U.S. forces attacked a hospital in northern Afghanistan last weekend, killing at least 22 people, despite "rigorous" U.S. military procedures designed to avoid such mistakes, the top commander of U.S. and allied forces in Afghanistan said Tuesday.
Gen. John F. Campbell told a Senate committee that Afghan forces requested air support Saturday while engaged in combat with Taliban fighters in the city of Kunduz, communicating with U.S. special operations troops at the scene. Those U.S. forces were in contact with the AC-130 gunship that fired on the hospital, Campbell said.
"To be clear, the decision to provide (airstrikes) was a U.S. decision, made within the U.S. chain of command," Campbell said. "The hospital was mistakenly struck. We would never intentionally target a protected medical facility."
Mexico's Attorney General's Office
The men guarding Sinaloa cartel chief Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman were playing solitaire doing when he escaped from a high-security prison earlier this year, according to a Mexican newspaper.
A pair of security guards had claimed that at 8:48 p.m., four minutes before it is believed the drug lord escaped on July 11, their computer monitors froze, according to Mexican newspaper El Universal.
The guards originally claimed they then made more than two dozen calls to alert Almoloya prison's monitoring center — and that when they finally rebooted their equipment, the kingpin had vanished, according to journalist Carlos Loret de Mola.
Now a judge says, citing security video, the screens never froze but were probably turned off — and that guards Carlos Sanches Garcia and Jose Daniel Aureoles Tabares lied in their initial account of that night, according to the paper.
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Students at a community college in Center City Philadelphia were told to shelter in place as heavily-armed police searched for a gunman who reportedly entered a building after getting into an argument with a student Tuesday morning.
Community College of Philadelphia students were told to shelter in place at the main campus as police searched for gunman inside the Winnet Student Life Building along 17th Street near Spring Garden Street in the city’s Spring Garden section around 9:30 a.m. due to a report of a person with a gun, Philadelphia Police said.
Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey said that police apprehended a 17-year-old suspect in a classroom inside the business school. He didn't however have a gun on him.
Witnesses told officers that two men who knew each other got into an argument on the street outside the Winnet Building. At some point the suspect pulled a gun on the other man, who is a student, said Ramsey.
Authorities say a mother is under investigation by the Department of Social Services after writing "bad" on her son's head, dressing him in women's clothes and parading him around a Wal-Mart store as punishment. The mother told police she was punishing her son for fighting and making homophobic remarks.
A Montana bow hunter is recovering after he survived a grizzly bear mauling by remembering a tip from his grandmother and shoving his arm down the animal's throat. Chase Dellwo, 26, was hunting with his brother northwest of the town of Choteau on Saturday when he came face-to-face with a 350- to 400-pound male grizzly, the Great Falls Tribune reported.
A 50-year-old supervisor at a Michigan fiberglass factory is the winner of a $310.5 million Powerball jackpot.
Julie Leach of Three Rivers said she was having a "bad night" at her third-shift job when she took a lunch break. She checked the numbers while waiting in a McDonald's drive-thru.
"It’s crazy, unreal," Leach said during a press conference on Tuesday. "Never thought it would happen. I’m still in disbelief."
Leach said she "automatically" quit her "nasty, dirty" job of 20 years and plans to build houses in Michigan for her and her partner of 36 years, their three children and 11 grandchildren.
"I’m going to take care of my kids... Just want to make it a good life for them," she said.
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Volusia County Sheriff's Office
Police in Daytona Beach, Florida, have arrested a 52-year-old convicted sex offender after a homeless pregnant woman was tied up and tortured in a recreational vehicle.
John Lytus remained in the Volusia County Jail on Tuesday after his arrest last week on charges that include sexual battery with a deadly weapon, kidnapping and failure to register as a sex offender. It's not known whether he has a lawyer.
The Daytona Beach News-Journal reports Lytus was convicted of first-degree rape in Rockland, New York, in 1982.
What's a phone? What's a computer?
The lines blur with Microsoft's new Lumia 950 phones. With an optional dock, you can attack a regular monitor, keyboard and mouse and work with apps on the phone just like you would on a Windows 10 desktop.
Microsoft has struggled with making phones running Windows. Over the summer, the company wrote down the value of Nokia's phone business, which it bought just a year earlier, by $8.4 billion. It also announced 7,800 job cuts in the phone business.
A food truck at the University of Connecticut is now serving up roasted crickets.
The Daily Campus reports that the school's dining services are advertising the insects as organic, not genetically modified and earth friendly.
They also are high in protein, low in fat and a source of B vitamins, iron and zinc.
The school says the farm that supplies the crickets uses carbon dioxide to kill them and then roasts them.
Cook County Sheriff's Office
A Chicago man accused of fatally hitting a person on the Eisenhower Expressway over the weekend was pulled over after police spotted him driving with the victim’s body still on his car. Adrian Harris, 33, appeared in court Monday, where a judge set his bail at $400,000. Harris was charged with reckless homicide in the death of Jess Rodriguez, who was fatally hit while trying to cross Interstate 290.
The conductor of a Washington, D.C.-bound Amtrak train that derailed near Vermont's capital Monday, injuring seven people, was not at fault, the governor said in a press conference Tuesday. The Vermonter, carrying 98 passengers and four crew members, had been on the tracks for about 90 minutes when it hit rocks that had fallen from a ledge onto the tracks in Northfield, about 20 miles southwest of Montpelier at around 10:30 a.m. Monday.
In one of his signature Facebook Q&As Monday night, Ben Carson again weighed in on the Oregon school shooting, writing that he had operated on victims of gun violence "but I never saw a body with bullet holes that was more devastating than taking the right to arm ourselves away," NBC News reported.
Responding to a question on whether he changed his position on the Second Amendment, Carson suggested new gun-control laws wouldn't solve the problem and accused Democrats of "us[ing] these tragedies to advance a political agenda."
In a separate interview with USA Today released Tuesday, Carson suggested that, if he had a child in kindergarten, he would want school security guards - and even possibly that child's teacher - to be armed.
"If the teacher was trained in the use of that weapon and had access to it, I would be much more comfortable if they had one than if they didn't," he said.
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A 17-year-old West Texas boy is credited with saving his 13-year-old brother after a shark bit him in the back of his foot while he was wading along a Galveston beach. The Galveston Island Beach Patrol says the incident happened about 10 a.m. Monday as 17-year-old Bobby Anderson and his little brother Gregory, of Odessa, waded in waist-deep Gulf waters near the 37th Street jetty.
A mother and her toddler were found dead in Hollywood Monday night, leaving a 2-year-old to fend for himself by rummaging through lower cabinets for days, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. The surviving child, who had been recently adopted with his brother, is now an orphan again, investigators said. The LAPD said the mother likely died of a pre-existing medical condition while feeding the 1-year-old boy. The toddler choked on the food and also died, police said.