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Three Dead in Shooting at Oklahoma Walmart: Police -

Three Dead in Shooting at Oklahoma Walmart: PoliceAPU GOMESAt least three people are dead after a Monday morning shooting at an Oklahoma Walmart, authorities confirmed. Officials received a call just before 10 a.m. about gunfire at the Walmart in Duncan, a town of about 22,000 an hour southwest of Oklahoma City. “We are aware of reports of a shooting at Walmart. We are gathering information and will provide an update as soon as one is available,” the Duncan Police Department said.The Oklahoma Highway Patrol confirmed three people were killed in the incident. According to KOCO, the incident happened in the retailer’s parking lot and two men and one woman were reportedly found dead inside vehicles. NBC News is reporting the suspect is dead, though details are not immediately available.Duncan Public Schools officials confirmed that while all schools are on lockdown, the police department has given them the all clear and classes have resumed.“Duncan Public Schools is aware of the report of a shooting at Duncan Walmart. As always we are taking every precaution to protect our staff and students. At this time all schools are in lockdown due to this report. Schools will operate as normal, but visitors will not be admitted until police report it is safe,” officials said in a Facebook post.Lynn Gregston, owner of the adjacent Country Club Care nursing home, told USA Today authorities said the gunman shot himself after firing on two others. “Everything is in control,” Gregston said, whose storefront is across the street from the Walmart. “We locked it down using our alert system.”Walmart has become a focal point in the national debate over gun violence. Last week, its superstore near the Mexican border in El Paso reopened, three months after a gunman reportedly targeted Hispanic shoppers at the site and killed 22 people in early August. The retailer hired off-duty police to staff the low-key reopening. In recent months, and in light of the violence, Walmart said it was reducing its gun and ammunition sales and was requesting that shoppers not carry their weapons into its stores. On Nov. 1, Oklahoma’s new permitless carry law went into effect, allowing most residents over age 21 to carry a firearm in public without a license.Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.

Mon, 18 Nov 2019 11:47:51 -0500

Meet the Republican who wants to cancel college debt -

Meet the Republican who wants to cancel college debtA. Wayne Johnson wants to be appointed the next U.S. senator from Georgia, after spending two years in the Department of Education, where he worked on higher education financing. That experience left him so rattled that he now wants to forgive college loans altogether.

Mon, 18 Nov 2019 11:17:38 -0500

The Latest: Attorney to appeal post-execution DNA ruling -

The Latest: Attorney to appeal post-execution DNA rulingAn attorney for the estate of a Tennessee man executed for murder 13 years ago says he intends to appeal the denial of an order for DNA testing. A Memphis judge ruled Monday that the estate, represented by April Alley, doesn’t have standing to request the testing. Alley is the daughter of Sedley Alley, executed in 2006 for the 1985 murder of Marine Lance Cpl.

Mon, 18 Nov 2019 11:10:52 -0500

Jodie Chesney's killer jailed for life as judge laments criminals 'carving up areas' of London -

Jodie Chesney's killer jailed for life as judge laments criminals 'carving up areas' of LondonTwo drug dealing teenagers have been jailed for life for the "callous and casual" murder of girl scout Jodie Chesney, who was stabbed to death in an east London park. County lines dealer Svenson Ong-a-Kwie, 19, and his 17-year-old apprentice, Arron Isaacs had been looking to take revenge on rivals when they killed Jodie by mistake, the Old Bailey heard. The popular 17-year-old student had been relaxing with friends in Amy's Park in Harold Hill, east London, on the evening of March 1 when two shadowy figures emerged from the dark and one knifed her in the back. She screamed and collapsed in the arms of her boyfriend, Eddie Coyle, 18, as her attackers made off in a fellow drug dealer's car. Days later, they were arrested together as they fled from the rear of a house connected with the youth. The defendants denied Jodie's murder, each blaming the other for inflicting the fatal wound. But prosecutor Crispin Aylett QC told jurors that both were responsible for the killing, amid incidents of "casual violence" in the drug-dealing world. The jury deliberated for less than six hours to find them guilty last week of Jodie's murder. Jodie Chesney Judge Wendy Joseph QC handed Ong-a-Kwie a life sentence with a minimum of 26 years. She sentenced Isaacs to be detained at Her Majesty's Pleasure for at least 18 years. She said that Jodie's death led to a "world of anguish" for her family, which came amid "tit for tat" incidents. Jodie was the victim of "callous, casual and irresponsible violence" which had shocked the community "to the core", she said. On the evidence, she found Ong-a-Kwie was the stabber and the 17-year-old his "enthusiastic supporter". Isaacs was initially shielded by anonymity, but now he can be named after the judge lifted reporting restrictions. In doing so, she said: "What is important is that a blameless girl is dead at the hands of those engaged in and those that associate with drug dealing on the streets which Jodie and other blameless young people must live. "This death has brought great unease in the community. Those suffering, which spreads much further than Jodie's friends and family, need and have a right to known and understand how this has come about." The judge lamented the impact of criminals that had "carved up areas of the capital of this country". She added: "The dangers this brings to decent law-abiding members of the public is graphically spelled out in this case." The court heard moving tributes to Jodie and the "ripple effect" her murder had among friends, family and the wider community. Mr Coyle has been left with post-traumatic stress from witnessing her murder. Svenson Ong-a-Kwie was a county lines drug dealer Credit: PA He said: "Jodie was funny, silly, she always made fun of me and she had a bright future ahead of her. She was full of energy and was always out doing something. We had been going out for three months. "I've never lost anyone before and for the first funeral I've gone to to be my own girlfriend's is incredibly hard. I loved her." Jodie's father, Peter Chesney, who gave up a job in the City, said: "I have lost the most precious human being I will ever know. I have no idea how I'm going to continue my life or come to terms with the loss." Her sister, Lucy, said: "Jodie will be greatly missed and the people who caused such tragedy to a whole family should hang their head in shame. You have ripped away a bright future that was destined to make a change to many lives." The court heard that Ong-a-Kwie had convictions for possessing and supplying drugs. He admitted being in breach of a six-week suspended sentence for handling stolen jewellery dating back to October last year. Isaacs had previous convictions for possessing a screwdriver, actual bodily harm, possession of cannabis as well as aggravated vehicle-taking.

Mon, 18 Nov 2019 11:07:23 -0500

Vatican: top anti-money laundering official leaves post -

Vatican: top anti-money laundering official leaves postThe Vatican's top financial investigator charged with investigating money laundering and other such crimes has left his post after the non-renewal of his contract, the Holy See said on Monday. Rene Bruelhart, a Swiss lawyer, had worked for the Vatican's financial watchdog, the Financial Information Authority (FIA), since 2012. "Thanking him for his service in recent years (the Holy Father) has appointed his successor," the Vatican said in a statement, saying that Bruelhart's mandate had expired.

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