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SYDNEY (AP) — Amid a flurry of loud bangs, police have stormed a cafe in Sydney, Australia, where a gunman had been holding hostages for more than 16 hours. And they say the hostage situation is over. At least two people appear to have been injured. Officers swooped in shortly after five or six hostages were seen running out of the cafe in downtown Sydney. One weeping woman could be seen being carried out by the officers.

SYDNEY, Australia (AP) — The suspect in the hostage siege in Australia is identified by local media as an Iranian-born man who is facing charges in separate cases including sexual assault and accessory to murder. He's someone who has been on the radar of Australian officials. Last year, he was sentenced to 300 hours of community service for writing offensive letters to the families of soldiers killed in Afghanistan.

SOUDERTON, Pa. (AP) — Police are surrounding a home outside Philadelphia where a suspect is believed to have barricaded himself after shootings at multiple homes. Officers tell a TV station (WPVI) that the man is suspected of killing five people this morning at three different homes northwest of Philadelphia.

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The families of some of the victims of the Newtown, Connecticut shootings are suing the manufacturer, distributor and seller of the rifle used in the shooting. The suit was filed today by the families of nine of the 26 people killed, and a teacher who was wounded in the shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School. The suit asserts that the Bushmaster AR-15 rifle shouldn't have been made publicly available because it was designed for military use, and is unsuited for hunting or for home defense.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The NFL Players Association has filed a federal lawsuit for Adrian Peterson, asking the court to dismiss an arbitrator's decision to uphold the NFL's punishment of the star running back. Peterson was suspended without pay for the remaining six games of this season by Commissioner Roger Goodell as a result of the child-abuse case that has kept him out of all but one game this year.

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