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News Digest: Secret Service probe shooting near home of vice president

By Staff Reporters

Multiple gunshots were fired from a vehicle near the Delaware home of US Vice Presidet Joe Biden on Saturday night, the Secret Service said.

The vice president and his wife were not at home at the time. The Secret Service said the shots were fired at around 8:25pm on a public road outside the secure perimeter near the home in Greenville.

The shots were heard by Secret Service personnel.

They said the vehicle drove past the home at high speed and fled the scene.

The incident is under investigation.

Mr Biden's office says the vice president and his wife, Jill Biden, were later briefed on the incident.

Golf star beaten by robbery gang

Australian golfer Robert Allenby is still shaking over a beating and robbery that left him unable to remember anything except being dumped in a gutter near a park of homeless people.

"You think... that happens in the movie, not real life," Mr Allenby said. "I'm just happy to be alive."

Allenby said he thrown from the boot of a car and that a bruise on his left eye must have come from being beaten in the car.

"I don't know what they hit me with between the eyeballs, whether a fist or a baseball bat," he said.

Allenby missed the Sony Open cut and then went to Amuse Wine Bar in Honolulu in the US state of Hawaii last Friday night with his caddie and a friend from Australia He remembers having dinner, and a few glasses of red wine.

He returned to the bar with police and watched tape from a surveillance camera that showed him leaving with four people. Allenby said he has no recollection until getting kicked and prodded by homeless people searching for whatever he had left.

Allenby said his wallet, cash, licence, PGA Tour badge and mobile phone were taken.

Islamic militants free 200 hostages

The Islamic State group has released at least 200 Yazidis in Iraq after five months of captivity, mostly elderly prisoners who may have been slowing the extremists down.

Peshmerga Gen Shirko Fatih, commander of Kurdish forces in the northern city of Kirkuk, said almost all of the freed prisoners were in poor health and bore signs of abuse and neglect. Three young children are among them.

The militants transported the captives from the northern town of Tal Afar, where they were being held for the past five months after the militants raided their towns last summer, and dropped them off at the Khazer Bridge, near the Kurdish regional capital of Irbil.

Gen Fatih said they were now being held by Kurdish authorities for questioning. He said it appears the militants released the prisoners because they were too much of a burden.

"It probably became too expensive to feed them and care for them," he said.

Islamic State holds a third of both Iraq and Syria and is being targeted by US-led air strikes.

Crowd chant rape slogans outside Cosby stage show

About 100 people chanted "Rape is not a joke" and "No means no" outside a theatre in Denver where Bill Cosby (77) was performing, though the show went on without a disturbance.

Earlier in the day, a woman held a news conference at a nearby hotel to accuse Cosby of sexually assaulting her in 1986. Beth Ferrier (55) claimed Cosby put drugs in her coffee when she went to see one of his shows.

The comedian is facing sexual assault accusations from at least 15 women, with some of the claims dating back decades.

At least two more planets 'hiding in our solar system'

At least two as-yet undiscovered planets as big as Earth or larger may be hiding in the outer fringes of the solar system, scientists believe.

Spanish professor Carlos de la Fuente Marcos said: "This excess of objects with unexpected orbital parameters makes us believe that some invisible forces are altering the distribution of the orbital elements of the Etno ['extreme trans-Neptunion objects'], and we consider that the most probable explanation is that other unknown planets exist beyond Neptune and Pluto."

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