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Police: Colorado school shooter wrote ‘The die is cast’ on himself before attack

The student who opened fire in a Colorado school last week had over 100 rounds of ammunition, molotov cocktails and a machete and planned to attack five different classrooms, police said Tuesday. Karl Pierson also wrote the Latin phrase Alea iacta est — meaning “The die is cast” — on…

Researchers: One in every 200 U.S. women experienced a ‘virgin pregnancy’

One in every 200 young American women says she became pregnant while still a virgin. That is the eye-popping figure reported on Tuesday by US researchers who trawled through a long-term study into reproductive health among young Americans. Out of 7,870 women who took part in the confidential research, 45…

U.S. plans ‘Silver Alert’ to find missing seniors

Capitalizing on the success of urgent “Amber Alert” bulletins that help authorities find missing children, US lawmakers introduced a similar program for the elderly Tuesday that they hope to implement across America. If passed by Congress, the legislation sponsored by six US Senate Democrats would create a “Silver Alert” aimed…

India incensed after U.S. Marshals strip-search female diplomat

US law enforcement officials admitted Tuesday that a female Indian diplomat was strip-searched after she was arrested last week, in a case which has sparked fury and fierce reprisals from India. Amid a growing row, New Delhi is taking a series of measures against US diplomats in the country after…

NASA postpones cargo mission for space station repairs

NASA on Tuesday postponed a cargo mission to the International Space Station and instead scheduled three spacewalks so that astronauts can fix a broken cooling system at the research outpost. The decision means that Orbital Sciences’ first regular supply-ship mission to the ISS will be put off until next year.…

Edward Snowden offers to help Brazil against NSA spying in exchange for asylum

US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden offered to help Brazil defeat US spying Tuesday but, in an open letter, said he needs permanent political asylum to do so. The move was widely interpreted as a request for asylum in Brazil, including by the Folha de Sao Paulo newspaper that published the…

African immigrants protest detention in Israeli facility

Nearly 200 African asylum seekers who entered Israel illegally demonstrated Tuesday in Jerusalem against being housed at a new open facility they walked out of two days earlier. The men had left the Holot facility in southern Israel on Sunday night and made their way to the city on foot…

Holocaust Museum takes possession of long-lost Nazi diary

The US Holocaust Memorial Museum took possession Tuesday of a Nazi war criminal’s long-lost diary and posted it online to help researchers decipher the thinking behind Adolf Hitler’s “final solution.” The Rosenberg Diary, kept by a confidant of Adolf Hitler whose racist theories underpinned Nazi Germany’s annihilation of six million…

Ministers hammer out final details for European ‘Banking Union’

Eurozone finance ministers met Tuesday to thrash out final details of a new bank regulatory system amid still sharp differences over how it should work and who should control it. The talks — the latest in a long running series — are meant to produce a common position for negotiations…

9/11 suspect ejected by Gitmo judge after mentioning secret CIA prisons

One of the men suspected of planning the September 11, 2001 attacks was twice ejected from a US military court Tuesday after making outbursts about secret CIA prisons and torture. Yemeni defendant Ramzi Binalshibh, who is accused of helping the hijackers enter the United States and of financing the airliner…

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