The man who killed two moviegoers and wounded nine in a Louisiana theater shooting last summer left behind notebooks in which he ranted against the United States and thanked Dylann Roof, the man accused of a church shooting in South Carolina, according to records released on Wednesday. The rambling writings by John Russell Houser, 59, who shot himself to death moments after his deadly July 2015 rampage at a Lafayette, Louisiana, showing of "Trainwreck," included references to the movie and his own death, according to records released by Lafayette police. Houser had frequently railed against the U.S. government online and expressed an affinity for white supremacist ideology.
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — In a story Jan. 11 about bond being reduced for Tonya Couch, The Associated Press reported erroneously that her son is contesting his extradition from Mexico. Ethan Couch is contesting his deportation from Mexico.
DETROIT (AP) — The city of Flint, Michigan, is getting heavy state and national attention and much-needed assistance as it deals with a drinking water crisis that began after officials switched water source in 2014 while under state financial management, and the tap water became contaminated with lead.
Genesee County, which includes Flint, had 87 cases of Legionnaires' from June 2014 to November 2015. "That just adds to the disaster we already are facing with respect to elevated lead levels," Governor Rick Snyder said. About half the cases were connected to Flint water and half were not, according to Nick Lyon, director of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — North Korea's U.N. mission claimed Wednesday that its successful nuclear bomb test showed that it could now "wipe out" the United States, as the U.N. Security Council grappled with a response to the underground blast.
REDONDO BEACH, Calif. (AP) — An explosion at an ExxonMobil oil refinery in California last year could have been prevented if managers had taken into account aging safety equipment and shut down a key, spark-generating part of the refinery before attempting repairs elsewhere, federal investigators said Wednesday.