Bay with a powerful argument against capital punishment and the integrity of the system in which they are being tried.

Hong Kong police clear last pro-democracy protest sites

Sun, 12/14/2014 - 23:51

By Donny Kwok HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong authorities arrested several pro-democracy activists on Monday as they cleared the last of three protest sites, marking the closure of demonstration camps in the city that have blocked streets for more than two months. About 100 police swept into Causeway Bay, a shopping district popular with mainland Chinese tourists, to remove barricades as protesters scrambled to pack up belongings from the smallest of the three main sites. One protester played drums next to a cardboard cut-out of Chinese President Xi Jinping as onlookers stood by. ...

Rare white rhino dies in U.S. zoo; only 5 left in world

Sun, 12/14/2014 - 20:01

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A northern white rhinoceros that zoo officials said was only one of six left in the world died Sunday at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park.

Hostage situation erupts in Sydney café

Sun, 12/14/2014 - 18:55

TV footage shows patrons inside a café standing with their hands pressed against windows.