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Sinn Fein chief Adams accused  of covering up IRA child rape

Oct 17, 2014

Sinn Fein chief Adams accused of covering up IRA child rape

Sinn Fein party leader Gerry Adams denied new accusations Thursday that he concealed child-abuse crimes within his own secretive movement, this time allegedly committed by a Belfast officer of the outlawed Irish Republican Army. Mairia Cahill, a member of one of Belfast’s top IRA ...

Oct 17, 2014

American sues over pink panty anguish

An American man who underwent a colonoscopy and woke up wearing pink women’s underwear is suing for emotional distress, mental anguish and loss of earnings, according to court papers. The plaintiff, named in local media as 32-year-old Andrew Walls, has demanded a trial by ...

FBI director warns against cellphone encryption

Oct 17, 2014

FBI director warns against cellphone encryption

FBI Director James Comey gave a stark warning Thursday against smartphone data encryption, saying homicide cases could be stalled, suspects could go free and “justice may be denied because of a locked phone or an encrypted hard drive.” Likening encrypted data to a safe ...

Oct 17, 2014

Brazilian arrested in 39 serial killings

Brazilian police said Thursday they have arrested a suspected serial killer who admits to slaying 39 people in a four-year killing spree, including 16 young women. “He was arrested Tuesday night after a 70-day investigation and Wednesday admitted to slaying 39 people since 2011, ...

Oct 16, 2014

Femen activist fined for stabbing Putin waxwork

A Ukrainian member of the Femen movement was slapped with over €6,000 ($7,300) in fines on Wednesday for impaling a wax statue of Russian President Vladimir Putin with a stake, while bare-breasted, in a Paris museum. Iana Jdanova, 26, is the first member of ...

Oct 16, 2014

FBI warns U.S. businesses of cyberattacks, blames Beijing

The FBI warned U.S. businesses on Wednesday that hackers it believes to be backed by the Chinese government have recently launched attacks on U.S. companies. The “flash” warning described tools and techniques used by the hackers and asked companies to contact federal authorities if ...

Oct 15, 2014

Remorseful robber waits for police after Washington state heist

A suspected robber with a guilty conscience walked out of a Washington state bank with stolen cash on Tuesday, then waited outside the building for police to arrest him, police said. The 64-year-old man walked into a Banner Bank branch in Bellingham and handed ...

Oct 15, 2014

American shot dead in Saudi capital, another wounded: police

A gunman shot dead one American and wounded another at a filling station in the Saudi capital on Tuesday, in a rare attack on Westerners in the kingdom, police said. The victims worked for Vinnell Arabia, a U.S.-Saudi joint venture that provides training for ...

Oct 14, 2014

After-dark clown sightings trouble California city

People dressed as clowns are causing a stir in California’s San Joaquin Valley. The latest after-dark sighting came Saturday, when police in Bakersfield responded around 8 p.m. to a report of a clown holding a firearm. Officers searched but didn’t find anyone. The Bakersfield ...

Oct 14, 2014

Ferguson protesters struggle to maintain focus on slain teenager

Young black protesters from Ferguson, Missouri, want to keep their anger focused on the fatal police shooting of unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown as their movement takes on a national dimension that threatens to dilute it. During a weekend of demonstrations marking the two-month anniversary ...