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UK to 'play its part' against IS » Full Story
David Cameron says Britain is ready to "play its part" in fighting Islamic State, which he calls an "evil against which the whole world must unite".

UN aims to block jihadist recruits » Full Story
The UN Security Council orders states to block the flow of jihadists to Iraq and Syria, as US jets bomb Islamic State (IS) militants.

Hollande condemns Algeria beheading » Full Story
French President Francois Hollande condemns the beheading in Algeria of tourist Herve Gourdel by a jihadist group linked to Islamic State militants.


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Bloomberg Took Secret Path to a New Schools Chief » Full Story
The secrecy around Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s selection of Cathleen P. Black to run the city’s schools highlighted his faith in business leaders and dislike of public debate.

Tentative Deal in Iraq Keeps Maliki in Power » Full Story
Iraq’s leaders reached a tentative agreement to end an eight-month political impasse and return Nuri Kamal al-Maliki to power.

Wal-Mart Says ‘Try This On’: Free Shipping » Full Story
Starting Thursday, Wal-Mart plans to offer free shipping on its Web site, a move that may create an expectation among consumers and a threat to smaller retailers.


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Johnson & Johnson Wins Appeal to Overturn $151 Million Hip Implant Verdict » Full Story
By Nate Raymond(Reuters) - Johnson & Johnson on Wednesday secured a favorable U.S. appellate court ruling, overturning a verdict that had...

Bike-Share System Coming to Some Popular DC-Area Parks » Full Story
A Virginia county board and the National Park Service have agreed to install Capital Bikeshare stations on park service land.

Mike Budenholzer Out as Coach of Atlanta Hawks » Full Story
The Atlanta Hawks and coach Mike Budenholzer mutually agree to part ways after Budenholzer looks for job elsewhere.


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Firing Mueller won't end Trump investigation, Mueller made sure » Full Story

Firing Mueller won't end Trump investigation, Mueller made sureRachel Maddow shows how Robert Mueller has worked with other departments and agencies in the course of the Trump Russia investigation, ensuring that even if the special counsel is fired, the elements of the investigation live on.




Trump Reportedly Uses Private Cell Phone More Often Amid Kelly's Waning Influence » Full Story

Trump Reportedly Uses Private Cell Phone More Often Amid Kelly's Waning InfluencePresident Donald Trump has reportedly increased his use of a private cell




Manhunt Underway for Man Who Allegedly Killed a Deputy in Maine » Full Story

Manhunt Underway for Man Who Allegedly Killed a Deputy in MaineA man scheduled to appear in court to face gun charges Wednesday killed a sheriff's deputy in Maine, stole his cruiser and robbed a convenience store, officials said.




13 semi truck drivers line up under bridge to stop man from committing suicide » Full Story

13 semi truck drivers line up under bridge to stop man from committing suicideThe Michigan State Police, along with the help of 13 semi truck drivers,




Scott Pruitt Is Either A Liar Or Grossly Incompetent » Full Story

Scott Pruitt Is Either A Liar Or Grossly IncompetentEarlier this month, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt




Husband of Southwest incident victim speaks out » Full Story

Husband of Southwest incident victim speaks outThe husband of the passenger killed in the mid-air engine explosion aboard a Southwest Airlines plane tells NBC News that his late wife was constantly sending inspirational text messages to friends, spreading love and kindness.




Toronto attack: Facebook post may link suspect to misogynist 'incel' subculture » Full Story

Toronto attack: Facebook post may link suspect to misogynist 'incel' subcultureShortly before a rented van ploughed into a crowd of pedestrians in Toronto, killing 10 and wounding 14 others, a short and cryptic message was posted on the Facebook account of Alek Minassian, the man accused of carrying out the attack. The post referred to another mass killer – Elliot Rodger, who shot dead six people and wounded 13 others in Isla Vista, California, in 2014 – and said that the “incel rebellion has already begun. Minassian’s Facebook account has since been deleted and police have yet to suggest a motive for the attack, but the post appeared to connect the alleged killer with the so-called “incel” movement, which has made collective sexual frustration the basis for a deeply misogynistic online subculture.




Boeing reports jump in 1Q profits, lifts 2018 forecast » Full Story

Boeing reports jump in 1Q profits, lifts 2018 forecastBoeing reported a surge in first-quarter profits on Wednesday and lifted its full-year earnings forecast following a strong performance in commercial aviation and defense programs. The results again reflect broad health in commercial aviation as the airline industry enjoys a more stable financial period and as flying becomes much more common in the Middle East, Asia and other developing regions. A big player in China, Boeing has often been seen as vulnerable to a trade war between the United States and China, a possibility that topped Wall Street's list of worries earlier this month but has receded of late amid softer rhetoric between Washington and Beijing.




President Trump sends warning to Iran about restarting nuclear program » Full Story

President Trump sends warning to Iran about restarting nuclear programDuring an Oval Office meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron, President Trump warned Iran that if it restarts its nuclear program, it will have “bigger problems” than it had before.




Joy Reid Doubles Down: Homophobic Posts ‘Hacked,' ‘Fraudulent’ » Full Story

Joy Reid Doubles Down: Homophobic Posts ‘Hacked,' ‘Fraudulent’MSNBC's Joy Reid is standing by her claim that her now-defunct blog was the




Kanye West Sets Twitter Alight With Cryptic '2024' Message » Full Story

Kanye West Sets Twitter Alight With Cryptic '2024' MessageDid Kanye West just confirm his presidential run on Twitter?




Assault on woman by Iranian cops sparks headscarves debate » Full Story

Assault on woman by Iranian cops sparks headscarves debateTEHRAN, Iran (AP) — A grainy video of female officers from Iran's morality police assaulting a young woman whose headscarf only loosely covered her hair has sparked a new public debate on the decades-long requirement for women in the Islamic Republic.




Man in custody after 2 Dallas officers, store employee shot » Full Story

Man in custody after 2 Dallas officers, store employee shotDALLAS (AP) — Two Dallas police officers were critically wounded in a shooting that also injured a home improvement store employee Tuesday, authorities said.




What You Need To Know About The Special Election In Arizona » Full Story

What You Need To Know About The Special Election In ArizonaTuesday is Election Day in Arizona's 8th Congressional District, where




Israel demolishes home of Palestinian accused of killing settler » Full Story

Israel demolishes home of Palestinian accused of killing settlerIsraeli forces on early Tuesday demolished the West Bank house of a Palestinian accused of involvement in the killing of a settler in January, Israeli and Palestinian sources said. Ahmed Qunba's home in Jenin in the northern West Bank was destroyed in a controlled explosion, Palestinian security sources said. The Israeli army said in a statement that Qunba was part of the cell that shot dead Rabbi Raziel Shevah near Nablus in the northern West Bank.




German Jews Have Been Advised Not to Wear Kippahs After Anti-Semitic Assaults » Full Story

German Jews Have Been Advised Not to Wear Kippahs After Anti-Semitic AssaultsThere is heightened concern over recent anti-Semitic attacks in Germany




Inter-Korean summit chairs to feature disputed islands » Full Story

Inter-Korean summit chairs to feature disputed islandsSouth Korea has custom-made furniture for Friday's summit between President Moon Jae-in and the North's leader Kim Jong Un -- with chairs featuring disputed islands controlled by Seoul but claimed by Tokyo. One thing the rival Koreas share is a resentment of Japan, which imposed brutal colonial rule on the peninsula from 1910 to 1945, and the gesture is likely to irritate Tokyo. Japan has already lodged a strong protest over photos of a summit dessert dish which also marks the disputed islands.




Mourning victims of deadly van attack in Toronto » Full Story

Mourning victims of deadly van attack in TorontoA crowd gathered late Tuesday in Toronto's North York community to pay their respects to the van victims at a makeshift memorial of roses, candles and messages of condolence.




U.S. Press Freedom Ranking Falls Again, Thanks To 'Media-Bashing Enthusiast' Trump » Full Story

U.S. Press Freedom Ranking Falls Again, Thanks To 'Media-Bashing Enthusiast' TrumpWASHINGTON ― President Donald Trump's unrelenting attacks on the free press




Trump's Budget Director Admits He Spoke Only To Lobbyists Who Paid Him » Full Story

Trump's Budget Director Admits He Spoke Only To Lobbyists Who Paid HimMick Mulvaney, President Donald Trump's budget director, raised eyebrows on




Mayor: Dallas police officer dies day after shooting » Full Story

Mayor: Dallas police officer dies day after shootingThe mayor of Dallas says a police officer has died after a shooting that critically wounded a second officer and a store employee.




Best Cars Under $10,000 For College Graduates: Cheap, Safe, Fun » Full Story

Best Cars Under $10,000 For College Graduates: Cheap, Safe, Fun




Toronto police eye deadly van attack suspect's 'cryptic message' » Full Story

Toronto police eye deadly van attack suspect's 'cryptic message'By Anna Mehler Paperny and Nichola Saminather TORONTO (Reuters) - The man accused of plowing a rental van into pedestrians on a crowded Toronto sidewalk, killing 10 people in Canada's deadliest mass killing in decades, left a "cryptic message" on social media before his attack, police said on Tuesday. Suspect Alek Minassian, 25, was charged with 10 counts of murder and 13 counts of attempted murder in the incident. One possible clue to his motive emerged on Tuesday as Facebook confirmed Minassian wrote a post before the incident that referenced an "incel rebellion." The term is shorthand used in some online message boards for "involuntary celibacy", a loose social media movement of men who blame women for their celibacy.




Video: Former Port Authority ethics chair swore at officers » Full Story

Video: Former Port Authority ethics chair swore at officersTENAFLY, N.J. (AP) — A Port Authority of New York and New Jersey commissioner caught on camera delivering an expletive-laced tirade to police officers during a traffic stop has resigned.




Pit Bull Seen Clamping Down on Subway Rider's Foot in Harrowing Video » Full Story

Pit Bull Seen Clamping Down on Subway Rider's Foot in Harrowing VideoAuthorities are now searching for the dog's owner.




33 Tweets That Sum Up The Struggle Of Choosing A Baby Name » Full Story

33 Tweets That Sum Up The Struggle Of Choosing A Baby NameChoosing a name can be one of the more frustrating parts of preparing for a




Some antidepressants may be linked to dementia: study » Full Story

Some antidepressants may be linked to dementia: studyLong-term use of certain anti-depressants have been linked to dementia in a large British study, researchers said Thursday, though they could not definitively conclude that the drugs were the cause. The study in more than 300,000 people in Britain found that those diagnosed with dementia were almost a third more likely to have been prescribed so-called anticholinergic medicines to treat depression and certain bladder conditions between four and 20 years earlier. "What we don't know for sure is whether the medication is the cause" of the dementia, said George Savva from the University of East Anglia's School of Health Science.




Syria crisis: Western countries plan to bypass Russia's UN veto over Douma chemical attack » Full Story

Syria crisis: Western countries plan to bypass Russia's UN veto over Douma chemical attackWestern countries are reportedly planning to bypass Russia’s veto at the UN security council over Syria by referring concerns about the suspected use of chemical weapons to the UN general assembly. Russia has used its veto 12 times to block UN action targeting the regime of its ally, Bashar al-Assad. In November, it used its veto to block the extension of a UN mechanism to attribute responsibility for chemical weapons attacks.




Cops Make Arrest In Infamous 'Golden State Killer' Case: Report » Full Story

Cops Make Arrest In Infamous 'Golden State Killer' Case: ReportPolice say a man is in custody who may be responsible for a series of 12




Merkel Has Disastrously Bungled Her Relationship With Trump » Full Story

Merkel Has Disastrously Bungled Her Relationship With TrumpThe chancellor’s approach has been typical of German foreign policy: moralistic, hypocritical — and completely ineffective.




12 Questions People In Polyamorous Relationships Are Sick Of Hearing » Full Story

12 Questions People In Polyamorous Relationships Are Sick Of HearingPeople who practice polyamory understand the world's curiosity: Loving more




Toronto Suspect Alek Minassian Cited a Men's Group Banned on Reddit » Full Story

Toronto Suspect Alek Minassian Cited a Men's Group Banned on RedditMinassian is charged with killing ten people in Toronto in a van attack.




Strained by tourism, Philippines' once idyllic Boracay checks in for rehab » Full Story

Strained by tourism, Philippines' once idyllic Boracay checks in for rehabThe resort is being reduced to piles of rock and steel rods, the first in a wave of demolitions of illegal structures on the tourist island of Boracay on the orders of the Philippines' no-nonsense president, Rodrigo Duterte. Boracay is just one of more than 7,300 islands in the Philippines, but it draws 2 million visitors annually, just under a third of the country's total tourist arrivals last year.




Supreme Court seems divided over Texas redistricting » Full Story

Supreme Court seems divided over Texas redistrictingWASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court appeared divided Tuesday over Texas' appeal to preserve congressional and legislative districts that a lower court struck down as racially discriminatory.




Toronto Van Attack: Suspect ID'd as 25-Year-Old University Student as First Victim Is Named » Full Story

Toronto Van Attack: Suspect ID'd as 25-Year-Old University Student as First Victim Is NamedThe first of 10 victims was identified as Anne Marie D'Amico, who worked at an investment management firm.




Giant sloth vs. ancient man: footprints reveal prehistoric hunt » Full Story

Giant sloth vs. ancient man: footprints reveal prehistoric huntScientists uncover evidence of ancient humans engaged in a deadly face-off with a giant sloth, showing for the first time how our ancestors might have tackled such a formidable prey. Matthew Stock reports.




Israel warns of attack if Russia air defences used in Syria » Full Story

Israel warns of attack if Russia air defences used in SyriaIsrael's Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman said Tuesday that his country would attack Russian S-300 air defence systems in Syria if they were used against Israeli targets. "What's important to us is that the defensive weapons the Russians are giving Syria won't be used against us," Lieberman told the news website Ynet. Russia and Syria signed an accord in 2010 for the S-300 system but the missiles have not been delivered because of Israeli pressure, according to Kommersant.




20 Mother's Day Bouquet Ideas » Full Story

20 Mother's Day Bouquet Ideas




Dallas Officer Shot At Home Depot Dies. 2 Others Still In Hospital. » Full Story

Dallas Officer Shot At Home Depot Dies. 2 Others Still In Hospital.A Dallas police officer has died and another remains in critical condition




This Mercedes-Benz Maybach SUV Concept Might Soon Become the Fanciest Car in the World » Full Story

This Mercedes-Benz Maybach SUV Concept Might Soon Become the Fanciest Car in the WorldUnveiled before the 2018 Beijing Auto Show, the all-electric SUV concept includes a built-in heated ebony tray that holds a teapot and cups




Kris Jenner Is Not About To Be Dragged Into Kanye West's Mess » Full Story

Kris Jenner Is Not About To Be Dragged Into Kanye West's MessThe Kardashian karousel of kontroversies has spun back around to Kanye West,




Busloads of migrants from 'caravan' arrive at U.S.-Mexico border » Full Story

Busloads of migrants from 'caravan' arrive at U.S.-Mexico borderBy Edgardo Garrido TIJUANA, Mexico (Reuters) - Dozens of Central American migrants from about 600 traveling in a "caravan" through Mexico arrived at the border city of Tijuana late on Tuesday despite warnings it would be futile to try to cross to claim asylum in the United States. By evening, two busloads of men, women and children arrived in Tijuana, a city that grazes southern California. U.S. President Donald Trump has ordered officials to repel them.




Man shackled for days in prisoner transport van files suit » Full Story

Man shackled for days in prisoner transport van files suitMcLEAN, Va. (AP) — Edward Kovari's 18-day ordeal began Sept. 12, 2016, when some guys in a van showed up to take him from a jail in Virginia to Texas, where he was wanted on charges that he had stolen a car.




NRA members destroy products of outdoor company that cut ties with the organisation » Full Story

NRA members destroy products of outdoor company that cut ties with the organisationNational Rifle Association (NRA) members have been posting videos of destroying products made by Yeti after the company cut ties with the group in the wake of the Parkland, Florida school shooting. Yeti primarily makes high-end outdoors products, including iceboxes costing between $250 to $1,300 according to the Washington Post. The company had been offering NRA members a discount on its products often used for outdoor events.




Uranus Is Actually A Giant Ball Of Farts Floating In Space, Study Finds » Full Story

Uranus Is Actually A Giant Ball Of Farts Floating In Space, Study FindsSomeone light a match.




Top US court rules for Arab Bank in Israel attack case » Full Story

Top US court rules for Arab Bank in Israel attack caseVictims of attacks in Israel cannot use an 18th century law to sue the Arab Bank, a multinational financial institution, the US Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday in a precedent-setting case for other foreign businesses. Plaintiffs accused the Jordan-based bank of facilitating transfers to Hamas, the Islamist movement which controls the Gaza Strip and which Israel and the United States label a terrorist group. The Arab Bank was founded in Jerusalem in 1930 when Palestine was under the British Mandate, and now has more than 600 branches worldwide.




'Fortnite' Will Face Serious Battle Royale Competition on PS4 From 'H1Z1' » Full Story

'Fortnite' Will Face Serious Battle Royale Competition on PS4 From 'H1Z1'Finally, a battle royale game for adults on PS4.




Toronto suspect begged police to shoot him after van ploughs into pedestrians leaving ten dead » Full Story

Toronto suspect begged police to shoot him after van ploughs into pedestrians leaving ten dead• Suspect Alek Minassian in custody • 10 people dead, 15 wounded • Police officer hailed a hero for not firing shot • Investigators say no threat to national security The Toronto attack suspect begged police to shoot him before being arrested in connection with the death of ten pedestrians killed after a van mounted a pavement. As victims of the attack were left strewn across the street Alek Minassian, who has now been pictured, was locked in a tense police stand-off, during which video footage showed him telling officers he had a gun and shouting: "Shoot me in the head". In the video Minassian shouts that he has a gun and then says: "Kill me." The officer, hailed a hero for not opening fire, declines and demands Minassian "get down" before he is arrested. Witnesses described a van driver mounting a kerb and swerving to deliberately hit pedestrians, leaving a pushchair "split in half" and hitting people sitting on a bench. The suspect was later named by police as Minassian, a 25-year-old student. Minassian appeared in court on Tuesday morning where a judge detained him on ten counts of murder and thirteen count of attempted murder. Dressed in a white prison jumpsuit with a shaved head and his hands cuffed, he showed little emotion as the charges were read. He did not enter a plea to the charges and was ordered to return to court on May 10. Police have revealed the 25-year-old suspect was not known to intelligence agencies and that the incident was not being treated as a threat to national security.  Alek Minassian (pictured), 25, is accused of carrying out the van attack in Toronto The driver posted a "cryptic" Facebook message minutes before the van attack, police said on Tuesday night.  Facebook has confirmed a message linked to an account matching Minassian was posted publicly before the social network shut down his account. The post referred to the "Supreme Gentleman Elliot Rodger" - the California gunman who killed six people in 2014. Mark Saunders, the Toronto police chief, said the suspect had not been armed and that there was nothing so far to suggest terrorism as a motive. "It's very clear from a general perspective that the actions looked deliberate," he said, describing how the van had driven on the wrong side of the road and mounted the pavement. https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/04/24/toronto-van-suspect-shouted-shoot-head-police-officer-hailed/ Numerous body bags were seen in the street after the attack, according to testimonies of people in the city, with one describing the scene as a “war zone”.  Investigators are appealing for information from the public. A hotline for witnesses to the incident will be announced later today. A separate hotline for family members will also be made available. ^js— Toronto Police (@TorontoPolice) April 23, 2018 There were also accounts of victims with faces “full of blood” and twisted limbs, with one witness suggesting the van drove more than half a mile hitting people.  Emergency services treat victims of the crash Credit: Pixel8000  The incident occurred in the Yonge Street and Finch Avenue area of the city, according to police, which is around 18 miles north of the city centre. It began around 1.30pm Toronto time on Monday.  Boris Johnson, the Foreign Secretary, was attending a meeting of G7 ministers in the city, but the gathering was not near the site of the incident.  Map: Toronto van attack route Our thoughts are with all those affected by the terrible incident at Yonge and Finch in Toronto. Thank you to the first responders working at the scene – we're monitoring the situation closely.— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) April 23, 2018 Justin Trudeau, the Canadian Prime Minister, said: "We're still gathering information and as soon as we can, we'll share more information with Canadians." Mr Trudeau added:  "Our thoughts are with all those affected by the terrible incident at Yonge and Finch in Toronto. Thank you to the first responders working at the scene – we're monitoring the situation closely". Numerous witnesses, many of whom appeared shaken by the incident, described seeing the van swerving to hit pedestrians. James Forrester saw the aftermath of the incident from the 19th floor of an office building where he works as a financial services representative with the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce.  “Police were just arriving, people were screaming, there were bodies on the  ground, and I saw a lot of blood,” he told The Telegraph. Mr Forrester described seeing three dead bodies on the pavement covered by orange sheets, about 10 ambulances, seven police cars and an estimated crowd of 30 onlookers.  Police said nine people have been killed in the attack, while 16 more are injured Credit: Zuma press He added that the white van travelled about two kilometres before it was stopped by police, and that as many as 40 people may have been hit.  Henry Miller, who lives in an apartment overlooking the street, told Sky News: "I heard a large amount of honking...and I stepped out onto the balcony to see what was causing the trouble and at this point I saw a lady lying on the floor and the van driving off with people running around trying to help her". Mr Miller said the white van "[sped] probably 60-70mph down this major road, swerving to what I would say fairly deliberately hit pedestrians and swerving in and out of traffic before eventually careering off into one of the other side streets and out of view". The van injured around ten people in Toronto, according to reports Credit: James Forrester One witness described seeing a middle-aged man “barely moving” on the ground after being hit. He told CNN: “I feel sick to my stomach ... I’ve never seen anything like this before." Kash Alavi, another witness, described seeing victims with faces “full of blood”, telling CNN that the legs of those hit had been "twisted and contorted".  Video from Yonge and Finch at Toronto pic.twitter.com/YvS8GcJ8pg— Vince (@vce7) April 23, 2018 Another witness speaking to the network who did not give his name became emotional describing how the van swerved to repeatedly hit pedestrians.  “He’s just hitting people one by one by one. It was a nightmare,” he said. The van “just went on the side walk and started hitting everyone”, he added.  A woman stands crying in the aftermath of the incident Credit: Reuters The witness said seeing a pushchair “split in half” and a group of people sitting on a bench being hit by the van. He said what he had witnessed was like “a war zone”. 3:10AM Justin Trudeau issues statement The @TorontoPolice and first responders faced danger without hesitation today, and I want to thank them for their courage and professionalism. We’ll continue working with our law enforcement partners as the investigation continues.— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) April 24, 2018   1:53AM Opposition leader praises emergency workers Andrew Scheer, leader of the opposition Conservative Party, has issued a statement, extending his condolences to those who had lost loved ones in the attack and said the individual responsible should feel the full force of the law. “We have all seen by now the incredible footage of a police officer staring down the attacker alone on a city street. “The men and women of our police services represent the best of what it means to be Canadian, and today we thank them. “I am confident that all Canadians stand in support of the people of Toronto as they come together to support families impacted by this tragedy. The stories of bravery, selflessness, and kindness that have emerged have been an inspiration to an entire nation.” 1:38AM Police not ruling anything out Mr Saunders is asked about sources saying police have ruled out a connection to Isil or international terrorism, but he won't be drawn.  "I'm not going to answer what the media are putting forward," he said. "We open lanes and we explore." If there is no evidence to support a theory, he says, then it is closed - but not until then. 1:28AM Actions 'looked deliberate' Mark Saunders, the Toronto police chief, is taking questions from journalists. He says the suspect, Alek Minassian, was not known to police as far as he could tell so far. But he said the van had driven on the wrong side of the road and repeatedly mounted the kerb.  "It's very clear from a general perspective that the actions looked deliberate," he said. He added that the suspect was not armed and that police were investigating whether he had accomplices. 1:24AM 'No national security connection' Speaking to the media, Ralph Goodale, Canadian Public Safety Minister, said so far there was "no national security connection to this particular incident". However, officials are at pains to say the investigation is at an early stage. 1:15AM Increased death toll City officials are briefing the media now. Key points from Mark Saunders, the Toronto police chief, so far: Male suspect arrested "without incident" Named as Alek Minassian, a 25-year-old student from Richmond Hill Increased death toll - 10 dead and 15 wounded and in hospital 1:08AM Passers-by set up memorial A woman signs a memorial card for the victims near the scene on Yonge St Credit: Cole Burston/Getty Images An impromptu memorial has been set up close to the scene of the deaths. We are expecting a news briefing any minute to bring us up to date with happened. 1:01AM Police at suspect's home Police now inside home of Toronto van suspect. Alek Minassian lives in Richmond Hill, north of Toronto. (Picture by CBC's Natalie Nanowski). pic.twitter.com/DGPAB8VfZa— CBC News Alerts (@CBCAlerts) April 23, 2018   12:46AM Sources suggest terrorism an unlikely motive A senior national government official later said that authorities had not turned over the investigation to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, a sign that investigators believed it unlikely terrorism was the motive, according to the Associated Press. The official agreed to reveal that information only if not quoted by name. Three sources tell us: Toronto suspect is Alek Minassian, 25 Years Old, deliberate act influenced by mental illness leading theory. He allegedly researched past 2014 incident in CA.— jonathan dienst (@jonathan4ny) April 23, 2018   12:39AM Threat level unchanged Ralph Goodale, Canadian Public Safety Minister, said he had no evidence to suggest Canada's national threat level needed to be raised following today’s attack in Toronto. "There is no information available to me at the present time that would indicate a change in the risk level," Mr Goodale told reporters in Toronto, where he is attending the G7 foreign and security ministers meeting. 12:10AM Suspect named by media as Alek Minassian The suspect in the Toronto van attack that killed nine people and injured 16 others is a 25-year-old man named Alek Minassian, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation said on Monday. He is believed to be a student at Seneca College in Toronto. He reportedly lives in Richmond Hill, north of Toronto. 12:07AM 'This has never happened here' Phil Zullo was headed north driving along Yonge Street, Toronto’s main artery, early Monday afternoon when he saw a bus shelter down, poles bent over, shoes along the road, “and then body after body after body” for a three-block stretch. “People were mangled on the sidewalk. “At first I saw what I thought was a stroller – and said to myself ‘please don’t make me see a kid,’ but I got closer and saw it was a walker," said Mr Zullo, 47, who runs a fitness facility in the city and estimated that he saw between 10 and 15 bodies on the ground. “I called my wife and said, ‘I think I just saw a terrorist attack.’” He said that thousands of people live and work in the area, and that dozens of police officers and emergency responders converged on the scene “from everywhere” providing CPR to the victims. “It was as if they had done this a hundred times. These guys were unbelievable.” Mr Zullo also saw the suspect, leaning against a police cruiser, surrounded by three officers who handcuffed him. He described the man as dark-skinned, clean-shaven, bald and wearing glasses. The man reportedly pointed his cellphone at police as if it were a weapon. “This has never happened here,” said Mr Zullo. “But why not us?” 11:52PM Facebook activates emergency response Officers at the scene Credit: Chris Donovan/Reuters Users in the area can check in and let friends know they are safe here 11:45PM Canadians call for unity Toronto just proved how rare it stands in North America, and even the world. No shots fired. No mass panic. Suspect peacefully arrested. No security lockdown. No system-wide transit shutdown or politicians rushing to lay blame.— Muhammad Lila (@MuhammadLila) April 23, 2018 Don't give people trying to use today's tragedy in Toronto for political gain a platform. Especially the ones who are commenting from the outside. They want attention, controversy, and divisiveness. Let's focus on being there for each other, which is what this city does best.— Jeff Veillette (@JeffVeillette) April 23, 2018 Canadians at home and all around the world are doing their Canadian thing, keeping calm and not jumping to conclusions. 11:36PM Additional security at ice hockey game The Toronto Maple Leafs are playing the Boston Bruins in a play-off game tonight. The club has announced extra security for the night: The Toronto Maple Leafs and (Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment) are keeping all of those impacted by today’s tragic incident in Toronto in our thoughts and prayers. Our organisation continuously works in close partnership with Toronto Police Service, and other security agencies, to ensure the safety of all fans attending games at Air Canada Centre, including playoff tailgate events at Maple Leaf Square. In addition to the safety measures already in place, Toronto Police Service will be implementing a number of additional measures including road closures surrounding Air Canada Centre tonight to create the safest environment for our fans watching in Maple Leaf Square, as well as providing enhanced security inside Air Canada Centre.  11:30PM 'Shoot me in the head' After multiple pedestrians plowed down on Toronto sidewalk, driver gets out holding what appears to be a gun. Police arrest him. No shots fired. pic.twitter.com/xWHeylS1d8— Michel Boyer (@BoyerMichel) April 23, 2018 This is the extraordinary moment when a suspect is arrested. Filmed by an anonymous witness and passed to CTV News, a man appears to tell police he has a gun and asks them to shoot him. Social media is buzzing with comments written by American viewers incredulous that the man was taken alive. 11:17PM Orange shrouds on the street A tarp covers an unidentified body on Yonge Street at Finch Avenue Credit: Cole Burston/Getty Images   11:14PM Is terrorism the motive? The Associated Press is quoting an unnamed US security source saying that investigators are examining terrorism as the likely motive. The source said there was no reason to believe that the incident in which a Ryder rental van plowed into a crowd was an accident. 11:12PM Minister: No known threat to G7 talks Canada's minister for public safety, Ralph Goodale, was asked at the G7 meeting whether the government had received any threats or information to suggest that the talks might be targeted. "No, not to my knowledge," he said. 11:11PM Helicopter footage shows aftermath   11:08PM International ministers were meeting elsewhere in city The incident occurred as ministers from the major industrial countries were gathered in Canada to discuss a range of international issues in the run-up to the G7 meeting near Quebec City in June. Currently in Toronto attending the G7 Security Ministers meeting. My thoughts are with all those caught up in the incident today in this fine City. #G7— Ben Wallace MP (@BWallaceMP) April 23, 2018   10:59PM A city in mourning The Toronto Sign has been dimmed and the official flags at Toronto City Hall, all Civic Centres and Metro Hall will be flown at half-mast until further notice to mark the tragic events that took place today. pic.twitter.com/4fNVQbEiJb— City of Toronto (@TorontoComms) April 23, 2018   10:42PM Appeals for eye witnesses Peter Yuen, Toronto Police's acting chief, said officers arrived on the scene after receiving multiple calls indicating a van was "striking a number of pedestrians". "We have located that vehicle, the driver is in custody right now and he is being investigated to the events that took place this afternoon," Mr Yuen told reporters.  "I want to offer my condolences to the families of the victims of this tragic event. We can confirm right now that we have nine people that are dead, sixteen that are injured. "I can assure the public that all available resources have been brought in to investigate this situation." Mr Yuen appealed for eye witnesses to contact police in order to help with their enquiries. The city's police chief, Mark Saunders, who was in New York at the time of the incident, travelled back to Toronto on Monday night to oversee the investigation. 10:42PM Mayor calls for calm The city's mayor, John Tory, appealed for calm in the aftermath of the incident as he praised the “professionalism” and “thoroughness” of the emergency services, saying he hoped the city’s “spirit of unity” would continue after the incident.  "I hope that we will as a city remind ourselves of the fact that we are admired around the world for being inclusive, and for being accepting, understanding and considerate," Mr Tory said. 10:41PM Ryder rental van involved in incident Claudia Panfil, a spokeswoman for Ryder Systems, confirmed that one of the company's rental vehicles was involved in Monday's tragedy.  Ms Panfil said the company was co-operating with authorities.




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