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Families of Newtown shooting victims sue gun manufacturer
 

The families of nine people killed in an attack on a Newtown, Connecticut, elementary school in 2012 filed a wrongful-death lawsuit on Monday against the company that manufactured the gun used in the attack, the Hartford Courant reported.

 
5 flee Sydney cafe, hostage situation still unfolding

Five people have fled from a Sydney cafe where a gunman took an unknown number of hostages at the height of Monday morning rush hour. Two people inside the cafe were earlier seen holding up a flag containing an Islamic declaration of faith.

 
Families of Newtown massacre victims plan lawsuits

Parents of almost half the young children killed by a gunman at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut, two years ago on Sunday have taken initial steps toward filing lawsuits tied to one of the deadliest school shootings in U.S. history.

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Ferguson grand jury struggled with witnesses’ credibility

The grand jury in the case of Michael Brown’s shooting didn’t just face an onslaught of witnesses with conflicting memories of what happened the day white police officer Darren Wilson killed Brown, an unarmed black teenager.

 
‘Stand with Us’: Police killings prompt thousands to protest

Thousands of protesters marched across the country Saturday — past the White House in the nation’s capital, along iconic Fifth Avenue in New York and in front of Boston’s Statehouse — to call attention to the deaths of unarmed black men at the hands of police and urge lawmakers to take action.

 
Man linked to Oregon high school shooting arrested

Portland police say a 22-year-old man arrested in connection with a shooting outside an alternative high school was known to gang investigators.

 
Tornado touches down in Los Angeles

Californians got a lot of what they wanted and not too much of what they didn’t from a major storm that finally blew out of the state Friday.

DOJ no longer forcing James Risen to divulge source

The decision comes ahead of a court hearing set for next week at which Justice Department prosecutors had been directed to reveal whether they plan to seek Risen’s testimony.

 
Taliban attacks kill 2 U.S. soldiers, 18 Afghan soldiers

Three attacks by the Taliban in last 48 hours left at least two American soldiers and 18 Afghan soldiers dead, officials said Saturday, in what looks set to be a particularly bloody weekend in Afghanistan.

Life support arguments arise after teen is declared brain dead

A year ago, 13-year-old Jahi McMath underwent a tonsillectomy and tissue removal at Children’s Hospital in Oakland, California, to treat sleep apnea. The girl suffered massive bleeding, had a heart attack and was declared brain-dead Dec. 12.

Brazilian man claims to have killed 39 women in Rio

A Brazilian man has confessed to killing 39 women in the Rio de Janeiro region, police said Thursday — shocking claims that, if confirmed, would make him one of the most prolific serial killers in the country’s history.

Baby boy found safe with father after mom was found dead in fridge

Authorities say an 11-month-old boy whose mother was found dead in the refrigerator of her Houston apartment has been found safe in Mexico with his father, who has been taken into custody as a suspect in the killing.

 
Loaded handgun painted to look like toy

Hamilton County, Ohio Sheriff Jim Neil said it’s “a scary thought” that guns would be painted to mislead police.