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Texas church gunman sent hostile text messages before attack

  SUTHERLAND SPRINGS, Texas, United States --- The gunman who killed 26 people at a small-town Texas church sent threatening text messages to his mother-in-law before the attack, which appeared to have been driven by domestic tensions, authorities said Monday. A day after the deadliest mass shooting in state history, investigators also revealed that the shooter had been confronted about domestic violence at least twice in the last five years, including an assault on his ex-wife and a child that ended his Air Force career and another report of violence against a girlfriend who became his second wife. In the tiny community of Sutherland Springs, population 400, grieving t...Keep on reading: Texas church gunman sent hostile text messages before attack.....»»

Category: newsSource: inquirer inquirerNov 7th, 2017

Church shooting victims face many obstacles in court

    CHICAGO---Texas church shooting victims and their families could have a hard time successfully suing the government over the Air Force's failure to submit the gunman's criminal history to the FBI---a step that would have blocked him from legally buying weapons.   Relatives of the more than two dozen churchgoers killed in Sunday's attack would face major obstacles, including protections written into law to shield the military from certain legal action. An easier route might be to seek help from Congress, which could pass a law acknowledging the Air Force's mistake and offering compensation.   A look at some of the key issues involved:  ...Keep on reading: Church shooting victims face many obstacles in court.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 10th, 2017

AP Explains: Why smartphones are giving the police headaches

BOSTON, United States --- The phone used by the gunman who fatally shot 26 people inside a small Texas church has become the latest flashpoint in the privacy wars. Federal investigators complain that they can't get into Devin Patrick Kelley's phone thanks to security features that shield messages, photos and other stored data from prying eyes. Such measures present a growing frustration for the FBI, which says it's been unable to retrieve data from roughly half the mobile devices it's recently tried to access. Technology companies insist that strong security based on data-scrambling encryption is essential to protecting digital privacy. Law enforcement officials grumble that wa...Keep on reading: AP Explains: Why smartphones are giving the police headaches.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 8th, 2017

Small Texas community reeling from church attack that left 26 dead

SUTHERLAND SPRINGS, Texas --- A gunman dressed in black tactical-style gear and armed with an assault rifle opened fire inside a small South Texas church, killing 26 people in an attack that claimed tight-knit neighbors and multiple family members ranging in age from 5 to 72 years old. Once the shooting started Sunday at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, there was likely "no way" for congregants to escape, said Wilson County Sheriff Joe D. Tackitt Jr. Officials said about 20 others were wounded. "He just walked down the center aisle, turned around and my understanding was shooting on his way back out," said Tackitt, who said the gunman also carried a handgun but t...Keep on reading: Small Texas community reeling from church attack that left 26 dead.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 6th, 2017

Gunman opens fire on Cairo church; shootout kills at least 9

CAIRO, Egypt --- A gunman on a motorcycle opened fire Friday outside a church in a Cairo suburb and at a nearby store, sparking a shootout that killed at least nine people, including eight Coptic Christians, authorities said. It was the latest attack targeting Egypt's embattled Christian minority. The gunman was also killed, along with at least one police officer, officials said. The local affiliate of the extremist Islamic State (ISIS) group claimed responsibility for the attack late Friday, saying it was carried out by a "security detail" and that one of its men was "martyred" in the strike. The claim was carried by the group's Aamaq news agency. The attack began when the ...Keep on reading: Gunman opens fire on Cairo church; shootout kills at least 9.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 30th, 2017

Gunman kills 9 in attack on Egypt church

CAIRO, Egypt (UPDATED) – A gunman opened fire on a church south of Cairo on Friday, December 29, killing at least 9 people before policemen shot him dead, officials and state media said.  Health ministry spokesman Khaled Megahed told state television that the gunman who was shot dead had killed 9 people ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsDec 29th, 2017

US massacre

US mourning after gunman kills 26 at Texas church service SUTHERLAND SPRINGS, United States -- The United States was in mourning Monday after a gunman wearing a bulletproof vest opened fire with an assault rifle on the congregation of a smalltown Texas church, killing 26 people and wounding 20 more….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsNov 6th, 2017

Texas gunman’s in-laws sometimes attended church, sheriff says

A man thrown out of the U.S. Air Force for beating his wife and child shot and killed 26 people in a Texas church where his in-laws had sometimes worshipped before shooting himself, officials said on Monday, in the latest in a string of U.S. mass shootings. Source link link: Texas gunman’s in-laws sometimes attended church, sheriff says.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsNov 6th, 2017

Texas mass shooting leaves U.S. mourning, Trump says guns not to blame

TEXAS, USA – The United States was in mourning Monday, November 6, after a gunman wearing a bulletproof vest opened fire with an assault rifle on the congregation of a small-town Texas church, killing 26 people and wounding 20 more in the nation's latest shooting massacre. US President Donald Trump ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsNov 6th, 2017

PH grieves with U.S. after Texas mass shooting – DFA

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines condoles with the US over the latest mass shooting in there, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said Monday, November 6. A gunman opened fire at a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas on Sunday, November 5, killing 26 people and injuring at least 20 others. "The Filipino people ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsNov 6th, 2017

Texas mass shooting leaves US mourning, Trump says guns not to blame

SUTHERLAND SPRINGS, United States: The United States was in mourning Monday after a gunman wearing a bulletproof vest opened fire with an assault rifle on the congregation of a small-town Texas church, killing 26 people and wounding 20 more in the nation’s latest shooting massacre. President Donald Trump said the nation was living through “dark [...] The post Texas mass shooting leaves US mourning, Trump says guns not to blame appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimesRelated NewsNov 6th, 2017

Porzingis pours in 40, Knicks come from 19 down, beat Pacers

By Adry Torres, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Kristaps Porzingis scored a career-high 40 points, carrying the New York Knicks back from a 19-point deficit to a 108-101 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Sunday night (Monday, PHL time). .@kporzee dropped 40 points, grabbed 8 boards, and erased 6 shots to help the @nyknicks get the come from behind W against the @Pacers. pic.twitter.com/LaaE5ABfni — NBA Philippines (@NBA_Philippines) November 6, 2017 Porzingis added eight rebounds and six blocked shots in his seventh 30-point performance in nine games this season. Rookie Frank Ntilikina made the tie-breaking three-pointer with 1:34 remaining as the Knicks won for the fifth time in six games after an 0-3 start. He had 10 points and seven assists off the bench. Thaddeus Young scored 18 points and Victor Oladipo had 17 for the Pacers, who led 84-65 with under two minutes remaining in the third quarter. Porzingis, who played after tweaking his left ankle in a 37-point performance Friday night (Saturday, PHL time), reeled off nine straight points that made it 84-74 in the opening seconds of the fourth. He scored 24 points over the final 13 minutes of the game. After Ntilikina's three-pointer made it 102-99, Knicks center Enes Kanter picked up a bad pass by Darren Collison and fed Tim Hardaway Jr. for a layup that made it 104-99 with 1:10 to go. Oladipo cut the deficit to 104-101 with 32 seconds left in the game, but Lance Thomas' two free throws made it 106-101 to seal the comeback win with 11.9 seconds to play. Myles Turner added 15 points and Collison had 15 points and 10 assists for the Pacers, who've lost two straight. TIP-INS Pacers: F T.J. Leaf, who sprained his left ankle during Friday night's (Saturday, PHL time) game in Philadelphia, did not play. ... Domantas Sabonis had 16 points off the bench. Knicks: Kanter grabbed 18 rebounds. SOMBER MOMENT A moment of silence was held prior to the national anthem at Madison Square Garden after a gunman killed 26 people and injured at least 20 at a Baptist church in Sutherland Springs, Texas. HOME COOKING The Knicks improved to 3-1 during their five-game homestand, which equals their longest of the season. They have two more home stretches of five games later in the second of the season, March 11-19 and March 31-April 9. UP NEXT Pacers: Host New Orleans on Tuesday night (Wednesday, PHL time). Knicks: Host Charlotte on Tuesday night (Wednesday, PHL time)......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 6th, 2017

26 killed in church attack in Texas deadliest mass shooting

26 killed in church attack in Texas deadliest mass shooting.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 6th, 2017

Some 25 dead in Texas church shooting

TEXAS, USA – A gunman went into a Baptist church in Texas during Sunday morning services November 5, and shot dead some two dozen worshippers, the sheriff said, in the latest mass shooting to shock the United States. "Approximately 25 people" were dead, including the shooter, Wilson County Sheriff Joe ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsNov 6th, 2017

NFL seeks quick action to get Elliott suspension reinstated

em>By Schuyler Dixon, Associated Press /em> The NFL filed an emergency motion in federal appeals court Friday, hoping to get a swift ruling on its request to overrule a judge who blocked a six-game suspension for star Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott in a domestic violence case in Ohio. The league filed its request with the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans, even though a federal judge in Texas hasn’t ruled on a request to put the injunction on hold while an appeal is pursued. The emergency motion asks the court to rule on the request to suspend U.S. District Judge Amos Mazzant’s injunction as early as Tuesday, the start of the practice week before the Cowboys’ third game of the season against Arizona. If the ruling isn’t made by Tuesday, the NFL is asking for a decision by Sept. 26, the start of practice before Dallas’ Week 4 home game against the Los Angeles Rams. Elliott had already been cleared to play in a 19-3 win over the New York Giants in the season opener before Mazzant granted his request for an injunction. Last year’s NFL rushing leader will play Sunday at Denver under Mazzant’s ruling. The 22-year-old Elliott was suspended by Commissioner Roger Goodell in August after the league concluded following a yearlong investigation that he had several physical confrontations last summer in Ohio with his girlfriend at the time. The NFL players’ union sued on Elliott’s behalf. In its emergency motion, the NFL reiterated previous arguments that Elliott’s attorneys sued prematurely because arbitrator Harold Henderson had yet to rule on the running back’s appeal of the suspension. The appeal was denied the same day as arguments over the request for an injunction from Mazzant in Sherman, Texas, about 65 miles north of Dallas. The NFL ultimately wants to get the case moved from Texas to the Southern District of New York. That was the venue for the league’s successful appeal after a federal judge had overturned New England quarterback Tom Brady’s four-game suspension in the “Deflategate” case. The NFL contends Mazzant’s ruling was an unnecessary interference in the league’s labor deal with the players. “Put differently, the six-game suspension approved by the arbitrator will ultimately stand, and no one’s interests are served by delaying that discipline based on a misguided order by a district court that lacked jurisdiction,” the NFL wrote in its motion. Mazzant’s ruling took aim at Henderson and the NFL , saying decisions not to allow Goodell and Tiffany Thompson, the ex-girlfriend, to testify at the appeal were among several factors unfair to Elliott. The NFL has maintained that it followed all procedures for discipline in the collective bargaining agreement. Three years ago, the NFL stiffened its domestic violence policy with the six-game standard and more investigative power. The changes came after the league was sharply criticized for its handling of a domestic incident involving former Baltimore running back Ray Rice. According to the letter Elliott received informing him of the suspension last month, the NFL believed he used “physical force” three times in a span of five days in a Columbus, Ohio, apartment last July resulting in injuries to Thompson’s face, neck, shoulders, arms, hands, wrists, hips and knees. Prosecutors in Columbus decided about a year ago not to pursue the case in the city where Elliott starred for Ohio State, but the NFL kept the investigation open. The league said its conclusions were based on photographs, text messages and other electronic evidence. Elliott rushed for 1,631 yards as a rookie to help the Cowboys to the best record in the NFC at 13-3. He had 104 yards in the opener against the Giants. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 16th, 2017

Rebel attack in Davao City sparks ‘word war’

DAVAO CITY – It’s a war of words and insults now between the New People’s Army and presidential daughter and current mayor of Davao City, Sara Duterte-Carpio who branded the communist rebel group as “stupid and bumbling idiots” after calling her a “hypocrite”. The rebels recently attacked a factory of the Lapanday Foods Corporation owned by the wealthy Lorenzo family in Davao City and shot one of its security guards and wounded a civilian; and accused the company of land grabbing and exploitation of its workers. Carpio, who strongly condemned the attack, said it was an act of terrorism and a personal insult. Restituto Baguer, a spokesman for the “Pambangsang Katipunan ng mga Magbubukid” allied with the rebel group, accused Carpio of being a hypocrite, saying his husband, lawyer Mans Carpio works as a legal counsel for the Lapanday Foods Corporation. He also tagged the mayor as a spokesperson and defender for Lapanday Foods Corporation. “It is understandable that Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte (Carpio) views the May 29 NPA’s punitive action in the city as an “act of terrorism” against the Lorenzos, given that her husband, Atty. Mans Carpio, is a legal counsel of the Lorenzo-owned Lapanday Foods Corp. We can only expect that a GRP local chief executive who has vested interest in the companies of a land grabbing comprador-landlord to be the latter’s spokesperson and defender,” Baguer said. He added that Carpio was silent when armed men allegedly working for Lapanday Foods Corporation shot and wounded 9 farmers at a banana plantation last December in nearby Tagum City in Davao del Norte province. And even appointed Senior Superintendent Alexander Tagum, then the provincial police chief of North Cotabato as Davao City police chief despite his alleged human rights abuses. “Sara Duterte hardly made noise when Lapanday’s armed goons opened fire and wounded nine unarmed civilian peasants three days after the latter’s land occupation of the land grabbed Lapanday banana plantation in Tagum City last December. Duterte also supported the appointment of Superintendent Alexander Tagum as Davao City Police Chief, the same fascist police officer who led the massacre of barricading El Niño victims in Kidapawan City in April last year,” Baguer said. “Thus, for Sara Duterte to claim the NPA’s assault in the Lorenzo-owned businesses in Davao City a “personal insult,” is not only hypocritical but downright self-serving. Nothing can be farther from the truth when she scored the NPA as a group that pretends to champion social justice and equality. For peasants around the region, the NPA’s series of raids in Lapanday’s plants in Mandug and Bunawan, and ranch in Pangyan, Calinan (also in Davao City) is a fitting retributive action by a true people’s army against a greedy feudal lord and capitalist,” he added. Inday Sara retaliates Carpio, known for her feisty character, said she and husband are separate entities and do not discuss their jobs to each other, but are only committed to work for their own family. “My husband and I are separate entities. In fact, we do not discuss the job that we chose to do, we just commit to sincerely work and earn money for the benefit of our children,” she said. She also narrated how she rushed to the hospital to personally look at the situation of the wounded civilian, Larry, who is a fruit and fish vendor who fell victim to an NPA bomb explosion during the April 29 raid at Lapanday Foods Corporation. “So let me make you understand why I condemned what the New People's Army have done. On or about 8 o'clock in the morning of April 29, 2017, I was standing in the middle of the trauma room of the Southern Philippines Medical Center praying that the civilian who was injured in the IED blast &'' courtesy of the terrorist NPA &'' will not die. Larry had no one with him so I was the one who had to read through his text messages to look for a family member. I was the one who called his wife, broke the bad news, and asked her to come and stand by her husband's side.” “One of his text messages spoke of his work as a simple laborer, who sells fruits and fish. The victim was the very person that you say should be defended from injustice. So when I condemned what the NPA did, I spoke for Larry. But you did not know that, did you? You just assumed when I say personal, it is all about my life. Because that is how you are. You are selfish individuals and you think the world is all about you. As Mayor tasked with the responsibility of the safety of civilians, the injury of Larry is my injury,” Carpio said. She further said the incidents in the cities of Kidapawan and Tagum were not her concern being the mayor of Davao City. But she admitted that she personally favored Tagum to be the chief of the local police force because of his tough stance against the NPA. “I personally made it happen that Senior Superintendent Alexander Tagum come in as Director of the Davao City Police Office, because he stood his ground against you. The so-called punitive action against the company was nothing but an action against peace, economic stability, and the security in Davao City. We now have 130 employees without work and Larry still in a coma. And yet the Lorenzos will still have money that you and I can [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsMay 1st, 2017

Philippine companies should invest more in security, says Blackpanda CEO

By Krista A. M. Montealegre, National Correspondent IF THE GUNMAN in the deadly attack at the Resorts World Manila had walked into another establishment that fateful night last June, a security expert fears that guards in most places in Metro Manila would have responded the same way as those in the integrated resort. The Philippines, […] The post Philippine companies should invest more in security, says Blackpanda CEO appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsApr 1st, 2018

‘We want this to end’: France honors victims of Islamist attack

TRBES, France --- Hundreds of mourners packed a church service Sunday for the victims of France's latest Islamist attack, including a policeman hailed as a hero for taking the place of a hostage. Lieutenant-Colonel Arnaud Beltrame, 45, was shot and stabbed after offering himself in exchange for a woman being used as a human shield by attacker Radouane Lakdim. Members of the Muslim community attended the service in honor of the four killed and three wounded in the attack claimed by the Islamic State (ISIS) group. "Your presence tells us that the creators of hatred will not win," the bishop of Carcassonne and Narbonne, Alain Planet, told the congregation at Trebes' Saint-Etien...Keep on reading: ‘We want this to end’: France honors victims of Islamist attack.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 1st, 2018

Three Facebook users sue over collection of call, text history

Three users of the Facebook Messenger app sued Facebook on Tuesday, saying the social network violated their privacy by collecting logs of their phone calls and text messages, in the latest legal challenge facing the company......»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsMar 28th, 2018

Call and text history not logged without user permission – Facebook

MANILA, Philippines – Facebook clarified that it does not collect the actual content of calls or text messages when users choose to upload their contact information, Reuters reported. The response came as Facebook users discovered that the social network has been logging their call and text history. Upon ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMar 26th, 2018

France pays tribute to victims of jihadist attack

TRÈBES, France – Hundreds of mourners packed a church in a rural French town rocked by a deadly Islamist attack for a Sunday service, March 25, in tribute to the victims, who included a policeman hailed as a hero for offering himself in place of a hostage......»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMar 25th, 2018