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Ottawa shooting: Gunman had troubled, transient past

Ottawa shooting: Gunman had troubled, transient past

The gunman who killed a soldier in Ottawa and then raced through Canada's parliament before being shot dead was a misfit and perhaps mentally ill, according to police, friends and family, while his troubled and transient past included robbery and drug offences.

California communites suffers as wells dry up in drought

California communites suffers as wells dry up in drought

In one of the towns hardest hit by California's drought, the only way some residents can get water to flush the toilet is to drive to the fire station, hand-pump water into barrels and take it back home.

Ottawa shooting: Sergeant-at-Arms hailed as hero

Ottawa shooting: Sergeant-at-Arms hailed as hero

The guard credited with killing a gunman in Canada's parliament fought back tears as lawmakers greeted him with a prolonged standing ovation, cheers and whistles when he resumed his duties.

Canada's PM: Tougher security laws after attack

Canada's PM: Tougher security laws after attack

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper pledged more surveillance and detention powers for security forces in Canada after a gunman killed a soldier and rampaged through parliament before being shot dead.

Some US hospitals weigh withholding Ebola care

Some US hospitals weigh withholding Ebola care

The Ebola crisis is forcing the American healthcare system to consider the previously unthinkable: withholding some medical interventions because they are too dangerous to doctors and nurses and unlikely to help a patient.

New minister hit by sex bar scandal in Japan

New minister hit by sex bar scandal in Japan

Japan's new trade minister said a political support group spent money at a racy bar, a blow for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe after his cabinet suffered two high-profile resignations over separate funding scandals.

Fence-jumper prompts White House lockdown

Fence-jumper prompts White House lockdown

A man jumped the White House fence and was attacked by Secret Service dogs before being arrested, a Secret Service spokesman said.

Shooting shakes Canadians' sense of security

Shooting shakes Canadians' sense of security

A gun attack targeting the heart of Canada's government has shaken the country's closely guarded image as a sanctuary from the kinds of mass violence that plague the United States.

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