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After Shooting, Alleged Gunman Details Grievances in ‘Suicide Notes’

Flanagan shooterA man claiming to be Bryce Williams called ABC News over the last few weeks, saying he wanted to pitch a story, and wanted to fax information. He never told ABC News what the story was.

This morning, a fax was in the machine (time stamped 8:26 a.m.) almost two hours after the shooting. A little after 10 a.m., he called again, and introduced himself as Bryce, but also said his legal name was Vester Lee Flanagan, and that he shot two people this morning. While on the phone, he said authorities are “after me,” and “all over the place.” He hung up. ABC News contacted the authorities immediately and provided them with the fax.


Judge sentences Holmes to life, orders him out of courtroom

HolmesThe man who unleashed a murderous attack on a packed Colorado movie theater was ordered Wednesday to serve life in prison without parole plus 3,318 years — the maximum allowed by law — before the judge told deputies, "Get the defendant out of my courtroom, please."

The gallery applauded the remark by Judge Carlos A. Samour Jr. as he gaveled the hearing to a close, ending a grueling three-year wait to see the gunman brought to justice.


Reporter, cameraman shot to death on air in central Virginia

reporter and cameraman shot to deathA television reporter and cameraman were shot to death on the air during a live broadcast Wednesday morning from a shopping center in Virginia.

Jeffrey A. Marks, general manager of WDBJ-TV, identified the two killed as Alison Parker and Adam Ward. Marks said state and county police "are working very diligently to track down both the motive and the person responsible for this terrible crime against two fine journalists."


Court: Second Amendment also covers those in US illegally

guns allowed to aliensPeople living in the United States illegally have a constitutional right to bear arms but are still barred from doing so by a separate law, a federal appeals court ruled.

The three-judge panel of the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals issued its ruling Thursday in a case involving Mariano Meza-Rodriguez. His family brought him to the United States from Mexico illegally when he was four or five years old, according to the 7th Circuit ruling. Now an adult, he was arrested in 2013 after a bar fight in Milwaukee. Police found a .22-caliber bullet in his shorts pocket.


Sigma Nu frat suspended at Old Dominion following outrage over 'daughter dropoff' 'Mom too' banners

Sigma Nu

Weeks after a sorority at the University of Alabama sparked a national debate for a "rush week" promo video that was more about bikinis and glitter than books and grades, a national fraternity at another university has suspended a local chapter following another "welcome week" scandal.

The Sigma Nu fraternity has suspended all activities for brothers at its Old Dominion University chapter, the AP reports, after the school's  administration and many students were outraged by three sexually suggestive banners intended for entering freshmen women were hung from campus housing in Norfolk, Va.


Ferguson, Mo., court to withdraw all arrest warrants issued before 2015

Ferguson warrants withdrawnThe newly appointed municipal judge in Ferguson, Mo., issued an order Monday withdrawing all arrest warrants issued in the city before 2015.

Judge Donald McCullin, who was appointed in June, announced the order as part of an overhaul of the municipal court six months after the U.S. Department of Justice said it found systemic racial discrimination within the system.The newly appointed municipal judge in Ferguson, Mo., issued an order Monday withdrawing all arrest warrants issued in the city before 2015.


State trooper shot and killed by man whose truck was stuck in ditch

State trooper killed in La.A veteran Louisiana state police trooper has died of a head wound suffered while he tried to help a stranded motorist.

Colonel Mike Edmonson, head of the Louisiana state police, said 43-year-old senior trooper Steven Vincent died at a hospital in Lake Charles, Louisiana, on Monday. Edmonson said Vincent was shot on Sunday by a man whose pickup truck was stuck sideways in a ditch.


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