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Wednesday, August 14, 2019 1:00 am

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Motorist shoots, kills officer in California

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RIVERSIDE, Calif. – A driver stopped by police pulled out a rifle and opened fire, killing a California Highway Patrol officer and wounding two others during a shootout on a freeway overpass that left the gunman dead and sent terrified motorists running for cover.

Officer Andre Moye Jr., 34, died in the gunfight as dozens of bullets flew late Monday afternoon in Riverside, east of Los Angeles. Two civilians received minor injuries.

The other officers were both shot in their legs, CHP Chief Bill Dance said Tuesday.

One was in critical condition and the other was serious but both are expected to survive, he said.

The gunman was identified by the Riverside County coroner's office as Aaron Luther, 49, and authorities say he had a criminal record that included an attempted murder conviction in 1994.

Nevada loses fight over plutonium

A federal appeals court Tuesday ruled against Nevada in a battle with the U.S. government over its secret shipment of weapons-grade plutonium to a site near Las Vegas, but the state's attorney general says the fight isn't over yet.

A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals denied the state's appeal after a judge refused to block any future shipments to Nevada. The court in San Francisco said the matter is moot because the Energy Department already sent the radioactive material and has promised that no more will be hauled there.

Nevada also wanted the court to order the government to remove the plutonium it shipped last year but didn't reveal it had arrived there until January.

CBS, Viacom agree to reunion

CBS and Viacom announced Tuesday that they had agreed to reunite, forming a company they hope will be strong enough to tackle the emerging behemoths of the media landscape.

The combined firm will include a film studio, Paramount Pictures, as well as the CBS network, cable channels such as MTV and Comedy Central and a host of digital platforms.

Reality stars face fraud, other charges

A federal grand jury in Atlanta on Tuesday indicted reality television stars Todd and Julie Chrisley on charges including tax evasion, alleging among other things that they tried to hide their income from “Chrisley Knows Best” from the IRS.

The 12-count indictment also accuses the pair of conspiracy, bank fraud and wire fraud.

Accountant Peter Tarantino, 56, was charged in the indictment with conspiracy to defraud the United States and aiding the filing of a false tax return.