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Gunshots have been heard at the US Capitol Visitors Centre, according to US Senate sources. Workers in the Capitol were told to "shelter in place" and those outside were urged to take cover. Some reports suggested that the gunman had been captured and one police officer had been wounded. There were also reports that an individual had tried to gain entry into the White House, though it was unclear whether this was the same suspect.
The only suspect charged with murder over last week's Brussels attacks has been released due to a lack of evidence, Belgian prosecutors say. Faycal Cheffou, an independent journalist, was widely reported to be the third individual in CCTV footage of suspects at Brussels airport. But a prosecutor's statement read: "The indications that led to the arrest of Faycal C were not substantiated by the ongoing inquiry. As a result, the subject has been released by the examining magistrate."
In 1981, Johan Cruyff's American adventure had come to an end, along with many of the teams in the league itself, before it finally folded in 1984. The North American Soccer League had been home to a number of superstars, Cruyff among them, as he played with the Los Angeles Aztecs and the Washington Diplomats before opting to return to Europe. The dream of glitzy, glamorous soccer taking over the sports landscape in the United States had not come to pass, and the Diplomats found themselves in severe financial troubles.
Developer kits and prototypes of the virtual-reality head-set Oculus Rift have been floating around since 2012, with the background talk leading it up as the next step in home-entertainment. The Rift wants to immerse you in movies, TV shows and games in a way that no other entertainment system can, and now finally the product is being shipped to those who forked out the $599 (€535) price-tag, which doesn't include taxes or delivery charges. Now that the product is finally available to consumers, tech mags have been releasing their first impressions of it, and they are mostly positive, in some cases out-and-out glowing.
A video of Brian O’Sullivan singing a tribute to his late friend Ger "Farmer" Foley has been making waves online after it was picked up by websites around the world. Foley, who hailed from Killorglin, was honoured in his local pub in Kerry with a rendition of the Killers' track 'Mr. Brightside' which has gone viral, garnering over 620,000 views in the three days since it was uploaded.