Panic in Canada After Possible Terrorist-Related Shooting
Ottawa was put on a heightened state of alert Wednesday after a man fatally shot a Canadian soldier and then burst into the Parliament building where he fired his weapon multiple times before being shot dead. The incident led to building lockdowns, the evacuation of the country's prime minister and the cancellation of the Ottawa Senators-Toronto Maple Leafs hockey game. Canada had already raised its national terrorism alert level Wednesday when a Canadian soldier was killed in a hit-and-run by a man suspected to have been a radicalized jihadist. The gunman in Wednesday’s shooting was identified as Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, a Canadian national. His victim was Corporal Nathan Cirillo, a member of the army reserve from Hamilton, Ontario. Two other people were reported injured but their wounds are not considered serious.
Secret Service Dogs Stop Another White House Fence Jumper
An unarmed man jumped the White House fence Wednesday evening but was promptly stopped by K-9 units of the Secret Service. The incident came a little more than a month after accused White House fence jumper Omar Gonzalez got as far as the East Room while carrying a knife before he was finally subdued. This time, the alleged jumper, identified as Dominic Adesanya, 23, of Bel Air, Maryland, was attacked by dogs after landing on the North Lawn. Secret Service agents then immediately took the man into custody.
Huge Academic Scandal at UNC Involved Athletes
The University of North Carolina admitted Wednesday that about 3,100 students took so-called "paper classes" with no faculty oversight and no actual class attendance from 1993 through 2011. The school estimates that half of the students were athletes, mostly from the UNC's basketball and football teams. Wednesday's report goes much further than when the scandal first came to light in 2011, which initially stated that it was only about academics. This revelation, however, drags the UNC's vaunted athletic program into the morass.
CDC Mandates 21-Day Monitoring of All Travelers from Ebola-Affected Nations
In a new effort to ensure Americans' safety, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Wednesday that anyone returning to the U.S. from Ebola-affected countries must undergo mandatory 21-day monitoring, Travelers arriving from Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, where Ebola has killed at least 4,900 people, will be given a home kit with a thermometer and Ebola information so that they can monitor themselves and report back to the CDC. Travelers will need to take their temperature twice daily and answer several questions about their symptoms, according to the CDC.
Former Blackwater Security Guards Guilty in Shooting Deaths of Iraqis
Four former guards of a U.S. security company hired to protect diplomats were found guilty Wednesday in the September 2007 shooting deaths of 14 Iraqi civilians and the wounding of 17 others. The men, who were on trial for a second time after their case was dismissed in 2009, claimed their convoy came under attack in Baghdad and were returning fire. However, federal prosecutors successfully argued that the former Blackwater guards were the aggressors in the incident and showed "grave indifference" to bystanders who were killed or injured by their actions. A jury convicted Nicholas Slatten of first-degree murder, punishable by a maximum of life in prison. Paul Slough, Evan Liberty and Dustin Heard were found guilty of lesser charges, including multiple counts of voluntary manslaughter.