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Las Vegas shooter had devices to allow fully automatic gunfire

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For his part, Grassley said he wanted a full investigation into the massacre in Las Vegas - where a gunman killed at least 58 and wounded almost 500 earlier this week - before he moved forward with a hearing. The device does not perform automatically when installed, and to use it, a shooter must apply constant forward pressure with the non-shooting hand and constant rearward pressure with the shooting hand, the memo said. Read More »

Kachikwu meets Buhari in closed-door

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The newsmen who accosted Kachikwu after he stepped out from the meeting only got a "No comment" reply when they asked him about the outcome of the meeting. "Parastatals in the ministry and all CEOs of these parastatals must be aligned with the policy drive of the ministry to allow the sector register the growth that has eluded it for many years" Kachikwu said. Read More »

Fired Construction Worker Kills Foreman, Self at Job Site

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Police said they searched the building and found the gunman on the fifth floor, also shot in the head. Authorities say the incident stemmed from a workplace issue in which the shooter had a dispute with the foreman and had been fired. Workers claimed the man was a disgruntled former employee who was sacked a few days ago. Police said the suspect had three prior arrests, including two for assault and one for burglary. Read More »

Donald Trump calls Las Vegas gunman 'demented'

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The White House is already prepared to tone down any talk of gun control, which Democrats in Congress have been pushing since the slaughter on Sunday. The president says those details will be announced at "an appropriate time". "I may have very well been the last person to shake hands with that man", he added. Read More »

Trump administration gives employers more leeway to withhold birth control coverage

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The rule could be announced later today, though drafts were obtained by Vox back in May. They created a workaround for those organizations: employers who objected to the coverage would notify the administration, which would then work directly with the insurance company to make sure the coverage was provided without the employer needing to be involved. Read More »

Major GST relief for exporters, small traders: Highlights

GST Council has also thought of bringing down tax rate on AC restaurants with no ITC from 18 per cent to 12 per cent. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said on Friday that GST related concerns of small-scale traders and exporters have been addressed after taking stock of last three months. Read More »

Las Vegas deadly concert shooting: GoFundMe aids victims, how to help

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Meanwhile, President Donald Trump met privately with victims of the shooting at a Las Vegas hospital Wednesday. He also transferred 100,000 U.S. dollars (£75,000) overseas just days before the massacre. Undersheriff Kevin McMahill told reporters that Paddock also set up two cameras in the hallway outside his room so he could watch for anyone approaching. Read More »

Sessions Denounced for 'Appalling Assault' on Transgender Workers' Rights

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The memo reflects the Justice Department's aggression toward LGBT rights under President Trump and Sessions, who reversed an Obama-era policy that protects transgender students after a few weeks in office. Unfortunately, the last administration abandoned that fundamental principle, which necessitated today's action. But in a 1989 case, Price Waterhouse v. Read More »

Pence Pledges to Return to the Moon

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To correct this, he said, "President Trump has charged this National Space Council with reviewing America's current policy and our long range goals and coordinating all national space activities from security to commerce to exploration". The council, dormant for almost a quarter-century until President Donald Trump ordered it reconstituted, is meant to advise the president on policy and strategy for space. Read More »

View from Away: Catalonia held a referendum, and Russian Federation won

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Madrid has branded the vote a "farce" and Spain's King Felipe VI sided with the central government , accusing separatist leaders of endangering Spain's "stability". The images of Spanish riot police firing rubber bullets and swinging truncheons at would-be voters in Catalonia on Sunday handed the region's leaders the flawless story line: of a repressive central government squashing an attempted exercise in democracy. Read More »

Tillerson calls NBC News report on his resignation 'erroneous'

News reported early Wednesday morning that Tillerson almost resigned over the summer " amid mounting policy disputes and clashes with the White House ". Asked whether Trump requested that Tillerson hold the press conference, the secretary of state said he had not spoken with the president Wednesday morning. Read More »

Iraqi forces capture Hawija from Daesh

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Footage released by Iraqi police shows troops walking through a nearby village, greeting and dancing with its residents who have been living under Islamic State since 2014. The region, where tens of thousands of civilians live, has been under the terror group's control since 2014. "Today's victory demonstrates we are stronger together, and this coalition remains committed to supporting our partners in the tough fight ahead as we continue our mission to defeat ISIS", Funk said. Read More »

Syria fight back against Australia to keep World Cup dream alive

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Socceroos attacker Robbie Kruse has slammed match officials after Ange Postecoglou's side were held to a 1-all draw in Malaysia by Syria . After Thursday's match, which was played in a neutral stadium because of the conflict in the Middle Eastern nation, the sides will travel to Sydney to settle the outcome on Tuesday night. Read More »

Edward Heath: Allegations of historic sexual abuse

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He died on July 17, 2005 aged 89 after suffering from a pulmonary embolism a few years before. None of these concern the period during which Heath was prime minister. Police said that the investigation involved 40 people who claimed Heath had sexually abused them, either as children or as adults, or had physically abused them. Read More »

CT Lawmakers Want to Ban Bump Stocks After Las Vegas Massacre

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It said investigators were trying to trace the money and were probing at least a dozen financial reports over the past several weeks that said Paddock gambled more than $10,000 per day. Danley returned late on Tuesday from a family visit to the Philippines . NBC News reported that Paddock wired $100,000 to the Philippines last week, but NPR has not independently verified that report. Read More »

At least 13 killed in Balochistan shrine blast

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Rescue officials fear the death toll could rise as the blast occured when the shrine was witnessing a heavy rush of devotees on Thursday, when devotees gather at the shrine of the revered Sufi saint to participate in a Sufi dance called dhamal and prayers. Read More »

Back in US, Las Vegas gunman's girlfriend now at center of investigation

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A nephew of Stephen Paddock's girlfriend says he's stunned by the actions of the Las Vegas gunman and didn't even know that Paddock was interested in guns. Paddock lived in Mesquite with his 62-year-old girlfriend, Marilou Danley , who was overseas when the shooting unfolded. Speaking to CNN's Australian affiliate 7 News with their faces blurred and their names not identified, Danley's sisters revealed that she was in the Philippines and arrived back in the USA on Tuesday (Oct. Read More »

Tropical system may strike U.S. coast as hurricane

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A tropical storm warning is in effect for Sandy Bay Sirpi, Nicaragua to Punta Castilla, Honduras. Nicaragua could see up to 50cm (20in) of rain with an "isolated maximum" of 76cm (30in) possible - bringing potentially life-threatening flash floods and mudslides. Read More »

Saudi king to make historic visit to Russian Federation

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Saudi Arabia's King Salman arrives in Russian Federation. But oil was front and center. But, at the time it is adopting a realistic policy aimed at establishing partners and not allies on the basis of exchanged interests, Saudi Arabia realizes that there is a lot to be achieved from strong relations with Russian Federation. Read More »

Las Vegas Shooter Bought 33 of His Guns Since October

Congressman Kathy Castor said: "Certainly, we can come together to pass common sense safety requirements such as background checks and limits on civilian use of military-style weapons and to enforce the laws on the books". Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., says that this violence is a reminder of Congress's failure to stand up to the gun industry. In this case many guns. Read More »

Hopes squashed amid Robinsons closure plan by Britvic

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Brand giant Unilever , which also owns Hellmans and Flora, has not yet indicated where the iconic mustard will be produced in the future. Colman's was the main sponsors of Norwich City Football Club between 1997 and 2001. It said one of the choices considered in the audit would "incorporate the potential conclusion of our Norwich processing plant". Britvic said the aim was to improve efficiency and productivity and the plans would see the site close towards the end of 2019. Read More »

Iraq Vet Steals Truck To Transport Dozens To Hospital During Vegas Shooting

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Quick thinking and a bold decision may have saved the lives of dozens of people wounded in the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. History. The first one he tried had keys right there. "Hey Taylor, [I was] told you might have the keys to my truck??" he texted Winston, 29, after the tragedy in a conversation that later made its way to social media. Read More »

Fischer queries top military officials about Afghanistan strategy

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Mattis said that Pakistan has a "convoluted history" with terrorism and that there is no doubt that terrorists and militant groups have used the nation as a haven to conduct attacks in other countries, and not just in Afghanistan. Paratroopers with 1st Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division fire at insurgent forces during a firefight June 15, 2012, in Afghanistan's Ghazni Province. Read More »

Almost 200000 Virginia children at risk of losing insurance in February

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The number of patients seeking care at the health centers, which have a sliding scale for people without insurance, has more than doubled since 2006. "It's kids from working family that don't have access to health insurance through their jobs", says SIU Pediatric School of Medicine Chair Dr. Douglas Carlson. Read More »