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Chicago hospital shooting: Gunman dead after killing three, including police officer

Mon, 11/19/2018 - 23:36

At least three people, including a police officer, were killed at a Chicago hospital on Monday during a shooting rampage that began with an argument in the car park. The violence only ended when police engaged in a shootout with the gunman inside Mercy Hospital. "We have four deceased individuals: police officer, two female staff employees at the hospital, and the offender," police Superintendent Eddie Johnson told journalists. The gunman killed the first victim - a woman who was in a "domestic relationship" with him - during an argument in the car park, then fired at police when they got to the hospital, and ran inside, Mr Johnson said. Additional police - including SWAT officers - arrived at the scene, and "engaged the offender for several minutes in the hospital, with gunshots being fired by the offender and by the police," he said. During the shootout, the gunman killed a second woman when she emerged from a lift, Mr Johnson said. The shooter was also fatally wounded, but it was unclear if he killed himself or was killed by police. The first victim died during an argument in the car park Credit: Scott Olson/Getty Images North America Officer Samuel Jimenez, who joined the Chicago police force last year, died during the gun fight, officials said. The 28-year-old was married with children and the second Chicago officer killed in the line of duty this year. "There’s no doubt in my mind that all of those officers who responded were heroes and they saved a lot of lives, because we just don't know how much damage he (the gunman) was prepared to do," Mr Johnson said. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said: "This tears at the soul of our city. It is the face and consequence of evil." Patients described being alarmed by the sound of gunshots outside Mercy Hospital and seeing a man apparently walking with a woman in the car park before shooting her three times in the chest. "Once she fell to the ground, he stood over her and shot her three more times," bystander James Gray told reporters, adding that the attack played out "like a movie scene." TV footage showed terrified patients and staff filing out of the hospital into a car park with their hands in the air after officers flooded the area. Police and firefighters salute an ambulance carrying the body of Officer Samuel Jimenez Credit: Armando L. Sanchez/ Chicago Tribune Patient Hector Avitia told the local CBS television affiliate he was with his wife waiting for test results when he saw a gunman dressed in black fire on someone on the ground several times in the car park. "Then almost immediately, an officer was already coming in an SUV, and (the assailant) exchanged fire at them and then reloaded and shot the person on the ground again," another witness said. "And then he made his way into the hospital and more shots were fired." The shooting followed a series of recent high-profile gun rampages that have fuelled calls for gun control measures in a country plagued by gun violence. Less than two weeks earlier, a gunman killed 12 people in a California music bar packed with college students. That came after the worst anti-Semitic attack in modern US history, when a gunman opened fire on congregants at a synagogue in the US city of Pittsburgh on October 27. Samuel Jimenez died responding to the incident Bypassers alerted to the latest incident spoke of hearing between six and nine gunshots that initially sounded like construction noise. "I am scared as hell. I have never been so scared, I hear of shootings going on every day at people's workplaces, but not where I work at," an employee of the hospital's family clinic told the ABC affiliate. Mercy, founded in 1852, has locations throughout Chicago and provides outpatient treatment and acute inpatient care, boasting doctors who are leaders in their field. Another hospital employee quoted by the Chicago Tribune said she was in her office when a notice came over a public address system telling those in the hospital to lock their doors. "I don't know what happened," the unnamed employee told the Tribune. "They told us to run, so we did." Gun murders per 100,000 residents Chicago has in recent years earned an unwelcome distinction for its violence. From 2015 to 2017 the city registered nearly 1,900 murders - a period during which the next-closest city, Baltimore, registered around 1,000. However, the city is not in the top ten for murders nationwide, per capita. St. Louis in Missouri has had the nation's highest murder rate since 2014, with 66.1 murders per 100,000 people in 2017, according to the FBI’s most recent yearly statistics, released in September. It was followed by Baltimore (55.8 per 100,000), Detroit (39.8 per 100,000), New Orleans (39.5 per 100,000) and Baton Rouge, Louisiana (38.3 per 100,000). Chicago ranked 14th among cities with at least 100,000 people in 2017. Its 653 murders, measured against a population of more than 2.7 million, translated to a murder rate of 24.1 homicides per 100,000. That was less than half the rate in St. Louis and Baltimore and below the rates of cities including Cleveland; Memphis, Tennessee; and Newark, New Jersey.  

Check Out the Sig Sauer P226: The Navy SEALs Gun Being Replaced by Glock

Mon, 11/19/2018 - 22:09

Sig Sauer had a good quarter-century run arming America’s naval commandos, and now the torch is passed to Glock.

Thousands evacuated as Guatemala volcano erupts, then stops

Mon, 11/19/2018 - 21:28

Guatemalan authorities declared a red alert and evacuated around 4,000 people Monday after the Fuego volcano erupted for the fifth time this year, sending bursts of ash and lava down the mountain before its activity decreased and then stopped. Memories are still painfully fresh of the volcano's eruption in June, which swept away villages and left nearly 200 people dead and 235 missing. The Institute of Volcanology's director Pablo Oliva said the volcano's activity level had dropped significantly by late Monday.

Tijuana protesters chant 'Out!' at migrants camped in city

Sun, 11/18/2018 - 18:43

TIJUANA, Mexico (AP) — Hundreds of Tijuana residents congregated around a monument in an affluent section of the city south of California on Sunday to protest the thousands of Central American migrants who have arrived via caravan in hopes of a new life in the U.S.

Mark Hamill Confirms Crazy Pitch He Once Made For Infamous 'Star Wars' Character

Sun, 11/18/2018 - 18:34

Actor Mark Hamill, aka Luke Skywalker, confirmed an off-the-wall idea he had

New migrant group sets out for US from El Salvador

Sun, 11/18/2018 - 17:21

Defying US pledges to turn back those seeking asylum at the border, a caravan of about 200 migrants set out Sunday from El Salvador seeking their American dream. The group -- separate from the larger one of Central American migrants that began its journey last month -- gathered in a square in the west of the capital.

Diddy Pays Tribute To 'Soulmate' Kim Porter After Her Sudden Death

Sun, 11/18/2018 - 15:43

Rap mogul Sean "Diddy" Combs posted a touching tribute to his ex-girlfriend

Bucking McConnell, Sens. Graham And Paul Call For Vote On Criminal Justice Bill

Sun, 11/18/2018 - 14:03

Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Rand Paul (R-Ky.) often find themselves on

Florida Sues Walgreens, CVS, Alleging They Added To State's Opioid Crisis

Sun, 11/18/2018 - 13:55

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) -- Florida is suing the nation's two largest

The Latest: Israeli PM Netanyahu takes over defense ministry

Sun, 11/18/2018 - 13:37

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Latest on the political developments in Israel (all times local):

Bavarian premier Soeder to run for CSU party leadership

Sun, 11/18/2018 - 13:32

Bavarian premier Markus Soeder said on Sunday he would run to succeed Interior Minister Horst Seehofer as leader of the Bavarian CSU conservative party. "After careful consideration and in accordance with the desire of many members, I am ready to serve my party," Soeder said in a posting on Facebook. "That is why I am running for the post of CSU party leader." Soeder, whose decision was first reported by the German news agency DPA, said his goal was to further develop and renew the party.

Rohingya refugees say they would 'rather die' than be sent back to Burma, as repatriation plans are 'stalled until 2019'

Sun, 11/18/2018 - 12:19

Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh said on Sunday that they would “rather die” than go back to Burma under current conditions, as it was revealed plans to repatriate them have been stalled until next year. “We will not return without being given our rights as citizens,” said Mohamad Saddiq Hossain, a local community leader in Kutupalong extension camp, “we would rather die here than be taken back there.”  Mr Hossain’s feelings were shared by many of the camp's Rohingya residents, who have spent the past week fearing they could be forced back to the country that more than 720,000 were forced to flee in 2017 after a sweeping army crackdown in Rakhine state. Last Tuesday Bangladesh's government was due to send the first batch of 2,200 refugees back to Burma from the south of Bangladesh, but the process was stalled amid protests.  Many of those on the list approved by the Burma government fled from their shelters and hid in other camps or in the forest. None of them agreed to return if their demands for justice, citizenship and the ability to go back to their original villages and lands were not met. Abul Kalam, Bangladesh's refugee relief and repatriation commissioner, told Reuters on Sunday that "a new course of action" needed to be adopted on repatriation that took into account refugees' demands. Hundreds of Rohingya refugees shout slogans as they protest against their repatriation at the Unchiprang camp Credit:  MOHAMMAD PONIR HOSSAIN/ REUTERS  "I don't think anyone's agreeing to go back without these," he said.  Rahin Ullah, a Rohingya refugee believed to be about 50 years old (he is unsure of his exact age) who fled Myanmar last August for the third time, said he wanted to go home but would not do so until there was an end to discrimination against his people. "We are here just to save our lives for the sake of our children,” he said. “[Burma] is my homeland, my father was born there, my grandfather was born there and, as far as I know, his father before him.”  Highlighting the still volatile conditions in Burma, four Rohingya were shot in a raid by immigration authorities on an internal displacement camp outside the city of Sittwee on Sunday. The 20 police officers who entered the camp were looking for men accused of people smuggling after a boat was stopped off the coast on Saturday with 106 Rohingya on board, believed to be on their way to Malaysia. With Bangladesh set to go to the polls on Dec. 30, any decision either to repatriate people, or relocate refugees from the crowded camps to Bangladesh's Bhasan Char island will not proceed until 2019, Mr Kalam said.  Bangladesh has vowed not to force anyone to return. But the Rohingya’s presence has become particularly contentious ahead of the elections. Many Bangladeshis feel their small, overpopulated country should not be bearing the burden of an extra million people in one of its poorest regions. Rohingya like Mr Hossain have little choice. “Here in Bangladesh we have nothing,” he says, “but it is better than returning.”

Protest greets Apple's Champs Elysees launch

Sun, 11/18/2018 - 12:00

The launch of an Apple store on the Champs Elysees in Paris was greeted Sunday by a protest against the US multinational's controversial fiscal practices. The group had staged a sit-in at Apple's flagship Paris store in December 2017, and in February a French court declined to approve a ban on such actions following a request by the US computer giant. "We have come to celebrate in our own way the inauguration of Apple's Champs Elysees store, to remind people that Apple is one of the biggest tax evaders in the world," Attac spokeswoman Aurelie Trouve told AFP at the protest, which featured a brass band.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Blesses New Push To Oust Incumbent Democrats In Primaries

Sun, 11/18/2018 - 11:52

In a significant escalation of her activism-driven approach to politics,

Police called as Asia-Pacific summit tensions boil over in US-China trade spat

Sun, 11/18/2018 - 11:11

Leaders of Asia-Pacific nations failed to agree a joint communique after a summit for the first time on Sunday after police had to be called when trade tensions between the US and China boiled over in Papua New Guinea. Insiders said the sticking point was US demands to include reference to reforming the World Trade Organisation and “unfair trade practices” - which Beijing took as an unsubtle dig. When Chinese diplomats turned up unannounced to persuade Papua New Guinea’s foreign minister to back their wording, things turned ugly. Rimbink Pato refused to meet them. “Police were posted outside the minister’s office after they tried to barge in,” one source privy to summit negotiations told the AFP news agency, requesting anonymity. Instead of a leaders’ declaration backed by the 21 members of the the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec), Peter O'Neill, prime minister of Papua New Guinea, said he would issue a chairman’s statement. It marks the first time in Apec’s 29-year history that its members have not been able to agree. Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (R) and the US Vice President Mike Pence arrive for a "family photo" Credit: Saeed Khan/AFP “You know the two big giants in the room,” Mr O’Neill said diplomatically when asked which nations could not agree. East-West tensions were on display from the outset of the summit, with the two blocs manoeuvring for influence. Xi Jinping, the Chinese president, was feted by PNG officials when he arrived on Thursday to pitch his Belt and Road initiative to Pacific island nations. The programme offers investment in infrastructure to less developed countries. In response, Mike Pence, US vice president, warned smaller countries not to be seduced by Chinese money that comes with strings. The US and its allies, Japan, Australia and New Zealand, countered with a $1.7 billion (£1.3 billion) plan to deliver reliable electricity and the internet to PNG. China came away with at least one success. A Tongan official said it had signed up to the initiative and had been given a five-year deferral on loan repayments, as Chinese officials insisted they did not add to the burden on small countries.

Car bomb blast kills five in Iraq's Tikrit: police, medics

Sun, 11/18/2018 - 10:17

A car bomb blast killed at least five people and wounded 16 others in the Iraqi city of Tikrit on Sunday, police and medical sources said. The blast set nearly a dozen vehicles on fire, the police sources said. Security forces have closed most of the city streets and deployed in case of any other incidents.

Twitter Users Baffled By Trump's 'Great Climate' Promise During Wildfire Tour

Sun, 11/18/2018 - 09:42

President Donald Trump vowed to make the Earth's climate great again as he

Netanyahu holds last-ditch talks to keep Israeli government together

Sun, 11/18/2018 - 08:02

Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, resisted calls for snap polls Sunday, saying elections now would be "unnecessary and wrong", ahead of what he called last-ditch talks to hold his embattled coalition together. Mr Netanyahu's Right-wing coalition was thrown into crisis Wednesday after the defence minister Avigdor Lieberman's resignation over a controversial Gaza ceasefire deal, leading to speculation over whether early elections have become inevitable. After Mr Lieberman's withdrawal along with his Yisrael Beitenu party, Mr Netanyahu's government was left clinging to a one-seat majority in the 120-seat parliament. Key coalition partners say that is unworkable. Mr Netanyahu, who has sought to delay calling elections, made his case at the start of a cabinet meeting on Sunday. Yuval Steinitz, energy minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, the prime minister, and government secretary Tzahi Braverman attend the weekly cabinet meeting Credit: Abir Sultan/Pool via AP "In a period of security sensitivity, it's unnecessary and wrong to go to elections," Mr Netanyahu said. He noted past instances when Right-wing governments had called elections that did not turn out as they had hoped. "We need to do whatever we can to avoid such mistakes," he said. Mr Netanyahu planned to meet Moshe Kahlon, the finance minister whose centre-right Kulanu party holds 10 seats, at later on Sunday for what he called a "last attempt" to keep the government together. Elections are not due until November 2019. Mr Kahlon has said he does not think it is possible to continue with the existing coalition. Mr Netanyahu said on November 18 it would be "unnecessary and wrong" to call snap polls Credit: ABIR SULTAN/AFP/Getty Images "If (Mr Netanyahu) pulls a rabbit out of his hat, we'll see," Mr Kahlon told Israeli television Saturday. "Meanwhile, I don't see a rabbit or a hat." Naftali Bennett, the education minister of the far-right Jewish Home party, which holds eight seats in parliament, has demanded the defence portfolio as a way of keeping the government together. Netanyahu says he will take it over at least temporarily rather than hand the key ministry to one of his main right-wing rivals, though a last-minute deal could not be ruled out. On Saturday, Bennett told Israeli television that Lieberman had "collapsed the government". "There is no more government and we are heading towards elections," he said. "There is no other alternative."

Women Won The House For Democrats, But Men May End Up Running It

Sun, 11/18/2018 - 08:00

WASHINGTON ― They ran for office at record levels. They came to the polls in

Yemen rebels mobilise to fight ahead of UN envoy visit

Sun, 11/18/2018 - 06:19

Yemeni rebels have said they are ready to mobilise more fighters to the frontline despite a lull in battleground Hodeida, as the UN envoy prepares to visit the country to boost peace efforts. Dozens of Huthi rebels put on a show of strength on the outskirts of the capital Sanaa on Saturday, apparently getting ready to head towards Hodeida, a Red Sea city home to a vital port. Residents told AFP by telephone on Sunday that relative calm had held in Hodeida city since pro-government forces -- backed by a Saudi-led military coalition -- announced a pause in their offensive last week amid international calls for a ceasefire and UN-led peace efforts.