3 reported dead in shootout near Texas A&M

Posted Aug. 13, 2012, at 9:36 p.m.

COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Three people died, including a Brazos County constable and a reported gunman, in a shootout Monday afternoon in College Station, according to police.

A 65-year-old male bystander also was killed in the shooting at a home near the Texas A&M University campus, Assistant Police Chief Scott McCollum said in a press conference.

The constable was identified as Precinct 1 Constable Brian Bachmann. Officials have not released the name of the civilian or the shooter.

Two other people were shot, McCollum said: a 55-year-old woman who is in surgery, and a College Station police officer who was shot in the calf and is in stable condition and receiving treatment.

Two other officers received injuries that were not considered life-threatening, he said.

110-year-old Pa. widow gets WWI benefits boost

EBENSBURG, Pa. — A 110-year-old Pennsylvania widow is getting a benefits boost because of her husband’s World War I service.

Family members say Alda Collins is now getting about $1,000 a month to assist with her stay at a nursing home near Ebensburg. She had been getting $36 a month.

Her son tells the Daily American of Somerset that Collins lived by herself in a trailer until she was 106. She can use a walker, feeds herself and knows the Pirates are in second place.

For years, she taught in a one-room schoolhouse.

Her husband, William, served in the Army in World War I. He died in 1976 at age 81.

The family had been asking the Veterans Administration for the benefits adjustment since 2008 and recently got help from U.S. Rep. Mark Critz.

Mississippi fattest, Colorado thinnest in new federal obesity statistics

LOS ANGELES — The federal government released its “obesity map” on Monday, outlining the rates of obesity and how rates in the states compare. Colorado gets the svelte bragging rights, with 20.7 percent of its adults obese. At the other end of the scale is Mississippi, with a rate of 34.9 percent. Overall, the rate for the South was 29.5 percent, followed by the Midwest at 29 percent, the Northeast at 25.3 percent and the West at 24.3 percent. Maine’s rate is listed as 27.8 percent.

The CDC has published all the states’ figures at www.cdc.gov/obesity/data/adult.html.

Pennsylvania woman accused of killing fiance hours before wedding

LOS ANGELES — A Pennsylvania woman is accused of fatally stabbing her husband-to-be just hours before they were scheduled to be married.

Na Cola Darcel Franklin, 31, is facing homicide charges in the death of her husband-to-be, Billy Rafael Brewster, 36, in the apartment they shared in Whitehall Township, according to the Whitehall Township Police Department.

But, according to the Morning Call newspaper, Franklin did not realize her fiance was dead when she came before a judge that same day. The newspaper reported that Franklin stood mute, and seemingly stunned, when a judge told her she was being charged with a single count of homicide.

It was not immediately clear what led to the stabbing, which took place about 2:19 a.m. Saturday morning, according to a media statement released by police. The couple were supposed to be married at 10 a.m.

Iran villages in rubble as quake death toll rises

TEHRAN, Iran — Iran on Monday raised its earthquake death toll to 306, a day after rescuers called off the search for survivors from the rubble of their homes in the country’s northwest, state media reported.

Health Minister Marzieh Vahid Dastjerdi told a session of parliament that the number jumped by about 50 after victims died in the hospital. More than 3,000 people were injured in the twin earthquakes that struck two days ago, she added in comments broadcast on state radio.

The death toll included some 219 women and children, Dastjerdi said, adding that around 2,000 injured people had been released from hospitals soon after the quake since they had only minor injuries.

Authorities say old, heavy roofs without frames were largely responsible for the death toll in the rural areas.

Scores of aftershocks have coursed through the region since the 6.4 and 6.3 magnitude quakes hit the area, home to some 300,000 people in a 2,300-square-mile borderland near Azerbaijan and Armenia.

Occupy Hong Kong protesters ordered to leave after 10 months

HONG KONG — HSBC Holdings won a court order for the removal of protesters who have spent almost 10 months under its Asian headquarters, one of the longest- running demonstrations sparked by the Occupy Wall Street movement.

Protesters must leave the area before 9 p.m. on Aug. 27, Master R. Lai said Monday at Hong Kong’s Court of First Instance. The court will assign a bailiff to execute the order, Lai said.

Protesters for Occupy Wall Street, whose movement to highlight income inequality spread from New York to other cities globally, were evicted in November, and others in London were forced to leave from their Finsbury Square camp on June 14. In Hong Kong, protesters numbering about 50 at the peak have pitched tents and laid out couches in the ground floor plaza under HSBC’s Central building.

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