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Iowa man shoots and kills himself after firing on local law firm

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A 40-year-old man armed with a handgun shot himself in the head on Monday afternoon when confronted by police responding to reports of shots fired at a business in Bettendorf, Iowa, a city spokeswoman said.

The shooting happened minutes after a white man matching his description fired several shots a few miles away at a law firm in a building that also has a military recruiting center, which was not a target, Bettendorf spokeswoman Lauran Haldeman said.

Haldeman said that Bettendorf police were responding to a report of shots fired at a prosthesis and brace-making business when they saw the man holding a handgun in the parking lot.

“When the suspect saw the officers he fired one round to his head,” Haldeman said. “It was a fatal wound.”

There were no other injuries in the Bettendorf shooting, she said.

Calls to the business, Miller-Meier Limb and Brace Inc, were not answered. The emergency room at UnityPoint Health-Trinity Bettendorf across the street from the fatal shooting was locked down during the incident, spokeswoman Erin Platt said.

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About 10 minutes before the Bettendorf shooting and about 5 miles (8 km) away, Davenport police received reports of shots fired at a law firm in a building shared by a military recruiting office, Haldeman said.

Several shots were fired inside the Davenport building, but no one was wounded and the suspected gunman was not there when police arrived, Haldeman said. Two people received superficial injuries in the incident, she added.

All personnel from a U.S. Marine Corps recruiting office in the building were accounted for and unharmed, said Captain James Stenger, spokesman for the 9th Marine Corps Recruiting District.

(Reporting by John Peragine; Additional reporting by Mary Wisniewski in Chicago and Ben Klayman in Detroit; Writing by David Bailey; Editing by Lisa Shumaker)

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During a joint press availability with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, President Donald Trump opened up about the drone that was shot down by Iran.

According to Trump, drones are unmanned, a fact he felt was important to convey to those who haven't seen a Jason Bourne film or a spy thriller.

"Iran made a big mistake," Trump said. "This drone was in international waters clearly. We have it all documented. It’s documented scientifically, not just words. They made a big mistake."

He also said that he doesn't believe the decision to shoot the drone down likely came from the Iranian government in Tehran.

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According to a report from the Daily Beast's "Pay Dirt" investigative unit, a Super PAC affiliated with President Donald Trump has some explaining to do about a $375,000 donation that was wrongly attributed to one company -- but wire transfers tell a completely different story.

As the Beast notes, "The super PAC America First Action reported receiving a $325,000 contribution last year from a company called Global Energy Producers. But records released in federal court this week indicate that contribution came from an entirely different company," adding that the discrepancy was pointed out by the  Campaign Legal Center which labeled it a violation of federal campaign-finance laws.

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US National Security Advisor John Bolton will travel to Israel at the weekend for "regional security talks" with top Russian and Israeli officials, the White House said Thursday amid spiking tensions with Iran.

Bolton will meet Sunday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, followed by talks with his Israeli and Russian counterparts, Meir Ben-Shabbat and Nikolai Patrushev, NSC spokesman Garrett Marquis said.

Bolton also will meet with the director general of the Israel Atomic Energy Commission Zeev Snir.

The NSC announcement came just hours after Iran shot down a US drone in what Washington called an unprovoked attack.

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