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Norwegian-Somali identified as gunman in Kenya mall attack

Almost one month after gunmen attacked an upscale mall in Kenya, one of them has been identified as a Norwegian-Somali, officials said Friday, as charred body parts taken from a collapsed portion of the shopping center awaited forensics analysis to determine if they were the remains of the assailants.

Bloody Halloween house display too realistic for some

One man lies on his stomach on the driveway. Blood is splattered along the garage door that smashed his head and presumably killed him. Another man lies a few feet away, run over by a truck.

Parks open, workers return to offices after 16-day shutdown

From the Liberty Bell to Alcatraz, federal landmarks and offices reopened Thursday. Furloughed employees were relieved to get back to work — even if faced with email backlogs — but many worried about another such disruption in a matter of months.

Review: Windows 8.1 improves, but it’s far from perfect

I doubt I was alone in rolling my eyes when I first used Windows 8 a year ago. I found its touch controls and gestures awkward, and I was troubled by how little its primary, tile-based interface could do on its own.

Director Bay beat up on set of ‘Transformers’ in Hong Kong

Hollywood director Michael Bay was attacked and slightly injured Thursday on the set of the fourth installment of the “Transformers” movie series currently filming in Hong Kong, police said.

Back to work: Obama signs deal, averting debt default

The debt default deadline looming, President Barack Obama signed a deal that came together Wednesday in Congress, averting financial calamity. He hailed the agreement and said it was time to earn back Americans’ trust.

Police: Worker set off LAX dry ice bombs as prank

A baggage handler arrested after dry ice bombs exploded at Los Angeles International Airport planted the devices as a prank, police said Wednesday.

4 dead after boat capsizes off Florida coast; 11 in custody

Four women died and 11 people were taken into custody after a boat with more than a dozen people aboard — including Haitians and Jamaicans — capsized early Wednesday in the waters off South Florida.

Giant chunk of Russian meteorite found in lake

Russian scientists have recovered a giant chunk of the Chelyabinsk meteorite from the bottom of the lake it crashed into.

Gas clerk fired for pulling gun on robber

A New Hampshire gas station clerk who thwarted an attempted robbery by pulling out a handgun was fired because company policy prohibits staff from carrying firearms.