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Police block a street near the home of a suspected shooter the FBI have named as Muhammod Youssuf Abdulazeez in Chattanooga, Tennessee July 16, 2015.
Police block a street near the home of a suspected shooter the FBI have named as Muhammod Youssuf Abdulazeez in Chattanooga, Tennessee July 16, 2015.REUTERS

Four marines killed in US military shootings, gunman dead

Four US marines were killed on Thursday by a suspected gunman who opened fire at two military offices in Chattanooga, Tennessee, before being fatally shot in an attack officials called a brazen, brutal act of domestic terrorism.

The FBI named the suspect as Muhammod Youssuf Abdulazeez and said he was 24 years old. NBC reported he was a naturalised American born in Kuwait.

US officials said law enforcement authorities are investigating whether he was inspired by Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) or a similar militant group. No official motive has yet been given.


Obama becomes first president to visit US prison

Barack Obama became the first sitting US president to visit a federal prison on Thursday, amid a push to reform America’s overcrowded and expensive correctional system.

Obama toured the “B” block of El Reno Federal Correctional Institution in Oklahoma, where he met six inmates convicted of drug offences.

The President wants to cut the number of people incarcerated, curb use of solitary confinement and end mandatory minimum sentences.


Major greenhouse gases hit record highs in 2014: Report

In 2014, the world's oceans swelled, major greenhouse gases that fuel global warming hit record highs and the planet's surface temperature reached its hottest point in 135 years, international researchers said Thursday.

The findings are contained in the 2014 State of the Climate report, a peer-reviewed study that examines temperature, precipitation and weather events around the world.

The warmth reached deep into the oceans and high into the atmosphere, and scientists warned that the climate continues to change quickly compared to the pre-industrial era, with no end in sight.


Game Of Thrones takes crown at Emmy nominations

Epic fantasy drama Game Of Thrones led the pack of contenders for television’s coveted Primetime Emmy awards Thursday for a second straight year, with nods in an impressive 24 categories.

The grisly show will once again vie for the coveted outstanding drama series trophy – an honour that has so far eluded it – against Better Call Saul, Downton Abbey, Homeland, House Of Cards, Orange Is The New Black and Mad Men.

American Horror Story: Freak Show scored the second highest tally with 19 nods, followed by Olive Kitteridge with 13.


Tennis: Aussie star Tomic arrested after hotel party

Australian tennis player Bernard Tomic is facing resisting arrest charges after Miami Beach police say he refused to turn down the music at a hotel penthouse party.

The fiery 22-year-old - already at odds with Tennis Australia - was arrested early on Wednesday morning after police were called to the chic W Hotel after multiple results of a raucous party in Tomic's rooms.

According to the arrest affidavit, witnesses said Tomic closed the door on security guards - pointing at them as the party continued.