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LOS ANGELES (AP) — The family of actress Carrie Fisher is now mourning two family members instead of one. One day after Fisher died, her mother, Debbie Reynolds, lost her life. Todd Fisher says his sister Carrie's death was "just too much" for his mother. Debbie Reynolds was 84.
BEIJING (AP) — Two people are dead and three others are wounded after three knife-wielding assailants attacked staff at a Communist Party office in China's far western region of Xinjiang (shihn-jahng) and then set off an explosive device. The attackers were then shot dead by police. Authorities have blamed attacks like Wednesday's on radicals among the mostly Muslim, Turkic-speaking Uighur (WEE'-gur) ethnic minority seeking independence from Beijing.
SYDNEY (AP) — Australian officials have seized more than a ton of cocaine worth about 360 million Australian dollars ($260 million) in what police are calling one of the largest drug busts in the nation's history. New South Wales police say 15 men were arrested today, following a 2 ½-year federal and state police investigation into suspected drug trafficking by commercial fishermen in Sydney.
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Authorities in Serbia believe that several Afghan migrants were being smuggled into the country when their car crashed, killing two people and injuring 10. Police say the crash happened today when the vehicle crammed with migrants hit a protective barrier on a highway. A suspected smuggler who drove the car fled the scene. Doctors say most of the injuries are severe, and that one person had to have both legs amputated.
MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian military is blasting the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo for its cartoons of Sunday's crash of a Syria-bound Russian plane which killed all 92 people on board, including members of the world-famous Russian army choir. A Russian Defense Ministry spokesman calls the cartoons "excrements," saying "it is humiliating for a normal person even to pay attention to this labored filth." One cynical cartoon voices regret that Russian President Vladimir Putin wasn't on the plane.
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