TIME Crime

1 Dead, 3 Wounded in Seattle Shooting

Seattle Campus Shooting
A police officer stands near the scene of a shooting on the campus of Seattle Pacific University in Seattle, June 5, 2014. Elaine Thompson—AP

Updated at 4:04 p.m. June 6

Police arrested a 26-year-old suspect Thursday after at least four people were shot near Seattle Pacific University. One victim has died.

Seattle Police Department Officer Paul McDonagh said the suspect, identified as Aaron Ybarra, “was armed with a shotgun and a knife.” Officers do not believe Ybarra was a student at the school. He is currently under investigation for murder.

The gunman shot four people before reloading, according to authorities, during which time a student security guard at Otto Miller Hall disarmed him using pepper spray. Authorities then took the suspected shooter into custody.

Ybarra has been hospitalized twice for mental evaluations, in 2010 and 2012, and he was heavily intoxicated both times, police said Friday afternoon, according to the Associated Press. In the second incident, he was found lying in a roadway.

The four victims were taken to Harborview Medical Center. One 19-year-old man died at the hospital. A 20-year-old woman who received a gunshot wound in her upper body is undergoing surgery, and a 22-year-old man and 24-year-old man are stable, according to a hospital spokeswoman.


New York State Makes It Easier to Change Gender on Birth Certificates

New York State will no longer require proof of sex-change surgery for transgender people to change birth certificates, but the change of policy won't apply in New York City

New York State has made it easier for transgender people to change their gender on their birth certificate.

Previously, the state required that transgender people provide proof of sex-reassignment surgery to change their name on their birth certificate — but many transgender people choose not to undergo surgery, for medical, financial and personal reasons.

Now New York will issue updated birth certificates once applicants provide a medical affidavit stating they have received clinical treatment.

LGBT and transgender organizations have lauded the change, calling it a modernization of the state’s policy.

Pro-LGBT organization Empire State Pride Agenda said the rules, which were several decades old, presented barriers for transgender people trying to obtain documents that matched their identities. Birth certificates that show a different gender to the one the holder identifies themselves with can open transgender people to harassment and discrimination in areas like employment.

Michael Silverman, executive director of the Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund (TLDEF), praised the decision. “A birth certificate is a fundamental form of identification. This will ensure that transgender people can obtain accurate birth certificates that reflect who they are.”

New York will be the fifth state to change its policy, after Oregon, Washington, Vermont and California. Washington, D.C., also has a similar policy.

“Under Governor Cuomo’s leadership, New York is reclaiming its rightful place as the progressive capital of the nation and made significant progress to advance the rights of all New Yorkers,” said Alphonso David, deputy secretary for civil rights for New York State.

The policy change will not apply in New York City, however, which issues its own birth certificates. TLDEF and other LGBT organizations are calling for New York City to follow suit and change its policies to match the rest of the state.

TIME cities

Here Are The U.S. Cities With The Most Underwater Homes

Many homeowners are suffering with mortgage debts worth more than their home itself

U.S. homeowners had some good news this year when it was announced that the number of homes that are considered ‘underwater’ has declined by almost half — but the luck has not been spread evenly across the country.

For a home to be considered ‘underwater,’ the purchase loan has a higher value than the current market rate of the home itself. And whereas rising home prices are helping some homeowners get back in the black, some cities still have an underwater rate higher than the nationwide average.

Las Vegas tops out the list with 31.8% of homes underwater, check out the video above to see the rest.

TIME celebrity

Obama’s Workout Video Raises Security Questions

President Barack Obama, while on a trip to Poland this week, decided to take some advice from the First Lady and get in a workout at the Warsaw Marriott gym. However, someone recorded Obama’s gym session, prompting jokes and security questions.

A Secret Service spokesman told The Hill that the situation at the gym was under control despite the video. “[This was] no different than if the President visited a restaurant off the record and other diners took pictures of him,” the spokesperson said.

Everyone was reportedly screened before entering the gym.

TIME Crime

Loaded Gun Found in South Carolina Target’s Toys Section

Police are investigating how the firearm ended up in the aisle

A worker at a Target in South Carolina found a loaded gun in a toy aisle.

The employee at the Target in Myrtle Beach, S.C. told police that he saw the 9mm handgun on the shelf and at first thought it was a toy, before realizing it was fully loaded, The State reports. He said had seen a suspicious man walking around the toy section, though it’s unclear if he was the one who left the weapon.

Police are investigating and checking surveillance video to determine how the gun ended up there, according to The State. The gun has not been reported stolen.

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TIME Drugs

Legal Pot Might Make America’s Kids Stupider, Say Researchers

In the midst of the drumbeat toward legalization, it’s easy to forget that smoking pot isn’t great for you. Especially if you are a teenager.

A review of the research on the negative health affects of marijuana published today in the New England Journal of Medicine reports that smoking pot as a kid may have lasting impacts on intelligence and achievement.

For starters, smoking pot regularly from an early age is correlated with a lower IQ. The mechanism is not fully understood—experts are not claiming one necessarily causes the other—but scientists speculate the drug can interfere with a critical period for brain development during the teen years. “Adults who smoked regularly during adolescence” according to the review, have “impaired neural connectivity” in parts of the brain involving alertness and self conscious awareness, executive function, processing of habits and routines, learning, and memory.

Smoking marijuana as a teenager is also linked with poor grades, criminal behavior and increased risk of dropping out of school, according to the review. The research doesn’t prove that regular marijuana use causes these negative consequences. But the review article suggests that available evidence could explain the relationship. Though some research suggests that the harmful effects of marijuana subside after the drug leaves the brain and can be reversed after a person stops using, other studies show that “long term, heavy use of marijuana results in impairments in memory and attention that persist and worsen with increasing years of regular use.” The article also points out that marijuana can impair cognitive functioning for days after you toke up, increasing the likelihood that students could be functioning “below their natural ability” for periods of time.

None of this is really surprising. But since legalization in Colorado and Washington may contribute to the perception that, doctors’ notes aside, recreational marijuana is harmless, it’s worth paying close attention to links between marijuana use and negative outcomes in achievement—especially for teens.

TIME Transportation

Delaware Will Inspect State’s Major Bridges After I-495 Closure

The state will first inspect bridges of similar structural design to the one that was shut down on Monday after its support columns were shown to be tilting

Delaware’s transportation secretary ordered an immediate inspection of major bridges on Thursday, days after an I-495 bridge was shuttered because of tilting support columns.

DelDOT Secretary Shailen Bhatt said that his agency will begin by inspecting bridges of similar design for the same problem and then extend the review to every major bridge in the state, the Associated Press reports.

The state shut down the I-495 bridge on Monday and believe that a large mound of dirt dumped in the area under the bridge may have the shifted the ground and caused the columns to tilt. The agency will be looking to make sure that the area under the state’s bridges is clearly marked to avoid similar pilings of dirt.

“I want eyes on all those bridges immediately,” Bhatt told the AP. “We’ve literally got folks going out today.”


TIME President Roosevelt

FDR’s D-Day Prayer

Listen to the words that President Franklin D. Roosevelt used to mark Operation Overlord on June 6, 1944

One of his sons once referred to Franklin Roosevelt as a “frustrated clergyman.” The president, an Episcopalian, loved liturgy and found the cadences of the Book of Common Prayer and of the King James Bible at once stirring and reassuring. And so the time came for Overlord—what his friend and colleague Winston Churchill called “the most difficult and complicated operation that has ever taken place”—FDR decided to commemorate the moment and address the nation not with a Fireside Chat or a grand speech but with a prayer of his own composition.

The White House distributed the text on the morning of June 6, 1944, so that the afternoon newspapers could publish it and listeners could pray along with Roosevelt when he broadcast that evening. With an estimated audience of 100 million, FDR was to lead what must rank as one of the largest mass prayers in human history. Here are his words, spoken in an hour of peril and of promise.

The prayer in the video above is an abridged version. The complete text appears below.

My fellow Americans: Last night, when I spoke with you about the fall of Rome, I knew at that moment that troops of the United States and our allies were crossing the Channel in another and greater operation. It has come to pass with success thus far.

And so, in this poignant hour, I ask you to join with me in prayer:

Almighty God: Our sons, pride of our Nation, this day have set upon a mighty endeavor, a struggle to preserve our Republic, our religion, and our civilization, and to set free a suffering humanity.

Lead them straight and true; give strength to their arms, stoutness to their hearts, steadfastness in their faith.

They will need Thy blessings. Their road will be long and hard. For the enemy is strong. He may hurl back our forces. Success may not come with rushing speed, but we shall return again and again; and we know that by Thy grace, and by the righteousness of our cause, our sons will triumph.

They will be sore tried, by night and by day, without rest-until the victory is won. The darkness will be rent by noise and flame. Men’s souls will be shaken with the violences of war.

For these men are lately drawn from the ways of peace. They fight not for the lust of conquest. They fight to end conquest. They fight to liberate. They fight to let justice arise, and tolerance and good will among all Thy people. They yearn but for the end of battle, for their return to the haven of home.

Some will never return. Embrace these, Father, and receive them, Thy heroic servants, into Thy kingdom.

And for us at home — fathers, mothers, children, wives, sisters, and brothers of brave men overseas — whose thoughts and prayers are ever with them–help us, Almighty God, to rededicate ourselves in renewed faith in Thee in this hour of great sacrifice.

Many people have urged that I call the Nation into a single day of special prayer. But because the road is long and the desire is great, I ask that our people devote themselves in a continuance of prayer. As we rise to each new day, and again when each day is spent, let words of prayer be on our lips, invoking Thy help to our efforts.

Give us strength, too — strength in our daily tasks, to redouble the contributions we make in the physical and the material support of our armed forces.

And let our hearts be stout, to wait out the long travail, to bear sorrows that may come, to impart our courage unto our sons wheresoever they may be.

And, O Lord, give us Faith. Give us Faith in Thee; Faith in our sons; Faith in each other; Faith in our united crusade. Let not the keenness of our spirit ever be dulled. Let not the impacts of temporary events, of temporal matters of but fleeting moment let not these deter us in our unconquerable purpose.

With Thy blessing, we shall prevail over the unholy forces of our enemy. Help us to conquer the apostles of greed and racial arrogancies. Lead us to the saving of our country, and with our sister Nations into a world unity that will spell a sure peace a peace invulnerable to the schemings of unworthy men. And a peace that will let all of men live in freedom, reaping the just rewards of their honest toil.

Thy will be done, Almighty God.


TIME The Brief

Canadian Gunman Still on the Loose

Welcome to #theBrief, the four stories to know about right now—from the editors of TIME

Here are the stories TIME is watching this Thursday, June 5.

The White House’s classified briefing attempting to illustrate to senators that Bowe Bergdahl’s life was in jeopardy convinces few.

In Canada, Justin Bourque remains at large after allegedly gunning down 3 Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

Donald Sterling’s battle with the NBA over his racist remarks ends with a whimper as he backs down from a lawsuit against the league and sells the Clippers.

And finally, what might be the best senior prank ever. California high school students paid a mariachi band to follow their principal around all day.

The Brief is published daily on weekdays.

TIME White House

Obama: ‘No Apologies’ For Bergdahl Deal

"This is not a political football"

President Barack Obama on Thursday fiercely defended his decision to trade five senior Taliban leaders for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, decrying that critics have turned the issue into “a political football.”

“I make absolutely no apologies for making sure that we get back a young man to his parents and that the American people understand that this is somebody’s child and that we don’t condition whether or not we make the effort to try to get them back,” Obama said during a news conference in Brussels. “This is not a political football.”

The prisoner exchange has sparked a sharp political backlash, something Obama dismissed.

“I’m never surprised by controversies that are whipped up in Washington,” Obama said.

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