DEADLY SYNAGOGUE SHOOTING SUSPECT LINKED TO MOSQUE ARSON
(Reuters) – A 19-year-old man who authorities said gave himself up to police shortly after carrying out a deadly shooting in a Southern California synagogue filled with Sabbath worshippers is also under investigation in connection with an unsolved mosque arson.
The gunman walked into the suburban San Diego synagogue late Saturday morning, the last day of the week-long Jewish holiday of Passover, and opened fire with an assault-style rifle, killing one woman inside and wounding three others, including the rabbi, authorities said.
He then sped away in a car, escaping an off-duty U.S. Border Patrol agent who shot at the getaway vehicle but missed the suspect, but the suspect pulled over and surrendered to police officers a short time later.
Whitey Bulger Died of Head Injuries, Death Certificate Says
(AP) – A death certificate confirms that notorious Boston crime boss James “Whitey” Bulger died of blunt force injuries to the head in prison last year.
The document obtained by NBC Boston says the 89-year-old Bulger was “assaulted by other(s)” and was found in his cell at 8:21 a.m. Oct. 30.
Bulger was serving a life sentence for 11 murders and other crimes when he was beaten to death in his prison cell, hours after he was transferred to a West Virginia prison.
Bulger became one of the nation’s most-wanted fugitives after fleeing Boston in late 1994. He was captured in 2011.
Emergency Crews Rescue 5 Men Trapped in Va. Cave
(AP) – Authorities say five men have been rescued from a cave in southwest Virginia where they became trapped after heavy rains.
Virginia Department of Emergency Management search-and-rescue coordinator Billy Chrimes said Sunday evening that all five men were taken to hospitals after being pulled from the cave Sunday, one by air transport. Chrimes said they were suffering from hypothermia and exhaustion.
Officials say six men entered Cyclops Cave near Cleveland and had planned to camp overnight Saturday until conditions worsened because of drenching rains. The rains also made it difficult for them to get out.
Miss. Flag Ordered Out of Park Near Statue of Liberty
(NJ.Com) – New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy on Friday ordered that the Mississippi flag, which carries a Confederate emblem, be replaced by the American flag at a state park that overlooks the Statue of Liberty.
Murphy ordered the removal of Mississippi’s flag from a display of each state’s flag at Liberty State Park, a preserve of more than 1,200 acres in Jersey City that overlooks Ellis Island and Lady Liberty.
Murphy is a first-term Democrat and a self-styled progressive who regularly cited the Emma Lazarus poem at the statue’s base that invites immigrants to America.
New Jersey, he said, is rooted in diversity, and the flag doesn’t fit.
‘Avengers: Endgame’ Obliterates Box-Office Records: $1.2 Billion in First Weekend
(Bloomberg) – The Avengers smashed box office records like never before with an astonishing $1.2 billion in its opening weekend.
“Avengers: Endgame” earned $350 million alone in the U.S. and Canada, blowing through the $258 million mark held by the superhero team’s own gloved hands with last year’s ‘Infinity War.” Walt Disney Co. now boasts the top four spots for opening weekends in the U.S. and Canada, rounded out by “The Last Jedi” and “The Force Awakens” from the Star Wars franchise, according to researcher Comscore Inc.The film took in $330.5 million in China, just one of the opening records set in 44 countries, Disney said Sunday. There was no shortage of superhero superlatives for “Avengers: Endgame”.