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  |   Feb. 16, 2013 at 9:19 AM
Florida fugitive shot, killed in Texas

GRAPEVINE, Texas, Feb. 16 (UPI) -- A violent fugitive on the run for four days after escaping from Florida police officers in Texas is dead, officials say.

Police in the Dallas-Fort Worth suburb of Grapevine shot and killed Alberto Morales near Lake Grapevine, the area's WFAA-TV reported Saturday.

Morales had been at large since Monday after allegedly stabbing a Miami-Dade County detective with a pair of eyeglasses. The deputy was one of two transporting Morales to Las Vegas for trial.

Police began searching the area around the lake after a resident reported Friday afternoon his home had been burglarized and men's clothes and jewelry taken.

Morales was located with the aid of a police helicopter just before midnight in a wooded area. He was killed during a foot pursuit, authorities said.

It was not immediately known if Morales had a gun or was still in handcuffs.

The wounded Florida officer is expected to be released soon from a Dallas hospital.


Suicide bomber kills top Iraqi general

TAL AFAR, Iraq, Feb. 16 (UPI) -- The head of Iraq's intelligence academy and two bodyguards were killed Saturday in a suicide blast intended for another officer, officials said.

Gen. Ali Aouni was killed during an attack on his neighbor by two suicide bombers in the northern town of Tal Afar, the BBC reported.

Aouni, head of the central college of military staff officers, is believed to be the most senior Iraqi military official killed this year.

The bombers were fleeing after attacking his neighbor, Lt. Habib Amin Ilias. A bodyguard had killed one of the bombers and the second bomber detonated his explosives as the general emerged from his home, officials said.

Ilias, a rapid response force commander, had been previously targeted.

No group has yet taken responsibility for the attack.


Obama urges 'balanced approach' on debt

WASHINGTON, Feb. 16 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama Saturday renewed his call for a "balanced approach" to reducing the federal debt, saying "we can't just cut our way to prosperity."

In his weekly radio and Internet address, the president reminded listeners his plan for "reigniting the true engine of America's economic growth -- a rising, thriving middle class," involves bringing good jobs to America, making sure U.S. workers are skilled and making sure "hard work leads to a decent living."

"I believe all that starts by making America a magnet for new jobs and manufacturing," he said. "After shedding jobs for more than 10 years, our manufacturers have added about 500,000 jobs over the past three. What we need to do now is simple. We need to accelerate that trend."

Obama once again called for establishing "manufacturing hubs across the country that will transform hard-hit regions into global centers of high-tech jobs and manufacturing."

The president called once again for tax code reform, to reward businesses that create jobs in the United States and do away with tax breaks for companies that "ship jobs overseas."

"And we need to invest in the research and technology that will allow us to harness more of our own energy and put more people back to work repairing our crumbling roads and bridges," he said.

Obama repeated his call for a higher minimum wage.

"These steps will help grow our economy and rebuild a rising, thriving middle class," the president said. "And we can do it while shrinking our deficits. We don't have to choose between the two -- we just have to make smart choices."

Obama said Democrats and Republicans in Washington have reduced the federal deficit by more than $2.5 trillion during the past two years, "which puts us more than halfway towards the goal of $4 trillion in deficit reduction that economists say we need to stabilize our finances."

He argued against further cuts in education and job training or Medicare and Social Security benefits.

"That won't work," the president said. "We can't just cut our way to prosperity.

"Instead, I've proposed a balanced approach; one that makes responsible reforms to bring down the cost of health care and saves hundreds of billions of dollars by getting rid of tax loopholes and deductions for the well-off and well-connected," he said. "And we should finally pursue bipartisan, comprehensive tax reform that encourages job creation and helps bring down the deficit."


Officials: Dorner probably shot himself

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif., Feb. 16 (UPI) -- Former Los Angeles police officer Christopher Dorner apparently killed himself with a single shot to the head, San Bernardino County, Calif., officials said.

Officials with the county sheriff's office said further forensic work will determine whether Dorner's death was a suicide, the Los Angeles Times reported. Dorner's body was found Tuesday in a remote mountain cabin that had been set on fire during a standoff with police.

Dorner allegedly killed three people, including a police officer and the daughter of his lawyer, before heading into the mountains in San Bernardino County. He allegedly shot and killed a sheriff's deputy Tuesday at the mountain cabin.

Dorner was fired as a trainee officer in 2008 after reporting that another police officer had kicked a homeless man and posted an manifesto online.

The fire was started when deputies used "burners," heavy-duty tear gas grenades that tend to be hot and to start fires.

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