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Polanski lawyers accuse prosecutors of misconduct

Attorneys for film director Roman Polanski accuse Los Angeles County prosecutors of misconduct
Linda Deutsch, The Associated Press

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - The seemingly endless quest by Los Angeles authorities to extradite film director Roman Polanski has taken a new twist with the 81-year-old director renewing his fight to be free of his prosecutors.

Brad Fritsch wins Q-school by 7 shots

Brad Fritsch earns full status on Tour with 7-shot win at Q-school
The Associated Press

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. - Canada's Brad Fritsch earned full status on the Tour next year by closing with a 5-under 66 to win the qualifying tournament by seven shots. It was the second-widest margin at Q-school in the last 25 years.

Fritsch, from Ottawa, made three early birdies and was never seriously challenged the rest of the way. He finished the six-round tournament at 27-under 402.

"I didn't come here to shoot 27-under. I'm surprised," said Fritsch. "I couldn't imagine coming here and doing that."

Fritsch earned US$25,000 with the victory.

Taliban assault on Pakistan school leaves 141 dead

Taliban gunmen attack Pakistani school, kill 141 - mostly children - in worst assault in years
Riaz Khan And Rebecca Santana, The Associated Press

PESHAWAR, Pakistan - In the deadliest slaughter of innocents in Pakistan in years, Taliban gunmen attacked a military-run school Tuesday and killed 141 people — almost all of them students — before government troops ended the siege.

The massacre of innocent children horrified a country already weary of unending terrorist attacks. Pakistan's teenage Nobel Peace laureate Malala Yousafzai — herself a survivor of a Taliban shooting — said she was "heartbroken" by the bloodshed.

Obama condemns deadly attack on Pakistani school

Obama condemns 'heinous' terrorist shooting attack on Pakistani school that killed children
Nedra Pickler, The Associated Press

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama on Tuesday condemned a "horrific attack" on a Pakistani school that killed more than 100 children, as U.S. officials offered assistance in responding to the terrorist shooting.

Taliban gunmen stormed the Army Public School on Tuesday morning in the worst attack in Pakistan in years. Most of the victims were students in the first through 10th grades.

'Deluded' hostage-taker saw himself as a martyr

'Deluded' hostage-taker who saw himself as a martyr was not on Australian terror list
Nick Perry, The Associated Press

SYDNEY - He wrote letters to grieving families of Australian troops killed in Afghanistan that likened them to "Hitler's soldiers." He was accused of being an accomplice in the murder of his ex-wife, who was stabbed and set on fire.

Israeli forces kill Palestinian in West Bank

Israeli military kills Palestinian man during arrest operation in West Bank
Peter Enav, The Associated Press

JERUSALEM - Israeli soldiers shot and killed a Palestinian man as violence erupted during an arrest operation in the West Bank on Tuesday, the military said.

It said Palestinians in the refugee camp of Qalandiya, north of Jerusalem, threw explosive charges and opened fire at soldiers during the operation and that they responded with fire of their own, killing one man, and wounding another.

Palestinian medical officials identified the dead man as 20-year-old Mahmoud Abdalla.

Australian leader mourns for siege victims

Australian prime minister lays flowers at memorial for victims of Sydney hostage siege
Nick Perry, The Associated Press

SYDNEY - Tearful Australians laid mounds of flowers at the site where two of 17 hostages were killed Tuesday when police swooped into a cafe to rescue them from a gunman — an Iranian-born self-styled cleric described by the prime minister as a deeply disturbed person carrying out a "sick fantasy."

The 16-hour siege that ended in a barrage of gunfire early Tuesday left the gunman, 50-year-old Man Haron Monis, dead, and a nation that has long prided itself on its peace rocked to its core.

Protesters block roads to protest police killings

Protesters block roads, chain themselves to front doors of California police building
The Associated Press

OAKLAND, Calif. - Demonstrators blocked streets around police headquarters and chained shut four doors of a California police headquarters Monday to protest recent grand jury decisions not to indict white officers who killed unarmed black men in Ferguson, Missouri, and New York.

Police made 25 arrests as the protesters chained themselves to the doors of the Oakland police headquarters during soggy weather and prevented people from getting inside.

Lawyer: Witnesses back Bill Cosby sex abuse suit

Lawyer for Bill Cosby accuser says witnesses corroborate her allegations of underage sex abuse
Anthony McCartney, The Associated Press

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - A lawyer for a woman who says Bill Cosby sexually abused her when she was 15 stated in a recent court filing that he has interviewed two witnesses who corroborate her story.

Attorney Marc Strecker wrote in a sworn declaration filed in Los Angeles Superior Court on Friday that he has reviewed photographs of his client, Judy Huth, with Cosby at the Playboy Mansion in the mid-1970s, the place and time she says the abuse happened.

Can identifying mental illness stop terror attacks?

Authorities look for mental health clues in fight to stop 'lone wolf' attackers
Jill Lawless, The Associated Press

LONDON - A radical Muslim killed a soldier outside Canada's Parliament. A right-wing extremist opened fire on buildings in Texas' capital and tried to burn down the Mexican Consulate. An Al-Qaida-inspired assailant hacked an off-duty soldier to death in London.

Police said all three were terrorists and motivated by ideology. Authorities and family members said they may have been mentally ill. A growing body of research suggests they might well have been both.

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