Germany marks a quarter-century as a reunited nation on Saturday, with two leaders from the formerly communist east heading a country that increasingly asserts itself as Europe's political heavyweight — and now faces a new challenge in a refugee influx that will demand deep reserves of resourcefulness and patience.
West and East Germany united on Oct. 3, 1990, capping a process that started less than 11 months earlier when the east's communist leadership opened the Berlin Wall under pressure from massive demonstrations.
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The heavily armed gunman who slaughtered nine people at an Oregon college left a hate-filled note at the scene of his rampage and "felt the world was against him," law enforcement officials confirmed Friday.
Two officials familiar with the contents of the note say 26-year-old Christopher Harper Mercer, who was killed in after an exchange of gunfire with police Thursday at Umpqua Community College, wrote that he would be "welcomed in Hell and embraced by the devil."
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Presidential candidate Jeb Bush drew a rebuke from the president for comments he made Friday about the university shooting that left nine people and a gunman dead in Oregon the day before. Speaking at a campaign stop in South Carolina, Bush urged caution on the government's reaction to the Umpqua Community College shooting, using the phrase "stuff happens" in reference to crises. "I resist the notion -- and I had this challenge as governor -- 'cause look, stuff happens, there's always a crisis and the impulse to do something and it's not necessarily the right thing to do," Bush said. President Obama replied: "I don’t even think I have to react to that one."
Online discount broker Scottrade said Friday believes it was the victim of a data breach from late 2013 to early 2014 that targeted client names and addresses, NBC News reported.
The company is notifying an estimated 4.6 million clients whose information was stored on a compromised database, Scottrade said in a message on its website.
"Although Social Security numbers, email addresses and other sensitive data were contained in the system accessed, it appears that contact information was the focus of the incident," the company said.
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A pregnant woman and her mother were killed, and an infant and two men were wounded in a shooting in Chicago's Back of the Yards neighborhood on Monday, police said.
The family was coming back from an outing when a barrage of bullets were shot in the 5300 block of South Aberdeen just after 7 p.m, police said. The 11-month-old suffered a gunshot wound in the shooting and was taken to John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital in stable condition.
One of New Jersey's top pork roll makers is being sued by the wife of an employee who she says was fired for passing too much gas in the office.
The Home News Tribune reports Louann Clem says in the lawsuit that her husband suffered serious consequences from gastric bypass surgery. Those included extreme gas and uncontrollable diarrhea.
Family members of the man who went on a deadly shooting rampage at a rural Oregon college told NBC4 that they were in shock and didn't understand why he resorted to violence.
The gunman, identified as 26-year-old Chris Harper Mercer, opened fire inside a classroom at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon Thursday, killing at least nine people before dying in a shootout with police, authorities said. One survivor said he demanded his victims state their religion before he started shooting.
"I don't know what to say," one family member said in an interview Thursday night from Tarzana, in the San Fernando Valley area of Los Angeles. "I'm shaking right now. He was a nice guy. He put everyone before himself. It doesn't sound right because he wanted everyone to be happy."
His father, Ian Mercer, told reporters gathered outside his Tarzana home where he and his wife live, said he was "just as shocked as anybody else," but declined to answer questions.
The gunman who killed nine people at an Oregon community college had body armor and was armed with six guns and five additional magazines, officials said. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Assistant Special Agent Celine Nunez said six weapons were recovered at Umpqua Community College and an additional seven were found at the shooter's home. All 13 firearms were purchased legally by the shooter or a family member in the last three years, Nunez said.
Not only is Cassidy the "Miricle Kitten" thriving but he has a new set of legs, or should we say, wheels.
TinyKittens, a volunteer-run feline foster care facility in Fort Langley, Canada, shared an adorable video on Facebook of Cassidy taking his first steps using his new wheelchair this week.
When Cassidy came to TinyKittens in September he had no back legs, weighed just one pound, was covered in fleas and had a life threatening infection, according to the TinyKittens Facebook page. His chances of survival were low.
Over the next month, Shelly Roche, who founded the facility, and her fellow volunteers nursed Cassidy back to health.
Last month at a college in Philadelphia, Aaron Smith noticed his students were in a slump, so he decided to rap for them to wake them up and make them more engaged.
The professor of African American Studies at Temple University rapped to the tune of Big Sean’s “One Man Can Change the World,” but changed the lyrics to express experiences that the students were going through, with a special spin: "Owls Were Meant to Soar."
President Barack Obama sharply criticized Russia's support of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime on Friday saying Moscow's actions could result in a "quagmire" in the region.
"What started off as peaceful protests against Assad...evolved into civil war because Assad met those protests with unimaginable brutality," Obama said. "The reason Assad is still in power is because Russia and Iran have supported him in that process. They have been propping a regime that is rejected by an overwhelming majority of the population."
Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin's icy relationship took on an even chillier tone this week amid a perception that Moscow is seizing on a perceived American vulnerability in addressing the Syrian conflict and making a power play in the war-torn region.
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Two men have been arrested in the 1984 rape and strangulation of a 14-year-old girl whose body was found in the woods two weeks after she vanished, police said Friday.
Authorities said George Franz Shaw, of Geneva, Florida, was high on methamphetamine when he raped and killed Barbara Rowan, a neighbor who baby-sat his 3-year-old daughter. Robert Scott Sanders, of Stroudsburg, was charged with hindering apprehension or prosecution.
A police affidavit said Shaw, 55, was questioned repeatedly by police after Barbara's body was found, and investigators recovered tape from his home that was similar to the type used to bind the victim.
The court record says Sanders told a grand jury last month that he was in Shaw's home the night Barbara disappeared and saw Shaw take her into his bedroom for about 20 minutes.
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The group of mostly black women who were booted off the popular Napa Valley Wine Train for laughing loudly filed a $11 million lawsuit in federal court Thursday against the Wine Train alleging racial discrimination.
Santa Claus is coming to town — council. Unlike the original Kris Kringle, this Claus notes in all capital letters on his Facebook page, "Please do not send me requests for presents." Instead, as the North Pole Clerk's office announced on Thursday, Claus is running for election to North Pole's city council. The former local chamber of commerce president is running for one of two open seats for city council, the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reported. Due to his late filing, voters will need to write in his name to cast their votes.
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Coca-Cola became the first FIFA sponsor on Friday to call on Sepp Blatter to immediately stand down as president of world soccer's governing body.
The intervention from the soft drinks giant comes a week after Blatter was placed under criminal investigation by Swiss authorities for alleged financial wrongdoing at FIFA, which he has led since 1998.
The 79-year-old Swiss told FIFA staff earlier this week he's determined to remain in power until February's emergency presidential election, but pressure from sponsors who fund the organization could force him out before then.
"For the benefit of the game, The Coca-Cola Company is calling for FIFA President Joseph Blatter to step down immediately so that a credible and sustainable reform process can begin in earnest," Coca-Cola said in a statement.