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Man Charged With Shining Laser At Border Patrol Helicopter

(AP) – A South Texas man has been arrested and charged with shining a laser at a Border Patrol helicopter. A federal affidavit alleges Juan Peralez pointed the laser at the helicopter about 1 a.m. Monday, prompting the pilot to take evasive action to avoid being blinded. Another member of the aircraft crew directed Border […]

NATIONAL

Amish Growth Extended To South America Settlements Last Year

(AP) – The Amish are branching out, setting up settlements in Bolivia, Argentina and Canada as their numbers continue to grow. A new study by the Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies at Pennsylvania’s Elizabethtown College reports the Christian religious sect’s total current population is about 308,000 and has grown about 18 percent over […]

WORLD

Huge Explosion Outside Hotel In Somali Capital, Police Say

(AP) – A Somali police officer says a suicide bomber has detonated an explosives-laden vehicle at the gate of a Mogadishu hotel, followed by gunmen who are fighting their way inside. Capt. Ali Ahmed says the suspected al-Shabab extremist group attackers are trying to storm the Nasa-Hablod hotel near the capital’s busy KM-4 junction. He […]