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Police: Three dead in Maryland Mall shooting; devices disabled PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by ERIC TUCKER, Associated Press   
Sunday, 26 January 2014 07:00

COLUMBIA, Md. (AP) — The mall in suburban Baltimore was humming with weekend shoppers when, suddenly, shotgun blasts rang out on the upper level.

Panicked patrons in the food court below, others browsing in jewelry stores or undergoing facials scrambled for cover. Some ducked into nearby stores. Others hid in inventory rooms or barricaded themselves behind locked doors until police arrived.

Within 2 minutes of the first 911 call Saturday morning, police say officers arriving at the Mall in Columbia found three people dead, including the gunman. Police say a man with a shotgun had shot a man and a woman, both in their 20s, who worked at a skateboard shop. He then killed himself.

Five others were injured in the mid-morning shooting and its aftermath. All had been released from hospitals by Saturday evening.

"This was a very scary incident," Howard County Executive Ken Ulman said. "There were a lot of people very close to where this happened."

Police Chief Edward J. McMahon said police were still seeking a motive even as he praised mall patrons for doing the right thing by sheltering in place and not stampeding toward the exits.

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Cuaron wins DGA for 'Gravity,' gains Oscar edge PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by JESSICA HERNDON, AP Film Writer   
Sunday, 26 January 2014 06:59

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Alfonso Cuaron was awarded the top film honor from the Directors Guild of America for "Gravity" on Saturday night.

In the recent bustle of Hollywood shows, "Gravity," David O. Russell's con caper "American Hustle," and Steve McQueen's historical epic "12 Years a Slave" were competing in the tightest three-way Oscar race in years. But the win gives Cuaron's lost-space-saga an edge on the journey to the Academy Awards.

With 10 Oscar nominations, Cuaron's film is likely to gain the most Academy Awards this year. "American Hustle" also has 10 nominations, while "12 Years a Slave" has nine. The early momentum of "12 Years a Slave" has begun to deflate following this evening's upset and the results of the Golden Globes. McQueen's film was nominated for seven Globes, but only took home one — best motion picture, drama.

However, it is unlikely "12 Years a Slave" will go home empty-handed on Oscar night, as actress Lupita Nyong'o, who is nominated for the best supporting Oscar, is the likely favorite.

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Fraternity to apologize to ASU over MLK Day party PDF  | Print |  E-mail
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Saturday, 25 January 2014 07:23

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Only 16 of 125 members of an Arizona State University fraternity chapter attended a distasteful party in commemoration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day that had racist stereotypes and offensive costumes, the national fraternity organization said Friday, a day after the university cut ties with the chapter.

Alex Baker, a spokesman for Tau Kappa Epsilon International Fraternity, also said that those 16 face suspension or expulsion from the frat and that the ASU chapter plans to issue a public apology to the university and community.

The national fraternity is putting the ASU chapter on probation for at least a year but is not yanking the group's charter.

However, university officials notified Tau Kappa Epsilon on Thursday that its recognition as a fraternity chapter at ASU was being permanently revoked for violating the school's student code of conduct.

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N.Y.C. 9/11 museum opens to public in May PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by DAVID B. CARUSO, Associated Press   
Saturday, 25 January 2014 07:21

NEW YORK (AP) — After years of delays due to funding disputes, engineering challenges and a nearly disastrous flood, a museum dedicated to victims of the 9/11 terror attacks will open to the public in mid-May in a giant cavern beneath the World Trade Center site — with a world-class admissions price of $24.

National 9/11 Memorial and Museum President Joe Daniels said Friday that tickets would go on sale for the museum in March for the spring opening.

That $24 price is in line with other major tourist attractions in New York City. It costs $18 to take a ferry to the Statue of Liberty, $25 to see the Museum of Modern Art and $27 to visit the observation deck of the Empire State Building.

But the fee drew protests from critics, including some relatives of 9/11 victims, who said the high price would keep average Americans out. Unlike many other big museums in the city, there won't be the option of paying less than the "suggested donation."

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Jury sides with Courtney Love in trial over tweet PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by ANTHONY McCARTNEY, AP Entertainment Writer   
Saturday, 25 January 2014 07:17

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A jury on Friday rejected a defamation case against Courtney Love over a Twitter post that suggested one of her attorneys had been "bought off" for not pursuing a lawsuit over her late husband's estate.

The verdict came after roughly three hours of deliberation in a case that spanned eight days and focused on the Hole frontwoman's postings on the social networking site. The case centered on one 2010 post that suggested that San Diego attorney Rhonda Holmes had been "bought off" and that was why she wasn't representing the singer anymore.

Love had hired Holmes to file a fraud case against the estate of her late husband, Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain. The lawyer contended during the trial that she was fired by Love and that the tweet and other statements the singer made against her have caused her substantial damage.

Love's tweet stated, "I was (expletive) devastated when Rhonda J Holmes Esq of san diego was bought off" in response to a question from user of the popular social media site.

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