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3 Dead, Including Suspect, After Shooting Inside Las Vegas Law Office, Police Say

LAS VEGAS—A man opened fire Monday during a deposition hearing in a child custody case at a law office in an affluent neighborhood of Las Vegas, leaving two “very specific targets” dead before the shooter killed himself, police said. Las Vegas police homicide Lt. Jason Johansson said at a news conference that the shooter, a man in his 70s, killed himself after shooting across the table and killing a man in his 50s and a woman in her 30s. Johansson said the shooting in the mid-rise office building in the Summerlin neighborhood happened several minutes after the hearing began Monday morning. “It appears our two victims were very specific targets,” Johansson said. Seven people were in the room at the time of the shooting, Johansson said. The four others, including a court reporter, were able to quickly escape and call police, he said, and the children at the center of the custody case were accounted for and safe. Johansson did not identify the victims or shooter by name but said the shooting happened in suite No. 560, the address of Las Vegas attorney Dennis Prince’s law office, Prince Law Group. “With profound sadness, Prince Law Group would like to thank everyone who has reached out to us with heartfelt messages of concern and sympathy over the tragic violence that occurred this morning in our offices,” the law group said in a statement Monday evening. The Clark County Coroner’s Office said information on the victims and shooter was not immediately available. Investigators searched the shooter’s vehicle, a red Ford Expedition, outside the six-story office building after the shooting, Johansson said. He didn’t say what was found inside. The Summerlin community spans roughly 13 miles (21 kilometers) along the city’s western edge, about 30 minutes west of the Las Vegas Strip.

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People over State Pension age with a heart condition could be due up to £434 each month

The latest figures published by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) show there are now more than 1.5 million people over State Pension age receiving regular financial support for a health condition through Attendance Allowance, including 136,252 living in Scotland. The benefit is worth either £72.65 or £108.55 each week – £290.60 or £434.20 every four-week pay period – and is designed to help older people with additional daily living expenses stay in their own home for longer. The DWP provides support for dozens of health conditions through Attendance Allowance, with more than 110,600 people receiving payments to help with heart-related issues, including angina, coronary heart disease, arrhythmia and high blood pressure. The most common heart condition in Scotland is coronary heart disease. This is caused when the heart’s blood vessels – the coronary arteries – become narrowed or blocked and can’t supply enough blood to the heart, it can lead to angina and/or a heart attack. Another common condition is angina – chest pain caused by reduced blood flow to the heart muscles – which is not usually life threatening, but more of a warning sign you could be at risk of a heart attack or stroke. It is estimated there are 96,000 new cases of angina each year, with approximately two million people in the UK now diagnosed with the condition. The main symptom of angina is chest pain, this can: feel like a dull pain, ache, ‘heavy’ or ‘tight’ feeling in your chest spread to your arms, neck, jaw or back be triggered by physical exertion With treatment and healthy lifestyle changes, it’s possible to control angina and reduce the risk of these more serious problems. If you have a heart-related condition and find it difficult to complete simple tasks like cooking, washing or getting dressed, you could be eligible for Attendance Allowance. Older people claiming Attendance Allowance for heart conditions Number of people currently receiving the benefit for a heart condition across Great Britain: Scotland – 9,902 England – 92,993 Wales – 7,431 Living abroad – 337 Total – 110,666 Below is an overview of what you should know about the benefit, including how to start your application for Attendance Allowance on GOV.UK. What is Attendance Allowance? Attendance Allowance helps with extra costs if you have a physical or mental disability or illness severe enough that makes it hard for you to look after yourself – it does not cover mobility needs. You do not need to have someone caring for you in order to make a claim. Who can claim? You should apply for Attendance Allowance if you have a disability or illness and need help or supervision throughout the day or at times during the night -even if you don’t currently get that help. This might include: Help with your personal care – for example getting dressed, eating or drinking, getting in and out of bed, bathing or showering and going to the toilet Help to stay safe You should also apply if you have difficulties with personal tasks, for example if they take you a long time, you experience pain or you need physical help, like a chair to lean on. Attendance Allowance isn’t just for people with a physical disability or illness. You should also claim if you need help or supervision throughout the day or night and have: a mental health condition learning difficulties a sensory condition – if you are deaf or visually impaired How much could I get on Attendance Allowance? You could receive £72.65 if you need help during the day or at night or £108.55 if you need help during the day and at night, or if you are terminally ill. The benefit is paid every four weeks , which means you could receive either £290.60 or £434.20 every pay period. You can spend the money however you like and it could help you stay independent in your own home for longer. This might include: paying for taxis helping towards bills paying for a cleaner or gardener Can I claim Attendance Allowance even if I have savings and other income? Yes. Attendance Allowance isn’t means-tested so it doesn’t matter what other money you have coming in or how much you have in savings either – there’s no limit. it is also tax-free and you will be exempt from the Benefit Cap so you won’t have money taken away from any other benefits. Will Attendance Allowance affect my State Pension? No, it won’t affect your State Pension and you can even claim it if you’re still working and earning money. How does Attendance Allowance affect other benefits? The other benefits you get might increase if you get Attendance Allowance, these include: Extra Pension Credit Housing Benefit Reduction Council Tax Reduction How do I make a claim? You will need to complete a long claim form when you apply for Attendance Allowance. It might seem daunting at first but help is available from your nearest Citizens Advice, so don’t let the form put you off applying. If you’d prefer to do it yourself you can follow the Citizens Advice guide on how to fill in your claim form here. Full details of how to get the application form by post or over the phone can be found on the GOV.UK website here. What happens if I am about to reach State Pension age? If you are thinking about applying for Attendance Allowance when you reach State Pension age, you might be better off claiming Personal Independence Payment (PIP) straight away – you may be able to get more money. Who cannot claim Attendance Allowance? You won’t be able to get Attendance Allowance if you already get PIP or Disability Living Allowance (DLA) to pay for your care. If you apply for Attendance Allowance while getting DLA, the DWP will usually reassess your DLA award instead. You can renew your PIP or DLA when the existing award ends as long as you still meet the eligibility criteria. If your renewal is unsuccessful you can apply for Attendance Allowance instead. Find out more about Attendance Allowance on the GOV.UK website here.

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EU regulators assess Apple’s plan for complying with music streaming order

EU antitrust regulators are checking if an Apple proposal would comply with their order to let Spotify and other music streaming services inform users of payment options outside its App Store, the European Commission said on Monday. The iPhone maker risks antitrust charges and fresh fines if its proposal announced last Friday fails to satisfy the EU competition enforcer, which issued its order together with a 1.84 billion euro ($2 billion) fine last month. Under Apple’s proposal, the Swedish music streaming service Spotify and others can include a link to their websites to inform users of other ways to purchase digital goods or services, away from Apple’s App Store. They can also invite users to provide their email address to be sent a link to the platform’s website to buy digital music content or services. Links which result in digital purchases, however, carry a 27% fee to Apple, including for subsequent auto-renewing subscriptions. “We are currently assessing whether Apple has fully complied with the decision,” a Commission spokesperson said.”In general, if the Commission suspects that there is non-compliance with an adopted decision, it will send the undertaking concerned a Statement of Objections,” the spokesperson added. Apple’s plan complies with the Commission decision, an Apple representative said. Spotify bemoaned the fact that it was still waiting for Apple to comply with the EU order, five weeks on. Separately, the Commission is also investigating Apple’s rules for its App Store and measures it announced recently to comply with new EU legislation known as the Digital Markets Act on concerns that these and various charges may hinder developers from freely communicating and promoting their offers.

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March 09, Forty Years Ago: Delhi On High Alert

The Punjab police has alerted the Delhi police and the Home Ministry again that some extremists may leave Punjab to hit at their VIP targets in Delhi. The alert was given by Punjab CID chief H S Randhawa. It referred to the movements of terrorists around the Golden Temple and the possibility of the groups entering the capital. Security has been tightened. Indo-Bangla Fence There would be no going back on the work of erecting the barbed wire fencing along Bangladesh border to check infiltration, India’s High Commissioner in Bangladesh I P Khosla said. He said Bangladesh’s protest note had been received by the government and was under study. Construction of the fencing does not violate the border agreement with Bangladesh. Space-Earth Talk “It’s not twinkle twinkle little star from up here”, Indian cosmonaut Sqn Ldr Rakesh Sharma said in a space-earth teletalk. The cosmonaut said he could clearly see the stars and planets as small lights. The interview was telecast by the Doordarshan from the mission control centre in Moscow. Question: How do you pass your time when there is no work? Sharma: I just peep through the window and watch the timeless space. India-Libya Relations India and Libya turned a new leaf in their bilateral relations when they decided to upgrade their economic and technical cooperation and explore ways to achieve a deeperpolitical relationship. These decisions emerged following talks between Prime Minister Indira Gandhi and Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi. No joint communique was issued at the end of the Prime Minister’s first ever visit to this oil rich country.

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‘Disowned’ by MLA son, man with multiple police cases is BSP’s bet from Ferozepur

The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) on Monday announced the name of Surinder Kamboj (68), the father of AAP Jalalabad MLA Jagdeep Singh Goldy Kamboj, as its candidate from the Ferozepur Lok Sabha seat just two days after he joined Mayawati-led party on Saturday. BSP state president Jasvir Singh Garhi announced this on Monday afternoon, even as the Congress, BJP, AAP and SAD are yet to declare their candidates from Ferozepur. According to information, Surinder Kamboj has as many as 14 cases of extortion, fraud, etc registered against him. He was arrested in an alleged extortion case in Jalalabad on April 21 last year and came out on bail in October. In 2007, he was booked by the Chandigarh Police in an alleged flesh trade racket and for “vehicle thefts. Garhi told The Indian Express, “AAP supremo Arvind Kejriwal also has cases registered against him and is behind bars. We gave a ticket to Surinder Kamboj because he has not been convicted in any of these cases.” The BSP, which is going solo in Punjab in the Lok Sabha elections, has so far announced two candidates — Rakesh Kumar from Hoshiarpur and Surinder Kamboj from Ferozepur. In the 2022 Assembly elections, the BSP allied with the Akali Dal. “The BSP will contest all seats,” Garhi added. BSP in-charge for Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh Randhir Singh Beniwal said the party would soon name its candidates for the remaining seats in Punjab. Reacting to his father’s candidature, the AAP MLA reiterated, “I have no connection with my father, so I cannot comment on his political moves.” The AAP MLA had last year announced that he had no connection with his father and he wasn’t responsible for his father’s actions. He has said on several occasions that his father and he stay separately. Goldy also said that “the AAP practices zero tolerance against corruption, and thus action should be taken against all accused persons as per the law”. Surinder Kamboj, meanwhile, said, “My political journey is of four decades. ” Earlier, Surinder Kamboj and his son Goldy were associated with the Congress. Surinder was the chairman of Land Mortgage Bank in Jalalaabad and a member of the district grievances redressal committee in Fazilka. Goldy Kamboj, a national-level Youth Congress leader, had left the Congress in September 2019 after the party denied him a ticket to contest the Jalalabad Assembly bypoll. He joined the AAP in February 2020. Jagdeep rose to prominence in the 2022 Assembly elections after defeating SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal by a margin of more than 30,000 votes from Jalalabad. Jagdeep recently claimed that he had calls from an international number where an “unidentified caller offered him Rs 25 crore for joining the BJP”. Following this, Punjab BJP chief Sunil Jakhar demanded an inquiry by the ED into his claim. Jagdeep also got mired in controversy over the cancellation of the No Objection Certificate (NOC) of a private school backed by SAD leader Vardev Singh Mann in Jalalabad. The Jalalabad constituency has more than 15 lakh voters, of which nearly 3 lakh belong to the Kamboj community. Surinder Kamboj believes his community will support him, besides other voters. Polling for the 13 Lok Sabha seats in Punjab will be held on June 1.

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Watch | How the total solar eclipse looked from space

A total solar eclipse, which is a once-in-a-lifetime celestial event for most people, occurred Monday night. The eclipse began at 9.13 pm IST on Monday, April 8 and continued till 2.22 am IST on Tuesday, April 9. The totality of the eclipse was visible to parts of the world under the Moon’s umbra, the darkest part of its shadow. A total solar eclipse was only visible in parts of the United States, Mexico and Canada. A partial eclipse was visible in parts of some Caribbean countries, Colombia, Venezuela, Spain, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Portugal, and Iceland. Visuals of the total solar eclipse: Astronauts on board the International Space Station were able to see two views of the eclipse – moon passing in front of the sun, and the shadow of the moon passing over Earth. Here are visuals shared by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) over social media: Ever seen a total solar #eclipse from space? Here is our astronauts’ view from the @Space_Station pic.twitter.com/2VrZ3Y1Fqz — NASA (@NASA) April 8, 2024 NASA also shared a video of the total solar eclipse sweeping through Indianapolis. According to the space agency, this was the first time in more than 800 years that the city experienced this celestial event. The total solar #eclipse is now sweeping across Indianapolis. This is the first time in more than 800 years that the city is experiencing this celestial event! pic.twitter.com/jZuKx4nUAb — NASA (@NASA) April 8, 2024 Here’s a replay of the moon’s shadow passing across the path of totality, as seen by NOAA’s GOESEast satellite: Watch a replay of the moon’s shadow traveling across the path of totality, seen from @NOAA’s #GOESEast satellite.#TotalEclipse #Eclipse #Eclipse2024, #TotalEclipse2024 #NOAATotalEclipse2024, #2024Eclipse pic.twitter.com/eNaRb6qoKH — NOAA Satellites (@NOAASatellites) April 8, 2024 Satellite internet constellation, Starlink, also posted a video of the orbit during the eclipse from one of its satellite. View of the solar eclipse from a Starlink satellite on orbit pic.twitter.com/RAwT2uQUUh — Starlink (@Starlink) April 8, 2024 NASA had estimated that 31.6 million people live in the path of totality this year compared to just 12 million in 2017. On top of that, another 150 million people live within a 321-kilometre radius of the path of totality. The next total solar eclipse that will be visible in India will happen on March 20, 2034.

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Gujarat confidential: Brewing Storm

Former Vadodara BJP MLA Jitendra Sukhadia has stirred another storm over the functioning of the local party unit in the backdrop of the recent cracks between factions. During a media interaction Monday, Sukhadia said the party unit has not been working in consultation with senior leaders or respecting sentiments. “The party unit is not working like it should. For the entire year, they have not held any dialogues with us (senior leaders). I am not antagonised by the unit but those who are running the unit do not take everyone along. Where sentiments are respected and there is unity, it is called an organisation and this is lacking in Vadodara,” the 78-year-old former MLA of Sayajigunj said. Sukhadia, who was among the few BJP leaders to pay a visit to sitting MP Ranjan Bhatt when she announced the withdrawal of her candidature, had earlier also said that he had “not received any message” about the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha rally held on the Foundation Day of the BJP. Auspicious Moments Most BJP candidates in Gujarat are believed to have chosen auspicious moments (muhurts) during particular hours of particular days for filing their nomination papers for elections to 26 Lok Sabha seats and the bypolls to five Assembly constituencies. Many of them are of Congress vintage who don’t believe in such practices. But now that they’ve become part of the BJP, sources said, they’ve decided to conform to the saffron party’s ‘tradition’ and are set to file their nomination papers during the auspicious muhurts. A BJP party official said the party does not issue any instruction in this regard, but candidates may choose their auspicious muhurts as per their belief to file nominations.

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Unsettled weather on Tuesday

The weather on Tuesday will be mostly cloudy with local showers, and isolated thunderstorms are expected, with hail likely. The weather will improve from late afternoon onwards. Winds will be mainly northeasterly to southeasterly, gentle to moderate, and occasionally fresh, force 4 on the Beaufort scale. The sea will be smooth to slight. Temperatures will rise to around 21 degrees Celsius inland, around 20 degrees in the southeast, east, and west coastal areas, and around 10 degrees in the higher mountains. From Wednesday to Thursday, temperatures will gradually rise significantly, with little change on Friday, reaching or slightly exceeding the average climatic values for this time of year.

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Chance of Pandemic with Bird Flu Low, But Crucial to Keep Close Watch: ICMR’s Top Virologist to News18

India’s top virologist said the chances of a pandemic starting with the bird flu virus, H5N1, are “very low”. But, it is well-known for being dangerous and, right now, its surveillance in the country is at “optimal levels”. Global experts have sounded an alarm over the potential for a bird flu pandemic, which could be 100 times more drastic than Covid. In an exclusive interview to News18, ICMR’s head of virology Dr Nivedita Gupta, said it is “crucial to keep a close watch” on movements worldwide to stay safe. Virologist Dr Nivedita Gupta was the face of the ICMR during government briefings to the media during the Covid-19 pandemic. (Image: News18) The emergence of H5N1, also known as avian influenza, among dairy cows in the US, with a confirmed case of a human testing positive for the virus in Texas, has sparked considerable alarm. According to Gupta, who was the ICMR’s face during government briefings to the media during the coronavirus pandemic, H5N1 has been there since 1996. India has witnessed more than 350 outbreaks to date, of which the maximum took place in West Bengal and Odisha, she said. “While this virus does cause sporadic human infections from poultry, we have seen a dead end after this. Human-to-human infections have never been caused,” Gupta said. What is causing an alarm? According to the World Health Organization (WHO), on July 21, 2021, India notified it about one human case of avian influenza (H5N1) from Haryana. This was the first such reported case in the country. Now, however, concerns are being raised as it is the first time bird flu has been detected in dairy cattle in the US. “It is making headlines today because this virus has been reported in cows for the first time, and then from cows to humans. The influenza virus has many hosts, and it is impossible to say whether the cow is a new host or has always been its host,” the ICMR virologist said. “This virus reassorts very quickly and combines itself with other viruses and sheds its RNA (ribonucleic acid). Hence, we call it most notorious and, hence, surveillance is important,” she added. Gupta further said while the chances of an outbreak of a pandemic are “low and negligible”, India has a complete network of tracking and tracing. “We are working on optimal capacity and, so far, the entire network has not spotted any untypable strain and there is no signal of any new strain in India,” she said. “We have a strong network to quickly detect any new or changed strain as we have been running pan-India surveillance since July 2021,” she added. Why is the influenza virus lethal? H5N1, a strain of the influenza virus, primarily affects birds and causes serious respiratory illness in them. But, it has sporadically crossed over to humans. Although transmission among humans has not been common, when it does occur, the mortality rate can reach up to 60 per cent. In contrast, even with the most severe variants, Covid-19’s mortality rate was around 3 per cent; giving a sense of why any movement of this virus has triggered an alarm worldwide. An expert in research coordination, viral infections and vaccine-preventable diseases, Gupta said the influenza virus has 18 H and 11 N types. “When different H and N types get crisscrossed, many combinations emerge. Some have been detected while some never,” she said. “While it’s proven that this virus is hazardous, it is notorious too; hence, a watch needs to be kept. It is impossible to contain this virus as it has been there for the last 28 years,” she added. The virologist said the animal husbandry department is first to pick up symptoms in poultry, wild birds or ducks. The National Institute of High Security Animal Diseases (NIHSAD) in Bhopal has capabilities to monitor and detect influenza strains. Also, the ICMR has an extensive network to detect and sequence strains.

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Dolton trustees hire former Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot as special investigator. ‘I will follow the facts.’

Dolton trustees have hired former Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot as a special investigator, to be paid $400 an hour and tasked with probing spending habits of Dolton Mayor Tiffany Henyard. Henyard is likely to veto the action as illegal, and a letter from an attorney for the village threatened trustees with a lawsuit if they proceeded to hire Lightfoot. The former mayor and former assistant U.S. attorney starts work Tuesday, probing what the trustees said is “excessive and unauthorized use of village funds” by Henyard that has resulted in Dolton having a deficit of more than $5 million. There was loud clapping and cheering from an audience of approximately 200 residents after Lightfoot’s hiring was approved by four trustees who are at odds with Henyard and have repeatedly clashed with the mayor. Henyard and two other trustees did not attend Monday’s meeting. Trustees also want Lightfoot to investigate a May 2023 trip to Las Vegas by Henyard, two village trustees and some village employees. Noting the size of the crowd, Lightfoot told the audience it’s clear “the people in this village want something different, they want to go in a different direction.” She said village residents “deserve nothing less than a government that is fully accountable.” An attorney, Lightfoot does not work for a law enforcement agency and would not have any authority to subpoena village records. She said she urged “the full cooperation of the mayor,” her staff and others in her probe. “Anybody who knows me knows I don’t intimidate easily,” Lightfoot said when asked a question by a resident about how effective her investigation might be. “I will block out the noise, I will follow the facts where they lead me.” Lightfoot acknowledged that she would not be welcomed with open arms by Henyard and her administration. “I’m expecting there will be some roadblocks,” she told the audience. “I am a very determined person.” If there is not some level of cooperation, “we are prepared to do what is necessary to get to the facts,” Lightfoot said. Before the meeting began, several residents came up and greeted her, shaking her hand and taking photos with her. Under the terms of her hiring agreement, Lightfoot will provide regular updates to trustees, and when her billing totals $30,000 will give a full summary of her investigation to trustees. A law firm representing the village, the Del Galdo Law Group, sent a letter Monday to attorney Burt Odelson, whose firm serves as legal counsel to the Village Board, warning that hiring Lightfoot is beyond the trustees’ authority. The trustees, the letter states, “do not have the power to investigate, or to retain someone to investigate” and that should Lightfoot be hired, Henyard would not approve any payments to her. Along with hiring Lightfoot, Trustees Kiana Belcher, Tammie Brown, Jason House and Brittney Norwood voted to override a veto previously issued by Henyard of the trustees’ request for outside agencies to investigate her for allegedly misusing village funds. Henyard vetoed a resolution trustees approved Feb. 11, saying it was illegal.

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