Would-be Conn. shooter had rifle, 2,700 rounds of ammo
A Connecticut college student arrested carrying two handguns on campus also had an assault rifle and bullets in his car, and police found 2,700 rounds of ammunition and newspaper clippings of the Colorado theater shooting at his home, authorities said Wednesday.
William Dong, 22, a student at the University of New Haven, was arraigned Wednesday in Milford Superior Court on several charges including illegal possession of an assault weapon. A judge ordered a mental health evaluation and kept his bail at $500,000. Dong remained detained Wednesday evening.
No shots were fired and no one was injured in Tuesday's scare at University of New Haven campus in West Haven, which was locked down for more than four hours as police arrested Dong and searched the school grounds. Several nearby public schools also issued shelter-in-place orders as a precaution.
Two shot dead, another injured at North Carolina's Wingate University as campus goes into lockdown
The lockdown put in place this evening at Wingate University near to Charlotte, North Carolina after two people were shot dead and a third airlifted to hospital has been lifted.
Union County Sheriff's officials issued an 'all clear' at the university around 8.45 pm, nearly two and a half hours after the 'shelter in place' warning was first issued.
The deadly shooting occurred along E. Wilson Street which is near the entrance to the campus at around 6 pm and two people were confirmed dead at the scene - and authorities indicated that no University students or employees were believed to be involved.
Tensions ease in Thailand as police remove barriers
Tensions eased in Thailand on Tuesday as police took down barricades in the capital and allowed anti-government demonstrators to enter the compounds of government buildings.
The Thai government said it had negotiated a truce with protesters for the next several days to honor the birthday of the country's deeply revered King. But the leader of the protests said the fight against Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and her exiled brother would continue.
US 'deeply concerned' over Chinese moves, says Biden
Vice President Joe Biden voiced strong opposition Tuesday to China's new air defense zone above a set of disputed islands, showing a united front with an anxious Japan as tension in the region simmered.
Standing side by side in Tokyo with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Biden said the U.S. is "deeply concerned" about China's attempt to unilaterally change the status quo in the East China Sea.
"This action has raised regional tensions and increased the risk of accidents and miscalculation," he said.
Biden said the U.S. is coordinating closely with allies Japan, South Korea and others, adding that the U.S. has an interest in lowering tensions in the region.
Polio vaccination volunteers freed after Pakistan hostage ordeal
Eleven teachers who were taken hostage last week for administering polio vaccines to children were released by Pakistani militants early Tuesday.
The educators were working as volunteers and were delivering the drops in Sepah village of Khyber tribal region when they were seized at gunpoint on Thursday.
But they were freed following a meeting of a tribal Jirga -- or council, Pakistani security official Shafeerullah Khan Wazir told NBC News.
“The militants on the appeal of Jirga members released all the kidnapped teachers and handed them over to the Jirga,” he added.
South African police ordered enough mortuary vans to carry 32 bodies hours before shooting dead 34 striking miners, inquiry hears
South African police who gunned down 34 striking miners in the tragedy dubbed the Marikana Massacre had put in an advanced order for enough mortuary vans to carry 32 bodies, an inquiry heard.
The revelation adds weight to suggestions that officers were preparing for the worst when they confronted up to 3,000 workers near the Marikana mine in August last year.
The Marikana Commission of Inquiry, which was set up to investigate the tragedy, has heard how police had asked the health department for four mortuary vans, which were each able to carry eight bodies, to be sent to the site hours before the clashes.
A Colonel Classen, from the South African Police Service, allegedly said he was going to 'close down the miners' when he put in the order.
A separate request for 4,000 rounds of ammunition for R5 assault rifles had also been made, it was reported by The Financial Times.
UK police arrest couple suspected of holding three women captive for 30 years
British police have arrested a couple on suspicion of holding three "extremely traumatized" women captive for more than 30 years, Scotland Yard announced Thursday.
One of the women -- a 30-year-old Briton -- "appears to have been in servitude for her entire life," Metropolitan Police Detective Inspector Kevin Hyland said. She and the other two women, a 57-year-old from Ireland and a 69-year-old from Malaysia, have been taken to a place of safety and are being cared for by a charity, police said.
The man and woman arrested are both 67, police said. They were taken into custody at their home in the south London borough of Lambeth and were being held as part of an investigation into slavery and domestic servitude, police said.
Suspect at large after five shot in the head, three fatally, in Houston
Three people were killed Wednesday and two others were rushed to a trauma center after they were all shot in the head execution-style in northwest Houston, authorities said.
The Harris County Sheriff's Office said witnesses described hearing gunshots and then seeing someone close the door to a unit and flee the Peppermill Place apartment complex about 4:30 p.m. (5:30 p.m. ET).
The gunman, described only as a male, was still at large Wednesday night. Investigators said they had no other description or any idea what his motive might have been.
At least 19 killed after six explosions rip through busy Baghdad markets, streets
Six bombs exploded in busy markets and streets across Baghdad on Wednesday, killing 19 people and wounding 66, police and medical sources said.
The explosions, which took place around the same time, were the latest in a series of blasts and assaults -- the worst wave of violence to hit Iraq in at least five years.
Iraq's Shiite-led government has blamed Sunni Muslim insurgents linked to al Qaeda for increased bomb attacks in Iraq, which have mainly targeted Shiite civilians.
In one of the worst attacks on Wednesday, a roadside bomb near a crowded market in the mainly Shiite neighborhood of Sadriya killed four and wounded 14.
At least 23 killed, dozens hurt as explosions rock Iranian Embassy site in Beirut
An Iranian diplomat was among at least 23 people killed in a suspected twin suicide bomb attack at the Iranian Embassy in Beirut Tuesday, officials said.
An al Qaeda-linked terror group claimed responsibility - the latest sign that Syria’s civil war is spilling over the border into Lebanon.
Burning cars, bodies and pools of blood littered the front of the embassy building, in the Hezbollah-dominated south of the city.
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