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A few observations from a columnist who, despite summer having officially begun just this past week, might have been out in the sun too long:
An Arizona man on trial for sending his 16-year-old nephew into a busy intersection last summer with a fake grenade launcher was convicted Monday of endangering the teen's life and carrying out a terrorism hoax.
An April 9 trial date has been set for a man who's accused of sending his nephew into a street with a fake grenade launcher as he filmed the masked teen pointing the fake weapon at passing cars.
It all began with neighbors hearing gunshots. Then, two frantic 911 calls followed.
Inside the lobby of Gilbert’s Town Council Chambers, a promotional poster touts Gilbert, AZ as the place where you want to live and notes it was named as one of the Top 100 safest places to live in America by Money Magazine in 2010.
Sylvia Longmire, guest commentary
In 2002, Joseph Anthony Davis held up a 7-Eleven in Bremerton, Wash., with two plastic toy guns.
NAIROBI, Kenya - NATO forces rescued 20 fishermen from pirates who launched the latest attack in the Gulf of Aden on Saturday, but let the Somali hijackers go because they had no authority to arrest them.
NAIROBI, Kenya - In a riveting high-seas drama, an unarmed American crew wrested control of their U.S.-flagged cargo ship from Somali pirates and sent them fleeing to a lifeboat with the captain as hostage.
NAIROBI, Kenya - For the first three months of 2009, Somalia's notorious pirates faded from the headlines as a massive international naval force moved in, and many observers thought the pirates were running scared.
LAHORE, Pakistan — Black-clad Pakistani commandos overpowered a group of militants who had seized a police academy, took cadets hostage and killed at least six of them Monday in a dramatic challenge to the civilian government that faces U.S. pressure to defeat Islamic extremists.
MOGADISHU, Somalia - After reportedly receiving a $3 million ransom dropped by parachute, pirates said they released a captured Saudi supertanker Friday, ending a two-month drama that helped galvanize international efforts to fight piracy off Africa's coast.
GUANGZHOU, China - Chinese warships headed toward Somali waters Friday to combat piracy, the first time the communist country has sent ships on a mission that could involve fighting so far beyond its territorial waters.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - In a dramatic escalation of high seas crime, Somali pirates hijacked a Saudi supertanker loaded with crude hundreds of miles off the coast of East Africa — defeating the security web of warships trying to protect vital shipping lanes.
IGOETI, Georgia - Russian forces built ramparts around tanks and posted sentries on a hill in central Georgia on Saturday, digging in despite Western pressure for Moscow to withdraw its forces under a cease-fire deal signed by Russian President Dmitry Medvedev.
BEIRUT, Lebanon - Unchallenged by Lebanon's army, the Iranian-backed Hezbollah routed Sunnis loyal to the U.S.-allied government and seized control of large swaths of Beirut's Muslim sector Friday in a telling demonstration of its military prowess.
You probably thought we had enough to worry about. Wrong. Dispatches from a conference in England indicate we should be worrying about killer robots.
SAN DIEGO - Border Patrol agents are firing tear gas and powerful pepper-spray weapons across the border into Mexico to repel what the agency says are an increasing number of attacks by assailants hurling rocks, bottles and bricks.
It was one of those kinds of stories that made me ask, “Is anybody paying attention?” and, “Does anybody besides me really care?”
BAGHDAD - A woman with explosives hidden beneath her black abaya detonated them Tuesday in a crowd of about 200 police recruits northeast of Baghdad, killing at least 16 people, police and hospital officials said.
BAGHDAD, Iraq - A string of bombings killed at least 15 people Monday in the Baghdad area, a day after a massive car bomb attack in a Shiite area market delivered the first major blow to the U.S.-led security crackdown. Attacks in other parts of Iraq pushed the overall death toll near 30.
BAGHDAD, Iraq - The four U.S. helicopters that have crashed in Iraq since Jan. 20 were apparently shot down, the chief American military spokesman said Sunday - the first time the U.S. command has publicly acknowledged that the aircraft were lost to enemy fire.
KABUL, Afghanistan - NATO forces fought two large groups of militants crossing the border from Pakistan, and as many as 150 insurgents were killed, the alliance said Thursday. A Taliban spokesman called the report "a complete lie."
BAGHDAD, Iraq - The Shiite militia run by anti-American cleric Muqtada al-Sadr seized total control of the southern Iraqi city of Amarah on Friday in one of the boldest acts of defiance yet by one of the country's powerful, unofficial armies, witnesses and police said.
BAGHDAD, Iraq - Gunmen attacked a convoy of civilian trucks Friday, killing one guard, and a cache of arms was seized in a Baghdad mosque, officials said. Security forces detained 77 people across Iraq in a crackdown on sectarian and political extremists.