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On alert for shooting suspect...Mourning in Australia...Teens trying e-cigarettes

By The Associated Press | Posted - Dec. 15, 2014 at 10:41 p.m.



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PENNSBURG, Pa. (AP) — SWAT teams and other officers near Philadelphia are looking for a man suspected of killing his ex-wife and five of her relatives, including the ex-wife's 14-year-old niece. The victims lived at homes in three suburban communities and were killed early Monday. In Bucks County, police swarmed an area late Monday after an attempted hijacking by a man dressed in fatigues. That matches the description of suspect Bradley William Stone.

SYDNEY (AP) — Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has laid flowers at a makeshift memorial in downtown Sydney where a 16-hour standoff at a cafe ended Monday with the death of a gunman and two captives. Abbott has said that the Iranian-born gunman had espoused radical Islamist views, had a criminal background and mental health issues.

LONDON (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry is to meet in London on Tuesday with top Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat (sah-EEB' EHR'-ih-kaht) and the head of the Arab League. Kerry met Monday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as the U.S. and Israel developed their responses to a draft U.N. resolution that would set a two-year timetable for an Israeli-Palestinian peace accord.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Forecasters say a cold front is expected to bring rain and snow to some parts of Southern California on Tuesday and Wednesday. The same system brought heavy rain to Northern California on Monday. Both regions have been soggy since being inundated last week by the heaviest rains in years.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The government's annual drug use survey finds that more teens are trying out e-cigarettes than real smokes. Nearly 9 percent of 8th graders said they'd used an e-cigarette in the previous month, while just 4 percent reported smoking a traditional cigarette. E-cigarettes use batteries to produce vapor infused with potentially addictive nicotine, but without the same chemicals and tar of tobacco cigarettes.

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