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Florida Woman Decapitated By Her Mentally Ill Son On New Year’s Eve – Headlines & Global News

Posted: Friday, January 02, 2015

Florida Woman Decapitated By Her Mentally Ill Son On New Year’s Eve By Kimberly M. Aquilina | Jan 02, 2015 03:08 AM EST A Florida woman was found decapitated on New Year’s Eve – killed with an ax by her son. Christian Gomez, 23, told police that his mother, 48-year-old Maria Suarez-Cassagne, had been nagging him. “He…

‘I failed to protect you’ — Details emerge of victims in deadly Shanghai stampede – CNN

Posted: Friday, January 02, 2015

Beijing (CNN) — The oldest was 37; the youngest was only 12. Shanghai authorities on Friday released details about 32 of the three dozen New Year’s revelers killed in a stampede on the city’s waterfront Wednesday night. The victims were young, with an average age of just 22. Witnesses have described the chaotic, harrowing scenes they saw on the Bund, a popular area in the city to ring in the…

Ohio State keeps on running to national title game – Washington Post

Posted: Friday, January 02, 2015

NEW ORLEANS — Ezekiel Elliott sprinted down the field, nothing between him and the end zone. Cardale Jones was right on his heels, eager to join the celebration. They can keep right on running. Next stop, the national championship game. Elliott shredded the fearsome Alabama defense and Jones again proved to be a worthy replacement at quarterback, leading Ohio State to a stunning 42-35 victory over the top-ranked Crimson Tide…

Former NY governor Mario Cuomo dies at 82 – USA TODAY

Posted: Friday, January 02, 2015

Former New York governor Mario Cuomo speaks from the podium at the Game Changers Awards at Skylight Soho in New York on Oct. 18, 2011. (Photo: Evan Agostini, AP) ALBANY, N.Y. — Mario Cuomo, the three-term New York governor and father of the state’s current governor, died of heart failure Thursday at the age of 82. Cuomo is among the most iconic New York governors of the 20th century, known…

Relatives search for survivors of New Year’s Eve stampede in Shanghai – Washington Post

Posted: Friday, January 02, 2015

BEIJING — Chinese President Xi Jinping ordered an investigation Thursday into a stampede that left at least 36 people dead in Shanghai during a New Year’s Eve celebration as families desperately searched hospitals for survivors of the disaster. Witnesses described the New Year’s Eve crowd on the Bund — Shanghai’s landmark waterfront area — as being packed so tightly that people couldn’t move their arms and legs. Some said individuals…

Retrial in Egypt al-Jazeera Greste, Fahmy and Mohamed case – BBC News

Posted: Friday, January 02, 2015

1 January 2015 Last updated at 11:04 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. Lawyers for the men say they will apply for bail at the first hearing, as…

Investigators To Use Acoustic Equipment To Search For AirAsia Black Boxes – Huffington Post

Posted: Friday, January 02, 2015

PANGKALAN BUN/SURABAYA, Indonesia (Reuters) – A specialist multinational team armed with acoustic equipment will arrive at the suspected crash site of a sunken AirAsia jet off Borneo on Friday, bolstering the search for the plane’s black box flight recorders. Bad weather has hampered the search, keeping divers from looking for the wreck of the Airbus A320-200, which was carrying 162 people when it crashed on Sunday en route from the…

New Kanye West song ‘Only One’ isn’t one you want, but one you’re getting – HitFix

Posted: Friday, January 02, 2015

kanye-west” class=”autolink”>Kanye West kicked off 2015 with the release of a new song, “Only One. And if you thought the start to the Kanye West hype machine would bow with a balled, you’d be the only one. But that’s what you’re getting, Yeezy fans. West collaborated with Paul McCartney for this sentimental and sometimes meandering little journey, and you can hear the former Beatle’s influence poking out and laying it…

Families seek answers after 36 die in Shanghai New Year’s Eve stampede – Fox News

Posted: Thursday, January 01, 2015

SHANGHAI –  People unable to contact friends and relatives streamed into hospitals Thursday, anxious for information after a stampede during New Year’s celebrations in Shanghai’s historic waterfront area killed 36 people in the worst disaster to hit one of China’s showcase cities in recent years. The Shanghai government said 47 others received hospital treatment, including 13 who were seriously injured, after the chaos about a half-hour before midnight. Seven of…

Syria war: more than 76000 killed in deadliest year, says monitoring group – Sydney Morning Herald

Posted: Thursday, January 01, 2015

The aftermath of an air strike by forces loyal to the Syrian government in Duma, Damascus. Photo: Reuters Beirut: More than 76,000 people were killed in Syria’s conflict in 2014, including thousands of children, making it the deadliest year yet in the war, a monitoring group says. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Thursday it had documented the deaths of 76,021 people during 2014, including 3501 children. The…

Sheriff’s office: Florida man decapitates his mother – MiamiHerald.com

Posted: Thursday, January 01, 2015

A Florida man is charged with first-degree murder after his mother was found decapitated outside their home on New Year’s Eve. According to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office, Mario Gomez called 911 on Wednesday evening and told dispatchers that his brother Christian had killed their mother and cut off her head. Deputies found Maria Suarez-Cassagne’s body outside the Oldsmar home, near some garbage cans. Sheriff Bob Gualtieri said Thursday that…

Federal judge allows gay marriages to begin across Florida – Reuters

Posted: Thursday, January 01, 2015

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Reuters) – A federal judge in north Florida on Thursday ordered the start of gay marriages in all parts of the state after Jan. 5, when a stay expires on his earlier ruling that found the state’s same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional. In an emergency order, U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle of Florida’s Northern District in Tallahassee addressed confusion among court clerks about the reach of his Aug. 21…

Peachtree City police chief questioned in wife’s shooting – Atlanta Journal Constitution

Posted: Thursday, January 01, 2015

The wife of Peachtree City’s police chief remained in critical condition Thursday evening after being shot by her husband in the couple’s home just before daybreak. Police chief William McCollom, called 911 shortly after 4 a.m. to report that he’d accidentally shot his wife, said GBI spokeswoman Sherry Lang. Margaret McCollom, 58, was airlifted from her home on Autumn Leaf to Atlanta Medical Center where she was in critical condition…

Families seek answers after 36 die in Shanghai New Year’s Eve stampede – Fox News

Posted: Thursday, January 01, 2015

SHANGHAI –  People unable to contact friends and relatives streamed into hospitals Thursday, anxious for information after a stampede during New Year’s celebrations in Shanghai’s historic waterfront area killed 36 people in the worst disaster to hit one of China’s showcase cities in recent years. The Shanghai government said 47 others received hospital treatment, including 13 who were seriously injured, after the chaos about a half-hour before midnight. Seven of…

Jeb Bush sheds corporate commitments to help 2016 presidential run – The Guardian

Posted: Thursday, January 01, 2015

New Year resolutions often involve weight loss, but Jeb Bush, who has already shed an estimated 15lbs since starting his run for the White House, has instead opted to jettison some heavy financial baggage. As the clock struck midnight on Thursday, and with Mitt Romney’s failed 2012 campaign still ringing in many Republican ears, the former Florida governor’s team quietly announced that their candidate was resigning from a slew of…

First identified victim of AirAsia crash laid to rest in Sidoarjo – AsiaOne

Posted: Thursday, January 01, 2015

The body of Hayati Lutfiah Hamid, the first victim identified from AirAsia flight QZ8501, was laid to rest at the Sawotratap cemetery in Sidoarjo, East Java, on Thursday, five days after the accident. Hayati’s was one of the first two bodies recovered from the Java Sea by the National Search and Rescue Agency (Basarnas) near the Central Kalimantan town of Pangkalan Bun. Her family received the body at the East…

Egyptian Court Orders Retrial for al-Jazeera Journalists – Voice of America

Posted: Thursday, January 01, 2015

CAIRO— An Egyptian appeals court has overturned an initial verdict that sentenced three al-Jazeera English journalists to seven to 10 years in prison, paving the way for a retrial.  But family members and supporters expressed disappointment the journalists were not released immediately, pending retrial. The appellate court decision to throw out the verdict in the case of three al-Jazeera TV journalists drew applause and criticism, after the…

Kim Jong-un proposes historic ‘highest-level’ talks with South Korea – Sydney Morning Herald

Posted: Thursday, January 01, 2015

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un delivers his New Year’s address in Pyongyang. Photo: Reuters/KCNA North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has proposed “highest-level” talks with South Korea, opening the way to a historic summit as his country battles to fend off UN prosecution over its human rights record. The sudden move, made during Kim’s traditional New Year message, would clear the path for the first inter-Korean leaders’ meeting since a 2007…

Mohamed Fahmy, Canadian imprisoned in Egypt, to get retrial – CBC.ca

Posted: Thursday, January 01, 2015

An appeals court in Egypt has ordered a retrial in the case of three imprisoned Al-Jazeera English journalists, including Canadian-Egyptian Mohamed Fahmy. The decision Thursday by Egypt’s Court of Cassation came after a hearing that lasted only a few minutes. However, Fahmy, Australian journalist Peter Greste and Egyptian Baher Mohamed, who have been held since their arrest December 2013, were not granted bail. “They…

36 dead and dozens injured in Shanghai New Year’s Eve stampede – Fox News

Posted: Thursday, January 01, 2015

Jan 1. 2015: A woman grieves at a hospital where those injured by a stampede are being treated in Shanghai, China. (AP) SHANGHAI –  People unable to contact friends and relatives streamed into hospitals Thursday, anxious for information after a stampede during New Year’s celebrations in Shanghai’s historic waterfront area killed 36 people in the worst disaster to hit one of China’s showcase cities in recent years. The Shanghai government…