At about 5:20 p.m. on Wednesday, an unidentified man and his wife showed up at a trucking company in Bakersfield, California, and after fatally shooting his wife and a man he confronted at the business, he chased a third man into a sporting goods store and killed him, Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood said Wednesday night. The man then went into a home and shot dead two people, hijacked a car driven by a woman with a child (both escaped), and turned the gun on himself when confronted by a sheriff's deputy, killing himself with a gunshot in the chest.
"Obviously there's some type of situation that caused the husband to be extremely upset," Youngblood told reporters, adding that he's confident there's some connection between the six people killed in the short span of time. "These are not random shootings."
A Texas police officer has been found guilty in the murder of an unarmed black 15-year-old.
Roy Oliver, a white officer, killed Jordan Edwards in April 2017 while the teenager was leaving a house party in a car with four friends. Oliver shot into the moving vehicle and struck Edwards, later testifying that he thought his partner's life was at risk. But his partner disagreed, leading to Oliver's guilty conviction Tuesday, The Associated Press reports.
Oliver was sent to investigate an underage drinking report at the party Edwards attended last April. After a gunshot was apparently heard somewhere nearby, Edwards left the party with two of his brothers. In his testimony, Oliver said he shot because he thought the car's driver was trying to hit his partner Tyler Gross. But Gross testified that he never felt in danger or that he should fire, per CBS News. Investigators didn't find firearms in the car.
Days after Edwards' death, Oliver was fired from his job, arrested, and then released on $300,000 bail. The case soon joined the national conversation surrounding police brutality against black suspects, particularly those who are unarmed or underage.
After two days of deliberation, jurors found Oliver guilty of Edwards' murder and not guilty on two counts of aggravated assault, per The Dallas Morning News. Oliver has yet to be sentenced but is facing life in prison on the conviction. Kathryn Krawczyk
Tom Frieden, a top health official in the Obama administration, was arrested Friday for alleged forcible touching, sex abuse, and harassment, CNBC reports.
Allegations against Frieden, a former head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, were levied by at least one woman, including an incident that reportedly occurred in October 2017, New York's PIX11 says. The incident, which allegedly happened in Frieden's Brooklyn home, was reported in July. Frieden surrendered to Brooklyn police Friday, ABC affiliate WABC reports, and he is expected in court this afternoon.
Frieden was appointed to lead the CDC by former President Barack Obama, taking office in May 2009. He served throughout the entire Obama presidency and resigned when President Trump took office. During his tenure, Frieden led the U.S. through the global Ebola outbreak of 2014. He also previously served as New York City's health commissioner and now serves as CEO of international health nonprofit Resolve to Save Lives. Kathryn Krawczyk
Asia Argento is firmly denying an allegation of sexual assault — but she revealed that her late partner Anthony Bourdain did make a deal with her accuser.
A quiet payoff from the Italian filmmaker to her accuser, actor Jimmy Bennett, was first reported by The New York Times on Sunday. Documents show Argento arranged to pay Bennett $380,000 after he accused her of sexual assault when he was 17 and she was 37.
Argento spoke out about the deal for the first time Tuesday in a statement obtained by reporter Yashar Ali. In it, Argento denied the Times story and said she'd never had "any sexual relationship with Bennett." She went on to claim that Bennett, who once played her son in a movie, was "undergoing severe economic problems" and "unexpectedly made an exorbitant request of money from me."
Argento said that because she had been dating the late chef Bourdain, Bennett knew Bourdain would be "afraid of the possible negative publicity" from a public settlement. So Bourdain "personally undertook to help Bennett economically, upon the condition that we would no longer suffer any intrusions in our life," Argento said in her statement.
— Yashar Ali (@yashar) August 21, 2018
Sunday's news of the deal was especially noteworthy considering Argento's role at the helm of the #MeToo movement, as she was one of the first women to accuse disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault. Argento's arrangement with Bennett was finalized after the Weinstein revelations began pouring in, per the Times. Kathryn Krawczyk
Michigan's top health official will go to trial for manslaughter charges in the wake of the Flint water crisis.
Arguments concluded in July over whether Nick Lyon, the state director of health and human services, would face a manslaughter trial in connection to the crisis, The Associated Press reports. Michigan's attorney general claimed Lyon didn't alert citizens to the outbreak soon enough, and on Monday a judge agreed to send Lyon to trial.
Two men died from Legionnaire's disease after the water supply in Flint, Michigan, was contaminated following the city's decision to switch water sources. Faulty old pipes contaminated the city's water, which has remained contaminated since 2014. After a 10-month preliminary hearing, Lyon was charged with two counts of involuntary manslaughter and one count of misconduct in office over the two deaths, per ABC affiliate 12 News. Lyon is the highest ranked of 15 officials criminally charged in relation to the water crisis, MLive says. Kathryn Krawczyk
At about 5:30 a.m. in Ankara, Turkey's capital, a gunman in a white car fired six shots at the U.S. Embassy, the Ankara governor said in a statement, The embassy was closed for the Muslim Eid al-Adha holiday, and nobody was injured in the attack. "We can confirm a security incident took place at the U.S. Embassy early this morning," said embassy spokesman David Gainer. "We thank the Turkish National Police for their rapid response."
Tensions are high between Turkey and the U.S. over Turkey's imprisonment of an American pastor, Andrew Brunson, which prompted President Trump to double tariffs on Turkish aluminum and steel imports just as the Turkish lira was weakening. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has accused America of waging economic warfare and steered blame for rising prices and other economic problems toward the U.S. There are fears that Turkey's troubles could spread, causing widespread global economic damage. Peter Weber
At least 22 are dead after a bridge collapsed in the Italian city of Genoa on Tuesday, Italy's deputy prime minister told Reuters.
A harsh storm in the northern Italian city likely caused the raised highway to collapse, creating what "looks like an immense tragedy," Italy's transport minister wrote on Twitter. Tons of concrete and steel fell onto buildings, cars, and an industrial site below, raising concern about gas leaks, per The Associated Press.
BREAKING:Bridge Collapse in Genua, Italy
Multiple people injured pic.twitter.com/SnDAsQLacu
— Hill news (@vkknkhjh) August 14, 2018
At least 20 vehicles were involved in the crash, and rescuers have already pulled two people alive from the rubble, Italian news agency ANSA reported. Search dogs and around 200 firefighters are combing for more victims, though torrential rain is slowing efforts, The New York Times reported. It's an "apocalyptic scene," a witness told Sky Italia, per Reuters.
The bridge had previously shown "signs of problems," Italy's deputy transport minister told the Times. The bridge was restructured in 2016, and its foundation was being strengthened and constantly monitored at the time of the collapse, Reuters said. Kathryn Krawczyk
At a little after 7:30 Tuesday morning in London, a car crashed into a security barrier outside Britain's Parliament building, injuring at least two pedestrians, neither seriously. There was a large and rapid response from armed police officers, and the male driver was arrested without incident. "While we are keeping an open mind," Scotland Yard said in a statement, "the Met's Counter-Terrorism Command is leading the investigation into the Westminster incident." Parliament is not in session, but the area around Parliament Square and subway stations in the area were closed to the public.
BBC staffer Barry Williams told BBC News he witnessed the crash. "The car went onto the wrong side of the road to where cyclists were waiting at lights and ploughed into them," he said. "Then it swerved back across the road and accelerated as fast as possible and hit the barrier at full pelt. It was a small silver car and he hit it at such speed the car actually lifted off the ground and bounced. Then the police just jumped. Two officers managed to leap over the security barriers and then the armed police vehicles all sped towards the scene." Security barriers around Parliament were beefed up after a driver deliberately plowed into pedestrians on nearby Westminster Bridge in March 2017, killing four people. Peter Weber