Court documents show that a cross-dressing man killed during a violent encounter at the National Security Agency had a history of theft and assault, and was mistaken at least once for being a woman. The FBI has identified Ricky Shawatza Hall as the person who was killed Monday after the NSA said he failed to obey orders to drive away from a heavily guarded gate leading into the highly secure NSA campus. An NSA police officer was treated for minor injuries and released.
Former military dictator Muhammadu Buhari said Wednesday it was time "to heal wounds," a day after Nigeria's president conceded defeat in a bitterly fought election. Buhari was the sole candidate of a coalition of the major political parties that formed two years ago and transformed Nigeria's political landscape by offering the first real challenge to the governing party that has been in power since 1999. Because of decades of military rule â€” Buhari himself ousted a democratically elected government in the 1980s â€” this is only the eighth election in Nigeria's history and the fifth since democracy was restored in 1999. "You voted for change and now change has come," said Buhari, who describes himself as a convert to democracy.
The world's oldest person, a Japanese woman, died Wednesday, a few weeks after celebrating her 117th birthday. Misao Okawa died of heart failure and stopped breathing as relatives and nursing home workers stood by her side and praised her for achieving a long, healthy life, said Tomohiro Okada, an official at her Osaka nursing home. A 116-year-old American woman, Gertrude Weaver of Arkansas, is now the world's oldest person, according to Los Angeles-based Gerontology Research Group, which keeps records of supercentenarians. Okawa, born in Osaka on March 5, 1898, was recognized as the world's oldest person by Guinness World Records in 2013.
Gary Ross Dahl, the creator of the wildly popular 1970s fad the Pet Rock, has died at age 78 in southern Oregon. Dahl's wife, Marguerite Dahl, confirmed Tuesday that her husband of 40 years died March 23 of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. The Pet Rock required no work and no time commitment. Born Dec. 18, 1936, in Bottineau, North Dakota, Dahl was raised in Spokane, Washington.
Leslie A. Williams, a former member of the Tuskegee Airmen, which broke the military colour barrier during World War II, has died in California. Williams died Monday of natural causes at his home in Patterson, said his daughter Penny Williams. A native of San Francisco, Williams was drafted into the Army in 1939 and trained for nine months at Tuskegee Army Air Field in Alabama. The Tuskegee Airmen were an elite group of African-American fighter pilots in the U.S. Army Air Corps who trained during the time of government-sanctioned Jim Crow laws.
Seven-year-old Faith Lennox never thought much about putting a prosthetic limb where her missing left hand had once been. With family members occasionally shouting "Be careful" and "Watch out for that car," Faith firmly placed her new hand's bright blue and pink fingers on her bike's left handlebar and took off for a seemingly endless sojourn around the Build It Workspace on Tuesday morning. When Faith outgrows it in six months or a year, a replacement can be made just as cheaply and easily, said Mark Muller, a prosthetics professor at California State University, Dominguez Hills, who helped with the design.
The executive director of SociĂ©tĂ© duÂ Parc Jean-Drapeau, Daniel Blier, has resigned following a scathing report from Montreal's corruption watchdog. Inspector-generalÂ Denis GallantÂ uncovered serious problems with several contracts awarded in connection with a project to spruce up Parc Jean-Drapeau for Montreal's 375th anniversary in 2017. In a report issued on March 23, Denis Gallant said theÂ SociĂ©tĂ© duÂ Parc Jean-DrapeauÂ â€”Â the publicly funded body that runs the parkÂ â€”Â ignored or incorrectly applied rules for awarding several contracts over the last two years. At the time, Montreal Mayor Denis CoderreÂ said Blier should be fired.
A man was found dead Tuesday in the Hollywood Hills home of Getty oil fortune heir Andrew Getty, but officials didn't say if the body was that of J. Paul Getty's grandson. A woman calling to report that someone had died sent officers to the gated home on Montcalm Avenue shortly after 2:15 p.m. They found the man dead in a bathroom, police spokesman Jack Richter said. Police Cmdr. Andrew Smith said the woman was co-operating with the investigation. Getty is one of four sons of Gordon Getty, a San Francisco multibillionaire who is among the richest men in the United States.
A man stormed into a medical office building in downtown Fresno and fatally shot the mother of his five children before he killed himself, police in central California said Tuesday. Arriving officers heard one gunshot, Fresno police Lt. Joe Gomez said. Fresno Deputy Police Chief Pat Farmer said there are two businesses in the building â€” a pediatric clinic and an eye clinic. Gomez identified the shooter as Neng Moua, 43, of Clovis.