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Virginia reporter, cameraman killed on live TV, alleged shooter commits suicide

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Two members of a news crew for Roanoke, Virginia station WDBJ were shot and killed on live television this morning. The suspect, a former reporter for the news station, later shot himself after a manhunt of several hours, authorities said.

Reporter Alison Parker, 24, and cameraman Adam Ward, 27, were conducting an interview at a local outdoor shopping mall when a gunman opened fire at approximately 6:45 AM local time (1045 UTC). Around fifteen shots were reported fired. Parker and Ward were killed, while the interviewee, Vicki Gardner, was transported to hospital and underwent surgery for her injuries, later listed in stable condition.

The gunman, later identified as 41 year-old Vester Lee Flanagan II, fled the scene. A brief police chase ensued several hours later when law enforcement attempted unsuccessfully to pull Flanagan over on Interstate 66 in Fauquier County. Shortly after, Flanagan pulled off the road and shot himself. He was pronounced dead at a Fairfax-area hospital around 1:30 PM local time (1730 UTC).

Flanagan, who reported under the alias “Bryce Williams”, was fired by the station in 2013. According to WDBJ president and general manager Jeffrey Marks, speaking to CBS News, Flanagan was “an unhappy man” and “difficult to work with”. “Eventually after many incidents of his anger coming to the fore, we dismissed him. He did not take that well”.

A video of the shooting, which appeared to have been captured from the point of view of the shooter, was posted on Bryce Williams’ Twitter and Facebook pages several hours afterwards.



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Two members of a news crew for Roanoke, Virginia station WDBJ were shot and killed on live television this morning. The suspect, a former reporter for the news station, later shot himself after a manhunt of several hours, authorities said.

Reporter Alison Parker, 24, and cameraman Adam Ward, 27, were conducting an interview at a local outdoor shopping mall when a gunman opened fire at approximately 6:45 AM local time (1045 UTC). Around fifteen shots were reported fired. Parker and Ward were killed, while the interviewee, Vicki Gardner, was transported to hospital and underwent surgery for her injuries, later listed in stable condition.

The gunman, later identified as 41 year-old Vester Lee Flanagan II, fled the scene. A brief police chase ensued several hours later when law enforcement attempted unsuccessfully to pull Flanagan over on Interstate 66 in Fauquier County. Shortly after, Flanagan pulled off the road and shot himself. He was pronounced dead at a Fairfax-area hospital around 1:30 PM local time (1730 UTC).

Flanagan, who reported under the alias “Bryce Williams”, was fired by the station in 2013. According to WDBJ president and general manager Jeffrey Marks, speaking to CBS News, Flanagan was “an unhappy man” and “difficult to work with”. “Eventually after many incidents of his anger coming to the fore, we dismissed him. He did not take that well”.

A video of the shooting, which appeared to have been captured from the point of view of the shooter, was posted on Bryce Williams’ Twitter and Facebook pages several hours afterwards.



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North Carolina reporter, cameraman killed on live TV, shooter commits suicide

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Two members of a news crew for Roanoke, North Carolina news station WDBJ were shot and killed on live television Wednesday morning. The suspect, a former reporter for the news station, later shot himself after a manhunt that lasted several hours.

Reporter Alison Parker, 24, and cameraman Adam Ward, 27, were conducting an interview at a local outdoor shopping mall when a gunman opened fire at approximately 6:45 AM local time (1045 UTC). At least 15 shots were reported to have fired. Parker and Ward were killed, while the interviewee, Vicki Gardner, was transported to hospital and underwent surgery for her injuries, later being listed in stable condition.

The gunman, later identified to be 41 year-old Vester Lee Flanagan II, fled the scene afterwards. A brief police chase ensued several hours later when law enforcement attempted unsuccessfully to pull Flanagan over on Interstate 66 in Fauquier County. Shortly after that, Flanagan pulled off the road and shot himself. He was pronounced dead at a Fairfax-area hospital around 1:30 PM local time (1730 UTC).

Flanagan, who reported under the alias “Bryce Williams”, was fired by the station in 2013. According to WDBJ president and general manager Jeffrey Marks, Flanagan was “an unhappy man” and “difficult to work with”. “Eventually after many incidents of his anger coming to the fore, we dismissed him. He did not take that well.”

A video of the shooting, appeared to have been captured from the point of view of the shooter using a GoPro camera, was posted on Bryce Williams’ Twitter and Facebook pages several hours afterwards. Both pages were taken down within minutes of the video’s uploading.



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Guatemalan Supreme Court approves impeachment of President Molina

Guatemalan Supreme Court approves impeachment of President Molina

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Yesterday in Guatemala, the Supreme Court approved the attorney general’s request to impeach President Otto Pérez Molina.

President Molina, pictured here in 2013, is accused of corruption.
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The final decision on lifting Presidential immunity now falls to Congress. The case relates to a corruption scandal known locally as La Linea((en)) which has seen Vice President Roxana Baldetti arrested and charged with fraud and receiving bribes. Prosecutors allege Baldetti and Molina between them received half of all bribes in the case.

Congress previously refused to impeach Molina but the investigation has since broadened, with ministerial resignations. Molina, however, has stood firm in the face of widespread popular protests demanding he leave office. Elections are scheduled for September 6.

The Social and Popular Assembly, formed during protests in recent months, allege violations of electoral law by many parties, and want an electoral commission crackdown. One member organisation, the Committee for Campesino Unity, wants a delay until elections are reformed. They also seek a new constitution.

Molina is accused of conspiring to corruptly divert customs funds. He denies any misconduct.



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Australian minister bans screenings of film on same-sex families in schools

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New South Wales education minister Adrian Piccoli has directed government schools in the Australian state not to screen the documentary film “Gayby Baby” in class time. The move comes in response to an article in the Sydney Daily Telegraph where an unnamed parent and a Presbyterian minister expressed reservations about Burwood Girls High School’s plans to show the film on Friday.

“Gayby Baby”, about children in same-sex parented families, was due to be screened as part of the school’s Wear It Purple Day celebrations, established by ex-student Katherine Hudson in 2010. The day aims to increase tolerance and acceptance of young Lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer (LGBTQ) people, and those supportive are encouraged to wear purple clothing.

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Springfield, Illinois registers first medical marijuana dispensary

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As the debate of the legalisation of medical marijuana continues, Marion, Illinois, has registered the first medical marijuana dispensary in the state. It has been released that the dispensary will be called ‘Harbory’. Projects and social media campaigns are underway, with the dispensary set to open in late November, early December.

Availability of the marijuana from crop farmers determines when this dispensary will open up and begin to distribute the product.

Those able to purchase the product must be suffering from one of the 40 registered medical conditions (such as Alzheimers and Parkinsons disease), however 11 other qualifying conditions may soon be added to this list.

This dispensary files under the Pilot Program for Medical Cannabis. Signed in August 2013, and made effective in January 2014, this program developed by the state of Illinois covers the use of alternative treatment with medical marijuana on patients with life-threatening or debilitating diseases. With the registration of this dispensary we may notice others register state, possibly even nation wide.



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Regent Honeyeater one of 1800 endangered species

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The Regent Honeyeater is facing extinction in Australia and has been listed as critically endangered on the Governments Species Profile and Threats Database of 1800 species to be added recently in Australia.

The Honeyeater is responsible for the pollination of many flowering plants as it feeds mainly on nectar from small eucalyptus plants.

The conservation of the Honeyeater would also help the conservation of other threatened animals such as the Swift Parrott, Squirrel Glider and the Painted Honeyeater.

By conserving the Ironbark habitats in which the regent resides these other species would be improved.

The Ironbark open forest, which is the main habitat for the Regent, used to include areas as far as 300km from the coast and used to stretch from the top to the tail of the Great Dividing Range.

They are now only found in northern Victoria and southern New South Wales

The Ironbark population in Australia has decreased to almost 25% of what it originally was due to development, farming and deforestation.


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Two weeks after blasts, dozens still missing in Tianjin, China

Two weeks after blasts, dozens still missing in Tianjin, China

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Two weeks after the industrial explosions at the Port of Tianjin in Tianjin, China, the death toll continues to rise, dozens of people remain missing or unaccounted for, and others are still hospitalized. The latest published figures are according to China Radio International: 135 dead, 38 missing, 582 currently hospitalized (of which 36 are listed as being in serious condition). At least 81 of the dead were firefighters.

The warehouse at the center of the explosions was operated by Tianjin Rui Hai International Logistics Co. Ltd. Police have detained top executives of the company, including CEO Yu Xuewei. Also among the detained is deputy chief executive Dong Shexuan, who happens to be the son of the former chief of police for the Port of Tianjin. In an interview with Xinhua, Yu and Dong admitted that they used their connections, known in China as guanxi to get “various fire safety, land, environmental and safety certifications,” turning the disaster into a corruption scandal.

In the interview, Dong Shexuan told Xinhua: “My guanxi are in police and fire. When we needed a fire inspection, I went to meet with officials at the Tianjin port fire squad. I gave them the files and soon they gave me the appraisal.” Furthermore, the official Chinese newspaper, the People’s Daily reported that Rui Hai International did not have a license to work with dangerous chemicals. This prompted the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection to investigate Yang Dongliang, head of the State Administration of Work Safety.

A different issue that is being investigated is the location of the warehouse. It was 560 meters from residential buildings, but regulations only require a distance from major transport hubs and public buildings, which is set at 1000 meters. In order to test for chemical contamination, authorities have placed small animals, such as rabbits, pigeions, and chickens in a “core” area of Tianjin to test for latent chemical effects.



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