WASHINGTON (AP) — Eighteen U.S. diplomatic outposts closed because of a terrorist threat will reopen Sunday, but the U.S. Embassy in Yemen will remain closed.
The State Department cites ongoing concerns about potential terrorist attacks by al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula for keeping the embassy in Sanaa shut. An intercepted message between al-Qaida officials triggered the 19 closures.
Most American employees at the U.S. Embassy in Yemen were ordered to leave the country on Tuesday because of the threat.
A separate threat has also led to the closure of the U.S. Consulate in Lahore, Pakistan. It, too, remains closed.
The closures have called into question Obama's assertion last spring that al-Qaida's headquarters was "a shadow of its former self." But at a news conference yesterday, the president noted that he's also said that al-Qaida and other extremists have "metastasized into regional groups that can pose significant dangers."
MIDLOTHIAN, Va. (AP) — The death of a 7-year-old boy in Virginia by a stray bullet is drawing attention to the dangers of celebratory shooting.
The practice involves firing a weapon into the sky, often on New Year's Eve and July Fourth.
This summer, a bullet pierced Brendon Mackey's head as he went to a fireworks show in central Virginia. Brendon died the next day.
Police determined that the bullet was probably fired within a 5,200-foot radius. Investigators have knocked on hundreds of doors hoping to find the person who fired the fatal shot. No one has come forward.
A state senator is proposing "Brendon's Law" to curb celebratory shooting and to provide stiffer penalties for those who maim or injure others with stray bullets.
One man is in critical condition after shots were fired during an overnight brawl.
Police were called to the site of a large fight near the corner of Louisiana and Osage around 12:30 AM. Before officers arrived, witnesses say shots were fired.
When the officers pulled up to the scene and exited the car, someone pointed a gun at them. The officers ordered him to drop the gun, but he did not. Police opened fire and the suspect ran.
While police were looking for the suspect, they found a man who had been shot. That man is in critical but stable condition and police are investigating his shooting.
The suspect was captured a short time later.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Albert Pujols says he's taking legal action against Jack Clark after the former St. Louis Cardinals star accused him of taking performance-enhancing drugs.
The injured Los Angeles Angels' slugger released a statement Friday night, saying: "I am currently in the process of taking legal action against Jack Clark and his employers at WGNU 920AM."
Clark said Pujols' former trainer, Chris Mihlfeld, told him 10 years ago that he "shot him up."
Pujols is sidelined by a partially torn plantar fascia in his left foot. He's in his second season with the Angels after 11 years in St. Louis.