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Tuesday, February 11, 2020 1:00 am


Walmart gunman dead; 2 officers hurt

Associated Press

FORREST CITY, Ark.  – Two police officers were wounded and a gunman was killed Monday morning in an exchange of gunfire at a Walmart store in eastern Arkansas, authorities said.

Forrest City Police Chief Deon Lee said one of the officers was taken to a hospital about 45 miles to the east in Memphis, Tennessee, where he was in surgery, and the initial prognosis is “he's going to be OK.”

The officers responded to the Forrest City Walmart after someone called police to report a man who was making threats and was “kind of talking out of his head,” Lee said.

Great Lakes flooding to cost Michigan

Road damage from the overflowing Great Lakes and inland waterways may carry a whopping price tag for Michigan, with initial cost estimates for repairs and upgrades as high as $100 million, officials said Monday.

About 40 locations around the state have been significantly affected by flooding and erosion as the lakes have set record high levels in the past year, said Brad Wieferich, director of the state Department of Transportation's development bureau.

Ex-officer gets 10 years in shooting

A former Chicago police officer convicted of murder for fatally shooting an unarmed man in 2017 was sentenced Monday to 10 years in prison.

Lowell Houser, 60, sat slumped in a chair between his lawyers as Cook County Judge William Gamboney handed down the sentence. The charges carried a possible sentence of probation or a maximum term of 20 years. Houser will get credit for the nearly three years he has spent on an ankle monitor awaiting trial. He is expected to be released from custody in about two years.

Cruise ends as 321 become sick

 A Caribbean Princess cruise was cut short following a gastrointestinal outbreak aboard the ship caused it to be denied entry to at least one island before it headed to its home port in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on Monday.

At least 299 passengers and 22 crew members aboard the ship operated by California-based Princess Cruise Lines Ltd. became sick, according to a statement from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

White supremacist pleads to scheme

A self-described white supremacist pleaded guilty Monday in Las Vegas to collecting materials and planning to bomb a synagogue or office of the Anti-Defamation League, or shoot people at a fast-food restaurant or a bar catering to LGBTQ customers.

Conor Climo, 24, stood rigidly in yellow jail scrubs, answering, “Yes, your honor,” while U.S. District Judge James Mahan questioned him about encrypted internet chats with an FBI informant and his membership in Feuerkrieg Division, an offshoot of a U.S.-based neo-Nazi group called Atomwaffen Division.

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