Six-year-old among three killed at California food festival

US media report 19-year-old Santino William Legan identified as gunman. Search still on for possible accomplice. A gunman cut through a fence and opened fire on a crowd eating and listening to music at a popular food festival in California, killing three people, including a six-year-old boy, and wounding about 15 others before police quickly shot him dead on Sunday, authorities said. On Monday, California police were searching for a suspected accomplice of the gunman, who authorities identified as 19-year-old Santino William Legan, according to US media. The attacker appeared…

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The US economy is doing better than expected

Consumer spending helped the world’s biggest economy grow more than experts had projected for the second quarter. Economic growth in the United States slowed less than experts had expected in the second quarter, as a surge in consumer spending blunted some of the drag from declining exports and a smaller inventory build-up. The fairly upbeat economic report from the US Department of Commerce on Friday could further soothe concerns about the economy’s health – but will probably not deter the US Federal Reserve from cutting interest rates next Wednesday for…

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‘Multiple’ injuries in gas explosion at Florida shopping center

At least 15 people injured as the blast sent large pieces of debris about 91 metres across the street. A powerful explosion from a suspected gas leak ripped through a shopping mall in Florida, injuring at least 15 people. Two of those were in serious condition after the blast in the town of Plantation in south Florida on Saturday. Between 15 and 20 people were injured, deputy fire chief Joel Gordon told reporters. Photos on US news outlets showed a large field of debris outside the Fountains Plaza shopping centre.…

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Virginia Beach shooting: 12 killed by ‘disgruntled city worker’

Shooter identified as DeWayne Craddock fired at colleagues at Virginia Beach municipal centre before police killed him. At least 12 people were killed in Virginia Beach – a city in the US state of Virginia – on Friday when a gunman opened fire at a municipal centre, in the latest mass shooting in the country. Police on Saturday identified the gunman as DeWayne Craddock, who fired indiscriminately at his workplace colleagues, sending coworkers scrambling for cover before police fatally shot and killed him, authorities said. Several others were wounded in the…

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Manning freed but ordered to appear before new grand jury

Manning spent 62 days in jail after refusing to answer questions to a federal grand jury investigating WikiLeaks. Manning served seven years in prison for leaking one of the largest troves of classified documents in the US history [File: Ford Fischer/News2Share/Reuters] Chelsea Manning, a former US military intelligence analyst who was being detained for refusing to testify before a grand jury, has been released and immediately summoned to appear before a new grand jury, according to her lawyers. Manning was released on Thursday after the term expired for the previous…

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Feds take down dark web index and news site Deep Dot Web

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has seized the dark web index and news site Deep Dot Web, according to a warning notice posted on the site. The site’s dark web site has also been taken down and replaced with a similar notice. The agency, according to the notice, seized the website with a warrant, working with computer crime investigators and European law enforcement. Two people in Israel were arrested in connection with the bust, according to local Israeli media, and authorities have also reportedly taken people in France, Germany, the…

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Kentucky Derby faced with spike in horse deaths

No one has determined the cause of fatal injuries but animal rights advocates point to an over-medication of horses. It is Kentucky Derby (pron. Dur-bee) day in the United States. That means horse racing fans are getting ready for one of the biggest events in the sport. But a spike in horse deaths has overshadowed the season. Al Jazeera’s Rob Reynolds reports from Los Angeles.

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US Boy Scouts scandal: Over 12,000 children sexually abused

The Boy Scouts of America faces accusations that it failed to report cases of child sex abuse. A child sexual abuse scandal threatens to engulf Boy Scouts of America, an institution once considered one of the United States‘ most wholesome and patriotic. More than 12,000 children were sexually abused while taking part in Boy Scouts activities, it has emerged. The organisation kept quiet about the alleged paedophiles after kicking them out, keeping their files secret instead of revealing their identities. Now, lawyer Jeff Anderson plans to file multiple lawsuits on…

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