Monday, December 16, 2013
SHORT HILLS, N.J. (AP) — Authorities in Essex County, N.J., say one person has been shot in the head during a carjacking at the upscale Mall at Short Hills. The victim is said to be in grave condition. A local TV station (WABC-TV) says the mall was placed on lockdown as a precaution. The mall, some 23 miles west of New York City, has about 160 stores and restaurants.
CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — Colorado's governor is asking the nation to pray for the 17-year-old girl who's in a coma after being shot by a classmate at her suburban Denver high school. Appearing Sunday on CBS' "Face the Nation," Gov. John Hickenlooper credited security procedures put in place after the 1999 Columbine High massacre for helping put a quick end to Friday's shooting at Arapahoe High.
BEIJING (AP) — A Chinese newspaper says a U.S. Navy guided missile cruiser was harassing a Chinese fleet before it nearly collided with a Chinese warship early this month. The Global Times also rejects U.S. military officials' claim that a Chinese warship nearly collided with the USS Cowpens when the U.S. ship was in international waters Dec. 5. The paper cites an unnamed source who says the Cowpens was within 30 miles of the Chinese fleet's "inner defense layer."
SYDNEY (AP) — The last remaining Australian combat troops in Afghanistan are heading home. Prime Minister Tony Abbott says the final group of Australia's combat troops left Afghanistan this weekend. Around 400 of the 1,550 Australian military personnel in Afghanistan will remain through next year to train the Afghan military in Kabul and Kandahar.
QUNU, South Africa (AP) — Nelson Mandela has been laid to rest in the rural South African village that was his boyhood home. Several thousand people gathered in a huge white tent Sunday for the former president's state funeral. Mandela's portrait looked over the assembly from behind a bank of 95 candles representing each year of his life. A private burial followed in the village of Qunu.