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FBI Agent Pleads Guilty to Acting as China Agent

FBI agent worked for ChinaKun Shan Chun, a native of the People’s Republic of China and a naturalized U.S. citizen, pleaded guilty today to a criminal information charging him with acting in the United States as an agent of China without providing prior notice to the Attorney General.

Assistant Attorney General for National Security John P. Carlin, U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara of the Southern District of New York and Assistant Director in Charge Diego P. Rodriguez of the FBI’s New York Field Office made the announcement.


Texas becomes campus carry state on 50th anniversary of UT Tower mass shooting

Texas becomes carry stateThe University of Texas at Austin on Monday is holding a memorial to mark the 50th anniversary of the UT Tower mass shooting as the state's new campus carry law goes into effect.

One of the first U.S. college mass shootings in the modern era occurred at UT, where former U.S. Marine and engineering student Charles Whitman killed 14 people on campus after killing his wife and mother in 1966.


Flash flood kills 1, devastates downtown in Ellicott City, Md.

Maryland flash floodsA state of emergency was declared in Ellicott City after major flooding destroyed much of its downtown area — leaving businesses damaged and cars turned over Saturday evening.

At least one woman was found dead in the Patapsco River after flood waters ripped through the heart of the city.


1 dead, four injured in Austin shooting; manhunt underway

Austin shootingA manhunt was underway in Austin after a gunman opened fire on a crowded downtown street as bars were closing Sunday, killing one person and wounding four others, police said.

Austin Police Chief of Staff Brian Manley said five people were shot shortly after 2 a.m. on Sixth Street, a bustling seven-block entertainment district lined with historic buildings that now house bars, upscale restaurants, trendy shops and music venues.


Hot air balloon carrying at least 16 people crashes in Texas

Hot air balloon crashes with 16 on boardA large hot air balloon carrying at least 16 people caught fire this morning and crashed in a pasture near Lockhart, Texas, the Federal Aviation Administration said.

There do not appear to be any survivors, according to the Caldwell County Sheriff's Office, which received a 911 call around 7:44 a.m. local time about a possible vehicle accident. The fire apparently broke out during flight in the basket portion of the hot air balloon.


Sandy Hook Elementary to reopen nearly 4 years after shooting

sandy Hook elementarySandy Hook Elementary School, the site of one of the deadliest school shootings in recent history, will reopen its doors to students at the end of August.

The original Sandy Hook Elementary was torn down in October 2013, almost one year after a gunman stormed the halls, killing 20 children and six educators on Dec. 14, 2012.


North Carolina Voter ID Law Targeted African-Americans, Appeals Court Rules

Voter ID struck down in NCA U.S. appeals court on Friday struck down a North Carolina law that required voters to show photo identification when casting their ballots in the November election, ruling that it discriminated against African-American residents.

The ruling is likely to be seen as a boost for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton in a state that is politically important as it does not lean heavily toward either Democrats or Republicans. Clinton is heavily favored among black Americans over Republican nominee Donald Trump.


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