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Cops on alert after shootings

Dec 22, 2014 / 6:45 am

Big-city police departments and union leaders around the country are warning the rank and file to wear bulletproof vests and avoid making inflammatory posts on social media in the days after a man ambushed two officers and shot them to death inside their patrol car. The slayings of Officers...

No terror link in car rampage

Dec 22, 2014 / 6:10 am

The prosecutor in the French city of Dijon says the driver who ran down 13 pedestrians in the city has a long history of severe mental illness and no links to terrorism. The man, who is 40, has admitted his role in the attack, said prosecutor Marie-Christine Tarrare. She said he had been...

Militants face-to-face with victims

Dec 22, 2014 / 5:35 am

Haider Ali Motar was convicted of terrorism charges about a month ago for helping to carry out a string of Baghdad car bombings on behalf of the Islamic State extremist group. Now, the 21-year old is a reluctant cast member in a popular reality TV show. "In the Grip of the Law," brings...

State sponsors of terrorism?

Dec 22, 2014 / 5:07 am

President Barack Obama says the United States is reviewing whether to put North Korea back on its list of state sponsors of terrorism as Washington decides how to respond to what he calls an "act of cybervandalism," not one of war, against a movie company. North Korea has reacted...

Burials fuel Ebola outbreak

Dec 21, 2014 / 9:13 pm

The radio announcement is chilling and blunt: "If I die, I want the deaths to stop with me." Dr. Desmond Williams continues: "I want to give my family the permission to request a safe and dignified, medical burial for me." The announcement is part of a campaign to urge...

Lightning sends 7 to hospital

Dec 21, 2014 / 7:11 pm

Officials with Tampa Fire Rescue say seven people have been taken to the hospital with minor injuries after a lightning strike in a parking lot near the Tampa Bay Buccaneers stadium. Spokesman Jason Penny says it doesn't appear that anyone was directly struck by the lightning Sunday...

Officer shot and killed

Dec 21, 2014 / 7:05 pm

Florida authorities say a Tarpon Springs police officer was shot and killed early Sunday by a fugitive trying to evade a warrant. Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri said Sunday that police have arrested 23-year-old Marco Antonio Parilla Jr. on suspicion of first-degree murder. The shooting...
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Backlash from NYC cop deaths

Dec 21, 2014 / 3:27 pm

Civil rights leaders Sunday condemned the ambush killings of two New York police officers and expressed fear that the backlash over the bloodshed could derail the protest movement that has grown out of the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner. In the hours following the killing of the...

Wikipedia's year in review

Dec 21, 2014 / 5:00 am

Wikipedia, the popular free online encyclopedia has launched its first ever annual video. It revisits many of the year's top stories and articles that were read and edited from the FIFA World Cup, to various protests held around the globe. Over 100 million edits were made to Wikipedia...

Woman charged with murder

Dec 21, 2014 / 4:30 am

An Australian woman was charged with murder on Sunday in the deaths of seven of her children and her niece, whose bodies were found inside her home, police said. Mersane Warria, 37, was charged with eight counts of murder in a bedside hearing at a hospital in the northern city of Cairns where...

2 NYC cops shot dead

Dec 20, 2014 / 6:20 pm

Update -- 6 p.m. A gunman who announced online that he was planning to shoot two "pigs" in retaliation for the chokehold death of Eric Garner ambushed two police officers in a patrol car and shot them to death in broad daylight Saturday before running to a subway station and killing...

US asks China for help

Dec 20, 2014 / 3:34 pm

The United States is asking China for help as it weighs potential responses to a cyberattack against Sony Pictures Entertainment that the U.S. has blamed on North Korea. A senior Obama administration official says the U.S. and China have shared information about the attack and that the U.S. has...

WHO: Ebola kills over 7,000

Dec 20, 2014 / 2:48 pm

The worst Ebola outbreak on record has now killed more than 7,000 people, with many of the latest deaths reported in Sierra Leone, the World Health Organization said as United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon continued his tour of Ebola-affected countries in West Africa on Saturday. The...

Detente won't change Cuba

Dec 20, 2014 / 2:46 pm

Cuban President Raul Castro sent a blunt message to Washington Saturday as the White House works to reverse a half-century of hostility between the U.S. and Cuba: Don't expect detente to do away with the communist system. Castro's speech to Cuba's National Assembly was a sharp...

Soviet threat to Santa? No way

Dec 20, 2014 / 12:26 pm

The Kennedy Presidential Library wants to remind the world that not even the threat of thermonuclear conflict can stop Santa Claus from making his rounds. The library has republished the text of a 1961 letter from President John F. Kennedy reassuring a little girl who was worried about possible...

N. Korea wants joint investigation

Dec 20, 2014 / 12:22 pm

North Korea on Saturday proposed a joint investigation with the U.S. into the hacking attack against Sony Pictures Entertainment, warning of "serious" consequences if Washington rejects a probe that it believes would prove Pyongyang had nothing to do with the cyberattack. The proposal...

Thief dyes dog's fur

Dec 20, 2014 / 12:18 pm

Coco, a reddish-brown pit bull with white markings, went missing from her Southern California home on Thanksgiving. Nearly a month later, she was found and reunited with her owners — only, she's a different colour. The Press-Enterprise reports Saturday (http://bit.ly/1JxnzqH) that...

Aging white lion euthanized

Dec 20, 2014 / 8:46 am

An aging white lion given to the Cincinnati Zoo by performers Seigfried & Roy had to be euthanized because of age-related health issues. The zoo says Future — one of two male African white lions loaned permanently by Siegfried and Roy in 1998 — was put down Thursday. He was 17...

Sony cyberattack muted in Japan

Dec 20, 2014 / 8:31 am

Japan's biggest newspaper, Yomiuri Shimbun, featured a story about Sony Corp. on its website Friday. It wasn't about hacking. It was about the company's struggling tablet business. Over at newswire Kyodo News, just after the FBI formally blamed North Korea for the cyberattack, mega...

Cuba won't change overnight

Dec 20, 2014 / 8:26 am

President Barack Obama says he doesn't expect the reopening of diplomatic relations with Cuba to bring overnight change on the island, a quick end to the U.S. economic embargo or the likelihood that he will soon visit the communist nation. "This is still a regime that represses its...
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