Latest News Headlines for Saturday February 3, 2024 – U.S.-led airstrikes against Iran-backed militias in Syria and Iraq on Friday resulted in the deaths of at least 39 people and injuries to many others, according to Iraqi officials and independent observers.

In Iraq, 16 individuals, including an unspecified number of civilians, were killed and 25 others injured, stated Iraqi government spokesperson Basem Al-Awadi. The U.S. launched these airstrikes as a response to a drone attack in Jordan that killed three American soldiers and wounded over 40 U.S. troops.

Turkish authorities have apprehended a gunman who held seven hostages at a Procter & Gamble factory as a protest against Israel’s military actions in Gaza.

The siege, which began on Thursday in the Gebze district of Kocaeli province, ended early Friday following unsuccessful negotiations. Governor Seddar Yavuz’s office confirmed that security forces intervened and subdued the suspect after dispatching authorities and medical teams to the site.

In Paris, three people were injured in an attack by a man wielding a knife and hammer at the bustling Gare de Lyon train station, heightening security concerns ahead of the Summer Olympics.

The 31-year-old attacker, carrying Italian residency papers and medicines indicating ongoing treatment, was apprehended by police following the incident at 7:35 a.m. in the station’s large hall. Gare de Lyon is a major hub for high-speed and commuter trains, frequented by millions of passengers.

The House Judiciary Committee has issued a subpoena to Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis over allegations of fund misuse by her office.

Committee Chair Jim Jordan highlighted whistleblower claims in a letter to Willis, alleging inappropriate use of a $488,000 federal grant intended for a ‘Center of Youth Empowerment and Gang Prevention’ for extraneous expenses.

A 5.1 magnitude earthquake struck Oklahoma late Friday night, tying it as the fourth largest in state history, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The earthquake’s epicenter was near Prague in Lincoln County, about 50 miles east of Oklahoma City. While no damage or injuries were immediately reported, officials are assessing the situation.

Wisconsin authorities reported that a police officer fatally shot an armed driver who confronted officers after fleeing a traffic stop.

The incident occurred in North Fond du Lac, Winnebago County, when the motorist evaded a traffic stop on Friday night. The driver’s vehicle was stopped using a tire deflation device during a police pursuit, leading to the fatal confrontation.

A 26-year-old Florida Highway Patrol trooper, Zachary Fink, was killed while pursuing a suspect on the interstate, according to officials.

In St. Lucie County, Fink attempted to stop a felon driving recklessly. The suspect led Fink on a chase, during which Fink collided with an 18-wheeler semi-truck as he tried to apprehend the suspect and warn other drivers. Both Fink and the truck driver succumbed to their injuries.

Target has decided to discontinue sales of a Civil Rights-themed product following a TikTok video that exposed significant errors in it.

Espy, in an interview with The Associated Press, revealed she bought the “Civil Rights Magnetic Learning Activity” for her children but discovered blatant mistakes upon opening it. After her TikTok video went viral, Target confirmed it would halt sales of the item.

A stray emu discovered roaming in Washington has been relocated to a sanctuary, as its owner did not step forward to reclaim the sizable Australian bird.

Elliot, as the emu was nicknamed, was caught last week with assistance from the Washington State Patrol, Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office, and Washington State Department of Transportation, according to the Kitsap Humane Society. Initially, the emu was housed in a barn while efforts were made to locate its owner.

After remaining unclaimed for over 72 hours, the humane society arranged for the bird’s permanent residence at the Center Valley Animal Rescue.