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By Digital First Media
The mother of Aaron Alexis, the 34-year-old gunman who is accused of killing 12 people before being killed himself at the Washington Navy Yard, spoke to a reporter Wednesday, saying she is glad her son can no longer hurt anyone else.
Cathleen Alexis read a brief statement inside her Brooklyn home, her voice shaking. She did not want to appear on camera and did not take questions from a reporter.
"I don't know why he did what he did and I'll never be able to ask him why. Aaron is now in a place where he can no longer do harm to anyone, and for that I am glad," Cathleen Alexis said. "To the families of the victims, I am so so very sorry that this has happened. My heart is broken."
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Twelve victims died by Aaron Alexis' hand Monday. Eight more were injured, with all expected to survive.
More than 24 hours after the shooting, the motive remained a mystery. U.S. law enforcement officials told The Associated Press that investigators had found no manifesto or other writings suggesting a political or religious motivation.show more
By Associated Press
Officials respond to the scene where a city bus collided with a Via Rail passenger train at a crossing in Ottawa, Ontario. (Terry Pedwell/AP)
OTTAWA, Ontario - Several people were killed when a passenger train collided with a city bus at a crossing in Canada's capital, Ottawa, at the peak of morning rush hour, police said Wednesday. Witnesses said the bus went through a closed crossing barrier.
Photos show the front end of the double-decker bus was ripped off by the impact with the Via Rail train.
It was Canada's worst train accident since an oil train derailed and exploded in a Quebec town in July, killing dozens of people.
A number of bus passengers were injured Wednesday, Ottawa Fire spokesman Mark Messier told CP24 television. Via Rail posted a message on Twitter saying there were no reports of major injuries to passengers or crew on the train.
A passenger is taken to an ambulance following a Via Rail train and city bus collision in Ottawa's west end Wednesday, Sept. 18. (Adrian Wyld/AP)
Via Rail canceled trains on its Ottawa-Toronto route after the accident, which occurred just outside a suburban train station in the city's west end. Via Rail identified the station as Fallowfield.
Pascal Lolgis, who witnessed the crash, said the bus appeared to drive through a lowered crossing barrier.
"Boom! It went into the train like that," Lolgis said. "''He just didn't stop."
Another witness, Mark Cogan, said the rail barrier was down.show more
By Amber Phillips, Digital First Media
Nurse Allison Miller checks the blood pressure of Oscar Ramirez during free healthcare screenings in Los Angeles this summer. Organizers are doing all they can to spread the word about upcoming changes from Obamacare, despite an uphill battle. (David McNew/Getty Images)
In the next few months, Salvador Ramirez will have to buy health insurance for the first time.
As a child, the University of Denver senior was covered by Medicaid. In college, he's relied on a scholarship program for health insurance.
Soon, he'll be among the estimated 4 million uninsured Americans who are expected to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, the 2010 law signed by President Barack Obama.
"It's kind of hard, at least for me and my family, not understanding the whole health-care situation, because we never needed it before, and we never used it before," he said.
Still, Ramirez has it easier than residents of some other states. Colorado officials have embraced the law, accepting federal money to expand Medicaid, setting up their own state health insurance exchange and spending millions on advertising and outreach to the uninsured.
Most Republican-led states have resisted the law, declining federal money for Medicaid and refusing to set up online exchanges where residents can buy insurance, leading the federal government to set exchanges up instead. (Though some Republican governors have changed their minds on Medicaid.)
Three years of political fighting over the law have taken a toll. Americans are still confused about exactly how it works. Polls show support is at an all-time low. And many of the uninsured do not yet know how to sign up for coverage.show more
By Digital First Media and wire reports
Number of unaccounted-for flood victims drop as Colorado residents evacuated from towns.
Members of CDOT work to clear Boulder Canyon Drive after flood waters left road damage and debris along Boulder Canyon Drive in Boulder, Colorado September 18, 2013. DAILY CAMERA/ MARK LEFFINGWELL
A week after heavy persistent rains first turned into disastrous floods impacting 17 counties of Colorado, skies have cleared but damage still is being evaluated in a 150-mile expanse of the state's Front Range. Here's the latest information from the Colorado Office of Emergency Management.
Follow The Denver Post's live coverage for continued updates.
Floodwater from the Platte River surrounds homes in a trailer park in Evans, Colo. (Tim Rasmussen/The Denver Post)
A total of 17 counties have been affected by flooding, including Adams, Arapahoe, Broomfield, Boulder, Clear Creek, Denver, El Paso, Fremont, Jefferson, Larimer, Logan, Morgan, Pueblo, Otero, Washington, Weld, and Sedgewick Counties.show more
By Sean Murphy, Associated Press
Tim Porter, right, talks with Beckham County Sheriff's Deputy J. Kessel, left, after giving a DNA sample at the scene where two cars were found in Foss Lake, in Foss, Okla., Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013. Porter says he believes his grandfather's remains may be in one of the cars. The Oklahoma State Medical Examinerâ s Office says authorities have recovered skeletal remains of multiple bodies in the Oklahoma lake where the cars were recovered. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki) (Sue Ogrocki/AP)
OSS, Okla. - For more than a generation, this rural community has been haunted by a mystery: What happened to a group of teens who disappeared in the early 1970s after heading to a high school football game?
Now police believe they may have an answer after divers on a training exercise discovered a car containing skeletal remains in a murky lake. Divers also recovered a second vehicle containing bones, and investigators were working Wednesday to find other cold cases that might match the grim discovery.
The cars were found not far from a marina, but Custer County Sheriff Bruce Peoples said it was no surprise that the murky waters held a secret.
In this Sept. 17, 2013, photo, officials investigate the scene at Foss Lake, Okla. where two decades-old cars were pulled from the water by a dive team. The Oklahoma State Medical Examinerâ s Office says authorities have recovered skeletal remains of multiple bodies in the Oklahoma lake where the cars were recovered. (AP Photo/The Elk City Daily News, Larissa Graham) (Larissa Graham/AP)
"This lake isn't crystal clear. It's a typical western Oklahoma lake with a lot of silt in it. The visibility is only 6 to 12 inches on a good day," Peoples said. "We'll consider it a mystery until we prove otherwise."show more
By MIKE FAHER / Reformer Staff
Jodi LaClaire enters the courtroom during the trial that began last week and continues this week. (Kayla Rice/Reformer)
BRATTLEBORO - Exactly one hour after medics were called to Thompson House to treat an unresponsive Nita Lowery on March 23, 2009, someone was using her credit card to withdraw cash at a Brattleboro bank on Main Street.
And as emergency-room personnel were working futilely to bring the 83-year-old woman around, the card was used again - this time at a Canal Street ATM just a short walk from the care home.
The Vermont Attorney General's office says Jodi LaClaire, at the time a nursing assistant at Thompson House, was the woman withdrawing that cash just after she had given Lowery what would prove to be a fatal dose of insulin.
On the fifth day of LaClaire's murder trial in Windham Superior Court Criminal Division, prosecutors spent most of the afternoon painstakingly detailing surveillance photos from those two bank transactions, though they did not show jurors the pictures or specifically claim they depicted LaClaire.
LaClaire defense attorney Richard Ammons nonetheless questioned the origins of the photos and asked Bill Northrup, a former Peoples United Bank senior fraud investigator, whether the images showed anything of significance.
Could Northrup accurately determine height, weight or age from the images? Repeatedly, he said no.
What, Ammons asked, about identifying the suspect's sex?
"I felt it was a female, but I can't say 100 percent," Northrup said.
LaClaire, 39, of Bennington, N.H., faces seven counts of financial exploitation of a vulnerable adult in connection with alleged withdrawals from Lowery's account. She also faces one count of abuse of a vulnerable adult and one count of second-degree murder.
Investigators say LaClaire, who was the sole nursing assistant on duty on Lowery's floor the night before she was found unresponsive, administered insulin to the elderly woman. Lowery fell into a coma, suffered brain damage and died nine days later after family members decided to withdraw life support.show more