June 9, 2013 |
SANTA MONICA, Calif. - The gunman who went on a chaotic rampage, killing four people before being fatally shot by police at a college campus, planned the attack and was capable of firing 1,300 rounds of ammunition, the police chief said Saturday. "Any time someone puts on a vest of some sort, comes out with a bag full of loaded magazines, has an extra receiver, has a handgun, and has a semi-automatic rifle, carjacks folks, goes to a college, kills more people, and has to be neutralized at the hands of the police, I would say that that's premeditated," Chief Jacqueline Seabrooks said.
June 5, 2013 |
LIKE MANY boys growing up in Germany, Dirk Breiding played with toy knights and visited historic castles and museums. Unlike most men, he still gets to do that today. Breiding is the new curator of arms and armor at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and as he showed a recent visitor around what will soon be his corner of the museum, he was as giddy as a kid showing off his new toys. "As long as I can think back, I was fascinated with knights and chivalry," Breiding said. As PMA's J. J. Medveckis Associate Curator of Arms and Armor, he will leave his current post as an assistant curator in the Arms and Armor Department at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art and come to Philly in July.
May 30, 2013 |
LONDON - A day after securing an end to the European Union's weapons embargo on Syria, Britain and France are facing criticism from Russia, and pressure at home and abroad, to show restraint before acting to arm the rebels seeking to oust Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Britain, along with France, scored a diplomatic victory in Paris on Monday, effectively blocking an attempt by other European nations to extend the regional embargo that has prevented them from sending weapons to help the Syrian opposition.
May 23, 2013 |
Police want the public's help to identify two armed men seen on a video surveillance recording at the scene of a homicide Tuesday night. Gabriel Crespo, 27, was shot multiple times near the intersection of 25th Street and River Avenue in Camden about 10 p.m. He was transported to Cooper University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Wednesday afternoon, authorities released pictures and posted a video on YouTube that shows two men running to, and then away from, the scene before and after the victim was shot.
May 22, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - A Senate panel voted Tuesday to provide weapons to rebels battling the forces of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, the first time lawmakers have endorsed the aggressive U.S. military step of arming the opposition. The Foreign Relations Committee voted 15-3 for a bill that would give lethal aid and military training to vetted rebel groups, and would slap sanctions on anyone who sells oil or transfers arms to the regime. An intense committee debate over the bill underscored congressional fears on greater involvement in a Mideast war after more than a decade of American combat in Iraq and Afghanistan.
May 21, 2013
New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski underwent a fourth surgery on his forearm Monday and doctors believe his previous infection is gone, a league source told ESPN.com. Doctors put new plates in to repair the previously broken left forearm. The estimated timetable for recovery is around 10 weeks, assuming there are no setbacks. Gronkowski originally broke the arm Nov. 18 in a game against the Indianapolis Colts. He returned to action on Dec. 30 in the regular-season finale, then broke the forearm again in the AFC divisional round of the playoffs on Jan. 13 against the Houston Texans.
May 11, 2013 |
A Northamption Township police officer acted properly when he exchanged gunfire and killed an armed man who earlier had murdered his former wife, Bucks County authorities announced Friday. Northampton Township Officer Timothy Friel was trapped in his seatbelt when he returned fire with his non-shooting hand and killing Kenneth Philipp, who had earlier fatally wounded his ex-wife. Friel received minor injuries in the April 18th exchange. Friel "stood fast, he did not retreat around the car, he sheltered and returned fire," said District Attorney David Heckler.
May 10, 2013 |
BEIRUT - Syria will supply "game-changing" weapons to Hezbollah, the chief of the Lebanese militant group said Thursday, less than a week after Israeli air strikes on Damascus targeted alleged shipments of advanced Iranian missiles bound for Hezbollah. Israel has signaled it will respond with air strikes to any weapons shipments, meaning it could quickly get drawn into Syria's civil war if the Hezbollah chief's declaration is more than an empty threat. Tension has been rising in the region since Israel struck targets inside Syria on Friday and Sunday.
May 1, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - President Obama is preparing to send lethal weaponry to the Syrian opposition and has taken steps to assert more aggressive U.S. leadership among allies and partners seeking the ouster of President Bashar al-Assad, according to senior administration officials. The officials emphasized that supplying arms was one of several options under consideration and that political negotiation remained the preferred option. To that end, the administration has launched an effort to convince Russian President Vladimir V. Putin that the probable use of chemical weapons by the Syrian government - and the more direct outside intervention that could provoke - should lead him to reconsider his support of Assad.
April 28, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Proceeding cautiously, President Obama insisted Friday that any use of chemical weapons by Syria would change his "calculus" about U.S. military involvement in the two-year-old civil war - but said too little was known about a pair of likely sarin attacks to order aggressive action now. The president's public response to the latest intelligence reflected the lack of agreement in Washington over whether to use America's military to intervene...