Texas Tech campus police officer killed

Texas Tech campus police officer killed


A Texas Tech University police officer was shot and killed at the campus police headquarters, prompting a lockdown of the Lubbock campus.

University spokesman Chris Cook said campus police made a student welfare check Monday evening and found upon entering the room evidence of drugs and drug paraphernalia. Cook said officers brought the suspect to the campus police station for standard debriefing.

During this time, Cook said the suspect pulled out a gun and shot an officer in the head, killing him. The suspect then fled on foot but was captured later.

Columbus statue found vandalized


A statue of Christopher Columbus in Rhode Island was found vandalized on the day marking his arrival in the Americas.

The statue of Columbus is in Columbus Square in Providence. It was found doused in red and black paint Monday. The vandalism included graffiti of an expletive followed by Columbus’ name.

A spokesperson for Mayor Jorge Elorza said the paint will be cleaned up. Police are investigating.

Columbus statues were defaced elsewhere across the country, including two in Connecticut during the weekend.

White House to order health care alternatives


The White House is finalizing an executive order that would expand health plans offered by associations to allow individuals to pool together and buy insurance outside their states, a unilateral move that follows failed efforts by Congress to overhaul the health care system.

President Donald Trump has long asserted that selling insurance across state lines would trigger competition that brings down premiums for people buying their own policies. Experts say that’s not guaranteed, partly because health insurance reflects local medical costs, which vary widely around the country.

Moreover, White House actions may come too late to have much impact on premiums for 2018.

2 more dead from Fla. nursing home


Two women who lived at a Florida nursing home that lost air conditioning during Hurricane Irma have died, bringing to 14 the number of fatalities linked to the home.

Cecilia Franco, 90, and Francesca Andrade, 95, died from ailments suffered when the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills lost power Sept. 10 during the hurricane’s passage, Hollywood police spokeswoman Miranda Grossman told The Associated Press on Monday.

On Sept. 13, eight residents died and other residents were evacuated from the sweltering facility after the electric transformer that powered the facility’s air conditioning was damaged during the storm. Grossman didn’t say exactly when the women died, but said police are treating the deaths as part of the criminal investigation.

Navajo Code Talker dies in New Mexico


A Navajo Code Talker who used his native language to outsmart the Japanese in World War II has died in New Mexico, Navajo Nation officials said.

David Patterson Sr. died Sunday in Rio Rancho at age 94 from pneumonia and complications from subdural hematoma. Few Navajo Code Talkers are still alive.

Patterson and hundreds of other Navajos trained in radio communications were prohibited from talking about their work until it was declassified in 1968.

Associated Press

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