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Las Vegas killer was high roller, Valium user: CNN


October 9, 2017

WASHINGTON: Las Vegas mass killer Stephen Paddock was a compulsive player of video poker who took the anxiety drug Valium, CNN reported on Monday. The report gave new details about the background of the 64-year-old who, on October 1, gunned down 58 people and wounded almost 500 for reasons which investigators still have not been able to fathom. Paddock said …

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Trump loses a key ally as Republican senator bites back


October 9, 2017

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Donald Trump has often lambasted potential allies from his own party but now a Republican has punched back, alleging that the president s reckless behavior poses a danger to America. Senator Bob Corker s extraordinary weekend rebuke, in which he tweeted his dismay that “the White House has become an adult day care center,” was a shot …

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Turkey urges US to reverse visa halt


October 9, 2017

SRINAGAR (AFP) – Indian forces said they shot dead a top leader of the Kashmir militant group Jaish-e-Mohammad in a clash in the disputed territory on Monday. The Pakistani national known only as Khalid was trapped in a house after throwing a grenade at a police checkpoint in the northern village of Ladoora, they said. Khalid has been accused of …

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American economist Richard Thaler awarded Economics Nobel


October 9, 2017

(AFP) – US economist Richard Thaler on Monday won the Nobel Economics Prize for his pioneering work bridging the gap between economics and psychology, the jury said. “By exploring the consequences of limited rationality, social preferences, and lack of self-control, he has shown how these human traits systematically affect individual decisions as well as market outcomes,” the Nobel jury said …

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US to end Obama climate plan: Trump environment chief


October 9, 2017

WASHINGTON: The head of the US Environmental Protection Agency said Monday that President Donald Trump’s administration will move to repeal his predecessor Barack Obama’s plan to restrict greenhouse gas emissions. Speaking in Kentucky at a political event attended by coal miners, EPA chief Scott Pruitt said he would Tuesday “be signing a proposed rule to withdraw the so-called Clean Power …

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Two strangers bond over country music and beer. Then the gunshots started.


October 6, 2017

Up-and-coming country star Luke Combs had just started his set on the smaller of the two festival stages when Kody Robertson, an auto parts salesman from Columbus, Ohio, squeezed in at the end of the bar next to Michelle Vo, an insurance agent from Los Angeles. The 32-year-olds connected immediately. They joked about their mutual love of golf. He recommended …

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Vegas shooter’s rampage came from a place central to his lifestyle: A casino


October 6, 2017

LAS VEGAS — Stephen Paddock was known to sit for hours playing slot machines and video poker, gambling with tens of thousands of dollars and earning VIP status and the lavish “comps” that casinos shower on their regular high-rollers to keep them playing. Paddock used the perks liberally, indulging in limousine rides, spending complimentary cash on Swarovski crystal jewelry in …

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Girlfriend of Las Vegas gunman says she had no idea he was planning attack


October 6, 2017

The girlfriend of Stephen Paddock, the gunman who opened fire on a country music festival in Las Vegas earlier this week, said Wednesday she had no warning about his plans to carry out the massacre and pledged to cooperate with authorities struggling to determine what sparked the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history. “I knew Stephen Paddock as a …

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