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Gunman in Oregon college massacre committed suicide

Heidi Wickersham comforts her sister Gwendoline during a candlelight vigil for victims of the Umpqua Community College shooting in WinstonBy Courtney Sherwood and Emily Flitter ROSEBURG, Ore. (Reuters) - The gunman who killed his English professor and eight others at an Oregon community college committed suicide after a shootout with police who arrived within five minutes and exchanged fire with him almost immediately, authorities said. Investigators had previously said the 26-year-old shooter was killed by the officers who raced to the rampage at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, which ranks as the deadliest among dozens of U.S. mass shootings in the past two years. Douglas County Sheriff John Hanlin told a news conference on Saturday the state medical examiner had determined that the gunman, Christopher Harper-Mercer, took his own life.

Patrick Kennedy memoir takes hard look at family, addiction

FILE - In a Monday, March 30, 2015 file photo, former Rhode Island Rep. Patrick Kennedy speaks at the dedication of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate, in Boston. A new memoir by Kennedy takes a hard look at his life, and how he and family members including his father struggled with substance abuse and mental health issues as America’s most famous political family. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A new book by former U.S. Rep. Patrick Kennedy, youngest son of the late Sen. Edward Kennedy, openly discusses what he says are the mental illnesses and addictions of himself and his family members, and takes on what he portrays as a veil of secrecy used to hide the problems of America's most famous political family.

France to consider phasing out diesel tax breaks: minister

Minister for Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy Segolene Royal leaves at the end of the weekly cabinet meeting at the Elysee Palace in ParisFrance is considering raising taxes on diesel over the next five years to end an advantage over gasoline and encourage drivers to choose cleaner cars, Environment Minister Segolene Royal said. Diesel's image has been tarnished by health warnings and in the past month by revelations that Volkswagen cheated on emissions tests in the United States, putting countries like France that have promoted diesel cars in recent decades in an awkward position. Royal, who is also responsible for transport, has in recent weeks rejected calls to ban diesel or end its tax breaks, but on Sunday backed the idea of phasing out the fuel's tax advantage.

Four California students arrested for plotting mass shooting
Authorities took four unidentified students into custody after they uncovered their plan to shoot and kill faculty members and students at Summerville High School, the Tuolumne County Sheriff's Office said on Saturday. High school officials reported to authorities on Wednesday that three students were planning to carry out an attack. During their investigation, detectives learned that a fourth student was involved in the plot, the sheriff's office said.
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