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Students massacred...Gunman found dead...Prosecutor declines Cosby charges

By The Associated Press | Posted - Dec. 16, 2014 at 3:51 p.m.



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PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — One Pakistani analyst says an attack by Taliban gunmen that killed 141 people at a military-run school near Peshawar (puh-SHAH'-wuhr) was "an act of desperation" by extremists losing power. Nearly all of those massacred were children. Pakistan's teenage Nobel Peace laureate Malala Yousafzai (mah-LAH'-lah YOO'-suhf-zeye) — herself a survivor of a Taliban shooting — said she was "heartbroken." Even Taliban militants in neighboring Afghanistan called the bloody siege "un-Islamic." All seven of the gunmen died.

PENNSBURG, Pa. (AP) — The search for the person who killed six people near Philadelphia is over. Police say the gunman was Bradley William Stone, an Iraq War veteran who had been mired in a custody battle with his ex-wife. She was among the victims. The rest were her relatives. Stone's body was found in a wooded area near his home after a day-and-a-half manhunt. He died of self-inflected knife wounds.

CINCINNATI (AP) — The family of a black man fatally shot by a white police officer as he held an air rifle inside an Ohio Wal-Mart has gone to federal court. A lawsuit filed today charges negligence and violation of John Crawford III's civil rights. The suit names the suburban Dayton officers involved, the police chief and Wal-Mart. The family says it's "incomprehensible" that the officers weren't indicted.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Los Angeles prosecutor has declined to charge Bill Cosby in a decades-old molestation claim. A woman recently reported that Cosby molested her around 1974. Judy Huth recently met with police detectives. Cosby's attorney said that Huth attempted to extort $250,000 before she sued.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden has helped mark the start of the Jewish holiday Hanukkah. Biden observed the lighting of the national menorah, which is outside the White House near the national Christmas tree. Biden says Jewish heritage is American heritage. Hanukkah commemorates the rededication of the Temple by the Maccabees after their victory over the Syrians. The holiday started today.

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