Gunman kills five in Seattle
A gunman killed five people in Seattle -- four at a cafe and another in a carjacking -- before he apparently shot himself as officers closed in following a citywide manhunt, authorities said.
'The Seattle Times' identified the suspect as Ian Lee Stawicki (40). His brother Andrew Stawicki (29) said the suspect was mentally ill. "It's no surprise to me this happened," he told the newspaper.
"Nothing good is going to come with that much anger inside of you."
Preacher dies after snake bite
A West Virginia preacher who followed his father into the rare practice of handling snakes to prove faith in God died after being bitten during an outdoor service involving the reptiles.
Mark Randall 'Mack' Wolford (44) had been bitten before and survived.
But he died earlier this week after witnesses say a timber rattler bit him on the thigh.
Carbon dioxide at 'dangerous level'
The world's air has reached what scientists call a troubling new milestone for carbon dioxide, the main global warming pollutant.
Monitoring stations across the Arctic this spring are measuring more than 400 parts per million of the heat-trapping gas in the atmosphere.
'No corruption' in Lawrence case
Investigations into allegations of corruption at the heart of the Stephen Lawrence investigation have turned up no new evidence, it has been announced.
It followed reports alleging to have uncovered new evidence that corruption may have hampered the original investigation into the racist murder of the 18-year-old boy in south-east London 1993.
Brief furore over political panties
A pair of women's underwear that fell out of a Brazilian legislator's briefcase on the floor of Congress two weeks ago has been incinerated after no one stepped forward to claim them.
A group of five legislators was rushing into the Chamber of Deputies to vote on a bill on May 15 when one of them apparently dropped the offending red-and-white panties.