Gunman kills 2, self inside Maryland mall
Police identified Darion Marcus Aguilar, 19, as the gunman in Saturday's shooting at The Mall in Columbia, Md. Howard County Police Chief Bill McMahon said Aguilar, who lived in College Park, Md., fatally shot two people who worked at a mall apparel store. Police are trying to determine whether Aguilar, who police believe died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, knew either of the victims, who were identified as Brianna Benlolo, 21, of College Park, and Tyler Johnson, 25, of Mount Airy, Md. Although both Aguilar and Benlolo lived in College Park, police have not yet 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. On Friday, State District Judge R.H. Wallace ruled that she "is deceased" and therefore not subject to a state law that prohibits withdrawal of treatment from a pregnant woman. The judge said the Fort Worth facility, John Peter Smith Hospital, had until 5 p.m. Monday to remove Muñoz from life support. On Sunday morning, she was taken off her ventilator.
Australian Open winners
Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland held on to stun a hobbled Rafael Nadal 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 and win his first Grand Slam championship in his major debut at the Australian Open on Sunday. No. 8 Wawrinka, long the second fiddle to compatriot Roger Federer, erased an 0-12 record against No. 1 Nadal -- not even having won a set off the Spaniard -- and knocked off three top-10 players during his Cinderella run, including three-time defending champion Novak Djokovic. No. 4 seed Li Na captured her first Australian Open title — in her third Melbourne final — and second Grand Slam championship by beating No. 20 seed Dominika Cibulkova of 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 breach that may have affected its customers' payment card information. The Irving, Texas-based company said Saturday that it launched the probe after learning of possible fraudulent activity on some U.S. payment cards used at the home decor and crafts retailer. "We are concerned there may have been a data security attack on Michaels that may have affected our customers' payment card information and we are taking aggressive 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 White House in February. Hollande, who has kept the French public guessing for weeks since an affair with an actress was made public by a local tabloid, confirmed a report in Le Journal du Dimanche newspaper that appeared Saturday that he has ended his seven-year relationship with journalist Valerie Trierweiler. The newspaper wrote that the couple had set the terms of the separation Thursday. "I am confirming that our common life is over," Hollande told Agence France Press news agency Saturday 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 held before a parliamentary poll, altering a political roadmap outlined last summer. In a speech broadcast on television, Mansour asked the nation's high elections committee to open the door for candidacy in line with a provision in the nation's new constitution, which was adopted earlier this month. Based on a timeline in the new charter, the election will be held 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 crash Saturday less than three hours into the Rolex 24 at Florida's Daytona International Speedway. Gidley's spinal fracture is unstable and will require additional surgery, according to a statement released by the International Motor Sports Association on Sunday morning. Gidley underwent surgical procedures on his left arm and left leg at Halifax Health Medical Center. He continues to be evaluated.
Ukrainian opposition rejects offer to share power
The Ukrainian opposition flatly rejected an offer from the president to share power Sunday following months of protests that turned deadly last week. "No deal @ua_yanukovych, we're finishing what we started," tweeted opposition leader Arseniy Yatseniuk. Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych met with leaders of the three main parliamentary opposition groups for the second time Saturday, offering the prime minister's post to Yatseniuk, leader of Batkivshchyna, the largest opposition party. Former heavyweight boxer-turned-politician Vitali Klitschko was offered a job of deputy prime minister for humanitarian affairs. After initially mulling the offers, and telling protesters gathered at Independence Square, "We are ready to take this responsibility and to lead Ukraine to European Union," Yatseniuk turned the post down, saying the president had not agreed to some key demands of the opposition including the calling of immediate elections, which are currently scheduled for next year.