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Official: Hospital gunman intended to kill others

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 00:58

A psychiatrist's patient ranted about a gun ban at a suburban medical complex before opening fire there, killing his caseworker and grazing his psychiatrist before the doctor pulled out his own weapon and fired back, authorities said Friday.

Police hunt for 2 who carjacked SUV, killed 3 kids

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 00:56

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Police were searching for two men who carjacked an SUV and plowed into a group of children and adults selling fruit to raise money for their church, killing three kids and critically injuring their mother and the carjacking victim. Another woman was hurt but is in stable condition.

China's Guangdong province removes over 850 'naked officials' from their posts

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 00:33
More than 850 government workers in China's southern province of Guangdong have been forced out of their jobs as part of an anti-crackdown on officials whose spouses and children have emigrated abroad. An investigation by the provincial government identified 2,190 "naked officials" and 866 of them have been removed from their posts, according to a report posted on the Guangdong government's official news portal on Friday and carried in local media on Saturday. State media have reported that so-called naked officials will not be considered for promotion, as they are viewed as flight risks whose ability to escape overseas could make them more inclined to engage in acts of corruption. Xinhua said naked officials were a serious problem in Guangdong, which borders Hong Kong.

No truce, but 12-hour lull in Gaza fighting begins

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 00:33

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — A 12-hour humanitarian cease-fire has begun to allow civilians in Gaza to receive aid and evacuate to safer areas.

Top 1% control a third of China's wealth - report

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 00:28

The top one percent of households in Communist-ruled China control more than one third of the country's wealth, while the bottom 25 percent control just one percent, official media said, citing an academic report. The 2012 figures contained in a Peking University report released late Friday reveal the massive breadth of China's social inequality, a widespread source of anger in the country. The wealth gap is also of significant concern for the ruling Communist Party, which places huge importance on preserving social stability to avoid any challenge to its grasp on power. "The difference between wages in the cities and the rural areas is the main reason behind China’s unequal wealth," the newspaper added.

New 'Game of Thrones' actors revealed at Comic-Con

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 00:25

SAN DIEGO (AP) — They traveled a long way from the continent of Westeros to get there, but cast members of HBO's "Game of Thrones" at Friday's Comic-Con panel remained tight-lipped on spoilers.

Israel and Hamas declare 12-hour Gaza truce

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 23:56

The Israeli military and the militant Palestinian Hamas were set on Saturday to start a 12-hour ceasefire at 8:00 am (0500 GMT), but a longer-term truce remained elusive. Hamas said that it and other militant groups in Gaza had reached "national consensus on a humanitarian truce" and Israel later confirmed that it would observe what it called "a humanitarian window in the Gaza Strip". A statement from the Hamas-run interior ministry in Gaza warned people not to approach bombed-out buildings and militant bases for fear of "explosive objects". Earlier, US Secretary of State John Kerry, speaking from Cairo, said that efforts to broker a longer halt to the fighting had so far yet to bear fruit.

EU hits Russian intelligence chiefs with sanctions

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 23:48

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union on Friday extended its Ukraine-related sanctions to target top Russian intelligence officials and leaders of the pro-Russia revolt in eastern Ukraine, official documents showed.

White Sox: Reinsdorf hospitalized in Cooperstown

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 23:35

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago White Sox say owner Jerry Reinsdorf has been hospitalized after feeling lightheaded in Cooperstown, New York.

Ohio State under shadow again, this time with band

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 23:33

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Having forced out a beloved football coach and watched its president retire after a series of verbal gaffes, Ohio State University again finds itself grabbing headlines with the firing of a celebrated marching band director accused of ignoring a "sexualized" culture of rituals among band members.

'Hitman: Agent 47' trailer takes aim at Comic-Con

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 23:13

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The first trailer for "Hitman: Agent 47" was unloaded at Comic-Con.

Defending champ Isner advances in Atlanta

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 22:54

John Isner kept his Atlanta ATP title defense on track with a 7-6 (10/8), 6-4 quarter-final victory over Australian Marinko Matosevic. A day after Isner fired 30 aces and still had to fight off two match points in a second-round win over Robby Ginepri, the towering American fired 17 aces and won 84 percent of his first-serve points in his win over Matosevic.

Baby dies after being left in hot car in Kansas

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 22:43

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A 10-month-old Kansas girl died after being strapped for more than two hours inside a sweltering car, and police arrested a foster parent who said he'd forgotten about her until something on TV jogged his memory, an official said Friday.

Price, Rays beat Red Sox for 8th straight victory

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 22:33

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — David Price and the Tampa Bay Rays are on quite a roll.

California state senator facing additional charge

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 22:15

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal grand jury on Friday charged a California state senator with more felonies in addition to the eight counts he already faced in a sweeping organized crime and public corruption case centered in San Francisco's Chinatown.

New EU sanctions to target Russian businesses

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 22:15
BRUSSELS (AP) — A European Union document shows that among those targeted by the EU-wide asset freeze and travel ban are Alexander Bortnikov, head of the Russian Federal Security.

EU edges to economic sanctions on Russia but narrows scope

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 22:14

By Adrian Croft and Barbara Lewis BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union reached outline agreement on Friday to impose the first economic sanctions on Russia over its behavior in Ukraine but scaled back their scope to exclude technology for the crucial gas sector. The EU also imposed travel bans and asset freezes on the chiefs of Russia's FSB security service and foreign intelligence service and a number of other top Russian officials, saying they had helped shape Russian government policy that threatened Ukraine's sovereignty and national integrity. FSB director Alexander Bortnikov and Mikhail Fradkov, a former prime minister who now heads the foreign intelligence service, were among 15 Russians or Ukrainians and 18 companies and other organizations named in the EU's latest sanctions list.

Judge dismisses lawsuit over Amelia Earhart search

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 22:14

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — A federal judge on Friday dismissed a Wyoming man's claims that an aircraft recovery group secretly found wreckage of aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart's missing airplane in the South Pacific but kept it quiet so it could continue raising funds for the search.

Lakers mum on report Scott offered coaching job

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 22:04

Los Angeles (AFP) - The Los Angeles Lakers declined to comment on reports they had offered Byron Scott their head coaching job.

Meares targets medal record on super Saturday

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 22:03

Australian cyclist Anna Meares will attempt to defend her women's sprint title on Saturday and become the joint most decorated track cyclist in Commonwealth Games history. The 30-year-old equalled Kathy Watt's Australian women's record of seven Commonwealth medals and became the first rider to win a medal at four Games when she retained her title in the women's 500m time trial on Thursday. If Meares can win medal in the sprint, she will become the first track cyclist to win six golds and also equal New Zealand's Gary Anderson as the most decorated track cyclist at the Commonwealth Games with eight. After winning the women's 3000m individual pursuit, Joanna Rowsell returns to the track to compete in the 10km scratch race along with English team-mates Laura Trott and Dani King.