Militants attack Pakistan police academy, killing 59 QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) - Militants wearing suicide vests stormed a Pakistani police academy in the southwestern city of Quetta overnight, killing at least 59 people, mostly police cadets and recruits, and waging a ferocious gunbattle with troops that lasted into early hours Tuesday. Pakistani officials feared the death toll could rise further, as the four-hours-long siege - one of the deadliest attacks on Pakistan's security forces in recent years - left 117 wounded, some of them in critical condition. The assault caught many of the recruits asleep in their dorms and forced cadets and trainers to jump off rooftops and run for their lives to escape the attackers.
Major militant attacks in Pakistan over the past 3 years ISLAMABAD (AP) - Militant attacks in Pakistan have killed hundreds of people over the past three years, including many schoolchildren. On Tuesday, authorities were investigating a brazen attack overnight in the Baluchistan provincial capital of Quetta where gunmen stormed a police academy, killing at least 59 people, mostly police cadets and recruits. Conflicting claims of responsibility have emerged, including by a Taliban splinter group and an Islamic State affiliate. Here are some of the deadliest attacks in Pakistan in the last three years: --Oct 25: Gunmen storm a police academy in the southwestern city of Quetta, killing at least 59 people, mostly cadets and trainees; --Sept 16: Suicide attack kills 36 worshippers in a Sunni mosque in the northwestern tribal region of Mohmand; --Aug 08: Suicide bombing kills more than 70 people at a gathering of lawyers on the grounds of a government-run hospital in Quetta; --March 27: Bombing on Easter Sunday kills 65 people in the eastern city of Lahore, in a park crowded with Christians, including many children; --March 16: Bomb rips through a bus carrying Pakistani government employees in the volatile northwestern city of Peshawar, killing 15 people; --March 7: Suicide bomber attacks the entrance to a court in northwestern Pakistan, killing 11 people; --Jan 20: Islamic militants storm a school in Charsadda in northwestern Pakistan in an hours-long attack, killing at least 20 people; 2015: --Sept.
10 Things to Know for Today Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. DEATH TOLL IN PAKISTAN POLICE ACADEMY ATTACK RISES Militants storm a police training center in restive Baluchistan province, opening fire, detonating explosive vests and killing 59, authorities say. 2. AMERICA FAR FROM UNITED AP surveyed the country over the past half year and found a country caught up in a toxic presidential campaign that magnified its disagreements, and left it longing for harmony. 3. THREATENED IN MOSUL, IS USES ALTERNATIVE TACTICS Last week's assault on Kirkuk offers a glimpse at the kind of asymmetrical and bloody response the Islamic State group might mount as Iraqi forces converge on its last major urban bastion in the country.
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AP FACT CHECK: Voter roll problems do not equate to fraud ATLANTA (AP) - Donald Trump has warned for weeks of a "rigged" election, telling his supports to watch out for large-scale voter fraud - despite a lack of evidence that it exists. In the past few days, Trump has specifically raised concerns about people fraudulently voting using the names of dead people and cited research showing 1.8 million deceased people are still listed on state voter rolls. Here's a look at Trump's latest claim and what the facts show: --- TRUMP: During a campaign rally Saturday in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, Trump brought up his concerns about voter fraud, saying "the system is totally rigged and broken." He added: "According to Pew, there are 24 million voter registrations in the United States that are either invalid or significantly inaccurate, and when I say that, there are such inaccuracies it's unbelievable.
Iraqi forces battle IS in western town, far from Mosul BAGHDAD (AP) - Iraqi forces, backed by U.S.-led coalition airstrikes, battled Islamic State militants for a third day on Tuesday in a remote western town, hundreds of kilometers (miles) to the south of the operation to retake Mosul, U.S. and Iraqi officials said. The clashes underway in Rutba, in Iraq's western Anbar province, are apparently part of the extremist group's tactics to divert attention - as well as Iraqi and coalition resources - from the battle to retake Mosul from Islamic State militants. "Fighting is ongoing in Rutba, which is still contested," said Col. John Dorrian, a spokesman for the U.S.-led coalition.
Threatened in Mosul, Islamic State uses alternative tactics BAGHDAD (AP) - Dozens of Islamic State fighters struck at dawn, storming government and security compounds in and around the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk last week, in a coordinated assault more than 100 miles (160 kilometers) from the front lines of the Mosul offensive. Over the last two years, the extremists have adopted innovative tactics and launched diversionary attacks along the amoeba-like frontiers of their self-styled caliphate, and many now fear they have more surprises in store as Iraqi forces close in on Mosul, the militants' last urban bastion in the country. The Kirkuk assault was carried out by more than 50 militants who may have been part of so-called sleeper cells.
How autism in girls may help reveal the disorder's secrets CHICAGO (AP) - Think autism and an image of an awkward boy typically emerges, but the way autism strikes girls - or doesn't - may help reveal some of the developmental disorder's frustrating secrets. Autism is at least four times more common in boys, but scientists taking a closer look are finding some gender-based surprises: Many girls with autism have social skills that can mask the condition. And some girls do not show symptoms of autism even when they have the same genetic mutations seen in boys with the condition. "Autism may not be the same thing in boys and girls," said Kevin Pelphrey, an autism researcher at George Washington University.
4 killed on river rapids ride at Australian theme park SYDNEY (AP) - Four people were killed on Tuesday in an accident at a popular theme park on Australia's east coast, officials said. Two men and two women died while on a river rapids ride at Dreamworld, a park on Queensland state's Gold Coast, Queensland police officer Todd Reid told reporters. The Thunder River Rapids ride whisks people in circular rafts along a fast-moving, man-made river. A malfunction caused two people to be ejected from their raft, while two others were caught inside the ride, said Gavin Fuller, an officer with the Queensland Ambulance Service. He did not know whether the two victims who were caught in the ride were trapped under water, or caught up in the machinery.
Cleveland's Ontario Street center of sports world Tuesday CLEVELAND (AP) - Always up for a party, Cleveland's about to rock like never before. For more than 50 years, fans agonized while waiting for one their three major professional teams to win a championship, a drought that defined the city and its people. All the parades, the trophy presentations, the visits to the White House happened for other teams, in other places. Cleveland was always left out. Those days are done. And on Tuesday night, Cleveland will be center stage for the sports universe with a celebration that once seemed inconceivable. The spotlight has never been so warm or welcoming.