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Sydney hostage-taker had many run-ins with police — 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 — 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 — 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 — 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 — 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 — 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 — 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 — 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 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.
Mar 27, 2015

RT @eweise: #EllenPao Kleiner Perkins did not discriminate against #EllenPao due to her gender and did not retaliate against her, the jury has found.

Mar 27, 2015

RT @NellieBowles: 1. Was Ms. Pao’s gender a substantial motivating reason for Kleiner Perkins’ not promoting Ms. Pao to senior partner? No

Mar 27, 2015

RT @NellieBowles: 4. Was Ms. Pao’s gender a substantial motivating reason for her not being promoted to general partner? No

Mar 27, 2015

RT @NellieBowles: 7. Was Ms. Pao’s gender a substantial motivating reason for Kleiner Perkins’ decision to terminate her employment? No

Mar 27, 2015

No surprise who had the worst week in Washington. Hint: Reply All.

Mar 27, 2015

Dad eats daughter's pot brownies, thought he had stroke @usatoday #marijuana

Mar 27, 2015

RT @nwarikoo: White police officer who repeatedly punched head of a black man in a Detroit suburb has long history of police abuse…

Mar 27, 2015

Stay tuned for Ellen #PaoTrial verdict at 5 p.m. EST. We'll have it here @USATODAY @eweise

Mar 27, 2015

RT @SFSuperiorCourt: The #Pao jury has reached a verdict. Judge Kahn will take it at 2 p.m. in Dept. 602-604. #kleinerperkins

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