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10 Fattest Cities in America

Jackson, Mississippi, takes the top spot

(Newser) - WalletHub has ranked 2017's fattest cities in America, and—as the US is once again the fattest country in the world—possibly the fattest cities anywhere. More than 70% of Americans over the age of 15 are considered overweight or obese by one metric. WalletHub ranked 100 of... More »

Bus Driver Left His Route to Take Winding Road

6th child died Wednesday, say investigators

(Newser) - A sixth child has died as a result of Monday's school bus crash in Chattanooga, Tenn., meaning bus driver Johnthony Walker, 24, will face an additional count of vehicular homicide, reports the AP . He's also charged with reckless endangerment and reckless driving after three fourth-graders, a first-grader, and... More »

Dazed Kids Said 'Mama' When Asked Mothers' Name

One mom says she complained about driver for months

(Newser) - Doctors at a Chattanooga, Tenn., hospital say there were heartbreaking scenes of confusion when young children arrived after Monday's horrific school bus crash . "Many were scared or too dazed to talk to us," says Dr. Darvey Koller, emergency room chief at TC Thompson Children's Hospital, per... More »

Driver Arrested After Deadly School Bus Crash

The charges include vehicular homicide

(Newser) - School bus driver Johnthony Walker, 24, was arrested Monday night and charged with five counts of vehicular homicide, reckless endangerment, and reckless driving over Monday's deadly school bus crash in Chattanooga , the Chattanoogan reports. Initial reports stated that six children died in the horrific crash, but Fletcher told reporters... More »

Boy, 5, Calmly Reports Parents' Murders to 911

Chattanooga police say murders may be gang-related

(Newser) - "My mama and my daddy got shot … They dead." That's how a 5-year-old boy describes the murder of his parents in Chattanooga, Tenn., in a 911 call released Tuesday. Over nearly eight minutes, the boy tells a dispatcher he witnessed the deaths of Lakita Hicks, 25,... More »

Gunman Fires on School Bus Stop Packed With Kids

No one was injured; at least one suspect in custody

(Newser) - Gunfire rang out at a Tennessee bus stop where South Chattanooga schoolkids were waiting Tuesday. The terrifying scene unfolded as a vehicle approached the bus stop around 8:20am, police tell the Chattanooga Times Free Press . Some children were apparently alerted to the danger seconds before five to 20 shots... More »

Gun Shop Is Sued Over 'Muslim-Free Zone' Stance

Islamic group calls Florida store's rule discriminatory

(Newser) - The owner of a gun store in Florida who declared his shop to be a "Muslim-free zone" is now the target of a lawsuit. The Council on American-Islamic Relations filed a federal lawsuit calling the policy at Florida Gun Supply discriminatory, reports Reuters . The move comes after owner Andrew... More »

Report: 2 Service Members Shot at Gunman in Chattanooga

Authorities recount details of the assault

(Newser) - When Muhammad Abdulazeez began his assault on the second military site in Chattanooga, two service members—a Navy officer and a Marine—opened fire on him, reports the Navy Times . It's not clear whether either hit Abdulazeez or why either was armed in apparent violation of policy, says the... More »

Armed Citizens Turn Up to Guard Recruiting Centers

After Chattanooga shootings, residents say they want to 'serve and protect'

(Newser) - Wisconsin and six other states moved to arm National Guard members on duty after last week's Chattanooga shootings; now armed citizens are heading out to add an extra layer of protection. Reports of these self-appointed sentinels—some of them from private militia—have filtered in from Ohio, Wisconsin, Georgia,... More »

7 States to Change Rules After Chattanooga

Wisconsin the latest state to say it will arm on-duty National Guard members

(Newser) - Wisconsin is joining six other states in arming on-duty National Guard members after last week's deadly Chattanooga shootings . "Allowing our National Guard members to carry weapons while on duty gives them the tools they need to serve and protect our citizens as well as themselves," Republican Gov.... More »

Shooter Turned Depression Into 'Heinous Act': Family

Still no motive, no arrests in Chattanooga shooting

(Newser) - "The person who committed this horrible crime was not the son we knew and loved," said the family of Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez, the man who killed four Marines and a sailor in Chattanooga, in a statement. "For many years, our son suffered from depression. It grieves us... More »

Florida Orders Military Recruiters Out of Storefronts

Gov. Rick Scott says they'll work from local armories for protection

(Newser) - Gov. Rick Scott ordered Florida National Guard recruiters today to work from nearby armories in the wake of the attacks in Tennessee . In an executive order, the Republican governor said he wants recruiters to move from six storefront locations into armories until state officials can evaluate and make security improvements,... More »

Chattanooga Suspect Texted Koran Verse Before Attack

Friend tells Reuters he was angry at the US

(Newser) - Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez sent a text message to a friend hours before the attack in Chattanooga that suggests he wanted revenge on the US for its role in the Middle East, reports Reuters . The message links to a verse in the Koran that reads in part, "Whosoever shows enmity... More »

Navy Sailor, 26, Dies: 5th Chattanooga Victim

He's identified as petty officer Randall Smith

(Newser) - A 26-year-old member of the Navy who was shot in this week's attack in Chattanooga has died of his injuries, making him the fifth fatality, reports AP . He has been identified as Petty Officer Randall Smith , a native of Ohio. The logistics specialist had been fighting for survival since... More »

Vet Stands on Bridge 4 Hours to Honor Victims in Tennessee

Ben Kinsey makes silent tribute with American flag

(Newser) - Plenty of words of praise have been offered for the four Marines shot to death in Chattanooga yesterday, but it's a veteran's silent tribute that is resonating online. Ben Kinsey stood on a South Carolina bridge for four hours yesterday with an American flag, an hour for each... More »

Shooter Spent 7 Months Overseas Last Year

But whether his visit to Jordan means anything remains unclear

(Newser) - Authorities looking into the life of Chattanooga shooter Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez haven't turned up any ties to terror groups, but they're taking a close look at a seven-month visit he paid to Jordan last year, reports the New York Times . Abdulazeez, a naturalized US citizen, had relatives in... More »

Girlfriend Got Text From Marine in Final Moments

She thought message about 'active shooter' was a joke

(Newser) - The girlfriend of one of the four Marines killed in Chattanooga received a text from him yesterday that she assumed was a joke. "ACTIVE SHOOTER," read the message from 21-year-old Lance Cpl. Skip Wells. "You are so weird," replied Caroline Dove. But Dove tells AP that... More »

4 Marines Killed in Chattanooga Are ID'd

RIP Thomas Sullivan, Skip Wells, Carson Holmquist, and David Wyatt

(Newser) - Details are emerging on the victims in yesterday's shooting spree in Chattanooga. The four Marines who were killed have been identified as Sgt. Thomas Sullivan, 40, of Springfield, Mass.; Lance Cpl. Skip Wells of Marietta, Ga.; Sgt. Carson Holmquist of Jacksonville, NC; and David Wyatt of Chattanooga. Sullivan served... More »

Here's What We Know About the Chattanooga Shooter

Mohammad Youssef Abdulazeez kept religious blog

(Newser) - From the way his friends describe him, Mohammad Youssef Abdulazeez was a regular guy from an ordinary suburb—and the last person you'd expect to go on a shooting rampage. The 24-year-old, who was shot dead after allegedly killing four Marines in Chattanooga yesterday, was a "swell" and... More »

Chattanooga Shooter Is IDed

Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez, 24, a native of Kuwait

(Newser) - The shooter who killed four Marines in Chattanooga , Tennessee, today has been identified as 24-year-old Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez, reports the AP and CNN . (His first name is sometimes spelled Mohammad.) Abdulazeez, who also was killed, is believed to be a native of Kuwait who had been living in Hixson,... More »

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