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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 …

Cyanide homicide trial likely battle of experts

Sunday, October 19, 2014

PITTSBURGH — Nobody had any reason to question why a University of Pittsburgh medical researcher bought more than a half-pound of cyanide with his school-issued credit card, until his neurologist wife suddenly fell ill and died a few …

Remains found Saturday may be those of missing University of Virginia student Hannah Graham

Saturday, October 18, 2014

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Police searchers found human remains on Saturday that could be those of a University of Virginia sophomore who has been missing since Sept. 13. Further forensic tests are needed to confirm whether the remains are …

No deaths as Hurricane Gonzalo crosses Bermuda, taking down trees and knocking out power

Saturday, October 18, 2014

HAMILTON, Bermuda — Hurricane Gonzalo crushed trees, flattened power lines and damaged Bermuda’s main hospital during an hours-long battering, but the tiny, wealthy British territory suffered no deaths. The storm’s center crossed over Bermuda Friday night and Gonzalo …

Hurricane Gonzalo slams into Bermuda

Friday, October 17, 2014

HAMILTON, Bermuda — The leading edge of Hurricane Gonzalo moved onto this British territory Friday night, pounding Bermudans with fierce wind and heavy surf as a powerful Category 2 storm that could raise coastal seas as much as …

Iraq imposes curfew in Ramadi, fearing advance by ISIS militants

Friday, October 17, 2014

BAGHDAD — Iraq imposed a curfew in the western city of Ramadi on Friday amid fears that the Islamic State group was looking to advance on the strategically important city as attacks in Baghdad killed 28 people, officials said. The curfew, which began before dawn, is part of …

Smith Vocational serves up breakfast and talk about its future for area politicians

Friday, October 17, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Student cooks at the Oliver Smith Restaurant at Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School served up breakfast Friday morning to nine legislators while officials discussed possible changes in the way the school operates. Superintendent Jeffrey Peterson …

Are bans on plastic bags making a dent?

Friday, October 17, 2014

Dear EarthTalk: What’s the latest on efforts to ban plastic bags? How many U.S. locales have instituted some kind of ban, and have these initiatives made a dent in the amount of plastic litter? — Melinda Clarke, New …

Fla. man gets life in loud music killing

Friday, October 17, 2014

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — A Florida man convicted of first-degree murder for fatally shooting a teenager in an argument over loud music outside a Jacksonville convenience store was sentenced Friday to life in prison without parole. The life sentence …

US still seeks credible allies in Syria fight

Thursday, October 16, 2014

WASHINGTON — Despite years of diplomacy and a CIA operation to vet and train moderate rebels, the U.S. finds itself without a credible partner on the ground in Syria as it bombs the Islamic State group. That’s a …

Nepal avalanche death toll at 27; dozens rescued

Thursday, October 16, 2014

KATMANDU, Nepal — Search teams rescued dozens of stranded foreign trekkers and recovered 10 more bodies Thursday in the wake of a series of blizzards and avalanches that battered the Himalayas in central Nepal, leaving at least 27 …