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Tuesday, Dec 16, 2014 at 1:00 PM

Taliban Targeted Soldiers' Children in School Massacre

The Taliban attack on a Pakistan school on Tuesday that left more than 140 dead was motivated by the militant group's war with Pakistan's army, NBC News reported. "The Taliban could have attacked any one of the thousands of schools across the country," said retired Maj. Gen. Mahmud Ali Durrani. "They deliberately went after the children of the soldiers they're fighting." The militants attacked the military-run school in Peshawar, killing at least 132 children and 10 staff members, a military spokesman said. Pakistani military sources said six Taliban militants were killed at the scene. The attackers were wearing police uniforms and suicide vests, a military source told NBC News. About 500 students and teachers were believed to be inside Army Public School at the time of the attack. "The gunmen entered class by class and shot some kids one by one," a student who was in the school at the time told local media. The U.S. condemned the attack, calling it "senseless and inhumane." Read »
Monday, Dec 15, 2014 at 9:17 PM

Police Mistakes Can Lead to Valid Arrests: Supreme Court

A police officer's mistaken idea of the law does not invalidate an arrest and search as long as it's a reasonable understanding, the Supreme Court ruled Monday. In the 2009 case, a county sheriff's deputy in North Carolina mistakenly pulled over a man for driving while one of his headlights was out, even though the state's law only requires "a" stop lamp. After obtaining permission for a search, the officer found a baggie of cocaine in the car, even though by state law wasn't being broken. By an 8-1 vote, the Supreme Court said the arrest and search were valid, even if the officer was wrong about the law, because "the Fourth Amendment allows for some mistakes on the part of government officials," as Chief Justice John Roberts wrote. Read »
Monday, Dec 15, 2014 at 8:17 PM

Sydney Attack Emphasizes Danger of "Lone Wolves"

A 16-hour hostage situation in Sydney that ended Monday in the deaths of the captor and two hostages underscored the danger of so-called "lone wolf" terrorist attacks, NBC News reported. Like the attack on Canadian Parliament and the hatchet attack of two New York City police officers earlier this year, the Sydney siege was carried out by one man inspired by radical Islam and acting on his own. "They have such a small signature and footprint," said the co-director of the Transnational Threats Project. "They can act whenever they deem fit." Read »
Monday, Dec 15, 2014 at 7:12 PM

Earth Could Face Another Mass Extinction: Study

Monday, Dec 15, 2014 at 5:51 PM

Most OK With Nativity Scenes on Public Property: Poll

Monday, Dec 15, 2014 at 4:58 PM

First Read: Jeb Bush Nearing Presidential Bid

Monday, Dec 15, 2014 at 4:36 PM

Earth Still on Track for Record Warmest Year

Monday, Dec 15, 2014 at 2:45 PM

Sony Demands Stop to Reporting From Leaked Documents

Monday, Dec 15, 2014 at 1:05 PM

Democrats Call For Protections For LGBT Unaccompanied Youth

Monday, Dec 15, 2014 at 11:30 AM

Stocks Open Higher as Oil Prices Stabilize

Monday, Dec 15, 2014 at 11:20 AM

Jeb Bush Stirs New Speculation on Presidential Bid

Monday, Dec 15, 2014 at 9:11 AM

Uber’s Surge Pricing Amid Sydney Standoff Sparks Outrage

Online car service Uber on Monday offered free rides from Sydney's central business district following a backlash over an initial surge in prices during a hostage incident in the city, NBC News reported. Fares on the U.S.-based company's booking app initially rose to a minimum fee of $100 ($82 U.S. dollars) for pickups -- more than four times the fare -- as an armed assailant held an unknown number of hostages in a cafe on Monday. The price hike was a result of the company's controversial automatic surge pricing. When first challenged about the increase, Uber tweeted: "Fares have increased to encourage more drivers to come online and pick up passengers." An hour later, Uber said trips near the area would be free. Read »
Monday, Dec 15, 2014 at 8:40 AM

Netanyahu, Kerry to Meet as Palestinian U.N. Bid Looms

Monday, Dec 15, 2014 at 7:06 AM

Armed Hostage-Takers Storm Belgium Apartment: Police

Monday, Dec 15, 2014 at 5:55 PM

Gunman, 2 Hostages Dead After Sydney Hostage Siege

Sydney police say a gunman and two hostages are dead after officers stormed a downtown cafe, ending a 16-hour siege by an Islamist extremist, NBC News reported. Four others, including a police officer, suffered non-life-threatening injuries and were transported to the hospital. "We will get through this," Mike Baird, New South Wales premier, said at a press conference. The police had swarmed the Lindt Chocolat Cafe shortly after five or six hostages were seen running out of the building just after 10 a.m. The suspected gunman identified as Man Haron Monis — who is known as Sheikh Haron — has been on authorities' radar for some time. Haron, who according to Reuters is Iranian born, was charged after sending "harassing" letters to widows of soldiers killed in Afghanistan, calling their partners murderers. He was also charged with being an accessory to the murder of his ex-wife who was repeatedly stabbed and set on fire. The assault comes amid a series of recent anti-terrorism raids by police throughout Sydney after an ISIS spokesman gave a speech urging Muslims in Australia to carry out "lone-wolf" attacks against civilians. Read »

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