Oscar Pistorius' Mother Kept a Gun in Padded Bag Under Her Pillow

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-04_92d87e9133.jpgTHEMBA HADEBE/AFP/Getty Images) (PRETORIA, South Africa) -- Oscar Pistorius' mother was a powerful figure in his life, refusing to pick him up when he fell, keeping a gun under her pillow, and then slipping into a coma while Pistorius was away at boarding school at the age of 15. Part of Pistorius' first day on the stand Monday was a tearful mix of testimony about his emotional state since he shot his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, but also how he was taught to overcome being born without key bones in his legs.

Read more...

Signals Detected in Search for Flight 370

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-04_0e96d18238.jpg (PERTH, Australia) -- One of the vessels searching the southern Indian Ocean for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 has detected signals “consistent with those emitted from airplane black boxes,” retired Australia Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston said at a Monday press conference. Two signals were heard by the Australian ship Ocean Shield, said Houston, who’s coordinating the search out of Perth. The longest signal was held for 2 hours, 20 minutes. The second signal was heard for 13 minutes.

Read more...

Oscar Pistorius Apologizes to Slain Girlfriend's Family

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-04_1048079f3c.jpgSIPHIWE SIBEKO/AFP/Getty Images (PRETORIA, South Africa) -- Oscar Pistorius took the stand Monday and apologized to the family of his slain girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp and told the court that he thought he was protecting her. Pistorius, 27, struggled to keep his composure during his testimony, crying at times and at other times speaking so low through a wavering voice that the judge politely asked him to speak up. Others in the courtroom also cried during Pistorius' testimony.

Read more...

Prince George, Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Arrive Down Under

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-04_f01890035c.jpgSamir Hussein/WireImage (WELLINGTON, New Zealand) -- Prince George made his first public appearance since his birth last July in Wellington, New Zealand, on Sunday. He's accompanying his parents, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, on his first overseas tour to two nations he could one day rule as king. The couple landed on a scheduled Qantas flight in Sydney and then were escorted by the Royal New Zealand Air Force for the three-hour flight to Wellington.

Read more...

US Embassy Issues Warning to Americans in Iraq

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-04_e1370efc05.jpgcreisinger/Thinkstock (BAGHDAD) -- As Iraq prepares for its first parliamentary elections since the U.S. troop withdrawal in 2011, the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad issued an alert for American citizens not to travel via the airport in the capital through April 8, citing a "specific threat." The embassy also issued the following statement on its website, "U.S. citizens are advised to keep a low profile, vary days, times and routes of travel and exercise caution while driving and entering or exiting vehicles."

Read more...