Aaron Carter Is Going To Rehab!

Aaron Carter is going to rehab!

The day after the police were called to his home over claims he threatened suicide and seemed to be on drugs over the phone, the singer is finally getting some help!

Related: Find Out Which Drugs Aaron Is REALLY On!

The singer’s rep released a statement to TMZ breaking the news:

“Aaron has decided to enter a facility to improve his health and work on his overall wellness. He is going to do this privately and focus all his attention on being the best person and performer personal.”

The outlet reports Aaron went back and forth on the decision but ultimately decided he could use the help.

We’re so glad! Addiction to drugs, even legal prescription ones, can do so much harm to your body and your life.

Stay strong, Aaron!

[Image via Twitter.]

Read more: http://perezhilton.com/2017-09-22-aaron-carter-drugs-rehab

The Psychological Reason Watching Horror Movies Can Be Good For Your Mental Health

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A weird thing about me is that I LOVE horror movies and I suffer from anxiety. If I see a centipede in my apartment, I’ll be awake all night, fearful that it will somehow make it’s way to my bed. When I worry about something, it’s like I can’t turn my brain off.

So, over the years I’ve fielded questions from well-meaning family and friends who don’t understand why I consume so much horror. I love scary movies, I read all the creepypasta I can get my hands on, I’m obsessed with Stephen King, and I even like to visit scary locations like famously haunted hotels. It seems to go against common sense. If I have a hard enough time with my real life worries, why am I inserting new (fictional) fears into my life? I’ve never known the scientific reason, I just know I love being scared. It’s my favorite form of entertainment.

Well, it turns out there’s a scientific reason horror tends to be relaxing for me and other people with anxiety. One social scientist, Dr. Mathias Clasen, has been studying horror films and mental health since 2001. He explains, “there’s psychological distance when we watch a horror film. We know it’s not real—or at least, some parts of our brain know it isn’t real… The genre allows us to voluntarily — and under controlled circumstances — get experience with negative emotion.”

Experiencing anxiety while knowing, objectively, that we are “safe” gives us practice fact-checking whether our worries are real. The fun is in feeling the psychological and physiological effects of fear while knowing there isn’t any actual danger.

Personally, I find the highs and lows of a horror movie to be relaxing. My anxiety may be heightened at the climax of the plot, but by the time everything is over it almost feels like a post-workout glow. I’m more relaxed than I was when the movie started, or maybe just tired from the dose of adrenaline. Other people who suffer from anxiety have noticed this same effect, and say that horror movies can serve as self-care for them.

Next time you’ve had a particularly stressful week, find a scary movie on Netflix (here’s some streaming right now) and see if it works for you.

👻 You can read 101 of the scariest (and shortest!) true stories in our new collection, , available here. 👻

Read more: https://thoughtcatalog.com/emily-madriga/2017/10/the-psychological-reason-watching-horror-movies-can-be-good-for-your-mental-health/

Trump Finally Tweeted About Puerto Rico But People Are Pissed About What He Said

On Monday night, Sept. 25, President Donald Trump used his Twitter account to speak about Puerto Rico, the U.S. territory where a population of nearly 3.5 million people is facing months without power as a result of Hurricanes Maria and Irma. The president compared recovery efforts on the island to those in Texas and Florida, while also highlighting Puerto Rico’s “massive debt.” Here’s what Trump’s tweets about Puerto Rico said:

Texas & Florida are doing great but Puerto Rico, which was already suffering from broken infrastructure & massive debt, is in deep trouble…

…It’s [sic] old electrical grid, which was in terrible shape, was devastated. Much of the Island was destroyed, with billions of dollars…

…owed to Wall Street and the banks which, sadly, must be dealt with. Food, water and medical are top priorities – and doing well. #FEMA

The president’s thoughts on Twitter, which were expressed in a series of three separate tweets, drew criticism from a number of different sources. One reporter, Danny Rivero of Fusion, noted,

For some reason it feels icky to mention the Wall Street debt owed by the people who’s lives you are charged with saving.

Another reporter, Steven Dennis of , added,

I haven’t seen a single news report saying food, water and medical care on Puerto Rico “doing well.”

Trump’s mention of Puerto Rico’s debt was also addressed by Carmen Yulín Cruz, the mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico’s capital. During a phone interview on CNN’s , Mayor Cruz said,

These are two different topics. You don’t put debt above people, you put people above debt.

After the interview aired, President Trump thanked the mayor for “kind words” and said food and water were on their way to the island.

Here are the president’s tweets from the night before:

The criticism Trump received for pointing out the island’s debt at a time that it’s experiencing a humanitarian crisis is compounded by the Puerto Rico-related criticism the president had been receiving before he sent those tweets on Monday night.

 reporter Maggie Haberman tweeted,

Multiple POTUS tweets this weekend about NFL and “rocket man.” Puerto Rico is enduring an enormous crisis

CNN’s  also highlighted the disparity between the amount of attention given to the NFL by the president’s Twitter account compared to other major issues:

The , meanwhile, ran a headline that read: “Trump ignores Puerto Rico’s devastation to tweet about the NFL.”

The gap between the frequency of Trump’s comments about NFL players protests in sports and comments (or lack thereof) about hurricane victims in Puerto Rico gave way to the perception that the president was more focused on stoking a culture war than helping the millions of Americans in need.

There was an even more damning wave of criticism that accused the Trump administration of not caring much about Puerto’s Rico’s crisis at all. Hillary Clinton told one radio show,

I’m not sure he knows that Puerto Ricans are American citizens.

During an appearance on MSNBC on Monday night, the former secretary of state added,

He doesn’t think that has any political relevance and it’s certainly not personally important. He clearly doesn’t want to talk about Puerto Rico, more than 3.5 million American citizens, along with the U.S. Virgin Islands. Not interested, doesn’t say a word about it.

An interview with Puerto Rico’s Gov. Ricardo Rosello, however, contradicted the perception that the federal government has not been trying hard enough to respond to the island’s needs. Gov. Rosello told PBS,

First of all, we are very grateful for the administration. They have responded quickly.

The president has been very attentive to the situation, personally calling me several times. FEMA and the FEMA director have been here in Puerto Rico twice. As a matter of fact, they were here with us today, making sure that all the resources in FEMA were working in conjunction with the central government.

We have been working together. We have been getting results.

In any event, the president has still drawn criticism for not doing enough to rally sentiment behind concern for Puerto Rico, while also drawing blame to an already sensitive topic: protests in sports.

Read more: http://elitedaily.com/news/politics/trump-finally-tweeted-puerto-rico-people-pissed-said/2080386/

“Wellness Blogger” Who Falsely Claimed She Cured Her Own Brain Cancer Fined Over $400,000

A “wellness blogger” who claimed she had cured her own brain cancer has just been fined AUS$410,000 (over US$320,000) for misleading her followers because she didn’t ever have cancer in the first place.

Belle Gibson began blogging in 2013, and launched an app – The Whole Pantry – as well as a book with the same title. Over 200,000 people downloaded her app within the first month of launch.

She also began making a big impact on social media, with a large presence on Instagram and Facebook. On these pages, she made claims about her health, including that she had brain cancer and had “cured” it herself with natural medicine and “gerson therapy”, an “alternative” therapy that claims (falsely) to be able to cure cancer and degenerative diseases through dietary changes alone.

Belle’s Facebook page, in which she shared her “journey”. Facebook/The Whole Pantry.

When Belle’s book was published, however, people started to notice inconsistencies in her story. In the preface of the book, she said that she had been “stable for two years now with no growth of the cancer”, but had posted on her Facebook page that her cancer had spread to her blood, spleen, and uterus.

She claimed to have had heart surgery several times, and had even died on the operating table, but didn’t have any scars. Soon the media questioned her claims, leading to her own admission to Australia Woman’s Weekly that she has never had cancer at all. 

“None of it’s true,” she admitted.

Gibson had claimed that she had cured her cancer through dietary changes and natural healing. Fingers crossed nobody followed her “path” because the only kind of cancer that can be cured with her methods is the kind you’ve entirely made up. The rest require medical treatment.

Gibson has now been fined by the Melbourne federal court for misleading her readers in another way. She had claimed she was going to donate proceeds from her app to charity, but these donations never took place either.

Among the fines imposed, totaling AUS$410,000, she has to pay $150,000 for failing to donate one week’s app sales to the family of a boy who had an inoperable brain tumor. She has been charged for five separate contraventions of the Australian Consumer Law Act, all relating to her promises to donate to charity, which never materialized.

Belle wasn’t in court to hear the judgment against her this week, but acknowledged the judgment via email, the Guardian reports.

In his ruling, Judge Mortimer asked if it was possible to donate some or all of the funds to the charities Gibson had promised money to.

“In that way, some good might still come for the vulnerable people, and the organizations supporting them, which were indirectly drawn into this unconscionable sequence of events.”

Read more: http://www.iflscience.com/health-and-medicine/wellness-blogger-who-falsely-claimed-she-cured-her-own-brain-cancer-fined-over-400000/

Accelo hauls in $9 million to digitize operations for project-driven small businesses

Accelo, a six-year old startup, is trying to solve a big problem for project-driven small businesses like architects, accountants and designers. These companies, which typically have less than 100 employees, don’t usually have access to software to get a complete view of their business operations.

That’s where Accelo comes in. It has designed a set of tools specifically for these cost-sensitive project-driven businesses. CEO Geoff McQueen says he walked in their shoes when he was running his own digital agency in Australia for 10 years. While he could peer at month-end financial reports to get one dimension of the company’s financial health, he couldn’t understand the business’s daily operational picture and that frustrated him. If it was a pain point for him, he reckoned that other small businesses were feeling it too and Accelo was born in 2011.

Today, the company announced a $9 million Series A led by Level Equity with participation by from Fathom Capital and existing investor Blackbird Ventures.

Over the years, Accelo has built a suite of tools that now includes CRM, project management, customer service and accounting pieces. An uber tool that combines all of these tools into a single interface is being rebranded today from PSA to ServOps.

Photo: Accelo

McQueen says the ServOps product gives customers insight across their entire business. As he points out, small businesses have very little room for error when it comes to bidding, winning and running a project. They have to bring it in at or under budget, and the only way to do that is to keep the entire process under control throughout the project, something that’s really difficult to do when you are only looking at monthly financial reports.

The company strives to pull as much data as it can from external sources like calendar entries or email to automate as much data entry as possible. It includes a timer customers can turn on when they start working on each project, so they can easily track project work inside the program.

Accelo was launched in Australia, where it still houses its engineering team. The rest of the team is in San Francisco (not far from TechCrunch’s offices). The company was bootstrapped from inception until 2015 when it received $2 million in seed investment.

McQueen said the Series A comes at a time when the company is actually profitable, not something you usually see with an early round like this. He believes that’s because they are solving a real problem for small service businesses and helping to keep them organized and running profitably.

And in case you’re wondering, McQueen says his company, which has 60 employees, uses its own products to run the company.

Read more: https://techcrunch.com/2017/09/25/accelo-hauls-in-9-million-to-digitize-operations-for-project-driven-small-businesses/

In A World Of Doubt, Im Not Afraid To Have Faith

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he asks, his eyes looking intently into mine.

I look beyond him, to the cascading waves along the beach. This isn’t the first conversation I’ve had with someone about faith. This isn’t the first time I’ve been challenged, questioned, put in the (wonderful but difficult) place of explaining the unexplainable.

The water strikes against the sand at a furious pace. I watch the foam lick the shore then get swallowed back into the ocean again, cyclical, powerful.

The thing is, I can’t prove, with absolute experienced certainty, that the Bible stories are true. I can’t go back in time and walk alongside the prophets, the disciples, the people who lived during Jesus’ time and watch Him heal the sick and give sight to the blind. I can’t determine, for certain, whether Jonah was swallowed by the whale or if Moses really did stand before a burning bush. I can’t act like I’ve seen what I haven’t.

But, yet, I still know.

I know that I am surrounded by millions upon millions of people—imperfect, beautiful people with different genetic makeups and thoughts and feelings and hearts. I know that there is an ocean, a tide, a sun, a moon, a galaxy, science, atoms and cells. And even if we try to use science, even if we try to go back and explain how particles shifted together to create incredible things—I have to wonder where those particles came from?

Where did those tiny pieces of life begin if not created by a God?

And then I think of the miracles I’ve seen, of the incredible faith the people in my life have shown. I think of the near-accidents I’ve avoided, the people I’ve prayed for and alongside who suddenly gained health and healing that was impossible. I think of the stories that have survived generations and generations, filling people with truth and light. I think of the way a perfect being was sacrificed, and how, here we are, thousands upon thousands of years later, standing firm in these promises of a life beyond this earthly one.

No, I can’t stand here and say I’ve touched God. But I’ve touched a hand in prayer that made a current run through my skin. I’ve felt the presence of the Lord’s spirit while singing in church. I’ve watched people come together in love and joy. I’ve seen forgiveness and hope.

I’ve watched prayers get answered. I’ve listened to the faith of the Biblical times and how wild and radical they were to believe what was so out of the norm for their time. I’ve had encouragement when I’ve lost all hope and confidence when I could barely lift my head.

I’ve been reborn into a world that is far less hopeless, far less evil because of my faith.

And in a world so filled with sin and pain, desperation and loneliness, escapism and fear, I am not afraid to believe in something bigger than me. Something beautiful and life-changing and fulfilling and

In a world of doubt, I am not afraid to believe. I am not afraid to stand firm on the hope my Father has given me. I am not afraid to trust that He is with me, with us, wherever we wander.

In a world of doubt, I am not afraid to listen. To His truth, to the sermons that preach His goodness, to the stories of the Bible that tell of miracle after miracle, giving me hope.

It’s so easy to believe in the things you can see, in the tangible, in what lies right in front of your face. But true faith is trusting in what you cannot see, in reaching forward for the things just outside of your grasp.

True faith is choosing to accept that there are things you might not understand, might not be able to witness, or go back in time and experience, but that doesn’t make them any less real.

And so I will stand firm in the stories I’ve heard, in the experiences I’ve had, in the truth that has defined who I am and what I stand for, no matter what uncertainty tries to creep into my mind.

This is not a blind faith, but an obedient faith. And for my Father, my Savior, my Healer, I will stand and not waver.

There are far too many things of this world that are impermanent, that are broken, that are flawed and hopeless. My God is not one of them.

Read more: https://thoughtcatalog.com/marisa-donnelly/2017/10/in-a-world-of-doubt-im-not-afraid-to-have-faith/

White House Says It Didnt Sign Off on Health Secretarys Private Jet Use

The White House says it didn’t sign off on what are reportedly at least two dozen private-jet trips taken by Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price that are now under review by the department’s inspector general.

Price took at least 24 flights on private airplanes since he became a cabinet secretary in February, Politico reported this week. The trips have cost taxpayers more than $300,000 and were a sharp departure from Price’s predecessors, who typically used commercial flights in the continental U.S., according to Politico.

“The White House doesn’t sign off for cabinet travel so would direct you to HHS for any comments,” White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said.

HHS’s Office of Inspector General is reviewing the travel to determine whether it complies with federal regulations, Tesia Williams, a spokeswoman for the OIG, said in an email Friday.

“We take this matter very seriously, and when questions arose about potentially inappropriate travel, we immediately began assessing the issue,” Williams said. “I can confirm that work is under way and will be completed as soon as possible.”

Trips Defended

The health department defended the trips, saying Price’s schedule was difficult and his workdays long.

“Within an incredibly demanding schedule full of 13+ hour days, every effort is being made to maximize Secretary Price’s ability to travel outside Washington to meet with the American people and carry out HHS’s missions,” said Charmaine Yoest, an HHS spokeswoman. “The travel department continues to check every possible source for travel needs including commercial, but commercial travel is not always feasible.”

Price is the second official in President Donald Trump’s Cabinet to face scrutiny over travel. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin came under fire earlier this month after news emerged that he sought to use a government plane for his honeymoon in August and the use of an Air Force jet for a trip to Kentucky on Aug. 21 to talk about tax policy and to visit Fort Knox. 

The Treasury’s inspector general is reviewing all of Mnuchin’s use of and requests for government aircraft.

    Read more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-09-22/health-secretary-s-private-jet-use-wasn-t-cleared-by-white-house

    She kept the pregnancy that resulted from her rapenow her alleged attacker has joint custody

    A 21-year-old Michigan mother is left seeking protection after her rapist was awarded parenting time and joint legal custody of her 8-year-old child after the county surveyed her about child support.

    According to the Detroit News, the survivor’s attorney says Sanilac County Circuit Judge Gregory S. Ross awarded Christopher Mirasolo, 27, joint custody after a DNA test established Mirasolo was the parent of the child. The attorney, Rebecca Kiessling, has filed an objection with Ross and will be seeking the survivor’s protection under the federal Rape Survivor Child Custody Act at a hearing on Oct. 25.

    According to Kiessling, Ross ordered Mirasolo to be added to the child’s birth certificate and to be given the survivor’s address after the survivor filled out a county survey about the child support she received this past year. Kiessling also said despite assistant prosecutor Eric Scott’s insistence, her client was never asked for consent to give Mirasolo joint custody nor did she give it.

    As part of the custody change, Kiessling said her client was notified she couldn’t move more than 100 miles from where she lived when the case was filed without the court’s consent, and she had to “come home immediately or she would be held in contempt of court.”

    Mirasolo’s attorney, Barbara Yockey, said Mirasolo never initiated the paternity test nor custody change, and that this was something routinely done by a prosecutor’s office when someone applies for state assistance. The News could not reach Ross for comment, and Scott did not return requests for comment.

    The survivors’ case is believed to be the first case of its kind in Michigan.

    “This is insane,” Kiessling told News. “Nothing has been right about this since it was originally investigated. was never properly charged and should still be sitting behind bars somewhere, but the system is victimizing my client, who was a child herself when this all happened.”

    According to Kiessling, her client was 12 when Mirasolo, then 18, forcibly raped and threatened to kill her in September 2008. Mirasolo had abducted her client, the client’s 13-year-old sister, and a friend and kept them captive for two days in a vacant house. He was arrested a month later when Kiessling’s client found out she was pregnant as a result of the rape.

    Mirasolo was given a plea deal for attempted third-degree criminal sexual conduct, and he served a little more than six months of his one-year county jail sentence. In March 2010, Mirasolo committed a sexual assault of a child between the ages of 13 through 15, for which he served a four-year sentence.

    “I think this is all crazy,” the survivor told the News. “They never explained anything to me. I was receiving about $260 a month in food stamps for me and my son and health insurance for him. I guess they were trying to see how to get some of the money back.”

    Editor’s note: This article has been updated for clarity. 

    Read more: https://www.dailydot.com/irl/michigan-rape-child-custody/

    URGENT: The Latest: Leaders, Mourners Gather At Prayer Vigils

    Las Vegas (AP) — The Latest on the shooting in Las Vegas (all times local):

    7:15 p.m.

    Investigators have updated the number of firearms they found in the hotel room and home of the Las Vegas shooter.

    Assistant Clark County Sheriff Todd Fasulo says officers have found 23 firearms in the Mandalay Bay hotel room of Stephen Craig Paddock and 19 firearms at his home in Mesquite, Nevada.

    Fasulo stresses that investigators believe Paddock was the sole shooter.

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    7 p.m.

    Religious leaders, elected officials and mourners have gathered at multiple prayer vigils in Las Vegas.

    Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman spoke to mourners in the setting sun Monday evening outside the downtown City Hall.

    Several faith leaders led the group in prayer. The crowd later joined in song and held candles.

    Several miles away at a cathedral off the Las Vegas Strip, mourners and casino workers gathered to honor the victims and first responders.

    The vigils were among a number of memorials being held around the city.

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    4:50 p.m.

    Police are gathered outside a Reno, Nevada, home that is owned by the Las Vegas shooter.

    A dozen officers carrying rifles were at the house in an upscale neighborhood near the state line with California on Monday afternoon. They closed a two-block stretch around the house in a neighborhood that has a community clubhouse with a tennis court and a billiard room.

    Three SWAT team trucks and a bomb squad truck accompanied police.

    County assessor records say the house is owned by Stephen Craig Paddock, identified as the man who killed 59 people and injured hundreds at a country music concert.

    Next-door neighbor Dee McKay said she last saw Paddock in June after he moved to Mesquite, Nevada, where Paddock also owns a home.

    She says Paddock said he was a professional gambler and that the home's garage had a safe the size of a refrigerator.

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    4:05 p.m.

    Concertgoer Anna Kupchyan says a man she only knows as Zach helped save her and about nine other people from being shot in Las Vegas by shepherding them into an outdoor trailer that served as a bathroom with various stalls.

    Kupchyan had traveled from Los Angeles for the concert and was with fans desperately trying to find a way out of the venue when the man told them to get inside.

    She said Monday that those inside the trailer heard the shooter fire one round after another and stop occasionally, apparently to reload or switch guns.

    A man outside the trailer later ordered them out and told them to flee.

    She says she saw bodies sprawled outside, including a man who had been shot in the head.

    She got into a taxi with a friend and met two women who let them stay in their hotel room until the danger was over.

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    3:55 p.m.

    The sister of a suburban Denver police detective says he was among the 527 people injured in the mass shooting at a country music festival in Las Vegas.

    Detective Curtis Leoni called his family around 5 a.m. Monday and said he had been shot late Sunday and would survive.

    The Englewood, Colorado, officer's sister said her brother was at the concert on his own time.

    Leoni's sister spoke anonymously because she is a corrections officer in Colorado and did not want inmates to know about her personal life.

    Leoni told his sister he did not know when he will be released from the hospital.

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    For complete coverage of the Las Vegas shooting, click here: —https://apnews.com/tag/LasVegasmassshooting

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    3:45 p.m.

    People attending the country music concert targeted by the Las Vegas shooter have described scenes of horror as they realized what they first thought were fireworks were actually gunshots.

    Jason Sorenson of Newport Beach, California, says he realized something was wrong when musicians left the stage.

    He ran and says "we saw people with blood all over their shirts."

    Brandon Clack of La Palma, California, said Monday he heard many shots fired and the shooting that "went on for a long time, like 10 minutes."

    Concertgoers fled into casinos and crammed into cars to get away from the shooting.

    Barbara Magro of Orange County, California, says "they were getting into people's trucks. I saw one with about 20 people in the back."

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    3:40 p.m.

    Nevada's governor has signed a declaration of emergency for Clark County that directs all state agencies to assist local officials who have responded to the Las Vegas mass shooting.

    Gov. Brian Sandoval's spokeswoman Mari St. Martin says the governor also signed a public health disaster declaration Monday that temporarily allows doctors and nurses licensed from other U.S. states to practice in Nevada and help with the emergency response.

    Authorities have said Stephen Craig Paddock killed 59 people and wounded hundreds more when he opened fire Sunday on an outdoor country music concert from a 32nd floor hotel tower.

    Officials have said the victims were taken to five southern Nevada

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    3:35 p.m.

    Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lombardo says several pounds of ammonium nitrate, a material used to make explosives, was found in the car of the man who authorities say killed 59 people and wounded 527 others on Sunday by firing down on a crowd of over 22,000 at an outdoor country music festival.

    Lombardo also says investigators still want to talk the girlfriend of shooter Stephen Craig Paddock. He says she will be interviewed when she returns from an overseas trip. Lombardo says she's in Tokyo.

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    3:20 p.m.

    Google and Facebook say they erroneously promoted websites that gave incorrect first and last names for the suspect in a deadly Las Vegas mass shooting before replacing them.

    Erroneous posts linked on both services falsely identified the shooter.

    Police have identified the shooter as Stephen Craig Paddock of Mesquite, Nevada.

    Google said in a statement that a link to the "Politically Incorrect" message board on 4chan.org appeared for several hours in its "Top Stories" search results before its search algorithm replaced it with more relevant results. The 4chan result only appeared "for a small number of queries," Google said.

    Facebook said its security team removed results from the conservative political website "The Gateway Pundit" and other similar posts.

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    For complete coverage of the Las Vegas shooting, click here: —https://apnews.com/tag/LasVegasmassshooting.

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    3:10 p.m.

    The owner of a gun shop in Mesquite, Nevada, says the Las Vegas shooter bought firearms there and never gave any indication that he might have been unstable.

    Guns & Guitars general manager Christopher Sullivan said in a statement Monday that 64-year-old Stephen Craig Paddock showed no signs of being unfit to buy guns.

    Store spokesman Shawn Vincent declined comment on how many guns Paddock bought and said those details could only be shared with authorities.

    Sullivan says all necessary background checks and procedures were followed under local, state and federal laws and that he's cooperating fully with law enforcement.

    Paddock lived in a house in a retirement community in the small city of Mesquite.

    A Utah gun store owner has said Paddock visited his shop about a 40-minute drive from Mesquite and purchased a shotgun.

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    3:05 p.m.

    Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lombardo says 59 people have been killed and 527 injured in a mass shooting Sunday night at an outdoor country music festival in Las Vegas.

    Lombardo also says investigators found 18 firearms, explosives and several thousand rounds of ammunition in the home of suspected shooter Stephen Craig Paddock in Mesquite, Nevada.

    The incident was the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

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    2:35 p.m.

    Big U.S. airlines are allowing passengers to change their plans for flights to or from Las Vegas without facing penalties following the worst mass shooting in recent U.S. history.

    American Airlines, Delta Airlines and Alaska Airlines said Monday that they are offering waivers through Tuesday. A waiver from United Airlines lasts through Friday.

    The Nevada Department of Tourism and Cultural Affairs released a statement Monday offering condolences to the victims of the shooting at a country music festival.

    The statement says: "We know that Las Vegas will shine again, but for now we mourn the tragedy it has endured in this dark time."

    The department says it is offering support to local businesses that rely on tourism.

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    For complete coverage of the Las Vegas shooting, click here: —https://apnews.com/tag/LasVegasmassshooting.

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    2:25 p.m.

    Two officials familiar with the investigation say authorities found at least 17 guns in the hotel room of the Las Vegas shooter.

    Stephen Paddock also had two devices that are attached to the stocks of semi-automatic guns to allow fully automatic gunfire. The bump-stock devices have attracted scrutiny in recent years from authorities.

    The U.S. officials were briefed by law enforcement and spoke on the condition of anonymity because the investigation is ongoing.

    Paddock killed 58 people and wounded hundreds more in the massacre that targeted a country music concert.

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    2:20 p.m.

    The owner of a Utah gun store says the Las Vegas shooter visited the store several times this year and bought a shotgun after passing a federal gun background check.

    Dixie GunWorx owner Chris Michel says Stephen Craig Paddock said that he was new to the area and was visiting local gun shops.

    Paddock bought the shotgun in February and last visited the store in St. George, Utah, in the spring. It's a 40-minute drive from where Paddock lived in Mesquite, Nevada.

    Michel says he chatted with Paddock to get to know him and make sure there were no signs that he should not be allowed to buy a gun.

    Michel says: "There were no red flags."

    He added: "I had no idea he would be capable of this."

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    2:05 p.m.

    Officials are still loading bodies into vans to remove them from the scene of the Las Vegas shooting that killed at least 58 people.

    The work continued more than 12 hours after a gunman opened fire from the Mandalay Bay hotel into a crowd of thousands of people at a country music concert.

    Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lombardo has said the hundreds of people who were wounded were taken to five southern Nevada hospitals.

    Police have warned that identifying bodies from the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history will be a long, laborious process.

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    1:55 p.m.

    The brother of the shooter in the mass Las Vegas shooting says Stephen Craig Paddock was a big spender at casinos and often received free rooms and meals from the casinos.

    Eric Paddock told reporters Monday his brother never showed signs that he could be violent and owned several guns but never collected firearms.

    He described the wealth of his multimillionaire brother as substantial, said it included real estate and that he managed property for relatives.

    Eric Paddock also described his brother as different than other people: "He was a guy who had money. He went on cruises and gambled."

    He says Stephen Craig Paddock did not care about religion or politics.

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    1:25 p.m.

    A brother of Las Vegas shooter Stephen Craig Paddock says he was a multimillionaire who made much of his money investing in real estate.

    Eric Paddock told reporters Monday in Orlando that his brother was also an accountant for many years.

    He was not aware of his brother having any recent financial difficulties.

    Stephen Craig Paddock recently sent a walker by mail to his 90-year-old mother.

    The brother says the shooter collected coins when he was a child.

    Police have said the suspect killed at least 58 people in the worst mass shooting in recent U.S. history.

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    12:45 p.m.

    The father of suspected Las Vegas gunman Stephen Craig Paddock operated an Oregon bingo parlor after escaping from a Texas prison in the late 1960s.

    Benjamin Hoskins Paddock was put on the FBI most wanted list after the escape.

    An Oregon Supreme Court opinion from 1981 says FBI agents him on Sept. 6, 1978, at the Bingo Center in the small city of Springfield. He went by different names and was identified by the court as Patrick Benjamin Paddock.

    Despite the escape, Paddock was paroled the following year and returned to Oregon. He continued the bingo operation until authorities shut it down in 1987 and charged him with racketeering.

    Don Bishoff, a columnist for The Register-Guard of Eugene, wrote in 1998 that Paddock pleaded no contest to the charges, but he received no jail time. He wrote that Paddock spent the last decade of his life in Texas.

    The columnist described Paddock as one of the Eugene-Springfield area's "most colorful rogues." Paddock was also known as Bruce Ericksen.

    Police say his oldest son killed at least 58 people in Las Vegas in the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history. More than 500 were wounded.

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    12:40 p.m.

    The University of Nevada, Las Vegas hockey team says its assistant coach was shot in the chest when a gunman opened fire on an outdoor country music show, killing 58 people and wounding hundreds more.

    The Rebels men's ice hockey team said in a statement Monday that Nick Robone had surgery to remove a bullet from his chest.

    General Manager Zee Khan says Robone is breathing with help from a ventilator and is in stable condition.

    The team says the bullet missed Robone's lung, and he is expected to fully recover. The team says he will be hospitalized "for the near future."

    Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lombardo has said the hundreds of people who were wounded were taken to five southern Nevada hospitals.

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    12:30 p.m.

    A bell tolled three times as a solemn President Donald Trump paused on the White House South Lawn for a moment of silence to honor the victims of Sunday's mass shooting in Las Vegas.

    Flanked by first lady Melania Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and his wife, Karen, Trump walked out onto the lawn for the memorial moment Monday afternoon.

    The White House's flag was at half-staff.

    They were honoring the 58 people killed Sunday night when a gunman opened fire on a concert crowd in Las Vegas.

    Police say Stephen Craig Paddock was on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay casino-hotel tower Sunday night when he fired into the Route 91 Harvest festival. More than 500 people were wounded.

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    12:25 p.m.

    Former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords has raised her fist at the U.S. Capitol and said "the nation is counting on you" after the Las Vegas mass shooting.

    Giffords, who was grievously wounded in 2011, and her husband, Mark Kelly, were at the Capitol on Monday. They say Congress must pass legislation to keep deadly weapons out of the wrong hands.

    Kelly and Giffords had planned to campaign for Virginia gubernatorial candidate Ralph Northam, but instead they went to the Capitol to comment on the shooting.

    Citing President Donald Trump, Kelly said "Americans need more than our president's prayers. We need his plans."

    Kelly is calling for a commission to work on solutions to gun violence. He says it's the only acceptable moral course for the country.

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    12:15 p.m.

    Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lombardo says the hundreds of people wounded in the Las Vegas mass shooting were taken to five southern Nevada hospitals.

    Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center says in a statement it received 14 patients who died and more than 160 who were injured.

    The statement on Monday said the Las Vegas hospital's doctors performed about 30 surgeries and that police were still trying to notify relatives of the victims.

    Hospital CEO Todd Sklamberg said most of the hospital's trauma team and staff worked through the night after the shooting that killed at least 58 people and wounded more than

    500.

    Police have warned that identifying bodies from the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history will be a "long, laborious process."

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    12:05 p.m.

    The United Nations says Secretary-General Antonio Guterres was "very shocked and alarmed" by the deadly attack in Las Vegas.

    U.N. deputy spokesman Farhan Haq said Monday it was a horrific loss of life.

    Haq said the secretary-general will be writing a condolence letter to the government of the United States to express sorrow at the large number of killings.

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    12:01 p.m.

    The father of Las Vegas shooter Stephen Craig Paddock was described decades ago by the FBI as a "glib, smooth-talking" con man who enjoyed gambling, umpiring prison sports games and playing bridge.

    Paddock was 7 and the oldest of four children when his father was arrested for a string of Phoenix bank robberies.

    Neighbor Eva Price took the boy swimming while FBI agents searched the family home.

    She told the Tucson Citizen at the time: "We're trying to keep Steve from knowing his father is held as a bank robber. I hardly know the family, but Steve is a nice boy. It's a terrible thing."

    Paddock's father went by the nicknames "Big Daddy," ''Chromedome" and "Old Baldy."

    Before the robberies, he served prison time in Illinois for stealing a car, engaging in a confidence game and conspiring to pass bad checks. He was in prison for the first three years of his oldest son's life.

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    11:50 a.m.

    Las Vegas shooter Stephen Craig Paddock's father was a notorious bank robber who tried to run down an FBI agent with his car in Las Vegas in 1960 and was on the agency's most wanted list after escaping from a federal prison in Texas in 1968.

    Paddock was a teen when an FBI poster issued after the escape said his father Benjamin Hoskins Paddock had been "diagnosed as psychopathic."

    The FBI warning about the elder Paddock said he should be considered "armed and very dangerous." He had been serving a 20-year sentence for a string of Phoenix bank robberies.

    Benjamin Hoskins Paddock died in 1998.

    Stephen Paddock's brother, Eric, confirmed their father's identity in an interview Monday with The Orlando Sentinel.

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    11:38 a.m.

    Las Vegas police warn that identifying bodies from the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history will be a "long, laborious process."

    Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lombardo also said Monday that investigators are continuing their collection of evidence and working to reunite people with relatives who were at the shooting site.

    Police say Stephen Craig Paddock was on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay casino-hotel tower Sunday night when he opened fire at concertgoers at the Route 91 Harvest festival. At least 58 people were killed and more than 500 were wounded.

    Authorities have set up hotlines and centers to help people track down relatives.

    Lombardo says he expects a convention center to be used for that because authorities need a large space.

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    11:21 a.m.

    A brother of the suspect in the worst U.S. mass shooting in the modern history says Stephen Craig Paddock was "not a normal guy" and frequently played high stakes video poker.

    Eric Paddock in an interview in Orlando, Florida, says his 64-year-old brother once "texted me a picture that he won $40,000 on a slot machine."

    He says his brother was "not a normal guy" and "played high stakes video poker."

    Eric Paddock says last had contact with him via text messages in September.

    He says his brother being named by authorities as the shooting suspect was "like if an asteroid fell out of the sky."

    Authorities say Paddock opened fire on a crowd of concert-goers at an outdoor country-music show in Las Vegas on Sunday night, leaving 58 people dead and more than 500 wounded.

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    11:12 a.m.

    LOS ANGELES— Authorities say law enforcement members from across California are among those wounded in a mass shooting at a country music festival in Las Vegas.

    The Los Angeles Police Department says Monday that an off-duty officer who was shot in the leg is expected to recover.

    LA County Sheriff's officials say two off-duty department employees were hit by gunfire Sunday. One was critically injured and the other is stable.

    Orange County authorities say one off-duty sheriff's deputy and two wives of department employees sustained non-life-threatening wounds.

    Bakersfield police say one of its off-duty officers wounded in the gunfire is expected to survive.

    Police in Ontario say a 24-year-old officer who was wounded is stable. The officer's wife had minor injuries.

    Sunday's shooting killed 58 people and injured more than 500 others.

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    10:56 a.m.

    Police in the Nevada resort town where the shooter in the worst U.S. mass shooting in recent history lived say his home was searched by investigators and that local officers never had contact with him while he was living there.

    Stephen Craig Paddock, 64, lived in a three-bedroom house on a cul-de-sac in a retirement community in Mesquite, Nevada.

    Mesquite police officer Quinn Averett referred comment on what was found in Paddock's home to Las Vegas police investigating the shooting.

    Mesquite is a city of about 18,000 people along the state line with Arizona.

    Authorities are investigating why Paddock opened fire on a crowd of concert-goers at an outdoor country-music show in Las Vegas on Sunday night, leaving 58 people dead and more than 500 wounded.

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    10:27 a.m.

    Police from the Dallas suburb of Mesquite, Texas say the suspect in the worst mass shooting in recent U.S. history lived there from 2004 to 2012.

    Lt. Brian Parish says property records show Stephen Craig Paddock, 64, indicated he lived there during the period but that public records suggested he may have lived in the suburb longer.

    Parrish said Monday that Paddock owned at least three rental properties.

    Parrish also says Mesquite police have found no indications that officers had contact with Paddock.

    Nevada police have said Parrish was most recently living in that state's city of Mesquite near the state line with Arizona.

    Investigators searched the Nevada home. Officers in Mesquite, Nevada, also have said they had no contact with Paddock before the shooting.

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    10:11 a.m.

    Authorities say they're no longer looking for the woman who police believe was a companion to the gunman in the Las Vegas country music festival shooting that killed at least 58 people.

    Police initially said that the 62-year-old woman was shooter Stephen Craig Paddock's roommate in Mesquite, Nevada.

    Police now say they've located her and determined she wasn't involved in the mass shooting, as she has been out of the country.

    Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lombardo says investigators will speak with her upon her return but that they are no longer actively searching for her.

    Police say Paddock was on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay casino-hotel tower Sunday night when he opened fire onto concert-goers at the Route 91 Harvest festival, wounding more than 500 others

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    9:58 a.m.

    The wife of a Tennessee man killed by the Las Vegas shooter says her husband died because he saved her from being shot.

    Heather Gulish Melton told WZTV that her husband, Sonny Melton of Paris, Tennessee, was among the 50 killed Sunday night in the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

    She says in a statement to the Nashville station that "he saved my life and lost his."

    Radio station WENK reports Melton was a registered nurse.

    Jeremy Butler, who says he has been best friends with Sonny Melton since he was 3, told the Paris (Tennessee) Post Intelligencer that Melton was shielding his wife from gunfire when he was fatally shot.

    Butler said the couple got married about a year ago.

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    9:10 a.m.

    Authorities say a woman who was a companion of the Las Vegas shooter is considered a person of interest and is out of the country.

    Sheriff Joe Lombardo didn't release further details Monday about the woman but said authorities would try to speak with her when she got back to the United States.

    Authorities have yet to identify a motive for the shooting that killed 58 people at an outdoor country music concert but say they believe 64-year-old Stephen Craig Paddock acted alone.

    He killed himself after carrying out the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.

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    This story has been corrected to show that this is the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

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    9 a.m.

    Authorities in Nevada praised the response to a mass shooting at a Las Vegas concert by police and health care workers.

    Gov. Brian Sandoval said at a news conference Monday that he visited some of the victims in the hospital and that, "We're angry, we're grieving, we're confused, people are hurting."

    Sandoval called the shooting that killed 58 people and injured more than 500 others Sunday night a cowardly, despicable act.

    He and other local officials praised first responders, saying they saved scores of lives.

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    8:50 a.m.

    The FBI says the shooter who killed 58 people and injured more than 500 others at a Las Vegas concert had no connection to an international terrorist group.

    The announcement from Special Agent in Charge Aaron Rouse at a news conference Monday comes after the Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the attack without providing evidence.

    The extremist group claimed that the shooter was "a soldier" who had converted to Islam months ago. It has made exaggerated or false claims in the past.

    Authorities have yet to identify a motive for the shooting but say they believe 64-year-old Stephen Craig Paddock acted alone. He killed himself after the shooting.

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    8:44 a.m.

    Sheriff Joe Lombardo says the death toll from the Las Vegas shooting has risen to 58, with 515 people injured. A gunman opened fire on a Las Vegas country music festival Sunday night.

    The gunman opened fire from inside the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino.

    Authorities say 64-year-old Stephen Craig Paddock killed himself after the shooting. Police have yet to determine a motive.

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    11:02 a.m.

    President Donald Trump says he will travel to Las Vegas on Wednesday.

    He spoke Monday morning, hours after the shooting at a country music festival late Sunday killed at least 50 people and wounded more than 400. It is the worst mass shooting in American history.

    Trump said the nation must stay unified. He said that although "feel such great anger at the senseless murder of our fellow citizens, it is our love that binds us today and always will."

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    10: 54 a.m.

    President Donald Trump is calling the mass shooting attack in Las Vegas "an act of pure evil."

    Trump says the nation is joined together today in sadness, shock and grief.

    Trump is addressing the attack on a country music festival Sunday night that left at least 50 people dead and more than 400 injured.

    Trump tweeted his "warmest condolences and sympathies" earlier Monday morning.

    The gunman opened fire from inside the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino.

    Authorities say 64-year-old Stephen Craig Paddock killed himself after the shooting. Police have yet to determine a motive.

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    7:11 a.m.

    The White House says President Donald Trump will speak at 10:30 a.m. Eastern time about the mass shooting in Las Vegas.

    Trump's remarks were added to his schedule Monday morning. He tweeted his "warmest condolences and sympathies" earlier in the morning.

    The president was briefed on the shooting at a country music concert, which left at least 50 people dead and more than 400 injured Sunday night.

    The gunman opened fire from inside the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino.

    Authorities say 64-year-old Stephen Craig Paddock killed himself after the shooting. Police have not yet determined a motive.

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    6:55 a.m.

    Las Vegas authorities are calling for blood donations and setting up a hotline to report missing people in the wake of a mass shooting that injured more than 400 people and killed 50 at a country music concert Sunday night.

    Las Vegas police said Monday that it will take time to identify all of the injured and dead in what was the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.

    The number to report missing people is (866) 535-5654. Police have also opened a "family reunification center" for people to find loved ones at 400 S. Martin L. King Blvd., in Building B.

    Las Vegas police say anyone who wants to help can give blood at one of two locations in Las Vegas and nearby Henderson. A blood drive is also being planned.

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    6:30 a.m.

    The brother of the man who killed at least 50 people at an outdoor music festival on the Las Vegas Strip says he's "completely dumbfounded" by the shooting, which is the deadliest in modern U.S. history.

    In a brief interview with the Orlando Sentinel, Eric Paddock says he can't understand what happened. He also said he's made a statement to police.

    Country music star Jason Aldean was performing Sunday night at the end of the three-day Route 91 Harvest Festival when the gunman opened fire from inside the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino.

    Authorities say 64-year-old Stephen Craig Paddock killed himself after the shooting. Police have not yet determined a motive.

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    6:30 a.m.

    Pope Francis is calling the Las Vegas shooting a "senseless tragedy" and is assuring victims of his prayers.

    The Vatican secretary of state sent a telegram of condolences Monday to the bishop of Las Vegas, saying the pope was "deeply saddened" to learn of the shooting.

    The telegram said Francis praised the efforts of police and emergency crews.

    In the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history, a gunman opened fire on an outdoor concert, killing at least 50 people and injuring more than 400 others.

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    6:07 a.m.

    Las Vegas police say more than 400 people were hospitalized in a mass shooting at a country music concert.

    Police said Monday morning that the shooter, 64-year-old Stephen Craig Paddock was found dead in a hotel room with as many as 10 firearms.

    Authorities say that 406 people were taken to hospitals and 50 of those are dead, including an off-duty Las Vegas police officer. His name was not immediately released.

    Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lombardo says Paddock first checked into the Mandalay Bay casino-hotel on Sept. 28 and was found dead inside a hotel room.

    Two on-duty officers were also hurt. One of those has been upgraded from critical to stable condition.

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    5:55 a.m.

    The U.S. Homeland Security Department says there is no "specific credible threat" involving other public venues in the U.S. after the Las Vegas shooting that killed at least 50 people.

    The gunman, identified by police as Stephen Paddock died at the scene. Police said he fired from the 32nd floor of a Las Vegas Strip casino onto an outdoor country music festival Sunday night. It was the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

    In Washington, A Homeland Security spokesman, David Lapan, tweeted Monday the department has "no information to indicate a specific credible threat involving other public venues in the country."

    Police have not yet determined a motive in the shootings.

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    5:45 a.m.

    Heavily armed police are searching the Nevada retirement-community home of a man authorities say killed more than 50 people when he opened fire at a country-music concert in Las Vegas.

    Mesquite Police Chief Troy Tanner says police surrounded and entered the single-family home where 64-year-old Stephen Paddock lived with 62-year-old Marilou Danley early Monday morning.

    He says Danley was not at the house and police saw "no movement" inside before serving a search warrant at the one-story, three-bedroom home in the Sun City Mesquite retirement community, about 80 miles north of Las Vegas.

    Tanner says detectives from Las Vegas and North Las Vegas were at the scene in the resort community of Mesquite, located near the Arizona state line.

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    5:20 a.m.

    The Los Angeles Sheriff's Department says two of its off-duty members were shot during the attack at a Las Vegas concert.

    Authorities say both were taken to the hospital, where one remains in critical condition and the other was in stable condition.

    Officials did not immediately release their names.

    Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lombardo says at least 50 people were killed and more than 200 people were wounded when a gunman opened fire at the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival on the Strip.

    Authorities have identified the suspected gunman as 64 -year-old Stephen Paddock. Paddock died after police confronted him Sunday on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay casino-hotel tower on the Las Vegas Strip.

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    5:15 a.m.

    Las Vegas police say they've determined that a woman they were seeking is no longer considered a "person of interest" in the deadly mass shooting at a country music festival.

    Police say they don't believe 62-year-old Marilou Danley was involved in the Sunday night shooting that killed at least 50 people and wounded more than 200.

    Police initially said they were seeking the woman who may have been the roommate of the shooter.

    The gunman has been identified as 64-year-old Stephen Paddock.

    Paddock died after police confronted him Sunday on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay casino-hotel tower on the Las Vegas Strip.

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    4:40 a.m.

    Authorities say the on-duty police officer who was wounded at the deadly Las Vegas concert attack is out of surgery and in stable condition.

    The unnamed officer was one of two on-duty Las Vegas police officers wounded Sunday night. The other sustained minor injuries.

    Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lombardo says at least 50 people — including two off-duty officers — were killed and more than 200 people were wounded at the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival on the Strip.

    Authorities have identified the suspected gunman as 64 -year-old Stephen Paddock.

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    4:30 a.m.

    President Donald Trump is extending condolences to the victims of the shooting in Las Vegas and their families.

    In a tweet Monday, Trump offered "My warmest condolences and sympathies to the victims and families of the terrible Las Vegas shooting. God bless you!"

    White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Trump was "briefed on the horrific tragedy in Las Vegas."

    Sanders said that "we are monitoring the situation closely."

    A gunman's attack on the Sunday night country music concert killed at least 50 people and wounded more than 200.

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    3:30 a.m.

    A Nevada sheriff says the death toll has climbed to 50 in the attack on a Las Vegas concert Sunday, making it the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

    Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lombardo says more than 200 people were wounded at the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival on the Strip.

    Authorities have identified the suspected gunman as Nevada resident Stephen Paddock.

    Lombardo says officers confronted Paddock on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino across the street from the concert. Paddock is dead.

    Authorities say they have located 62-year-old Marilou Danley, who was wanted as a person of interest in this incident.

    The dead gunman is also believed to have checked in as a hotel guest.

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    2 a.m.

    A Nevada sheriff says one on-duty officer is in critical condition and another was wounded in the Las Vegas concert shooting that left more than 20 people dead.

    Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lombardo says two off-duty officers have died.

    Several officers from California were attending the outdoor Route 91 Harvest Music Festival on Sunday when a gunman opened fire. A Bakersfield Police officer was shot and taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

    Authorities have not released any of their identities.

    More than 100 people were injured.

    Lombardo says the suspect is dead.

    The sheriff says they believe this was a "lone wolf" attack but said they are looking for a roommate of the dead suspect as a person of interest.

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    1:55 a.m.

    Country music star Jason Aldean took to social media to say he and his crew are safe after a gunman killed more than 20 people at an outdoor concert Sunday.

    Aldean was in the middle of his performance when the bullets rained down on the crowd. He posted on Instagram hours later, calling the shooting "beyond horrific."

    Las Vegas authorities say more than 100 people are wounded in the attack.

    Clark County's sheriff says officers confronted the suspect on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino across the street from the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival. Authorities say the man is dead. They did not release the suspect's name but said he is a local resident.

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    1:40 a.m.

    Las Vegas authorities say more than 20 people are dead and 100 people are wounded after a man opened fire on an outdoor concert late Sunday.

    Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lombardo says officers confronted the suspect on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino across the street from the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival. Authorities say the man is dead. They did not release the suspect's name but said he is a local resident.

    Several officers from the Bakersfield Police Department were attending the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival on Sunday when a gunman opened fire. One was shot and taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Authorities did not release his name.

    Lombardo said they believe this was a "lone wolf" attack but said they are looking for a roommate of the dead suspect as a person of interest

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    1:13 a.m.

    A Southern California police department says one of its off-duty officers was shot during the attack on a Las Vegas concert.

    Several officers from the Bakersfield Police Department were attending the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival on Sunday when a gunman opened fire. One was shot and taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Authorities did not release his name.

    Two people are dead and dozens wounded after someone opened fire on an outdoor country music festival across the street from the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino.

    Las Vegas police say one suspect is 'down' but did not give any other details.

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    1 a.m.

    Some flights have resumed at the Las Vegas airport after all planes were temporarily grounded due to the deadly shooting on the Strip.

    McCarran International Airport says limited flight activity has resumed early Monday.

    Two people are dead and dozens wounded after someone opened fire late Sunday on an outdoor country music festival.

    Las Vegas police say one suspect is 'down' but did not give any other details.

    University Medical Center spokeswoman Danita Cohen said 26 people were admitted to the hospital after the incident.

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    12:50 a.m.

    Las Vegas police say one suspect is 'down' after a deadly shooting Sunday at an outdoor concert and authorities don't believe there are any more shooters.

    Two people are dead and dozens more wounded after a gunman opened fire during Jason Aldean's performance at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival.

    Authorities shut down part of the Las Vegas Strip and Interstate 15.

    McCarran International Airport officials say all flights in and out have been temporarily halted.

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    12:30 a.m.

    All planes have been grounded at the Las Vegas airport after the deadly shooting at an outdoor concert on the Strip.

    McCarran International Airport says all flights in and out have been temporarily halted in response to the shooting.

    Two people are dead and dozens wounded after someone opened fire late Sunday on a music festival.

    Las Vegas police say one suspect is 'down' but did not give any other details.

    University Medical Center spokeswoman Danita Cohen said 26 people were admitted to the hospital after the incident.

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    12:15 a.m.

    A concert-goer says he heard what sounded like fireworks while he was watching Jason Aldean's performance at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival Sunday night.

    Thirty-six-year-old Kodiak Yazzie said the music stopped temporarily and started up again before another round of pops sent the performers ducking for cover and fleeing the stage.

    As the 40,000 fans in the crowd began to flee, Yazzie took cover and said he saw flashes of light coming from the Mandalay Bay hotel tower high above.

    The bursts of pops would start and stop for more than five minutes. He says he saw dozens of ambulances as he ran for safety. He later got a Lyft driver to take him home to suburban Henderson.

    Las Vegas police say one suspect is 'down.'

    A hospital spokeswoman says two people are dead and dozens wounded.

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    12:05 a.m.

    Las Vegas police say one suspect is 'down' after shooting at country music festival that has left two people dead and dozens wounded.

    University Medical Center spokeswoman Danita Cohen said 26 people were admitted to the hospital.

    Dozens of patrol vehicles descended on the Strip after authorities received reports of an active shooter near the Route 91 Harvest Festival. Some officers took cover behind their vehicles while others carrying assault rifles ran into the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino.

    Authorities shut down part of the Las Vegas Strip and Interstate 15.

    Some flights destined for the McCarran International Airport were diverted due to incident.

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    11:55 p.m.

    A Las Vegas hospital says at least two people are dead and dozens wounded after a shooting late Sunday at a music festival on the Las Vegas Strip.

    University Medical Center spokeswoman Danita Cohen said 26 people were admitted to the hospital. She says, of those, at least two have died, 12 are in critical condition and the rest are being evaluated.

    Dozens of patrol vehicles descended on the Strip after authorities received reports of an active shooter near the Route 91 Harvest Festival.

    Authorities shut down part of the Las Vegas Strip and Interstate 15.

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    11:45 p.m.

    Concert-goers reported seeing muzzle flashes from the upper floors of the Mandalay Bay hotel-casino across Las Vegas Boulevard from the Route 91 Harvest country music festival and the sound of what they described as automatic gun fire.

    Witnesses say they saw multiple victims Sunday night as they fled the gunfire raining down on the concert venue.

    Some later huddled in the basement of the nearby Tropicana hotel-casino.

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    11 p.m.

    Multiple victims were being transported to hospitals after a shooting late Sunday at a music festival on the Las Vegas Strip.

    Dozens of patrol vehicles descended on the Strip after authorities received reports of an active shooter near the Route 91 Harvest Festival.

    Some officers took cover behind their vehicles while others carrying assault rifles ran into the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino.

    University Medical Center spokeswoman Danita Cohen said the Las Vegas hospital is taking in "several" people with gunshot wounds. She didn't have any other immediate information.

    Authorities shut down part of the Las Vegas Strip and Interstate 15.

    Some flights destined for the McCarran International Airport were diverted due to incident.

    Witnesses say country singer Jason Aldean was playing near the end of the concert when gunfire rang out.

    No further information was immediately known.

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    This story has been corrected to reflect the proper spelling of Kodiak Yazzie's last name. This story has been corrected to remove the reference to 'Las Vegas' when referring to Paddock's hometown.

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      Catalan officials have claimed that preliminary results of its referendum have shown 90% in favour of independence in the vote vehemently opposed by Spain.

      Jordi Turull, the Catalan regional government spokesman, told reporters early on Monday morning that 90% of the 2.26 million Catalans who voted Sunday chose yes. He said nearly 8% of voters rejected independence and the rest of the ballots were blank or void. He said 15,000 votes were still being counted.The region has 5.3 million registered voters.

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      My government, in the next few days, will send the results of [the] vote to the Catalan parliament, where the sovereignty of our people lies, so that it can act in accordance with the law of the referendum.

      Puigdemont had pressed ahead with the referendum despite opposition from the Spanish state, which declared the poll to be illegal, and the regions own high court. He told crowds earlier in the day that the police brutality will shame the Spanish state for ever.

      The Spanish government defended its response after hundreds of people were hurt when riot police stormed polling stations in a last-minute effort to stop the vote on Sunday.

      Although many Catalans managed to cast their ballots, others were forcibly stopped from voting as schools housing ballot boxes were raided by police acting on the orders of the Catalan high court.

      The large Ramon Llull school in central Barcelona was the scene of a sustained operation, with witnesses describing police using axes to smash the doors, charging the crowds and firing rubber bullets.

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      Spains interior ministry said 12 police officers had been hurt and three people arrested for disobedience and assaulting officers.

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      The Spanish prime minister, Mariano Rajoy, speaking on Sunday night, said the government had done what it had had to do and thanked the police for acting with firmness and serenity.

      Today there has not been a self-determination referendum in Catalonia. The rule of law remains in force with all its strength. We are the government of Spain and I am the head of the government of Spain and I accepted my responsibility.

      We have done what was required of us. We have acted, as I have said from the beginning, according to the law and only according to the law. And we have shown that our democratic state has the resources to defend itself from an attack as serious as the one that was perpetrated with this illegal referendum. Today, democracy has prevailed because we have obeyed the constitution.

      Ada Colau, the mayor of Barcelona, demanded an end to the police actions and called for the Rajoys resignation.

      Artur Mas, the former Catalan president whose government staged a symbolic independence referendum three years ago, called for the authoritarian Rajoy to stand down, adding that Catalonia could not remain alongside a state that uses batons and police brutality.

      Enric Millo, the most senior Spanish government official in the region, said the police had behaved professionally in carrying out a judges orders.

      Soraya Senz de Santamara, the Spanish deputy prime minister, echoed that position, saying the police had shown firmness, professionalism and proportionality in the face of the absolute irresponsibility of the Catalan government.

      She called on Puigdemont to drop the farce of the independence campaign, saying Spain had long since emerged from the authoritarian shadow of the Franco dictatorship.

      I dont know what world Puigdemont lives in, but Spanish democracy does not work like this, said Senz de Santamara. We have been free from a dictatorship for a long time and of a man who told us his word in the law.

      The Catalan governments spokesperson Jordi Turull said 319 of the 2,315 polling stations set up for the referendum were closed by police.

      Jess Lpez Rodrguez, a 51-year-old administrator, had taken his family to vote at the Ramon Llull school in the morning. Like thousands of Catalans, they began queuing from 5am. Three and a half hours later, national police officers arrived in riot gear.

      They told us that the Catalan high court had ordered them to take the ballot boxes and that we needed to disperse, he told the Guardian. We chanted, No! No! No!, and then about 20 police officers charged us. It was short only about two minutes but we stayed together.

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      After about 15 minutes, eight or nine more police vans appeared and officers began cordoning off the surrounding streets and arresting people, Lpez Rodrgue said.

      They dragged them out violently. We stood our ground but they kept dragging people away, kicking them and throwing them to the ground.

      More police arrived and jumped over the school fence to enter the building to look for ballot boxes. After using axes to break down the doors of the school, they emerged with the boxes.

      Lpez Rodrguez said that at about 10.25am, police began shooting rubber bullets at least 30 or 40.

      He fled the shots with his wife and children, returning to their flat opposite the school. I feel really angry about it, he said, but I also hope people in Europe and around the world will see whats happening in Catalonia.

      Similar scenes were reported elsewhere. Riot police smashed the glass doors of the sports centre near Girona where Puigdemont had been due to vote. Despite forcing their way in, they failed to stop the Catalan president voting. Pictures showed him casting his ballot in nearby Cornella del Terri.

      The day started peacefully and hopefully in polling stations across the region. Hundreds of people started queuing outside the Cervantes primary school in central Barcelona from well before dawn.

      Im here to fight for our rights and our language and for our right to live better and to have a future, said Mireia Estape, who lives close to the school. One man in the queue, who did not wish to be named, said he had come because Catalans need to vote; theyre robbing us in Spain.

      Another would-be voter said simply: I dont want to live in a fascist country.

      Many Catalans saw their wishes fulfilled in polling stations as officers from the regional force, the Mossos dEsquadra, hung back.

      Joaqun Pons, 89, was delighted to have cast his ballot, as he had done in the symbolic referendum three years ago.

      Last time it was cardboard ballot boxes, he said. This time they were real. It was very emotional. Pons said he felt Catalans had had little choice but to proceed unilaterally.

      It would have been nice if we could all have stayed together in Spain but the Madrid government has made it impossible. Its sad but thats the way it is.

      News and images of the police operation travelled quickly through the crowds in Barcelona and elsewhere, adding to the uneasy atmosphere that has intensified since police arrested 14 Catalan officials and seized millions of ballot papers last week.

      On Sunday afternoon, FC Barcelona announced that its Spanish league game against Las Palmas would be played without fans at the citys Nou Camp stadium. In a statement, the club condemned the attempts to prevent Catalans exercising their democratic rights to free expression and said the professional football league had refused to postpone the game.

      Sundays violence came less than 24 hours after the Spanish government had appeared confident that enough had been done to thwart the vote.

      On Saturday, Millo said police had sealed off 1,300 of the regions 2,315 polling stations, while Guardia Civil officers acting on a judges orders had searched the headquarters of the Catalan technology and communications centre, disabling the software connecting polling stations and shutting down online voting applications.

      These last-minute operations have allowed us to very definitively break up any possibility of the Catalan government delivering what it promised: a binding, effective referendum with legal guarantees, he said.

      Additional reporting by Patrick Greenfield

      Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/oct/01/dozens-injured-as-riot-police-storm-catalan-ref-polling-stations