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By The Associated Press | Posted - Dec. 15, 2014 at 5:51 p.m.



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PENNSBURG, Pa. (AP) — Authorities near Philadelphia are searching for a man suspected of killing six people at three houses, including his ex-wife and her 14-year-old niece. At one point, a SWAT team surrounded Bradley William Stone's house in suburban Pennsburg. Stone is known use a cane or walker. It's unclear how he is getting around. His cellphone and car have been recovered.

SYDNEY (AP) — Australian authorities say an Iranian-born gunman who held 17 people hostage in a cafe in downtown Sydney for 16 hours had a criminal background, an interest in radicalism and suffered mental instability. He died along with two hostages when officers stormed the cafe. It's not clear whether the two captives were caught in crossfire or killed by Man Haron Monis. He was once prosecuted for sending offensive letters to families of Australian troops killed in Afghanistan.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Investigators want to question two potential witnesses who were near a downtown Los Angeles fire last week. The blaze left a large apartment complex that was under construction in ashes. Authorities have released separate videos of two men taken near the scene.

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says the confirmation of Dr. Vivek (VEE'-vek) Murthy as surgeon general will better position the nation to save lives abroad and protect Americans at home. The confirmation was along party lines. Republicans and the National Rifle Association had opposed Murthy because of his support for gun control.

HONOLULU (AP) — Officials say lava from a volcano on Hawaii's Big Island is on course to reach a shopping center with a gas station in seven to 10 days. It's in the small town of Pahoa, where officials have been in touch with merchants at risk. The gas station's tank will be drained and filled with water and firefighting foam.

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