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Kerry seeks Egypt aid in battle against extremists

CAIRO (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Saturday hailed Egypt as an "important partner" in the emerging coalition aimed at beating back the extremist Islamic State group, while stressing that the need for Cairo's support would not lead Washington to ignore human rights concerns.


Police manhunt underway after trooper shot dead at Pennsylvania barracks

(Reuters) - Police in three states searched on Saturday for a shooter or shooters who killed a state trooper in an ambush at a police barracks in Pennsylvania, police said. Later on Saturday morning, police said they were questioning a man about the shooting, although it was not immediately clear whether the manhunt was still under way. The shooting, in which a second trooper was wounded, occurred at the Blooming Grove barracks around 11 p.m. EDT on Friday, Pennsylvania State Police Commissioner Frank Noonan said during a morning news conference. The shooter or shooters were still on the loose on Saturday morning, Noonan said, prompting a manhunt by police from Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey.

Man being questioned in police barracks shooting

BLOOMING GROVE, Pa. (AP) — Two troopers were ambushed outside a state police barracks in northeastern Pennsylvania during a late-night shift change, leaving one dead and another injured, and authorities were questioning a person of interest, state police said Saturday.


Uganda foils Somalia Shebab cell plotting 'imminent attack': US

Ugandan security forces have stopped a cell of Somalia's Al-Qaeda linked Shebab insurgents apparently "planning for an imminent attack," the US embassy said Saturday. "Ugandan authorities reported the discovery of an Al-Shebab terrorist cell in Kampala," it said in a statement. Police spokesman Fred Enanga confirmed forces had "made arrests." "Joint security agencies in Uganda have foiled a terrorist attempt at one of its installations," Enanga told AFP, without giving any further details.


Investigations underway into Ohio prison escape

LIMA, Ohio (AP) — Criminal and internal investigations are underway to determine how a convicted killer of three Ohio high school students managed to escape from prison, along with two other inmates, state correction officials say.


Oregon Zoo euthanizes newborn lion cub after injury

(Reuters) - The Oregon Zoo said on Friday it was forced to euthanize a newborn lion cub after it had been grievously injured by its mother accidentally. Zoo workers became worried about the four-day-old cub on Thursday night when they noticed it wasn't moving like its three siblings, the zoo said in a statement.

Professor from Europe takes plea deal in 1995 California killing

By Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A psychology professor from Europe accused of murder in the 1995 stabbing death of a man who she says raped her pleaded guilty to a lesser charge on Friday in Southern California, and prosecutors said she has agreed to testify against others involved in the killing. Norma Patricia Esparza, 40, who grew up in Southern California, pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter and is expected to be sentenced to six years in prison, the Orange County District Attorney's Office said in a statement. She was originally charged with murder in the killing of 24-year-old Gonzalo Ramirez. Two men, her former boyfriend, Gianni Van, 45, and his alleged accomplice Shannon Ray Gries, 43, remain charged with murder in the case.

NFL's Adrian Peterson charged with child abuse, will miss Sunday's game

Police were seeking on Friday to arrest Minnesota Vikings star running back Adrian Peterson on a charge of child abuse, a Texas sheriff's office said, while Peterson's attorney said the incident resulted from him "using a switch to spank his son." The National Football League's Vikings also said in a statement they will drop Peterson from the team's roster for Sunday's game against the New England Patriots as the team looks into the matter. Peterson, a Texas native, was indicted by a grand jury in Montgomery County, north of Houston, on a charge of injury to a child, and an arrest warrant was issued on Friday afternoon, the sheriff's office said in a statement.


Ferguson video shows slain teen raising hands in air

Cellphone video that shows a witness raising his hands in the air immediately after the fatal shooting of a black 18-year-old by a white police officer in Ferguson appears to support previous accounts and could bolster arguments that Michael Brown was surrendering when he was shot, legal experts said Friday.


Ebola: U.S. to train Liberian armed forces to help tackle crisis

The United States said on Friday it would train Liberia's security forces to assist in isolation operations to tackle an Ebola epidemic ravaging the West African nation, after a boy was killed when soldiers opened fire on a protest last month. The worst Ebola outbreak on record has killed more than 2,400 people in West Africa - more than half of them in Liberia. Ambassador to Liberia Deborah Malac told reporters in Monrovia that the United States would support Liberia both through the epidemic and beyond.


Obama says need to 'snuff out' militant groups like Islamic State

By Steve Holland BALTIMORE (Reuters) - President Barack Obama said on Friday the goal of an international coalition he is helping to form is to "ultimately snuff out" the type of extremism demonstrated by Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. It is a "sobering time," said Obama at a Democratic fund-raising event in Baltimore following his decision to authorize U.S. The threat from Islamic State has had an important silver lining, he said. It has focused the world's attention on the need to "ultimately snuff out this particular brand of Islamic extremism that really has no place in the 21st century." Obama is leading an effort to form a coalition of Western allies and Gulf Arab states to take on the extremist group, whose savage methods have included beheading two American journalists.


Autopsy: N.Y. inmate died from heat, meds in cell

NEW YORK (AP) — The death of a mentally ill, homeless former Marine in a 101-degree New York City jail cell was caused by hyperthermia due to environmental exposure to heat, according to a spokeswoman for the medical examiner, who ruled the February death an accident on Friday.


Priest found guilty of raping dozens of children in Canada

A defrocked Catholic priest was found guilty Friday of raping dozens of children and a sled dog in the Canadian Arctic, where he worked as a missionary for decades. The Belgian-born Eric Dejaeger, 67, was convicted of 31 counts of sexual offenses against children and one count of bestiality. At the start of the his trial last November in Iqaluit, the capital of Canada's northernmost Nunavut territory, Dejaeger acknowledged and pleaded guilty to eight out of 80 original charges. Justice Robert Kilpatrick ruled the evidence had been weakened by the passage of time, and whittled down the number in the indictment.


Foley family: We were 'threatened' over ransom

The family of murdered American journalist James Foley says it was threatened by a U.S. ABC News quoted Foley's mother and brother as saying a military officer working for President Barack Obama's National Security Council had told them several times that they could face criminal charges if they paid a ransom. The White House refused to discuss conversations that the family had with officials, but said they involved people from different government branches, including the White House, the FBI, the intelligence agencies and the Defense Department. "I'm not going to get into who said what in the context of these individual conversations," spokesman Josh Earnest said, but he reaffirmed the U.S.


Hawks general manager takes leave of absence after making racial comments

Atlanta Hawks General Manager Danny Ferry, under fire for making racially charged remarks, has taken an indefinite leave of absence, the NBA team said on Friday. Ferry's move follows an announcement on Sunday by majority owner Bruce Levenson that he would sell his controlling interest because he had sent a racially insensitive email. Ferry's leave takes effect immediately, Hawks Chief Executive Steve Koonin said. "It is my hope that this time away from the Hawks organization allows him the privacy he needs to listen to the community, to learn about his mistakes, and to begin the long process of personal healing," Koonin said in a statement.


Rob Ford quits mayor's race; brother to run in his place

TORONTO (AP) — Toronto Mayor Rob Ford withdrew his re-election bid Friday as he seeks treatment for a tumor in his abdomen, dramatically ending a campaign he had doggedly pursued despite a stint in rehab and calls for him to quit amid drug and alcohol scandals. But he announced his brother would run in his place, saying "we cannot go backwards."


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