NEWS OF THE DAY

From Across the Na­tion

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_1 School shoot­ing: Au­thor­i­ties in Wash­ing­ton state are search­ing for a thief who made off with the purse of a par­ent who rushed to check on her child af­ter a school shoot­ing last week. The Spokane County Sher­iff ’s Of­fice said the thief has racked up more than $36,000 in fraud­u­lent charges. “The fact these crim­i­nals took ad­van­tage of such a tragic sit­u­a­tion is par­tic­u­larly heinous.” said Deputy Mark Gre­gory. Au­thor­i­ties say the purse was stolen Wed­nes­day as par­ents con­verged on Free­man High School in Rock­ford, where a gun­man had opened fire, killing one stu­dent and in­jur­ing three others. A 15-year-old has been ar­rested. A two-lane road into the small town was clogged as wor­ried par­ents sped to the school. Some peo­ple aban­doned their cars, and Gre­gory said some­one “stole a purse hastily left be­hind by a wor­ried par­ent.”

_2 ‘El Chapo’ case: A drug traf­fick­ing case against Mex­i­can drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guz­man won’t be dis­missed even though his lawyers ar­gued the U.S. gov­ern­ment vi­o­lated in­ter­na­tional law by charg­ing him with dif­fer­ent crimes af­ter he was ex­tra­dited, a fed­eral judge has ruled. Guz­man was trans­ported from Mex­ico to New York City in Jan­uary to face charges that he over­saw a multi­bil­lion-dol­lar in­ter­na­tional drug traf­fick­ing op­er­a­tion that laun­dered money and over­saw a ruth­less cam­paign of killings and kid­nap­pings. His lawyers ar­gued in court pa­pers that the gov­ern­ment charged him with dif­fer­ent crimes af­ter he was en route to the U.S. Judge Brian Co­gan ruled Fri­day that Guz­man can’t raise the is­sue with­out protest or ob­jec­tion from Mex­ico. Guz­man’s case is set for trial in April.

_3 Veter­ans’ sui­cides: Sui­cide among mil­i­tary veter­ans is es­pe­cially high in the western U.S. and ru­ral ar­eas, ac­cord­ing to new gov­ern­ment data that show wide state-by-state dis­par­i­ties and sug­gest so­cial iso­la­tion, gun own­er­ship and ac­cess to health care may be fac­tors. The fig­ures are the first Depart­ment of Veter­ans Af­fairs data on sui­cide by state. It shows Mon­tana, Utah, Ne­vada and New Mex­ico had the high­est rates of vet­eran sui­cide as of 2014, the most cur­rent VA data avail­able. Veter­ans in big chunks of those states must drive 70 miles or more to reach the near­est VA med­i­cal cen­ter. The sui­cide rates in those four states stood at 60 per 100,000 in­di­vid­u­als or higher, far above the na­tional vet­eran sui­cide rate of 38.4.

_4 Trans­gen­der ban: The top Repub­li­can on the Se­nate Armed Ser­vices Com­mit­tee has joined an ef­fort to chal­lenge Pres­i­dent Trump’s an­nounced ban on trans­gen­der troops, a sign that open re­sis­tance to the or­der is grow­ing. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., a mil­i­tary hawk and one of the GOP’s most out­spo­ken crit­ics of Trump, said in a state­ment that he is back­ing the mea­sure be­cause “we should wel­come all those who are will­ing and able to serve our coun­try.” The an­nounce­ment from McCain came as he joined Sens. Jack Reed, D-R.I., Kirsten Gil­li­brand, D-N.Y., and Su­san Collins, RMaine, in in­tro­duc­ing a bill to thwart the pres­i­dent’s plan.

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