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(USA Today) – Las Vegas Police: Gunman Ambushed Officers


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(NY Daily News) – A gunman opened fire and ambushed two Las Vegas police officers sitting in their cars on Sunday afternoon.

The two cops were headed to a disturbance call at a 99 cents store on Tropicana and Nellis Boulevards at approximately 12:12 p.m., Sgt. John Sheahan said. The gunman fired several rounds at the cops sitting at a red light.

One officer was shot in the hand from the surprise attack. Police chased the shooter down, arresting him in a 7-Eleven parking lot.

The injured officer went to University Medical Center Trauma for his hand wound. He is expected to recover.

(CNN)A man with a semiautomatic handgun ambushed two officers who’d stopped their patrol car at a traffic light in Las Vegas on Sunday, police said.

An officer who was shot in the hand was being treated at a hospital, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Sgt. John Sheahan said. He was in good condition.

Police haven’t released the identity of the suspect, who was later arrested by the officers.

The officers were in a marked patrol car, police said, responding to a disturbance call at a local business.

“They were ambushed on the way to that call,” Sheahan said.

Undersheriff Kevin McMahill praised the officers, saying they showed “remarkable restraint” when they took the suspect into custody.

“These officers are going out there and being attacked while they are sitting in a police car, and we didn’t fire a single shot back at him,” he told CNN affiliate KSNV.

McMahill said his department has changed the way it deploys officers, sending out two-officer units “because of the narrative of violence against police across the country.”

“We are certainly working on pins and needles,” he told KSNV. “(That is) part of the reason we doubled them up. So we have two officers available immediately whenever an incident occurs.”


(MSNBC) – As MSNBC Makes Big Changes, Only One Scenario Remains for Brian Williams

brianwilliamsAs you may have heard, MSNBC has seen some big (and warranted) changes in 2015. Add it all up, and every program that existed from 1:00 PM to 7:00 PM EDT as recently as six months ago no long exists.

The alterations are swift: A national correspondent (Kate Snow) and a political director (Chuck Todd) will be joining and rejoining, respectively, the 19-year-old cable network. Morning Joe will occupy 25 percent of live (or plausibly live) programming per day. Opinion-based programming––at least after the morning show and before primetime––has been cleared away as a more traditional news focus takes it place. But of all the moves made by NBC President Andy Lack over the past six months, the most significant is Al Sharpton‘s move to Sunday mornings, thereby vacating the 6:00 PM timeslot on weekdays. And with most of the chess pieces now in place, the elephant in the room (See: Williams, Brian) appears to finally have a home: 6:00 PM, Monday through Friday.

In the end, it only makes sense to give Williams his own program instead of simply having him on standby for breaking news stories, a la Shep Smith at Fox. Because while Shep will jump into the network’s opinion programming at 5:00 PM (The Five) or in primetime (particularly whenBill O’Reilly or Sean Hannity are in tape) when warranted, he still owns his own hour at 3:00 PM with Shepard Smith Reporting.

Know this: You don’t reportedly pay someone in the $10M/year range to only work a few times per month. And in the case of Williams per a must-read piece by the Washington Post‘s Erik Wemple back in June (Title:Will Brian Williams have anything to do at MSNBC?), the highly-compensated anchor would likely only be called upon (maybe) a handful of times per month. And with seasoned pros like Snow coming on board and more-than-capable anchors like Tamron Hall, Thomas Roberts, and Jose Diaz Balart already there, it’s doubtful they would be preempted to make way for Williams, as such a scenario would not only be somewhat insulting to them, but an awkward date for viewers at home.

Instead, all signs point to Williams serving as a bridge between Todd (5:00 PM) and Chris Matthews (7:00 PM) at 6 in the east. Primetime––particularly the vulnerable 8:00 PM slot––has been offered up in some media circles as a possible home for Williams, which he occupied on MSNBC in the pre-Olbermann days up until 2002 with The News with Brian Williams. But that was a different time… a time when a good chuck of the audience didn’t already get their news on their phones, computers and tablets during the day in the dominant way they do now. And by the time 8:00 PM rolls around and the network and local newscasts complete, most folks know the basic meat of big stories of the day (who, what, when, where)… what many are looking for is perspective and analysis on those stories, particularly when the tremendous (and often ridiculous) theatre that is the race for the White House dominates the news cycle.

In the end, it appears the only true home–and true value–for Brian Williams at MSNBC is at 6:00 PM EDT.

Big changes with some fairly big NBC names in Kate Snow and Chuck Todd are coming. But the biggest name of them all still needs to be assigned.

Brian Williams, solely a breaking news anchor sitting around in a bullpen waiting to be called to the mound? Don’t think so.

Host of an hour-long traditional news program to set the table for the network’s editorial page in prime?

By all appearances, this is the only scenario left that makes sense.

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(USA Today) – Shark bites kayaker off Malibu coast

A kayaker fishing off a beach near Malibu, Calif., was bit Saturday by a shark and needed to be airlifted to a nearby hospital.

The kayaker, identified as Dylan Marks, 29, was fishing with a friend Saturday afternoon and dangling his feet in the water when a hammerhead shark bit his right foot about two miles off shore, according to KNBC-TV in Los Angeles.

Kyle Hudgins, who was fishing with Marks, told KNBC-TV that the pair saw the hammerhead shark just before it dove under water. A few minutes later, Marks felt the bite.

“He put his foot up on the kayak and he said, ‘Oh, dude. I just got bit!'” Hudgins said.

The wounded kayaker flagged down a fishing boat that was nearby and got onboard, where he was able to control the bleeding, according to the Associated Press. Lifeguards paddled to the boat and accompanied the kayaker back to shore.

Marks underwent surgery and was in good condition.

The incident comes exactly a week after a shark — possibly a great white — bit a large chunk from the long board of a surfer, 175 miles up the coast off Morro Strand State Beach. That person was uninjured.

There were 52 shark attacks off U.S. waters last year, though only six fatalities from the predators have occurred the past decade, according to the Florida Museum of Natural History, which tracks shark attacks. The vast majority of last year’s attacks — 28 — came off Florida’s coast, according to the museum.

Despite many more swimmers in the water and repeated reports of shark attacks in California, the risk of individual attacks off that state’s coast has dropped 91% the past six decades, according to a recent study led by Stanford University researchers.

The decline in actual risk may be due to factors such as a drop in the white shark population off California’s coast and a shift in white shark spatial distribution in response to growing populations of seals — a favorite prey, according to the report.

Source: Shark bites kayaker off Malibu coast


Last month, a man in his late 60s was attacked by a shark off Ocracoke Island in North Carolina. It was the seventh shark attack in North Carolina this year. In mid-June, two teenagers lost limbs in separate attacks.

Having so many shark attacks take place so close in time and locale is extremely rare. Fortunately, the victims survived, and good people everywhere wish them swift and thorough recoveries.

With every shark encounter broadcast over social media in photos and comments, it’s easy for mainstream media to harvest them for round-the-clock coverage. People may think that sharks — in rapidly increasing numbers — are prowling virtually every beach, just waiting to feast on human flesh.

While “man-eating sharks” may seem like a widespread threat to health and safety, shark attacks are extremely unusual. You have a one in 11.5 million chance of being attacked by a shark in the United States.

Far more mundane things are more fatal. For example, more than 15,000 people died while cycling between 1990 and 2009.During that period, only 14 died from shark attacks. Even lightning strikes are more lethal — killing about 40 people annually.

Despite the astronomical odds of ever running afoul of sharks, public officials often overreact after attacks such as those in North Carolina. In fact, authorities there announced that sharks observed “acting aggressive,” including swimming within 100 feet of shore, would be euthanized.


(The Washington Post) – Sarah Palin would like to be energy secretary — but not for long 

Sarah Palin thinks she would make a great secretary of the U.S. Energy Department because as a former governor of Alaska she knows a thing or two about “oil and gas and minerals.”

But she would not stay in the job for long if she were tapped to lead the agency by Donald Trump, who has said that he would “love” someone like Palin to serve in his administration if he is elected.

“I think a lot about the Department of Energy, because energy is my baby,” Palin said during an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union” that aired Sunday.  “And if I were head of that, I would get rid of it. And I would let the states start having more control over the lands that are within their boundaries and the people who are affected by the developments within their space.”

“So, you know, if I were in charge of that, it would be a short-term job. But it would be — it would be really great to have someone who knows energy and is pro-responsible development to be in charge,” Palin said. She touted her knowledge of “oil and gas and minerals, those things that God has dumped on this part of the Earth for mankind’s use, instead of relying on unfriendly foreign nations for us to import their resources.”

[Sarah Palin would be welcome in a Trump administration, the billionaire says]

Palin, who was the Republican vice presidential nominee in 2008, also took a swipe at President Obama, who visited Alaska last week and chronicled the trip with photos on Instagram that he took himself. Palin dismissed the trip as “pretty much a tourism jaunt, really” because he did not push back on what she called “messages” being sent by Russia and China. For instance, the Pentagon confirmed last week that a group of Chinese naval vessels had transited U.S. territorial waters near Alaska.

“How about while he was up here, he had, as a president, carried a big stick, instead of a selfie stick. He could start publicly berating these countries that are sticking it to us with the messages that they are sending,” Palin said.

Vanessa Williams is a staff writer at The Post. Contact her

Source: Sarah Palin would like to be energy secretary — but not for long – The Washington Post

(Fox News Latino) – Rally race car goes off course, kills 6 in northwestern Spain

Six people were killed and 16 others injured when a race car went off the course and into a crowd while competing in the A Coruña Rally in northwestern Spain, Civil Guard spokesmen told EFE.

The accident occurred at 7:39 p.m. Saturday on the stretch of the course in the town of Carral.

The car hit 22 racing fans who were watching the competition from the side of the course.

Paramedics treated the victims, but six people – three women, a girl and two men – were pronounced dead at the scene.

The injured, including four children, were transported to hospitals.

Civil Guard transit officers, emergency services personnel and municipal police responded to the accident, treating the victims and assisting relatives.

Paramedics had been assigned to the race, but additional ambulances were dispatched to the accident scene by emergency services officials.

There was total chaos at the accident scene as relatives of the victims tried to help them, eyewitnesses told EFE.

More than 130 cars were entered in the A Coruña Rally, which is one of the races on the championship circuit in the northwestern region of Galicia.

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, who is from Galicia, expressed his condolences to the families of the victims and wished the injured a speedy recovery. EFE

Source: Rally race car goes off course, kills 6 in northwestern Spain | Fox News Latino

(The Washington Post) – The Latest: Pope Francis asks faithful to shelter refugees – 

Refugees and migrants take part in a protest demanding the authorities to let them go to Athens and continue their trip towards Northern Europe, at the port of Mytilene, on the northeastern Greek island of Lesbos, on Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015. Earlier many of them confronted the police as they attempted to get onboard a ship bound to Athens’ port of Piraeus. (Santi Palacios/Associated Press)
By Associated Press September 6 at 6:32 AM
BERLIN — The latest news as countries across Europe cope with the arrival of thousands of migrants and refugees. All times local (CET):


12:30 p.m.

Pope Francis is asking faithful throughout Europe to shelter refugees fleeing “death from war and hunger.”

Francis said Sunday that the Vatican’s two parishes are taking in two families of refugees. He gave no details as he addressed tens of thousands of people in St. Peter’s Square.

Francis said it’s not enough to say, “Have courage, hang in there,” to the hundreds of thousands of refugees who are on the march toward what he called “life’s hope.”

He called on every Catholic parish, convent, monastery and sanctuary in Europe to shelter a family, and asked bishops throughout Europe to urge their dioceses to do the same.


11:30 p.m.

Israel’s prime minister says his country is not indifferent to the plight of migrants and refugees flooding Europe, but that Israel is too vulnerable to absorb them.

Benjamin Netanyahu bemoaned the “human tragedy” of the victims of Syria’s civil war and said Israel has aided them in various ways. But he added that Israel is too small a country, both geographically and demographically, to provide a haven for a large influx of migrants.

Israel runs a field hospital on its border with Syria and has taken in wounded Syrians, but has stopped short of opening the borders to its longtime enemy.

Israel’s opposition leader Isaac Herzog says the country should take in a limited number of Syrian asylum seekers amid the current refugee crisis in Europe.


10:45 p.m.

Authorities in Cyprus say they have rescued 114 people believed to be refugees fleeing war-torn Syria after their fishing boat issued a distress call some 46 miles (74 kilometers) off the east Mediterranean island nation’s southern coast.

Cyprus police said Sunday that all 114 people, including Palestinians from Syria, are in good health. They include 19 women, 30 children, 5 infants and 60 men.

A merchant vessel notified Cyprus’ Search and Rescue Center late Saturday that the refugees’ 60-foot (18-meter) fishing boat was in trouble.
The refugees were transferred to the southern port of Larnaca for health and identity checks.

Police said three men, including a 28-year-old believed to be the boat’s captain, have been arrested and are being questioned.


10:00 a.m.

French mayors are offering to house refugees amid increasing concern for Syrians and others fleeing war and seeking haven in Europe.

French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said in a statement Sunday that several dozen mayors have offered to help in recent days, and convened a national meeting to organize refugee housing on Sept. 12.

France is trying to speed up the process for seeking asylum and to better welcome refugees, as the numbers coming to Europe this year have soared. Many asylum seekers in France have no place to live and sleep in make-shift camps, from Paris to Calais.

A grassroots French group arranging private housing for refugees has also seen a spike in offers in recent days, after the widely viewed photo of a drowned Syrian boy helped raise public awareness.


9:30 a.m.

On the Greek island of Lesbos, police have used batons to beat back a demonstration by some 300 migrants chanting “Athena, Athena” as they tried to come out of the port area. Several of the protesters were injured in the clash, with one taken away unconscious by an ambulance.

The migrants, mostly Syrians, Iraqis and Afghans, say that local authorities on the Aegean island are not processing them quickly enough so they can continue their journey to western Europe. They also complain that authorities on Lesbos are not offering them any help and that they are fast running out of money.

The clashes early Sunday were the third in as many days between migrants and police. The demonstration on Sunday was led by Afghans.


9:15 a.m.

Thousands of migrants and refugees have arrived by train and bus in cities across Germany overnight.

Police say a special train with 570 people on board arrived in the Thuringian town of Saalfeld late Saturday. More than half of them were taken onward to Dresden, where a school for German army officers has been cleared to provide temporary shelter for 350 newcomers.
Trains also took migrants to Hamburg in the north and Dortmund in the west of the country, while buses brought more than 300 people to the capital Berlin.

Thousands more people, mainly Syrians, Iraqis and Afghans fleeing war and persecution, are expected to arrive in Germany and Austria from Hungary on Sunday.

The refugees were allowed to leave Hungary Saturday after the country opened its borders with Austria.

Source: The Latest: Pope Francis asks faithful to shelter refugees – The Washington Post

(USA Today) – Carter Lay, Grandson of Lay’s Potato Chip Founder, Found Dead in L.A. Home

Jesse Carter Lay, Grandson of Lay's Potato Chip Founder, Dies in L.A. Home

Jesse Carter Lay

Jesse Carter Lay, the philanthropist and grandson of potato chip king Herman Lay, was found dead in his Los Angeles home Thursday, PEOPLE has confirmed. He was 44.

The Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner’s Office was called to the residence at about 2:10 p.m. local time, officials say. Lay was pronounced dead at his home and the cause of death is pending further investigation.

Lay, who went by Carter, died a natural death, officials told the Associated Press.

Lay was a supporter of both music education and schools, according to the AP.

He founded the Carter Lay Charitable Fund, which among other efforts partnered with RYOT for a video series called DO GOOD MOB, about improving local communities.

Lay has two children, according to TMZ.

It appears that Lay’s final Tweet was a quote: “No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.”

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(The Guardian) – Sky News cameraman was shot in Egypt after his flak jacket was confiscated 


Mick Deane was killed by a sniper in August 2013 after his crew’s bulletproof vests were seized at Cairo airport, colleague tells coroner’s court

Sky News cameraman Mick Deane was killed by a sniper in Cairo in August 2013
Sky News cameraman Mick Deane was killed by a sniper in Cairo in August 2013. Photograph: Sky News

A veteran Sky News cameraman was shot dead in Egypt after the flak jacket that could have saved him was confiscated.

Mick Deane, 61, was hit during a raid on activists camped in the Rabaa al-Adawiya Square in Cairo, in August 2013.

Thousands of supporters of the ousted President Mohamed Morsi had staged a six-week sit-in that was being dispersed by government forces when Deane was killed.

His colleague Craig Summers, 56, who was standing next to him when he was shot, told Southwark coroner’s court that he believes Mr Deane was singled out deliberately.

He said: “I think he was targeted but I don’t know why, he was no threat anybody at all.

“I don’t know why they shot him, the only other people around were some women sitting on the floor reading the Qur’an, there was nobody standing next to us.

“Somebody looked through a scope or down the end of a rifle at shot at us, there was no shooting at all before or after he was shot.

“I have no idea where the shot might have come from, I didn’t hear the shot being fired, the first I knew about it was when Mr Deane turned to me and said ‘I’ve been shot’ and I could see blood coming through his shirt just under the left nipple.”

Summers, Sky’s broadcast security operations manager at the time, told the court that the crew had all their safety equipment confiscated from them at Cairo airport except for their helmets.

The equipment included bulletproof vests which are designed to withstand a sniper’s bullet.

They had been advised by Muslim Brotherhood contacts on the ground that wearing the helmets would make them a target for government snipers, Summers said.

He also told the court of the Sky crew’s desperate attempts to save Deane in the chaotic environment.

Summers said: “I grabbed hold of him and dragged him to the safety of an alleyway and applied a field dressing to his wound.

“The field hospital was 30 or 40 paces away and I shouted to the others that he had been shot and we got him onto a stretcher and into the field hospital.

“His chest was drained as the doctors thought he had internal damage and that perhaps a lung had collapsed.

“When we finally got him into an ambulance there was a dead person in it, he was still alive at that point and we were talking to him and trying to keep him awake.”

When they arrived at Nasr City Hospital, Deane was immediately rushed into resuscitation but doctors were unable to save him.

No other member of the Sky News team was hurt in the incident although several other journalists from across the world were shot or injured on the day.

Coroner Lorna Tagliavini concluded that despite the cause of death being a single gunshot wound to the chest she felt unable to reach a conclusion of unlawful killing.

She said: “To return a conclusion of unlawful killing I have to be sure that all the criminal elements of manslaughter or murder are met.

“I accept his cause of death as a gunshot wound to the chest and I also accept that he was not wearing any protective equipment at the time of his death.

“I thank Mr Summers very much for coming along today to recall what must have been a very painful experience.

“It is unknown where the shot came from and what the motive for firing the shot was.

“Whilst it appears he was singled out, I cannot rule out entirely that the bullet was either a wayward shot that might have been aimed at another target or was intended to frighten Mr Deane.

“I therefore record a short narrative verdict: Mr Deane was shot and fatally wounded while carrying out his employment duties as a cameraman in Cairo.

“I would like to place on record my personal condolences to the friends and family of Mr Deane.”

Deane, who was married with two sons, worked for Sky for 15 years based mainly in Jerusalem and Washington DC and had survived cancer.

John Ryley, head of Sky News, said: “Mick was a valued colleague and friend to many of us at Sky News. Our thoughts are with his family today. I would like to pay tribute to Mick’s courage and skill as a cameraman. He was one of those brave broadcasters prepared to work in dangerous parts of the world in order to bring us the news.”

David Cameron paid tribute to Deane at the time of his death, saying: “I am saddened to hear of the death of cameraman Mick Deane, covering Egyptian violence. My thoughts are with his family and Sky News team.”

Another journalist, Habiba Ahmed Abd Elaziz, 26, a reporter for the United Arab Emirates-based Xpress newspaper, was also killed in the square.

Reports at the time suggested that as many as six journalists may have been killed or injured in the violence in Egypt on that day.

Source: Sky News cameraman was shot in Egypt after his flak jacket was confiscated | Media | The Guardian

(fox news) – ‘One hell of a pillow fight’ West Point tradition turns violent; 24 concussions

FILE 2014: Members of the graduating class listen to proceedings during commencement ceremony at the United States Military Academy at West Point. (Reuters)

An annual pillow fight by freshmen cadets at the U.S. Military Academy turned bloody this year when cadets swung pillowcases packed with hard objects, injuring 30 cadets, including 24 who suffered concussions.

Photos and video have circulated on social media showing the Aug. 20 brawl, which The New York Times reports West Point did not confirm until Thursday.

Lt. Col. Christopher Kasker told the newspaper the annual fight is organized by first-year students as a way to build camaraderie after a grueling summer of training to prepare them for plebe life.

He said upperclassmen overseeing the fight required cadets to wear helmets, but video shows many did not. Some cadets swung pillowcases believed to be packed with their helmets.

The Times noted one freshman posted on Twitter: “4 concussions, 1 broken leg, 2 broken arms, 1 dislocated shoulder, and several broken ribs. That’s one hell of a pillow fight. #USMA19.”

Kasker said all cadets have since returned to duty. None of the participants have been punished.

“We are conducting appropriate investigations into the causes of the injuries,”Kasker told the paper. The academy does not plan to end the annual tradition, the Times reported.

The Times spoke to cadets who said one cadet suffered a broken leg and others suffered dislocated shoulders.

One first-year cadet told the paper that an upperclassman told him, “If you don’t come back with a bloody nose, you didn’t try hard enough.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report 

Source: ‘One hell of a pillow fight’ West Point tradition turns violent; 24 concussions | Fox News

(E! Online) – Bachelor in Paradise Season 2 to End with An Engagement?! Everything We Know Going Into the Finale 

Bachelor in Paradise, Ashley Iaconetti, Jared HaibonABC/Rick Rowell
There are just three days left before the Bachelor in Paradise finale, meaning we get just three more days of speculation before finally discovering who ends up together and who leaves Paradise in tears. We’ve seen previews of those tears, along with a lot of anger and a successful proposal, but we also know how all of the editors employed on this show are actual geniuses who can make it look like literally anything is about to happen.So what can we expect? As of now, there are 19 people left on the show, and there are about to be 20 when Cassandra is the final bachelorette to arrive. That number is drastically whittled down on Sunday night during a mass exodus when half of the cast goes home alone, clearly realizing that if they’re not currently in a relationship, it ain’t gonna happen by the end of the rose ceremony.
CLICK: Social media strikes again! Is this a major Bachelor in Paradise spoiler?

Bachelor in Paradise, Mackenzie Deonigi, Justin ReichABC/Rick Rowell

Currently, there are really four solid couples in Paradise—Jade and Tanner, Carly and Kirk, Joshua and Tenley, and sorta-kinda Jared and Ashley I. Dan, Nick, Amber, Mikey, Juelia, Justin, and Sam all seem like they could go either way in terms of being with someone or not, while we don’t have high hopes for Mackenzie, Jaclyn, Chelsie, or poor Ashley S.As for Cassandra, she’s a total wild card. However, she has been posting a lot of Instagram pics of her and former Bachelor in Paradise star Jonathan, who was eliminated in week two after trying to defend Juelia from Joe.Five couples make it to Monday’s finale, but only four will even make it to the end of the episode after a seriously brutal break up goes down before any final dates even occur. A source tells us that this “raw” break-up is “unlike anything we’ve seen on the show before.”Now, of course, Chris Harrison promises us things “unlike anything we’ve seen before” on a weekly basis, but this is one bad break up that completely blindsides one half of a previously solid couple and probably also breaks our hearts in the process. We just like seeing love succeed!

CLICK: The cast weighs in on the end of the season

Bachelor in ParadiseABC/Rick Rowell

On that note, there is some much happier news to report! Two couples decide to stay together, while another one even gets engaged!A source tells E! that there are no plans in place for a wedding yet, but if “things progress” and the couple is interested, producers would probably also be interested in throwing them a big TV wedding, because “they’re a great couple and everyone loves them.”As for which couples survive to the end of the show and beyond, we only have one clue so far in the form of Jade accidentally giving away the fact that she was Persicoping from Tanner’s hometown of Kansas City. Whether that means what we think and hope it means remains to be seen, but we’re going to keep our hopes up.We’re also going to brace ourselves, because this finale sounds like one wild ride!

Bachelor in Paradise concludes its second season with a two-night finale on Sunday, Sept. 7 and Monday, Sept. 8 at 8 p.m. on ABC.

CLICK: Who’s still together from The Bachelor and Bachelorette?


Source: Bachelor in Paradise Season 2 to End with An Engagement?! Everything We Know Going Into the Finale | E! Online

(daily beast) – Billionaire Wants to Build Refugee Island


Just the latest amazing and insane idea for housing Syria’s refugees.
Earlier this week, Egyptian billionaire Naguib Sawiris tweeted out an idea he called “crazy.”He would buy an island, fill it with refugees, and then provide jobs and housing until they could return to their homeland—if they so chose.“Greece or Italy sell me an island, ill call its independence and host the migrants and provide jobs for them building their new country,” he wrote on Twitter. Then, added: “Crazy idea .. Maybe but at least temporary until they can return to their countries ?? !!”

When the skepticism began, he remained steadfast. “There is nothing to joke about !” he wrote. “I don’t joke on the misery of people

As live feeds of Syrian refugees walking out of Hungary have flooded the airwaves and pictures of drowned refugee children plaster social media, the response has been dramatic. In Iceland, 10,000 people offered to house Syrian families. Singer Bob Geldof announced he would let four families live in his homes. U.S. Senatorscalled on Congress to take in at least five times more refugees than the country currently allows.

Sawiris isn’t the first to propose such a seemingly outlandish idea, but his is the most singularly generous and bold so far. The telecommunications mogul is worth around $3 billion. In an interview with AFP, Sawiris estimated the cost of purchasing the island—$10 million to $100 million, he said—wouldn’t be a deterrent. The issue also isn’t supply, as there are numerous uninhabited islands in the Mediterranean. The main problem would be persuading the current owners to sell off a plot of land. Then he would target the bulk of needed investment into infrastructure, like “temporary shelters to house the people, then you start employing the people to build housing, schools, universities, hospitals,” he said.

Meanwhile, in June, a California real estate millionaire named Jason Buzi launched a plan for a “Refugee Nation.” He outlined (PDF) four options for resettlement: one involved purchasing island and another involved building a new island. “The solution is simple: for the millions of stateless people around the world—a state of their own!” it said.

His idea received mixed reactions. In theGuardian, Alexander Betts, with Oxford’s Refugee Studies Center, warned not to dismiss the innovation, but worried it could isolate refugees like a leprosy colony.

“You end up with refugees trapped forever in what is effectively large-scale prison camps,” James Hathaway, the director of University of Michigan’s Program in Refugee and Asylum, told the Washington Post, referring to Australia’s practice of holding refugees on the Pacific Islands.

“This proposal may be ridiculed or attacked by some, but hopefully is not ignored,” Buzi wrote. “It should be vigorously debated, because the world needs a solution to this staggering humanitarian crisis…But we can no longer sit idly by as millions of our fellow human beings suffer due to human-created conflicts.

Greece is struggling to assist the influx of needy refugees streaming across its borders by the thousands, exacerbated by its current financial crisis.

Refugees coming to the island of Kos were attacked by people with bats on Friday morning, according to Amnesty International. So far this year, 31,000 refugees have passed through Kos, which currently is hosting more than 3,000 in makeshift conditions. In August, 2,000 refugees were locked in the sports stadium.

In Lesbos, the number of Syrian refugees who have arrived in transit—around90,000 this year—is more than the island’s total local population. On Friday morning in Lesbos, where dinghies and boats have brought over thousands of refugees from Turkey, 200 Syrians threw stones at police who were keeping them from boarding a ship to the mainland.

The mayor of the island’s main town begged for more assistance. He said he’d been asking the national government for a state of emergency to be declared on the island but to no avail.

“[T]he situation has become unmanageable,” he told reporters.

In his interview with AFP, Naguib Sawiris, the Egyptian magnate who has the funds, imagined a place where the refugees would be treated once more as human beings.

“The way they are being treated now, they are being treated like cattle,” he said.

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(USA Today) – Facebook’s WhatsApp hits 900 million users, aims for 1 billion

WhatsApp founder Jan Koum photographed by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg as he announces that WhatsApp has hit 900 million monthly active users.(Photo: Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook)

SAN FRANCISCO — WhatsApp has reached 900 million monthly active users, cementing Facebook’s dominance in mobile messaging.

Facebook owns the world’s two most popular apps: WhatsApp, which it bought for billions, and its homegrown app, Facebook Messenger, which recently announced it has 700 million monthly active users.

WhatsApp founder Jan Koum made the announcement on Facebook on Thursday evening.

Monthly active users isn’t the best way to measure activity on a messaging app. WhatsApp did not say how many messages are being sent each day, for example. But the growth is impressive. WhatsApp announced it had crossed 800 million in April. That is no small feat for either app: Smartphone owners spend more time in messaging apps than any other app.

Messenger is also surging in popularity. It’s now the second-most popular app in the U.S, surpassing Google-owned YouTube, according to a comScore report.

By way of comparison: Twitter has a bit more than 300 million monthly active users. Instagram, the photo and video sharing app owned by Facebook, also has about 300 million.

Still, WhatsApp faces fierce competition from Asian rivals. And those apps are making money from games, virtual goods and other in-app wares, moneymaking opportunities that Koum has rejected.

So far Facebook has not tried to milk WhatsApp and it’s still unclear how it plans to. In the first half of 2014, WhatsApp made $15 million from subscription fees on a loss of $232.5 million. WhatsApp was charging users $1 a year, with the first year free, before it was bought by Facebook.

Facebook’s chief executive Mark Zuckerberg said during the company’s second-quarter earnings call that the company is not yet ready to turn on the moneymaking spigot with Messenger or WhatsApp.

Zuckerberg has said Facebook has “many clear ways” to make money from a product once it reaches one billion users.

“This may sound a little ridiculous to say, but for us, products don’t really get that interesting to turn into businesses until they have about 1 billion people using them,” Zuckerberg said in 2014.

One billion people, one out of seven on the planet, used Facebook on a single day in August .

“This was the first time we reached this milestone, and it’s just the beginning of connecting the whole world,” Zuckerberg wrote.

Source: Facebook’s WhatsApp hits 900 million users, aims for 1 billion

(Computerworld) – Auction house puts pristine 39-year-old Apple-1 on the block 

Auction house Bonhams will put a pristine Apple-1 personal computer on the block later this month, and has pegged the gavel price at between $300,000 and $500,000.
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Bonhams has experience selling vintage Apple-1 computers: One it sold last year went for the still-record $905,000 after commissions and taxes.

The Apple-1, essentially a stand-alone circuit board sans keyboard, monitor or even power supply, was hand-built by Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak in 1976, and may have been one of the first lot of 50, according to a penned identifier on the back. That mark — 01-0059 — was probably an inventory number assigned by the Byte Shop of Mountain View, Calif., the first volume purchaser of the computer.

Wozniak and co-founder Steve Jobs kick-started Apple 39 years ago when they secured an order of 50 units from Byte Store owner Paul Terrell. At the time, the Apple-1 sold for $666.66, equal to about $2,800 in 2015 dollars.

Another clue that hinted at this Apple-1’s provenance was the lack of a circuit board manufacturer identifier; according to Apple-1 expert Mike Willegal, that indicates a unit from the first batch produced by Wozniak and Jobs.
Bonhams said that the Apple-1 is being sold by Tom Romkey, who owned a computer shop in Florida. Romkey acquired the Apple-1 when a customer traded it for a new NCR personal computer. NCR, better known as a cash register and ATM maker, entered the PC market in the 1980s.

According to Bonhams, the Apple-1 was used just once or twice by the owner who traded it to Romkey. For his part, Romkey simply put it on a shelf where it sat unused for decades.

The computer is in excellent condition, said Corey Cohen, a New Jersey-based Apple-1 expert who was called in by Bonhams to authenticate the device and verify that it was operational.

“This is a fully functional Apple-1 from 1976,” Cohen said in a video showing him demonstrating that the Apple-1 worked. “It is in incredible condition.”

Willegal’s index of known Apple-1 computers — one of the few authoritative lists — did not show one that seemed to match the Romkey device.

Bonhams will auction the Apple-1 in New York City on Sept. 21.

Source: Auction house puts pristine 39-year-old Apple-1 on the block | Computerworld

( – Australian rugby star Jarryd Hayne runs over Chargers defender – 

By Jared Dubin | Staff Writer

Jarryd Hayne, the former Australian rugby star who has been in camp with the San Francisco 49ers as a running back, may or may not make the roster, but on Thursday night, he gave us one heck of a highlight.

Wooooooo, boy. That’s some hit. Cornerback Lowell Rose is the recipient of the blow, by the way. He might be hurting right about now.

A few plays earlier, Hayne busted loose with this run up the middle.

Jarryd Hayne laying the hit. (Twitter)

That’s a really nice job of reading the defense, seeing that the running lane was closed and finding the cutback to the back side. Sure, it’s against backups, but it’s an NFL-caliber run. Carlos Hyde, Reggie Bush and Kendall Hunter are all probably ahead of Hayne on San Fran’s RB depth chart, but plays like these are why he’s got a shot to make the roster.

Source: Australian rugby star Jarryd Hayne runs over Chargers defender –

(NBC News) – Stock Market Turmoil: Dow Drops 272 Points After Opaque Jobs Report 

U.S. stocks closed lower Friday after a mixed jobs report gave investors few clues about the Federal Reserve next move on interest rates. It was the second-worst week for the market so far this year.

At the close, the Dow Jones industrial average fell 272.18 points, or 1.66 percent, to 16,102.58, the S&P 500 lost 29.89 points, or 1.53 percent, to 1,921.24 and the Nasdaq Composite dropped 49.58 points, or 1.05 percent, to 4,683.92.

“Unfortunately, this report settles little, we think, leaving the next two weeks essentially as unsettled as they were prior to the report’s release,” Dan Greenhaus, chief strategist at BTIG, told the Associated Press after the jobs report’s release.

Jobs Report Points to Fed Rate Hike: Economists

In August the U.S. economy added 173,000 jobs, lower than the 220,000 expected. On the positive side, the unemployment rate fell to 5.1 percent, its lowest since 2008. And adding to confusion the report also included upwards revisions to previous month’s job numbers.

Carrying a Balance on Credit Card? Fed Interest Rate Will Cost You

For consumers, an increase in the Federal Reserve rates would mean paying higher interest on credit card debt and some mortgages. But for savers it would also mean earning a little bit more on what they’ve been able to sock away in the bank.

Markets have been especially volatile since China’s surprise devaluing of its currency in August, initially sending the Dow plunging and stocks into correction territory.

Source: Stock Market Turmoil: Dow Drops 272 Points After Opaque Jobs Report – NBC News

(Fortune) – Kraft Singles Recall 10 Times Larger Than Initially Thought – 

Plastic film is a choking hazard.

The Kraft Singles recall of the popular cheese slices just became about 10 times larger.

What first included about 36,000 packages of the product recalled due to a sliver of plastic film staying attached to the cheese has now become over 335,000, according to the Associated Press.

The plastic film presents a choking hazard and comes after the initial recall by Kraft Heinz at the end of July.

The products affected include Kraft Singles American and White American cheese products in 1, 2 and 4-pound packages, which have a use by date from Dec. 12 to March 2. The recalled items were sold in the U.S., Puerto Rico, and 10 other countries and territories, including Anguilla, the Bahamas, Belize, Bermuda, Grand Cayman, Netherlands Antilles, St. Kitts and Nevis, South Korea, St. Lucia, and the British Virgin Islands.

As the report notes:

The privately held company said it’s received two new reports of customers choking. It disclosed three such reports in July, and said it had received seven other complaints about the packaging.

Consumers can return the product for a full refund, according to the company.

Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway recently teamed up with the Brazilian investment firm 3G Capital to combine Heinz with Kraft.


Source: Kraft Singles Recall 10 Times Larger Than Initially Thought – Fortune

(Reuters) – China holds massive military parade, to cut troop levels by 300,000

President Xi Jinping announced on Thursday he would cut troop levels by 300,000 asChina held its biggest display of military might in a parade to commemorate victory overJapan in World War Two, an event shunned by most Western leaders.

China’s confidence in its armed forces and growing military assertiveness, especially in the disputed South China Sea, has rattled the region and drawn criticism from Washington.

Xi, speaking on a rostrum overlooking Beijing’s Tiananmen Square before the parade began, said China would cut by 13 percent one of the world’s biggest militaries, currently 2.3-million strong.

The Defence Ministry said the cuts would be mostly complete by the end of 2017. The move is likely part of long-mooted military rationalization plans, which have included spending more money on high-tech weapons for the navy and air force. Troop numbers have been cut three times already since the 1980s.

“Prejudice and discrimination, hatred and war can only cause disaster and pain,” Xi said under a clear blue sky. “China will always uphold the path of peaceful development.”

He then descended to Beijing’s main thoroughfare and inspected rows of troops, riding past them in a black limousine and bellowing repeatedly: “Hello comrades, hard-working comrades!”

More than 12,000 soldiers, mostly Chinese but with contingents from Russia and elsewhere, then marched down Changan Avenue, led by veterans of World War Two carried in vehicles.

They were followed by ballistic missiles, tanks and armored vehicles, many never seen in public before. Advanced fighter jets and bombers flew overhead in a highly choreographed spectacle that lasted around 90 minutes.

Among the weapons China unveiled for the first time was an anti-ship ballistic missile, the Dongfeng-21D, which is reportedly capable of destroying an aircraft carrier with one hit.

Also shown were several intercontinental ballistic missiles such as the DF-5B and the DF-31A as well as the DF-26 intermediate range ballistic missile, dubbed the “Guam killer” in reference to a U.S. Pacific Ocean base.


Greg Austin, a professorial fellow at the East-West Institute in New York, said the troop cuts had nothing to do with curbing military power.

“It’s a determination to expand military power by redirecting money to higher impact, higher technologies, which can have more strategic effect,” he said, referring to the maritime, cyber and space frontiers.

Peng Guangqian, deputy head of China’s Council for National Security Policy Studies, said the equipment on display was intended to show the combat readiness of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA).

“This indicates a change of the PLA training strategy; with more focus on actual combat,” Peng told the official Xinhua news agency.

China is also building two aircraft carriers that will be the same size as its sole carrier, a 60,000-tonne refurbished Soviet-era ship, according to a report on the PLA by the Defence Ministry in neighboring, self-ruled Taiwan, which China claims as its own. Chinese state media have hinted new vessels are being built.

For Xi, the parade was a welcome distraction from the country’s plunging stock markets, slowing economic growth and recent blasts at a chemical warehouse that killed at least 160 people.

Xi was joined by Russian President Vladimir Putin and leaders of several other nations with close ties to China, including Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir, who is wanted for war crimes by the International Criminal Court.

Most Western leaders rebuffed invitations to attend, diplomats said, unhappy about the guest list and wary of the message China would send with the show of strength.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe did not attend the parade, which was held one day after the 70th anniversary of Tokyo’s surrender in World War Two.

China’s government repeatedly said the parade was not aimed at today’s Japan, but to remember the past and to remind the world of China’s huge sacrifices during the conflict.

However, it rarely misses an opportunity to draw attention to Japan’s wartime role. On Wednesday, Xi said Japanese invaders before and during World War Two behaved with barbarity.


Xi has set great store on China’s military modernization, including developing an ocean-going “blue water” navy capable of defending the country’s growing global interests.

In a sign of that emerging capability, five Chinese Navy ships were sailing in international waters in the Bering Sea off Alaska, the Pentagon said on Wednesday, at a time when U.S. President Barack Obama is touring the state.

China’s Defence Ministry said the ships were there as part of routine drills not aimed at any particular country.

Pentagon spokesman Captain Jeff Davis said it was the first time the United States had seen Chinese navy ships in the Bering Sea.

“It is living up to what the Chinese have been saying, ‘We are now a blue water navy. We will operate in the far seas and we are a global presence’,” said Dean Cheng, a Chinaexpert at the Heritage Foundation think-tank in Washington.

Xi will meet Obama in Washington for talks later this month that will be dominated by a host of issues, including China’s growing military reach.

Beijing was locked down to ensure nothing went wrong at the parade, with much of the downtown off-limits, a three-day holiday declared and ordinary people kept well away.

“This parade and patriotism are two separate things,” said Mi Guoxian, who had come to Beijing for a wedding, standing on a nearly deserted street behind a line of police.

“This is for the national leaders.”

(Additional reporting by Michael Martina and Meng Meng in BEIJING, Matt Siegel in SYDNEY, Kaori Kaneko in TOKYO, J.R. Wu in Taipei and Phil Stewart in WASHINGTON; Editing by Dean Yates and Nick Macfie)

( – Recap: Panthers 23, Steelers 6

PITTSBURGH – Head coach Ron Rivera said he hoped the performance of his reserves in the preseason finale would make the team’s final roster decisions that much more difficult.

Rivera may have gotten his wish.

The Panthers cruised past the Pittsburgh Steelers, 23-6, on Thursday night to finish the preseason with a 3-1 record.

“It was a good showing. A lot of young guys did good things with their opportunities,” said Rivera, who will now turn his attention to the task of trimming the roster from 75 players to 53 by Saturday. “We’re going to have to make some decisions that will be hard.”

The only disappointing news of the night came on the injury front. Starting cornerbackJosh Norman left with a head injury on the game’s second snap, and reserve cornerbackTeddy Williams left with a groin injury shortly after. Rivera didn’t have any updates on the players’ condition.

The Panthers were efficient and balanced on offense – passing for 228 yards and rushing for 226 – and their defense kept the Steelers off-balance. That was especially true in the first half, when the Panthers were pretty close to perfect.

The running game was dominant at times and the defense was dominant at all times, allowing a first down to start the half and one to end it but nothing in between. It added up to a 17-0 halftime lead.

“I’m happy with it,” said quarterback Derek Anderson, who signed a two-year contract extension Wednesday and started the game with Cam Newton sitting this one out. “To run the ball the way we did was really good.

“Sometimes these games can get a little sloppy, but we did a good job of setting the tempo by running the ball, and we made plays in the passing game when we had to. Plus the defense played good.”

Rookie running back Cameron Artis-Payne did the bulk of the work early, rushing 10 times for 65 yards in the first quarter to set up a 23-yard field goal early in the second quarter for a 3-0 lead.

On the next drive, Anderson’s last of the night, the running game gained more ground. Undrafted rookie Brandon Wegher got it going with a 15-yard gallop, then on third-and-10, Carolina caught the Steelers off guard. Out of the shotgun, Anderson handed off toJordan Todman, who took advantage of spacious running lanes on his way to a 49-yard touchdown.

“I’ve been waiting for a while to bust a big one, to have a big play,” said Todman, who got more action with Jonathan Stewart a healthy scratch. “It took until the fourth preseason game to showcase, but better late than never.”

Webb took over at quarterback from there and kicked the passing game into high gear just before halftime. The Panthers took over at their own 20 after the defense’s fourth consecutive three-and-out with 1:42 left and started moving behind Webb and wide receiverBrenton Bersin.

They finished the drive off with a flourish. Webb hit tight end Brandon Williams for a 22-yard gain on third-and-6, advancing to the Steelers 29 with 15 seconds left. After Bersin’s third catch of the drive, Webb pumped and drilled one to tight end Marcus Lucas down the sideline for a 23-yard score just five seconds before the half.

The teams traded field goals in the third quarter.

Several of  Carolina’s top players – Luke Kuechly and Greg Olsen among them – did not play, but two that Carolina hopes will be top players returned to action after missing two games. Defensive tackle Kawann Short recorded a sack earlier, and rookie wide receiverDevin Funchess had two catches for 22 yards.

Receiver Kevin Norwood, acquired in a trade Monday with the Seattle Seahawks, caught a 13-yard pass late in the third quarter and then broke into the clear for a 27-yarder early in the fourth quarter. That set up a 27-yard field goal that made it 23-3 with 11:40 left, a kick that improved Graham Gano to 10-for-10 in the preseason.

“It felt pretty good,” Norwood said. “I just wanted to go out and do my best, I can feel like I did my best.

“I could have done better, of course, but it was a great start for me.”

And a great finish to the preseason for the Panthers as a whole.

“It’s great to go into the season on a high note,” said Artis-Payne, who finished with 67 yards on 12 carries. “We executed. That’s the biggest thing.”
Source: Recap: Panthers 23, Steelers 6


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(NBC News) – Kim Davis, Kentucky Clerk, Held in Contempt and Ordered to Jail


A Kentucky clerk is heading to jail after a judge found her in contempt of court for refusing to issue same-sex marriage licenses to gay couples.

Kim Davis, a clerk in Rowan County, was found in contempt of court on Thursday morning by Judge David Bunning. Davis has said granting marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples would “violate God’s definition of marriage” and infringe on her personal beliefs as an Apostolic Christian.

Bunning said Davis would be released only when she agreed to follow his order and issue marriage licenses.

Davis was visibly emotional from the stand during the two-hour hearing. She testified that she became a Christian in January 2011 on the day her mother-in-law died.

Image: Kimberly Davis
Kimberly Davis Carter County Detention Center
“God’s moral law conflicts with my job duties,” Davis told the judge. “You can’t be separated from something that’s in your heart and in your soul.”

But Bunning was unconvinced. “I myself have genuinely held religious beliefs,” the judge later said, but “I took an oath.”

Davis thanked the judge as she was being led out of the courtroom and turned over to U.S. Marshals.

The judge told all six of Davis’ deputy clerks that they must issue marriage licenses to gay couples — or else they will face fines or jail time, too.

The lawyer for Davis, whose defense is funded by the Liberty Counsel, a religious freedom group, argued that the deputy clerks can only issue licenses under Davis’ authority. But the judge overruled this objection.

On Thursday afternoon, five of the six deputy clerks testified they would comply with the judge’s order to issue same-sex marriage licenses. Plaintiffs raised the question of whether that license would be legal, without the county’s clerk’s signature. The judge would not rule on that one way or the other.

Some were emotional about the decision.

Deputy clerk Melissa Thompson told U.S. District Judge David Bunning that she doesn’t really want to, but she will comply with the law. She wept and said: “I’m a preacher’s daughter, and this is the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do in my life.”

The lone holdout among the deputy’s clerk is the clerk’s son, Nathan.

Attorneys for the couple’s suing Davis proposed allowing her out of custody if she agrees to not interfere with her deputies issuing marriage licenses for gay couples. The judge agreed to the proposal and ordered Davis be returned to the courtroom.

But Davis did not return to court, with her attorney speaking on her behalf.

The attorney said Davis “would not make any representation” that she would allow marriage licenses to be issued, thus not accepting the compromise that would have led to her release.

She remains in custody for contempt of court and is headed to jail.

Judge Bunning spoke directly to Davis’ son, and said, “I want to ensure that orders of the court are complied with.”

“I do expect compliance,” he said.

Mat Staver, chairman of the Liberty Counsel, said Davis was being “treated as a criminal” for violating her conscience. Davis’ defense is funded by the religious freedom group.

“While she may be behind bars for now, Kim Davis is a free woman,” Staver said in a statement. “Her conscience remains unshackled.”

Davis also faced stiff fines, but Bunning ruled that any financial penalties wouldn’t be enough because others could pay them for her. Attorneys for the plaintiffs suing Davis also argued that allowing her to disobey a federal order would set a dangerous example.

Bunning upheld the Supreme Court’s decision in June to legalize same-sex marriage nationwide, and wrote last month after the contempt lawsuit was filed that the state is merely forcing her to do her job within the law.

Before the hearing, dozens of protesters on both sides of the issue clashed outside of the federal courthouse in Covington, some in support of Davis for standing up for her beliefs.

While clerks in other states have made similar refusals, Davis’ defiance is the most prominent — leading GOP presidential candidates to weigh in and casting a spotlight on her personal life, too.

It was revealed this week that she was divorced three times and had children out of wedlock before a religious awakening became a turning point in her life.

Davis, a registered Democrat, had worked as a deputy clerk for 27 years before voters in Rowan County elected her as clerk last November.

As an elected official, she can only be removed in a vote by state legislators, who don’t reconvene in the State House until January.

Despite her political leanings, she’s likely to get much support from Republican lawmakers.

White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters Thursday afternoon that no public official is above the law.

“Certainly not the president of the United States, but neither is the Rowan County clerk,” Earnest said. “That’s a principle that is enshrined in our Constitution and in our democracy and it’s one that obviously the courts are seeking to uphold.”

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(Houston Chronicle) – Police: Gunman kills 1, wounds 2 at Sacramento college

A police officer stands guard as Sacramento City College is on lockdown while police search the area after a shooting, Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015, in Sacramento, Calif. The shooting occurred in a parking lot near the baseball field on the college campus. (Renée C. Byer/The Sacramento Bee via AP) MAGS OUT; LOCAL TELEVISION OUT (KCRA3, KXTV10, KOVR13, KUVS19, KMAZ31, KTXL40); MANDATORY CREDIT


SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Police hunted for a gunman Thursday night who opened fire at a Sacramento college parking lot, killing one person and wounding two others, authorities said.

One victim was declared dead at the scene, another was taken to a hospital with injuries, and the third was only grazed by a bullet and was being questioned by investigators, saidDustin Poore of Los Rios police, who patrolSacramento City College.

One of the victims is a student at the college, but it was not immediately clear which. It was also unclear whether the others had any connection to the school.

The shooting near a baseball field at the edge of campus began as a verbal dispute between the group of men, one of whom pulled out a gun and fired, Poore said.

The suspect, wearing a white T-shirt and cargo shorts, fled on foot.

After the shooting occurred around 4 p.m., the campus was locked down for about two hours before police officers had cleared all the buildings and allowed students and staff to leave.

They had not found the suspect, and expected he had left the campus, though investigators were still combing the area, said Sgt. Doug Morse of the Sacramento Police Department, which was taking over the homicide investigation.

Evening classes were canceled.

Police descended from all directions on campus shortly before 4 p.m. after the gunfire broke out, and students told to stay in their classrooms and lock the door were filled with fear.

“My stomach dropped,” student Lars Beesom told KCRA-TV. “It was definitely really, really scary, but we all stayed calm.

Beesom added, “It’s school. It’s supposed to be a good environment, and you don’t want to be scared here.”

Jackie Flores, 50, who lives across the street from the parking lot, said she heard four or five shots fired. “It all happened so fast,” she told the Sacramento Bee.

Classes were in session at the two-year college in central Sacramento with a student body of about 25,000. The fall semester began Aug. 22.

The corner of campus where the shooting occurred is surrounded by strip malls with chain restaurants on one side and a golf course on the other.


Evening classes were canceled.

Source: Police: Gunman kills 1, wounds 2 at Sacramento college – Houston Chronicle