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Busted: Arkansas cop admits he shot himself and blamed Hispanic man at traffic stop

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An Arkansas police officer was charged with filing a false police report after admitting that he lied when he said that an Hispanic man shot him in the chest.

England Police Sgt. David Houser triggered a man hunt last month by asserting that a traffic stop on Highway 15 turned violent. Houser claimed that an Hispanic man pointed a .40 caliber semi-automatic handgun out the window at him. He reported that he was able to push the gun away just as the suspect fired the first round, which he said grazed his bulletproof vest and then was possibly deflected by a pen.

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At the time, police said that they were searching for a silver SUV that may have bullet holes in the passenger side.

On Tuesday, the Arkansas State Police announced that Houser had been taken into custody.

England Police Department Chief Nathan Cook told ArkansasOnline that Houser “fabricated the story.”

“It’s every chief’s worst nightmare to get a call that your officer has been shot or involved in a shooting,” Cook said. “To investigate and find out it’s self-inflicted just puts a whole different spin on it.”

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According to Cook, Houser “admitted that he had fabricated that whole thing.”

“He’s obviously got some personal issues he’s dealing with,” the chief observed. “Obviously he needs some help to have fabricated a shooting incident and to shoot yourself and claim you were shot at by someone who doesn’t exist.”

The Arkansas State Police declined to release additional details about the case at this time.

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Watch the video below from KTHV, broadcast Oct. 26, 2015.


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US ‘lies’ slammed after Mike Pompeo blames Iran for drone attacks without proof

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Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Abbas Mousavi forcefully rejected Sunday unsubstantiated charges by by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and US Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) regarding the recent drone attacks that caused serious damage to two crucial Saudi Arabian oil installations.

“It has been around 5 years that the Saudi-led coalition has kept the flames of war alive in the region by repeatedly launching aggression against Yemen and committing different types of war crimes, and the Yemenis have also shown that they are standing up to war and aggression,” Seyyed Abbas Mousavi said in a statement.

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Why are college students so stressed out? It’s not because they’re ‘snowflakes’

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Across the country, college classes are well underway, the excitement of the start of the year is waning and student stress is on the rise. Frantic calls home and panicked visits to student health services will start to dramatically increase. And before long, parents and observers will start wondering what is wrong with these kids. Why can’t they handle the pressures of college and just pull it together?

College student stress is nothing new. Anxieties over homesickness, social pressures, challenging course loads and more have been a common feature of the U.S. college experience for decades. But, without question, student stress levels and psychological distress are measurably worse than before. According to a national study published earlier this year in the Journal of Abnormal Psychology, major depression among young adults (18-25) rose 63 percent between 2009 and 2017. They also report that the rate of young adults with suicidal thoughts or other suicide-related outcomes increased 47 percent from 2008 to 2017.

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Kaiser healthcare workers plan for nation’s largest strike since 1997

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More than 80,000 Kaiser Permanente emergency medical technicians, nurses, respiratory therapists and other staffers are threatening to walk out of work next month, in what could be the nation's largest strike since 1997.

The authorization to strike, approved by 98% of the union members who voted, does not mean a walk out will happen, but it does allow union leaders to call one as early as Oct. 1, giving them leverage ahead of negotiations with the California-based health care giant. Kaiser Permanente, comprised of 39 hospitals and nearly 700 medical officers, serves more than 12 million members in seven states across the country.

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