In a shooting rampage that left five people dead, two assailants killed two Las Vegas police officers on Sunday at a pizza restaurant and fatally shot a third person at a nearby Walmart before dying in a suicide pact, the authorities said. The attackers, one male and one female, ambushed the two police officers as they were eating lunch at a CiCi’s Pizza around 11:20 a.m., Sheriff Douglas Gillespie of Clark County said at a news conference on Sunday afternoon. The sheriff identified the officers as Alyn Beck and Igor Soldo, and said that one of them fired at the attackers before he died, but that it was unclear whether the officer struck either assailant. The attackers took the officers’ weapons and ammunition before they fled across the street to a Walmart store in the same plaza. There, they fatally shot one other person inside the entrance, Sheriff Gillespie said. Officers responding to the shooting confronted the man and the woman and exchanged gunfire with them, then they heard several shots, the sheriff said. The female suspect is believed to have shot the male suspect before killing herself, Sheriff Gillespie said. Larry Hadfield, a spokesman for the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, said earlier on Sunday that investigators believed the couple had a suicide pact. Some witnesses reported that the couple had shouted “This is a revolution!” while firing on the officers at the pizza restaurant. But Sheriff Gillespie said he could not confirm that. The CiCi’s Pizza is about nine miles from the Las Vegas Strip. The restaurant and the Walmart are in a shopping plaza in the Las Vegas Valley that was bustling with activity on Sunday morning.
ROCHESTER, N.Y. AP — Two upstate New York radio hosts have been fired over their on-air comments about Rochester’s decision to cover gender reassignment surgery for city employees.Entercom Rochester on Thursday announced the firings of Kimberly Ray and Barry Beck from WBZA, calling their comments “hateful” and saying they don’t represent the station. Ray referred to someone seeking gender reassignment surgery as “a nut job.” Beck equated the issue to having the city pay for breast enhancement or liposuction for a mentally ill woman. The discussion on their “Breakfast Buzz” show Wednesday had generated 4,000 signatures by Thursday on a removal petition.
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MIAMI, Dec 17 (Reuters) – A Florida man walked into a convenience store with a live alligator and tried to trade it for a 12-pack of beer, according to wildlife authorities who cited him with illegally capturing the animal.
It was unclear why the man thought the clerk at the Santa Ana Market in Miami would accept the 4-foot (1.2-meter) reptile as payment, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission spokesman Jorge Pino said on Tuesday.
“I think that anybody who would conceive this scheme is not thinking properly,” Pino said.
The clerk called authorities and would-be customer Fernando Caignet Aguilera was cited on Dec. 10 with possessing, illegally taking and attempting to sell the alligator, which he said he caught at a park.
Each of the three misdemeanor charges caries a penalty of up to six months in jail and a fine up to $500, Pino said.
The alligator was unharmed and was released back into the wild, he said. Alligators are no longer endangered but it is illegal to take them in Florida except during a closely regulated annual hunt.
via Florida Man Tries To Trade Alligator For Beer, Gets Cited.
Authorities say a grenade-wielding man on a shooting rampage in Dallas and DeSoto late Wednesday killed four people and wounded four others.
The suspect has been identified as Erbie Bowser, 44, but the names of the victims have not been released. Authorities say it appears he was trying to kill a former girlfriend. It is believed she is among the victims.
Officials say Bowser’s rampage began about 10:30 p.m. Wednesday in Dallas at a home in the 7100 block of Long Canyon Trail, near West Wheatland Road and Mountain Creek Parkway. He killed two people and wounded two others there, police said.
Bowser then went to a home in the 100 block of Galleria Drive in DeSoto, where he threw a hand grenade into the living room before shooting and killing two women, police said. He also wounded two children.
When DeSoto officers arrived, Bowser pretended to be among the victims. But officers quickly determined he was their suspect and took him into custody. Officers also confiscated a pocket knife from him.
Authorities say Bowser has tattoos indicating he may have been an Army Ranger. He has been previously been arrested for violating a protective order and evading arrest.
“If it’s crazy to call for putting police and armed security in our schools to protect our children, then call me crazy,” LaPierre said in an interview on NBC’s Meet the Press. “I think the American people think it’s crazy not to do it. It’s the one thing that would keep people safe.”
via NRA’s Wayne LaPierre doubles down on schools gun plan as anger rises | World news | guardian.co.uk.
Nadine Sherif of the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies said in a statement: “President Morsi had a choice to either bring the country together or tear it apart. Today it seems clear that he has made his decision and civil war seems looming.”
via Morsi Defends Wide Authority in Egypt as Turmoil Rises – NYTimes.com.
“Au départ, on a un petit problème électrique qui aurait dû concerner 150 personnes pendant une heure et, au final, on se retrouve avec une vraie pagaille qui a touché des dizaines de milliers de personnes”, résume un porte-parole de la SNCF. Ce très important incident est la conséquence d’”une succession d’incidents qui ont fait boule de neige” et qui ont débuté à 17 h 45 par un problème de caténaire sur la ligne entre Paris et Mitry en Seine-et-Marne. Si ce problème technique a été réglé à 18 h 40, des voyageurs, impatients, sont descendus sur les voies, provoquant une diffusion des incidents de trafic jusqu’en fin de soirée, a expliqué un porte-parole de la SNCF Antoine Debièvre. La SNCF a dû mettre en place une cellule de crise. La situation est en effet rapidement devenue très complexe à gérer avec des voyageurs excédés sur les quais de la gare du Nord et des centaines d’autres marchant sur les voies après l’arrêt de leur train entre deux stations.
From The Daily Telegraph:
Customers who spend $1,999 (£1,240) or more on an engagement ring at the Jewellery By Harold shop in North Liberty, Iowa will receive a free rifle.
The jeweller, Harold van Beek, told KCRG, that he wanted to “do something for the boy who doesn’t like to hunt for diamonds but likes to hunt for deer.”
Mr van Beek may have found a way to get hunters to propose to their girlfriends. Hunting fans will not have to choose between the diamond and the rifle. Thanks to Mr van Beek they can get both.
The offer starts on Thursday and will be going on until the end of October.