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9-y-o girl in fatal shooting said Uzi was too much for her

5 hours 40 min ago
PHOENIX (AP) — A nine-year-old girl who accidentally killed an instructor with an Uzi at an Arizona shooting range said immediately after the shooting that she felt the gun was too much for her and had hurt her shoulder, according to police reports released Tuesday.

Four cops held on suspicion of corruption

6 hours 31 min ago
KINGSTON, Jamaica – The Major Organised Crime and Anti-corruption Agency (MOCA) arrested four policemen in Manchester and Kingston yesterday, September 1 for reasonable suspicion of breaches of the Corruption Prevention Act and other offences, pending further investigations.

Pedestrian hit by car on Spanish Town bypass, dies

6 hours 41 min ago
KINGSTON, Jamaica -- An unidentified male died as a result of injuries he received when he was hit by a motor vehicle on the Spanish Town bypass, St Catherine on Monday, September 1.

Gay rights activist going after TVJ, CVM

7 hours 19 min ago
KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Attorney and gay-rights activist Maurice Tomlinson is pressing to have legal action taken against local television stations TVJ and CVM despite a constitutional court ruling in favour of the stations last November.

Govt needs an economic development policy linked to education, says Holness

7 hours 27 min ago
KINGSTON, Jamaica—Leader of the Opposition and former Education Minister Andrew Holness says that the Government lacks vision and is failing to articulate a “coherent economic development policy” in relation to its link with an education policy.

‘Culture Card’ gives students free access to heritage sites

10 hours 13 min ago
KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- Young people across the island will soon be granted free access to museums, galleries, heritage sites and exhibitions under the Culture Card Programme of the Ministry of Youth and Culture.

UPDATE: Chris Brown pleads guilty to assault

10 hours 30 min ago
WASHINGTON (AP) — Singer Chris Brown this morning pleaded guilty to misdemeanour assault in a DC court and has been sentenced to time served.

Flight diverted due to dispute over reclining seat

10 hours 55 min ago
JACKSONVILLE, Florida (AP) — A Delta Air Lines flight from New York to West Palm Beach, Florida, was diverted to Jacksonville because of a dispute between passengers over a reclining seat.

Tropical Storm Dolly forms off Mexico's coast

11 hours 11 min ago
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Tropical Storm Dolly headed Tuesday for a soggy collision with Mexico's Gulf coast.

Guyana seeking to deal with high number of suicides

11 hours 25 min ago
GEORGETOWN, Guyana, (CMC) – The Guyana government says it has developed a “strategic partnership” with the Indian Arrival Committee (IAC) to heighten awareness on the need to prevent suicides in the country.

Officials say Yemeni President dismisses Cabinet

11 hours 37 min ago
SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemeni officials say the country's President has dismissed the Cabinet and partially reversed an earlier decision to lift fuel subsidies in a bid to end a standoff with Shiite rebels holding anti-government protests across the country.

Chris Brown due back in DC court for plea hearing

11 hours 48 min ago
WASHINGTON, United States (AP) — Singer Chris Brown is expected to appear in a District of Columbia court for what would be a third attempt at a plea deal to resolve an assault case.

Kiev warns of ‘great war’ with Russia as its forces retreat

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 23:46
KIEV, Ukraine (AFP) — Ukrainian forces ceded a strategic eastern airport to pro-Russian insurgents yesterday as the Government in Kiev accused Moscow of launching a "great war" that could claim tens of thousands of lives.

Police begin wearing cameras in US protest town

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 23:40
WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — Police in the US town of Ferguson, roiled by protests after the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager, are now wearing body cameras in a bid to calm local anger, a news report said.

Four killed in Chinese school stabbing spree

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 23:30
BEIJING, China (AFP) — A man stabbed three children and a teacher to death and wounded several others yesterday in a rampage at a Chinese primary school that refused to enrol his daughter, state media said.

West Indian Day Parade,

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 23:29
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio (right) and his children, Dante and Chiara (second left), and wife, Chirlane McCray, do the "Smackdown" dance move as they

Chilly end for sex geckos sent into space by Russia

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 22:00
MOSCOW, Russia (AFP) — Five geckos sent into orbit to test the effect of weightlessness on the small lizards' sex lives have all died, the Russian space agency said yesterday.

This Day in History-September 2, 2014

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 22:00

Fidel Castro compares NATO to Nazis, lashes out at US

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 22:00
HAVANA, Cuba (AFP) — Cuban ex-president Fidel Castro lashed out at the United States and Europe yesterday, accusing them of warmongering and comparing the NATO military alliance's representatives to the Nazi SS.

Lesotho PM heading home after 'coup'

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 22:00
MASERU, Lesotho (AFP) — Lesotho's exiled prime minister is heading home, an aide told AFP yesterday, as regional mediators sought to reinstall him to power days after an apparent coup.