Al Qaeda branch claims responsibility for Charlie Hebdo attack
Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula claimed responsibility Wednesday for last week's deadly rampage at France's Charlie Hebdo satirical newspaper -- and said the attack was years in the making.
AQAP commander Nasr Ibn Ali al-Ansi made the claim in a video, with pictures of the two gunmen -- Said and Cherif Kouachi -- in the background.
"When the heroes were assigned, they accepted. They promised and fulfilled," al-Ansi said.
He praised that attack, saying it was revenge for Charlie Hebdo's depictions of the Prophet Mohammed.
As France, Israel mourn terror victims, al Qaeda branch issues new warning
From Paris to Jerusalem, families and world leaders gathered to mourn those killed in last week's French terror attacks.
But before the victims could be laid to rest, an al Qaeda branch was already threatening that the worst may be yet to come.
At a national ceremony in Paris, French President Francois Hollande eulogized three slain police officers -- Ahmed Merabet, Franck Brinsolaro and Clarissa Jean-Philippe.
He awarded each with the Legion d'Honneur (National Order of Merit), placing a medal on each coffin.
Merabet was a Muslim policeman killed while trying to pursue the gunmen from the Charlie Hebdo attack, which left 12 people dead.
Nine days later, bodies still litter bushes from Boko Haram's 'deadliest' massacre
The attackers sped into a Nigerian town with grenade launchers -- their gunfire and explosions shattering the early morning calm.
As terrified residents scattered into bushes in Baga town and surrounding villages, the gunmen unloaded motorcycles from their trucks and followed in hot pursuit.
Residents hid under scant brush. Bullets pierced through them.
Some sought refuge in their homes. They were burned alive.
Charlie Hebdo attack: 2 intense standoffs in France
Two intense standoffs with gunmen were underway in and around Paris early Friday afternoon -- one involving the two brothers wanted in the Charlie Hebdo massacre and the other a hostage situation at a kosher grocery store near eastern Paris' Porte de Vincennes.
It was not immediately known if the two situations were related, but both underscored France's nightmare and anti-terrorism fight.
The hostage situation spurred police anti-terror units and the French internal security directorate, known as the DGSI, to race to the scene in eastern Paris, the city's prosecutor's office said. Hostages were taken after a shooting there or nearby.
Charlie Hebdo attack: The hunt for the killers
Another deadly attack, another reported sighting, another day on edge Thursday in France, where the manhunt continues for two brothers wanted for the massacre at the office of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.
Authorities have not said yet that the killing of a female police officer -- by a man dressed, like the Charlie Hebdo attackers, in all black and apparently wearing a bulletproof vest -- in the Paris suburb of Montrouge has any connection to Wednesday's slaying of 12 people, including cartoonists who were called out by name and executed.
At least 12 killed in shooting at office of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo
The office of a satirical magazine in Paris turned into a horror show when two gunmen burst in and began firing, killing at least 12 before apparently fleeing on foot.
French President Francois Hollande called the bloodshed at the office of Charlie Hebdo "a terrorist attack."
"(The gunmen) will be chased as long as necessary, so that they can be stopped and be brought before judges," he said.
Manhunt after 2 New York police officers shot
An armed robbery call nearly turned deadly for two New York police officers, leading to an exchange of gunfire that ended with the officers hospitalized, a manhunt and fresh scrutiny surrounding the United States' most populated city -- specifically, about the safety of police on the street.
The wounded officers, both men whose names were withheld until family members could be notified, were in St. Barnabas Hospital on Tuesday morning. One of them, who is 30 years old, underwent surgery and is in critical condition after being shot in the arm and lower back. The other, age 38, is in stable condition with gunshot wounds to the chest and arm.
"This is another indicator of the dangers our officers face in the line of duty," said New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, who has found himself at odds with some in his police force in recent weeks. "Thank God, these officers will recover."
FBI chief Comey says at Liu's funeral that number of 2014 police deaths is 'shocking'
FBI Director James Comey on Sunday honored murdered New York City Police Officer Wenjian Liu and remarked that he was shocked and bewildered by the increased number of police officer deaths in 2014.“One hundred and fifteen were killed last year,” he said. “That’s a shocking increase from 2013. I don’t understand evil and I cannot try.”
Comey was the highest-ranking Obama administration official to attend Liu’s memorial service at a Brooklyn funeral home.
Liu was killed Dec. 20 with fellow Officer Rafael Ramos inside their police car in Brooklyn.
CDC: Flu at epidemic level; 15 children dead this season
The United States has officially surpassed the "epidemic" threshold with this season's flu virus, according to the latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The CDC estimates that nearly 7% of all deaths nationwide were due to pneumonia and influenza during the week ending December 20 -- the last week for which the agency has compiled figures on the outbreak.
Influenza is now "widespread" in 36 states, the agency said Tuesday.
Nationwide, a total of 15 children have died so far this flu season, including one in the third week of December.
Flu-related hospitalizations among people 65 years and older has reached 38.3 per 100,000 people, the highest rate of any age group.
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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