A gunman armed with an AK-47-style weapon burst into a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs Friday, shooting at police from inside the building during the ensuing five-hour standoff.
Three people, including a police officer, died during the incident, Colorado Springs Police Department Lt. Catherine Buckley said. Nine others, including five officers, were wounded. All nine were in good condition at area hospitals, she added.
The slain officer was identified as Garrett Swasey, 44, of the University of Colorado Colorado Springs police department. The gunman — named as 57-year-old Robert Dear by three law enforcement sources familiar with the investigation — walked out of the facility just before 5 p.m. local time and surrendered.
The shooting unfolded during a regular working day, as patients waited for appointments and staff members attended to them.
"I heard everyone in the lobby screaming 'Get down! Get down!' and then I saw a gunman walking with a shotgun just shooting randomly outside of Planned Parenthood," Kentanya Craion said after getting out of the building.
The gunman "seemed calm, but crazy," she added, describing the man in a hunter's jacket and hat as "mumbling and ranting while he was shooting."
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A mortar attack on a United Nations base in northern Mali's Kidal early Saturday killed at least three people, including two U.N. peacekeepers and a contractor, said the mission spokesman.
The attack also injured 20 people, of which four are in serious condition, said Olivier Salgado, spokesman for the U.N. mission in Mali known as MINUSMA.
No one claimed responsibility for the attack in the country's restless north but Islamic extremists are suspected. In 2013, the French pushed Islamic militants out of Mali's northern cities and towns although jihadists continue to carry out attacks on U.N. peacekeepers.
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Even before the deadly standoff at a Colorado Planned Parenthood was over, messages of support poured in for the health care provider, which itself released a message that was defiant in the face of violence.
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton tweeted "Today and every day, we #StandWithPP" after shooting broke out at the health center in Colorado Springs, in which police said a gunman killed three people and wounded nine before giving himself up at about 7 p.m. ET. While it wasn't immediately clear if Planned Parenthood was the target of an attack, the head of Planned Parenthood Rocky Mountains released a statement Friday afternoon saying that the group will never stop doing its work.
Turkey's president has told supporter that he was saddened by the downing of a Russian warplane by Turkish forces.
Addressing supporters on Saturday, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan again defended Turkey's action and criticized Russia for its action in Syria before expressing his regrets.
Erdogna said: "We wish it hadn't happened, but it happened. I hope something like this doesn't happen again."
He says both sides should approach the issue in a more positive way. He says a meeting in Paris would be an opportunity to overcome tensions.
Earlier, Turkey issued a travel warning urging its nationals to delay non-urgent and unnecessary travel to Russia.
Pope Francis paid his respects Saturday to Ugandan Christians who were burnt alive rather than renounce their faith, the latest group of martyrs from around the world honored by Francis in hopes of giving today's faithful missionary role models.
A somber Francis prayed at shrines dedicated to the 23 Anglican and 22 Catholic martyrs who were killed between 1885 and 1887 on the orders of a local king eager to thwart the influence of Christianity in his central Ugandan kingdom.
At Namugongo, outside the capital, Kampala, where most of the martyrs were burned alive, he celebrated Mass in their honor to mark the 50th anniversary of the Catholics' canonization.
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The federal government's collection of bulk data from the telephone calls of virtually every American will stop at midnight Saturday, ending a raging controversy that began with disclosures about the secret program by Edward Snowden, NBC News reported.
Beginning Sunday, if the government wants to check on a specific phone number in a potential terrorism case, a request must be made to the relevant telephone company for a check of its own data. The government will no longer retain the information.
Under the program, the government collected information about calls made, including their duration and the phone numbers involved. But the content of the calls was not monitored, recorded, or collected.
Under the revision, the government will present a specific phone number or cell phone identifier to the phone companies to seek the relevant call data. Except in emergencies, the records can be obtained only with an individual order from a special federal intelligence court.
For now, the National Security Agency, which ran the massive government data collection program, will retain access to the data it collected before the program was ended.
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Connecticut state police dashboard camera footage captured a wild crash Friday morning where a car plowed into another vehicle that pulled over following a previous crash on Interstate 95 south in Fairfield, narrowly missing two people standing alongside the highway.
The driver, Yoni Rojas, 21, of Bridgeport, was arrested and is facing charges of reckless endangerment, reckless driving, misuse of plates, failure to meet minimum insurance coverage and failure to maintain a lane, according to state troopers.
State police shared the dashcam video on social media, reminding drivers to move over if emergency vehicles are parked on the side of the road.
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A student. An art critic. An architect. An engineer. The 130 people killed in Paris during the Nov. 13 terrorist attacks came from all walks of life and represented "youth in all its diversity," according to French President Francois Hollande. Here are their portraits. More names and photos will be added as information is confirmed and available.
A 12-year-old and a baby were killed when the car they were riding in with their parents was hit by a speeding driver, Dallas County Sheriff's Department said.
The crash occurred at about 1:20 p.m. Friday along the eastbound lanes of U.S. Highway 175 in east Dallas County.
Deputies said the driver of a SUV, identified as 23-year-old Kelvin Walker, was speeding on rain-slicked streets when he collided with a sedan.
A mother, father and their three children were inside the car when it was hit, deputies said.
Two of the children were ejected from the vehicle.
The holiday shopping season is underway and there are deals galore on the Web. But those deals could give hackers more entry points to access online shoppers' personal information, NBC News reported.
Online shoppers can take a few simple steps to make sure they don't end up as identity-theft victims this holiday season.
Michael Bruemmer, Experian's vice president of consumer protection, said shoppers should use prepaid credit or debit cards to limit their exposure while shopping online.
"The easiest thing you can do is have a throw-away credit card or debit card that you only use for shopping as well as potentially an email address," Bruemmer told CNBC's "Tech Bet."
Experian also advises shoppers to avoid public Wi-Fi hot spots because many aren't secure, recommending that shoppers make all online purchases from home.
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This Black Friday only, the creators of Cards Against Humanity have a $5 sale that will get you nothing.
The Chicago-based game company’s “Give Cards Against Humanity $5 Sale” doesn’t advertise any savings or products. A description on the website reads “On Black Friday, everybody is selling something. We’re the only company to offer the superior Black Friday experience of buying nothing.”
Interested customers must also check a disclaimer box which reads “I understand I am paying Cards Against Humanity $5 and receiving nothing in return.”
The deal appears to be too good to pass up for some Black Friday shoppers. As of 2:15 p.m., more than $41,000 was collected. Just before switching back to its normal site at midnight eastern time, the tally was just over $71,000 in sales from the Black Friday promotion, according to NBC News.
A South Jersey man is dead after the car he was driving slammed into a toll plaza and burst into flames along the Atlantic City Expressway Friday.
Joseph Crawford, 39, was driving westbound on the highway around 10:30 a.m. when he lost control of his mother's silver Hyundai Sonata and crashed into the Egg Harbor Toll Plaza in Hamilton Township, New Jersey, state police said.
The impact forced the car to flip onto its side and ignite. Crawford was unable to escape as flames engulfed the car and spread to two toll booths. No toll takers were hurt.
Bruce Crawford, the victim's father, told NBC10 Philadelphia his son was heading to work at Parx Casino in Bensalem, Pennsylvania. He's a card dealer at the gambling house and has regularly made the 50 mile commute since casino closures in Atlantic City forced him to switch jobs.
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At least three people have died in fast-moving floodwaters in North Texas as freezing rain and flooding pummeled the state and other parts of the central U.S. on Friday, with forecasters warning that the chilling weather would worsen over the holiday weekend.
Forecasters issued flash-flood watches and warnings from northern Texas up to St. Louis, with up to 4 inches of rain reported in some places as the storm system makes a slow trek to the northeast. Freezing rain and strong winds also caused at least two fatal traffic accidents in western Kansas on Thursday.