NY gunman set ‘trap’ for firefighters

Updated 25 December 2012
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NY gunman set ‘trap’ for firefighters

WEBSTER, New York: Authorities say a man who gunned down two firefighters after luring them to his neighborhood by setting fires had attracted little attention since he got out of prison in the 1990s for killing his grandmother.
Police say 62-year-old William Spengler took shots at police before committing suicide on Monday as several homes burned.
Authorities used an armored vehicle to help residents flee dozens of homes on the shore of Lake Ontario.
Besides the two firefighters who died, two others have been hospitalized and an off-duty officer who was passing by was injured.
Spengler served more than 17 years in prison for beating his 92-year-old paternal grandmother to death with a hammer in 1980 at the house next to where Monday’s attack happened. He was paroled in 1998.


US alarmed by Houthi strike on Turkish ship delivering wheat to Yemen

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US alarmed by Houthi strike on Turkish ship delivering wheat to Yemen

WASHINGTON: The United States said on Friday it was "alarmed" by a Houthi missile strike on a Turkish vessel carrying wheat to Yemen this month and urged the Shi'ite group to work with the United Nations to alleviate Yemenis suffering.
The Turkish-flagged Ince Inebolu bulk carrier was damaged by an explosion on May 10, 70 miles (110 km) off the Red Sea port of Salif where it was due to deliver a 50,000 ton cargo of Russian wheat.
The White House said in a statement the United States was alarmed by the strike and cited reports that the Houthis attempted another attack against an oil tanker in the Red Sea.
"This proves yet again that missile proliferation in Yemen is a real threat to all countries and underscores the need to fully enforce United Nations Security Council Resolution 2216" calling for an end to violence in Yemen.
"Areas under the Houthi control are suffering," the White House said. "The Houthis should engage meaningfully with the United Nations Special Envoy in order to provide a better future for all Yemenis."