Man tries to hold up butcher shop. It doesn’t go well.

Amy B Wang | Washington Post Like a cubist painting or a Tarantino movie, one must observe this minute-long, soundless footage of a robbery attempt in Mexico from multiple perspectives to fully appreciate it. The antagonist is, of course, the would-be robber, who steps into a butcher shop-slash-convenience store more gangling than gangster. Within seconds, he has produced a handgun from under his navy hoodie and aimed it at three different people. Nervousness? A lack of focus? It’s unclear. For what it’s worth, he will only be in possession of said hoodie for about 20 seconds longer. Start your day with the news you need from the Bay Area and… Read More

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Former police officer named as long-hunted California serial killer

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A suspected California serial killer who committed at least 12 homicides and 45 rapes throughout the state in the 1970s and ’80s was identified Wednesday as a former police officer, an official said. A law enforcement official identified Joseph James DeAngelo, 72, who was fired from the Auburn Police Department, as the Golden State Killer. The official confirmed the identity on condition of anonymity before an official news conference Wednesday. Armed with a gun, the masked attacker terrorized communities by breaking into homes while single women or couples were sleeping. He sometimes tied up the man and piled dishes on his back, then raped the woman while… Read More

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Macron delivers strong defense of global engagement to Congress

By Karen DeYoung | Washington Post WASHINGTON – French President Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday delivered an impassioned call for multilateralism and U.S. engagement in the world, saying it was “an essential part of our confidence in the future.” Speaking to a joint session of Congress, amid frequent standing ovations and cheers, Macron recalled the long history of U.S.-French relations and shared values and culture on everything from democracy and freedom to human and civil rights, literature, jazz and the “Me, Too” movement. Start your day with the news you need from the Bay Area and beyond. Sign up for our new Morning Report weekday newsletter. But, he warned, “this is… Read More

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Danish submarine inventor convicted of reporter’s murder, gets life

COPENHAGEN, Denmark — Danish submarine inventor Peter Madsen was found guilty Wednesday of torturing and murdering Swedish reporter Kim Wall before dismembering her body during a private submarine trip. He was sentenced to life in prison. Copenhagen City Court Judge Anette Burkoe said she and two jurors unanimously decided Wall’s death was a murder, finding Madsen also guilty of sexual assault and the defilement of a corpse. “It is the court’s assessment that the defendant killed Kim Wall,” Burkoe told the packed courtroom. During the 12 days of the trial that began March 8, the court heard testimony that Madsen, 47, lured 30-year-old Wall on to his hand-built submarine with… Read More

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Officials knew of abuse allegations in Mendocino crash family but didn’t intervene

By Marwa Eltagouri | The Washington Post Oregon child-welfare officials knew in July 2013 that Jennifer Hart — who last month drove her wife and six adopted children off a California cliff into the ocean near Mendocino — had already faced abuse allegations in another state, according to records from their investigation released Monday. They knew that when the family previously lived in Minnesota, Hart allegedly deprived the children of food and left them to rummage through trash for something to eat at school. School officials eventually stopped telling the Hart parents when their children took food from other students so that they wouldn’t be punished, records released to The… Read More

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Online post suggests suspect in deadly Toronto van attack may have resented women

TORONTO — The suspect in the deadly van attack in Toronto posted a chilling Facebook message just minutes before plowing into a crowded city sidewalk, authorities said Tuesday, raising the possibility that he may have nursed grudges against women — a possible echo of a 1989 massacre of 14 women that remains one of Canada’s most traumatic acts of violence. The 25-year-old suspect, Alek Minassian, was charged Tuesday with first degree murder in the deaths of 10 pedestrians he mowed down in the rented van he sent careening along the busy walkway. Fourteen others were injured. Toronto Police Services Det. Sgt. Graham Gibson told a news conference that those killed… Read More

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