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Car bombs target church in Nigeria

JAJI, Nigeria, Nov. 25 (UPI) -- Two car bombs targeted a church inside a military barracks in Nigeria's Kaduna state Sunday, killing several people and injuring others, officials said.

The attack happened in the northern village of Jaji, the BBC reported.

A military spokesman said two vehicles were driven into the barracks in what he described as "surprising and an embarrassment."

"The first blast caused no casualties and curious worshipers gathered around the scene looking at the debris... and that was when the second blast happened," the military spokesman said.

It's still unclear how many casualties there were or who was responsible, but the army suspects Islamist militant group Boko Haram, which has recently targeted churches in the state, is to blame.


Alleged Ga. shoplifter dies while subdued

LITHONIA, Ga., Nov. 25 (UPI) -- A suspected shoplifter died outside a Walmart store in Georgia Sunday after being subdued by two employees and a contract security guard, police said.

A Walmart spokeswoman said the two employees were placed on leave with pay pending the outcome of the investigation into the unidentified victim's death and the security officer, who the initial investigation indicated put a choke hold on the suspect, will no longer work for Walmart, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

"No amount of merchandise is worth someone's life," Walmart spokeswoman Dianna Gee said in a statement. "Associates are trained to disengage from situations that would put themselves or others at risk."

DeKalb police said the suspect, who appeared to be middle age, allegedly took two DVD players out the front door of the store about 1:30 a.m. and was confronted by the two employees and security officer in the parking lot. The police report stated a "physical altercation" took place with officers finding the trio on top of the man when they arrived on the scene, the newspaper said.

An officer who handcuffed the suspect unresponsive and bleeding from his nose and mouth. He was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.

"This is truly a sad situation," Gee said. "We don't know all of the facts right now. We're in the process of working with law enforcement to determine all of the facts, and cooperating and providing any information we have to assist in the investigation."


Canada's national debt hits $600 billion

OTTAWA, Nov. 25 (UPI) -- Canada's national debt rose past the $600 billion mark this weekend, the Canadian Taxpayers Federation says.

That works out to $17,143 for every man, woman and child in Canada.

Foundation Director Gregory Thomas Friday blamed government spending, including what he called Prime Minister Stephen Harper's excessive and unnecessary economic stimulus efforts, CTV News reported.

"You can't sit through a football game without seeing all this propaganda about what a terrific job the government's doing," he said. "They're borrowing money to sell Canadians on themselves."

By comparison, Canada's neighbor just to the south, the United States, has racked up $16.28 trillion in debt or $51,683 per person. There are nine times as many Americans as Canadians, but their national debt is 27 times larger.


Police documents found in parade confetti

NEW YORK, Nov. 25 (UPI) -- Parade-goers in New York City say they found shredded police documents mixed in with confetti at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

The documents contained confidential information, including detectives' Social Security numbers, bank information and unveiled undercover officers' identities, WPIX-TV, New York, reported.

Ethan Finkelstein said he was watching the parade at 65th Street and Central Park West, when he and a friend noticed a strip of confetti stuck onto her coat.

"It landed on her shoulder," Finkelstein said, "and it says 'SSN' and it's written like a Social Security number, and we're like, 'That's really bizarre.'"

Finkelstein, a Tufts University freshman, said he and his friends were concerned and picked up more confetti that had fallen around them.

"There are phone numbers, addresses, more Social Security numbers, license plate numbers and then we find all these incident reports from police."

The documents were apparently from the Nassau County Police Department.

"I'm just completely in shock," said Finkelstein, 18. "How could someone have this kind of information, and how could it be distributed at the Thanksgiving Day Parade?"

Nassau County Police Department Inspector Kenneth Lack said in a statement the department "is very concerned about this situation."

"We will be conducting an investigation into this matter as well as reviewing our procedures for the disposing of sensitive documents," he said.

Meanwhile, parade sponsor Macy's said it uses "commercially manufactured, multicolor confetti, not shredded paper," so it is unclear where the shredded documents came from.

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