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 2 yrs | Suspicious package near Florida hospital ‘not a threat’ - police

              A suspicious package that was found near a hospital in Florida, prompting the evacuation of a number of buildings, has been determined not to be a threat, police spokeswoman Genevieve Judge says. "Robots being used by the Sarasota Police Explosive Materials Unit have determined the package is not a threat," Judge said in an emailed statement. "It's unknown what the package is at this time."   

  Sarasota, FL        2 UPDATES


 2 yrs | Victims of GA murder-suicide identified as woman and 2 young children

              The victims who were killed in today's murder-suicide at a residence in Suwanee, Georgia, have been identified as two young children and an adult female. The suspected shooter is an adult male, according to the Forsyth County Sheriff's Office. No names or ages were immediately released. A fifth person was in critical condition when he was transported to hospital, sheriff's spokesman Wesley Watson said. It is believed the killers were domestic violence. [statements attached]   

  Suwanee, GA        2 UPDATES


 2 yrs | Evacuations over suspicious package near Florida hospital

              A number of restaurants and businesses in Florida have been evacuated after a suspicious package was found on a sidewalk near a hospital in Sarasota, police spokeswoman Genevieve Judge says. Sarasota Memorial Hospital is not accepting or releasing patients due to the situation, and patients have been moved to other parts of the hospital, away from the scene, as a precaution. "Sarasota Memorial Hospital Security found the suspicious package on routine patrol around the campus at approximately 8am," Judge said. The Explosive Materials Unit is on scene.   

  Sarasota, FL        2 UPDATES


 2 yrs | 4 dead in suspected murder-suicide at GA house

              Four people have been found dead at a residence in the city of Suwanee in the U.S. state of Georgia, according to the Forsyth County Sheriff's Office. "At this time, we believe this to be domestic related. We have 5 people shot, 4 are deceased," the office said in a brief statement, adding: "This is possibly a murder-suicide. There is no threat to the public and no suspects believed to be on the loose." [full statement attached]   

  Suwanee, GA        2 UPDATES



 2 yrs | Bill Cosby files court papers against accuser over deposition leak

              Disgraced comedian Bill Cosby has filed court papers in the U.S. District Court of Pennsylvania to seek sanctions against a woman who accused him of sexual assault, alleging that she breached a confidentiality agreement and legal protocol in the public release of his deposition from a 10-year-old civil case, the Reuters news agency is reporting. The woman, a former Temple University employee, sued Cosby a decade ago but the lawsuit was settled in 2006 for undisclosed terms.   

  Philadelphia, PA        15 UPDATES



 2 yrs | Key al-Qaeda figure Muhsin al-Fadhli killed in U.S. airstrike in Syria - Pentagon

              Key al-Qaeda figure Muhsin al-Fadhli, the leader of the so-called Khorasan Group which is made up of senior al-Qaeda members, has been killed in a U.S. airstrike in northwestern Syria, according to Pentagon spokesman Captain Jeff Davis. "His death will degrade and disrupt ongoing external operations of al-Qaeda against the United States and our allies and partners," Davis said. The Combined Joint Task Force (CJTF) previously reported that U.S.-led forces carried out an airstrike targeting the Khorasan Group near the town of Sarmada in Idlib province on July 8, striking a tactical unit and destroying a vehicle. The U.S. State Department's Rewards for Justice program had issued a $7 million reward in 2012 for information leading to al-Fadhli. [statement attached]   

  Sarmada, Syria        6 UPDATES



 2 yrs | Appeals court partially overturns conviction of former Illinois Governor Blagojevich

              An appeals court has overturned some of the most sensational charges against former Illinois Governor Rod R. Blagojevich, ordering five of the eighteen corruption counts to be scrapped and sending the case for retrial on the vacated counts or, if prosecutors choose to drop the charges, to proceed directly to re-sentencing on the remaining counts. Blagojevich will remain in prison pending a retrial or re-sentencing. [court documents attached]   

  Chicago, IL        1 UPDATES


 2 yrs | Broadway’s ‘Sound of Music’ and ‘Fiddler’ star Theodore Bikel dead at 91

              Theodore Bikel, who is perhaps best remembered for his Broadway roles as Captain von Trapp in "The Sound of Music" and Tevye in "Fiddler on the Roof," has died at the age of 91, publicist Harlan Boll says in a statement. Bikel died this morning at UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles as a result of natural causes. Theo is survived by his wife, Aimee Ginsburg-Bikel, and sons Rob and Danny Bikel. [statement attached]   

  Los Angeles, CA     



 2 yrs | Apple services back to normal after 3-hour disruption

              Apple says all its services are operating normally after a disruption that impacted some of its users and lasted more than 3 hours. "Users experienced a problem with multiple iCloud services," the company said on its system status page. Details about the exact nature of the problem or how many users were affected by the disruption were not immediately disclosed. The problems began at about 9:45 a.m. ET and affected 12 services, including the App Store and Apple Music.   

  United States        4 UPDATES



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