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PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistani officials say many of the dozens killed today in a Taliban attack on a military school in the city of Peshawar were children and teenagers. The death toll has risen to at least 126, and dozens more children have been wounded. The still-unfolding violence began in the morning hours, with about half a dozen gunmen bursting into the school. Pakistani troops have been exchanging fire with the attackers.

SYDNEY (AP) — Authorities in Australia say a gunman who took 17 people hostage at a Sydney cafe had been out of jail on bail even though he was facing serious charges. Fifty-year-old Man Haron Monis was accused of helping murder his former wife and sexually assaulting a woman in 2002. New South Wales Premier Mike Baird says, "We are all outraged that this guy was on the street." Monis was killed when police stormed the cafe earlier today. Two hostages were also killed.

PENNSBURG, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania woman allegedly shot and killed by her ex-husband had told neighbors that she had feared her husband would come after her. Nicole Stone and five of her relatives were found dead yesterday at three homes in the suburban Philadelphia area. Marine veteran Bradley Michael Stone is now being hunted by police. Authorities say the Stones had been fighting over custody of their two children.

BOSTON (AP) — The organizers of Boston's annual St. Patrick's Day parade have voted to allow a group representing gay veterans to march next year. It's a dramatic turnaround for an organization that has long resisted the inclusion of gays. The South Boston Allied War Veterans Council won a U.S. Supreme Court decision in 1995, upholding their right to ban gay groups from the annual parade. But it voted 5-4 last night to allow the group OutVets to march.

CINCINNATI (AP) — There's nothing like a DIY to save money. Ohio's Hamilton County has adopted a do-it-yourself approach to fix stadium seats in the Great American Ball Park that are unexpectedly falling apart. Facing costs as high as $5 million, the county has hired a local firm to design new seat molds, it's found a plastics company to make the backs and bottoms and it's paying ex-jail inmates and others about $10 an hour to install them in the Cincinnati Reds' stadium. The Cincinnati Enquirer reports the DIY project will save taxpayers about $3.7 million.

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