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Suspected Shooter Killed After Targeting Buildings in Austin, Texas

(AUSTIN, Texas) — Authorities in Texas’ capitol city say a suspected gunman was killed after opening fire at several city buildings early Friday morning.

No police officers were injured, but Austin’s Police Department headquarters was evacuated due to the incident, authorities said.

A major area highway, Interstate 35, was also shut down, police said. Numerous emergency vehicles were visible in the area.

The Austin Police Department confirmed on the agency’s Twitter account the suspected gunman was deceased.

There was an active shooter targeting multiple downtown buildings, including APD Headquarters. This resulted in an Ofc. Involved Shooting.

— Austin Police Dept (@Austin_Police) November 28, 2014

APD is still working to make sure the scene is safe. Please avoid the area.

— Austin Police Dept (@Austin_Police) November 28, 2014

One male suspect is deceased. We are in process of securing scene.

— Austin Police Dept (@Austin_Police) November 28, 2014

This is a developing story.

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Suspected Shooter Killed After Targeting Buildings in Austin, Texas

(AUSTIN, Texas) — Authorities in Texas’ capitol city say a suspected gunman was killed after opening fire at several city buildings early Friday morning.

No police officers were injured, but Austin’s Police Department headquarters was evacuated due to the incident, authorities said.

A major area highway, Interstate 35, was also shut down, police said. Numerous emergency vehicles were visible in the area.

The Austin Police Department confirmed on the agency’s Twitter account the suspected gunman was deceased.

There was an active shooter targeting multiple downtown buildings, including APD Headquarters. This resulted in an Ofc. Involved Shooting.

— Austin Police Dept (@Austin_Police) November 28, 2014

APD is still working to make sure the scene is safe. Please avoid the area.

— Austin Police Dept (@Austin_Police) November 28, 2014

One male suspect is deceased. We are in process of securing scene.

— Austin Police Dept (@Austin_Police) November 28, 2014

This is a developing story.

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Amazon Slashes Price on Its Fire Phone, Hoping to Lure Users

Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Call it a “Fire sale.”

Amazon is selling an unlocked version of its Fire phone at a slashed price in the hope Black Friday shoppers will give the widely panned device a chance.

With $250 knocked off list price, an unlocked Fire phone now retails for $199. The price is a sweet spot in the wireless industry, with competing smartphones such as the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus and Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4 starting at around that amount for customers who also choose a two-year contract.

Three months after its debut, the Fire, which featured what Amazon called “breakthrough” technology, was being sold for 99 cents with a contract.

Amazon revealed in its quarterly earnings call last month that it took a charge of $170 million for “inventory evaluation and supplier commitment costs” for the Fire, which failed to create a spark in the smartphone market.

Critics have said the Fire is less a phone and more a “shopping machine” designed to capture more Amazon customers.

It’s equipped with a feature that allows users to identify almost any product — from a book to a game or a container of kosher salt. It then directs users to Amazon to make purchases. The phone also boasts a 3-D display ideal for gamers.

User reviews of the phone have been mixed, with customers writing on Amazon they were “extremely sad and dissatisfied” and “I wanted to love you” to “five stars.”

Despite the Fire troubles, Amazon is enjoying tremendous success with its $39 Amazon Fire TV stick. The device, which allows users to stream media on their television and play games with a remote control, is on back order until January 15, according to Amazon’s website.

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Ferguson Officer Darren Wilson Confident Federal Probe Will Clear Him Too

ABC News(FERGUSON, Mo.) — The Ferguson police officer cleared of charges by a Missouri grand jury in the killing an unarmed black teenager says he’s confident a federal criminal probe into his actions will find “nothing” and clear him too.

In an exclusive interview with ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos, Officer Darren Wilson insisted he carried no racial bias when he fatally shot 18-year-old Michael Brown, and Wilson said he’s never been accused of acting in a racist manner during his entire law enforcement career.

“I did my job and followed my training,” Wilson said. “The training took over.”

The U.S. Justice Department is now conducting two probes sparked by Wilson’s fatal confrontation with Brown on Aug. 9.

A criminal investigation will try to determine whether Wilson used unreasonable force and intentionally violated Brown’s civil rights when he shot the teenager. The second probe – though not criminal in nature – will look more broadly into whether the Ferguson police department has routinely engaged in a “pattern or practice” of unlawful and discriminatory policing.

Training will be one of several “priority areas” scrutinized by the federal probes, Attorney General Eric Holder said Tuesday.

In his interview this week with Stephanopoulos, Wilson said he’s worried about being caught in the crosshairs of a federal criminal investigation, but is confident investigators will find “nothing” to suggest he broke the law.

“I stand by what I did,” he said. “I stand by my training, and just have to wait and see what they determine.”

Stephanopoulos asked Wilson: “You’re confident that no charges will be brought?”

Wilson responded simply, “Yeah.”

During its criminal investigation into Wilson, the Justice Department will be analyzing his past record, but “racial animus” is not something federal prosecutors have to prove to bring charges, according to William Yeomans, a former top civil rights prosecutor who spent 26 years at the Justice Department.

Investigators would have to show Wilson shot Brown with the specific intent to violate Brown’s civil rights and “use more force than was reasonably necessary under the circumstances,” Yeomans said. Reaching that threshold “can be very difficult” when there are conflicting eyewitness accounts and few pieces of physical evidence, according to Yeomans.

“It’s difficult to prove what was going on in his head,” Yeomans said.

In his interview this week, Wilson acknowledged that – while the Ferguson community is predominantly black – the police force there is overwhelmingly white. But he said that didn’t create any inherent mistrust or tension between him and those he encountered while on patrol.

Testifying before a St. Louis County grand jury two months ago, however, he described his beat in Ferguson as “an antipolice area for sure.”

“That community doesn’t like the police,” he testified.

Holder echoed that sentiment Tuesday, saying, “Michael Brown’s tragic death has revealed a deep distrust between some in the Ferguson community and its police force.”

Holder said the Justice Department will conduct an “intensive review” of the “priority areas” identified by the broader probe into the entire Ferguson police department, including a look at how officers handled searches and traffic stops of black drivers.

According to data released by the Missouri state government, about 67 percent of the Ferguson population is black, but last year 86 percent of those stopped by police were black, and 92 percent of those searched were black.

In addition, according to the same data, Ferguson police were twice as likely to search a black individual than a white individual, but they were significantly less likely to actually find contraband on black individuals compared with when they searched white individuals.

“There are obvious ways the police department needs to be reformed,” Yeomans said. “And I am confident that once this process is concluded, it will be a significantly different police department.”

Holder vowed that the two federal probes will be “conducted rigorously and in a timely manner” so that federal authorities can begin “to restore trust, to rebuild understanding and to foster cooperation between law enforcement and community members.”

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Ferguson Officer Darren Wilson Confident Federal Probe Will Clear Him Too

ABC News(FERGUSON, Mo.) — The Ferguson police officer cleared of charges by a Missouri grand jury in the killing an unarmed black teenager says he’s confident a federal criminal probe into his actions will find “nothing” and clear him too.

In an exclusive interview with ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos, Officer Darren Wilson insisted he carried no racial bias when he fatally shot 18-year-old Michael Brown, and Wilson said he’s never been accused of acting in a racist manner during his entire law enforcement career.

“I did my job and followed my training,” Wilson said. “The training took over.”

The U.S. Justice Department is now conducting two probes sparked by Wilson’s fatal confrontation with Brown on Aug. 9.

A criminal investigation will try to determine whether Wilson used unreasonable force and intentionally violated Brown’s civil rights when he shot the teenager. The second probe – though not criminal in nature – will look more broadly into whether the Ferguson police department has routinely engaged in a “pattern or practice” of unlawful and discriminatory policing.

Training will be one of several “priority areas” scrutinized by the federal probes, Attorney General Eric Holder said Tuesday.

In his interview this week with Stephanopoulos, Wilson said he’s worried about being caught in the crosshairs of a federal criminal investigation, but is confident investigators will find “nothing” to suggest he broke the law.

“I stand by what I did,” he said. “I stand by my training, and just have to wait and see what they determine.”

Stephanopoulos asked Wilson: “You’re confident that no charges will be brought?”

Wilson responded simply, “Yeah.”

During its criminal investigation into Wilson, the Justice Department will be analyzing his past record, but “racial animus” is not something federal prosecutors have to prove to bring charges, according to William Yeomans, a former top civil rights prosecutor who spent 26 years at the Justice Department.

Investigators would have to show Wilson shot Brown with the specific intent to violate Brown’s civil rights and “use more force than was reasonably necessary under the circumstances,” Yeomans said. Reaching that threshold “can be very difficult” when there are conflicting eyewitness accounts and few pieces of physical evidence, according to Yeomans.

“It’s difficult to prove what was going on in his head,” Yeomans said.

In his interview this week, Wilson acknowledged that – while the Ferguson community is predominantly black – the police force there is overwhelmingly white. But he said that didn’t create any inherent mistrust or tension between him and those he encountered while on patrol.

Testifying before a St. Louis County grand jury two months ago, however, he described his beat in Ferguson as “an antipolice area for sure.”

“That community doesn’t like the police,” he testified.

Holder echoed that sentiment Tuesday, saying, “Michael Brown’s tragic death has revealed a deep distrust between some in the Ferguson community and its police force.”

Holder said the Justice Department will conduct an “intensive review” of the “priority areas” identified by the broader probe into the entire Ferguson police department, including a look at how officers handled searches and traffic stops of black drivers.

According to data released by the Missouri state government, about 67 percent of the Ferguson population is black, but last year 86 percent of those stopped by police were black, and 92 percent of those searched were black.

In addition, according to the same data, Ferguson police were twice as likely to search a black individual than a white individual, but they were significantly less likely to actually find contraband on black individuals compared with when they searched white individuals.

“There are obvious ways the police department needs to be reformed,” Yeomans said. “And I am confident that once this process is concluded, it will be a significantly different police department.”

Holder vowed that the two federal probes will be “conducted rigorously and in a timely manner” so that federal authorities can begin “to restore trust, to rebuild understanding and to foster cooperation between law enforcement and community members.”

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Paul Walker’s Brother Cody Remembers the Actor a Year After Death

Paul Walker (R) and his brother, Cody. Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — It has been nearly a year since the accidental death of Fast and Furious star Paul Walker, but his memory is still fresh in his brother Cody’s mind.

Walker died Nov. 30, 2013, in a car accident near one of his charity Reach Out Worldwide events. Cody Walker has since taken the charity under his wing to keep it alive and thriving.

“ROWW continues to be, to function, to help others even after our primary contributor, my brother, Paul Walker has passed,” Cody told E! News. “I know he would be so stoked to know that. ROWW changed his life, and he was so proud of it.”

The mission of Reach Out Worldwide includes collecting toys and backpacks for less fortunate kids. Cody, 26, and the charity even went to the Philippines to help after Typhoon Haiyan late last year.

Cody Walker also talked about what his famous brother taught him up until his death at age 40.

“Just live your life to the fullest. Laugh a lot, love and find your true happiness,” Cody said. “Remember that no matter how cool you think you may be, you’re not cool enough to look down on anyone, ever. I am so lucky to have had him as a big brother.”

Cody and his brother Caleb stepped in to help finish Furious 7 when some scenes were left after Paul’s death. Furious 7 opens April 3, 2015.

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Researchers Identify Gene Mutations Linked to Blood Cancer Risk

Nikolay Suslov/Hemera/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Researchers at Harvard Medical School said that as many as ten percent of adults over the age of 65 may have a gene mutation linked to the development of blood cancers.

According to the study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, researchers looked at two groups including a total of 29,000 patients. Patients with that particular set of gene abnormalities had a significantly increased likelihood of cancer — an increase of 11 to 13 percent.

Researchers say it is too early to test for the mutations on a large scale, as there is no perfect treatment for those with the mutation. The mutations are tougher to identify in younger individuals, researchers say.

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Researchers Identify Gene Mutations Linked to Blood Cancer Risk

Nikolay Suslov/Hemera/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Researchers at Harvard Medical School said that as many as ten percent of adults over the age of 65 may have a gene mutation linked to the development of blood cancers.

According to the study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, researchers looked at two groups including a total of 29,000 patients. Patients with that particular set of gene abnormalities had a significantly increased likelihood of cancer — an increase of 11 to 13 percent.

Researchers say it is too early to test for the mutations on a large scale, as there is no perfect treatment for those with the mutation. The mutations are tougher to identify in younger individuals, researchers say.

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Attack Rocks Diplomatic Neighborhood in Kabul

MatthewBrosseau/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(KABUL, Afghanistan) — Hours after an attack on a British embassy vehicle in Kabul killed at least five people, a second explosion ripped through a diplomatic neighborhood of Kabul.

The Afghan Deputy Interior Minister said that three suicide attackers were involved in the second explosion. One detonated explosives and the other two were killed by Afghan national security forces.

The deputy minister said that the attackers attempted to enter a foreigner’s guest house but were foiled. One guard was injured, but no one other than the attackers were killed, the deputy minister said.

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Australian Cricket Player Dies After ‘Freak Accident’

Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images(SYDNEY, Australia) — Phillip Hughes, the Australian cricket player who was struck in the head or neck by a ball on Tuesday died Thursday.

In a statement released by Cricket Australia, team doctor Peter Brukner said that Hughes “never regained consciousness following his injury.”

“He was not in pain when he passed and was surrounded by his family and close friends,” Brukner added. Hughes sustained his injury while playing for South Australia. While he was batting, a delivery bounced and struck Hughes in the area of his neck and head, requiring surgery. After surgery, he received treatment in intensive care.

“The word tragedy gets used far too often in sport,” said Cricket Australia Chief Executive Officer James Sutherland, “but this freak accident is now a real-life tragedy. Just shy of his 26th birthday, Phillip has been taken from us far too young.”

A two-day test match between Cricket Australia and India scheduled for Friday and Saturday has been cancelled.

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