National News at a Glance
Posted November 8, 2018 9:55 p.m. EST
Gunman Who Killed 12 in California Shooting Is Identified as a Former Marine
A Marine Corps veteran who had served in Afghanistan fatally shot at least 12 people Wednesday night when he stormed a crowded country and western dance hall in Thousand Oaks, authorities said. The Ventura County sheriff said the gunman, Ian David Long of nearby Newbury Park, California, apparently took his own life after being confronted by officers responding to the Wednesday night attack. Deputies had some interaction with Long the last few years, the sheriff said, including a reported disturbance at his home in April that prompted mental health specialists to talk to him.
Trump Bars Immigrants Who Cross Border Illegally From Seeking Asylum
The Trump administration announced new immigration rules Thursday that give President Donald Trump vast new authority to deny asylum to virtually any migrant who crosses the border illegally, invoking national security powers meant to protect the United States against threats from abroad. Officials declined to say who will be affected, but they indicated that the president will issue a proclamation Friday. It is widely expected inside the government and by migrant advocates that Trump intends to deny asylum to members of Central American nations, some of whom are marching toward the United States in a caravan.
‘Dreamers’ Win Round in Legal Battle to Keep DACA
A federal appeals court on Thursday upheld a nationwide injunction against the Trump administration’s attempt to revoke deportation protections for some 700,000 young immigrants known as “Dreamers” who were brought into the United States illegally as children. The administration announced in September that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program would end gradually over six months. Thursday’s ruling, from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, was the first time that a federal circuit court had weighed in. It brought DACA closer to review by the U.S. Supreme Court, which ultimately will have to resolve the various legal claims.
With No Clear-Cut Winners, the Bickering Builds
Two days after Election Day, it's still not entirely clear who voters in three states chose. Residents of Georgia and Florida still could not say for sure who had won three of their marquee political contests. Both states’ races for governor and Florida’s Senate race hung in the balance, unleashing hordes of lawyers, talk of recounts and runoffs, and the kind of bickering that brought back memories of the 2000 presidential contest. A similar drama was also playing out in Arizona, where the Senate race between the Republican, Martha McSally, and the Democrat, Kyrsten Sinema, remained too close to call.
Duck Boat Captain in Missouri Is Indicted in 17 Deaths
A federal grand jury on Thursday indicted the captain of a duck boat that sank in July during a violent thunderstorm on a Missouri lake, killing 17 passengers, including nine from the same family. The captain, Kenneth Scott McKee, 51, faces 17 counts of misconduct, negligence or inattention to duty by a ship’s officer resulting in death. The indictment accused McKee of failing to adequately assess the weather conditions before the duck boat set off on a tour of Table Rock Lake in southwestern Missouri, near the tourist town of Branson.
Justice Ginsburg Hospitalized With 3 Broken Ribs
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a critical liberal voice on the Supreme Court, was hospitalized Thursday morning with three broken ribs after falling in her office Wednesday. Ginsburg, 85, went home after her fall Wednesday evening and experienced discomfort during the night, a Supreme Court spokeswoman said in a statement. She was admitted to George Washington University Hospital on Thursday for observation and treatment. Doctors found three broken ribs on her left side. Ginsburg’s history suggests the injuries are not likely to keep her away from the court's opening later this month. She broke two ribs in 2012, without missing work.
Fast-Moving Fire in Northern California Forces Evacuations
A sudden, fast-moving fire in Northern California forced a scramble of evacuations and road closings, burning at least 18,000 acres since early Thursday near Chico, about 100 miles north of Sacramento. By midafternoon, the acting governor, Gavin Newsom, had declared a state of emergency, and hundreds of firefighters were on the scene or en route, said a spokeswoman for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. The blaze, named Campfire, burned through Paradise, a town of about 26,000, where there were reports that a hospital was evacuated and traffic gridlock forced some people to flee vehicles on foot.
Crossing From Asia, the First Americans Rushed Into the Unknown
Scientists who have recovered and analyzed DNA from about 70 ancient people whose remains were discovered throughout the Americas are adding astonishing detail to a story once lost to prehistory: how and when humans spread across the Western Hemisphere. The earliest known arrivals from Asia were already splitting into recognizably distinct groups, the research suggests. Some of these populations thrived. But other groups died out entirely, leaving no trace save for what can be discerned in ancient DNA. Indeed, the new genetic research hints at many dramatic chapters in the peopling of the Americas that archaeology has yet to uncover.