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Arizona severs ties with private prison operator over violent uprisings

Arizona prison reportArizona will fire the private operator running a state prison after three major uprisings that caused extensive damage and forced more than 1,200 inmates to be relocated, Gov. Doug Ducey said on Wednesday.

The state has already begun the process of canceling its contract with Utah-based Management and Training Corp. in the wake of riots and violence inside two units at the Kingman prison last month, Ducey said.


Walmart Quits Selling AR-15s And Military-Style Rifles

AR-15Walmart says it will stop selling AR-15s and other sporting rifles, a spokesman confirmed to The Huffington Post on Wednesday.

The chain won't stock modern sports rifles such as the AR-15, nor semi-automatic shotguns. The price of remaining inventory will be reduced, Walmart rep Kory Lundberg told HuffPost. first reported the change Tuesday.


Amelia Boynton Robinson, Survivor Of 'Bloody Sunday,' Dies At 104

Amelia Boynton RobinsonAmelia Boynton Robinson, who went from being beaten on a bridge in Selma, Ala., in 1965 to being pushed across the bridge in a wheelchair alongside the president of the United States, has died at age 104.

Her daughter, Germaine Bowser, confirmed to Troy Public Radio's Kyle Gassiott that Boynton Robinson died early Wednesday morning. She had been hospitalized after suffering several strokes this summer.


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.


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