Nation & World Briefs 06-10-14 Pakistan: Karachi airport training center attacked


KARACHI, Pakistan -- Gunmen in Pakistan attacked a training facility near the Karachi airport today, a spokesman said.

Pakistani television stations showed images of security guards rushing to the scene and frantically taking up positions behind buildings or earthen berms around the facility, which serves as a training center for airport security personnel. The facility is roughly one kilometer (half mile) from the Karachi international airport.

The attack began as at least two groups of gunmen tried to enter the facility from two different entrances, said Ghulam Abbas Memon, a spokesman for the Airport Security Force. The security forces were fighting them back, he said. Memon did not know how many attackers were involved or whether there were any casualties.

Details were sketchy and no one immediately claimed responsibility for today's attack.

The firefight came on the heels of a brazen siege by the Taliban who on Sunday night stormed Karachi's Jinnah International Airport in an attack that killed 36 people, including the 10 Taliban gunmen. At least 11 members of the Airport Security Force were killed during that attack.

Internal affairs boss replaced: U.S. Customs and Border Protection replaced its internal affairs chief, the agency said Monday. Christopher O'Neil, a CBP spokesman, said FBI Deputy Assistant Director for Inspections Mark Morgan will lead the office on an interim basis starting later this month. For now, Anthony Triplett has been named acting assistant commissioner for internal affairs. Triplett replaced James F. Tomsheck, who had led CBP's internal affairs office since 2006. The Los Angeles Times reported on Monday that Tomsheck was replaced amid concerns about use-of-force investigations of Border Patrol agents. Tomsheck did not immediately answer an email request Associated Press sent to him.

N.Y. judge to hear GM suits: Lawsuits alleging that General Motors cars lost value because of ignition switch recalls will be heard in a New York City federal court. A panel of judges sitting in Chicago made the decision Monday. U.S. District Judge Jesse Furman will hear the cases. A panel on multi-district litigation said it knows of 74 lawsuits in 31 federal courts. The lawsuits allege that the older small cars dropped in value after the ignition switch recalls were announced starting in February. GM has admitted knowing about the problem for at least a decade before the recalls. The panel says in an order that New York is the best place to hear the cases because GM's 2009 bankruptcy case was there. Furman handled appeals and is familiar with the GM case.

Pot tax collections booming: Colorado's marijuana market boomed in April as tens of thousands celebrated the once-underground 4/20 pot holiday. Tax collections released Monday showed that Colorado sold about $22 million worth of recreational pot in April. That's an increase of about 17 percent from March and an increase of about 58 percent from January, the first month of retail sales. An estimate from the Colorado Department of Revenue showed that Colorado made about $5.3 million from medical and recreational pot taxes and fees in April. That's up from about $5 million in March.

Must pay claims during appeal: The U.S. Supreme Court says BP must continue paying claims from a fund established after the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill while the company appeals terms of its settlement with some businesses. The justices on Monday let stand without comment lower court refusals to halt payments while BP PLC appeals lower court rulings that businesses don't have to prove they were directly harmed by the spill to collect money. The 5th Circuit and a district court have ruled that BP must stand by its agreement to pay such business claims without requiring strict proof that the spill caused losses.

Another record high: Call it the ho-hum market. Another day, another record high. With no major economic reports to drive the market, U.S. indexes made slight gains in the morning then slouched back toward the breakeven mark in the afternoon. The Standard & Poor's 500 index still managed to close at another all-time high, rising 1.83 points, or less than 0.1 percent, to 1,951.27. The Dow Jones industrial average edged up 18.82 points, or 0.1 percent, to 16,943.10, while the Nasdaq composite index gained 14.84 points, or 0.3 percent, to 4,336.24.

World's oldest man dies: The world's oldest man, a retired chemist and parapsychologist, has died in New York City at the age of 111. Alexander Imich died Sunday at his home in Manhattan, according to his niece, Karen Bogen of Providence, Rhode Island. She said she visited him a day earlier with her sister and several of his close friends. Imich attributed his longevity to good genetics, proper nutrition and exercise and the fact that he and his wife, who died in 1986, did not have children, said Bogen.

String of sexual assaults: A string of sexual assaults on women during celebrations of Egypt's presidential inauguration -- including a mass attack on a 19-year-old student who was stripped in Cairo's Tahrir Square -- prompted outrage Monday as a video emerged purportedly showing the teenager, bloodied and naked, surrounded by dozens of men. Seven men were arrested in connection with the assault and police were investigating 27 other complaints of sexual harassment against women during Sunday's rallies by tens of thousands of people celebrating Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi's inauguration late into the night, security officials said. Sexual violence has increasingly plagued large gatherings during the past three years of turmoil following the 2011 uprising that ousted autocrat Hosni Mubarak, and women's groups complained Monday that tough new laws have not done enough.

Want to leave your comments?

Sign in or Register to comment.