11 dead in attack
Gunmen shot dead 11 people, mostly Christians, near a town in central Syria on Saturday, state media and activists said, an attack described by a local resident as aimed at members of the religious minority.
The resident, citing eyewitnesses, said the gunmen randomly opened fire on roadside restaurants in a drive-by shooting outside Ein al-Ajouz as Christians were celebrating a feast day. He spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisals.
The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that nine of those killed were Christians. It said rebels seeking to overthrow President Bashar Assad attacked checkpoints manned by the pro-government National Defense Forces militia, killing five of them. It said the other six were civilians, including two women.
Officers ride for
slain MIT comrade
A procession of police officers on motorcycles paid tribute Saturday to fallen Massachusetts Institute of Technology Officer Sean Collier by putting a single red rose where he died.
More than 100 officers from Boston area police departments took part in the ride, which started in Cambridge.
Organizers say the event was put on by Ride4Cops and raised $50,000 to help families of officers who die in the line of duty.
Saturday’s procession also visited the Law Enforcement Memorial at the Massachusetts Statehouse in Boston, where participants placed a wreath.
ANAKTUVUK PASS, Alaska
Crews equipped with night-vision goggles and flares staged a middle-of-the-night rescue to reach a hunter more than 36 hours after he was mauled by a brown bear in northern Alaska’s remote Brooks Range, the Alaska Air National Guard said.
The man was part of a group on a guided hunting trip about 30 miles north of Anaktuvuk Pass, a tiny Nunamiut Eskimo village in the Gates of the Arctic National Park. Initial rescue efforts by local search teams and by the Alaska State Troopers were turned back because of dense fog.
The 11th Air Force Rescue Coordination Center learned of the man’s plight Thursday, about 36 hours after the attack, and offered to help, the Guard said in a release. The man had suffered severe blood loss and other injuries, but a medical professional who happened to be in a nearby hunting party reached him soon after the attack.
Officials credited the medical professional with saving the man’s life.
‘Duck’ star pops in
at camo wedding
A camouflage-clad bride and groom got a little advice from a bewhiskered witness on their wedding day: “Duck Dynasty” star Willie Robertson.
Robertson popped in for the Saturday nuptials of Mehgan Cook, who sported a camouflage sash on her dress, and Charlie Miller, who was completely clad in camo gear. The wedding was at a Field & Stream store near Pittsburgh.
The two hadn’t planned on marrying at the store, but Cook said they were eager to meet Robertson. “I was going to cancel the wedding ‘cause I heard Willie was coming,” Cook told KDKA-TV.
Instead, Cook said, her mother came up with the idea of a wedding at the store — and they got a surprise when Robertson appeared during the ceremony.