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Chris Dorner died of single gunshot to his head - autopsy results

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San Bernardino County Sheriff's deputy Alex Cundieff (R) and Chris Kelley secure the scene where a P22 Walther Suppressor hand gun was found in the snow just off Glass Road near where former Los Angeles Police Department officer Christopher Dorner crashed a purple Nissan truck, before carjacking a second truck as he was fleeing from law enforcement on February 15, 2013 in Big Bear, California
Fugitive ex-cop Christopher Dorner was killed by a single gunshot wound in his head, the San Bernardino County Sherriff's office reports, adding that it appears to have been self-inflicted.

­As the cabin where Dorner was hiding was going up in flames, deputies heard one final gunshot inside, San Bernardino County sheriff's Capt. Sheriff John McMahon told reporters on Friday.

There is evidence that Dorner took his own life, McMahon said.

"The information that we have right now seems to indicate that the wound that took Christopher Dorner's life was self-inflicted," he said.

Earlier, authorities had confirmed that the human remains discovered in the burnt-out cabin belonged to Dorner, but were unsure whether he had burned to death, was killed by the police or committed suicide.

The manhunt for Dorner began last week after authorities claimed he had launched a deadly revenge rampage against the LAPD over his allegedly illegal firing. Police have accused him of killing three, and had formally charged him with one murder.

During the last days of the hunt, Dorner was hiding across the street from the search operation's command post. When discovered, he engaged in a deadly shootout with police, killing one deputy and injuring another.

Dorner spent his final moments inside the cabin, engulfed in flames. By some reports, police prevented any escape attempt, shelling the house with heavy gunfire and stopping firefighters from putting the blaze out. Although police have claimed they did not "deliberately" burn the cabin to ashes, they admit that the projectiles used to force Dorner out could have caused the flames.

Star of David

Israeli army arrests brother of hunger-striking Palestinian detainee

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The Israeli army has reportedly raided the house of a Palestinian detainee, Samer Issawi, arresting his brother. This comes in the wake of violent clashes during the recent rally in support of the man who had been hunger-striking for over 200 days.

­The Israeli Defense Forces have reportedly raided the house of Samer Issawi's family in the al-Issawiya neighborhood of East Jerusalem at around midnight GMT. Activists on twitter claimed that Issawi's brother Shadi had been arrested and released photos and video of the alleged incident

So far, with no official comment on the raid, the reports could not be independently verified.
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On Friday a major rally outside Ofer prison in the West Bank in support of prominent prisoner Samer Issawi ended with a violent fight between the Israeli military and Palestinian protesters. According to Israeli officials some 500 Palestinians attacked soldiers with rocks forcing them to respond with tear gas and rubber bullets. Two Israeli soldiers were slightly injured, the military said.

Palestinian medics reported wounds sustained from rubber bullets and said dozens of people suffered gas inhalation.

Also a number of people were reportedly injured in at least three separate clashes as violence spread across the West Bank.


Car bombs target Shiite neighbourhoods in Baghdad

Baghdad - A series of car bombs exploded in dominantly Shiite neighbourhoods throughout Iraq's capital Baghdad on Sunday, killing at least 20 people and wounding dozens others.

A series of car bombs exploded in mainly Shi'ite neighbourhoods across the Iraqi capital Baghdad on Sunday, killing at least 20 people and wounding dozens, police and hospital sources said.

The bombs detonated in Sadr City, Habibiya, Qahira, and at least two other districts of the capital.

Bombings have increased since the start of the year with a wave of suicide attacks against Shi'ite targets and security forces as Sunni Islamist insurgents step up their campaign to revive widespread sectarian violence in Iraq.

A suicide bomber killed a top Iraqi army intelligence officer on Saturday after storming his home in a northern town and insurgents set off car bombs in Shi'ite areas across the country at the start of the month, killing 34 people.

No-one claimed responsibility for the weekend attacks but Iraq's al Qaeda affiliate, Islamic State of Iraq, has vowed to take back ground its fighters lost in their long battle with American and Iraqi forces.

Source: Reuters

Alarm Clock

'No immediate risk': Nuclear waste tank leaking in Washington

nuclear plant
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Hanford nuclear site, Washington state
One of the most contaminated waste sites in America is leaking nuclear waste according to US officials. The Hanford Nuclear Reservation stores material from the production of atomic weapons, in tanks which have outlived their 20-year lifespan.

­The nuclear leak is the first confirmed case of this type since the federal government's introduction of a security program in 2005 to dispose of content from exposed single-shell tanks.

On Friday, the US Department of Energy announced that one of Hanford 's 177 radioactive waste tanks is disposing up to 300 gallons per year. The leaks have come from Tank T-111, built between 1943 and 1944, now holding some 447,000 gallons of highly radioactive slurry left from plutonium production of nuclear arms.

"The tank was classified as an assumed leaker in 1979," said the DOE. "In February, 1995, interim stabilization was completed for this tank. In order to achieve interim stabilization, the pumpable liquids were removed in accordance with agreements with the State of Washington."

The governor of the state was outraged by the announcement.

"I am alarmed about this on many levels," Washington's governor Jay Inslee said at a news conference. "This raises concerns, not only about the existing leak ... but also concerning the integrity of the other single shell tanks of this age."

Other tanks on the site are now been examined and currently there is"no immediate public health risk," the governor said.


Conclave electing new pope could start before March 15: Vatican

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Pope Benedict XVI and his personal secretary Georg Gaenswein leave after meeting Guatemala's President Otto Perez Molina (not pictured), during a private audience at the Vatican February 16, 2013.
The conclave to choose Pope Benedict's successor could start earlier than expected, giving the Roman Catholic Church a new leader by mid March, the Vatican said on Saturday.

Less than two weeks away from a historic papal resignation, the Vatican also stressed again that the pope was not abandoning the Church in times of difficulties and urged the faithful to trust in God and in the next pope.

Five days after Benedict announced his resignation in Latin to a small group of cardinals, the Vatican was still in a state of spiritual and bureaucratic shock, groping for ways to deal with a situation without precedent for at least six centuries.

Some 117 cardinals under the age of 80 will be eligible to enter the secretive conclave to elect Benedict's successor. Church rules say the conclave has to start between 15-20 days after the papacy becomes vacant, which it will on February 28.

But since the Church is now dealing with an announced resignation and not a sudden death, Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi said the Vatican would be "interpreting" the law to see if it could start earlier.

Cardinals around the world have already begun informal consultations by phone and email to construct a profile of the man they think would be best suited to lead the Church in a period of continuing crisis.


Pakistan market town bombing kills 79 including women and children, 180 injured

A bomb targeting Shiite Muslims in a busy market in Pakistan's insurgency-hit southwest killed 79 people including women and children and wounded 180 others.
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People gather after a bomb targeting Shiite Muslims exploded in busy market in Hazara town, an area dominated by Shiites, on the outskirts of Quetta.
The powerful bomb in a water tanker ripped through a packed bazaar in Hazara town, an area dominated by Shiites on the outskirts of Quetta - capital of oil and gas rich Baluchistan province - at around 6pm local time yesterday.

"We have recovered more dead bodies from the debris of a collapsed building. The death toll has now risen to 79,'' senior Quetta police official Wazir Khan Nasir said.

Quetta city police chief Zubair Mehmood said the water tanker, which officials said was packed with some 800 kilograms of explosives, was placed near a pillar of a two-storey building, which collapsed in the blast.

"We fear that several people have been trapped inside. Rescue work is ongoing but I see very little chance of their survival,'' Mr Mehmood said.

Mr Nasir said the bombing ''was a sectarian attack, the Shiite community was the target''.

A spokesman for the banned Sunni Muslim extremist group Lashkar-e-Jhangvi claimed responsibility for the bombing.


Reality Check: Did law enforcement intentionally set fire to the cabin where Chris Dorner was hiding?

The body of Christopher Dorner has been identified by authorities searching through the remains of a California cabin.

One of the big questions now emerging is whether law enforcement set fire to the cabin in which Dorner was hiding.

Ben is investigating in a Reality Check you won't see anywhere else.


Update 2: Security experts doubt TV stations' "lax passwords" to blame for Zombie Apocalypse EAS hoax: Report sent to DHS last month warned of "multiple undisclosed authentication bypasses"

The zombie attack alert issued on a handful of U.S. TV stations this week is more serious than a mischievous hacker prank say cyber experts, who warn the incident exposes lax security practices in a critical public safety system.

While broadcasters said poor password security paved the way for the bogus warning, security experts said the equipment used by the Emergency Alert System remained vulnerable when stations allow it be accessed via the public Internet.

The fear is that hackers could prevent the government from sending out public warnings during an emergency or attackers could conduct a more damaging hoax than a warning of a zombie apocalypse.

"It isn't what they said. It is the fact that they got into the system. They could have caused some real damage," said Karole White, president of the Michigan Association of Broadcasters.

Comment: Indeed, the government's ability to activate the Emergency Alert System appears to working just fine... curiouser and curiouser.

See also:

Update: 'Zombie Apocalypse' hoax broadcast on U.S. Emergency Alert System blamed on 'lax passwords'

'Zombie Apocalypse' hoax message on U.S. Emergency Alert System broadcast on 10 channels across 5 states

Eye 1

FAA moves toward creating 6 drone test sites in U.S.

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This September 2011 photo provided by Vanguard Defense Industries, shows a ShadowHawk drone with Montgomery County, Texas, SWAT team members.
In a major step toward opening U.S. skies to thousands of unmanned drones, federal officials Thursday solicited proposals to create six drone test sites around the country.

The Federal Aviation Administration also posted online a draft plan for protecting people's privacy from the eyes in the sky. The plan would require each test site to follow federal and state laws and make a privacy policy publicly available.

Privacy advocates worry that a proliferation of drones will lead to a "surveillance society" in which the movements of Americans are routinely monitored, tracked, recorded and scrutinized by the authorities.

The military has come to rely heavily on drones overseas. Now there is tremendous demand to use drones in the U.S. for all kinds of tasks that are too dirty, dull or dangerous for manned aircraft. Drones, which range from the size of a hummingbird to the high-flying Globalhawks that weigh about 15,000 pounds without fuel, also are often cheaper than manned aircraft. The biggest market is expected to be state and local police departments.

The FAA is required by a law enacted a year ago to develop sites where civilian and military drones can be tested in preparation for integration into U.S. airspace that's currently limited to manned aircraft.

The law also requires that the FAA allow drones wide access to U.S. airspace by 2015, but the agency is behind schedule, and it's doubtful it will meet the deadline, the Transportation Department's inspector general said in a report last year.


How law enforcement and media covered up the plan to burn Christopher Dorner alive

HIghly disturbing behavior by newspaper and Live TV sources in complying with the San Bernardino Sheriffs.

At approximately 7 PM ET, I listened through a police scanner as San Bernardino Sheriffs gave the order to burn down the cabin where suspected murderer Christopher Dorner was allegedly hiding. Deputies were maneuvering a remote controlled demolition vehicle to the base of the cabin, using it to tear down the walls of the cabin where Dorner was hiding, and peering inside.

In an initial dispatch, a deputy reported seeing "blood spatter" inside the cabins. Dorner, who had just engaged in a firefight with deputies that killed one officer and wounded another, may have been wounded in the exchange. There was no sign of his presence, let alone his resistance, according to police dispatches.

It was then that the deputies decided to burn the cabin down.

"We're gonna go ahead with the plan with the burner," one sheriff's deputy told another. "Like we talked about." Minutes later, another deputy's voice crackled across the radio: "The burner's deployed and we have a fire."

Next, a sheriff reported a "single shot" heard from inside the house. This was before the fire had penetrated deeply into the cabin's interior, and may have signaled Dorner's suicide. At that point, an experienced ex-cop like him would have known he was finished.