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  • Sources have identified the gunman as Chris Harper Mercer. He is seen in a photo posted to one of his social media accounts.

    Umpqua Community College Gunman Chris Harper Mercer Committed Suicide: Sheriff’s Department

    Chris Harper-Mercer, the shooter behind the deadly rampage at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon, apparently committed suicide after exchanging gunfire with officers, Douglas County Sheriff John Hanlin said Saturday. A timeline released by investigators shows that the first 911 call about the Thursday’s shooting came at 10:38 a.m. Six minutes later, Hanlin said, two Roseburg police officers and a state trooper arrived on the scene. At 10:46 a.m., the officers exchanged gunfire with Harper-Mercer. Two minutes later, there was […]

  • The nine victims of the fatal shooting at Umpqua Community College are seen in photos from their Facebook pages.

    Oregon Shooting Victims’ Names Released; Details About Their Lives Emerge

    A quadruplet, an aspiring pediatric nurse and a man who had finally found his path in life. Recent high school graduates experiencing their fourth day of college. Beloved sons and daughters. They were among the nine people killed Thursday when a gunman stormed the campus of Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon. Douglas County Sheriff John Hanlin gave their names and ages along with brief family statements. Here is more about them: Lucero Alcaraz, 19 Lucero Alcaraz was from Roseburg […]

  • Donald Trumps speaks at a campaign event in Franklin, Tenn., on Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015. (Credit: CNN)

    Donald Trump Says Armed Teachers Could Have Stopped Oregon Shooting

    Donald Trump said Saturday that had teachers been armed at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon, the deadly shooting there this week would not have been as tragic. Trump has previously cited mental health issues, not guns, as the biggest cause of shootings in the U.S. But his comments on Saturday are his most extensive and emotionally charged about firearms since he launched his campaign in June, as he spoke about his personal gun ownership and elicited his biggest applause […]

  • A U.S. helicopter flies over Afghanistan's Jalalabad Airport, where a US C-130 military transport plane crashed in Jalalabad on October 2, 2015. (Credit: Noorullah Shirzada/AFP/Getty Images)

    Death Toll Rises to 19 After Apparent U.S. Airstrike Hits Doctors Without Borders Hospital in Afghanistan

    Aerial bombardments blew apart a Doctors Without Borders hospital in the battleground Afghan city of Kunduz about the time of a U.S. airstrike early Saturday, killing at least 19 people, officials said. The blasts left part of the hospital in flames and rubble, killing 12 staffers and seven patients — including three children — and injuring 37 other people, the charity said. As the United States said it was investigating what struck the hospital during the night, the charity expressed […]

  • Joaquin is expected to continue pounding parts of the Bahamas through Friday. (Credit: CNN)

    Ship With 33 People Aboard, Including 28 Americans, Missing After Facing Hurricane Joaquin

    For more than 36 hours, there’s been no word from, and no sign of, the U.S.-flagged container ship El Faro. That means no news on what’s happened to the 28 Americans and five Poles aboard, faced with the full fury of Hurricane Joaquin and it’s up to 150 mph gusts, 30-foot waves and potentially 25 inches of rain. The U.S. Coast Guard dispatched a cutter ship, an MH-60 Jayhawk rescue helicopter and a C-130 Hercules airplane on Friday. But while […]

  • Pope Francis greets people at the end of an audience to the participants of a meeting organized by the "Food Bank" on Oct. 3, 2015, at the Paul VI audience hall in Vatican. (Credit: FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP/Getty Images)

    Pope Francis Met With Longtime Friend, Same-Sex Couple in U.S. Prior to Kim Davis

    The day before Pope Francis met anti-gay county clerk Kim Davis in Washington last week, he held a private meeting with a longtime friend from Argentina who has been in a same-sex relationship for 19 years. Yayo Grassi, an openly gay man, brought his partner, Iwan Bagus, as well several other friends to the Vatican Embassy on Sept. 23 for a brief visit with the pope. A video of the meeting shows Grassi and Francis greeting each other with a […]

  • A U.S. helicopter flies over Afghanistan's Jalalabad Airport, where a US C-130 military transport plane crashed in Jalalabad on October 2, 2015. (Credit: Noorullah Shirzada/AFP/Getty Images)

    Doctors Without Borders: 3 Workers Killed in Apparent U.S. Airstrike on Hospital in Afghanistan

    Airstrikes killed three staff workers of medical aid group Doctors Without Borders early Saturday in the Afghan city of Kunduz, the charity said. U.S. forces said they conducted airstrikes in the area. More than 30 people remained unaccounted for after aerial bombing hit the trauma center several times, the charity said in a statement. U.S. forces carried out a nearby strike early Saturday “against individuals threatening the force,” Army spokesman Col. Brian Tribus said. The strike “may have resulted in […]

  • Police officers stand guard outside the apartment building where the alleged Umpqua Community College gunman, Chris Harper Mercer, lived in Winchester outside Roseburg, Oregon, on Oct. 2, 2015. (Credit: Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images)

    Oregon Gunman Was Enrolled in Class Where He Opened Fire, Authorities Say

    The man who gunned down nine people at an Oregon community college was enrolled in the class where the fatal shootings occurred, Douglas County Sheriff John Hanlin said Friday. At an earlier news conference, Hanlin identified the nine dead, who range in age from 18 to 67: Lucero Alcaraz, 19 Treven Taylor Anspach, 20 Rebecka Ann Carnes, 18 Quinn Glen Cooper, 18 Kim Saltmarsh Dietz, 59 Lucas Eibel, 18 Jason Dale Johnson, 33 Lawrence Levine, 67 (teacher) Sarena Dawn Moore, […]

  • President Barack Obama hugs outgoing Secretary of Education Arne Duncan as his nominee to replace Duncan, John B. King Jr,. looks on in the State Dining Room at the White House Oct. 2, 2015. (Credit: Olivier Douliery - Pool/Getty Images)

    Arne Duncan, Stepping Down as Secretary of Education, Gets Praise From Obama

    President Barack Obama praised Arne Duncan’s service as secretary of education on Friday, hours after Duncan said he would step down in December. “He’s done more to bring our education system — sometimes kicking and screaming — into the 21st century more than anybody else,” Obama said at a White House ceremony. “America is going to be better off for what he’s done.” Duncan leaves the administration as the longest-serving education secretary in U.S. history, Obama said. “It’s a record […]