Gunman kills 2, self inside Maryland mall
Police identified Darion Marcus Aguilar, 19, as the gunman in Saturday's shootingat The Mall in Columbia, Md. Howard County Police Chief Bill McMahonsaid Aguilar, who lived in College Park, Md., fatally shot two peoplewho worked at a mall apparel store. Police are trying to determinewhether Aguilar, who police believe died from a self-inflicted gunshotwound, knew either of the victims, who were identified as BriannaBenlolo, 21, of College Park, and Tyler Johnson, 25, of Mount Airy, Md.Although both Aguilar and Benlolo lived in College Park, police have notyet been able to discern if the two knew one another.
Brain-dead pregnant woman taken off life support
A brain-dead pregnant woman who was on life support for two months against the wishes of her husband and family has been removed from life support.Marlise Muñoz, 33, was believed to be about 22 weeks pregnant. OnFriday, State District Judge R.H. Wallace ruled that she "is deceased"and therefore not subject to a state law that prohibits withdrawal oftreatment from a pregnant woman. The judge said the Fort Worth facility,John Peter Smith Hospital, had until 5 p.m. Monday to remove Muñoz fromlife support. On Sunday morning, she was taken off her ventilator.
Australian Open winners
Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland held on to stun ahobbled Rafael Nadal 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 and win his first Grand Slamchampionship in his major debut at the Australian Open on Sunday. No. 8Wawrinka, long the second fiddle to compatriot Roger Federer, erased an0-12 record against No. 1 Nadal -- not even having won a set off theSpaniard -- and knocked off three top-10 players during his Cinderellarun, including three-time defending champion Novak Djokovic. No. 4 seedLi Na capturedher first Australian Open title - in her third Melbourne final - andsecond Grand Slam championship by beating No. 20 seed Dominika Cibulkovaof Slovakia 7-6 (7-3), 6-0 at Rod Laver Arena on Saturday night.
Michaels retailer probing possible data breach
Michaels Stores says it is investigating a possible company data security breachthat may have affected its customers' payment card information. TheIrving, Texas-based company said Saturday that it launched the probeafter learning of possible fraudulent activity on some U.S. paymentcards used at the home decor and crafts retailer. "We are concernedthere may have been a data security attack on Michaels that may haveaffected our customers' payment card information and we are takingaggressive action to determine the nature and scope of the issue."Michaels CEO Chuck Rubin said in a statement e-mailed to USA TODAY.
French president confirms split from first lady
French President Francois Hollande and his longtime partner are splitting up,putting an end to speculation over who would accompany him to the WhiteHouse in February. Hollande, who has kept the French public guessingfor weeks since an affair with an actress was made public by a localtabloid, confirmed a report in Le Journal du Dimanche newspaperthat appeared Saturday that he has ended his seven-year relationshipwith journalist Valerie Trierweiler. The newspaper wrote that the couplehad set the terms of the separation Thursday. "I am confirming that ourcommon life is over," Hollande told Agence France Press news agencySaturday evening in a telephone interview.
Egypt's leader: Presidential election will come first
Egypt's interim president, Adly Mansour, announced Sunday that presidential elections will be heldbefore a parliamentary poll, altering a political roadmap outlined lastsummer. In a speech broadcast on television, Mansour asked the nation'shigh elections committee to open the door for candidacy in line with aprovision in the nation's new constitution, which was adopted earlierthis month. Based on a timeline in the new charter, the election will beheld by mid-April.
Memo Gidley breaks back in crash at Rolex 24 at Daytona
Memo Gidley suffered a broken back and injuries to his left arm and left leg that required surgery after a horrific two-car crashSaturday less than three hours into the Rolex 24 at Florida's DaytonaInternational Speedway. Gidley's spinal fracture is unstable and willrequire additional surgery, according to a statement released by theInternational Motor Sports Association on Sunday morning. Gidleyunderwent surgical procedures on his left arm and left leg at HalifaxHealth Medical Center. He continues to be evaluated.
Ukrainian opposition rejects offer to share power
The Ukrainian opposition flatly rejected an offerfrom the president to share power Sunday following months of proteststhat turned deadly last week. "No deal @ua_yanukovych, we're finishingwhat we started," tweeted opposition leader Arseniy Yatseniuk. UkrainianPresident Viktor Yanukovych met with leaders of the three mainparliamentary opposition groups for the second time Saturday, offeringthe prime minister's post to Yatseniuk, leader of Batkivshchyna, thelargest opposition party. Former heavyweight boxer-turned-politicianVitali Klitschko was offered a job of deputy prime minister forhumanitarian affairs. After initially mulling the offers, and tellingprotesters gathered at Independence Square, "We are ready to take thisresponsibility and to lead Ukraine to European Union," Yatseniuk turnedthe post down, saying the president had not agreed to some key demandsof the opposition including the calling of immediate elections, whichare currently scheduled for next year.