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6 dead after plane crashes into Maryland home near DC – Fox News

Posted: Tuesday, December 09, 2014

A small, private jet crashed into a house in Maryland’s Montgomery County Monday, killing at least three persons on board and a mother and her two young sons inside the home. The victims on the ground were identified as 36-year-old Marie Gemmell and her two sons, 3-year-old Cole and a 1-month-old Devon, police said.They were found in a second-floor bathroom. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Gemmell was lying on top of her young…

Sexual threats, other CIA methods detailed in Senate report – Reuters

Posted: Tuesday, December 09, 2014

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Graphic details about sexual threats and other harsh interrogation techniques the CIA meted out to captured militants will be detailed by a Senate Intelligence Committee report on the spy agency’s anti-terror tactics, sources familiar with the document said. The report, which the committee’s majority Democrats are expected to release on Tuesday, describes how senior al Qaeda operative Abdel Rahman al Nashiri, suspected mastermind of the 2000 bombing…

Mom, 2 kids die in Md. home after plane crashes into it – USA TODAY

Posted: Tuesday, December 09, 2014

A small jet crashed Dec. 8, in Gaithersburg, Md., killing at least three on board the plane and igniting two houses.(Photo: WUSA-TV, Washington) GAITHERSBURG, Md. — A small private jet crashed into a house Monday in suburban Washington, killing at least six people, including three in the house it hit, authorities said. At least three people, including the founder and chief executive of a clinical research organization, were killed in…

Yemen hostage rescue: US ‘won’t review’ raids policy – BBC News

Posted: Tuesday, December 09, 2014

8 December 2014 Last updated at 16:26 Militants posted a video of UK-born photojournalist Luke Somers last week threatening to kill him The US will not be reviewing its operations to free Americans held by militants despite recent failures, says Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel. US journalist Luke Somers and South African teacher Pierre Korkie…

How Technology Can Stop Massive Fires From Destroying Cities – NBCNews.com

Posted: Tuesday, December 09, 2014

The massive flames that lit up downtown Los Angeles early Monday were terrifying, but thanks to modern firefighting technology and techniques, they stood little chance of spreading to other parts of the city. More than 250 firefighters battled the blaze, which consumed an under-construction apartment building near downtown, shut down traffic on the nearby Harbor Freeway and blew out several windows from adjacent office buildings. No injuries were reported….

White House focuses on computer science in schools – Chron.com

Posted: Tuesday, December 09, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — Smartphones and laptops have become essential tools for today’s teenagers. But finding out how to make computers work has taken a backseat to other priorities in U.S. schools. The White House wants to help change that direction. It announced Monday that the seven largest school districts in the U.S. are joining more than 50 others to start offering introductory computer science to all their students. A big…

Photo gallery: Fire in Los Angeles closes highway – Kansas City Star

Posted: Monday, December 08, 2014

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US posts on alert over potential backlash from CIA report, lawmaker warns of … – Fox News

Posted: Monday, December 08, 2014

U.S. diplomatic and military posts overseas are being put on alert over the potential backlash from a looming Senate report examining the alleged use of torture by the CIA, with one top lawmaker warning its release could cause “violence and deaths.”  An official from the State Department and another from the intelligence community confirmed to Fox News early Monday that an advisory has been sent urging U.S. personnel overseas to…

Inside Duchess Kate’s 1st Day In NYC – ABC News

Posted: Monday, December 08, 2014

Duchess Kate is out and about in Manhattan. The pregnant Duchess of Cambridge, accompanied by the first lady of New York City, Chirlane McCray, wife of Mayor Bill de Blasio, left Harlem’s Northside Center for Child Development, an organization that provides mental health services and more to children, just after noon. The Duchess of Cambridge and @Chirlane receive flowers from children outside the Northside Center in Harlem. @clarencehouse #royalvisitusa A…

US unaware of deal to free slain S. African hostage – USA TODAY

Posted: Monday, December 08, 2014

This is an undated photo provided by the Korkie family of South African Pierre Korkie.(Photo: AP) U.S. officials were unaware that a deal had been struck to free a South African hostage before U.S. special forces led a raid on al-Qaeda militants aimed a freeing a U.S. hostage, the American Embassy in Pretoria said Monday. Both hostages died in Saturday’s rescue attempt in Yemen. The U.S. Embassy in Pretoria issued…

At least 3 dead after plane crashes into Maryland home near DC – Fox News

Posted: Monday, December 08, 2014

Three people on board a small, private jet were killed when the plane crashed into a house in Maryland’s Montgomery County, MyFoxDC.com reported. Three residents of the home are unaccounted for, Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Chief Steve Lohr said.  ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Preliminary information indicates at least three people didn’t survive the Monday crash into the home in Gaithersburg, a Washington, D.C. suburb, said Pete Piringer, a Montgomery County Fire…

Los Angeles Fire: 250 Firefighters at Scene, Harbor Freeway Closed – NBCNews.com

Posted: Monday, December 08, 2014

Hundreds of firefighters battled to contain a huge fire at an under-construction apartment complex in downtown Los Angeles early Monday. Flames and smoke from the blaze dominated the city skyline and officials told commuters to brace for a messy morning as a section of the Harbor Freeway was closed in both directions. “This is a historic…

More protests: Highway 24 blocked; vandalism, looting in Berkeley – SFGate

Posted: Monday, December 08, 2014

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Family of Luke Somers criticise botched raid – Telegraph.co.uk

Posted: Monday, December 08, 2014

“There had been threats before that had not been carried out. She added the release of the video had “led to things escalating horribly” and the family had been “kept in the dark” about the effort, as well as a previous attempt last month. US President Barack Obama sanctioned the mission and secretary of state John Kerry cited “a compelling indication that Luke’s life was in immediate danger”. He said:…

Photos of Prince William and Kate’s arrival in NYC; Pearl Harbor remembered … – NOLA.com

Posted: Monday, December 08, 2014

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Monday: 1. RECORD-SETTING CAT WITH 2 FACES DIES AT 15 A cat named Frank and Louie after he was born with two faces, two mouths, two noses and three blue eyes has died at the age of 15 in Massachusetts. Frank and Louie died Thursday at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University…

Typhoon Hagupit kills 21 on Samar island-Philippine – Daily Times

Posted: Monday, December 08, 2014

Big polluting nations must do most on climate: Australia SYDNEY – Nations with the biggest greenhouse gas emissions should be doing the most to fight …

Israel stops arms transfers to ‘terrorists’: minister – The Daily Star

Posted: Monday, December 08, 2014

Israel stealing Lebanon’s gas: Parliament speaker Israel is stealing Lebanon’s underwater gas resources in the area off south Lebanon’s coast, while the Lebanese…

House Intelligence Chairman Rogers: Report will spur attacks – Fox News

Posted: Monday, December 08, 2014

FILE: Sept. 18, 2014: House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich., on Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C. (AP) Tensions grew Sunday over the impending release of a Senate report examining the alleged use of torture by the CIA, with a top House lawmaker saying that the release will cause “violence and deaths” abroad. The comments by Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich., the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, came…

Hostage, Nearly Released on Ransom, Dies During Raid – New York Times

Posted: Monday, December 08, 2014

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Pearl Harbor survivors, Oak Harbor vet gather in Hawaii – The Seattle Times

Posted: Monday, December 08, 2014

PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii — Veterans who survived the Pearl Harbor attack that launched the United States into World War II attended Sunday’s 73rd anniversary ceremony with the help of canes, wheelchairs and motorized scooters. About 100 Pearl Harbor and World War II survivors, each wearing a purple lei, attended the ceremony overlooking a memorial that sits atop sunken battleship USS Arizona. Many of them arrived well before the sun came…