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A Royal Canadian Mounted Police intervention team responds to a reported shooting at Parliament building in Ottawa, Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014. A soldier standing guard at the National War Memorial has been shot by an unknown gunman and there have been reports of gunfire inside the halls of Parliament. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Adrian Wyld)

2 dead in shooting attack at Canada’s Parliament

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

OTTAWA, Ontario — A gunman with a scarf over his face killed a Canadian soldier standing guard at the nation’s war memorial Wednesday, then stormed Parliament in a hail of gunfire before he was shot to death by the usually ceremonial sergeant-at-arms, authorities and witnesses said. The attack immediately raised the specter of terrorism, with Canada already on heightened alert … 0

Social Security benefits get tiny increase

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

WASHINGTON — Come January, nearly 60 million Social Security recipients will get benefit increases averaging $20 a month, the third straight year of historically small pay hikes. The 1.7 percent cost-of-living adjustment, or COLA, will also boost government benefits for millions of disabled veterans, federal retirees and people drawing disability payments for the … 0

UNC scandal ran deeper than thought

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — More than 3,100 students — nearly half of them athletes — enrolled in classes they didn’t have to show up for and received artificially inflated grades in what an investigator called a “shadow curriculum” that lasted nearly two decades at the University of North Carolina. The report released Wednesday … 0

Pet rents become apartment fad

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

LOS ANGELES — Man’s best friend is taking a bite out of renters’ wallets. Pet security deposits register in the hundreds of dollars and are getting steeper. Now, a monthly rental payment ranging from $10 to $50 is … 0

Estonia: Russian military plane violated air space

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

TALLINN, Estonia — Estonia on Wednesday summoned Russia’s ambassador over an airspace violation by a Russian military aircraft. Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Mari-Liis Valter said Estonia considers the violation serious. She said the Baltic country “demands an explanation” as to why a Russian Ilyushin-20 surveillance aircraft crossed into its … 0

Camel maker Reynolds snuffs out workplace smoking

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

RICHMOND, Va. — Camel cigarette maker Reynolds American Inc. is snuffing out smoking in its offices and buildings. The nation’s second-biggest tobacco company informed employees Wednesday that beginning next year, the use of traditional cigarettes, cigars or pipes … 0

Expert: Autopsy doesn’t show if Brown went for gun

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

ST. LOUIS — Michael Brown’s official autopsy indicates he was shot in the hand at close range during a struggle, but a medical examiner not involved in the investigation says there’s no way to conclude whether the injury … 0

Jury convicts Blackwater guards in Iraq killing, but appeals expected

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

WASHINGTON — A federal jury Wednesday convicted four former Blackwater security guards who had been charged with killing 14 Iraqis in Baghdad seven years ago in a shooting that became a symbol of U.S. treatment of Iraqi civilians. After nearly 30 days of deliberation, the jury in found … 0

Israelis question care of Hamas leader’s daughter

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

JERUSALEM — Israel and the Gaza Strip are bound by much more than enmity: Israel controls nearly everything that comes in and out of the territory, including food and energy, and sometimes allows Gazans to enter the country … 0

FBI study: Mass shootings in US have tripled

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

By RICHARD A. SERRANO TNS Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — The number of sudden mass shootings in the United States has nearly tripled in recent years, the FBI says, prompting the bureau to expand its work with state and … 0

IS fighters seize weapons cache meant for Kurds

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

BEIRUT — Islamic State group fighters seized at least one cache of weapons airdropped by U.S.-led coalition forces that were meant to supply Kurdish militiamen battling the extremist group in a border town, activists said Tuesday. The cache … 0

American released from N. Korea

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

WASHINGTON — American detainee Jeffrey Fowle has been released from North Korea, nearly six months after he was taken into custody on charges of leaving a Bible in a nightclub, the State Department said Tuesday. Two other Americans … 0

FBI: Denver girls may have tried to join jihadis

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

DENVER — The FBI said Tuesday that it’s investigating the possibility that three teenage girls from the Denver area tried to travel to Syria to join Islamic State extremists. An FBI spokeswoman says agents helped bring the girls back to Denver after stopping them in Germany. Spokeswoman Suzie … 0