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Investigators believe Las Vegas gunman had severe undiagnosed mental illness: Sources

Investigators believe Las Vegas gunman had severe undiagnosed mental illness: Sources

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The picture that is emerging of Steven Paddock, who has been identified as the gunman in Sunday's mass shooting in Las Vegas, is of a man that some law enforcement officials increasingly believe had severe mental illness that was likely undiagnosed, sources tell ABC News. The portrait, gleaned from interviews with hundreds of people interviewed over the past week, is that while Paddock might have been financially successful, he had real difficulty interacting with people. He is described as standoff-ish, disconnected, a man who had difficulty establishing and maintaining meaningful relationships. Paddock opened fire on a music festival crowd from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas on Oct. 1, killing 58 people and injuring 489 others before taking his own l...
Thousands protest Putin on 65th birthday

Thousands protest Putin on 65th birthday

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Oct. 7 (UPI) -- Protests organized by a jailed political opponent of Vladimir Putin jeered the Russian president on the occasion of his 65th birthday.Putin's primary political foe, Aleksei Navalny, who was jailed earlier this week for 20 days after allegedly organizing unsanctioned protests, called on followers to gather in towns and cities across the country to protest Putin, who is widely expected to win another six-year term with tacit opposition in elections scheduled for later this year.Protesters shouted the refrain "happy birthday Putin, and goodbye," a reference to the fact the former KGB agent will be 70 when his next term ends.Police across Russia arrested protesters, though official numbers were not available. A watchdog group estimated the number at 271 arrests in 12 different ...
4th US service member killed in Niger ambush

4th US service member killed in Niger ambush

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The Pentagon has confirmed that a fourth U.S. soldier was killed in Africa earlier this week in an ambush believed to have been carried out by an Islamic extremist group. "The body of another U.S. service member has been recovered from the area of the attack, bringing the number of U.S. service members killed in this attack to four," Col. Rob Manning, Pentagon spokesperson, said in a statement on Friday. The soldier was declared missing shortly after Wednesday's ambush of a joint patrol of U.S. Army soldiers and Nigerien soldiers near the border with Mali that killed three other American soldiers. The missing soldier's remains were found by Nigerien forces on Friday "in the vicinity" of the ambush said Col. Mark Cheadle, a spokesman for U.S. Africa Command. Cheadle said there were "ze...
Japan man confesses starting fire that killed wife, five children

Japan man confesses starting fire that killed wife, five children

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Oct. 6 (UPI) -- A Japanese man turned himself in to police after setting fire to an apartment where a woman and five children were found dead, according to local press reports.Hirobumi Komatsu, 32, told police in Hitachi, Ibaraki Prefecture, he had "set fire" to his house and that his wife and five children were at home at the time, Kyodo News reported.Komatsu was arrested not long after firefighters found six dead people at the site, including four boys, a woman and a girl.Japanese investigators said the girl, who was taken to a hospital before being confirmed dead, had multiple stab wounds on her body.Police said the bodies are believed to be those of the wife of the suspect, his four sons, ranging in age from 3 to 6 years, and his 11-year-old daughter.The fire in Ibaraki Prefecture bega...
Questions arise on China's plans as N. Korea war talk rises

Questions arise on China's plans as N. Korea war talk rises

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Securing North Korea's missile launchers and nuclear, chemical and biological weapons sites would likely be a chief priority for China in the event of a major crisis involving its communist neighbor, analysts say, although Beijing so far is keeping mum on any plans. Despite China's official silence, its People's Liberation Army likely has a "vast array" of contingency plans involving military options, said Dean Cheng, an Asia security expert at the Heritage Foundation think tank in Washington. The PLA and paramilitary People's Armed Police could also be deployed to deal with refugees and possible civil unrest, he said. What's less clear is whether and under what conditions China would commit troops as an occupying force should North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's regime fall apart, Cheng sai...