Report: Gun deaths of officers jump 56 percent
The number of law enforcement officers killed by firearms in the U.S. jumped by 56 percent this year and included 15 ambush assaults, according to a report released Tuesday.
The annual report by the nonprofit National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund found that 50 officers were killed by guns this year, compared to 32 in 2013.
In all, the report found that 126 federal, local, tribal and territorial officers were killed in the line of duty in 2014. That's a 24 percent jump from last year's 102 on-duty deaths. Shootings were the leading cause of officer deaths in 2014 followed by traffic-related fatalities, at 49.
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Police Departments On High Alert After NYPD Officers Ambushed And Killed
Big-city police departments and union leaders around the country are warning the rank and file to wear bulletproof vests and avoid making inflammatory posts on social media in the days after a man ambushed two officers and shot them to death inside their patrol car.
The slayings of Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu on Saturday afternoon in Brooklyn heightened fears about the safety of law enforcement officials nationwide, though there is no evidence any threats are imminent. The gunman, 28-year-old Ismaaiyl Brinsley, had vowed in an Instagram post to put "wings on pigs" as retaliation for the slayings of black men at the hands of white police.
Intel report: North Korea planned attacks on US nuclear plants
North Korea dispatched covert commando teams to the United States in the 1990s to attack nuclear power plants and major cities in a conflict, according to a declassified Defense Intelligence Agency report.
The DIA report, dated Sept. 13, 2004, reveals that five units of covert commandos were trained for the attacks inside the country.
According to the report, the "Reconnaissance Bureau, North Korea, had agents in place to attack American nuclear power plants."
One ISIS thug suspected of killing 150 girls, women
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon on Wednesday ended the state of emergency that he declared for the St. Louis area ahead of unrest over the Ferguson grand jury decision, praising the work of police and the National Guard in preventing any protest-related deaths.
He issued his executive order on Nov. 17. Protests, including some that turned violent, broke out on Nov. 24 after St. Louis County prosecutor Bob McCulloch announced that the grand jury wouldn't indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, who is white, for the Aug. 9 shooting death of Michael Brown, an unarmed, black 18-year-old. Wilson has since resigned from the department in the St. Louis suburb.
Taliban Attack on School in Pakistan Kills More Than 100
Taliban gunmen stormed a school in northwestern Pakistan on Tuesday, killing more than 100 people, most of them children, in the worst terrorist attack in Pakistan in years. Hundreds of students were trapped inside the compound as security forces exchanged fire with the gunmen, officials said.
The toll of dead and injured remained unclear, but local news media, citing government officials and hospitals, reported 126 dead, more than 100 of them children. The army press office said five attackers had been killed.
Sydney cafe siege: what we know so far
An armed gunman took customers and staff of a cafe in central Sydney hostage on Monday morning. Five of the hostages are now out of the building, but it remains unclear whether they escaped or were freed. The cafe remains surrounded by heavily armed New South Wales police. Some inside the cafe were apparently forced to stand at the cafe’s windows holding up a flag bearing what appears to be the Islamic creed.
Here is a summary of what we know so far:
Five hostages have fled the Lindt Cafe in Martin Place in Sydney and an unknown number remain inside. It is not clear if the hostages escaped or were freed and police are not confirming either ways for operational reasons. One of the hostages is in St Vincent’s Hospital in a “satisfactory condition”.
Drug-Resistant Infections Could Kill 10 Million A Year By 2050
"Superbugs," or drug-resistant infections, could one day eclipse cancer as one of the leading causes of death, according to a new report.
If doctors can't find new methods of treatment, in a worst case scenario, annual global deaths from superbug infections could increase from a current estimation of 700,000 to 10 million by 2050.
The findings were published as a Review on Antimicrobial Resistance, commissioned by U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron. The analyses were performed by KPMG and Rand Europe.
Seven dead in Kabul after two suicide attacks
Two suicide attacks in Kabul, one targeting a play at a French-financed school, killed at least seven people on Thursday, the latest in a wave of violence assaulting the city as NATO forces pull out.
The Afghan capital has been hit by a series of deadly Taliban attacks in recent weeks, highlighting the fragility of the security situation as foreign combat troops leave after more than a decade of war.
The attacks targeted a bus carrying Afghan troops in the city's suburbs in the morning, and late in the afternoon a theatre performance at the Istiqlal High School, which is attached to Kabul's long-established French cultural centre.
Fox News Poll: 81 percent expect ISIS attack on US, majority says keep Gitmo open
A majority of American voters want any ISIS terrorist captured by the United States sent to Guantanamo Bay rather than a federal prison. That’s a key finding of the latest Fox News poll, as President Obama wants to close Gitmo amid widespread fears ISIS will try to strike the homeland soon.
A large 81-percent majority expects the Islamic extremist group ISIS to attempt a U.S. attack in the near future, including 48 percent who think it is “very” likely, according to the poll released Wednesday.
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