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Bear runs into Pennsylvania home, attacks couple inside

PITTSBURGH (Reuters) – A black bear chased a dog into a central Pennsylvania house on Monday, attacking and injuring a couple who lived there, an official said. The bear entered the house in Oliver Township, Perry County, “hot on the tracks” of the dog, which had been let out early…

Homelessness not just an urban problem, MN groups say

PINE CITY, Minn (Reuters) – When a man spends winter hibernating in an icehouse on a lake or sleeping on the floor at a friend’s house, it’s tough to count him as “homeless.” Such were the difficulties social service groups in a 14-county area of central Minnesota found when they…

Hillary Clinton slams Turkey over media freedom

ISTANBUL — The United States is concerned about media freedom and free speech in Turkey amid the arrest of dozens of journalists and Internet restrictions, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Saturday. “If there is an area that I’m concerned about with recent actions in Turkey … it’s the area…

Los Angeles has traffic jitters as “Carmageddon” begins

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Los Angeles on Friday began closing a crucial freeway, the 405, touching off what officials warn could be a grueling weekend of epic traffic jams that locals have dubbed “Carmageddon.” The unprecedented 53-hour shutdown, expected to delay motorists for hours on alternate routes with ripple effects…

Multiple blasts kill 20 in Mumbai ‘terror’ strikes

Three simultaneous blasts killed 20 people and injured dozens more in Mumbai on Wednesday, in the deadliest attack on India’s commercial capital since the traumatic 2008 assault by Islamist militants. The bombs exploded in busy districts in the south of the city, the same area targeted two and half years…

Israel bombs Gaza after rocket fire

Israeli jets bombed two sites in Gaza early on Wednesday, wounding one woman, after Palestinians fired three rockets into southern Israel, Israeli and Palestinian sources said. The Israeli military said its aircraft “targeted two weapons manufacturing sites in the northern Gaza Strip.” “Direct hits were confirmed and secondary explosions were…

U.S. drones kill 25 militants in Pakistan

A volley of US missile strikes killed 25 militants after destroying their compounds in Pakistan’s lawless tribal areas on the Afghan border, security officials said Tuesday. Twin drone attacks hit militant strongholds in North and South Waziristan 12 hours apart, as the United States announced it was suspending more than…

Saboteurs bomb Egypt gas pipeline to Israel, Jordan

Saboteurs bombed an Egyptian gas pipeline in the Sinai peninsula on Monday, sending flames into the sky and cutting supplies to Israel and Jordan, a security official said. Officials said a car had parked near the pipeline in the Bir al-Abd area, 80 kilometres (about 50 miles) from the north…

South China Sea sovereignty ‘indisputable’: China

BEIJING — China on Wednesday reiterated that it has “indisputable sovereignty” over islands in the South China Sea after the United States pledged to help the Philippines, which has its own claims in the area. A spokesman for China’s Taiwan Affairs Office, Yang Yi, also repeated the government position that…

Two bombs found at Denver area shopping mall, FBI says

DENVER (Reuters) – Two bombs were found inside a Borders Bookstore in a suburban Denver shopping mall overnight, the FBI said on Saturday. Police were summoned to the Colorado Mills Mall in Lakewood early on Saturday after a store alarm sounded, the FBI said in a news release. Police discovered…

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