Published 6:11 PM EDT Sep 20, 2018
'Another tragic event' in this Maryland county
A female shooter killed three people at a Rite Aid warehouse northeast of Baltimore on Thursday before turning the gun on herself, authorities say. The assailant, a 26-year-old temporary employee, died at a hospital. Three more people were injured. No motive was known as of Thursday afternoon, authorities said. The shooting comes almost a year after one at a local granite company, marking "another tragic event for us here in Harford County," Sheriff Jeffrey Gahler said. A gunman opened fire at a Wisconsin office one day earlier.
Death threats. Forced from home. This is life for Kavanaugh's accuser
The woman accusing Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault stressed Thursday that she's willing to testify to senators about the Supreme Court nominee – but not Monday, when lawmakers suggested a deadline, and only if the conditions are "fair," a lawyer said. Christine Blasey Ford's lawyer told senators Thursday that "she has been receiving death threats" and that "her family have been forced out of their home." Sen. Chuck Grassley, head of the committee overseeing the nomination, told Ford's attorneys a day earlier to have her prepared testimony submitted by 10 a.m. Friday if she wanted to speak.
Overflowing poop lagoons. Thanks a lot, Florence
As if North Carolina hadn't suffered enough from Hurricane Florence, a nasty side effect arose from all that flooding: Escaped pig poop. Lots of it. Twenty-one pig-manure lagoons “overtopped,” according to the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality, pouring feces and urine into the environment. The lagoons, dug next to pig housing, are where more than 2,000 industrial-sized hog farms pump animal waste. Escaped waste can cause severe health and environmental damage, as The New York Times noted, including a blood complication that turns babies' skin blue. Meanwhile, President Donald Trump's quip during a trip to the state has made the rounds. Meeting a man with a giant yacht shipwrecked against his home, Trump smiled and said, "At least you got a nice boat out of the deal."
America: The most dangerous place to deliver a baby in the developed world
The maternal death rate in the U.S. is among the highest in the developed world. But many states blame women for "lifestyle" choices and societal ills rather than scrutinizing medical care given during childbirth, a USA TODAY investigation finds. At least 30 states have avoided scrutinizing medical care provided to mothers who died, or they haven't studied deaths at all. Rhode Island is one of seven states that remain without any review panel. (The others are Arkansas, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, South Dakota and Wyoming.) In Louisiana – the deadliest state in America for pregnant women and new mothers – a 2012 report on maternal deaths stressed suicide, domestic violence and car crashes. But done right, reviews of maternal deaths save lives. Scrutinizing what happened after a worst-case event is recognized – in the U.S. and around the world – as one of the most important ways to improve medical care.
Wells Fargo to slash up to 10 percent of its workforce
Wells Fargo, the embattled bank, plans to cut as many as 26,500 jobs within the next three years, citing cost-saving efforts as customers switch to digital services. CEO Tim Sloan said Thursday that downsizing could affect 5 to 10 percent of its roughly 265,000 positions. The cuts come as the bank recovers from a scandal over millions of accounts opened without authorization from customers.
Check your freezer before eating ground beef!
Cargill Meat Solution, a Colorado-based meat producer, is recalling approximately 132,000 pounds of ground beef products made from the chuck portion of the cow. Officials said the ground beef was produced and packaged on June 21 and affects 12 different Cargill products. The full list of products can be found here. This is the second(!) consecutive month the company has issued a recall. In August, Cargill recalled about 12 tons of ground beef for possible E. coli contamination, according to the Department of Agriculture. An investigation found that contaminated raw ground beef was the probable cause of 17 illnesses and one death reported in July. Word of advice from the Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service: Take proper precautions when handling raw meat products.
This compilation of stories from across the USA TODAY Network was brought to you by Josh Hafner and Mabinty Quarshie.
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