Man Shoots Himself Outside News Corp. Building in New York

The building houses Fox News, the New York Post and The Wall Street Journal

(NEW YORK) — Police say a man has apparently shot himself to death outside the News Corp. building in midtown Manhattan.

The 41-year-old man died after the shooting at about 9 a.m. Monday.

Authorities aren’t certain what prompted the shooting, which occurred outside the building that houses Fox News, the New York Post and The Wall Street Journal. The media conglomerate News Corp. is controlled by Rupert Murdoch.

It’s not clear if the man had any ties to News Corp. or if he was just standing outside the building.

A weapon was recovered at the scene, and no one else was injured.

Traffic was snarled in Midtown as police investigated.


2-Year-Old Fatally Shoots Self With Father’s Gun in Florida

Kaleb Ahles was in the car while his parents Kevin Ahles and Christina Nigro loaded boxes

(TARPON SPRINGS, Fla.) — A Tampa Bay area toddler is dead after finding his father’s .380-caliber handgun in the family’s car Wednesday afternoon and shooting himself, officials said.

Kaleb Ahles, 2, was in the car while his parents Kevin Ahles and Christina Nigro, both 23, loaded boxes as they prepared to move, according to Pinellas County Sheriff’s deputies. Somehow, the boy opened the glove compartment, where his father had stored the gun.

The child lifted the gun, turned it so that it faced his chest and squeezed the trigger, the Tampa Bay Times reports.

His parents told deputies they heard a loud pop and ran to the car. The mother performed CPR, and the boy was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

“He probably barely got the trigger pulled,” said Sheriff Bob Gualtieri. He described the gun as a lightweight weapon usually carried in a pocket or on a hip.

Gualtieri called the incident a “tragic situation.”

“It’s just one of those things that happens where everything happens the wrong way,” he said.

The sheriff said the parents won’t face criminal charges — no one could punish them more than they’ll punish themselves, he said.

The child’s grandfather, a retired Tampa police detective who is also named Kevin Ahles, stood near the police tape outside the house Wednesday evening. “A great little kid was killed today,” he said. “That’s all there is to say.”

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New Charlie Hebdo Issue With Muhammad Cover Sells Out

APTOPIX France Attacks Charlie Hebdo
Jean Paul Bierlein reads the latest issue of Charlie Hebdo outside a newsstand in Nice, southeastern France, on Jan. 14, 2015 Lionel Cironneau—AP

The man has been convicted repeatedly of racism and anti-Semitism, and is no stranger to controversy

(PARIS) — Charlie Hebdo’s defiant new issue sold out before dawn around Paris on Wednesday, with scuffles at kiosks over dwindling copies of the paper fronting the Prophet Muhammad. In the city still shaken by the deaths of 17 people at the hands of Islamic extremists, a controversial comic who appeared to be praising the men was taken into custody.

The core of the irreverent newspaper’s staff perished a week ago when gunmen stormed its offices, killing 12. Those who survived put out the issue that appeared on newsstands Wednesday, working out of borrowed offices, with a print run of 3 million — more than 50 times the usual circulation.

The storming of the newspaper was the opening salvo of three days of terror and bloodshed in the Paris region, ending when security forces killed all three gunmen on Friday.

France’s government was preparing tougher anti-terrorism measures, and there were growing signs that authorities were ready to use current laws to their fullest extent. Wednesday’s detention of Dieudonne for defending terrorism followed a four-year prison sentence involving the same charge for a man in northern France who seemed to defend the attacks in a drunken rant while resisting arrest.

French police say as many as six members of a terrorist cell that carried out the Paris attacks may still be at large, including a man seen driving a car registered to the widow of one of the gunmen. The country has deployed 10,000 troops to protect sensitive sites, including Jewish schools and synagogues, mosques and travel hubs.

Dieudonne, who popularized an arm gesture that resembles a Nazi salute and who has been convicted repeatedly of racism and anti-Semitism, is no stranger to controversy. His provocative performances were banned last year but he has a core following among many of France’s disaffected young people.

His Facebook post, which was swiftly deleted, said he felt like “Charlie Coulibaly” — merging the names of Charlie Hebdo and Amedy Coulibaly, the gunman who seized a kosher market and killed four hostages, along with a policewoman.

Solidarity for Charlie Hebdo, although not uniform, was widespread in France and abroad.

On Wednesday, the new issue vanished from kiosks immediately. Some newsstand operators said they expected more copies to arrive on Thursday. One kiosk near the Champs Elysees, open at 6 a.m., was sold out by 6:05. Another, near Saint-Lazar, reported fisticuffs among customers.

“Distributing Charlie Hebdo, it warms my heart because we say to ourselves that he is still here, he’s never left,” said Jean-Baptiste Saidi, a van driver delivering copies well before dawn on Wednesday.


Associated Press writers Nicolas Vaux-Montagny and Milos Krivokapic contributed.


5 Shot at Chris Brown Concert in San Jose

Chris Brown performs in Inglewood, Calif., Dec. 2014.
Chris Brown performs in Inglewood, Calif., Dec. 2014. Leon Bennett—WireImage/Getty Images

Police said all victims were expected to survive

Chris Brown was performing at a San Jose nightclub early Sunday morning when gunshots were fired and injured five people, EW has confirmed.

Brown was performing his hit “Loyal” at Fiesta nightclub when an altercation in an area of the venue resulted in gunshots, said Officer Albert Morales, a spokesman for San Jose Police Department.

“We did respond to an incident at about 1:20 this morning. It was a private party being hosted by Chris Brown, as well as a local DJ. We don’t know if it was a scheduled performance but it was an event where he was in attendance,” Morales told EW.

In an Instagram video obtained by TMZ, the singer is seen mid-performance when an altercation in an area of the club off-camera caught his attention.

“Oh, them n—as getting it in over there,” Brown said into the microphone.

But within seconds, a series of gunshots were heard and Brown is seen being ushered off the stage by his security team.

“Someone’s shooting a gun, oh my god,” a female can be heard exclaiming in the video.

Five people were treated for gunshot wounds but “they are all expected to survive,” said Morales.

According to the San Jose Mercury News, Brown told fans he was uninjured following the incident, tweeting “I’m 100.” That tweet has since been deleted. A publicist for Brown did not immediately respond to EW’s request for comment.

This article originally appeared on EW.com.

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British MP: Paris Shooting Suspects Have Been Communicating With People in Yemen

The chairman of the U.K.'s Intelligence and Security Committee revealed the suspects in the Charlie Hedbo killings have been in touch with people in Yemen

As the search for two men suspected of killing a dozen people in Paris on Wednesday continues, Malcolm Rifkind, the chairman of the U.K.’s Intelligence and Security Committee, said on Friday that the suspects had been in recent contact with people in Yemen.

Speaking to the BBC Radio 4 Today program, Rifkind said, “What is emerging in Paris is that the two individual responsible for the terrible massacre at Charlie Hebdo were communicating with people in the Yemen over the last days, last few weeks.”

Backing Andrew Parker, the head of MI5, in calling for increased surveillance powers, Rifkind continued, saying, “The hugely important objective is to enable intelligence agencies to be able to get hold of these communications to try to prevent incidents of this kind.”

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The early morning sun rises behind the US Capitol Building in Washington, DC. Mark Wilson—Getty Images

12 Dead in Paris Attack

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Gunman Opens Fire on VA Clinic in El Paso

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Gunman Opens Fire on VA Clinic in El Paso

Army Hospital Shooter Reported
Police officers guard an entrance to the Beaumont Army Medical Center/El Paso VA campus during the search for a gunman Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015 Victor Calzada—AP

Officials say one doctor was injured and two people were killed during the incident

Two people are dead and one injured after an unidentified gunman went on a shooting spree at a Veterans Affairs health clinic in El Paso, Texas, on Tuesday afternoon.

The gunman reportedly opened fire at the medical center around 3:10 pm local time. The shooter and one victim were later killed during the melee. However, officials have not confirmed whether responding officers killed the gunman, according to the Associated Press.

A doctor at the clinic was also injured during the incident, according to a local FOX affiliate.

The identities of the shooter and victims have not been released nor have authorities commented publicly about the possible motive behind the deadly attack.

[KFOX 14]

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The Monday night shooting of two plainclothes officers responding to a robbery call came just one day after the funeral of NYPD officer Wenjian Liu, who was fatally shot in Brooklyn, along with his partner Rafael Ramos, in December. The officers in the Bronx shooting are said to be in critical but stable condition

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San Francisco Police Shoot and Kill Man Holding Fake Gun

The man had entered a police parking lot through an open gate

San Francisco police shot and killed a man brandishing a fake gun in the parking lot of a police station on Sunday.

The man, 32, had entered the restricted lot through an open gate and ignored officers’ requests that he leave, Police Chief Greg Suhr told the San Francisco Chronicle. Two officers opened fire when the man reached for what appeared to be the butt of a gun holstered at his waist. The weapon turned out to be an air soft or BB gun.

The shooting has the potential to draw further attention to the issue of realistic looking toy guns. A national outcry followed the shooting and killing of a 12-year-old Cleveland boy who was playing with a toy gun in November.

Officers in San Francisco and across the country have responded to recent tensions between police and civilians with heightened awareness of potential threats, Shur told the Chronicle.

“This is a job where very sadly we lose officers,” he said. “It’s on all our minds. But we’ve got a job to do, so we’re going to do it.”

[SF Chronicle]

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Georgia Police Chief Shoots Wife on New Year’s Day

Peachtree City Police Chief William McCollom
Peachtree City Police Chief William McCollom, right, with an officer from his department in August, 2014. Peachtree City Police Dept.

Police Chief William McCollom says he shot his wife accidentally

(PEACHTREE CITY, Ga.) — Investigators say a police chief in Georgia reported accidentally shooting his wife early New Year’s Day.

Georgia Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Sherry Lang says Peachtree City police Chief William McCollom called 911 around 4:15 a.m. Thursday and reported that he accidentally shot his wife.

Margaret McCollom was flown to a hospital. Police say she’s in critical condition.

Lang said she could not discuss the circumstances of the shooting because of the ongoing investigation. No charges were immediately filed. Authorities were planning a 2 p.m. news conference.

Peachtree City officials say McCollom has been placed on administrative leave until an investigation and internal review are complete. Local authorities have turned over the investigation to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and local district attorney’s office.

Peachtree City, with about 34,000 people, is about 30 miles southwest of Atlanta.

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