MONETA, Va. (AP) — A former co-worker of the gunman who shot and killed a TV reporter and cameraman during a live news broadcast in Roanoke, Virginia, says Vester Flanaga was "off-kilter" and that he thought news anchoring was about "acting." Flanagan was fired by WDBJ-TV two years ago. Authorities say he recorded the shooting and posted it on social media. He also sent a long rambling manifesto to ABC News alleging racial bias, but also acknowledging he was a "powder keg."
SUNSET, La. (AP) — Louisiana State Police say a police officer and two other people have been shot in southwestern Louisiana. The shooting is believed to have happened near a convenience store in Sunset, about 13 miles north of Lafayette.
CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — James Holmes has been sent to prison for the rest of his life for the attack on a Colorado movie theater that left 12 people dead and dozens wounded. A judge sentenced Holmes to 12 consecutive life terms without parole plus 3,318 years. The judge described Holmes as an angry quitter who gave up on life and turned his hatred into murder and mayhem. Some in the court jeered as deputies took Homes away.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Wal-Mart says it will stop selling the AR-15 rifle and other semi-automatic weapons. The retail giant says the weapons won't be stocked because fewer people are buying them. In recent years, shareholders have placed some pressure on the company to reconsider its sales policies of products such as weapons that hold high-capacity magazines.
NEW YORK (AP) — After six days of bust, there's been a boom on Wall Street today. The Dow apparently shook off concerns about China's slowdown and climbed 619 points. It was the Dow's third-biggest point gain of all time and its largest since Oct. 28, 2008, when it soared 889 points. Analysts said investors apparently saw the big sell-off as an opportunity to go bargain-hunting and buy low.