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  • Teacher tried to stop Washington state shooting

    Sat, 25 Oct 2014 22:14:23 GMT

    TULALIP, Wash. (AP) — A newly hired teacher confronted a gunman and was being hailed as a hero on Saturday after a deadly shooting rampage in the cafeteria of a Washington state high school.

  • Complex investigation follows killing of deputies

    Sat, 25 Oct 2014 21:02:24 GMT

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — More than 100 law enforcement officers from across Northern California responded without being asked after hearing that one of their own had been killed at the start of a shooting rampage, a sheriff's spokeswoman said Saturday.

  • 3 officers suspected of sharing nude photos

    Sat, 25 Oct 2014 20:26:02 GMT

    MARTINEZ, Calif. (AP) — A California Highway Patrol officer suspected of stealing nude and racy photos from the cellphones of women arrested on drunken driving charges sent the pictures to at least two fellow officers in what he called a game, according to court documents.

  • Teacher tried to stop Washington state shooting

    Sat, 25 Oct 2014 19:08:10 GMT

    MARYSVILLE, Wash. (AP) — A union official says a newly hired high school teacher confronted a gunman during a deadly shooting at a Washington state school.

  • In Pakistan, a coup that wasn't

    Sat, 25 Oct 2014 18:18:02 GMT

    ISLAMABAD (AP) — It had all the elements of a classic coup: thousands descending on the capital, clashing with police outside parliament and commandeering state TV to demand the ouster of a civilian leader who had locked horns with the military in a country with a long history of turmoil and dictatorship.

  • Iran hangs woman for killing alleged rapist

    Sat, 25 Oct 2014 17:59:31 GMT

    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran hanged a woman on Saturday who was convicted of murdering a man she alleged was trying to rape her, drawing swift international condemnation for a prosecution several countries described as flawed.

  • Opposition rejects Mozambique's election results

    Sat, 25 Oct 2014 17:57:12 GMT

    MAPUTO, Mozambique (AP) — Mozambique's opposition parties on Saturday rejected the victory of the ruling Frelimo party, alleging voter fraud in the southeastern African nation's elections.

  • Nanny of Venezuelan ex-minister arrested in Brazil

    Sat, 25 Oct 2014 17:22:21 GMT

    SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazilian police say they arrested a nanny employed by Venezuela's former foreign minister as she tried to enter the country with a loaded .38 caliber revolver inside a briefcase.

  • Suspect in 2 deputy deaths jailed after manhunt

    Sat, 25 Oct 2014 17:15:10 GMT

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Two suspects have been booked into Sacramento County Jail following a series of shootings that left two sheriff's deputies dead, another wounded and a bystander in the hospital.

  • School worker tried to stop Washington shooting

    Sat, 25 Oct 2014 16:57:35 GMT

    MARYSVILLE, Wash. (AP) — A high school worker tried to stop a gunman who opened fire on a crowded lunchroom north of Seattle, killing one girl and badly wounding four others, authorities said Saturday.

  • Cafeteria worker tried to stop school shooter

    Sat, 25 Oct 2014 15:49:34 GMT

    MARYSVILLE, Wash. (AP) — A Washington state high school cafeteria worker tried to stop a gunman who opened fire at the school north of Seattle, killing one girl and badly wounding four others, authorities said Saturday.

  • Number of Rohingya fleeing Myanmar tops 100,000

    Sat, 25 Oct 2014 14:31:39 GMT

    YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — A growing sense of desperation is fueling a mass exodus of Rohingya Muslims from western Myanmar, with the number who have fled by boat since communal violence broke out two years ago now topping 100,000, a leading expert said Saturday.

  • Boy, 9, among 4 youths charged in robbery beating

    Sat, 25 Oct 2014 14:28:30 GMT

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Law enforcement officials say four Rhode Island boys ranging from 9 to 14 years old robbed and beat a man in Providence.

  • Washington school gunman was homecoming prince

    Sat, 25 Oct 2014 11:40:09 GMT

    MARYSVILLE, Wash. (AP) — Jaylen Fryberg was well liked and athletic, a football player named to his high school's homecoming court just one week ago.

  • Egypt leader: Foreign hands behind Sinai attack

    Sat, 25 Oct 2014 11:08:58 GMT

    CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi says a deadly assault on an army checkpoint in the Sinai Peninsula that killed 30 troops was a "foreign-funded operation."

  • Suspect in 2 deputy deaths captured after manhunt

    Sat, 25 Oct 2014 07:55:10 GMT

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A suspect described as a "one-man crime spree" is accused of shooting three Northern California sheriff's deputies, killing two of them and wounding a civilian, then eluding hundreds of searchers before being hunted down and forced to surrender, authorities said.

  • Suspect arrested in death of 2 California deputies

    Sat, 25 Oct 2014 07:01:40 GMT

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A man armed with an assault rifle shot three sheriff's deputies and a civilian, killing two of the deputies and leading dozens of police officers on a wild six-hour chase and manhunt Friday that spanned two Northern California counties before the 34-year-old suspect was taken into custody.

  • Expert: 8,000 more Rohingya flee Myanmar

    Sat, 25 Oct 2014 06:17:46 GMT

    YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — A growing sense of desperation is fueling a mass exodus of Rohingya Muslims from western Myanmar, with at least 8,000 members of the long-persecuted minority fleeing by boat in the last two weeks, according to residents and a leading expert.

  • School gunman was homecoming prince, students say

    Sat, 25 Oct 2014 04:47:14 GMT

    MARYSVILLE, Wash. (AP) — A student recently crowned freshman class homecoming prince walked into his Seattle-area high school cafeteria Friday and opened fire, killing one person and shooting four others — including two of his cousins — before turning the gun on himself, officials and witnesses said.

  • Today in History

    Sat, 25 Oct 2014 04:00:18 GMT

    Today is Saturday, Oct. 25, the 298th day of 2014. There are 67 days left in the year.

  • NYC police commissioner: Hatchet attack was terror

    Sat, 25 Oct 2014 03:08:50 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — A brazen daylight hatchet attack against a group of police officers on a busy New York street was a terrorist act by a reclusive Muslim convert who ranted online against America but had no clear ties to international extremists, the police commissioner said Friday.