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Gunman storm Baghdad mall...Van driver's trial on hold...Jackpot grows to $1.4 billion

By The Associated Press | Posted - Jan. 11, 2016 at 9:51 a.m.



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BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi officials say gunmen have stormed a mall in a mainly Shiite neighborhood in eastern Baghdad, killing at least 10 people and taking hostages. Police and medical officials say the gunmen set off a car bomb at the entrance to the mall before moving in. They've been seen on the roof of the mall. The officials say another 25 people were wounded in the attack and that three police are among the dead. The officials estimated that 50-75 people were trapped in the mall. No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, but the Islamic State group often targets the country's Shiite majority.

BALTIMORE (AP) — There's no timetable for the next steps in the trial of a police van driver accused of killing Freddie Gray in Baltimore. A court spokesman says Officer Caesar Goodson's trial is postponed indefinitely, pending further proceedings before the state Court of Special Appeals. Goodson's trial had been expected to begin today in Baltimore, before the appeals court issued a stay. Judges have been considering whether one of his fellow officers -- who's also facing charges -- should be forced to testify.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck has recommended criminal charges against an officer who killed an unarmed homeless man in Venice. Beck tells the Los Angeles Times that investigators concluded that Brendon Glenn was on his stomach, attempting to push himself off the ground, when Officer Clifford Proctor fired twice, hitting Glenn in the back last May. Proctor's attorney says the officer saw Glenn reaching for his partner's gun. Beck says that's not backed up by video, witness accounts or other evidence.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The Powerball jackpot has grown to $1.4 billion, and the drawing is still two days away. The prize was already the world's largest before lottery officials increased it today. And the jackpot could grow even more before Wednesday's drawing if ticket sales remain intense. Officials review the estimate daily.

LONDON (AP) — The death of David Bowie has already reverberated across the music world. On the iTunes albums chart, which updates frequently throughout the day to reflect digital purchases from users, Bowie's new album "Blackstar" peaked at No. 1 today. "Best of Bowie" was No. 2, pushing Adele's "25" to No. 3. And two other Bowie albums reached the Top 10.

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