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In mysterious pre-dawn shootout, Pakistan police kill feared Sunni militant leader, 13 others

1 hour 3 min ago

Pakistani police gunned down one of the country's most-feared Sunni militant leaders and 13 followers in a mysterious pre-dawn shootout Wednesday, killing a man believed to behind the slaughter of hundreds of the nation's minority Shiites. Malik Ishaq, who directed the operations of the Taliban- and al-Qaida-linked Lashkar-e-Jhangvi group, was so feared in Pakistan that frightened judges hid their faces from him and even offered the unrepentant killer tea and cookies in court. Details of Ishaq's killing remain cloudy in Pakistan, where extrajudicial slayings by police remain common — especially in pre-staged ambushes.

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Five stories in the news today, July 29

1 hour 6 min ago

The commander of one of the country's most famous infantry battalions faces serious, sex-related charges, less than a week after the country's new defence chief pledged to eradicate sexual misconduct in the military. Lt.-Col. Mason Stalker of the 1st Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry has been charged with 10 offences including sexual assault, sexual exploitation and breach of trust. A terrorism trial tasked with deciding whether a B.C. couple was coerced into masterminding a deadly bomb plot has heard from a Mountie responsible for training undercover officers to pass as jihadi extremists.

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Clinton's dodge on Keystone XL pipeline frustrates many, including questioner

1 hour 25 min ago
A town-hall spectator who elicited a headline-making non-answer from Hillary Clinton understands perfectly well why she dodged his question about Keystone XL. "There's enormous pressure from both sides," said Bruce Blodgett, a New Hampshire software developer whose question to Clinton produced news Tuesday across the U.S. and beyond. The New Hampshire man is one of many people expressing frustration with Clinton this week, as people on both sides of the pipeline debate urge her to take a stand as the issue enters a critical phase.
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Self-proclaimed Israeli ambassador takes Mounties to court in B.C.

1 hour 26 min ago
BURNS LAKE, C.-B. - A self-proclaimed ambassador to Israel who was originally charged with assaulting police is pushing British Columbia's Crown prosecution service to weigh criminal allegations, including kidnapping, against two Mounties. Neil MacKenzie, a spokesman for B.C.'s Criminal Justice Branch, said in an interview that prosecutors are now assessing allegations raised by Andrew Fidler during a private prosecution launched in Burns Lake provincial court.
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Batman says he has Batmobile trouble, leaves traffic chaos on Ontario highway

1 hour 26 min ago

When the Dark Knight has car trouble it's a recipe for traffic chaos. Drivers returning from Ontario's cottage country clogged Highway 401 near Napanee on Sunday evening as they watched Batman, in his Batsuit, working on his Batmobile. Julie Toole said she watched Batman "in full garb standing at the back (of the car).

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B.C. court hears from cop who helps undercover officers pose as terrorists

1 hour 26 min ago
A terrorism trial tasked with deciding whether a B.C. couple was coerced into masterminding a deadly bomb plot has heard from a Mountie responsible for training undercover officers to pass as jihadi extremists. Mokdad says in 2013 he provided magazine articles, extremist videos and scripture from the Qur'an to the commander of an undercover RCMP sting operation that ended with the arrests of John Nuttall and Amanda Korody. The couple's lawyers are in B.C. Supreme Court to argue they were entrapped — that they feared they would be killed by undercover officers posing as al-Qaida agents if they didn't follow through with a terrorist attack.
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India's SpiceJet in talks with Boeing, Airbus for $11 billion jet deal

1 hour 44 min ago

Indian budget airline SpiceJet Ltd is in talks with Boeing Co and Airbus Group to acquire about 100 new narrow-body jets, its chief financial officer said on Wednesday, in a deal that would be worth about $11 billion at list prices. SpiceJet wants to buy more Airbus A320neo and Boeing 737 Max aircraft, Kiran Koteshwar told Reuters, as it looks to rebuild its business after almost collapsing last year. "We have to place an order so we have a long-term business plan in place.

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Bangladesh upholds death penalty for opposition leader for 1971 war crimes

2 hours 28 min ago

Bangladesh's Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld the death sentence for an influential opposition leader and an aide to a former prime minister for his role in mass killings during the country's independence war against Pakistan in 1971. Chief Justice S.K. Sinha delivered the verdict against Bangladesh Nationalist Party leader Salauddin Quader Chowdhury, a former aide to ex-Prime Minister Khaleda Zia. The ruling clears the way for the man's execution unless he gets presidential clemency.

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Doctors: Boy, 8, who lost hands to infection becomes youngest double-hand transplant recipient

2 hours 41 min ago

An 8-year-old boy who lost his hands and feet to a serious infection has become the youngest patient to receive a double-hand transplant, surgeons said Tuesday. Zion Harvey's forearms were heavily bandaged but his hands were visible as he flashed some big smiles Tuesday at a hospital news conference. The boy, from the Baltimore suburb of Owings Mills, Maryland, received the transplant earlier this month at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, though doctors did not publicly disclose the nearly 11-hour operation until this week.

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Authorities attempt to learn what caused tree to fall and injure 8 children, 2 critically

2 hours 58 min ago

It was another sunny and hot day in the fourth year of a severe, unrelenting drought when dozens of children who had just spent the day splashing and playing at a "Water Wonders Camp" heard a loud crack and saw a giant pine tree hurtling toward them. As the children tried to scramble to safety Tuesday afternoon eight were hit and injured. Two were hospitalized in critical condition, Pasadena Fire Department spokeswoman Lisa Derderian said.

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In response to conspiracy theories, Texas jail releases footage of Bland before her death

4 hours 10 min ago

Texas authorities on Tuesday released several hours of footage showing Sandra Bland during her three days in jail, saying they wanted to dispel rumours that she was dead before arriving there. Waller County Judge Trey Duhon said such conspiracy theories — including one that Bland's mug shot was taken after her death — have prompted death threats against county officials. "Sandra Bland was alive and well" until she was found hanging on July 13 in her cell at the Waller County Jail, Duhon said.

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New York prison worker pleads guilty to helping 2 convicted killers in their elaborate escape

4 hours 11 min ago

Joyce Mitchell, an instructor in the tailor shop at the Clinton Correctional Facility in upstate New York, wore shackles and prison stripes as she entered the pleas in a barely audible voice. Afterward, her lawyer, Stephen Johnston, said she realizes she made a "horrible mistake" by getting involved with Richard Matt and David Sweat, who staged an elaborate escape from the maximum-security prison on June 6. "I think that to a certain extent, Matt got her to feeling good about herself, better than she had for a period of time, and she was swept off her feet a bit.

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Fed expected to push ahead with rate hike plan

4 hours 22 min ago

The Federal Reserve is expected on Wednesday to point to a growing U.S. economy and stronger job market as it sets the stage for a possible interest rate hike in September. The U.S. central bank is scheduled to issue its latest policy statement at 2 p.m. EDT following a two-day meeting, spelling out how policymakers feel the economy has progressed since they last met in June. Earlier this year the Fed embraced a meeting-by-meeting approach on the timing of what will be its first rate hike since June 2006, making such a decision solely dependent on incoming economic data.

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NFL Commissioner Goodell upholds Tom Brady's 4-game suspension, citing destroyed cellphone

4 hours 27 min ago

Tom Brady's four-game suspension for his role in using underinflated footballs during the AFC championship game was upheld Tuesday by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. Goodell said the New England quarterback told an assistant to destroy Brady's cellphone on or just before March 6. Brady met with independent investigator Ted Wells on that day.

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Baby giraffe whose birth at Dallas Zoo was watched on the Internet worldwide dies in accident

4 hours 56 min ago

A baby giraffe whose birth at the Dallas Zoo was viewed live on the Internet worldwide has died in an accident. A Dallas Zoo statement says Kipenzi (kih-PEHN'-zee), the 3-month-old giraffe, died about 5:30 p.m. Tuesday when she ran into a perimeter edge of the barn that's part of the giraffe herd's habitat. Kipenzi's birth April 10 was live-streamed on the Animal Planet website.

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Diner en Blanc picnic for 5,000 guests pops up in New York; 120,000 more around the world

Tue, 07/28/2015 - 23:34

Guests for Tuesday's Diner en Blanc, French for Dinner in White, showed up at one of 24 designated spots where the secret venue was disclosed. Wendy Chang, a Hawaii native who works for an architectural firm that helped build One World Trade Center, bought the white chairs she shared with friends at IKEA.

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75-foot falling tree near Southern California kids' museum injures 8 children, 2 critically

Tue, 07/28/2015 - 23:33

A huge, ancient pine tree uprooted and fell onto kids at a summer day camp Tuesday, injuring eight children, two of them critically, fire officials said. The 75-foot-tall, 75-year-old pine crashed without warning at around 5 p.m. just outside the Kidspace Children's Museum, city fire spokeswoman Lisa Derderian said. "I heard a tree crack and then I turned around and I saw little kids running and then I saw the tree fall on top of the little kids, maybe about five or seven of them," Greg Prodigalidad told KABC-TV.

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Police release photos of theatre gunman's car, seek anyone who saw him before shooting

Tue, 07/28/2015 - 22:35

LAFAYETTE, La. - Police in Louisiana have released photos of a car that a gunman was driving before he opened fire in a movie theatre.

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Wind gusts push Northern California wildfire over enforcement line, forcing evacuations

Tue, 07/28/2015 - 22:29

More than 200 people were ordered from their homes Tuesday when a wildfire jumped a containment line east of California's Napa Valley wine country in one of several blazes burning across the state. The week-old fire was given a burst of energy by rising temperatures, wind gusts and low humidity, said Daniel Berlant, a spokesman for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. The flare-up in the rugged, steep terrain of Solano County quickly consumed 150 acres.

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Colorado theatre shooter's father says he grew concerned when son stopped calling

Tue, 07/28/2015 - 22:29

The father of Colorado theatre gunman James Holmes said he never suspected his son was mentally ill before the 2012 attack, but he and his wife became increasingly concerned about him when he stopped returning their phone calls. Robert Holmes said the call they did receive was from their son's psychiatrist, about a month before the shooting. After the psychiatrist called, Robert Holmes said he entertained the possibility that his son might have Asperger's syndrome.

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