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Apparent false ‘active shooter’ alarm shutters US air base

CHICAGO: A report of an active shooter briefly shut down a US Air Force base on Thursday in the state of Ohio, before police gave the all-clear signal in what was potentially a false alarm. The Wright-Patterson Air Force Base said the report of an active shooter came at 12:40 pm (1640 GMT). The all-clear signal for most of the base was sent out less than two hours later, a base spokeswoman told AFP. Emergency personnel "responded to a reported active shooter incident at the base hospital," spokeswoman Laura McGowan…

Seventh grader shoots himself in Ohio school, prompting lockdown

OHIO: A seventh-grade student shot and wounded himself inside a school bathroom in Ohio on Tuesday morning with a gun he brought to school, but no one else was injured, police said. The school, located in the city of Massillon, about 55 miles (90 km) south of Cleveland, went into lockdown after the shooting, before closing early for the day, police and school officials said. The boy, whose age and name have not been released, brought a .22-caliber long gun and a backpack filled with “distractionary devices” to Jackson…

Wisconsin, Ohio, California among 21 states targeted by Russian hackers in 2016 race

WASHINGTON: Wisconsin, Ohio, California and 10 other states said on Friday they were among 21 states that Russian government hackers targeted in an effort to sway the 2016 presidential election in favor of Donald Trump though no votes were changed. The Department of Homeland Security confirmed it had notified the states of the activity but declined to identify them. Russia has denied election meddling, and President Trump has denied any collusion with Russia. Alabama, Alaska, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Minnesota,…

VIDEO: Ride malfunctioning in US park kills one, injures seven others

OHIO: A horrific moment of swing malfunctioning was recorded on a camera in which a man lost of his life and seven others received injuries. It happened during an amusement park ride which it broke apart on the opening day of the Ohio State Fair, hurling people through the air, killing a man and injuring seven others. Three of the injured were in a critical condition, authorities said. ‘The fair is about the best things in life and tonight with this accident it becomes a terrible, terrible tragedy,’ said Ohio…

One killed, 14 wounded in Ohio nightclub shooting: police

WASHINGTON: Fifteen people were shot, one fatally, at a nightclub in Cincinnati, Ohio, early on Sunday, and police said they believed at least two shooters may have been involved. The shooting took place around 1 a.m. when hundreds of people were reported at the Cameo Nightlife club, which the Cincinnati Police Department said has had "multiple problems" in the past. "At this point it's unclear exactly what instigated the shooting," Captain Kimberly Williams said at a televised briefing. "We believe that there were at…

US: Ohio attacker Artan had ‘no direct links’ to terror group

The Somali student who plowed his car into a crowd and slashed several people with a knife in Ohio had no ties to terror groups, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said Wednesday. Although Abdul Razak Ali Artan professed support for radical militants on his Facebook page and an Islamic State-linked news agency claimed he was an IS "soldier," Johnson said the probe had not thus far revealed any direct communications between Artan and such groups. "At this point we see no direct links to any terrorist organization,"…

Eight hurt in Ohio State campus attack, alert over

CHICAGO:  Eight people were injured when an attacker apparently drove into a crowd at Ohio State University on Monday, triggering an hours-long lockdown before authorities declared the campus secure. Law enforcement shot and killed one suspect, according to local television station WBNS, which reported that police led two people out in handcuffs from a garage they had surrounded on the university's main campus in Columbus. A witness suggested that a suspect was driving a red SUV. The incident was called an active shooter…

Obama warns ‘democracy itself’ at stake in US election

CLEVELAND: US President Barack Obama warned on Friday that American "democracy itself" is on the ballot in November's presidential election, as White House concern grows about the lasting impact of Republican Donald Trump's scorched-earth campaign. At a fiery campaign event for Hillary Clinton in Cleveland, Ohio, Obama trashed Trump as a dictator-in-the-making, but also voiced concerns about how Trump's legion of supporters might react to a possible election defeat. Trump has in the last week declared himself free from the…