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Three New Yorkers were arrested and charged Tuesday after criminals blow-torched their way into bank vaults and stole more than $5 million in a plot akin to Robert de Niro's heist film "Heat". The Brooklyn suspects were detained after a painstaking police and FBI investigation into the robberies at an HSBC in Brooklyn in April and a Maspeth Federal Savings Bank branch in Queens in May, officials said. "These heists resembled scenes from the movie 'Heat' -- the work of a crew that was well organized, meticulous, and elusive to law enforcement," said New York Police Commissioner Bill Bratton.
At least 13 people were killed on Tuesday in twin bombings near UN and African Union buildings by Mogadishu's airport, police said, in what the jihadist Shabaab group claimed as a suicide attack. The Al-Qaeda aligned Shabaab group is blamed for a string of bloody assaults in Somalia and neighbouring Kenya, and is fighting to overthrow Mogadishu's internationally-backed government. "At least 13 people were confirmed to have died in two explosions, one of the vehicles went off near a security checkpoint and another close to a UN compound," said Bishaar Abdi Gedi, a police official.
HOUSTON (AP) — Texas prosecutors on Tuesday dropped the last remaining charges against two California anti-abortion activists who made undercover videos of themselves trying to buy fetal tissue from Planned Parenthood, agreeing with the defense that the grand jury exceeded its authority by investigating the activists after clearing Planned Parenthood of wrongdoing.