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Brain Abnormalities Found in US Embassy Victims in Cuba

White matter changes are most specific finding yet about Havana mystery attacks

(Newser) - Doctors treating the US Embassy victims of mysterious, invisible attacks in Cuba have discovered brain abnormalities as they search for clues to explain the hearing, vision, balance, and memory damage, the AP has learned. It's the most specific finding to date about physical damage, showing that whatever it was... More »

Mystery of Cuba Attacks Deepens, Baffling Experts

Symptoms are 'not possible' to explain

(Newser) - The blaring, grinding noise jolted the American diplomat from his bed in a Havana hotel. He moved just a few feet, and there was silence. He climbed back into bed. Inexplicably, the agonizing sound hit him again. It was as if he'd walked through some invisible wall cutting straight... More »

Gunmen Get Out of Car at Castle in Jordan, Then Attack

10 killed in a series of attacks Sunday

(Newser) - Gunmen assaulted Jordanian police in a series of attacks Sunday, including one at a Crusader castle popular with tourists, killing 10, officials say. Several armed men barricaded themselves inside the castle for hours, hemmed in by special forces soldiers. At least 34 people, including two foreign nationals, were wounded in... More »

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 »

Suspect Arrested in San Diego Homeless Attacks

He's been charged with murder, arson

(Newser) - Relief in San Diego: A suspect was arrested Thursday in connection with a sickening series of attacks on homeless people that left two men dead and another two seriously injured, CNN reports. Police say they believe Anthony Alexander Padgett, 36, is the suspect captured on video at a convenience store... More »

Paris Death Toll Rises to 60 as France Closes Borders

President Obama pledges to help

(Newser) - French media are reporting least 60 people are dead in Friday's Paris attacks , per Reuters . Multiple, apparently coordinated gun and bomb attacks hit almost simultaneously, and at least 100 hostages were reportedly being held at a concert hall after one of the shootings. There were reportedly as many as... More »

Pakistan Taliban: We'll Talk, but Won't Stop Fighting

Hakimullah Mehsud's comments come after string of attacks in Peshawar

(Newser) - Pakistan's Taliban is willing to continue negotiating with the government, but it is not about to stop its attacks, its leader said via a video given to Reuters today. This month has seen the group carry out a series of big attacks—including suicide bombings at the Peshawar airport,... More »

Amish Seek Help Over Hair, Beard Attacks

Five men arrested in hirsute crime spree

(Newser) - America's Amish have rarely gone to police for help—only over extreme cases like murder, rape, or a multi-million-dollar investment deal gone wrong. Now Amish leaders in Ohio are bending their rules and cooperating police to stop a spate of hair-cutting attacks, the AP reports. Five men from a... More »

Afghan Polls Close; Taliban Attacks Dampen Turnout

(Newser) - With polls now closed, Taliban threats appeared to have dampened voter turnout in the militant south in today's Afghanistan election. Insurgents launched scattered rocket, suicide, and bomb attacks that closed some polling sites. After 10 hours of voting, including a last-minute, one-hour extension, election workers began to count the millions... More »

Afghanistan Attacks at Record High

(Newser) - Violence in Afghanistan is the worst it’s been since 2001, the US commander of forces in the region announced today. Insurgents staged more than 400 attacks during the past week, compared to less than 50 per week in January 2004, the BBC reports. Gen David Petraeus said allied forces... More »

6 Car Bombs Kill 48 in Baghdad

All target Shiite areas as violence rises

(Newser) - Six car bombs rattled predominantly Shiite areas of Baghdad within four hours today, killing 48 and injuring 81. The three bloodiest explosions went off in quick succession in Sadr City, a dense Shiite neighborhood, CNN reports. The bombings were similar to seven coordinated attacks earlier this month, which the US... More »

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