At least 8 injured in mass stabbing at Minnesota mall

At least eight people were injured during a mass stabbing in a St. Cloud, Minnesota, shopping mall on Saturday night. The attack happened at the Crossroads Center. The attacker, who was shot and killed by an off-duty police officer, wore a security uniform and “made references to Allah while attacking,” The Associated Press reports. One victim remains hospitalized but none of the injuries are life-threatening, authorities said. St. Cloud Police Chief Blair Anderson said the suspect, who has not been named, was known to police for minor traffic violations. A motive has not been identified, and Anderson would not say the attack was an act of terrorism.

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Suspicious device found near NYC explosion removed by police

Following an explosion in New York City’s Chelsea neighborhood Saturday that left 29 people injured, New York Police Department officials said a suspicious device had been found near the blast site.

The original explosion happened at 23rd Street between Sixth and Seventh Avenues, reportedly near a dumpster. The suspicious device was discovered four blocks away, on 27th Street between Sixth and Seventh Avenues. The New York Times reports the device was said to resemble a pressure cooker, “like the one used in the Boston Marathon bombings in 2013.” The NYPD tweeted that the suspicious object had been removed by the bomb squad, and The Associated Press reports it will be taken to a firing range in the Bronx.

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said the explosion appeared to be “an intentional act,” but was not believed to be an act of terrorism.

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NYC mayor: ‘No evidence at this point’ linking Chelsea explosion to terrorism

The explosion that rocked New York City’s Chelsea neighborhood, injuring 29, is not believed to be an act of terrorism, although it could be “an intentional act,” New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced in a press conference late Saturday night. There is no known link between the blast and credible threats against the city, de Blasio clarified, nor to the Saturday morning pipe bomb blast in New Jersey. New York City Police Commissioner James O’Neill also ruled out natural gas as a cause and said “it appears the explosion happened on the street.” He also confirmed that there is an ongoing investigation into a “second device” on 27th Street between Sixth and Seventh Avenues.

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‘Deafening’ explosion in New York City’s Chelsea neighborhood injures at least 29

An explosion rocked New York City’s Chelsea neighborhood on 23rd Street between Sixth and Seventh Avenues around 8:30 p.m. Eastern time Saturday evening. Described by witnesses as “deafening,” the blast tore through the lower windows of a nearby building and is thought to have originated in or near a dumpster, CNN reports. At least 29 people reportedly sustained injuries, and law enforcement, including the New York Police Counter-Terrorism unit, as well as ambulances are on the scene. Public transit to the area has been suspended. See images and video from the scene of the explosion below.



This story has been updated throughout.

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What’s in a middle name? Read about David Smith’s background check snafu

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Archaeologists discover the world’s oldest fishhooks in Okinawa

Scientists have found the oldest known fishhooks in the world on a tiny island in Japan’s Okinawa archipelago, the site of a major U.S.-Japan battle in World War II, according to a report in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States.

The hooks were discovered in a limestone cave and are believed to be about 23,000 years old. They are carved from sea snail shells and are thought to have been used to catch crabs and freshwater snails from a stream on the island.

This find displaces another set of ancient fishhooks found in East Timor in 2011. The earlier discovery was dated between 16,000 and 23,000 years old, but carbon dating places the new hooks between 22,380 and 22,770 years of age.

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Philadelphia gunman kills 1, wounds 5 in anti-cop rampage

A rampaging gunman in Philadelphia late Friday night shot six people, including two police officers, before he was fatally shot by police. One of the injured women died, and both officers were hospitalized in stable condition.

The incident began when the shooter silently approached police Sgt. Sylvia Young as she sat in her patrol car and opened fire. Young, who was protected by a bulletproof vest, radioed for help as the suspect fled. He shot five other people, among them one other officer, while attempting to escape.

Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross said investigating officers found a “rambling” note expressing hatred for police which is believed to have been written by the shooter in advance of his attack.

Watch video of the scene of the crime, as well as comments from Ross and Philly Mayor Jim Kenney, below.

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Japan has too many virgins and not enough babies

In Japan, 42 percent of men and 44.2 percent of women between the ages 18 and 34 are virgins. Just six years ago, those numbers stood at 36.2 and 38.7 percent respectively, indicating a significant increase in the number of young Japanese people who have never had sex.

This information comes from Japan’s National Institute of Population and Social Security Research (NIPSSR), which has conducted the same survey about every five years for three decades. The first study, in 1987, found 48.6 percent of unmarried men and 39.5 percent of unmarried women in that age range were not in a relationship. Today, 70 percent of unmarried men and 60 percent of unmarried women aren’t dating — and more than a quarter of singletons of each sex say they are not interested in meeting a partner right now.

“They want to tie the knot eventually. But they tend to put it off as they have gaps between their ideals and the reality,” said Futoshi Ishii of the NIPSSR. “That’s why people marry later or stay single for life, contributing to the nation’s low birthrate.” Japan’s birthrate is currently 1.4 percent, nearly a full point below the global average replacement rate of 2.3 children per woman. Japan also has the oldest population in the world, leading its government to promote fertility among young people — with apparently dismal results.

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Pipe bomb explodes in trash can at 5K race on the Jersey Shore

A New Jersey 5K race was canceled Saturday morning after an explosion in an outdoor trash can believed to be caused by a pipe bomb.

Local police said the explosion in Seaside Park, on the Jersey Shore, happened briefly before the nearby Marine Semper Fi 5K race was scheduled to begin. Law enforcement are sweeping the area and reportedly found one or two other homemade explosive devices nearby.

No injuries have been reported, but the boardwalk and beach remain evacuated until multiple law enforcement agencies finish their investigation.

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The explosive growth of the 300-person “megagame”

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