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12 dead, 6 injured in shooting at Virginia Beach Municipal Center

12 dead 6 injured Va. Beach Municipal center

A longtime city employee shot and killed 11 people and injured six others after opening fire late Friday afternoon in the public works building, making it one of the country's deadliest mass shootings this year.

Police said officers killed the man, whom they did not name, after he fired at them.

One officer was shot during the exchange but was saved by his bulletproof vest, Police Chief James Cervera said during a news conference a couple of hours after the incident in the city's Municipal Center in Princess Anne.

"This is the most devastating day in the history of Virginia Beach," Mayor Bobby Dyer said in the news conference. "The people involved are our friends, co-workers, neighbors and colleagues."

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Louisiana Legislature approves 'fetal heartbeat' abortion ban

La. passes fetal heartbeat billA bill banning abortions in Louisiana once a fetal heartbeat is detected secured final passage in the Legislature here Wednesday just days after a federal judge blocked a similar law in Mississippi.

Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards said he will sign the bill, making Louisiana the fourth state to enact laws banning abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected, generally considered about six weeks.

"It's not a difficult decision for me because I've let people know for a long time that I'm pro-life," Edwards said in an interview with USA TODAY before the vote, which was a foregone conclusion.

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As Oklahoma holds out for respite from rains, the overflowing Arkansas River poses a continued threat

Oklahoma threatened by floodsWorried engineers on Wednesday worked to repair a dirt levee protecting this town's business core, knowing that flooding has already damaged more than 150 local homes.

A four-foot-wide levee sinkhole in the town of about 20,000 posed yet another threat as crews across the state braced for Oklahoma's worst-ever flooding amid the latest wave of severe weather.

With the National Weather Service expecting rains to end Wednesday evening, the community about five miles upriver from Tulsa maintained cautious optimism.

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Supreme Court Sidesteps Abortion Question in Ruling on Indiana Law

SCOTUS on abortion lawsThe Supreme Court on Tuesday sidestepped part of a case that could have tested the constitutional right to abortion established in Roe v. Wade, turning down an appeal to reinstate a strict Indiana abortion law. But the court, in an apparent compromise, upheld part of the same law regulating the disposal of fetal remains.

The first part of the law banned abortions sought solely because of fetal characteristics like sex or disability. The law’s second provision required abortion providers to bury or cremate fetal remains.

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Bill Buckner dies at 69 after battling dementia

Bill Buckner dies after battling dimensiaBill Buckner, the longtime major leaguer whose error in the 1986 World Series for years lived in Red Sox infamy, died Monday. He was 69.

"After battling the disease of Lewy Body Dementia, Bill Buckner passed away early the morning of May 27th surrounded by his family," his family said in a statement. "Bill fought with courage and grit as he did all things in life. Our hearts are broken but we are at peace knowing he is in the arms of his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ."

Buckner played 22 seasons in the majors, was an All-Star once and won a batting title in 1980. But it was a ball that went through his legs at Shea Stadium on a cool Oct. 25 night in 1986 that made for one of baseball's most shocking moments.

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At Least Two Dead, Scores Missing After Oklahoma Tornado

El Reno tornado

A powerful, EF3 tornado killed at least two people, destroyed a motel and devastated a mobile home park in the Oklahoma City suburb of El Reno overnight as severe weather continued to threaten the nation's middle section Sunday.

Twenty-nine people were injured, some critically, and a search and rescue effort was underway in areas reduced to rubble, El Reno Mayor Matt White said Sunday. He said language barriers and other issues made the number of people unaccounted for unclear.

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On autopilot: 'Pilots are losing their basic flying skills,' some fear after Boeing 737 Max crashes

Boeing pilots losing skills

Automation has made planes safer and more efficient, but the crashes of two Boeing 737 Max jets is leading some to wonder if there is a dangerous flip side.

While advanced autopilots and computers are now considered an integral part of any modern jetliner, many pilots worry that the systems are detracting from developing and maintaining their own abilities.

"We’ve been talking about this in the industry for years. Pilots are losing their basic flying skills and there’s an overreliance on automation," said Les Westbrooks, an associate professor at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, after the latest 737 Max crash, an Ethiopian Airlines flight in March.

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