Thousand Oaks Shooting, Security Overseer Resigns, U.S. AG Fired, Opioid Security Threat

Thousand Oaks Shooting, Security Overseer Resigns, U.S. AG Fired, and more
  • ​A gunman killed 12 people including a sheriff's deputy when he opened fire on revelers in a crowded country and western bar in Los Angeles late on Wednesday night, police said. The gunman was also killed. An unknown number of people were wounded after the shooting at the Borderline Bar and Grill, a popular venue with college students and local young adults for parties and dancing in the suburb of Thousand Oaks, California.  It was the third mass shooting in the United States in under two weeks, six days after the death of two women at a yoga class in Tallahassee, Florida, and 12 days after a gunman killed 11 worshippers at a synagogue in Pittsburgh. The dead officer was identified as Sergeant Ron Helus. Helus and a California Highway Patrol officer were the first to arrive at the bar and went inside just before 11:30 p.m. Authorities have not disclosed the suspect's name, but a law enforcement source told The Los Angeles Times that he was 29-year-old man armed with a Glock .45 handgun and some type of smoke device.

  • A leading member of Canada's main opposition party, who was also a former cabinet minister, has resigned from parliament's national security oversight committee after admitting he sent explicit pictures and video to someone he had never met. Conservative legislator Tony Clement said he shared the material with someone whom he believed was a consenting female recipient, according to a statement he issued late on Tuesday. "The recipient was, in fact, an individual or party who targeted me for the purpose of financial extortion," added Clement. Clement had high level security clearance as a member of the National Security and Intelligence Committee of Parliamentarians, Reuters reports.

  • President Donald Trump on Wednesday fired Attorney General Jeff Sessions. "At your request I am submitting my resignation," Sessions wrote in a letter to White House chief of staff John Kelly. Matthew Whitaker will take over as acting attorney general, the President said. Whitaker is expected to take charge of the Russia investigation and special counsel Robert Mueller from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. Whitaker has been openly critical of Mueller and the investigation and Democrats immediately called on him to recuse himself, just as Sessions had, CNN reports.

  • The opioid epidemic gripping communities across the United States and causing nearly 116 overdoses per day is becoming a national security emergency, according to the former director of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration's Special Operations Division, Derek Maltz. "Where it becomes a national security emergency is the connectivity between the drug traffickers and the terrorists that are out there that are trying to destroy our way of life," Maltz said in an interview with CBS News. That connectivity spans continents and requires strong partnerships with military, law enforcement and intelligence partners around the world, Maltz said. "The command and control threats to our country for transnational organized crime are foreign," he said, "so you have to have the relationships with the foreign international counterparts if you want to be effective going after these threats."