Deadly end to Sydney cafe siege

Two people are killed, along with an Islamist gunman, after commandos storm a cafe in the Australian city of Sydney to end a 16-hour siege. Link to article: … read more – click title

Obama administration says no decision yet on Russia sanctions bill

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration is looking at a bill that would authorize new sanctions on Russia over its activities in Ukraine, and has not yet made a decision on whether the president will sign the measure, a senior administration official said on Monday. … read more – click title

Newtown victims’ families sue maker of gun used in 2012 attack

BOSTON (Reuters) – The families of nine people killed in a 2012 massacre at a Newtown, Connecticut, elementary school sued the maker of the gun used in the attack on Monday, saying the weapon should not have been sold because it had no reasonable civilian purpose. … read more – click title

Police storm Sydney cafe to end hostage siege, three dead

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Heavily armed Australian police stormed a Sydney cafe on Tuesday and freed a number of hostages being held there at gunpoint, in a dramatic end to a 16-hour siege in which three people were killed and four wounded. … read more – click title

BC Partners to acquire PetSmart for $8.7 billion

(Reuters) – Pet supply retailer PetSmart Inc succumbed to calls from some shareholders for a sale on Sunday with an agreement to be bought by a private equity consortium led by BC Partners Ltd for $8.7 billion, in the largest leveraged buyout of the year. … read more – click title