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PENNSBURG, Pa. (AP) — The search is intensifying in Pennsylvania for a man police say shot and killed his ex-wife and five of her relatives, including her mother, grandmother and 14-year-old niece. Police say Bradley Michael Stone carried out the shootings in three homes in suburban Philadelphia. Authorities say Stone and ex-wife Nicole Stone had been fighting each other for custody of their two daughters.
PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistani officials say Taliban gunmen have stormed a military school in the northwestern city of Peshawar, and officials at a nearby hospital say 20 students and one security officer were killed. Police say the gunmen entered the school this morning and that commandos quickly arrived at the scene, exchanging fire with the gunmen.
SYDNEY (AP) — Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott says the gunman who took 17 people hostage in a Sydney cafe had "a long history of violent crime, infatuation with extremism and mental instability." But Abbott say 50-year-old Man Haron Monis was not on a terror watch list. Authorities say Monis, a self-described Muslim cleric, was convicted of sending what a judge called "grossly offensive" letters to families of soldiers killed in Afghanistan. He also had been charged with helping murder his ex-wife and sexually assaulting a woman in 2002. Monis and two of his hostages were killed in a barrage of gunfire, when police stormed the cafe.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Islamic State group is trying to recruit more than fighters to its cause. With its propaganda and social-media presence, the group is looking for brides as well as professionals such as doctors, accountants and engineers as it pushes to build a new society in a territorial base across broad swaths of Iraq and Syria. FBI Director James Comey calls the group's recruiting tactics a social-media "siren song." People helping the group can be prosecuted even if they don't take up arms themselves.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats are on track to win confirmation of up to 88 of President Barack Obama's top judicial nominations this year now that they are no longer impeded by Republican blocking tactics. That total would be the highest for any president in two decades. Last year, Democrats made it harder for Republicans to derail Obama's nominations by weakening the Senate's rule on filibusters.
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