Tennessee shootings highlight law enforcement concerns over terrorism, attacks by lone gunmen
The deadly shootings at military sites in Tennessee illustrate the threat that FBI officials have warned about: violence directed against a vulnerable government target by a lone gunman with apparent terrorist aspirations.
The FBI has not detailed a motive, but Thursday's attacks that killed four Marines and one sailor are under investigation as a potential act of terrorism.
Authorities are combing through the gunman's past to look for travel, contacts and online writings.
The federal government has raised alarms about the online spread of terrorist propaganda, including repeated exhortations by the Islamic State group and others for sympathizers to target police officers and military installations.
Hunt rages for Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman after he escapes prison
Mexico's most notorious drug lord now has one more nefarious title: serial prison escapee.
Authorities are scrambling to find Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman after his stunning escape from a maximum-security prison west of Mexico City on Saturday night.
The leader of the Sinaloa Cartel stepped into a shower, crawled through a hole and vanished through a mile-long tunnel apparently built just for him.
Mexico's President is livid. So are U.S. officials. And if Guzman gets caught, he could be sent to the United States.
How he did it
Guzman, whose nickname means "Shorty," has pulled off an elaborate escape from a maximum-security prison before. In 2001, he managed to break free while reportedly hiding in a laundry cart. It took authorities 13 years to catch him -- sleeping at a Mexican beach resort.
U.S. boosting security measures ahead of July 4th
U.S. law enforcement officials are boosting security measures ahead of the Fourth of July holiday, authorities said Tuesday.
More police are being deployed to prominent locations because of concerns of terrorist threats, including some from suspected ISIS supporters in the U.S. who may heed the group's call to carry out attacks.
The FBI, Department of Homeland Security and National Counterterrorism Center relayed their concern in a bulletin last Friday that listed the holiday weekend and several upcoming Prophet Mohammed drawing events scheduled in the coming weeks as possible targets for attacks.
The New York Police Department said its "enhanced counterterrorism and security measures" will be greater this Fourth of July than in past years.
The Los Angeles Police Department is similarly increasing security measures. Michael Downing, the LAPD's counterterrorism chief, said the concern is that many of the extremists being watched by law enforcement are "looking for an excuse to go operational."
'The nightmare is finally over': 2nd prison escapee shot, captured alive
Three weeks after their stunning prison break, Richard Matt and David Sweat have been caught -- with one now dead, the other critically wounded.
The 22-day manhunt for Sweat ended Sunday when the fugitive was spotted just 2 miles from the Canadian border. He made it closer to Canada than Matt, who was found and killed Friday near Malone, New York.
Both men had signs of roughing it in the woods: Matt had bug bites on his legs and Sweat had a backpack stuffed with maps and Pop-Tarts.
New York State Police Sgt. Jay Cook spotted Sweat near a barn in the sleepy New York town of Constable. Sweat bolted, and the lone officer gave chase.
"At some point, running across a field, he realized that Sweat was going to make it to a tree line, and possibly could have disappeared, and he fired two shots," New York State Police Superintendent Joseph A. D'Amico told reporters.
Sweat, who was unarmed, was struck twice in the torso. No one else was hurt.
Terror attacks on 3 continents, including 28 killed at Tunisia hotel
Gunmen killed at least 28 people at a beachfront Tunisian hotel on Friday, the same day terrorists lashed out brutally in France and bombed a mosque in Kuwait.
Tunisia's health ministry reported those deaths as well as 36 injuries in and around the Hotel Riu Imperial Marhaba in the coastal Tunisian city of Sousse. At least one gunman was also reportedly killed, according to the state-run TAP news agency.
A woman from Wales told CNN's Robyn Kriel that she saw bloodied bodies lying in the sand and people from neighboring hotels jumping over to fences to get to her hotel. She said she is staying about a mile from the main attack scene, but visitors there still took precautions by putting mattresses up against the door to slow any gunmen who might try to barge in.
The hotel guest said she heard at least 30 seconds of sustained gunfire, though things have become relatively quiet by early afternoon.
Boston bomber tells victims he's sorry as judge formally sentences him to death
Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on Wednesday ended his long silence, asking Allah to help his victims and their families and apologizing for the pain and suffering he caused two years ago.
"If there is any lingering doubt ... I did it along with my brother," he said, referring to the bombings carried out by him and his older brother, Tamerlan. "I ask Allah to have mercy on me, my brother and my family."
Tsarnaev, 21, standing at the defense table and speaking in a low voice, said he was sorry but he never turned to face his victims -- whose names, faces and ages, he said, he has come to know.
"I am sorry for the lives that I've taken, for the suffering that I've caused you, for the damage that I've done. Irreparable damage," he said.
Pakistan heat wave claims as many as 140 lives in Karachi
A record-breaking heat wave baked Pakistan's largest city, Karachi, over the weekend, killing as many as 140 people.
Saturday's temperature reached 44.8 degrees Celsius (112.64 degrees Fahrenheit) -- the highest-recorded temperature in Pakistan in the last 15 years. Sunday's temperature dipped slightly to 42.5 Celsius (108.5 F).
Local media reports cited a death toll higher than what the government reported.
Some outlets put the number of dead as high as 140. Jam Mehtab Hussain Dahar, the health minister for Sindh province, said 124 people had died as of Monday morning.
Shooting suspect in custody after Charleston church massacre
Before he allegedly opened fire on members of a Bible study group at a church in Charleston, South Carolina, Dylann Roof sat with them. He might have prayed with them.
A Snapchat video from Wednesday night at the historic African-American church shows Roof at a table with the small group. Nothing in the footage suggests the carnage to come.
Police say Roof shot and killed nine people inside the historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, near the heart of Charleston's tourist district. Eight died at the scene; a ninth died at a hospital.
Authorities were shocked not only by the killings but that the violence occurred in a house of worship.
Air Force may send F-22s to Europe over Russia 'threat'
The U.S. Air Force could be sending some of its most advanced warplanes to Europe in a show of force against Russian actions in Ukraine and elsewhere around the continent, the service's top civilian said Monday.
"The biggest threat on my mind is what's happening with Russia and the activities of Russia," Secretary of the Air Force Deborah James said during a visit to the Paris Air Show. "It's extremely worrisome on what's going on in the Ukraine."
James' remarks were reported by Military.com, Breaking Defense and other websites.
For months, the Pentagon has been rotating aircraft through Europe for exercises with allies under Operation Atlantic Resolve, which it calls "America's commitment to European security."
TSA whistleblowers describe security concerns, culture of 'fear and distrust'
Whistleblowers on Tuesday portrayed the beleaguered Transportation Security Administration as an agency mired in a culture of “fear and distrust” while raising security concerns over several programs -- including TSA PreCheck, in which passes for expedited screening allegedly are passed out “like Halloween candy.”
The TSA employees leveled their criticism during a Senate hearing that follows recent bombshell inspector general reports. One showed undercover agents were able to sneak fake explosives and banned weapons through airport checkpoints about 96 percent of the time; the findings led to the acting TSA secretary being reassigned last week. A second report released Monday showed the agency failed to flag 73 commercial airport workers "linked to terrorism."
The hearing was cut short by a bomb threat.
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