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Four dead at Fort Hood including shooter, 16 wounded: commander WASHINGTON: Four people were killed in a shooting at Fort Hood on Wednesday including the assailant, a soldier who served in Iraq and was being treated for mental health issues, the commander of the US base said."There is no indication that this incident is related to terrorism," Lieutenant General Mark Milley told reporters, adding that 16 people were wounded in the incident at the huge US army base in Texas, scene of a deadly shooting rampage in 2009. The shooter -- who was not identified pending notification of his next of kin --- took his own life, Milley said.All of the dead and wounded were military personnel.The assailant used a .45-caliber Smith and Wesson semi-automatic pistol that he had bought recently in the area, the general said.The shooter had spent four months in Iraq in 2011 and was currently undergoing a "diagnosis process" to determine if he was suffering from ...

Morning light could be secret to healthy weight WASHINGTON: Being slimmer could be as simple as waking up early for some morning sunshine, US researchers suggested on Wednesday.A small study of 54 volunteers showed that the leanest ones did not necessarily eat better or exercise more than the rest. They simply were exposed to more bright daylight earlier in the day.The findings by Northwestern University researchers are published in the journal PLOS ONE."The earlier this light exposure occurred during the day, the lower ...
Most Americans think legal pot inevitable: poll WASHINGTON: Three out of four Americans believe marijuana will one day be legal to buy and use anywhere in the United States, according to a public opinion poll released Wednesday.Fifty-four percent of respondents to the Pew Research Center survey said marijuana should be legalized, compared to 42 percent who were opposed, the Washington-based pollsters reported.When asked if they thought the sale and use of marijuana would eventually be legal nationwide, 75 percent responded yes -- ...
US court removes limits on overall campaign donations WASHINGTON: The US Supreme Court on Wednesday removed the overall limit on contributions a donor can make to political candidates, a move that could open the floodgates to campaign funding by rich individuals.The move was immediately hailed by Republicans, who are gearing up to challenge President Barack Obama's Democratic supporters for control of the Senate in October mid-term elections.The top court, in a five to four ruling read by Chief Justice John Roberts, did retain ...
Washington mayor ousted in primary race WASHINGTON: Washington Mayor Vincent Gray lost his bid to run the US capital city for a second term late on Tuesday, bumped from the job by city councilwoman Muriel Bowser.With 100 percent of precincts reporting, the DC Board of Elections announced challenger Bowser earned 44 percent of the vote in the Democratic primary, compared with Gray's 33 percent. Several other candidates earned between 0 and 12 percent of the vote.Gray conceded the race around midnight, ...
President declares northern Chile disaster area after quake SANTIAGO: President Michelle Bachelet declared parts of northern Chile hit by an 8.2 magnitude offshore earthquake to be disaster zones.Bachelet said she would travel to the regions of Arica and Tarapaca on Wednesday, and send military officials to the areas to prevent looting and disorder. At least five quake-related deaths were reported by the interior ministry.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014 ...
Judge dismisses US lawsuit in News Corp. hacking case NEW YORK: A US federal judge dismissed a shareholder lawsuit against Rupert Murdoch and other executives of News Corp. alleging they withheld key information about the phone hacking scandal in Britain.Judge Paul Gardephe dismissed the case, saying the allegedly false statements were made prior to the period in question in the suit. But he left the door open to an amended complaint."Nearly all of the purportedly false statements cited in the complaint were made prior ...


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