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Two dead in US college murder-suicide: police WASHINGTON: Two people died in what appeared to be an "isolated" murder-suicide Thursday at the University of South Carolina, police said, after the campus was placed on lockdown.The deaths occurred at the university's school of public health, the Columbia Police Department said on Twitter. No further details were available."Appears to be a murder-suicide... Isolated incident at USC school of health," said the tweet.A spokesman for the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division was not immediately available for comment.The state's emergency warning system had earlier issued an alert after gunshots rang out at the campus in the state capital Columbia."Shots fired at New School of Public Health. Building is locked down. Seek safe shelter. Remain indoors. Obey officials," Carolina Alert tweeted.About 45 minutes later, the online emergency system reported there was "no longer an existing threat on campus," but it said the school of public health and surrounding streets were closed.The State ...

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US university on lockdown after reports of gunfire WASHINGTON: The University of South Carolina was on lockdown Thursday following reports that shots were fired at its school of public health, officials said, before later declaring the threat had passed."Shots fired at New School of Public Health. Building is locked down. Seek safe shelter. Remain indoors. Obey officials," Carolina Alert, the state's online emergency warning system, tweeted.It said the shots were fired at the university's Public Health Research Building in the state capital city ...

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Canada top court to review overseas spying OTTAWA: Canada's top court said Thursday it would consider whether the nation's spy agency requires a court's authorization before having its allies spy on Canadians abroad.The review was requested by the government, which sought guidance despite having unveiled legislation last week that could make a ruling moot.Ottawa clarified the Canadian Security and Intelligence Service (CSIS)'s foreign intelligence-gathering powers in new legislation unveiled Friday.The proposed act includes the need for CSIS to obtain both ministerial approval ...

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Investigative reporters think US spies on them: survey WASHINGTON: A majority of US-based investigative journalists believe the government is monitoring their phone calls, emails or other online communications, a survey showed Thursday.The survey of 671 journalists by the Pew Research Center found 64 percent feel they are under US government surveillance.An even larger percentage -- 71 percent -- among those who follow national security, foreign affairs or the federal government said they suspected they are being watched.The survey by Pew along with the ...

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Photo raises $1.2mn to send US pupils to Harvard NEW YORK: It began as a heart-warming photograph of a New York school boy that went viral. Now an online fund has raised $1.2 million to send him and his classmates to Harvard.When Vidal Chastanet, 13, bumped into photographer Brandon Stanton in one of the most troubled neighborhoods in New York, neither had no idea what would happen next.Stanton runs a wildly popular blog with 12 million Facebook followers that profiles pictures of ordinary New ...

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New York commuter train crash kills 6 NEW YORK: Officials on Wednesday revised down to six the number of people killed when a packed commuter train crashed into a car outside New York in the worst accident in the history of Metro North."The number of deceased in the train itself drop from six to five. The driver is also deceased. We have 15 injuries, seven of those injuries are very serious," said New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.It was the worst accident in ...

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Mexico maternity blast death toll rises to four MEXICO CITY: A nurse who was injured while saving several babies after a gas explosion destroyed a Mexican maternity hospital last week has died, raising the death toll to four, officials said Wednesday.The 35-year-old nurse, Monica Orta Ramirez, died late Tuesday, five days after rescuing babies from the rubble of the Maternity and Children's Hospital in southwest Mexico City, the mayor's office said."Regrettably, she did not respond to all the treatments that her case needed. ...