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2 suspected looters killed in South Africa

2 suspected looters killed in South Africa, making 6 dead in attacks on immigrant-owned shops
Christopher Torchia And Lynsey Chutel, The Associated Press

JOHANNESBURG - Two suspected looters in South Africa were fatally shot bringing to six the number of people killed in more than a week of attacks on shops owned by African immigrants in the Johannesburg area, police said Monday.

The slain men were part of a group that allegedly went to loot a Somali-owned shop in Langlaagte, south of Johannesburg city, on Sunday night, the South African Press Association quoted police Lt. Gen. Solomon Makgale as saying.

It was not immediately clear who fired the shots that killed the men.

Egypt state newspaper calls out president following shooting

Egypt's state newspaper calls out president in critical column following protester's death
The Associated Press

CAIRO - In an unusually critical column, the chairman of Egypt's state-run daily Al-Ahram newspaper has specifically called out the country's president as being responsible for protecting the public after the shooting death of a protester.

The front-page piece by Ahmed Sayed el-Naggar, published Monday, focused on the killing of Shaimaa el-Sabbagh, shot dead Saturday on the eve of the fourth anniversary of the overthrow of autocrat Hosni Mubarak.

Toll of Filipino commandos killed in rebel clash rises to 43

Number of Filipino commandos killed in rebel clash rises to 43; terror suspect possibly killed
Jim Gomez, The Associated Press

MANILA, Philippines - At least 43 Philippine police commandos were killed in a fierce battle with Muslim guerrillas after launching an assault in which they may have killed one of Southeast Asia's most-wanted terrorists, officials said Monday.

Suspected burglar falls through ceiling, lands near police

Police: Man trying to break into Texas store falls through ceiling, lands in front of officer
The Associated Press

HOUSTON - Authorities say a man's plans to break into a Houston store fell through, after he crashed through the ceiling and landed in front of police.

Houston police say the man climbed a tree and onto the roof of a Family Dollar store early Sunday morning, then managed to break a hole in the roof and enter the building.

But after making his way into the store, the man fell through the ceiling just as a police officer arrived in response to a call about a potential burglary.

Egypt: 15 killed in clashes between Islamists, police

Egypt launches massive security crackdown on 2011 uprising anniversary, clashes leave 15 dead
Hamza Hendawi And Sarah El Deeb, The Associated Press

CAIRO - Anti-government protesters fought street battles with police in Cairo and other cities on Sunday, the fourth anniversary of the country's 2011 uprising, as clashes left at least 15 people dead and dozens injured. Another two people died when an explosive device they were planting under a high-voltage tower in the Nile Delta exploded prematurely, according to security officials.

Police: Drunken driver hits squad car during DWI arrest

Police: Drunken driver hits suburban Dallas squad car during arrest of another drunken driver
The Associated Press

GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas - Police in a Dallas suburb say a drunken driver crashed into an empty squad car while officers were busy dealing with another drunken driver they had pulled over.

Grand Prairie police say a third driver then crashed into another empty squad car, but this driver wasn't drunk or high.

The Dallas Morning News reports (http://bit.ly/15wWYd7 ) that officers pulled over the first driver at around 3 a.m. Sunday and ended up arresting that person for driving while intoxicated.

Opening statements next in murder trial of ex-Pat Hernandez

Opening statements expected soon in murder trial of ex-New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez
Michelle R. Smith, The Associated Press

FALL RIVER, Mass. - Aaron Hernandez once seemed to be a man with a bright future. At age 23 he had a Super Bowl appearance under his belt and a $40 million contract as a star tight end with the New England Patriots. He and his fiancee had started a family, living in a mansion in the Boston suburbs with their 8-month-old daughter.

Opening statements next in murder trial of ex-Pat Hernandez

Opening statements expected soon in murder trial of ex-New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez
Michelle R. Smith, The Associated Press

FALL RIVER, Mass. - Aaron Hernandez once seemed to be a man with a bright future. At age 23 he had a Super Bowl appearance under his belt and a $40 million contract as a star tight end with the New England Patriots. He and his fiancee had started a family, living in a mansion in the Boston suburbs with their 8-month-old daughter.

Police: Third person dies after shooting at Nebraska party

Police say gang-related shooting killed 3 people at house party, plead for witnesses' help
Margery Beck, The Associated Press

OMAHA, Neb. - Gunfire erupted during a crowded party in a vacant house in Omaha early Saturday, leaving three people dead and five wounded, and most witnesses refusing to help investigators, according to police.

As many as 50 people were in and around the small home when shots were fired "by multiple shooters" around 2 a.m., Omaha Police Chief Todd Schmaderer said. No arrests have been made, and police said they were confident the shootings were gang-related.

Spanish police arrest 4 suspected members of a jihadi cell

Spain arrests 4 suspected members of jihadi terror cell in North African enclave of Ceuta
Harold Heckle, The Associated Press

MADRID - Spanish National Police arrested four suspected jihadis Saturday in the country's North African enclave of Ceuta who allegedly had formed a terror cell and were ready to carry out an attack, the Interior Ministry said.

Interior Minister Jorge Fernandez Diaz said investigators, working with their Moroccan counterparts, were struck by the similarities between the suspected cell members and the two French brothers who killed 12 people in an attack upon the Charlie Hebdo newspaper in Paris.

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