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Sydney hostage-taker had many run-ins with police

Sydney hostage-taker had many run-ins with police
usatoday.com — Police identified the gunman who held several hostages in a Sydney, Australia, cafe as Man Haron Monis, an Iranian native, with a long list of run-ins with authorities that include dozens of alleged sexual assaults on women stemming from his services as spiritual healer.

Sheriff: Grandfather killed 6 grandkids, daughter, self

Sheriff: Grandfather killed 6 grandkids, daughter, self
khou.com — A grandfather in Bell, Fla., fatally shot his daughter and her six children before killing himself, an official in Gilchrist County, Fla., said during a press conference Thursday night. Don Charles Spirit, 51, of Bell, a small community southeast of Tallahassee, contacted officials via 911 and said he was considering doing harm to himself and others.

Orcas and trainers under OSHA scrutiny

Orcas and trainers under OSHA scrutiny
usatoday30.usatoday.com — By Donna Leinwand, USA TODAY Killer whale trainer Ken Peters dived toward the bottom of the pool to prepare for the climax of SeaWorld's Believe show. Kasatka, a 7,000-pound, 17-foot killer whale, would breach the surface, propelling Peters - SeaWorld San Diego's most experienced orca trainer - into the air.

Trainers attacked: Deaths, close calls at animal parks

Trainers attacked: Deaths, close calls at animal parks
usatoday30.usatoday.com — By Donna Leinwand, USA TODAY Wild animals at the nation's sea mammal and animal parks, such as SeaWorld, Busch Gardens and Six Flags, have killed three people in the past decade and injured at least 16, according to a USA TODAY review.

Calling all carnivores: Tickets available for Angus Beef and Duckhorn wine dinner Tuesday, June 17

Calling all carnivores: Tickets available for Angus Beef and Duckhorn wine dinner Tuesday, June 17
press.org — Enjoy top Certified Angus beef, Duckhorn wines and other delectable treats at the 2nd annual Certified Angus Beef Dinner at the Fourth Estate on Tuesday, June 17 at 6:30 p.m. The over-the-top menu includes five courses and a cocktail meet-and-greet with hors d'oeuvres. A single seat costs $80 for members and $90 for non-members.

First confusion, then chaos inside Building 197

First confusion, then chaos inside Building 197
usatoday.com — WASHINGTON - Far from the crowds of tourists at the Lincoln Memorial and the busy operatives on Capitol Hill, hundreds of workers headed to their jobs at the Navy Yard on an overcast Monday morning.

Thousands celebrate the 'Dream,' call for renewed fight

usatoday.com — WASHINGTON - As she inched toward the security checkpoint that would allow her to bask in the words of three presidents Wednesday afternoon, Toni Asante Lightfoot said, "It could be much worse."

Feds to fireworks sellers: watch out for suspicious buyers

Feds to fireworks sellers: watch out for suspicious buyers
usatoday.com — A federal task force says that fireworks sellers should keep a close eye out for suspicious people buying fireworks A fireworks show in Detroit in 2011. (Photo: David Guralnick, AP) As the frenzy for fireworks peaks in the run up to Independence Day, a federal task force is warning fireworks retailers to keep watch for suspicious purchasers.

Ariel Castro faces 329 charges for rape, kidnapping

Ariel Castro faces 329 charges for rape, kidnapping
usatoday.com — Ariel Castro is currently in Cuyahoga County Jail on charges of kidnapping and raping Michelle Knight, Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus. (Photo: Cuyahoga County Jail via AP) A grand jury charged Ariel Castro, 52, of Cleveland, with the kidnapping and rape of three women held captive for nearly 10 years.
May 05, 2016

Metro broken (again): Blue/Orange Line: Train service suspended between Eastern Market & L'Enfant Plaza for the day.

May 05, 2016

Orange/Blue riders: Metro GM orders Federal Ctr SW to close for rest of today for full 3rd rail insulator replacement. #wmata

May 05, 2016

President Obama responds to chants of "4 more years!": "In addition to the Constitution, Michelle will not allow it."

May 05, 2016

Tough -- really tough -- new FDA regulations imposed on e-cigarettes: usat.ly/26Whu2K #ecigs

May 04, 2016

Tribune Publishing rejects Gannett bid as an "opportunistic" proposal that undervalues the company. usat.ly/26UxNNw

May 04, 2016

@HowardU grads win the commencement address sweepstakes. @POTUS to address the class of 2016 at May 7 graduation.

May 04, 2016

RT @ArcelorMittal: Join the #StarWarsDay bandwagon - so, the #DeathStar was made of steel. No wonder it was near impossible to destroy! httpic.twitter.com/SH8OQdjwLOs://t.co/SH8OQdjwLO


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