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Court releases search warrant in Clinton email probe

December 21, 2016
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Politico    

"Search warrant filings made public for the first time Tuesday provide a new look at controversial actions the FBI took shortly before the presidential election as the law enforcement agency revived its investigation into Hillary Clinton's private email set-up. The warrant was issued by federal magistrate Kevin Fox in Manhattan on Oct. 30, after the FBI requested permission to search emails contained on a Dell Inspiron 15 7000 series laptop belonging to Anthony Weiner, the estranged husband of longtime Clinton aide Huma Abedin. The FBI discovered Clinton-related emails on the computer after initially seizing the device during a probe over Weiner's alleged sexually explicit online exchanges with a minor. ... The records suggest Fox may have granted the warrant based exclusively on the FBI's contention [sic] that in the earlier phase of the Clinton email investigation, 'many emails' between Clinton and Abedin contained classified information, therefore emails between the pair from that same time period and suddenly discovered on Weiner's laptop were likely to also contain classified information and be evidence of a crime." (12/20/16)

http://www.politico.com/story/2016/12/clinton-email-investigation-search-warrant-released-232852  

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A “Wikileaks” for secret church documents launches for concerned Mormons

December 21, 2016
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NBC News NBC News    

"The man behind a controversial YouTube site that publishes leaked videos disclosing the inner workings of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has launched a website where members and employees can anonymously submit leaked church documents. ... The site is the creation of a team led by Ryan McKnight of Las Vegas, a former Mormon who began discussing his disillusionment with the church online more than two years ago. In October, he began publishing leaked videos of meetings among top church leaders on a YouTube channel that has amassed 2,200 followers in just a few weeks." (12/20/16)

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/wikileaks-secret-church-documents-launches-concerned-mormons-n698496  

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Hope Not Hate crowd-funds plan to sue Nigel Farage for saying mean things about them

December 21, 2016
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Independent [UK]    

"Anti-fascist campaign group Hope Not Hate has launched a crowd-funding campaign to sue Nigel Farage after he referred to them as 'extremists' who 'masquerade as being lovely and peaceful but actually pursue violent and very undemocratic means.' The organisation's director, Nick Lowles, announced on Twitter it had written to the former Ukip leader demanding he withdraw the claims or face legal action." [editor's note: I sometimes daydream about suing people who say things I don't like. Then I wake up and remember that I an not a five-year-old spoiled brat - TLK] (12/20/16)

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/hope-not-hate-nigel-farage-lawsuit-sue-crowdfunding-jo-cox-brendan-comments-berlin-attack-a7487226.html  

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FL: Vandals attack pentagram erected to protest Nativity scene

December 20, 2016
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US News & World Report US News & World Report    

"A 300-pound metal sculpture of a satanic pentagram, erected as an atheist protest to a public park's Nativity scene, was severely damaged on Tuesday when it was pulled to the ground by vandals. Atheist Preston Smith's 10-foot tall sculpture lay broken in Sanborn Square at noon. Tire tracks led from the twisted metal to the street. It appeared vandals had attached a chain from a vehicle to the sculpture and yanked it down, dragging it several feet. As local television reporters prepared live broadcasts, two passersby stopped and pushed the sculpture back onto its base before walking away. The sculpture sits about 20 feet from a traditional Nativity scene of Mary, Joseph and the baby Jesus, and is backed by a banner from an atheist group reading 'Keep Saturn in Saturnalias,' a reference to the belief that the early Christian church substituted Christmas for a Roman pagan holiday." (12/20/16)

http://www.usnews.com/news/us/articles/2016-12-20/vandals-attack-pentagram-erected-to-protest-nativity-scene  

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Jordan: Policemen reported killed fighting gunmen near Karak

December 20, 2016
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Reuters    

"Four Jordanian policemen were killed in clashes with Islamist militants near the southern city of Karak on Tuesday as the authorities hunted militants who killed 10 people on Sunday, security officials said. Two days earlier police tackled gunmen holed up inside a Crusader castle in Karak. Among the casualties was a Canadian tourist. Islamic State militants claimed responsibility for the violence. Security forces then launched a wide manhunt to track down the militants' support network. Government spokesperson Mohamad Momani told reporters that security forces were surrounding a house in a neighborhood in Karak where gunmen linked to the four militants who staged Sunday's attack were taking cover and exchanging gunfire with security forces." (12/20/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-jordan-militants-idUSKBN149234  

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MI: Two former Flint emergency managers, two others face felony charges over water crisis

December 20, 2016
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National Public Radio [US state media]    

"Michigan's attorney general has announced felony charges against two former emergency managers of Flint, Mich., and two other former city officials. The charges are linked to the city's disastrous decision to switch water sources, ultimately resulting in widespread and dangerous lead contamination. ... Former Emergency Managers Darnell Earley and Gerald Ambrose were each charged with two felonies that carry penalties of up to 20 years -- false pretenses and conspiracy to commit false pretenses --along with misconduct in office, also a felony, and willful neglect of duty in office, a misdemeanor. Howard Croft, who was Flint's director of the Department of Public Works, and Daugherty Johnson, who was the department's utilities director, were each charged with false pretenses and conspiracy to commit false pretenses." (12/20/16)

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/12/20/506314203/2-former-flint-emergency-managers-face-felony-charges-over-water-crisis  

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Japan’s Epsilon rocket sends Van Allen Belt spacecraft into orbit

December 20, 2016
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SpaceFlight Insider    

"Using an upgraded Epsilon rocket, Japan sent its Exploration of Energizing and Radiation in Geospace (ERG) spacecraft into a high-energy orbit that will repeatedly pass through the Van Allen belts to allow the probe to study how geomagnetic storms form. Liftoff from Kyushu Island took place at 8 p.m. Japan Standard Time (6 a.m. EST / 11:00 GMT). This was only the second time Japan had launched an Epsilon rocket, which made its debut flight in 2013. It replaces the country's M-V rocket, more expensive and larger, which was retired in 2006. Epsilon is a three-stage, 85-foot (26-meter) tall Japanese solid-fuel rocket. The booster was derived from the strap-on motors used on Japan's H-2A launcher. It is designed to lift payloads smaller than 2,600 pounds (1,200 kilograms) depending on the orbit and altitude required for payload insertion." (12/20/16)

http://www.spaceflightinsider.com/organizations/jaxa/japans-epsilon-rocket-sends-van-allen-belt-spacecraft-into-orbit/  

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Study: Marijuana use on the rise among pregnant women

December 20, 2016
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Live Science    

"Marijuana use among pregnant women in the U.S. increased by 62 percent from 2002 to 2014, a new study finds. Researchers found that 3.9 percent of pregnant women reported on a 2014 government survey that they had used marijuana during the past month, up from 2.4 percent who said the same on a 2002 survey, according to the study. ... Writing in an editorial that was published in the same journal as the study, Dr. Nora Volkow, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, and two of her colleagues noted that 'although the evidence for the effects of marijuana on human prenatal development is limited at this point, research does suggest that there is cause for concern.'" (12/20/16)

http://www.livescience.com/57256-trends-marijuana-use-pregnant-women.html  

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MO: St. Louis prosecutor uncovers “important evidence” in voter fraud probe, turns over case to feds

December 20, 2016
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch    

"The city's top prosecutor said her office 'uncovered important evidence' in a voter fraud investigation centered on a August primary statehouse race that has since been reversed by voters. The case has now been turned over to the U.S. attorney's office. ... [Circuit Attorney Jennifer M.] Joyce's office began its investigation three months ago, at the request of the Board of Election Commissioners. The board had received complaints from voters supporting Bruce Franks Jr., who had lost in his bid to unseat incumbent Penny Hubbard in the race for 78th District state representative. The hand-delivered letters from three dozen Franks supporters to the Election Board alleged that absentee ballots cast in the Aug. 2 primary were 'obtained illegally, were tampered with, or both.'" (12/20/16)

http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/metro/st-louis-prosecutor-uncovers-important-evidence-in-voter-fraud-probe/article_3986c015-a31a-591d-a99d-f72362d6f92f.html  

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Trump to pay $25 million settlement for Trump University con two days before inauguration

December 20, 2016
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New York Daily News    

"President-elect Donald Trump is guaranteeing he'll pay out the $25-million settlement reached last month in fraud cases in New York and California involving his now defunct for-profit Trump University before he is inaugurated, according to newly released details of the deal. Trump, according to details of the settlement filed Monday night, will make the payments to the plaintiffs' lawyers by Jan. 18, 2017 -- two days before he'll be sworn in as President. ... The suits -- filed in New York and California -- alleged that Trump University was a scam that did not provide them with the real estate expertise it promised." (12/20/16)

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/trump-u-fraud-case-payment-paid-2-days-inauguration-article-1.2917556  

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Islamic State claims responsibility for Berlin truck attack

December 20, 2016
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Boston Globe    

"The Islamic State extremist group is claiming responsibility for the truck attack on a Berlin Christmas market that killed 12 people and left nearly 50 injured. The Islamic State group's Amaq news agency said in a statement Tuesday that 'the person who carried out the truck run over attack in Berlin is a soldier of the Islamic State and carried out the attack in response to calls for targeting citizens of the Crusader coalition.' German police are still hunting for the driver of the truck, which slammed into the downtown Christmas market Monday night. ... Federal prosecutors on Tuesday night released a man taken into custody in the vicinity of the crime on suspicion that he drove the vehicle in the attack Monday night, saying they hadn't found evidence putting him in the truck at that time." (12/20/16)

https://www.bostonglobe.com/news/world/2016/12/20/suspect-berlin-attack-came-from-pakistan-official-says/LnFyH0z99e3TmMjzIezmjN/story.html  

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RansomFree tool detects never-seen-before Ransomware before it encrypts your data

December 20, 2016
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The Hacker News    

"Ransomware has risen dramatically since last few years, so rapidly that it might have already hit you or someone you know. With hundred of thousands of ransomware variants emerging every day, it is quite difficult for traditional signature-based antivirus tools to keep their signature database up-to-date. So, if signature-based techniques are not enough to detect ransomware infection, then what else can we do? The solution is RansomFree." (12/19/16)

http://thehackernews.com/2016/12/free-anti-ransomware-software.html  

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EU bureaucrats get creative to find extortion opportunity in Facebook/Whatsapp deal

December 20, 2016
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USA Today USA Today    

"The European Commission says Facebook offered 'misleading' information during its investigation of the social network's acquisition of messaging service WhatsApp in 2014 for $22 billion. At issue during the EU probe was the linking of users' Facebook and WhatsApp accounts. ... Facebook could receive a fine of up to 1% of its revenue if the Commission confirms its findings." [editor's note: How could Facebook's ability or inability to link accounts possibly be any of the EU's beeswax? - TLK] (12/20/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/news/2016/12/20/eu-facebook-misled-during-investigation-whatsapp-deal/95646314/  

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Cities, counties plan immigrant legal aid after Trump win

December 20, 2016
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Jacksonville Journal Courier    

"Major U.S. cities and counties are beefing up legal services for immigrants to help them fight deportation and avoid fraudulent lawyers in the wake of Donald Trump's election and his hard-line immigration enforcement promises. ... Chicago has approved a $1.3 million legal fund. Los Angeles elected officials said Monday they are working with private foundations to set up a $10 million fund, while some California state lawmakers have proposed spending tens of millions of dollars to provide lawyers to immigrants facing deportation. New York is mulling a public-private legal fund, building on New York City's public defender program that's considered a national model." (12/20/16)

http://myjournalcourier.com/news/103747/cities-counties-plan-immigrant-legal-aid-after-trump-win  

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UK: Queen to hand over patronages of more than 20 national organisations

December 20, 2016
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The Guardian Guardian [UK]    

"The Queen is cutting her workload -- stepping down as patron of more than 20 national organisations at the end of the year, Buckingham Palace has said. Her Majesty, who turned 90 in April, will relinquish her association with the groups -- just as the Duke of Edinburgh broke formal ties with some of his patronages when he turned 90 in 2011. The move is likely to be seen as a common sense decision that acknowledges the Queen's advancing years, but Buckingham Palace stressed she was still patron of more than 600 organisations." (12/20/16)

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2016/dec/20/the-queen-to-hand-over-patronages-of-over-20-national-organisations  

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Three Pulse victims’ families dance in their blood with malicious lawsuit vs. social media

December 20, 2016
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United Press International United Press International    

"The families of three victims of the Pulse nightclub massacre in Orlando, Fla., have sued three social media websites for allegedly providing support to the Islamic State. The plaintiffs filed the suit Monday in federal court in Michigan's eastern district against Facebook, Twitter and Google. The lawsuit represents the families of Tevin Crosby, Javier Jorge-Reyes and Juan Ramon Guerrero. ... The lawsuit alleges that 'without defendants Twitter, Facebook, and Google (YouTube), the explosive growth of ISIS over the last few years into the most feared terrorist group in the world would not have been possible,' WTSP-TV, Tampa, reported Monday. It says the three websites provided "material support" to IS." (12/20/16)

http://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2016/12/20/Families-of-Pulse-nightclub-victims-sue-Facebook-Twitter/6361482243100/  

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Germany: Berlin truck crash likely “terrorist attack,” police say

December 20, 2016
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CBS News CBS News    

"Berlin's police force said for the first time early Tuesday morning that the truck that rammed into pedestrians at a popular Christmas market was set deliberately on its deadly course, confirming that investigators were looking at it as a suspected 'terrorist attack.' At least 12 people were killed and nearly 50 injured when the truck struck the popular Christmas market outside the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church late Monday as tourists and locals were enjoying a traditional pre-Christmas evening near Berlin's Zoo station. ... Multiple German media outlets reported a police raid early Tuesday morning at a former airport facility near Berlin, which is currently being used to house migrants and refugees. German daily Die Welt reported armed police had raided the hangar at the disused military Tempelhof Airport, which sits just south of central Berlin, reportedly only a 10 or 15 minute drive from the Christmas market hit by the apparent truck attack on Monday." (12/20/16)

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/berlin-germany-truck-crash-into-christmas-market-likely-terror-attack/  

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Turkey: Police officer, invoking Aleppo, guns down Russian ambassador in Ankara

December 20, 2016
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The Washington Post Washington Post    

"A Turkish police officer who angrily denounced the bloodshed in Syria killed the Russian ambassador to Turkey in Ankara on Monday, shooting the diplomat in front of a room full of horrified spectators at an art gallery in an assassination captured on video and quickly shared around the world. As the ambassador, Andrei Karlov, lay on the floor, the assailant, still waving his gun, screamed, 'Don't forget Aleppo! Don't forget Syria!' ... [Mevlut Mert Atlintas, an officer with the riot police] was killed in a shootout with police at the gallery, but Russian authorities vowed to reveal a larger plot -- and some in Moscow suggested that the West was to blame for its support of moderate [sic] rebel factions in Syria." (12/19/16)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/gunfire-wounds-russian-ambassador-in-turkey-reports-say/2016/12/19/ae32d1c8-c608-11e6-85b5-76616a33048d_story.html  

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Trump wins Electoral College vote ahead of Clinton, Powell, Paul, Spotted Eagle, Kasich

December 20, 2016
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Politico    

Donald Trump swept aside a last-ditch bid to block his ascension to the White House on Monday, officially claiming the title of president-elect with his Electoral College victory. Trump's defeat of Hillary Clinton follows a desperate and unprecedented attempt by Democratic electors to foment a revolt by convincing Republican electors to vote against him, an effort that collapsed with little to show for it. Just two of the 306 Republican electors, both from Texas, ultimately cast a ballot against Trump. One was Chris Suprun, who announced his intentions in a New York Times op-ed on Dec. 5, and voted for Ohio Gov. John Kasich. Another Texas elector voted for Ron Paul .... The most tumult occurred in Washington state, where four Democrats broke ranks and rejected Clinton. Three voted for Colin Powell, marking the first electoral votes for an African-American Republican, and the first time in history a major party elector crossed the aisle and supported a candidate of the opposing major party. The fourth elector, Robert Satiacum, cast his ballot for Faith Spotted Eagle, a Native American environmental activist." (12/19/16)

http://www.politico.com/story/2016/12/trump-electoral-college-win-democrats-infighting-232814  

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Obama grants clemency to 231 inmates in one-day record

December 20, 2016
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The Hill The Hill    

"President Obama on Monday granted clemency to 231 federal inmates, the most in a single day by any president in U.S. history. Obama commuted the prison sentences of 153 people and pardoned 78 others, a sign he is ramping up his use of clemency power during his final weeks in office. The president has frequently doled out commutations as his final months in office wane. But he has seldom handed out pardons, which formally forgive prisoners for their crimes and restore certain rights." (12/19/16)

http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/311059-obama-commutes-sentences-as-time-in-office-dwindles  

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Wikileaks to Obama: Want cred? Give us Russian hack evidence to authenticate

December 20, 2016
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Deccan Chronicle [India]    

"Wikileaks has offered to help US President Barack Obama authenticate CIA's assessment that Russia was behind the leak of hacked Democratic emails during the presidential election. The CIA had claimed that Russia had interfered in the US elections, in part to help Donald Trump win the White House. Wikileaks founder Julian Assange had previously claimed in an interview that Moscow was not the source of the leaked emails. The whistleblowing website this week tweeted: 'Obama should submit any Putin documents to WikiLeaks to be authenticated to our standards if he wants them to be seen as credible.'" (12/19/16)

http://www.deccanchronicle.com/world/america/201216/julian-assange-offers-to-prove-russia-hack.html  

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Federal judge orders release of search warrant from Clinton email case

December 20, 2016
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Fox News    

"A federal judge on Monday ordered the release of the search warrant the FBI used to reopen their probe into Hillary Clinton’s private email server days before the November election. U.S. District Judge P. Kevin Castel ruled Monday morning that the public had a right to see the warrant, which he said was secretly filed with the court on Oct. 30. 'The search warrant, the application for the search warrant, the affidavit in support of the application for the search warrant, and the search warrant return will be unsealed and posted on the Court's electronic case filing system' subject to redactions, Castel said in his order. The Justice Department may seek to block the release before a federal appeals court." (12/19/16)

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2016/12/19/federal-judge-orders-release-search-warrant-from-clinton-email-case.html  

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India: Human Rights Watch says police have tortured, let hundreds die in custody

December 20, 2016
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Toronto Star [Canada]    

"Nearly 600 people died in Indian police custody from 2009 to 2015, many of them after being tortured, a human rights group said Monday, urging India to enforce often-ignored regulations and prosecute officers who mistreat prisoners. Human Rights Watch said police regularly disregard arrest procedures and torture detained people to death. The police often blame such deaths on suicide or illness." (12/19/16)

https://www.thestar.com/news/world/2016/12/19/human-rights-watch-says-indias-police-have-tortured-let-hundreds-die-in-custody.html  

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LA: New Orleans regime agrees to mug taxpayers for $13.3 million in police killings settlement

December 20, 2016
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Yahoo! News Yahoo! News    

"New Orleans offered apologies and reached settlements totaling $13.3 million in civil rights lawsuits brought against the city for the killings of residents by police in the chaotic aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, the mayor said on Monday. Mayor Mitch Landrieu said the city reached deals with 17 plaintiffs to settle all claims in the cases that have prompted local police reforms and federal investigation into suspected misconduct by numerous officers. The settlements included families of those killed on the city's Danziger Bridge in September 2005, where two unarmed people were fatally shot." (12/19/16)

https://www.yahoo.com/news/settlements-reached-post-katrina-killings-orleans-local-tv-204221607.html  

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Switzerland: Three people wounded in Zurich mosque shooting

December 20, 2016
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Los Angeles Times Los Angeles Times    

"A gunman dressed in black stormed into the prayer hall of a mosque frequented by Somali immigrants and opened fire, wounding three people before fleeing, a Zurich police spokesman said Monday. Police, who rushed to the scene in a central neighborhood known for trendy cafes and the city's red-light district, were also investigating a possible connection to the discovery of a corpse at nearby Gessner bridge over the Sihl River, police spokesman Marco Bisa said. Authorities weren't considering the attack as terrorism, he said. Police also said it was too early to determine whether there might be any link to an incident in Berlin on Monday, where a truck rammed into a Christmas market, killing at least nine people." (12/19/16)

http://www.latimes.com/world/la-fg-zurich-gunman-20161219-story.html  

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