Gunman in Oregon college massacre committed suicide

Heidi Wickersham comforts her sister Gwendoline during a candlelight vigil for victims of the Umpqua Community College shooting in WinstonBy Courtney Sherwood and Emily Flitter ROSEBURG, Ore. (Reuters) - The gunman who killed his English professor and eight others at an Oregon community college committed suicide after a shootout with police who arrived within five minutes and exchanged fire with him almost immediately, authorities said. Investigators had previously said the 26-year-old shooter was killed by the officers who raced to the rampage at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, which ranks as the deadliest among dozens of U.S. mass shootings in the past two years. Douglas County Sheriff John Hanlin told a news conference on Saturday the state medical examiner had determined that the gunman, Christopher Harper-Mercer, took his own life.

Life ring from missing cargo ship found as hurricane threatens Bermuda

An all-terrain vehicle navigates along flooded Church Street in GeorgetownBy Harriet McLeod CHARLESTON, S.C. (Reuters) - U.S. Coast Guard pilots found a life ring from the cargo ship El Faro on Saturday, the first trace of the vessel since it went missing two days earlier with 33 mostly American crew members on board, as powerful Hurricane Joaquin moved toward Bermuda. A search-and-rescue crew found the life ring in waters to the northeast of Crooked Island in the Bahamas, about 75 miles (120 km) from the ship's last known position before it went missing on Thursday morning, the Coast Guard said. "Because we found a life ring, the assumption can be made that we are searching in the right area," said Coast Guard spokesman Petty Officer Jon-Paul Rios.

Supreme Court tackles hot social issues as 2016 election looms

A general view of the U.S. Supreme Court building in WashingtonBy Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The nine justices of the U.S. Supreme Court are set to wade into contentious social matters in their new term beginning on Monday including affirmative action, union powers and voting rights, and could add major cases involving abortion and birth control. The justices, five appointed by Republican presidents and four by Democrats, often divide along ideological and political lines on pressing social issues. In a major battle over the future of affirmative action in college admissions, the justices for a second time will consider a lawsuit brought by Abigail Fisher, a white applicant who was denied admission to the entering class of 2008 at the University of Texas at Austin.

Coast Guard Joins Flood Rescue Efforts in South Carolina

Rain continues to fall on Charleston, South Carolina, one day after the city was slammed by record-setting rainfall.

Oregon shooter showed little sympathy in calculated killings

People bow their heads in prayer during a prayer vigil Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015, in Winston, Ore. The vigil was held in honor of the victims of the fatal shooting at Umpqua Community College on Thursday. (AP Photo/John Locher)ROSEBURG, Ore. (AP) ? The gunman had already shot several students at close range when he stood inches from Lacey Scroggins and demanded she stand up.

Eagles RB DeMarco Murray expected to play

Philadelphia Eagles running back DeMarco Murray, who has been hampered by a hamstring injury, is active and expected to play against the Washington Redskins on Sunday.

Trial to begin for teen charged in teacher's rape, killing

BOSTON (AP) ? One day in the fall of 2013, Colleen Ritzer asked one of her 9th-grade algebra students to stay after school. Hours later, the body of the popular, 24-year-old teacher was found in nearby woods, partly covered by leaves. She had been raped and her throat had been slit with a box cutter. Near her body was a note reading, "I hate you all."

Dangerous East Coast storm brings misery to South Carolina

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) ? A dangerous rainstorm drenching the East Coast brought more misery Sunday to South Carolina ? cutting power to thousands, forcing hundreds of water rescues and closing "too many roads to name" because of floodwaters.

Storm brings beach erosion, flooding at Jersey Shore

Storm brings beach erosion, flooding at Jersey ShoreHigh tide brought beach erosion to Stone Harbor, New Jersey, as other parts of the Jersey Shore dealt with devastating winds and flooding.

Pastors at forefront of helping Oregon town cope with grief

Brittany Gaddis prays during a prayer vigil Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015, in Winston, Ore. The vigil was held in honor of the victims of the fatal shooting at Umpqua Community College on Thursday. (AP Photo/John Locher)ROSEBURG, Ore. (AP) ? When pastor Jon Nutter got a text message last Thursday about the shooting at Umpqua Community College and realized how many had been killed or injured, he immediately formed a prayer circle at Starbucks where he was sitting.

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