Christopher Nicholson

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Police: Minnesota teen planned school massacre

A teenage boy had a plan.<p>According to authorities in Waseca, Minnesota, John David LaDue, 17, was going to kill his family, start a diversionary fire, set off bombs at an area school, kill the resource officer there and then shoot students.<p>CNN does not usually publish the names of minors charged …

Nine soldiers killed as Islamist militants attack security HQ in Libya

BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) - Nine Libyan soldiers were killed on Friday when Islamist fighters tried to storm the Benghazi city security headquarters in an attack authorities blamed on the militant group Ansar al-Sharia.<p>Libya’s weak central government is struggling to control armed groups, militias …

Soldiers killed in violence in Libya

Gunmen have stormed police headquarters in Libya's second city Benghazi before dawn sparking fighting in several districts that killed at least nine soldiers and police, medical and military sources said.<p>Special forces intervened to try to evict the gunmen triggering fighting elsewhere in the …

Southern California Blaze Kicks Off What Could Be Especially Dangerous Wildfire Season

As he looks ahead to summer, firefighter Steve Abbott is worried about the down and dead. The term refers to the dry, lifeless leaves and branches …

Number of missing Nigerian schoolgirls rises

The number of Nigerian schoolgirls still missing from recent kidnappings at a secondary school in Chibok has risen to 276 - 30 more than the previous estimate, police say.<p>Police Commissioner Tanko Lawan also said the number of girls who escaped from their captors had increased to 53.<p>Lawan said …

Car bomb attacks in Syria kill 18, including 11 children

A pair of car bombs in Syria's central Hama province killed 18 people, including 11 children, state media reported Friday.<p>The bombings were the latest in a series of attacks by both sides in the country's civil war that have caused escalating numbers of civilian casualties.<p>The recent attacks fit a …

Putin Warns Deadly Ukraine Offensive Ends 'Final Hope' of Peace

MOSCOW - Russian President Vladimir Putin said Ukraine had extinguished the "final hope" of a U.S.-backed peace deal after its forces launched an offensive on pro-Russia separatists Friday.<p>The Ukrainian military began its raid on the occupied city of Slovyansk at dawn in what was its most committed …