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Everything We Know About The Planned Parenthood Shooting In Colorado Springs

Police in Colorado Springs, Colorado say they have apprehended the gunman who opened fire at a Planned Parenthood clinic early Friday afternoon, injuring at least 11 people, including five police officers. One of those officers and two civilians were killed, according to local news sources.

“The perpetrator is in custody, the situation is resolved,” Colorado Springs mayor John Suthers told reporters at around 7:00pm Eastern Time on Friday. “There is no continuing peril to the people of Colorado Springs.”

The arrest ended a standoff that lasted more than five hours at the reproductive health center. A federal law enforcement source has identified the gunman as 57-year-old Robert Lewis Dear, although authorities still say they don’t have information about his motivation.

The officer killed was Garrett Swasey, 44, a member of the campus police force for the University of Colorado – Colorado Springs. Swasey served as a co-pastor at his church, and friends said he routinely responded to calls for assistance off-campus because of his dedication to putting other people’s lives above his own. Swasey was personally opposed to abortion, a friend told the New York Times. But “I don’t think that was on his mind,” Scott Dontanville told the paper. “He was there to save lives. That’s the kind of guy he is.”

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Mayor Wonders If We Need WWII-Style Internment Camps After Paris Attacks

This 1942 photo shows the evacuation of American-born Japanese civilians during World War II, as they leave their homes for internment, in Los Angeles, California. The sidewalks are piled high with indispensable personal possessions, cars and buses are waiting to transport the evacuees to the war relocation camps.

A Virginia mayor opposed to aiding Syrian refugees in the wake of the Paris attacks floated the idea of World War II-style internment camps Wednesday, stating that the "threat of harm to America" is just as high as it was back then.

David Bowers, the Democratic mayor of Roanoke
, said in a statement that he has asked local agencies to suspend any assistance to Syrian refugees "until these serious hostilities and atrocities end, or at the very least until regarded as under control by U.S. authorities, and normalcy is restored."

"I'm reminded that President Franklin D. Roosevelt felt compelled to sequester Japanese foreign nationals after the bombing of Pearl Harbor," he added, "and it appears that the threat of harm to America from Isis is now just as real and serious as that from our enemies then."

During World War II, the government rounded up about 120,000 people of Japanese ancestry and forced them to live in internment camps surrounded by barbed wire -- a decision that is now considered one of America"s most shameful acts.Collapse )

Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, tonight (9pm to 11pm ET)

Where to watch/listen:

Pre-debate coverage: Join Senior Political Editor Steve Chaggaris and White House correspondent Major Garrett for CBSN's livestream coverage of debate preparations will air online at CBSnews.com/live starting at 6pm ET.

CBS News is hosting the debate in conjunction with CBS' Des Moines affiliate, KCCI, and the Des Moines Register. "Face the Nation" anchor John Dickerson will be the principal moderator, and he will be joined by CBS News Congressional Correspondent Nancy Cordes, KCCI anchor Kevin Cooney and the Des Moines Register's political columnist, Kathie Obradovich.

ISIS struck deep into Beirut’s southern suburbs Thursday, killing at least 43 people and wounding over 200 in one of the deadliest spillovers into Lebanon of the nearly 5-year-old civil war in Syria.

The explosions occurred minutes apart, according to officials in Lebanon.

Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL, claimed responsibility on social media. There was no independent verification.

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At least 35 people were killed Friday in shootings and explosions around Paris, many of them in a popular concert hall where patrons were taken hostage, police and medical officials said.

A police official said 11 people were killed in a Paris restaurant in the 10th arrondissement, and others said at least twice that number died elsewhere, primarily in the Bataclan concert hall, where the hostages were taken. It was unclear how many people were in the hall; one official said there were around 100 while another said there were far fewer.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to be publicly named in the quickly moving investigation.

Also late Friday, two explosions were heard outside the Stade de France stadium north of Paris during a France-Germany friendly football match.

A police official confirmed one explosion in a bar near the stadium. It was not known if there were casualties.

An Associated Press reporter in the stadium Friday night heard two explosions loud enough to penetrate the sounds of cheering fans. Sirens were immediately heard, and a helicopter was circling overhead.

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Here are live updates from the Guardian.com

The new Liberal government in Canada has been highly praised for what many are calling the restoration of science in the country. As well as appointing a Minister of Science and Minister for Innovation, Science, and Economic Development, the new Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has also dropped the convoluted and highly criticized system of communications policies that federal scientists were forced to undergo before they were allowed to speak to the media. Even if they were granted permission, they could only talk in a highly controlled way.

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Well, certainly off to a good start with this new regime. Suggestions for more tags welcome.

University of Missouri police have apprehended the suspect accused of threatening black students and faculty on social media — the latest issue at a school on edge following weeks of racial tension.

Police identified the suspect Wednesday as Hunter Park, a 19-year-old sophomore at Missouri University of Science and Technology, which is part of the University of Missouri System.

Park, a computer science student, was taken into custody around 1:50 a.m. at a residence hall in Rolla, about 100 miles south of the flagship campus in Columbia, school officials said.

Park was arrested "for making a terrorist threat," and transported to the Boone County Jail. His $4,500 bond was revoked, reported NBC affiliate KSDK.

The Columbia campus has been roiled by incidents of racial unrest, forcing both university President Tim Wolfe and campus Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin to announce their resignations Monday.

University police said Tuesday that warnings were made on the anonymous social media sharing app YikYak and other platforms, with a threat to "shoot every black person I see."

No weapons were found during the investigation, police said.

In addition, a "phoned-in threat" was made earlier in the day to the Black Culture Center on campus. The building was locked down and searched, but nothing suspicious was found and there were no arrests, police said.

A few dorms on campus were seen to have security notices Tuesday night notifying visitors that only those with identification for the buildings would be allowed inside.

"Threats of violence of any kind are not tolerated," Missouri Science and Technology Chancellor Cheryl Schrader said in a statement. "As a campus, we are grateful that the situation did not escalate."

The campus green, which had been bustling this week with protesters calling for top officials to resign, was quiet Wednesday morning in the wake of the threat.

Black students at the mostly white Columbia campus say they've been taunted by white students using racial slurs, leading to protests on campus. On Oct. 24, a swastika was drawn with human feces on a dormitory wall.

The crisis drew national attention Saturday when black members of the University of Missouri's football team said they would boycott all team activities until Wolfe, who was accused of turning a blind eye, resigned.

Wolfe stepped down immediately after more than three years on the job. Loftin said he would exit by the end of the year.

Wolfe said he was to blame for failing to communicate with protesters and resigning was "the right thing to do."

edit: arrest #2. look at that mugshot!

Apparently the first debate just ended (side-note: waaay too EARLY af);
second debate will begin in about half an our to an hour.

"The first debate [featured] undercard candidates, is expected to include New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum. It [was] at 7 p.m. EST and is expected to last one hour.

The stage for the prime-time debate, expected to start at 9 p.m. EST and last for two hours, should include former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and business mogul Donald Trump. [SOURCE]"


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