National briefs: Over 35 shots fired in Fort Hood rampage

April 7, 2014
TEXAS
Fort Hood rampage: 8 minutes, 35 shots

The gunman who killed three fellow soldiers before turning the weapon on himself last week at Fort Hood, Tex., fired more than 35 shots while driving from one building on the sprawling complex to another during an eight-minute rampage, military investigators said Monday.

The rampage, which also left 16 wounded, was related to a leave request by Spec. Ivan Lopez, Army spokesman Chris Grey said. He did not indicate whether Lopez was granted the leave.

— Associated Press

LOUISIANA
Married lawmaker taped kissing a staffer

Freshman Rep. Vance McAllister (R-La.) asked his family and constituents for forgiveness Monday after a newspaper in his home state published a video that it said shows the congressman kissing a woman who is not his wife.

“There’s no doubt I’ve fallen short and I’m asking for forgiveness,” McAllister, who has represented Louisiana’s 5th District in the U.S. House since November, said in a statement.

The Ouachita Citizen posted a clip Monday from what it said was Dec. 23 surveillance video taken inside McAllister’s congressional office in Monroe, showing McAllister and a member of his staff.

— Associated Press

COLORADO
Lawyers want trial in theater case moved

Attorneys for James Holmes, who is charged with killing 12 people and wounding 70 in a Colorado movie theater, asked a judge to move the trial, saying potential jurors have been exposed to prejudicial news coverage.

In motions filed Friday and made public Monday, defense attorneys contend that Holmes cannot get a fair trial in Arapahoe County.

Holmes has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to multiple charges of murder and attempted murder in the July 2012 massacre in the Denver suburb of Aurora.

— Associated Press

MASSACHUSETTS
Maker challenges ban on painkiller

The maker of Zohydro, a controversial new prescription painkiller, has filed a lawsuit in federal court seeking to block a Massachusetts ban on local doctors prescribing and dispensing the drug.

Zogenix filed suit in U.S. District Court in Massachusetts on Monday requesting that the court temporarily stop Gov. Deval Patrick’s executive order. The company says the order is at odds with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, which has approved use of Zohydro for severe pain.

In March, Patrick (D) declared a public health emergency in response to the state’s growing epidemic of heroin and opioid addiction. He pushed the ban on Zohydro as officials feared the painkiller could exacerbate the problem.

— Associated Press

Mudslide toll rises to 33: The death toll from the landslide that hit the Washington town of Oso last month rose to 33 Monday, according to the Snohomish County medical examiner’s office, which said all but three have been identified. The number of missing was 12, the county sheriff’s office said.

Train operator in N.Y. crash had sleep disorder: The engineer driving a speeding commuter train that derailed last year, killing four people, had a sleep disorder and said he felt strangely “dazed” right before the Dec. 1 crash in the Bronx borough of New York City, according to federal documents released Monday. The train hit a curve, which has a 30-mph speed limit, at 82 mph.

— From news services

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