Emergency call log details horror of Orlando nightclub shooting
After a gunman opened fire at a gay nightclub in Florida this month, police dispatchers fielded calls from people inside who screamed of being shot, begged for help and spoke in hushed voices of the bloody scene around them. The 911 operators' notes, made public on Tuesday, are part of an Orlando Police Department incident narrative that began at 2:02 a.m. on June 12 with two words: "Shots fired." Over the next three hours, operators recorded hearing people screaming and multiple shots fired as Omar Mateen killed 49 people and wounded 53 others in the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history. "My caller is no longer responding, just an open line with moaning," an operator wrote at 2:09 a.m. The calls came from Pulse nightclub's bathrooms, attic, dressing room and office.
Tue, 28 Jun 2016 17:03:53 -0400
Woman injured, gunman dead in downtown Denver shooting
(Reuters) - A woman was critically injured in a shooting inside a downtown Denver office building on Tuesday and police said the suspected gunman was pronounced dead at the scene with what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Denver Police spokesman Doug Schepman told reporters at a news conference that the woman was shot multiple times around 2:45 p.m. local time (2045 GMT) and was taken to a hospital in critical condition. The Denver Post newspaper uploaded video online showing office workers with their hands above their heads fleeing the building dubbed the Alliance Center, a hub for environmental activism groups and other organizations.
Tue, 28 Jun 2016 19:16:58 -0400
First baby with Zika-related birth defect microcephaly born in Florida
A Haitian woman in Florida has delivered the first baby in the state born with the birth defect microcephaly caused by the Zika virus, Florida's health department said on Tuesday. The mother contracted the mosquito-borne virus in her home country and traveled to Florida to give birth, state officials said in statements. If confirmed by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the child will be the fifth in the United States to be born with a birth defect linked with travel to a country in which Zika is circulating.
Tue, 28 Jun 2016 14:01:37 -0400
911 calls capture moments surrounding daughters' shootings
FULSHEAR, Texas (AP) Authorities on Tuesday released 911 calls that capture the panic in the home of a Houston-area mother before she killed her two daughters, as well as in the home of a neighbor after the shootings.
Tue, 28 Jun 2016 21:47:46 -0400
Voters to decide whether to legalize recreational marijuana
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) California voters will decide whether to legalize recreational marijuana after Secretary of State Alex Padilla said Tuesday that initiative proponents turned in more than enough signatures to place the question on the November ballot.
Tue, 28 Jun 2016 21:36:19 -0400
Search for entangled blue whale resumes off California
By Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Marine mammal rescue teams alerted boaters off Southern California on Tuesday to be on the lookout for a blue whale ensnared in the rigging of a commercial crab trap, a day after initial efforts to free the giant creature failed. As of late Tuesday, the whale and a tell-tale string of yellow-and-orange buoys trailing behind it remained out of sight, said Gisele Anderson, whose husband, Dave, runs a fleet of whale-watching excursion vessels involved in the effort. The whale was spotted about 30 miles (48 km) off San Diego over the weekend and again on Monday near Dana Point, about 65 miles (105 km) to the north, by the crew of Captain Dave's Dolphin and Whale Watching Safari, Anderson said.
Tue, 28 Jun 2016 21:25:30 -0400
3 missing, 1 injured in head-on train collision in Texas
DALLAS (AP) Three crew members were missing and one was hurt Tuesday after a head-on train collision in the Texas Panhandle that caused several box cars to erupt in flames and led authorities to evacuate residents in the area.
Tue, 28 Jun 2016 21:07:38 -0400
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