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France 24 TV: Cairo reporter 'savagely attacked'

Sonia Dridi

Sonia Dridi
Paris - A correspondent for France 24 TV was "savagely attacked" near Cairo's Tahrir Square after being seized by a crowd, the network said Saturday. It was the latest case of violence against women at the epicenter of Egypt's restive protests.

The news channel said in a statement that Sonia Dridi was attacked around 10:30 p.m. Friday after a live broadcast on a protest at the square and was later rescued by a colleague and other witnesses. France 24 did not give further details about the attack, but it said its employees were safe and sound, though "extremely shocked," and that it will file suit against unspecified assailants.

The network, which receives state funds but has editorial independence, said it and the French Embassy were working to bring Dridi back to France.

"More frightened than hurt," wrote Dridi in French on her Twitter page Saturday. Referring in English to a colleague, she tweeted: "Thanks to (at)ashrafkhalil for protecting me in (hash)Tahrir last nite. Mob was pretty intense. thanks to him I escaped from the unleashed hands."

Ashraf Khalil, who works with France 24's English language service, said the crowd was closing in on him and Dridi while they were doing live reports on a side street off Tahrir. He said the attack and rescue took about half an hour, but it felt like a lot longer.
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Tens of thousands rally in London against austerity

Demonstrators march in central London. Tens of thousands of people marched through London and other British cities on Saturday in protest against spending cuts by Prime Minister David Cameron's struggling coalition government.
Tens of thousands of people marched through London and other British cities on Saturday in protest against spending cuts by Prime Minister David Cameron's struggling coalition government.

Marchers carried signs reading "No cuts" and "Cameron has butchered Britain," condemning the austerity measures introduced by Cameron's Conservative-led coalition in a bid to reduce Britain's huge deficit.

Police said the main march was peaceful, but two people were arrested as breakaway anarchist groups protested outside major companies including McDonald's and Starbucks in the Oxford Street shopping hub.

Scotland Yard did not provide an estimate for the turnout on the three-mile (4.8-kilometre) march route but organisers said police had told them that around 100,000 people attended.

"This is not a crisis that is going to sort itself out through cuts," 19-year-old protester Jonathan told AFP. "We've had a double-dip recession now, and we are here today to show we are not going to stand it any longer."

In Scotland's biggest city Glasgow around 5,000 people took part in a separate protest while there was also a march in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

No-fly list strands man on island in Hawaii

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In this Oct. 18, 2012, photo, Wade Hicks, Jr. poses for a photograph outside the pass office at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii.
Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii -- Hawaii is a paradise for most visitors. But it was Wade Hicks Jr.'s prison for five days.

The 34-year-old from Gulfport, Miss., was stranded in the islands this week after being told he was on the FBI's no-fly list during a layover for a military flight from California to Japan.

The episode left Hicks scrambling to figure out how he'd get home from Hawaii without being able to fly. Then he was abruptly removed from the list on Thursday with no explanation.

It also raised questions beyond how he landed on the list: How could someone on a list intelligence officials use to inform counterterrorism investigations successfully fly standby on an Air Force flight?

Hicks said he was traveling to visit his wife, a U.S. Navy lieutenant who's deployed in Japan. He hitched a ride on the military flight as is common for military dependents, who are allowed to fly on scheduled routes when there's room.

Hicks said that during his layover at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent told him he was on the no-fly list and wouldn't be allowed on a plane.

Baltimore buses to tape driver, passenger conversations

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A promotional photo for the Maryland Transit Administration.
City buses in Baltimore will begin recording the conversations of bus drivers and passengers this week in a security move that has upset privacy advocates and some Maryland lawmakers, the Baltimore Sun reports.

The first 10 buses will be expanded to 340 by next summer as a result of a decision by the Maryland Transit Administration.

The MTA says the move is aimed at helping investigate crimes, accidents and poor customer service, according to the Sun.

The conversations will be recorded by a locked "black box" that can store up to 30 days of audio and video information. It could be opened in the event of an accident, an incident involving a passenger or a complaint against a driver, the newspaper says.

The buses will be also marked with signs to alert passengers to the open mics.

Foxconn Fiasco: Apple supplier admits using child labor in China

Chinese workers assemble electronic components
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Chinese workers assemble electronic components at the Taiwanese technology giant Foxconn's factory in Shenzhen, in the southern Guangzhou province.
Foxconn, a major Apple supplier, has admitted to using underage interns in factories in China, employing children as young as 14. It's the latest in the string of scandals surrounding the company's activity in the country.

­The violation was revealed during a Foxconn probe over various media reports, which said that interns from 14 to 16 were working at the plant in the eastern Shandong province for about three weeks.

The company's administration admitted in a statement that their investigation "has shown that the interns in question ... had worked in that campus for approximately three weeks."

The employers were in fact breaching national law, which states the working age starts at 16.

Dead man found at California shooting wearing armor

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Inglewood emergency personnel respond to the scene where a man, wearing a mask, set a duplex on fire and then shot five members of a family on Saturday, Oct. 20, 2012 in Inglewood, Calif.
Inglewood, California - A man found dead at the property where five members of a Southern California family were shot - two fatally - was wearing body armor, clutching a handgun and had a bullet hole in his head, authorities said Sunday.

The loaded handgun was a .38 caliber revolver registered to 55-year-old Desmond John Moses, who lived in a bungalow set ablaze before the deadly shooting spree at his neighbor's house in Inglewood, said Police Lt. James Madia.

The body, burned beyond recognition, was found inside the bungalow late Saturday and an autopsy will determine whether it is Moses.

The dead man had "what appeared to be a gunshot wound to the head" and carried additional ammunition in his pockets, a police statement said. He was wearing "bullet-resistant body armor," the statement said.

The shooting rampage before dawn Saturday killed 33-year-old Filimon Lamas and his 4-year-old son. The father was shielding two of his children when he was shot, Inglewood Police Chief Mark Fronterotta said. Lamas' 28-year-old wife, Gloria Jiminez, was shot in both legs but managed to carry the wounded 4-year-old out of the house.

Paramedics found her collapsed on the street. The child, who suffered a bullet wound to the head, died at a hospital.
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Girl, nine, shot after being mistaken for a skunk in her Halloween costume

Mistaken identity: The girl's relative thought that she was a skunk when he shot her in the shoulder
Pennsylvania - A nine-year-old girl was accidentally shot outside a home during a Halloween party by a relative who thought she was a skunk.

The child was over a hillside and wearing a black costume and a black hat with a white tassel, according to police in western Pennsylvania.

Chief Ronald Leindecker says a male relative mistook her for a skunk and fired a shotgun, hitting her in the shoulder on Saturday night.

The girl, who has not been identified, was alert and talking when she was flown to hospital in Pittsburgh, about 30 miles away from the home in New Sewickley Township.

Her condition was unavailable.

The relative who shot her hadn't been drinking and it is not known if he will be charged.

The investigation is ongoing and has been turned over to the district attorney's office, authorities said.

Source: The Associated Press
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Update: Wisconsin spa shooting suspect, Radcliffe Haughton, found dead

Radcliffe Franklin Haughton
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Radcliffe Franklin Haughton
The man suspected of shooting up a Wisconsin spa, killing three women and injuring four others, later shot and killed himself, police said.

Authorities spent the afternoon methodically searching the Azana Salon & Spa in Brookfield, Wisc., in a hunt for Radcliffe Haughton, 45. The search of the 9,000 square foot, two story spa was hampered when authorities found what they believed was a bomb.

An urgent manhunt was launched for Haughton, but his body was discovered inside the spa, police said.

"The only individual we were seeking has been found and we believe him to be deceased by a self-inflicted gunshot wound," Brookfield Police spokesman Daniel Tushaus said.

The shooting erupted 11:09 a.m CT in Brookfield, and shortly after SWAT teams surrounded the spa with their guns drawn, preparing for a tactical situation.

Witnesses described screaming women, at least one bleeding, fleeing the spa, with one rolling down a slight hill before police scooped her up and got her out of the area.

A "be on the lookout" alert was issued for Haughton. Hours later, a black 2003 Mazda driven by the suspect was recovered outside of Brookfield, however police declined to say where it was found.

Authorities swarmed Haughton's home in the suburb, Brown Deer, and sent in a robot to search the residence, ABC News' affiliateWISN reported.

At least seven people injured in mass shooting near Wisconsin mall

Radcliffe Haughton
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Radcliffe Franklin Haughton, 45, of Brown Deer, Wisconsin, is pictured in this undated handout photo. Haughton is being sought by police in connection with a shooting in Brookfield, Wisconsin October 21, 2012
At least seven people have been injured in a shooting spree at a spa near a mall in Brookfield, Wisconsin, a hospital spokeswoman says. Officials said this is a "mass casualty" situation, local WISN 12 News reports. The shooter remains at large.

The shooting occurred at 11:00 am local time on Sunday at the Azana Day Spa near the Brookfield Square Mall., Police told Fox6 News.

A spokeswoman at the local Froedtert Hospital says it has received four patients from the shooting, none critical, and expects three more.

Area hospitals have been put on alert as more casualties could be coming, though Froedtert said they were unaware of any other local hospitals taking in patients.

The identities of the shooting victims have not been released.

Authorities are looking for a suspect described as a heavy-set, bald black male in military fatigues who is possibly driving a a 2003 Black Mazda. Other witnesses believe the shooter might still be in the area, possibly in the mall. Several roads in the area have been blocked off and police are holding tactical positions at the scene of the shooting. At least 16 emergency vehicles have been dispatched to the scene.

The Brookfield Square Mall and an adjacent country club were initially put on lockdown. As of 1:20 PM local time, however, people were allowed to leave the mall. Several entrances at hte Froedtert Hospital have been blocked off as the location of the shooter remains unknown.

Milwaukee FBI spokesman Leonard Peace told AP its SWAT team, hostage negotiators, command staff and victims specialists had been dispatched to respond to the shooting.

ATF spokesman Robert Schmidt said 10 agents were at the scene. The area was also swept for bombs.

Is 'Thomas Quick', the drug-induced alter-ego of Sweden's 'worst ever serial killer', actually an innocent scapegoat?

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Sture Bergwall, formerly known as Thomas Quick, at Säter hospital for the criminally insane, outside Stockholm.
It reads like a real-life Scandinavian crime novel. In the 1990s, Thomas Quick confessed to more than 30 murders, making him Sweden's most notorious serial killer. Then, he changed his name and revealed his confessions were all faked

Sture Bergwall resides in a psychiatric hospital for the criminally insane three hours' drive north of Stockholm. A high wire fence circles the building. CCTV cameras track the movements of the outside world. The narrow windows - some of them barred - are smudged with dirt and thick with double-glazed glass. In order to visit, you must enter through a succession of automatically locking doors and walk through an airport-style security gate. You must leave your mobile phone in a specially provided locker and hand over your passport in return for an ID tag and a panic alarm. Two members of staff, wearing plastic clogs that squeak across the linoleum, escort you through the corridors.

In the visitors' room, Bergwall sits straight-backed on a small red chair, dim light glinting off rectangular-framed spectacles, his feet planted slightly apart in grey socks and Velcro-strapped sandals. He has been a patient in Säter hospital since 1991 and although he is 62, the flesh on his hands is still pink and unworn, the result, one imagines, of a lack of exposure to sunlight. His hair - what is left of it - is white.