News Roundup 11/06/17
By Andy Gutierrez
1. New Details on Texas Church Shooting:
On Monday, new details were released about the shooter that killed 26 people and injured 20 others in a shooting at a Texas church on Sunday. Officials said the shooter, 26-year-old David Patrick Kelly, had a history of domestic violence and was released from the Air Force in 2012 for abusing his ex-wife and a child. Kelly had apparently sent aggressive text messages to his mother-in-law, who was a member of the church before the attacks. The military admitted that it did not report Kelly’s violent past to the FBI, which would have prevented him from buying a gun. Officials are still investigating but do not believe that the shooting was racially or religiously motivated, rather they believe it was the result of a domestic dispute.
Source: AP News
2. President Trump in Asia:
On Monday, President Trump spoke out against North Korea’s nuclear program while meeting with leaders from Asia. The President made it clear that military options against North Korea are still on the table as they continue to test weapons. Instead of traveling to the demilitarized zone, the president opted to go to Camp Humphreys where he spoke with both US and Korean soldiers. President Trump and Korean President Moon Jae-in are expected to discuss ways to deter North Korea’s testing of weapons and ways to come to a peaceful solution without military action. The two leaders are also expected to discuss trade, as Trump has considered pulling out of a trade deal with Korea.
Source: AP News
3. "Killing Spree" Prevented:
A former student of Soka University in Aliso Viejo, California was arrested after he made threats against the campus. David Kenneth Smith was charged with a count of making criminal threats Monday after he sent an instructor a link to a YouTube video where he discussed the college as well as mass murder and suicide. Police searched his West Hollywood home and found numerous weapons, all registered in his name. Officials say that Smith does not have a criminal record in Orange County. Smith was arrested and is being held on a $1 million bail.
Source: Los Angeles Times
4. Nicaraguans Lose Permission to Live in US:
On Monday, the Trump administration announced the end of a special permission that allowed undocumented Nicaraguans to stay in the US. Homeland security said that no action will be taken until 2019 to give the affected people time to sort out immigration status. The Temporary Protected Status program was created in 1999 to protect those who were fleeing their country for various reasons, Honduras, El Salvador, and Yemen were among the countries protected. The Homeland department was given until Monday to extend or end the program for Nicaraguans and Hondurans. The department opted to end the program for Nicaraguans, but will extend the program for Hondurans for a few more months. Many are now uncertain about their future in the US amid tighter immigration regulations from the Trump administration. Lawmakers are attempting to write a bill that would prevent any actions towards some Hatians, Nicaraguans and Hondurans.
Source: New York Times
5. Anthony Wiener Reports to Prison:
Anthony Wiener reported to a federal prison in Massachusetts for a 21-month sentence for sexting with a minor on Monday. In May, Wiener pleaded guilty to a count of transferring obscene material to a 15-year old girl in 2016 and it was later revealed he was in contact with others. The judge stated at his sentencing that this case was important because he was a politician at the time of these allegations. Wiener’s attorneys stand by the notion that he is not a sex offender and that he is ill. After his 21-month sentence, Wiener will be under three years of supervised release and must register as a sex offender.