April 15, 2014 |
BOSTON -- At 2:49 p.m. exactly Tuesday, Boston observed a moment of silence to commemorate the minute the first bomb exploded a year ago at the finish line of the Boston Marathon. A solemn bell tolled in drizzling rain, a choir sang the national anthem and many in the crowd saluted or bowed their heads. Destruction tore through the finish line of the Boston Marathon a year ago, killing three and seriously injuring hundreds of others. But victims and Boston leaders did not focus on the destruction that two bombs heaved on the city during a tribute event on Tuesday in the Hynes Convention Center, directly across the street from the scene of the attacks.
April 14, 2014 |
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan blamed Boko Haram for an explosion that killed scores of people Monday at a bus station outside the capital, Abuja, calling the Islamic militant group an “unnecessary distraction” and a temporary problem. Jonathan, whose leadership has been under intense pressure over his failure to curb the rebellion of Boko Haram in the north of the country, called on Nigerians to be more vigilant about terror attacks. Police confirmed that at least 71 people were killed and 124 injured in the early morning blast.
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April 13, 2014 |
San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith was arrested at Los Angeles International Airport on Sunday after he allegedly became argumentative with a screening agent and made comments suggesting he had a bomb, police said. Aldon Jacarus Ramon Smith, 24, was transported to Los Angeles Police Department's Pacific Division on the Westside, where he was booked on suspicion of making a false report of a bomb threat. Smith was randomly selected for a secondary screening about 2 p.m. at Terminal 1 when he “became belligerent and uncooperative with the process,” said airport police Sgt. Karla Ortiz.
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April 11, 2014 |
ORLAND, Calif. - Witnesses to the immediate aftermath of a fiery crash Thursday between a FedEx freight truck and a bus carrying students to Humboldt State University, killing at least 10, described a gruesome, panicked scene. Victoria Posvanvz, 19, was getting ready for her shift at a local grocery store when she heard "what sounded like a bomb. " She ran out of the house, and saw mothers calling their children inside, and other neighbors running. Turning, she saw a huge black cloud rising from Interstate 5 four houses away, and then, a man in flames running along the fence.
April 10, 2014 |
ATHENS -- A powerful car bomb jolted Athens on Thursday, causing damage but no injuries just as the Greek government prepared to raise money from global capital markets for the first time since the country was forced to accept an international bailout four years ago. The early-morning explosion reverberated throughout the Greek capital and occurred across the street from the country's central bank. Government spokesman Simos Kedikoglou condemned the attack, saying homegrown extremists wanted to spoil Greece's much-vaunted return to international bond markets Thursday after years of brutal government cutbacks.
April 9, 2014 |
The FBI has arrested a Moroccan on suspicion of lying on immigration documents, which wouldn't necessarily be news, except that he also is suspected of plotting to blow up a school and a government building by attaching a Southern California-made bomb to a drone. The purported threat came to light this week in the affidavit of an FBI agent seeking to arrest 26-year-old El Mehdi Semlali Fahti. On Monday, a federal judge in Connecticut ordered Fahti held without bail. He has not been charged with any terrorism-related crimes.
April 8, 2014 |
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - A powerful bomb ripped through a passenger train in Pakistan's restive southwestern province of Baluchistan, killing at least 17 people and wounding 46 others, police said. Five children were believed to be among the dead. Police officials said the bomb went off when a train bound for the garrison city of Rawalpindi reached Sibi, a district situated about 100 miles from Quetta, the capital of Baluchistan province. A separatist group called the United Baluch Army claimed responsibility for the blast, which it said was in retaliation for attacks by Pakistani security forces this week on rebel hideouts in Baluchistan that reportedly killed 40 people.
April 3, 2014 |
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- Former military ruler Pervez Musharraf escaped a bombing early Thursday morning as he was being transferred by convoy from a hospital to his farmhouse in the Islamabad suburbs, police officials said. The bomb went off at about 2 a.m. local time along the route that the convoy was due to travel -- about 20 minutes before Musharraf reached the area, officials said. The convoy was rerouted following the blast, in which no one was injured, according to police. [Updated, 7:25 a.m. PDT April 4: A spokeswoman for Musharraf later offered a different account, telling reporters that the bomb went off after the former president had reached his home.
April 1, 2014 |
As always, the tech world is embracing April Fools' Day 2014 in full force, with countless gags from Google, Sony and many others in the space. Here are some of the funniest tech-themed April Fools' Day jokes from around the Web: Google Maps Pokemon Challenge: Google Maps jokingly challenged users to collect 150 Pokemon to land a job as Google's Pokemon Master . However, the navigation app really was updated to include a neat Pokemon...
March 29, 2014 |
GAZIANTEP, Turkey - A suicide bomber detonated an explosives-laden car Saturday evening at a military checkpoint on the outskirts of Arsal, Lebanon, killing at least three Lebanese soldiers in what appears to be spillover violence from the conflict in neighboring Syria. Arsal, a Sunni Muslim enclave in a predominantly Shiite Muslim region of northern Lebanon, has been the focal point of sectarian strife as its population has swelled with Syrian refugees. Hours after the bombing, soldiers fatally shot a woman and child at another checkpoint in Arsal when the driver of a truck in which they were riding did not heed orders to stop, state media reported.