Gunman, Beer in Hand, Shoots 7 at Pool Party

San Diego police shot and killed a man reported to have suddenly opened fire at a poolside birthday party at an upscale apartment complex Sunday, hitting seven adults. The suspect, later identified as Peter Selis, 49, was a resident at the La Jolla Crossroads complex, where police said he opened fire on the group with a semi-automatic pistol. Selis was white, and all the victims were people of color: four black women, two black men, and one Latino man. Authorities said no motive was known; local media reported Selis, a mechanic at a local Ford dealership, had filed for bankruptcy protection in 2015 and was beset by money problems. By late Sunday, at least one of the victims was dead, while others were in surgery or in critical condition, said Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman. One witness told reporters that the shooter appeared to be relaxed, even in the midst of the violence. “He had his beer in one hand and his gun in the other,” said the witness, who said he lived in the apartment complex. He was only identified by his first name, John. “There were two victims lying on the ground, one trying to crawl toward the other one to help,” he added. “This is truly a horrific act of violence that took place here today,” San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer told reporters at a press conference. “Our entire city, all of our thoughts and prayers, all San Diegans’ thoughts and prayers, are with the victims and their families tonight.”

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1. SCENE OF HORROR
Cops Kill Man Who Shot 7 at Pool Party
San Diego police shot and killed a man reported to have suddenly opened fire at a poolside birthday party at an upscale apartment complex Sunday, hitting seven adults. The suspect, later identified as Peter Selis, 49, was a resident at the La Jolla Crossroads complex, where police said he opened fire on the group with a semi-automatic pistol. Selis was white, and all the victims were people of color: four black women, two black men, and one Latino man. Authorities said no motive was known; local media reported Selis, a mechanic at a local Ford dealership, had filed for bankruptcy protection in 2015 and was beset by money problems. By late Sunday, at least one of the victims was dead, while others were in surgery or in critical condition, said Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman. One witness told reporters that the shooter appeared to be relaxed, even in the midst of the violence. “He had his beer in one hand and his gun in the other,” said the witness, who said he lived in the apartment complex. He was only identified by his first name, John. “There were two victims lying on the ground, one trying to crawl toward the other one to help,” he added. “This is truly a horrific act of violence that took place here today,” San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer told reporters at a press conference. “Our entire city, all of our thoughts and prayers, all San Diegans’ thoughts and prayers, are with the victims and their families tonight.”
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2. BYE BYE
Reports: Gorka Is Leaving White House
A controversial national-security aide to President Trump, Sebastian Gorka, is leaving the White House, according to multiple reports. Gorka was a counterterrorism analyst for Fox News before he was selected by chief strategist Steve Bannon to sit on the Strategic Initiatives Group on Trump’s team. He has been linked to far-right groups in Hungary that collaborated with the Nazis in World War II. Gorka’s also been unable to get clearance for the National Security Council over a charge last year that he carried a weapon at a Washington, D.C. airport; separately, his education claims on his résumé have been called into question. A senior administration official told The Daily Beast that Gorka had already been entirely excluded from policy-making at the council. The Daily Beast reported Friday that the White House was actively exploring options for removing Gorka.
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3. PEDAL TO THE METAL
N. Korea: We’ll Speed Up Our Nuke Work
North Korea will not only continue its nuclear-weapons tests, but now intends to speed them up “to the maximum pace,” Pyongyang declared in a statement Monday via its KCNA state-run news agency. “Now that the U.S. is kicking up the overall racket for sanctions and pressure against the DPRK, pursuant to its new DPRK policy called ‘maximum pressure and engagement,’ the DPRK will speed up at the maximum pace the measure for bolstering its nuclear deterrence,” a spokesman for the Hermit Kingdom’s foreign ministry said in the statement. He added that North Korea’s “measures for bolstering the nuclear force to the maximum will be taken in a consecutive and successive way at any moment and any place decided by its supreme leadership.” U.S. President Donald Trump has said that a “major conflict” with North Korea may erupt over the country’s ballistic-missile and nuclear programs. In recent weeks, the U.S. has directed a nuclear submarine and sent an aircraft carrier group to waters near the Korean Peninsula in a show of force.
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4. CRISIS AVERTED?
Deal Reached to Avoid Gov’t Shutdown
Congressional negotiators have reached a $1 trillion funding bill agreement after weeks of wrangling and amid fears of a government shutdown. The deal, which comes after a stop-gap spending bill allowed Congress to avoid a shutdown last week, will cover all federal agencies until Oct. 1, the Associated Press reported. The agreement has reportedly seen Republicans back off from some of their more contentious proposals, including plans to remove funding from Planned Parenthood and deprive “sanctuary” cities of federal grants. While the bill will not give President Trump funding for his border wall with Mexico, it does give a $15 billion boost to the military, the report said. It also rejects White House requests to slash funding for certain medical research programs and adds $1.5 billion to bolster border security. The Senate and U.S. House of Representatives will have to approve the bill by the end of Friday, and then it will be sent to Trump for his signature. The Senate’s top Democrat expressed praise for the measure late Sunday. Saying the bill ensures that “taxpayer dollars aren’t used to fund an ineffective border wall,” Sen. Chuck Schumer described it as a “good agreement for the American people” and one that “takes the threat of a government shutdown off the table.”
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5. TAXICAB CONFESSIONS
Uber Suspends Driver Over ‘Bomb Plot’
Uber suspended one of its drivers in Australia over alleged comments he made to a passenger, reportedly admitting involvement in an ISIS-related organization and a plot to blow up its capital city’s Parliament House. The Canberra driver told the woman he intended to blow up a shopping mall and the government seat, Uber said Monday. The female passenger told the Associated Press that she had hailed a ride after a night drinking with friends, and the Uber driver at one point asked if she had “ever eaten human flesh.” She told the news agency that the driver said he was not planning to take her home. Eventually, she asked to pull over at a gas station so she could use the restroom. Once there, she called the police from inside. Police said they didn’t find anything suspicious when searching the driver’s vehicle, so they took the passenger home and made no arrests. A police statement said: “Police conducted initial background checks and established there was no threat to the public or the complainant.” An investigation into the driver is ongoing, with the assistance of national-security agencies. The driver allegedly did not dispute the allegations. “I want Uber to be doing a lot more screening of the people that they’re bringing on, because apparently it’s not doing enough,” the woman later said.
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6. LINE OF FIRE
Pentagon IDs Soldier Killed Near Mosul
A U.S. soldier killed during a patrol near Mosul, Iraq, has been identified as 25-year-old 1st Lt. Weston C. Lee of Bluffton, Georgia. The Pentagon said Lee was killed after an improvised explosive device detonated while he was assisting partnered forces on a patrol Saturday. Lee was with the 82nd Airborne Division. He joined the Army in March 2015 and was deployed to Iraq in December 2016. He was killed on his first deployment. “First Lieutenant Wes Lee was an extraordinary young man and officer. He was exactly the type of leader that our paratroopers deserve,” Col. Pat Work, commander of 2nd Brigade Combat Team, said in a statement released Sunday. Lee, who was already a decorated officer, was awarded the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, and the Meritorious Service Medal posthumously.
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7. CHECKING FOR UPDATE
Trump Establishing National Tech Council
President Trump is reportedly creating a new American Technology Council—made up of 20 tech CEOs—with the aim of providing better digital services to the federal government. Axios reported the project, expected to be announced Monday, will bring in big names from Silicon Valley to a conference at the White House next month, with the goal of gathering ideas for the modernization. The new council is said to be a pet project of Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, who leads the White House Office of American Innovation. Chris Liddell, the White House director of strategic initiatives and former CFO of Microsoft, will be the council’s director.
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8. COMEBACK KID
Italy’s Ex-PM Regains Party Leadership
Less than five months after resigning as prime minister, Italy’s Matteo Renzi has regained leadership of the ruling Democratic Party with a landslide victory in a primary election among party supporters. Partial results cited by Reuters gave Renzi about 72 percent of the vote Sunday. With about 2 million party members voting at polling stations across the country, Justice Minister Andrea Orlando got about 19 percent of the vote, and Michele Emiliano, the governor of the Puglia region, had 9 percent. Renzi encouraged a cheering crowd at party headquarters after his win, and later expressed thanks to supporters on Instagram. “This is an extraordinary responsibility. Heartfelt thanks to the women and men who believe in Italy,” he wrote. The win paves the way for Renzi’s comeback in a national election in May 2018. He stepped down in December after a major defeat in a referendum on constitutional reforms.
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9. CAUTION?
‘Slime’ Ingredient Probed in Kids’ Burns
The worldwide schoolkid fad of homemade “Slime” is prompting concerns from parents who claim one ingredient—the cleaning product Borax—may be causing severe burns to their children with prolonged exposure. Recipes for the puttylike substance—a staple of kids’ science websites—tell young makers to mix water, Elmer’s Glue, and sodium borate (or Borax)—a naturally occuring mineral that can be used as a stain remover and insecticide, among other things. However, in a few publicized cases, children are reported to have suffered second- and even third-degree burns from playing with “Slime” over several months. Google searches for “slime” have climbed steadily in the past 12 months; Elmer’s Glue cited a jump in sales in 2016 “due in large part to Slime mania.” Still, Kyran Quinlan, chairman of the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Council on Injury, Violence, and Poison Prevention, said Borax is considered “generally safe.”
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10. AGAIN
‘Fate of the Furious’ Tops Box Office
Emma Watson and Tom Hanks’ The Circle suffered an embarrassing defeat at the box office this weekend, failing to break into the top three. The Fate of the Furious claimed the top spot for the third weekend in a row, surpassing the $1 billion mark in global ticket sales. The action film, starring Vin Diesel and Dwayne Johnson, also beat its predecessor, Furious 7, to become the highest-grossing imported film in Chinese theaters, with a whopping $361 million. How to Be a Latin Lover, a comedy starring Salma Hayek and Rob Lowe, came in second place domestically, with $12 million. A film from south India ranked third, with an impressive $10.1 million in domestic sales despite being shown in only 420 theaters. Baahubali 2: The Conclusion, an epic historical fantasy film in the Telugu language, was the sequel to 2015’s Baahubali: The Beginning, which became the third-highest-grossing Indian film in the world. The Circle, a techno-thriller based on a Dave Eggers novel, opened in fourth place with $9.3 million.
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