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Sep 23, 201311:57 AM

Cheat Sheet: September 21-22: Weekend Roundup

Islamist militants attack mall in Nairobi

Terrorists of Somalia-based Al-Shabaab attacked a shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya with automatic weapons on Friday killing 62 and injuring 115 people. Kenyan forces assaulted the terrorists in Nairobi’s Westgate Shopping Mall Monday afternoon, killing two of the estimated 10 to 15 militants. The number of hostages is unclear, but authorities expect the number is “very, very minimal.” The FBI is investigating claims by Al-Shabaah of American citizens being involved in the siege but have not made any confirmations, reported CNN. Al-Shabaab tweeted among the attackers are three citizens from the U.S., two from Somalia and one each from Canada, Finland, Kenya and the United Kingdom. (Source)

Two teens attack one’s mom, plan to eat her liver

Two teenagers, 13 and 14 years old, are in custody for the assault of the 13-year-old’s mother that left her hospitalized. Spokane, Washington deputy Craig Chamberlin told CNN Friday that the boys apparently planned to kill the woman and eat her liver following a “blue pill” binge. The older boy allegedly beat the woman with a sword handle. She remains hospitalized in stable condition. Police found her in her home bloodied with head trauma. Nearby were two knives and a sword with a bent handle. The boys were arrested and booked on juvenile charges of second-degree assault, taking a motor vehicle without permission, residential burglary, second-degree malicious mischief and hit-and-run, Chamberlin said. (Source)

Hair hijackers strike in Venezuela

Women in the coastal city of Maracaibo, Venezuela are scared for their hair. Residents say fast-acting thieves with scissors are attacking women and cutting off their hair to sell at salons. Synthetic hair costs anywhere from $40 to $160 according to hair stylist Israel Rodriguez, but natural hair can cost more than $500. “As part of our operation of citizen security, we are giving them a forceful response, posting men and women to keep watch and stop this from continuing to happen,” Maracaibo Mayor Eveling de Rosales told reporters. (Source)

USDA discovers infestation in Va. food factory

Federal investigators recently discovered extensive infestations of rodents and insects at a building in Waynesboro used by two Virginia food companies. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said its investigators found dirty equipment and structural defects in the building in addition to the infestation. Federal marshals seized food products from Royal Cup Inc. and Gourmet Provisions last week. Royal Cup stores coffee service items in the building, and Gourmet Provisions manufactures and packages ice cream cones. The USDA said in a news release that no illnesses have been attributed to the products. (Source)

Virginia in the political spotlight

Virginia is of only two states with a 2013 gubernatorial election this year, the other being New Jersey. With incumbent Chris Christy expected to win by a wide margin, most attention is focused on Virginia. Terry McAuliffe (D) and Ken Cuccinelli (R) have raised $30 million combined through August, with McAuliffe well ahead in the cash race. Incidentally, much of the money comes from outside Virginia, unlike historical normalcy. All main candidates in the last four Virginia governor’s races had a majority of itemized contributions from in-state donors. This year, less than one-third of all donations are from in-state, according to a Virginia Public Access Project campaign analysis. (Source)

 

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