A shooter attacked Pittsburgh's Tree of Life Synagogue on Saturday morning, reportedly shouting an anti-Semitic slogan. At least 11 people were killed and four more, including three police officers, were injured before the suspect, a 46-year-old white male identified as Robert Bowers, surrendered to authorities. He was reportedly injured, possibly by officer fire, when taken into custody just over an hour after the attack began. Saturday evening, mourners gathered for candlelight vigils in Pittsburgh, Washington, D.C., and elsewhere to commemorate the victims. The names of those killed will be released Sunday.
Source: CBS Pittsburgh, CNN
North and South Korea agreed on Friday to "completely destroy" 22 guard posts along their heavily fortified border, South Korea's defense ministry said. "The measures will be finished through mutual verification in December," the ministry said in a statement. The closures mark the latest in a series of steps to ease military tensions between the neighboring rivals to bolster efforts to get North Korea to dismantle its nuclear weapon and long-range missile programs. The agreement came in talks after the two sides agreed to a military pact at a summit last month in the North Korean capital calling for a halt to "all hostile acts." That deal also included a no-fly zone near the border and the gradual removal of guard posts, firearms, and landmines from the Demilitarized Zone.
A week after the remains of 11 babies were found in the ceiling of a shuttered Detroit funeral home, another 63 bodies of infants were discovered in a separate funeral home in the city. So far, police say there is no apparent connection between the two facilities. The second funeral home has now been closed as well. "This is deeply disturbing," said Detroit Police Chief James Craig. "I have never seen anything like this." Investigators are working to determine the identities of the infants as well as why they were not handled appropriately.
Source: Reuters, Detroit Free Press
President Trump's proposed Space Force would cost about $13 billion in its first five years, the Air Force estimated in a memo seen by Reuters. The memo said the proposal would cover start-up costs for "a lethality focused organization that will field space superiority capabilities." The Trump administration said in August it would introduce the new sixth branch of the military by 2020. The Pentagon memo, written by Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson, said the Space Force would cost more than $3 billion in its first year alone. The study assumed the new "Department of the Space Force" would have more than 13,000 employees.
An 11-page letter from Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, former Vatican ambassador to the United States, accuses Pope Francis of covering for and elevating Theodore McCarrick, a cardinal who resigned his post in July amid sexual abuse allegations. Vigano's missive, published Saturday, calls for Francis to resign. Per Vigano, McCarrick's misconduct was known in Catholic hierarchy for years, and former Pope Benedict ordered him to seclusion for prayer and penance. Pope Francis allegedly removed those sanctions and made McCarrick "his trusted counselor." Vigano is a conservative who has clashed with the more liberal Francis in the past.
Source: The Associated Press, National Catholic Register
The Pentagon said Thursday that it was delaying President Trump's military parade. The plan was to hold the controversial event Nov. 10, but the Pentagon said in a statement that it would now "explore opportunities" in 2019. The cost estimate for the parade recently ballooned, going from an original $12 million to $92 million, with $50 million coming from the Pentagon and $42 million from partners such as the Department of Homeland Security. The plans, which could still change, include about eight tanks, as well as other armored vehicles. Security, transportation of the equipment to be displayed, and temporary duty for some troops inflated the bill. Trump began calling for the parade after attending a similar ceremony in France, saying, "We're going to have to try to top it."
More than 47 people appeared to have overdosed on synthetic marijuana, or K2, possibly laced with fentanyl, in a New Haven, Connecticut, park, police said Wednesday. Twenty-five of the apparent overdoses occurred within three hours, and some of them happened in clusters of four to six. Police arrested one suspect in connection with the cases, some of which were reported to authorities by horrified park-goers. The victims had such symptoms as vomiting, hallucinating, and high blood pressure. "We have a guy laid out in the alleyway, unresponsive, eyes wide open. He's out cold," one unidentified bystander shouted. Emergency crews administered naloxone, an antidote for narcotic overdoses, to some of the victims, but it did not seem to work.
Source: New Haven Register, Good Morning America
4 + 7 = 11 More than 47? So was it 48 or 50? That just seems so strange to say "more than" and then a precise number. More than 50 would make more sense.
Charlotte Rae, the Tony and Emmy-nominated actress best known for playing Mrs. Garrett on The Facts of Life and Sylvia Schnauser on Car 54, Where Are You?, died Sunday at her home in Los Angeles. She was 92. In April 2017, Rae announced that she had been diagnosed with bone cancer, seven years after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Born in Milwaukee, Rae got her start in theater and radio, and earned Tony nominations for her performances in Pickwick and Morning Noon and Night, and an Emmy nomination for Queen of the Stardust Ballroom. She first played the role of Edna Garrett on Diff'rent Strokes, but due to the character's popularity, she pitched a spin-off, which led to The Facts of Life.
Source: Entertainment Weekly
Comcast has dropped its bid to buy 21st Century Fox, leaving Disney likely to acquire the company. A Disney-Comcast bidding war launched in December, when Disney offered $52.4 billion for Fox. Comcast countered with $65 billion in June, and Disney offered $71.3 billion a few days later. The U.S. Justice Department approved a Disney-Fox merger, provided Fox's sports networks aren't included because Disney already owns ESPN. Fox's shareholders will vote to accept Disney's bid on July 27th. Its film and TV studios, as well as its cable channels, will go to Disney, while Fox News, Fox Sports, and local TV channels will be spun off into a new company.
Source: The Associated Press, CNN
At least 11 people were killed when a duck boat carrying tourists capsized and sank during a thunderstorm with high winds on a lake in the Missouri Ozarks. Some of the dead were children, said Stone County Sheriff Doug Rader. Five people remained missing overnight. At least seven survivors were taken to hospitals, three of them under age 18. Video shot from a larger vessel that was nearby showed two of the amphibious duck boats being tossed as waves on Table Rock Lake grew. The other one made it to shore safely. Several other strong storms spawned a flurry of tornadoes in central Iowa, flattening buildings in several cities and leaving 17 people injured.
Source: The Kansas City Star, CBS News
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