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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. Emergency responders are still on the scene as paramedics performed CPR on the soldier before he was taken away by ambulance.  (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Adrian Wyld)

Two dead in shooting at Canada’s Parliament

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

OTTAWA, Ontario — A gunman with a scarf over his face killed a soldier standing guard at Canada’s war memorial Wednesday, then stormed Parliament in an attack that rocked the building with the boom of gunfire and forced lawmakers to barricade themselves in meeting rooms. The gunman was shot to death by the ceremonial sergeant-at-arms. Investigators offered little information about …

Blackwater guards guilty in 2007 civilian killings in Iraq

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

WASHINGTON — Four former Blackwater security guards were convicted Wednesday in the 2007 shootings of more than 30 Iraqis in Baghdad, an incident that inflamed anti-American sentiment around the globe and was denounced by critics as an illustration of a war gone horribly wrong. The men claimed self-defense, but federal prosecutors argued that …

Iraqi Kurds OK’d for Syria fight

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

IRBIL, Iraq — Lawmakers in Iraq’s largely autonomous Kurdish region Wednesday authorized peshmerga forces to go to neighboring Syria and help fellow Kurds combat Islamic State militants in the key border town of Kobani, providing much-needed boots on the ground. The unprecedented deployment will almost certainly depend on the support of Turkey, whose …

More sea turtles come to Florida, but reasons mysterious

Monday, October 20, 2014

ORLANDO, Fla. — This year’s early count of sea turtles nesting on Florida beaches is encouraging, though there are many unknowns in the numbers. Welcome to the mysterious world of sea turtles, which spend much of their life far from Florida’s beaches encountering fishing boats, oil spills, plastic …

Pope beatifies Paul VI at synod’s end

Sunday, October 19, 2014

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis on Sunday beatified Pope Paul VI, concluding the remarkable meeting of bishops debating family issues that drew parallels to the tumultuous reforms of the Second Vatican Council which Paul oversaw and implemented. Emeritus …

Expelled Nazis drew millions in Social Security

Sunday, October 19, 2014

OSIJEK, Croatia — Dozens of suspected Nazi war criminals and SS guards collected millions of dollars in U.S. Social Security benefits after being forced out of the United States, an Associated Press investigation has found. The payments, underwritten …

Va. police seek clues where remains found

Sunday, October 19, 2014

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — After finding remains that could be University of Virginia student Hannah Graham, authorities interviewed nearby residents and picked through leaves on the side of a sparsely populated highway, searching for any clues or evidence. Forensic …

CDC plans new Ebola protocol; Pentagon to form rapid-response team

Sunday, October 19, 2014

ATLANTA — Revised guidance for health care workers treating Ebola patients will include using protective gear “with no skin showing,” a top federal health official said Sunday, and the Pentagon announced it was forming a team to assist …

US airdrops arms to Syrian Kurds

Sunday, October 19, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. military said Sunday it had airdropped weapons, ammunition and medical supplies to Kurdish forces defending the Syrian city of Kobani against Islamic State militants. The airdrops Sunday were the first of their kind and followed weeks of U.S. and coalition airstrikes in and …

Russian cargo ship towed from Canadian coast

Sunday, October 19, 2014

PRINCE RUPERT, British Columbia — A large tug boat was pulling a disabled Russian cargo ship along British Columbia’s coast, ending fears that the vessel carrying hundreds of tons of fuel would drift ashore, hit rocks and spill. …

US Marine suspected in Philippine killing

Sunday, October 19, 2014

OLONGAPO, Philippines — Inside a funeral parlor, a Filipino mother sits and weeps next to a coffin containing the body of her daughter and demands answers. On a hulking American assault ship moored at a nearby port sits …

Nepal closes trekking route with storm’s death toll at 38

Sunday, October 19, 2014

KATMANDU, Nepal — Nepalese officials closed a section of a popular Himalayan trekking route Sunday after rescuers, overwhelmed with last week’s snowstorms that killed at least 38 people, had to save new hikers who set out after the …

UN: Iraq has executed 60 this year

Sunday, October 19, 2014

BAGHDAD — Iraqi authorities have executed at least 60 people so far in 2014, a United Nations report said Sunday, expressing concern that “irreversible miscarriages of justice” were taking place in some death penalty cases. Nickolay Mladenov, the U.N. special envoy to Iraq, urged the Iraqi government to …