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Ft. Hood Shooter Alive and in Custody

The death toll from this afternoon’s shooting at a U.S. Army base is believed to have risen to 12, but reports are conflicting. The shooting, which took place at Fort Hood in Texas, is believed to have been carried out by one gunman, Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, who is alive and in custody (contrary to previous reports). Hasan, 39, is an Army psychiatrist and had recently been transferred to the base from Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Reports say Hasan was being deployed to serve in Iraq.

The soldier opened fire at the base’s military processing center where a graduation ceremony was set to take place. At least 10 of the dead were soldiers, and one killed was a civilian police officer who was reported to dead is not believed to be alive, but in critical condition. 30 are said to be wounded, CNN International.

An Azerbaijan court has sentenced 26 people to prison in connection with an attack on a mosque last year in Baku. Two worshipers were killed at the Abu Bakr Mosque when grenades were thrown into the building. Sentences ranged from two to 15 years, BBC News.

President of Palestine Mahmoud Abbas says he will not run for re-election because of lack of American support, New York Times.

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Breaking: At Least Five Killed at Gym in Pennsylvania

At least five people have been killed (including the gunman) and 15 wounded at a L.A. Fitness center in Bridgeville, Pennsylvania. Mercy Hospital says five women are in critical condition. BNO is providing live coverage from local news channel WTAE-TV here.

WTAE-TV reports the gunman entered the building around 8pm, proceeded to go to a room where a latin dance class was being taught in the aerobics center, and turned off the lights before firing. As many as 100 people were inside the center at the time. Eyewitnesses say the gunman was a middle-aged white man with a gym bag.

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White Supremacist Kills One at D.C. Holocaust Museum

Just before 1:00pm this afternoon, James Von Brunn, 88, shot and killed a security guard, Officer Stephen Tyrone Johns, at the Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C. Von Brunn has a history of violence, previously attempting to kidnap members of the Federal Reserve board for which he was jailed four years. His website (since taken down) painted a chilling picture of the man, a white supremacist and Holocaust denier, who believed Jewish people were out “to destroy the White gene-pool.” Von Brunn was seriously injured after being shot by another guard, Washington Post.

Two Peruvian laws have been suspended in the country after they led to violence that has killed 54 people since Friday. “The laws are designed to regulate investment in the Amazon, but indigenous groups say they will lose control of their natural resources,” and now the tribes will have more time to negotiate with the government, BBC News.

Chrysler and Fiat have reached a deal that will save Chrysler for bankruptcy. The fast sale is a win for President Obama, who promised that the car company’s reorganization would be quick, New York Times.

Carrie Prejean, Miss California and the runner-up at this year’s Miss America pagent, has been stripped of her crown for breach of contract. Prejean caused a firestorm when she said during the pagent she did not agree with gay marriage and became a poster girl for the right-wing and anti-gay groups. Last month, pagent head Donald Trump allowed Prejean to keep her crown, but officially fired her today, Reuters.

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Pilot May Have Spotted Flight 447 Wreckage

Brazilian and French authorities are still searching for Air France Flight 447, which disappeared off radar screens this morning. 228 people were on board and are feared dead. Some reports say a TAM pilot spotted “orange dots” in the ocean this morning and believe it may have been burning wreckage, IBN.

At least five Somali police officers have been killed by a roadside bomb in Mogadishu. Recent fighting around the capital city has left 200 dead and over 60,00o people have fled the area, BBC News.

A U.S. military recruiter was shot and killed today and another wounded by a man who had recently converted to Islam and who was angry at the military. Carlos Bledsoe, 24, of Little Rock, is in custody for the shooting. William Long, 24, of Conway was killed and Quinton Ezeagwula, 18, of Jacksonville was wounded, but is listed in stable condition, USA Today.

Take a look at NPR’s Q&A about General Motors’ bankruptucy filing here.

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Accused Nazi Guard Deported Back to Germany

The man accused of being a former Nazi guard has been deported from the U.S. back to Germany. John Demjanjuk, 89, has a Munich arrest warrant out and is charged with 29,000 counts of accessory to murder. Demjankuk is accused of being a guard at the Sobibor death camp in Poland during the Holocaust, MSNBC.

Little more is known at this hour about the U.S. soldier who killed five of his fellow service members at Camp Liberty in Baghdad today. The shooting occurred at a counseling center, and it is still unclear whether all five killed were soldiers or of some of the deceased worked at the center. Attacks on fellow soldiers has happened in the past, but not with such a high number of deceased since the Iraq War began, NY Times.

Dozens have been arrested at a Tamil Tigers demonstration in London. Around 500 Tamil supporters pushed past police and sat in the streets. The protest comes after reports that over 400 civilians have died in the last few days in Sri Lanka, Sky News.

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Update: US Soldier Killed 5 Other Soldiers in Iraq

Update 18:00 EDT: The identity of shooter and his/her connection to the counseling clinic at Camp Liberty are still unknown. CNN notes that “Camp Liberty is tightly guarded, and U.S. troops are required to clear their weapons of ammunition while on the base. The only service members who have loaded weapons are those guarding high-ranking officers and military police.” Fox News has a rundown of random facts about Camp Liberty.

Update 12:15 EDT: The Pentagon has confirmed that the shooter is in custody and that five are dead. It has not been confirmed if they are all US military. The shooting occurred at a stress clinic, according to an Associated Press report.

An update on the breaking news story of the tragedy at Camp Liberty in Iraq: Pentagon officials are now reporting that a US soldier is responsible for the shootings at Camp Liberty that resulted in the death of five soldiers and the wounding of three others. The shootings occurred at approximately 2pm local time, Associated Press.

There are conflicting reports as to whether the shooter took his/her own life and is included in the five reported dead or if the shooter is in custody. More information as it’s released.

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Breaking: Five Soldiers Killed in Shooting at Camp Liberty in Iraq

Five American soldiers have been killed in a shootout near the Baghdad International Airport at Camp Liberty in Baghdad, Huffington Post. More information is it becomes available.

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Stalker Suspected in Murder of Wesleyan Student Turns Himself In

Johanna Justin-Jinich, a 21 year-old student at Wesleyan University, was murdered on Wednesday by a stalker, Stephen P. Morgan. They two had both attended a summer course at New York University two years ago. Morgan harassed Justin-Jinich, calling her and sending emails. The police were notified but no charges were pressed. On Wednesday Morgan entered the Red and Black Cafe where Justin-Jinich worked and shot her seven times at point blank range with a semiautomatic handgun. Morgan milled around outside the cafe and even gave his name and number to police. Police interviews with the family later revealed Morgan as a suspect. On Thursday, after seeing his face in a newspaper at a convenience store, Morgan called police to turn himself in. Journals found in Morgan’s car indicate anti-Semitic beliefs and plots to rape and kill Justin-Jinich before going on a shooting rampage on the Wesleyan campus,  New York Times.

Half  million civilians are in the warzone in northwestern Pakistan. The Pakistani government is encouraging civilians to flee so that they can minimize civilians casualties while using aerial bombardment and heavy artillery against the Taliban. Hospitals in Pakistan are overwhelmed by the number of sick and wounded, CNN. Images of the refugees, BBC News.

Sudan will allow aid agencies to expand operations. When the International Criminal Court put out an arrest warrant for Sudan President Omar al-Bashir in March, Sudan responded by expelling 13 aid groups, BBC News.

Today marks the 150th anniversary of the international aid agency the Red Cross. Celebrate by giving blood. Photo exhibition “Our World at War” shows the human cost and aftermath of war. Today, May 8, is World Red Cross Red Crescent Day.

California wildfires continue to rage in 50 mph winds and air temperatures of 100 degrees. 18,000 have been ordered to evacuate near Santa Barbara and many homes, including multi-million dollar homes, have been destroyed by the fire, USA Today.

Flooding in Brazil from heavy rainfall continues. 241,000 people have been displaced. The Associated Press reports that not only do Brazilians have to cope with the loss of their homes, they must also battle aalligators and poisonous snakes as they trek through swollen rivers in search of food and shelter.

In more uplifting news, a homeless couple in Washington, DC were married with the help of members of Grace Episcopal Church in Georgetown who donated everything the couple needed for a beautiful wedding. Dante White, 28, has been homeless since he was thrown out of his mother’s house at the age of 14. Nhiahni Chestnut, who has struggled with addictions to drugs and alcohol, met White nine years ago and fell in love. The couple will return to the DC streets after their two-night honeymoon in Virginia, Yahoo News.

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