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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.
Dec 22, 2014

RT @JRCarrollCJ: We now know the name of @SenRandPaul's next book, due in June - 2 months after Kelley Paul's. #2016Pres pic.twitter.com/P2xyRcCqKC

Dec 22, 2014

This photo greatly improved my Monday morning. I hope it works for you, too. usat.ly/1AXyWBX @usatoday

Dec 22, 2014

Today is not the day to go to the ER with the sniffles: Registered Nurses at Medstar Washington Hospital Center are on strike.

Dec 22, 2014

Sheriff: Apology by officer's killer 'bunch of nonsense' usat.ly/16IzHGn

Dec 21, 2014

RT @simplyshowbiz: @robyoon @crowleyCNN A journalistic legacy has ended. There will never be another Candy. You knew you were getting top notch coverage. #CNN

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