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Saying goodbye to Colorado dead

DENVER — Mourners packed a Denver church yesterday for the funeral of a 23-year-old woman who was among the 12 people shot to death at a midnight showing of a new Batman film, and a judge clamped down on leaks of information about the accused gunman and the investigation. The private, two-hour memorial for Micayla […]

Imminent risk

  AMMAN/BEIRUT — President Bashar al-Assad’s artillery pounded rebel-held areas around Aleppo today, preparing the ground for an onslaught on Syria’s biggest city where the United States has said it fears a “massacre” may be imminent. Opposition sources said the shelling, which follows intensive ground and air bombardment of the city itself, was an attempt […]

Russia eyes Cuba for naval base site

MOSCOW — Russia hopes to establish its first naval base abroad since the 1991 collapse of the Soviet Union and is looking at Cuba, Vietnam and the Seychelles as possible locations, state-run RIA news agency quoted the navy chief as saying today. Russia has been increasing the reach of its navy in recent years, sending […]

US droughts continue to threaten global food prices

CHICAGO — The severe drought in the US Midwest wreaked more havoc across the country yesterday, forcing barges on the Mississippi River to lighten loads for fear of getting stuck and raising concerns about higher prices for food and gasoline. Damage to crops in the most extensive drought in five decades and the pressure of […]

Skype denies revamp to aid spying

LONDON — Microsoft’s online message, phone and video chat service Skype has denied making changes to its system “in order to provide law officers greater access” to its members’ conversations. It follows reports suggesting infrastructure upgrades had made it easier to hand on users’ chat data. Skype has now posted a blog saying the changes […]

Still pounding key cities

BEIRUT — Damascus and Syria’s second biggest city, Aleppo, came under shell fire today as troops loyal to President Bashar al-Assad stepped up efforts to crush rebels threatening the government’s two main power centres. One of the most senior figures to defect from Assad’s inner circle, Brigadier General Manaf Tlas, put himself forward as someone […]

Suspected murderer mailed notes to doc

AURORA — The man accused in the movie theatre massacre at the opening of the new Batman film mailed a notebook detailing his plans to a psychiatrist at his university before the attack, Fox News reported yesterday, as the first funeral was held for one of the 12 people killed. The package allegedly sent by […]

China indicts politician's wife for murder

BEIJING — China has indicted Gu Kailai, the wife of deposed Communist Party politician Bo Xilai, for intentional homicide, in the latest development in a political scandal that has shaken the Party’s once-in-a-decade succession. Gu and family employee Zhang Xiaojun will be prosecuted for allegedly poisoning British businessman Neil Heywood over “conflict of economic interests” […]

Baby abandoned in shopping cart

OCALA — This is one mother who won’t be up for any “Mom of the Year” awards. Two women leaving a Florida Walmart were confronted for allegedly shoplifting. In the video above, you can see one woman bolts immediately, leaving her one-year-old child sitting in the shopping cart. The baby’s aunt initially starts to drag […]

Bandits get gun surprise

BLENHEIM, S.C. – Ruby Hodge is packing heat – as a couple of crooks found out.
The 89-year-old South Carolina widow chased off two bandits with a .38 caliber pistol she pulled from under her mattress.
Hodge told the Florence Morning News the gun h

Shoplifter runs leaving daughter behind

NORTH CAROLINA — A Rhodhiss man who was attempting to shoplift at Walmart left his four and a half-year-old daughter behind when he ran away from loss prevention officers early Friday morning.
That’s what police say Joseph Randy Sheffield, 26, did.

Safety on

obama vows to work harder to stem level of gun violence across us in wake of recent colorado massacre
NEW ORLEANS — President Barack Obama pledged yesterday to work with leaders of all political stripes to “arrive at a consensus” on how to reduce

'Batman' visits injured

LOS ANGELES — Christian Bale, the actor behind the Batman mask in The Dark Knight Rises, visited victims of last week’s movie theatre shooting as they recovered at an Aurora, Colorado, hospital yesterday, a spokeswoman for the facility said. Emily Crowley, spokeswoman for the Medical Centre of Aurora, confirmed that the movie star was at […]

Child born; dad fights for life

AURORA — A 21-year-old woman who escaped injury in the Colorado theatre shooting rampage gave birth to a baby boy yesterday while her husband was in the same hospital in a medically induced coma with a gunshot wound to the head. Katie Medley and her husband, Caleb, both wearing Batman apparel, were at a showing […]

Final push?

AMMAN/BEIRUT — The Syrian army turned its forces on Aleppo today, ordering an armoured column to advance on the country’s second biggest city and pounding rebel fighters there with artillery and attack helicopters, opposition activists said. As hostilities intensified near the Turkish border, Turkey said it was closing its crossing posts, although the United Nations […]

Kim takes a wife

SEOUL – North Korea’s youthful leader, Kim Jong Un, has married a woman named Ri Sol Ju, according to a report by state news agency KCNA today. The couple appeared together at the opening of the Rungna People’s Pleasure Ground in the capital, Pyongyang, the news agency said. Kim and his wife toured the park […]

Chavez pulls out of human rights court

CARACAS — Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said yesterday the South American nation is withdrawing from a regional human rights court that Latin America’s leftist leaders have increasingly criticized as a pawn of Washington.
Allies of Venezuela inc