A Texas Southern University student was killed and another person was hurt during a shooting outside a student-housing complex at the edge of campus in Houston, and two people have been detained for questioning, according to police. University president John Rudley said in a news conference Friday the student was a freshman at the school. Houston police spokeswoman Jodi Silva said the other victim, who was shot in the upper torso and back, is hospitalized in stable condition. Police said the shooting happened around 11:30 a.m. in a parking lot outside the University Courtyard Apartments. Afterward, three or four suspects, all men, ran inside the building and up to the fourth floor. Silva said two people are now in custody. According to the university president, the shooting may have been the result of an argument.
President Barack Obama says the American people will eventually have to "come together" to figure out how to prevent deadly mass shootings like one that took place in Oregon last week.
He met privately Friday with the victims' grieving families. Eight students and a teacher at a community college in Roseburg were killed by a shooter who then turned the gun on himself.
Obama had pledged immediately after the shooting to "politicize" the issue.
But when he emerged from the approximately hour-long meeting Friday, he said, "Today is about the families."
The Pentagon will announce Friday the official end of its failed program to "train and equip" Syrian rebels and replace it with a far less ambitious program, NBC News reported.
The "training" part of the program — which managed to field only "four or five" Syrian rebels in the battle against ISIS in Syria at a cost of about $50 million — will be halted, according to senior defense officials.
Instead of combat training for the rebels, they will now be used as "enablers" to identify targets and call in airstrikes for U.S. and coalition warplanes.
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As President Obama heads to Roseburg, Oregon, for meeting with families of the victims of last week's deadly shooting at Umpqua Community College, the White House is considering taking up the issue of gun control, NBC News reported.
The administration is reconsidering a major gun control proposal that would establish new guidelines for who is legally defined as a licensed gun dealer and therefore required to conduct background checks on potential buyers, administration officials tell NBC News. The proposal would define anyone that sells more a certain number of guns each year "in the business" of selling guns and therefore subject to laws for gun dealers.
According to sources, the administration has considered 50 or 100 guns a year as the threshold to trigger these requirements, although they have not formally settled on a number.
In the wake of the Oregon shooting, the president pledged to have staff "scrub" existing gun laws in search of ways to push for reform.
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The pilot who flew drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzmán to freedom has been arrested, Mexico's attorney general announced Thursday, NBC News reported. Arely Gomez Gonzalez said 23 government employees and 10 civilians had been detained in a quest for answers. It was not clear when the pilot was arrested. Guzmán, the chief of the Sinaloa cartel, busted out of the maximum security prison Altiplano in July through a mile-long tunnel before being flown out of the reach of police.
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One student was killed and three others wounded after a freshman at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff opened fire during a confrontation between two separate groups of students early Friday, police said.
The alleged gunman, who was identified as 18-year-old Steven Jones, was taken into custody at the scene “without further trouble," campus police chief Greg Fowler said. Jones was a pledge for Sigma Chi and was removed from the chapter’s pledge program after his arrest, the fraternity said in a statement.
The three victims, identified by the university as Nicholas Prato, Kyle Zientek and Nicholas Piring, are being treated at Flagstaff Medical Center. The deceased student is Colin Brough.
The shooting occurred outside Mountain View Hall dormitory, where most of the school's fraternity members live. Fowler said it's not clear what caused the confrontation.
Classes will go on as scheduled on Friday, but “this is not going to be a normal day at NAU," said Rita Cheng, the university's president. "Our hearts are heavy."
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A city councilman was hit with a Taser and arrested in the same Texas city where Sandra Bland was arrested during a seemingly routine traffic stop, authorities said Friday.
Prairie View Councilman Jonathan Miller was stunned with a Taser after allegedly resisting arrest, according to a Prairie View Police Department statment released Friday. The timing of the arrest wasn't specified.
Asked about witness accounts that apparently indicate that Miller did not resist arrest, Police Chief Larry Johnson said during a press conference on Friday: "We will do a complete investigation, we’re looking at all the facts surrounding that incident."
Johnson also confirmed that the arresting officer was involved in the Sandra Bland arrest, but did not say how.
The high cost of sending your child to college weighs heavy on the minds of many parents, but a new study reveals another financial burden many Americans families are facing — unaffordable child care. Child care costs for families with two children exceed rent in four out of five communities across the country, according to the Economic Policy Institute’s study “High Quality Child Care Is Out of Reach for Working Families.” The EPI, a non-profit workers’ advocacy group, found that child care costs for two-child families range from about half as much as rent in San Francisco to nearly three times rent in Binghamton, New York. The report points out that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommends that child care cost no more than 10 percent of a family’s income. But according to the EPI analysis, nowhere in the United States does infant care or child care for a 4-year-old cost less than 30 percent of a minimum-wage worker’s annual wages. The finding, published Tuesday, reveal child care costs for a 4-year-old exceed the average cost of in-state tuition at public 4-year institutions in 24 states, as well the nation’s capital. Infant care expenses, meanwhile, exceed the average in-state tuition for public colleges in 33 states and D.C.
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The Bay Area Pet Fair in San Rafael, California, got a special visit from a celebrity pet on Friday. YouTube sensation Norman the Scooter Dog performed a few tricks at the pet fair, which is sponsored by Pet Food Express and runs until 5 p.m. Saturday. The French sheep dog rode a bike and a scooter and also showed the crowd his newest skill: jump roping. Norman traveled all the way from his home in Atlanta, Georgia, with his owners to bring publicity to the fair, which is the largest adoption event in California.
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A Massachusetts social worker was arrested this week on human trafficking and child porn charges after he allegedly paid three teenage girls to send him naked pictures of themselves.
Rick Hall, 34, of Wakefield - the owner of North Shore Recovery Management in Reading - was arraigned Thursday in Woburn District Court on charges of human trafficking of a child under 18, enticement of a child by electronic communication, posing a child in a state of nudity and possession of child pornography.
Bail was set at $100,000 cash, and Hall was ordered not to have contact with the victims, not to use the internet, not to work with or volunteer with anyone under the age of 18, and to surrender his passport.
Authorities in central Florida have a mystery on their hands after a homeless man brought a human skull to a shopping center.
The Indian River County Sheriff's Office says in a news release that deputies were summoned Tuesday morning after the man holding the skull walked into the parking lot at Riverwalk Plaza in Roseland. He asked a maintenance worker to notify authorities about skeletal remains in the woods across the street.
President Barack Obama is bringing words of comfort and sympathy to grieving families of victims of the shooting rampage in Roseburg, Oregon, muting his message about the need for new laws to stem gun violence as he visits an area where firearms are popular.
Obama will talk with family members Friday at the start of a four-day West Coast trip. Eight community college students and a teacher were killed before the gunman fatally shot himself in front of his victims after he was wounded by police.
Dozens of demonstrators had gathered near the local airport as Obama arrived to protest his call for strict gun laws.
Staunchly conservative Douglas County is bristling with gun owners who use their firearms for hunting, target shooting and self-protection.
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The gun used to kill a tantra yoga teacher hiking in Fairfax, California, and a Canadian tourist in San Francisco was stolen from a car parked near Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco police revealed in a news conference Friday. Cmdr. Toney Chapman said the gun was stolen Sept. 30 from a lockbox in the car, which had been parked in a residential neighborhood near the wharf. Chapman said the driver accidentally left the car unlocked. The owner reported it stolen Oct. 1. Two days later, on Oct. 3, Audrey Carey, 23, who lives near Montreal, Quebec, was found shot in the head in Golden Gate Park as thousands gathered nearby for the annual Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival, according to police. Then, on Monday, tantra yoga teacher Steve Carter, 67, was shot multiple times and killed while hiking with his dog on a popular trail, police said. Carter had recently moved from Middletown, California, to be with his wife, Lokita, as she sought breast cancer treatment at the Marin Cancer Institute.
Sacramento police say a woman who was with a U.S. airman hailed as a hero for helping thwart a European terror attack was also hurt in the late-night fight that left the airman with three stab wounds.