Reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward, aged 24 and 27 respectively, were shot during a live broadcast outside of Roanoke — allegedly by a disgruntled former coworker who police have identified as Vester Lee Flanagan. Flanagan posted video of the event to his Facebook and Twitter accounts, which have both been suspended, and then shot himself and later died in the hospital. Now, with a third victim in stable condition after surgery, many politicians are calling for a new look at America’s gun laws — and some are decrying news sites for posting the footage of the crime.
The Presidential Daily Brief
Beijing’s interest rate cut may have slowed the decline, but investors were far from relieved. Chinese shares continued to drop today, with the Shanghai Composite falling 1.3 percent. Other markets were mixed, with South Korea rebounding, Japan’s Nikkei average seeing its biggest jump of the year, and European markets falling about 1 percent in early trading. The Dow opened about 400 points up, before trimming off to a more modest jump — but after watching a 442-point Dow jump evaporate before yesterday’s bell, American traders are bracing for what could be another volatile day.
Maybe they were wearing rose-tinted glasses. The Pentagon’s inspector general is looking into allegations that intelligence reports inflated the progress of the U.S.-led campaign to defeat ISIS in Iraq. The probe follows a defense analyst’s claim that officials were altering conclusions of draft intelligence assessments made for decision makers, including President Obama. The prospect may help explain the inconsistency of reports of allied progress, and if true, the intelligence community is likely to have a whole new battle on its hands.
Sign on the dotted red line. That’s the message from the international agency to South Sudanese President Salva Kiir, who has voiced objections to a deal to end 20 months of brutal civil war. Forces loyal to Kiir have been fighting rebels in a conflict that has killed thousands and displaced 2.2 million since 2013. Kiir reportedly has reservations about the power-sharing agreement’s demilitarizing of the capital, Juba, but with the U.N. Security Council threatening “immediate action” if he doesn’t sign, he’s expected to reach for his pen today.
He claims robbery was what he had in mind. But Ayoub El-Khazzani, 25, allegedly planned ahead to terrorize and kill passengers on a train from Amsterdam to Paris last Friday, according to a French prosecutor. The Moroccan was reportedly carrying 270 bullets for an assault rifle and a bottle of gasoline, and had just watched a jihadist video on his phone minutes before the attack, which was foiled by three Americans and a Briton. Defense lawyers say Khazzani planned to rob passengers, but he’ll soon face charges of attempted murder with terrorist intent.
James Holmes formally sentenced to the maximum of 12 lifetimes and 3,318 years in prison. (NBC)
Greek president to formally call election Friday. (Reuters)
Fifty bodies found in hull of refugee ship near Libyan coast, 439 rescued. (Washington Post)
Syria’s Assad ‘confident’ that Russia and Iran will continue backing his regime. (BBC)
Indians impose curfew as 500,000 demonstrators demand benefits. (Al Jazeera)
White House fence-jumper killed after attacking deputy in Pa. courthouse. (USA Today)
Trump boots Univision journalist from press conference, invites him back. (Reuters)
Congressional support for Iran deal reportedly growing. (FT) sub
Did the infidelity website break its promise? Four potential class-action lawsuits have emerged in the U.S. against the website following a hack that exposed 32 million accounts. Another suit has been filed in Canada, home to Avid Life Media, the site’s parent company. The U.S. complaints allege negligence in protecting consumer data and violation of state privacy laws, and the Canadian plaintiff is seeking $578 million in damages. While cheaters are against the wall, courts must now decide whether any of the suits warrant class-action status.
Stop blaming yourself. The way to lose weight might be to stop looking in the mirror altogether. Benjamin Spoer argues that structural interventions like large-scale changes to culture, education and food regulation make a lot more difference to a population’s health than individual food choices. So it might make more sense to throw all that dieting energy into trying to change the world, much as anti-smoking advocates and the government did by altering public attitudes toward tobacco. Many hands, in this case, could make light work.
They liked the edits. After objecting to a single page of the user-written encyclopedia — they thought it promoted hashish preparation — Russia’s FCC, the Roskomnadzor, banned the entire website on Monday. The agency lifted the ban yesterday, following a Wiki-approved edit, but not before a Moscow politician advocated a national alternative to the information site. Many say it’s just a misfire in the Kremlin’s information war, in which Reddit was recently banned and dissent sites are regularly throttled, and that further online purges are likely.
It’s scary all right. Websites are carrying an outfit modeled by a wig-wearing, stubble-faced man sporting a rip-off of Jenner’s iconic cream-colored bathing suit and a “Call Me Caitlyn” sash. The costume has sparked outrage and accusations of transphobia, with tweets like “We are humans, not jokes” and “absolutely disgusting.” While cross-dressing is a Halloween staple, this one crosses the line. At least one website pulled the item, dodging backlash that its competitors may also want to avoid.
They’re calling it a foul. The former Red Sox pitcher and ESPN baseball analyst tweeted and Facebook posted a video meme comparing Muslims to Nazis. The network reacted swiftly, calling the post “completely unacceptable” and benching him from his assignment covering the Little League World Series. Schilling tweeted a less-than-elegant apology, saying the video hadn’t come across “as intended or interpreted,” and later a more conciliatory note saying it was a “bad decision.” He also accepted his suspension, and the network will now mull his future.