A horror movie came to life in Wisconsin when two preteens attempted to stab a friend to death after a birthday sleepover to prove their loyalty to a mythological character from a scary story website.On May 30, Morgan Geyser celebrated her 12th birthday by having a sleepover with Anissa Weier and another friend identified only as P.L., both of whom are also 12. But the real point of the get-together was to sacrifice the third girl to Slender Man by stabbing her to death, police said in their report.Slender Man is a fictional character on the horror story site Creepypasta, where users share their nightmares and other short stories “designed to unnerve and shock the reader.” Slender Man “is an alleged paranormal figure purported to have been in existence for centuries, covering a large geographic area.” He induces fear and ensnares his prey, putting his victims into a hypnotized state, then “he absorbs, kills, or merely takes his victims to an undisclosed location or dimension” and is rumored to kill children “almost exclusively.”
Canadian police have arrested a man suspected of having shot dead three police officers and wounding two more, ending a massive manhunt, the police said on Friday.The shooting in the eastern city of Moncton was one of the worst of its kind in Canada, where gun laws are stricter than in the United States and deadly attacks on police are rare.Police arrested Justin Bourque, 24, shortly after midnight local time in Moncton, a city of about 70,000 in the East Coast province of New Brunswick.The arrest was witnessed by Moncton resident Michelle Thibodeau, CBC News reported. She told the broadcaster that after several police officers moved into her backyard, Bourque emerged from a patch of trees with his hands up and said, “I’m done.”
Canada is poised to buy 65 F-35 fighter jets built byLockheed Martin Corp, sources familiar with the process told Reuters, which would make it the 11th country to join the program. [ID:nL1N0OM2PI]The United States and its allies plan to buy more than 3,100 F-35s in coming years to replace aging F-16s, F/A-18s and other warplanes.Following is a list of the expected purchases, according to data provided by Lockheed, the prime contractor for the $398.6 billion weapons program, and defense officials in the United States and other purchasing countries.Lockheed is developing three models of the plane for the U.S. military and eight partner countries that helped fund the plane’s development – Britain, Australia, Italy, Turkey, the Netherlands, Denmark, Norway and Canada.South Korea, Japan and Israel have also placed orders for the jet.
The majority of Americans believe that humanity was created by the Almighty or guided by God in its evolution, a Gallup poll reveals. Only 19% believe humans evolved from a more primitive form of life without any help from the celestial powers that be.The Gallup poll shows that most Americans do not subscribe to Darwin’s theory of evolution, preferring the Bible’s explanation for the origins of the human race. The US-based research company put the following question to 1,028 Americans:QUESTION: Which of the following statements comes closest to your views on the development and origin of human beings?– Human beings have developed over millions of years from less advanced forms of life, but God guided this process.– Human beings have developed over millions of years from less advanced forms of life, but God had no part in this process.– God created human beings pretty much in their present form at one time within the last 10,000 years or so.The results showed that 42 percent believe God created humanity in its current form in the last 10,000 years, while a 31 percent think that humans evolved from lesser advanced life forms, but God guided this process. The remaining 19 percent subscribe to English scientist Charles Darwin’s theory of the evolution of species.
Three B-52 Stratofortress bombers have landed at Royal Air Force Fairford, England, for a two-week deployment to “become familiar with airbases and operations in the region.” One of the planes is set to take part in D-Day celebrations in Normandy.Obama pledges $1bn for more troops, military drills in E. EuropeThe bombers that have crossed Atlantic have come from two locations: two from Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana and one from Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota. All aircraft have arrived in the UK unarmed.The B-52s will participate in various training exercises in the US European Command area of operations “providing opportunities for aircrews to sharpen skills in several key operational sets and become familiar with airbases and operations in the region.”Though the ultimate destination of the B-52s has not been mentioned, it is most likely they will take part in the Baltops maritime exercise of 13 Baltic Sea region nations (beginning on June 6) and Saber Strike 2014, a US-Europe security cooperation exercise also conducted on the territory of three Baltic states (already underway, June 3-14).
Three Canadian police officers have been killed and two others injured in a Moncton, New Brunswick, shooting. A heavily armed shooter was still at large hours after he first opened fire.The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) tweeted around 10:00 pm that the shooter was still at large along with an image of Borque wearing military fatigues and carrying what appeared to be a rifle in his hand.Authorities combed through the Pinehurst subdidivison area of Moncton looking for 24-year-old Justin Bourque, warning residents that they should remain indoors and consider the man armed and dangerous.Moncton is a small city of approximately 100,000 people located an esimated 90 miles (150km) northeast of St. John and 150 miles of Halifax, the largest city in the normally sleepy Canadian region.
About one week after the National Rifle Association called the “open carry” gun movement in Texas “downright scary,” the powerful gun organization has backtracked and issued an apology.Speaking on one of the group’s radio programs, Chris Cox of the NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action said his organization “unequivocally” supports open carry – the right of an individual to openly carry a firearm into public spaces – dismissing a statement to the contrary as the opinion of a particular staff member.“It’s a distraction,” Cox said, according to Talking Points Memo. “There was some confusion, we apologize, again, for any confusion that that post caused.”“It shouldn’t have happened,” he added. “I’ve had a discussion with the staffer who wrote that piece, and expressed his personal opinion. Our job is not to criticize the lawful behavior of fellow gun owners.”The controversial and surprising NRA statement appeared after pro-gun activists in Texas began protesting the policies of establishments – restaurants and other shops – that asked customers to stop bringing their firearms inside. Demonstrators appeared at coffee shops and fast food restaurants brandishing not only handguns, but also long guns and assault rifles.