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3 people escape Sydney building ... McCain defends release of torture report ... Hong Kong protest camps closed

By The Associated Press | Posted - Dec. 14, 2014 at 10:51 p.m.



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SYDNEY (AP) — The hostage standoff in Australia is continuing but three people have fled the building that houses the cafe in downtown Sydney where the hostages are being held. It's not known for sure what the hostage-takers want but the Australian prime minister says it may be "politically motivated." Two people inside the cafe were seen holding up a flag containing an Islamic declaration of faith.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. John McCain is defending the Senate Intelligence Committee's report on detainee torture. He says "We're not a perfect nation, but we acknowledge our mistakes." McCain tells CBS the detailed accounts justified the report's release. But Jose Rodriguez, the former CIA official who oversaw the interrogation program, tells Fox the report "throws the CIA under this bus."

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong police are pulling down barricades and folding up tents at the third and final pro-democracy protest camp in the city. It puts an end to demonstrations that have blocked traffic for 2 ½ months. This past week authorities shut down the main camp near the heart of the financial district and arrested 249 people who refused to leave for unlawful assembly.

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Three friends of an alleged victim of gang rape at a University of Virginia frat house say a Rolling Stone article wrongly portrayed them as uncaring students who were more concerned about their reputations than her well-being. They say the article was wrong on a number of key points, especially its assertion they urged the victim to not report the attack.

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A northern white rhinoceros that was only one of six left in the world has died at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. U-T San Diego reports that the rare rhino named Angalifu, who was about 44 years old, apparently died of old age on Sunday. His death leaves only one northern white rhino at the zoo, one at a zoo in the Czech Republic and three in a preserve in Kenya.

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