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Colorado shooting: Three killed at Walmart in Thornton as customers flee in panic

Top Stories - Thu, 11/02/2017 - 01:53

Two men and a woman were killed in a shooting inside a suburban Denver Walmart on Wednesday night that forced customers to either hide or flee. Thornton police reported "multiple parties down" and advised people to stay away from the area as dozens of police cruisers and emergency vehicles raced to the scene. The men died at the Colorado store, and the woman died at a hospital. Police spokesman Victor Avila said a man nonchalantly entered the store and fired a handgun into a group of people before fleeing in a car. No one has been arrested. "This is a very heinous act," Avila said. "We don't know exactly what the motive of the person was, but it was certainly a terrible act." The spokesman said there is currently no indication that the shooting was an act of terror. Denver Walmart shooting map Reports of shots fired came shortly before 6:30 p.m. local time, a police spokesman told local 9NEWS in Denver. An hour after the incident, the situation, the nature of the incident or status of the threat remained unclear, he said. Local television images showed a number of police cars and ambulances surrounding the store, lights flashing.  Witness says this is near #Thornton, #Colorado#Walmart. Police say "multiple parties" are down after a shooting. (Per @TheWilliamCrail) pic.twitter.com/fjKLwh1FnQ— Chris Stewart (@CStewartWPTV) November 2, 2017 Aaron Stephens, 44, was in the self-checkout line when he heard a single shot followed by more bursts of gunfire, The Denver Post reported. He said customers started screaming and running for the exits. "I was scared. I feared for my life," said Stephens, who has lived in Thornton for 20 years. Meanwhile, Brandon Bonney said he received a call from his brother, who was inside the store. "Bro, I'm inside Walmart, and there's a shooting here," Bonney said his brother told him. Bonney told his brother to silence his phone, stay calm and "just get somewhere and hide," The Post reported. Investigators have not released any details about the circumstances of the shooting or the condition of the injured woman. "Like six pops, everyone got down, everyone started screaming." Employee on shooting inside #Walmart in #Thornton#Colorado (per @KDVR) pic.twitter.com/ZSPNHPT9D5— Chris Stewart (@CStewartWPTV) November 2, 2017 Local NBC affiliate 9NEWS reported that a woman whose son was in Walmart had told her that he had heard about 30 gunshots and was still inside. A video posted on Twitter showed the store apparently empty except for police officers with guns drawn. Empty Walmart after Customers evacuated after shooting at Thornton Walmart on Grant Street in Thorntonpic.twitter.com/K0pDQ58FVX— ����TrumpRussia���� (@TrumpEra_2017) November 2, 2017 One woman on Facebook said her son had told her there was a shooting at the store. "OMG! My son Nathan just called me shooting at Thornton Walmart just now..many shots fired!!" Junie Toni Manz wrote on Facebook. "Angela Martinez-Garcia and her son Johnny and her mom Meka were in the store during shooting and had to run out...They are shaken up."


3 People Shot and Killed at a Colorado Walmart

Top Stories - Thu, 11/02/2017 - 00:00

Scott Ostrem, 47, was arrested after a massive manhunt.


Fox News' Shepard Smith Gets Emotional Paying Tribute To New York City

Top Stories - Wed, 11/01/2017 - 23:50

Fox News anchor Shepard Smith took a moment on his Wednesday broadcast to pay tribute to the resilient spirit of New York City after a driver mowed down pedestrians and bikers Tuesday in lower Manhattan, killing at least eight people and injuring 12. “New York City made you proud last night,” said the Mississippi native who calls Manhattan home.


Monsanto halts launch of chemical after users complain of rashes

Top Stories - Wed, 11/01/2017 - 21:03

By Tom Polansek CHICAGO (Reuters) - Monsanto Co put on hold the launch of a chemical designed to be applied to crop seeds on Wednesday following reports it causes rashes on people, in the latest instance of complaints about a company product that was approved by U.S. environmental regulators. Monsanto froze plans for commercial sales of the product called NemaStrike, which can protect corn, soybeans and cotton from worms that reduce yields. The company said it conducted three years of field tests across the United States in preparation for a full launch and that more than 400 people used it this year as part of a trial.


In meeting, Trump to push a reluctant Xi to rein in North Korea

Top Stories - Wed, 11/01/2017 - 20:47

By Steve Holland and John Walcott WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump will further pressure Chinese President Xi Jinping in talks next week to take tougher measures against North Korea, as the United States compiles information for possible new sanctions on Chinese banks working with Pyongyang. Senior administration officials say Trump will try to convince Xi when they meet in Beijing to squeeze North Korea with steps such as limits on oil exports, coal imports and financial transactions. It is the latest attempt by Trump to have China, North Korea's only major ally, rein in Pyongyang's nuclear weapons ambitions but it is far from clear if Xi, who has just consolidated his power at a Communist Party congress, will agree.


US travel-blogger family missing in Brazil

Top Stories - Wed, 11/01/2017 - 20:28

An American couple travel-blogging through South America are missing in Brazil along with their two small girls after pirates attacked their boat, authorities said Wednesday. The missing were named as Adam Harris Hateau, 39, Emily Faith Hateau, 37, and two young daughters about three and seven. The couple had been writing a travel blog since 2012, local media reported.


Meghan McCain Gets Engaged To Conservative Writer Ben Domenech [UPDATED]

Top Stories - Wed, 11/01/2017 - 19:58

Meghan McCain has a lot on her plate these days, but her life is about to get even busier.


The Latest: Spokesman: US family missing in Brazil is found

Top Stories - Wed, 11/01/2017 - 19:44

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on a family from California who went missing in Brazil after pirates attacked their boat (all times local):


Kidnapping Victim Escapes Trunk When Abductor Stops at Gas Station: Cops

Top Stories - Wed, 11/01/2017 - 19:25

The suspect assaulted the woman as she slept, then imprisoned her in his car.


San Francisco murder suspect's interrogation played for jury

Top Stories - Wed, 11/01/2017 - 18:37

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Jurors on Wednesday heard the muddled interrogation of a Mexican national on trial for the fatal shooting of a woman that touched off a fierce debate over immigration.


NPR news chief Oreskes ousted after harassment allegations

Top Stories - Wed, 11/01/2017 - 18:30

NEW YORK (AP) — Michael Oreskes was ousted Wednesday as National Public Radio's news chief following sexual harassment accusations, some dating to when he was Washington bureau chief at The New York Times in the 1990s.


The Best Food Processors, According To Amazon Reviewers

Top Stories - Wed, 11/01/2017 - 17:36

Food processors are often viewed as the underrated step-child of the blender, but they are so much more than a pint-sized smoothie maker. Blenders are better for puréeing liquids and frozen foods like soups, frozen berries and ice. Food processors, on the other hand, make quick work out of chopping rough foods like nuts and spices, and are better when dealing with smaller quantities of food like garlic and herbs for sauces, dressings, dips, and homemade flours.


Trump's NASA Pick Skewered For Climate Change Denial, Divisive Past At Hearing

Top Stories - Wed, 11/01/2017 - 17:00

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s pick to lead NASA was slammed by Senate Democrats during a nomination hearing Wednesday, while he waffled on the scientific consensus about climate change.


Trove of Bin Laden documents reveal Iran's secret dealings with al-Qaeda

Top Stories - Wed, 11/01/2017 - 16:35

A newly released trove of documents recovered from Osama bin Laden’s Pakistan compound have revealed “secret dealings” between Iran and al-Qaeda.  Nearly half a million files found on the computer seized in the May 2, 2011, US raid on the al-Qaeda founder's hideout in Abbottabad were released by the CIA on Wednesday.  A never-before-seen 19-page document purportedly written by a senior member of al-Qaeda details an arrangement between Iran and members of the group to strike American interests in "Saudi Arabia and the Gulf."  In exchange, Shia Iran offered Sunni militants "money, arms” and “training in Hizbollah camps in Lebanon." Iranian intelligence facilitated the travel of some operatives with visas, while sheltering others.  The author of the file, described as "well-connected," explains that al-Qaeda's forces violated the terms of the agreement of the deal, however, resulting in several men being detained. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, along with with members of the national security team, receive an update on the mission against Osama bin Laden in the Situation Room of the White House Credit: AP Iranian connections to Hizballah and Palestinian militant groups, such as Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad, are well-documented, but its ties to al-Qaeda have until now mostly been shrouded in secrecy. The timing of the release comes as US President Donald Trump is trying to decertify a bilateral deal agreed with Iran to end its nuclear proliferation programme, which was negotiated by his predecessor Barack Obama and one which he has described as the “worst deal ever made”. Mr Trump has been keen to portray Tehran as America’s greatest threat and will no doubt seize upon the documents as proof of the Islamic republic’s support for terrorism in the region.  Speaking at a national security seminar organised by the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies in Washington DC last month about the release of the documents, Mike Pompeo, CIA director, said al-Qaeda and Iran have always built "secret and open" ties. Central Intelligence Agency Director Mike Pompeo arrives for a closed briefing before the House Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., U.S. Credit: Reuters Mr Pompeo attributed the relationship between the two parties to the fact that they view the West as a common enemy, referring to an "ideological consensus" of their cooperation against the West. He added that the two sides did not fight against each other because they considered the West a greater threat to them. Mr Pompeo stressed that CIA is still watching these relations, especially with the complexity of the situation in Syria, noting that US intelligence is tracking the terrorist organisations' loss of territories  in Syria and Iraq. His comments have raised alarm bells among critics of Mr Trump's new strategy to counter Iranian influence, wary that hawks like Mr Pompeo may be making a case for war. The documents also contained a log of bin Laden’s video collection, which included pornographic material, several Hollywood movies and three documentaries about himself.  Two newly-released videos also show scenes from the wedding of bin Laden’s son Hamza, the first picture of the heir apparent as an adult.  First video of Osama bin Laden's son Hamza as an adult 00:57 The images are not current, but they are much more recent than the photo al-Qaeda is willing to distribute.  According to Thomas Joscelyn and Bill Roggio, scholars from the foundation who were allowed to study the trove before it was made public, it provides new insights. “The Abbottabad repository confirms that bin Laden was anything but retired when US forces knocked down his door. He was not a mere figurehead,” they write in the Long War Journal.  “During the final months of his life, Osama bin Laden was communicating with subordinates around the globe. Recovered memos discuss the various committees and lieutenants who helped bin Laden manage his sprawling empire of terror.” With 470,000 files released in one trance, it will likely take weeks for journalists, academics, and other researchers to shift through the documents in the trove and contextualise their significance.


Trump Russia Collusion Plain, If Not Criminal

Top Stories - Wed, 11/01/2017 - 16:29

Congressman Adam Schiff talks with Rachel Maddow about the case for collusion between Russia and the Donald Trump campaign as has been established so far by press reporter, court filings and admissions by members of the campaign.


In key step, Hamas gives up control of Gaza border crossings

Top Stories - Wed, 11/01/2017 - 16:27

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — The Islamic militant group Hamas on Wednesday handed over control of Gaza's border crossings with Israel and Egypt to the internationally recognized Palestinian Authority, taking the first tangible step toward implementing a reconciliation deal with the rival Fatah movement.


Muslim countries push UN to speak out on Myanmar abuses

Top Stories - Wed, 11/01/2017 - 16:24

Muslim countries led by Saudi Arabia want the United Nations to denounce serious rights abuses in Myanmar and demand an end to the military campaign against the Rohingya, according to a draft resolution seen by AFP on Wednesday. In one of the worst refugee crises in decades, more than 600,000 Muslim Rohingya have fled an army crackdown in Myanmar's Rakhine state since late August.


Boyfriend of Woman Who Vanished 28 Years Ago Is Arrested in Her Murder

Top Stories - Wed, 11/01/2017 - 16:05

Michael Kufrin had long been suspected in the disappearance of Peggy Sue Case, his live-in girlfriend who vanished in July 1988.


Judge Asked To Block Trump Administration's Decision To End DACA

Top Stories - Wed, 11/01/2017 - 15:38

Several parties asked a federal judge in California Wednesday to block the Trump administration’s decision to scrap the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program while several lawsuits move forward.


College Student Arrested for Smearing Bodily Fluids on Roommate's Belongings

Top Stories - Wed, 11/01/2017 - 15:36

A white college student has been expelled from school after reportedly admitting to smearing her bodily fluids on her black roommate's belongings.


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