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Ex-French president Sarkozy held on Gadhafi claims

Tue, 03/20/2018 - 13:33

PARIS (AP) — Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy was placed in custody on Tuesday as part of an investigation into allegations he received millions of euros in illegal campaign financing from the regime of the late Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi.

Maryland High School Shooter Dead After Wounding 2: Police

Tue, 03/20/2018 - 13:32

"The event is contained," the school district said in a statement.

This Plane Just Landed on a U.S. Navy Aircraft Carrier. The Catch: It’s Not American

Tue, 03/20/2018 - 13:28

Finnish pilots won’t be landing on aircraft carriers of their own anytime soon — or ever. This Plane Just Landed on a U.S. Navy Aircraft Carrier. Capt. Juha “Stallion” Jarvinen’s landing was the first landing on an aircraft carrier by a Finnish air force pilot in history, according to the U.S. Navy.

Shooting at Great Mills High School in Maryland, US, leaves three injured

Tue, 03/20/2018 - 13:23

Three people have been injured at a high school shooting in Maryland, America, on Tuesday morning.  A witness said the shooting at Great Mills High School begun around 8.15am, shortly after school started.  Three people, including the assailant, were in critical condition after the shooting, officials said. Emergency services were said to have arrived on the scene within five minutes of the incident beginning.  The school, which is around 70 miles south of Washington DC, normally has police officers on site, according to one student.  Local police issued a statement around 8.30am saying “there has been an incident” at Great Mills High School. Agents from the FBI in southern MD are on scene assisting @firstsheriff at Great Mills High School in Saint Mary's County. Evidence Response Team is on standby.— FBI Baltimore (@FBIBaltimore) March 20, 2018 They urged students to stay away from Great Mills and instead go to a nearby school, where the children will be taken.  Tim Cameron, the sheriff of St Mary’s County, said that the attacker was male and shot two people before being killed.  Once victim was male and the other was female. Both are now in hospital.  Mr Cameron said a student resource office - a police officer stationed at the school - shot at the attacker.  Larry Hogan, the governor of Maryland, wrote on Twitter: “We are closely monitoring the situation at Great Mills High School.  “Maryland State Police is in touch with local law enforcement and ready to provide support. Our prayers are with students, school personnel, and first responders." Jonathan Freese, a student, gave an account of the shooting as he called the broadcaster CNN from one of the school’s classrooms while in lockdown.  Great Mills High School "I'm still a little shaken up," Mr Freese said. "The police came and responded really quickly," Freese said. "They had a lot of officers respond." "Right now, the police are going through classrooms," he said. "Soon we are going to be escorted from the school." The scale of the incident and details of the shooter were initially unclear.  The incident comes a month after 17 died at a shooting in Parkland, Florida in what was America’s worst high school shooting.  Students are being evacuated from GMHS and being bused to the reunification center at the Leonardtown HS campus. The building is orderly and the Sheriff’s Office is conducting an investigation. We will continue to update as more information becomes available.— SMCPS_MD (@SMCPS_MD) March 20, 2018 On Saturday, thousands of students from across the country will be gathering in Washington DC for a ‘March For Our Lives’ rally calling for gun reform.  Emma Gonzalez, who survived last month's Parkland shooting, wrote on Twitter, "We are here for you, students of Great Mills, together we can stop this from ever happening again." A statement posted on Facebook by Maryland State Police read:  "From the St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office, there has been a school shooting at Great Mills High School. The Sheriff's Office is on scene and the scene is contained."

Shooting at Maryland high school: officials

Tue, 03/20/2018 - 13:22

A shooting erupted at a high school in the eastern US state of Maryland on Tuesday, but the event was quickly "contained," officials said. There were no immediate official reports of casualties in the shooting at Great Mills High School, located about a 90-minute drive southeast of the US capital Washington. St. Mary's County Public Schools said on its website that the school was on lockdown and the incident had been "contained" but provided no further details.

It Matters That A Gay Man Helped Trump Backers Exploit Facebook Data

Tue, 03/20/2018 - 13:00

Christopher Wylie is the self-described gay Canadian vegan who's come forward

Shooting At Maryland High School Leaves 1 Dead, 2 Injured

Tue, 03/20/2018 - 12:57

A shooting at a high school in Great Mills, Maryland, on Tuesday left one

Police Officer 'Saved Lives' When He Confronted Maryland School Shooter, Governor Says

Tue, 03/20/2018 - 12:45

2 students were wounded, one critically. The gunman is dead

St. Joseph's University student found dead in Bermuda following intense search

Tue, 03/20/2018 - 12:30

Bermuda police confirm they have found the body of missing St. Joseph's University student Mark Dombroski; no cause of death has been announced.

J.K. Rowling had a heartwarming response to this struggling 'Harry Potter' fan

Tue, 03/20/2018 - 12:30

When she's not busy hammering trolls into the ground on Twitter, J.K. Rowling likes to take time to interact with her fans. She's previously comforted people on Mother's Day and Christmas, and reached out directly to people who tweeted at her to ask for help and advice. And on Monday, she did it again. SEE ALSO: 27 times J.K. Rowling was the hero we all needed in 2016 It started when a Harry Potter fan tweeted to thank Rowling for her books, which she said provided an escape from her depression. Dragging myself through another bout of severe #depression and re-reading the #HarryPotter series to strengthen my Patronus. A million thanks to @jk_rowling for the magical escape that's always there when it's needed ❤ — Sally Burns (@joosylemon) March 19, 2018 Less than 20 minutes later, Rowling responded. Those stories saved their author, too. Nothing makes me happier than to think that they went out into the world to do the same for other people. Keep that Patronus powerful ✨ — J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) March 19, 2018 Shortly after, a fan asked Rowling which books she turns to when she's going through a tough time. I grew up with your stories and they’ve always helped me through tough times, but besides the stories of your own making, I can’t help but to wonder which ones you turned to when going through a tough time yourself. — Sara (@skummelhummel) March 19, 2018 To tell you the truth, when I'm really stressed or overwhelmed I turn to biographies of people who've led turbulent lives. I find it soothing and inspiring to read about people who've endured and overcome. — J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) March 19, 2018 Books really are a wonderful thing. If you want to talk to someone or are experiencing suicidal thoughts you can contact the Samaritans on 116 123 or Childline on 0800 1111. If you're in the US, text the Crisis Text Line at 741-741 or call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. Alternatively, an additional list of international resource is available here . WATCH: Brace yourselves Harry Potter fans - there is now a Hogwarts mobile game

Tessa Thompson Can't Get Enough Of A Hilarious Meme Comparing Her To Goats

Tue, 03/20/2018 - 12:20

This Tessa Thompson meme could be the greatest of all time.

India says 39 construction workers kidnapped by Isil found in mass grave near Mosul

Tue, 03/20/2018 - 12:13

The bodies of 39 Indian construction workers kidnapped in Iraq in 2014 by Isil have been found in a mass grave, India's foreign minister said Tuesday. Sushma Swaraj told the upper house of parliament the workers had been murdered by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil). Their bodies had been found in the grave in the village of Badush northwest of the city of Mosul and taken to a local organisation for DNA testing. "Yesterday they told us that 38 samples had matched. The 39th had a partial match as he didn't have any immediate family," said Swaraj. The workers were abducted in June 2014 when Isil jihadists overran large swathes of territory in Iraq and captured Mosul. The government had for years insisted they were believed still alive and the latest announcement sparked criticism from some relatives of the dead. The victims were mostly from poor families in India's northern state of Punjab and had been working for a construction company in Mosul when they were rounded up. "We got to know that these people were moved from Mosul to Badush by their captors," Swaraj said. Najiha Abdul-Amir al-Shimari, center, the head of Iraq's Martyrs Establishment speaks during a press conference, in Baghdad, Iraq, Tuesday, March 20, 2018 Credit: AP When India's junior foreign minister Vijay Kumar Singh and Iraqi government officials went to Badush, someone told them to inspect a mound in the village, the minister added. "They said that they had buried many people there (in a mass grave). We reached there and requested Iraqi authorities to use a deep penetration radar, which detected many bodies under the surface," she told parliament. When the area was excavated, Indian officials found many identification marks such as non-Iraqi shoes and Sikh religious bangles. "We felt these were our people... contacted a foundation working on the issue and shared missing workers' families' DNA samples with them for the identification process," the foreign minister told parliament. The Indian government had never received any ransom demand or any other direct communication from the kidnappers. A special plane will bring 38 of the 39 bodies home after formalities are completed in Iraq. The DNA matching process is still incomplete for the final victim. "Howsoever painful, the families will get the dead bodies after over three years. This will hopefully bring some closure to the grieving families," Swaraj said. Some relatives, however, criticised the government. "For the last four years the same minister has been telling me that we have traced their location and they're alive," Gurpinder Kaur, sister of one of the dead workers, told reporters in Punjab. Iraqi Special Forces soldiers surveyed the aftermath of an Isil suicide car bomb that managed to reach their lines in the Andalus neighbourhood Credit: New York Times "I only heard what the minister said on television. I have no other information about it. I am waiting for her to contact me but I don't know what to trust," she added. Punjab state's chief minister Amarinder Singh described it as "heart-wrenching news". "My heart goes out to the families who had been living in hope since their reported abduction by ISIS in 2014. Prayers with all of them," he said, using another acronym for Isil. Shashi Tharoor, a lawmaker from the main opposition Congress party, told journalists the government had not done right by the families. "If the government didn't have any details, why did they keep telling everyone they are alive? The government cheated the people (families) by giving them false hope for four years," he said. At a press conference later, Swaraj denied the government had given families false hope, insisting it had needed proof before confirming any deaths. The minister also could not say when the hostages had been killed.

UK royal wedding cake to be made by London-based California baker

Tue, 03/20/2018 - 12:03

Britain's Prince Harry and his fiancée Meghan Markle have chosen an east London bakery to make a lemon elderflower cake for their wedding in May, his office said on Tuesday. Harry and U.S. actress Markle will be married at his grandmother Queen Elizabeth's Windsor Castle home and picked Claire Ptak, who runs Violet Bakery, to bake the cake. "It will be covered with buttercream and decorated with fresh flowers," Kensington Palace said in a statement.

Nikolas Cruz's Brother Busted for Skateboarding Through Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School: Cops

Tue, 03/20/2018 - 11:56

Cops say Zachary Cruz had 'prior warnings' not to enter the school.

Emboldened Xi to protect 'every inch' of China's territory

Tue, 03/20/2018 - 11:44

BEIJING (AP) — President Xi Jinping vowed Tuesday to protect "every inch" of China's territory, improve the lives of its people and promote the resurgence of Chinese culture and creativity as he kicked off his second term, poised to rule indefinitely.

The Latest: Polls opening across Illinois for primary vote

Tue, 03/20/2018 - 11:35

CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on primary elections in Illinois (all times local):

The Facebook Scandal Deepens

Tue, 03/20/2018 - 11:26


Self-driving Uber in fatal accident may not have had time to stop, police say

Tue, 03/20/2018 - 11:26

Police say early indications show an Uber self-driving SUV may not have had time to stop or avoid hitting a pedestrian who was killed in Arizona. Uber suspended all testing of its autonomous vehicles after the Sunday night crash. It is the first-known pedestrian fatality involving a self-driving car. Kris Van Cleave reports.