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Police: LAX shooting suspect carried note about ‘New World Order’ during attack

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The 23-year-old suspect in the mass shooting attack at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) on Friday morning owned literature discussing a “New World Order” and may have been specifically targeting Transportation Security Authority (TSA) personnel during the attack, NBC News reported.

The term is not associated with any known political groups, but has been a staple in anti-government conspiracy theories warning against the coming of a unified world regime. Both NBC and KABC-TV reported that authorities found a note at the scene of the shooting in which the suspect, Paul Anthony Ciancia, suggested he expected to die, ending with the letters “NWO.”

CNN reported that witnesses said the suspect approached them asking, “TSA?” and would not fire on them if they said no.

“I just shook my head,” one witness, Leon Saryan, told CNN. “And he kept going.”

Ciancia, who was captured after being shot by officers multiple times in the chest, remains hospitalized in critical condition. One person, an unidentified TSA agent, was killed and six others wounded in the attack.

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According to KNBC-TV, authorities said at a press conference that Ciancia allegedly carried hundreds of rounds during the attack, which he reportedly carried out with an assault rifle.

“There were more than 100 more rounds that could’ve literally killed everybody in that terminal today,” Mayor Eric Garcetti was quoted as saying.

KABC also reported that all flights out of Terminal 3, where the attack ocurred, were being re-directed to other terminals. About 746 flights were affected, with 46 routed to other aiports in the area. Aside from Terminal 3, LAX’s other terminals were opened again around 4 p.m. Friday.

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UPDATE, 10:34 p.m. EST: The Associated Press reported that the TSA identified the man killed during the attack as 39-year-old Gerardo I. Hernandez.

Watch CNN’s report, aired on Friday, below.


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Trump lashes out at media for not pretending he has built a wall on the southern border

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President Donald Trump lashed out at the media on Monday, complaining about a lack of coverage of the wall he claims he's building.

"When we rip down and totally replace a badly broken and dilapidated barrier on the southern border, something which cannot do the job, the fake news media gives us zero credit for building a new wall," Trump said.

"We have replaced many miles of old barrier with powerful new walls," Trump argued.

He did not mention the fact he had promised that Mexico would pay for the wall. Mexico is not footing the bill for Trump's project.

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Gun ownership increases homicides — but only a very specific kind of them: study

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Does the frequency of gun ownership impact the homicide rate? In the broad sense, many studies have shown it does. But how does it do so exactly?

A new study, conducted at the University of Indianapolis and published in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine, offers a profound hint. The study, which examined homicide rates by state from 1990 to 2016, suggests that most forms of homicide — those committed against friends, acquaintances, and strangers — are negligibly affected by firearm ownership rates. But one particular category of homicide is sharply correlated with the presence of guns: domestic violence.

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Conservatives are furious over Trump’s budget deal with Democrats — president brags about ‘real compromise’

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House conservatives are livid after President Donald Trump struck a budget deal with Democrats.

"You should veto this bill because it is fiscally irresponsible," the lawmakers wrote in a letter to Trump. "It blows well beyond what was intended with the 2011 [Budget Control Act] caps. Furthermore, it continues spending hundreds of billions more than what we take in a year and does not put our nation on a path towards a balanced budget."

The effort is being driven by first-term Rep. Chip Roy (R-TX).

"As the greatest nation in the history of the world, the least we can do is cut a deal that does not sabotage the fiscal future of our nation while endangering millions of American and migrants because of our porous border," the lawmakers wrote. "We can do better."

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