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There has been a shooting at Seattle Pacific university, Harborview Hospital spokeswoman, Susan Gregg says one person is dead, three others are wounded. Seattle police say the gunman entered a building on campus armed with a shotgun. Seattle police captain Chris Fowler says the gunman started shooting but was disarmed by a student as he reloaded.
"The police did arrive just a few minutes later, and were able to make the entry, take the shooter into custody, and were able to extract the victims, while we began to set up an operation to go and secure the rest of the building."
The private Christian school with around 4200 students remains on lockdown.
President Obama is once again defending controversial prisoner swap that led to the release of American POW in Afghanistan. Travelling with the president, NPR Scott Horsley reports that questions about the exchange have dogged Obama throughout his trip to Europe.
President Obama says he makes no apologies for the Taliban prisoner exchange that freed army sergeant Bowe Burgdahl, after five years in captivity. He also defended his decision to announce the prisoner swap with Burgdahl's parents at his side. A move that may have exposed the family to additional scrutiny. Obama says it was important for people to understand this was not an abstraction or political football.
"You have a couple of parents, whose kid volunteered to fight in a distant land, who they haven't seen in five years, and weren't sure whether they will ever see again."
The prisoner exchange has drawn criticism in part because Burgdahl is suspected of deserting his unit before his capture. Scott Horsley NPR News, travelling with the president.
Some reports today say Sprint is close to a deal to buy T-mobile. The companies have long expressed interesting combining forces and as NPR's Yuki Noguchi reports, the current tentative agreement reportedly values the merge at 32 billion dollars.
Sprint chairman Masayoshi Son has talked openly about he wanted to become the No.1 player in the US. He has said he wants to spur competition and bring faster internet speeds by challenging the No.1 and No.2 players, Verizon and AT&T. The big obstacle to any deal would be regulators. The federal communications commission chairman and antitrust figure leaders, have said they do not want to see the number of major national wireless carriers go from four to three. Meanwhile the companies argued that with major merger such as Comcast proposed purchase of Time Warner under consideration, they need to combine to continue to be competitive. Yuki Noguchi NPR News, Washington.
Asian markets are open in trading and in mixed territory at this hour. The Nikkei, the main market in Japan is down just a fraction; the Hang Seng in Hongkong is up about 0.30%. On Wall Street at the close higher, the Dow was up 98 points, at 16,836; the NASDAQ up 44; S&P500 up 12.
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General Motors says it's fired 15 people over their role in the ignition switch problem that linked to the deaths of 13 people. An internal report paid for by GM, blames that problem on bureaucratic inaction, not a deliberate cover-up. The company took more than ten years to recall 2.5 million vehicles. GM is also setting up a compensation fund for victims or their families.
Sylvia Mathews Burwell has confirmed today as the country's health and human service secretary replacing Kathleen Sebelius, first on her agenda, covering the uninsured under the affordable care act and making sure the next signup season starting next November run smoothly.
Two deaths are being blamed on a powerful storm system in northeast Arkansas. Michael Hibblen with member station KUAR has details from Little Rock.
Authorities say the victims were killed by fallen trees. Brindon Morisexx, with the Arkansas department of emergency management, says several counties were impacted by the storms winds.
"We have receieved reports of widespread damage, anything from tree down and power line down in the community of Arkwilxx, directly 15 to 20 railroad cars blown out of train."
The national weather service says the chance of severe weather in this region of the country, or processed through the coming days. For NPR News, Michael Hibblen in Little Rock.
The secretary of the Navy is considering a plan to ban tobacco sales on navy ships and in stores on navy and marine corps bases. Ray Mabus says the navy wants to encourage sailors who smoke to quit. A Pentagon spokeswoman says smoking cost the defence department around 1.5 billion dollars each year in medical costs.
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