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Restaurant standoff ... Obama marks 9/11 anniversary at Fort Meade ... Michigan lawmakers at a standstill

By The Associated Press | Posted - Sep. 11, 2015 at 12:51 a.m.



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DOWNEY, Calif. (AP) — Patrons inside a restaurant in Downey, California say a man ran in with a gun Thursday night, asking for medication and then telling women and children that they could leave. It ended with an LA County sheriff's SWAT team storming into the restaurant and the man dead. Authorities aren't sure if he was shot by the SWAT team or he killed himself. They say it began with a car chase east of Los Angeles after the man stole two vehicles and got into at least one collision. The man jumped out of the car and ran toward the restaurant.

NEW YORK (AP) — President Barack Obama will mark the 14th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attacks with a visit to Fort Meade, Maryland, in recognition of the military's work to protect the country. At ground zero in New York City, there'll be a tolling of bells, moments of silence and the reading the names of people killed. In western Pennsylvania, the Flight 93 National Memorial near Shanksville marks the completing of its visitors center. And at the Pentagon, Secretary of Defense Ash Carter and other officials will join in remembrances for victims' relatives and Pentagon employees.

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan lawmakers are at a standstill over whether to expel two social conservatives who've admitted to misconduct in covering up their extramarital affairs. Sixty-seven members of the state House support expelling Republican Rep. Todd Courser, six short of the two-thirds supermajority needed under the state constitution. More than two dozen lawmakers refuse to vote and they've been ordered to stay inside the chamber. Republican Rep. Cindy Gamrat also faces expulsion for her misconduct.

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. (AP) — One Marine was killed and 18 others injured in a vehicle rollover crash during routine training at Camp Pendleton Marine Base. A spokeswoman says several Marines were taken to the hospital following Thursday's single-vehicle accident. Camp Pendleton, a vast seaside base north of San Diego, is the major West Coast outpost for the U.S. Marine Corps.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Researchers at the University of Washington are testing an earthquake alert system in hopes that it'll be ready for the day when a major earthquake strikes the Pacific Northwest. The ShakeAlert system can calculate the magnitude of the quake before the shaking starts and give authorities a much-needed heads up. Scientists are hoping that will save lives and protect infrastructure.

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