MILLBURN, N.J. – A hulking robber forced his way into a home and attacked a woman watching cartoons with her 3-year-old daughter, punching and kicking her in a series of assaults recorded by a home surveillance camera before throwing her down the basement stairs and nonchalantly walking out the front door, police said.
Portions of the footage were aired on television Tuesday as police sought the public’s help in identifying the man responsible for the attack, which occurred Friday morning in Millburn, a New York suburb.
The burglar made three trips upstairs to rifle through belongings, police said, assaulting the woman on the trips back to the first floor.
High court sends adoption case back
A divided Supreme Court ruled that federal law doesn’t require that a Native American girl be given back to her biological father but doesn’t clear her adoptive parents to immediately regain custody of the now 3-year-old.
In a resolution that one justice said could compound the anguish this case has caused, the high court voted 5-4 to send the case back to courts in South Carolina to determine the final home for an adopted little girl named Veronica.
Democrat wins Kerry’s Senate seat
Longtime Democratic Rep. Edward Markey has won a special election in Massachusetts to succeed John Kerry in the U.S. Senate.
The 66-year-old Markey on Tuesday beat Republican challenger Gabriel Gomez, a former Navy SEAL and political newcomer.
The race did not draw the deep interest of the 2010 special election between Republican former Sen. Scott Brown and Democratic state Attorney General Martha Coakley. Brown won, but then lost in November to Democrat Elizabeth Warren.
Boy Scouts burned in lightning strike
After about two dozen Boy Scouts out camping were burned when lightning struck a nearby tree, most returned Tuesday to the leadership program that had had them out braving the elements on a remote New Hampshire hilltop.
Two Scouts were still at Concord Hospital as of mid-afternoon but were expected to rejoin the program later in the day, said Gerry Boyle, course director of the national youth leadership program.
Suicide bomber kills at least 23 in Iraq
A suicide bomber blew himself up among a group of demonstrators complaining about lack of security in an ethnically disputed northern Iraqi city Tuesday, in the deadliest in a spate of attacks that killed at least 23 people, authorities said.
Iraq’s deadliest outburst of violence since 2008 appears to be largely the work of resurgent Sunni militants such as al-Qaida, feeding off Sunni discontent with the Shiite-led government.
Afghan forces repel Taliban attack
A Taliban attack at the gates of the Afghan presidential palace in Kabul cast a cold light Tuesday on the course of a war that Washington remains committed to ending.
A week after NATO forces handed all security operations to the Afghans, local forces fought off the attackers on their own, killing all eight militants. But the assault demonstrated the Taliban’s determination and their ability to bluff past two checkpoints and storm a highly fortified zone of the capital.
Qatar leadership switches peacefully
Qatar’s ruler formally handed power Tuesday to his 33-year-old son, capping a carefully crafted transition that puts a new generation in charge of the Gulf nation’s vast energy wealth and rising political influence.
The 61-year-old emir, Sheik Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, used a televised address to note repeatedly the importance of shifting leadership to more youthful hands – an indirect acknowledgment of the demands for reforms opened by the uprisings that have swept the region.
Myanmar bans issue of Time magazine
Myanmar’s government has banned this week’s issue of Time magazine because of a cover story about a Buddhist monk accused of fueling recent religious violence.
State television said Tuesday that the ban was meant to prevent the recurrence of racial and religious riots.
The monk, Wirathu, is a leader of a movement that says the country’s small Muslim minority threatens racial purity and national security.