Ex-con ID’d as shooter in Vegas
An ex-convict with a history of alcohol-related arrests at Las Vegas Strip clubs was identified as the man who opened fire in an after-hours casino nightclub early Monday, wounding two employees and killing a patron who tried to stop him after a dispute about a $30 cover charge.
The suspected gunman, Benjamin Frazier, 41, was hospitalized at University Medical Center pending booking at the Clark County jail and an initial court appearance on murder and attempted murder charges, Clark County Sheriff Doug Gillespie said.
Police and a family member, attorney Bob Beckett, said Frazier was being treated for serious head injuries received when he was subdued following the 5:38 a.m. shooting at Drai’s After Hours at Bally’s hotel-casino.
Police said Frazier acted alone.
Hurricane Raymond off Mexico coast
Hurricane Raymond gained strength as it remained nearly stationary off Mexico’s southern Pacific coast Monday, though it threatened to hurl heavy rains onto a sodden region already devastated by last month’s Tropical Storm Manuel.
Guerrero state authorities said it was raining in places but so far no torrential rains had hit the area. More than 100 people were evacuated as a precaution from a mountain town east of Acapulco, authorities said.
Russian officials probe bus bombing
Investigators were delving into the background of a woman from the restive Caucasus region who is believed to have set off a suicide bomb Monday aboard a crowded bus in the southern Russian city of Volgograd. Six passengers and the bomber were killed. Thirty-three people were injured.
It was the latest instance of violence from the Caucasus, fueled by nationalism and Islamic extremism, spilling over into the rest of Russia.
Authorities identified the bomber as Naida Asiyalova, 30, a resident of the Russian republic of Dagestan.
Christie drops fight against gay marriage
Gov. Chris Christie dropped his fight against gay marriage in New Jersey on Monday, framing the decision in a pragmatic way: No point in fighting a losing battle.
Just hours after gay couples began exchanging vows with the blessing of New Jersey’s Supreme Court, Christie announced he was withdrawing his appeal to the high court.
New Jersey is the 14th state to legalize gay marriage.
WWII vet finally gets medals
A 94-year-old World War II veteran has finally received the Prisoner of War Medal and other honors after a decades-long wait.
Phillip Coon also was presented with a Bronze Star medal and the Combat Infantryman Badge during an informal ceremony Monday night at Tulsa International Airport.
Coon, who lives in Sapulpa in northeastern Oklahoma, was just returning from Japan where government officials there apologized to him and other veterans over how they were treated during the war.
Coon survived a Japanese labor camp and the Bataan Death March, where tens of thousands of soldiers were forced on a 65-mile trek by the Japanese military.