#AceBreakingNews – CANADA – October 23 – Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper described the perpetrator of a “brutal and violent” attack on the Parliament complex in Ottawa that left a soldier dead Wednesday as a “terrorist” in an address to the nation.
“We will not be intimidated. Canada will never be intimidated,” Harper said before vowing that the attack would “lead us to strengthen our resolve and redouble our efforts” to keep the country safe and work with Canada’s allies to fight terrorists.
The assault rocked Parliament over and over with the boom of gunfire, led MPs to barricade doors with chairs and sent people streaming from the building in fear. Harper was addressing a caucus when the attack began outside the door, but he safely escaped.
He gave his address Wednesday evening from an undisclosed location.
Earlier Wednesday, Canadian authorities identified the shooter as Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, 32. A government official told Fox News that they have been advised that Zehaf-Bibeau, a Quebec native, was thought to be a recent convert to Islam who had changed his name from Michael Joseph Hall. Investigators offered little additional information about the gunman. However, Harper said in his address that “in the days to come we will learn about the terrorist and any accomplices he may have had.”
#AceBreakingNews – WASHINGTON – October 21 – The Department on Homeland Security on Tuesday imposed travel restrictions on flights from West African nations hit by the deadly Ebola virus.
“Today, I am announcing that all passengers arriving in the United States whose travel originates in Liberia, Sierra Leone or Guinea will be required to fly into one of the five airports that have the enhanced screening and additional resources in place,” DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson said in a statement. The Department of Homeland Security announced Tuesday that all travelers from Ebola outbreak countries in West Africa will have to arrive at one of five airports with enhanced screening.
Customs and Border Protection within the department began enhanced screening – checking the traveler’s temperature and asking about possible exposure to Ebola – at New York’s John F. Kennedy airport on Oct. 11.
Enhanced screening for travelers from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea was expanded Oct. 16 to Washington’s Dulles, Chicago’s O’Hare, New Jersey’s Newark and Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson airports.
By The Hill and USA Today.
#AceBreakingNews – SOUTH AFRICA (Pretoria) – October 21 – South African athlete Oscar Pistorius was sentenced Tuesday to a maximum of five years in prison for the Valentine’s Day, 2013, killing of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.
The double-amputee Olympic runner was given a suspended, three-year sentence for an unrelated firearms charge.
Judge Thokozile Masipa delivered the ruling more than seven months after the Olympic runner’s trial for killing Steenkamp started.
She earlier found him guilty of culpable homicide, which is comparable to manslaughter.
He was acquitted of murder.
Pistorius testified during his murder trial that he mistook Steenkamp for an intruder.
It was not immediately clear if Pistorius would appeal the ruling.
#AceBreakingNews – SOUTH AFRICA(Pretoria) – September 11 – State prosecutors have failed to prove that Oscar Pistorius is guilty of the premeditated murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, the South African judge handling the case said Thursday as part of an ongoing verdict being delivered in a courtroom in Pretoria USA Today reported.
Judge Thokozile Masipa, not a jury, is deciding the verdict.
During the trial, prosecutors said the shooting took place on Feb. 14, 2013, after the couple had an argument.
If Pistorius has been found guilty of premeditated murder he could have received 25 years in jail.
However, Pistorius, 27, denied any argument took place. He claimed he thought Steenkamp was in bed and that he accidentally shot her through the bathroom door, mistakenly believing there was an intruder in his home.
At his bail hearing last year, Pistorius said in a statement read by his lawyer that after he realized he had shot Steenkamp, he pulled on his prosthetic legs and tried to kick down the toilet door before finally giving up and bashing it in with a cricket bat. Inside, he said he found Steenkamp, 29, slumped over but still alive. He said he lifted her bloodied body and carried her downstairs to seek medical help.
Pistorius, known as the Blade Runner, competed at the 2012 Olympics on specially designed prosthetic legs.
Contributing: The Associated Press
#AceBreakingNews – IRAQ (Haditha Dam) – September 07 – The U.S. military said Sunday it launched air-strikes around Haditha Dam in western Iraq, targeting Islamic State insurgents there for the first time in a move to prevent the group from capturing the vital dam.
The strikes represented a broadening of the U.S. campaign against the Islamic State militants, moving the military operations closer to the border of Syria, where the group also had operated.
#AceBreakingNews – UNITED STATES (Cobb County) – September 04 – The Georgia father whose 22-month-old son died after being left in a hot car has been indicted for murder by a Cobb County, Ga., grand jury, his attorney said Thursday.
In the indictments delivered to a judge Thursday morning, Justin Ross Harris faces eight counts: malice murder, two counts of felony murder, cruelty to children in the first degree, cruelty to children in the second degree, criminal attempt to commit felony exploitation of children, and two counts of dissemination of harmful material to minors.
Harris, 33, was arrested after his son Cooper was found dead in the back seat of Harris’ hot car on June 18.
He claimed he forgot to drop his son off at daycare the morning the boy died.
During a probable cause hearing in July, it was revealed that Harris sexted several women the day Cooper was in the SUV parked outside his father’s Home Depot office. Home Depot has since terminated Harris.