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Syrian forces fire into crowds as thousands protest

Syrian security forces fired live rounds into crowds gathered for at least two protests in the central city of Homs, an activist in the city said, as pro-democracy demonstrations erupted across the country on Friday.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the coastal city of Banias, which was stormed by the army this month, witnessed the largest demonstration since the uprising began in southern Syria nine weeks ago.


US: Woman Threatens Dairy Queen Employees with a Grenade

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Renee Deshaies
Mesa, Arizona - Police say a homeless woman entered a Dairy Queen restaurant and threatened employees with a grenade.

When 30-year-old Renee Deshaies attempted to leave the scene near Olive and Main Street, she still had the grenade in her hand.

The victims believed the grenade was real and feared for their safety.

Police say the grenade was not real and was only used for training purposes.

When Deshaies was interviewed, she believed it was real.

She was arrested less than a mile away from the scene near Hobson and 1st Street.

Deshaies faces disorderly conduct and misconduct with a simulated explosive charges.


US: Arizona SWAT Team Defends Shooting Iraq Vet 60 Times

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SWAT officers fired at least 71 shots at suspect Jose Guerena, a former U.S. Marine, and a family struggles to put the pieces together.
A Tucson, Arizona SWAT team defends shooting an Iraq War veteran 60 times during a drug raid, although it declines to say whether it found any drugs in the house and has had to retract its claim that the veteran shot first.

And the Pima County sheriff scolded the media for "questioning the legality" of the shooting.


US: Attorney: Arizona SWAT raid found guns, body armor

Michael Storie, Christopher Scileppi
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Attorney representing the officers Michael Storie, right, and Christopher Scileppi, who is representing the Guerena family
The man shot and killed by Pima County SWAT officers was linked to a home-invasion crew, the attorney representing the officers said Thursday.

Attorney Michael Storie said authorities found rifles, handguns, body armor and a portion of a law-enforcement uniform inside the house where Jose Guerena was shot by officers serving a search warrant May 5.


US: Blagojevich Trial To Resume On Wednesday

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Deposed Gov. Rod Blagojevich arrives at court Thursday, May 19, for another day of testimony in his retrial.
No testimony was heard and jurors were not present Friday in the retrial of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich, but there were plenty of developments from the defense team.

Blagojevich's attorneys met with the judge Friday morning to discuss their strategy and a list of potential witnesses.

Originally, the defense was told to be ready to begin on Monday, but late Friday afternoon, the Clerk of the Court announced that there would be no trial on Monday and the trial would resume on Wednesday. U.S. District Judge James Zagel already had a prior commitment for Tuesday, so the trial was already taking that day off.

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Couple Accused Of Starving 5 Children

Longview, Washington -- Cowlitz County sheriff's deputies said they arrested a Longview couple after discovering their five adopted children were severely malnourished.

Investigators said Washington State Children Protective Services contacted the sheriff's office in early March.

Detectives said Jeffrey and Rebecca Trebilcock's adopted 13-year-old was taken to Doernbecher Children's Hospital in Portland for broken bones and severe malnourishment. The boy was 4 feet 4 inches tall and weighed just 49 pounds.

Investigators said the couple's four adopted girls, ages 10 to 12 years old, were also underweight and found to be in "neglect" by a pediatrician.


Broadcaster silent as "Judgment Day" hours tick by

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With no sign of Judgment Day arriving as he had forecast, the 89-year-old California evangelical broadcaster and former civil engineer behind the pronouncement seemed to have gone silent on Saturday.

Family Radio, the Christian stations network headed by Harold Camping which had spread his message of an approaching doomsday, was playing recorded church music, devotionals and life advice unrelated to the apocalypse.

Camping previously made a failed prediction Jesus Christ would return to Earth in 1994.


Syrian Protests Draw Deadly Fire

Syrian security forces have killed at least 34 people, including an 11-year-old boy, according to witnesses, in the latest crackdown on anti-government protests.

Twelve people were killed in the central city of Homs, while 15 died in the town of Maaret al-Naaman, located near the western city of Idlib, activists said.


Police: UPS Outlet Stole Gift Cards Meant for Tornado Victims

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Edward Michael Copenhaven
The owner of a UPS store stole gift cards that were supposed to be mailed to tornado-ravaged victims in Alabama, and he then spent the money at a Target store, according to police.

Edward Michael Copenhaven, the owner of a UPS outlet in Johns Creek, was arrested and charged with multiple counts of felony theft, the Alpharetta Police Department said Friday. Also arrested and charged with felony theft was his employee, Margaret Kate Carlisle.

The Target gift cards were destined for storm victims in Tuscaloosa. A customer brought the donated cards to Copenhaven's UPS store at 3000 Old Alabama Road and was told they'd be boxed and mailed. Weeks later, when the customer learned from her relatives that the cards had not arrived, she went to the Target in Roswell where they'd been purchased and was told the cards had been used at an Alpharetta Target.


Georgian protests, TV building attacked

Protesters Georgia Tbilisi
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Anti-government supporters gather during an opposition rally in the centre of the Georgian capital Tbilisi, May 21, 2011.
Some 10,000 Georgians rallied in Tbilisi demanding President Mikheil Saakashvili resign, while in the southwestern town of Batumi a witness said demonstrators tried to break into a television building.

Tsira Abuladze, head of news at state television in the autonomous Adjara region on the Black Sea, told Reuters by telephone from Batumi that a crowd of up to 400 people had pushed at doors and threw stones at windows.