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In Perilous Times, Cops Across US Buddy Up

2-person patrols are proliferating for officers' safety—but they may slow response time, up overtime

(Newser) - Police departments across the country are ordering officers to pair up after ambushes left eight officers dead in Texas and Louisiana , a precaution that could slow response times to low-level crimes and drive up overtime for already exhausted police. Some agencies that normally let officers patrol alone began forcing them... More »

Lone Bullet Backs Up Lawrence of Arabia's Story

Scientists have unearthed evidence that aligns with tales from Great Arab Revolt

(Newser) - Ten years into a broader hunt throughout the Arabian desert, archaeologists have unearthed a bullet they are "almost 100% certain" is the one Lawrence of Arabia claimed to have fired in 1917 in a guerrilla attack on the Hallat Ammar train. Many, including his own biographers, have suspected that... More »

Cops: Gunman Who Shot Philly Officer Praised ISIS

Officer survived and suspect is in custody

(Newser) - Philadelphia police say the man accused of ambushing a city cop and shooting him at point-blank range has confessed to doing so "in the name of Islam" and to support ISIS, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. Officer Jesse Hartnett, 33, was in his patrol car Thursday night when a gunman... More »

5 Dead in Las Vegas Police Ambush

Shooters attack officers eating lunch at pizza restaurant

(Newser) - A man and a woman gunned down two Las Vegas police officers today at a pizza restaurant before killing a civilian at a Walmart and taking their own lives, police said. In an apparent ambush, the female suspect shot an officer in the back of the head as he refilled... More »

7 UN Peacekeepers Killed in Sudan

Deadliest attack in the history of the operation

(Newser) - Seven UN peacekeepers are dead and another 17 wounded after gunmen ambushed a team in Sudan's western region of Darfur. It is the deadliest ever single attack on the international force in the country since it began its work there in five years ago. The assault included sustained heavy... More »

After Ky. Officer Ambushed, Threats of More Cop Killings

FBI, state police investigating

(Newser) - Police in Bardstown, Kentucky, are living under a dire threat: The police department chief says he received a letter Thursday warning that "there were more officers that would go down like the first one"—"one" being an apparent reference to Officer Jason Ellis, who was shot to... More »

Kentucky Cop Killed in 'Premeditated' Ambush

Attacker opened fire after blocking road with debris

(Newser) - A police officer in central Kentucky was murdered by an attacker or attackers who apparently placed debris by a highway exit ramp and opened fire when the officer left his car to remove it. Jason Ellis, a 33-year-old K-9 officer, was shot multiple times with a shotgun around 2am Saturday... More »

NY Shooter: 'What I Like Best' Is 'Killing People'

William Spengler left rambling note describing intent to burn down the neighborhood

(Newser) - The Western New York gunman who yesterday morning lured firefighters to his blazing home just to shoot them down left a chilling, typewritten note, reports the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle . “I still have to get ready to see how much of the neighborhood I can burn down and do... More »

Pakistanis Double-Crossed Americans in '07 Ambush

One American killed in attack covered up by both governments

(Newser) - With US-Pakistani tensions on the verge of boiling over , the New York Times today has a shocking account of a 2007 incident in which the Pakistanis allegedly opened fire on American and Afghan military officials after a meeting to discuss a disputed border post. As the officers were getting into... More »

Death Toll in Togo Team Ambush Rises to 3

National soccer team pulls out of African tournament

(Newser) - Togo's national soccer team pulled out of an African soccer tournament today following a deadly attack on their bus in Angola. A goalie for the team said on French radio that the death toll has risen to three, with the victims apparently being the bus driver, an assistant coach, and... More »

Gunmen Ambush Togo's Soccer Team in Angola

Driver dead; players among 9 injured

(Newser) - The national soccer team of the African nation of Togo was ambushed by gunmen today as it traveled by bus into Angola; the driver was killed and at least two players are among the nine people injured. A separatists group in the enclave of Cabinda claimed responsibility, Reuters reports, noting... More »

In Afghan Ambush, the War in Microcosm

(Newser) - The Korangal riverbed had become a kill zone. The American soldiers had crossed after a friendly handshake with a local elder, only to have a bomb explode when the lead squad reached the opposite side. Taliban fighters rained bullets on a second squad exposed in the riverbed, while a third... More »

'Real IRA' Claims It Killed 2 UK Soldiers

Prime minister rips 'evil, cowardly' ambush

(Newser) - An organization called "The Real IRA" claimed responsibility today for killing two British soldiers at a Northern Ireland army base, the Independent reports. Four other people, including two pizza delivery men, were seriously wounded in the drive-by ambush, reports the Times of London. The attack occurred just miles... More »

Teens Tape Beating for Web

Police say girls ambushed their rival to post it on YouTube

(Newser) - Six girls aged 14 to 17 lured another teen to a home, beat her and videotaped the ambush to put it on the Internet, Florida police say. The 16-year-old victim is recovering from a concussion and hasn't fully regained her vision. Her assailants, with whom she'd been feuding online, may... More »

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