At least 45 are dead, 12 hurt in casino attack
Two dozen gunmen burst into a casino in northern Mexico on Thursday, doused it with gasoline and started a fire that trapped gamblers inside, killing at least 45 people and injuring a dozen more, authorities said. The fire at the Casino Royale in Monterrey, a city that has seen a surge in drug cartel-related violence, represented one of the deadliest attacks on an entertainment center in Mexico since President Felipe Calderon launched an offensive against drug cartels in late 2006.
Bombs kill at least 15 across country
Bombs killed at least 15 people across Iraq Thursday, including eight police officers and a soldier, in the latest strike against Iraqi security forces as U.S. troops prepare to leave. Violence has dropped across Iraq since the days when the country teetered on the brink of civil war just a few years ago, but deadly attacks still happen nearly every day. Iraqi security forces are often targeted by insurgents trying to exploit weaknesses as U.S. troops prepare to leave the country by the end of December.
More Hispanics in college than blacks
Hispanics surpassed blacks in 2010 to become the second-largest racial or ethnic group of young adults in America's colleges, according to a new analysis of Census Bureau data. The number of Hispanic college students ages 18 to 24 rose by a remarkable 24 percent in one year, to 1.8 million, according to a report released Thursday by the Pew Hispanic Center. The federal Current Population Survey found 7.7 million white college students in that age group, 1.7 million blacks and 800,000 Asian-Americans.
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Mom accused of killing her baby
Prosecutors say a woman described by her husband as blinded by postpartum depression knew what she was doing when she drove their 7-month-old son to the fourth story of a parking garage and pushed him over the edge. Senior Deputy District Attorney Scott Simmons said Thursday the case was tragic but amounted to murder. Sonia Hermosillo is charged with one count of murder and one count of assault on a child with force likely to produce great bodily injury resulting in death.
Aftershocks rock mid-Atlantic area
The 5.8-magnitude earthquake that rattled the East Coast this week has produced at least seven aftershocks. The U.S. Geological Survey says the aftershocks around the central Virginia epicenter ranged from 4.5 to as little as 2.2, following the strongest earthquake to strike the East Coast since World War II.
Man jailed for hate crime on mosque
Federal officials arrested a 24-year-old man on charges of firebombing an Oregon mosque last year and said he was motivated by racial hatred after the arrest of a Muslim man accused of plotting to set off a car bomb in Portland. Cody Crawford, who has been under investigation since the Corvallis mosque was torched Nov. 28, was arrested Wednesday in Monmouth. He was indicted on charges of damaging religious property for racial reasons, which is a hate crime, and using fire to commit a felony.