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The Journal Gazette

Friday, April 21, 2017 1:00 am

Seattle officers shot; robbery suspect dead

Associated Press

SEATTLE – Two Seattle police officers were shot and injured Thursday while responding to a robbery at a convenience store. One suspect was dead, authorities said, and another was being questioned.

The robbery took place at a 7-11 store near Pioneer Square, the city's oldest neighborhood, Deputy Police Chief Carmen Best said. The suspects ran from the store and fought with officers who tried to stop them a block away, Best said.

While one officer fought with a suspect on the ground, the other suspect struck that officer over the head with a bottle, Best said. The suspects fled, and one shot at police, who returned fire, she said. The suspect who opened fire barricaded himself inside a nearby building, Best said.

Feds reconsidering WikiLeaks charges

Federal prosecutors are weighing whether to bring charges against members of the WikiLeaks organization, taking a second look at a 2010 leak of diplomatic cables and military documents and investigating whether the group bears criminal responsibility for the more recent revelation of sensitive CIA cyber-tools, according to people familiar with the case.

The Justice Department under President Barack Obama decided not to charge WikiLeaks for revealing some of the government's most sensitive secrets – concluding that doing so would be akin to prosecuting a news organization for publishing classified information.

Russia bans Jehovah's Witnesses

Russia's Supreme Court on Thursday banned Jehovah's Witnesses from operating anywhere in the country, accepting a request from the justice ministry that the religious organization be considered an extremist group. The court ordered the closure of the group's Russian headquarters and its 395 local chapters, as well as the seizure of its property.

Jehovah's Witnesses said they would appeal the ruling. Jehovah's Witnesses claim more than 170,000 adherents in Russia. The group has come under increasing pressure during the last year, including a ban on distributing literature deemed to violate Russia's anti-extremism laws.

China launches cargo spacecraft

China on Thursday launched its first unmanned cargo spacecraft on a mission to dock with the country's space station, marking further progress in its ambitious space program.

The Tianzhou 1 blasted off from China's newest spacecraft launch site on the island province of Hainan. It is programmed to conduct experiments after reaching the now-crewless Tiangong 2, China's second space station. A pair of Chinese astronauts spent 30 days on board the station last year.