Soldier Is Victim of Insider Attack, Yoga Student Saved Lives, More Dead in Italian Floods

Soldier Is Victim of Insider Attack, Yoga Student Saved Lives, More Dead in Italian Floods
  • ​A Utah mayor was killed in Afghanistan during an "insider attack" while serving with the Utah National Guard in Kabul, reports USA TODAY. This is the second such attack in less than a month. North Ogden Mayor Brent Taylor was killed and another soldier was wounded Saturday by a member of the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces, said Major General Jeff Burton, who leads Utah's National Guard. Initial reports indicated the attacker was killed immediately by other Afghan Forces. The attack is under investigation. Taliban militants, who have experienced a recent resurgence in Afghanistan, claimed responsibility for that attack. NATO and U.S. forces have deployed more troops to support Afghan forces struggling against the Taliban and remnants of the Islamic State active in the country. Taylor, part of that effort, had said he was in Afghanistan to help train Afghan troops.

  • A yoga student is being called a hero for wrestling with a gunman who entered a Florida yoga studio and started firing, reports CBS News. The attacker entered Hot Yoga Tallahassee during a Friday night class and started shooting, killing two and wounding six. Student Joshua Quick said he grabbed the gunman's firearm after it jammed and hit him. The attacker grabbed the gun back and pistol-whipped him, then Quick hit him with a broom. It created a window of opportunity for some people in the studio to flee.

  • The death toll in Italy's historic flooding has increased to 29, reports CNN. "Twelve dead in Sicily, people that were having dinner and were swept up by the water," Interior Minister Matteo Salvini said. Nine of the people were members of two families dining together when the house was submerged by water from a nearby river that overflowed suddenly. The Civil Protection Agency said it's still looking for a doctor who had been on his way to work at a hospital Saturday night and is now missing. High winds and heavy rain have devastated parts of the country over the past week, causing the worst flooding in at least a decade in Venice, damages of more than 1 billion euros  in Veneto, and landslides that have cut off villages, authorities said. Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte will call a cabinet meeting to announce a state of emergency in affected regions. Italy's Civil Protection Agency continues to monitor the situation, while volunteers from the Italian Red Cross work to rescue people. Several of last week's deaths were caused by falling trees.

  • In other news, Egyptian security forces killed 19 Islamist militants from a cell supposed to be responsible for an attack on Christians in central Egypt in which seven people died. Justice Brett Kavanaugh will not walk down the marble steps in front of the Supreme Court following his investiture ceremony next Thursday, the Supreme Court announced, citing security reasons. Canada's Minister of Sport Kirsty Duncan, discussing the 2026 Olympics in Calgary, said potential security cost overruns would be the responsibility of the federal or municipal government; Calgary 2026 said it believed Public Safety Canada would pick up the tab​​. In the United Kingdom, counterterrorism police arrested two men over concerns about a potential extreme right-wing terrorism plot; investigators are looking at the mental health of the detainees. Lion Air Flight 610 was intact with its engines running when it crashed at high speed into the Java Sea, and did not explode before hitting the water, officials said today.​​​