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Soldier commits mass shooting at mall in Thailand

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 2/08/20, 01:23 pm

At least 21 people died and 42 others were injured after a Thai soldier who police said was angry over a financial dispute went on a shooting rampage. The suspected gunman initially shot and killed another soldier and a woman and wounded a third person on Saturday afternoon. Then he headed to a shopping mall in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand, also known as Korat, where he continued his attack.

What happened to the shooter? Authorities said the suspect, identified as Sgt. Jakrapanth Thomma, was shot dead inside the mall.

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Associated Press/Photo by Charles Krupa

Rivals target Sanders, Buttigieg in eighth debate

by Harvest Prude
Posted 2/08/20, 08:28 am

Seven Democratic presidential candidates took the stage in New Hampshire on Friday night, but two had targets on their backs. The 2½-hour debate followed on the heels of the contentious and confounding Iowa caucuses, at which former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg and Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont ended up virtually tied for the front-runner spot.

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Associated Press/Photo by Bryon Houlgrave/The Des Moines Register

Iowa Democrats to audit caucus debacle

by Harvest Prude
Posted 2/08/20, 08:28 am

UPDATE: The Iowa Democratic Party plans to conduct an independent forensic review of how its famed caucuses turned into a national embarrassment. State party Chairman Troy Price announced the investigation on Friday after no candidates requested a recanvass of the results. The review will not change the vote count but will provide insight into how and why the results reporting process got so off track.

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