Connecticut school shooting

Briefs, January 1, 2013

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 01 January, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 01 January, 2013, 7:04am

Father claims remains of Connecticut gunman

HARTFORD - The body of the man who killed 26 people in the second-largest school shooting in US history has been claimed by his father. A spokesman for the family said yesterday Peter Lanza had claimed the remains of Adam Lanza, 20, who shot himself after the rampage in Newtown, Connecticut, on December 14 in which he killed six adults and 20 children after slaying his mother. AP


Bodies of 30 torture victims found in Syria

BEIRUT - Thirty bodies were found in a district of Damascus that has been the scene of regular clashes between regime troops and rebels, a watchdog said yesterday. "Thirty bodies were found in the Barzeh district," the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. "They bore signs of torture and have so far not been identified." AFP


US media empire back from the brink

CHICAGO - A media conglomerate that counts the Chicago Tribune and Los Angeles Times among its assets said it would successfully emerge from its bankruptcy restructuring. The Tribune Company said it was to receive a new US$1.1 billion secured loan and US$300 million revolving credit facility. AFP


12 killed in bomb and gun attacks across Iraq

BAGHDAD - A wave of bombings and shootings killed 12 people in Iraq amid anti-government protests and simmering political crises ahead of major Shiite Muslim commemoration rituals. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attacks in eight towns and cities that also injured more than 40. The violence came amid tensions between Shiite Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and a secular Sunni-backed party. AFP


Catholic push against gay marriages in UK

LONDON - The leader of Catholics in England and Wales has urged followers to write to their local MPs to oppose government plans to allow gay marriage. In a letter read to congregations at the weekend, Archbishop Vincent Nichols urged MPs to "defend, not change, the bond of man and woman in marriage as the essential element of the vision of the family". AP


Double Oscar-winning sound editor drowns

WELLINGTON - Double Oscar-winning sound editor Mike Hopkins has drowned in a rafting accident. He was 53. The New Zealander died after being thrown into a stretch of river in the remote Tararua Ranges, in the central North Island, on Saturday. Hopkins won Oscars for his work on The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers in 2003 and King Kong in 2006. AFP