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The FBI hears the spouse of the Las Vegas killer

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Marilou Danley, 62, whose plane from the Philippines landed in Los Angeles on Tuesday night, is considered by the FBI to be a “witness of interest to the investigation” and remains free to come and go, the US media said.

She was in the Philippines when Stephen Paddock opened fire on a Las Vegas night on Sunday night from a hotel room he broke windows on a crowd attending a concert down below and then committed suicide before the police arrived.

The Philippine authorities are investigating a $ 100,000 transfer from the killer. According to the US-based NBC News quoting police sources, he transferred the money to an account in the Philippines the week before his crime.

CNN reported that the shooter’s sister-in-law had bought Ms. Danley’s plane ticket at the request of Stephen Paddock

According to Canberra, Ms. Danley is an Australian national who emigrated to the United States 20 years ago to work in casinos. “There is information that her identity papers were used to book the hotel or details like that,” Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said on Tuesday.

The mystery still weighs on the motive of Stephen Paddock, 64-year-old retired accountant accustomed to gaming tables and living in a quiet little town of Nevada.

Interviewed in the evening on Tuesday on a hypothetical link between the shooter and the jihadist Islamic State (EI) group that claimed responsibility for the attack, Donald Trump replied, “I have no idea.” The US authorities have so far reported no link between Stephen Paddock and the IE.

“We have not ruled out any tracks in this investigation yet,” said Las Vegas Deputy Sheriff Kevin McMahill. The death toll of 59 previously given by the police included the killer.

One thing is certain: the attack was “obviously premeditated”. “I’m sure he had anticipated everything he did,” said Las Vegas sheriff Joseph Lombardo.

According to the police, Stephen Paddock reportedly pulled between nine and eleven minutes out of the 22,000 spectators at the Route 91 Harvest Open-air Festival from the 32nd floor of Mandalay Bay.

Unknown to the police, he has accumulated with the utmost discretion an arsenal of 47 rifles and handguns, according to the latest police figures, explosives and thousands of ammunition. For the investigators, he was a “lone wolf”.

According to NBC News, in addition to the transfer of $ 100,000 in the Philippines, the killer had bet $ 160,000 in casinos in recent weeks.

Stephen Paddock arrived last Thursday at the Mandalay Bay hotel where he booked a suite overlooking the festival, a few hundred meters away. He discreetly brought his weapons without the employees noticing.

The police also found firearms at his home in Mesquite (about 120 km from Las Vegas) as well as explosives and thousands of bullets. In his vehicle, they found ammonium nitrate, a fertilizer that can be used to make explosives.

As in previous shootings, the debate on arms sales was relaunched by the Democrats. In Congress, the Republican majority said it was not on the agenda.

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Farmer plows message for the NFL Players: ‘We stand for the national anthem’

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A farmer from North Dakota Gene Hanson has a solid message for NFL players protesting during the national anthem by kneeling before games, and he plowed it into his field of bean crops.

“We stand for the national anthem,” the massive message, which spans the length of two football fields, read in response to the controversial protests.

“I go with Trump on this one,” Hanson told Fox News. “If you want to protest, that’s not the place to do it. A lot of people died over our flag. We’re able to voice our opinion because of it. If you’re going to show respect for anything, do it for the national anthem.”

It took Hansen two tries and two hours to get his message right, as his initial endeavor was thwarted when a bystander intruded on him with just two letters left to finish. He identifies as a Republican and an avid supporter of President Trump and is doing what he can to send his support to Washington, D.C. from his farm.

The rancher has turned out to be popular for the huge messages that he carves into his 840-acre farm, which he photographs by flying his two-seater plane over them Some of his previous messages include “Drain the Swamp,” “Blue Lives Matter,” “GOP, get your act together” and “Vote Trump.” He said he caught a lot of flack for his “Never Hillary” message, but “most responses have been positive.”

 

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China wants to be at the top of the world in arms

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President Xi Jinping said that China should aim to achieve, and even surpass, the weapons technology of the Western powers.

Chinese President Xi Jinping has expressed his desire to the country’s leading defense companies to maximize their armaments so that China is on par with “the most powerful” in the world, according to a documentary issued by Chinese state television this week.

The independent South China Morning Post echoed the Chinese leader’s statements in a CCTV documentary on Monday, in which Xi stated that “gun developers should aim to achieve and even surpass, technology ( armament) of other countries. ”

Military power.  “The importance of weapon development has increased as military technologies have improved in recent years … It is impossible to win a battle if there is an arms gap,” he said.

The documentary series, titled “Mighty Army”, revealed that the Chinese president’s wishes not only point to an improvement of the weaponry itself, but also to the scientific and technological systems of its armed forces: supercomputing, satellite navigation or ballistic missiles. defense.

New defense technologies.  “China’s anti-ballistic missile technology is catching up with the United States,” Xi said, adding that so far only these two countries around the world can successfully intercept missiles of this type.

Experts consulted by this newspaper said that China is using its young talent – university or recent graduates – to develop these improvements and “and get a fighting force in the future,” programs such as the Beidou navigation system, Chinese equivalent to the US GPS.

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Trump avoids talking about gun control after the shooting in Las Vegas

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The president of the United States, a fierce defender of the right to bear arms, has not made any reference to the issue since the Sunday massacre.

President of the United States,  Donald Trump said Tuesday that Sunday’s shooting in Las Vegas, with 59 dead and over 500 wounded, was the work of “a madman” and stopped again talk about the control of firearms in the country. From his campaign and during his presidency, the Republican has had the defenders of the right to carry arms as an important part of its political base.

In brief statements to reporters before traveling to Puerto Rico, he described the attacker as “a sick man”, “a man of insanity”, “with a lot of problems, I imagine”, not to mention that 23 firearms were found in the hotel room from where he shot at those attending a concert. Trump once again avoided condemning or simply referring to gun violence, along with the lines of his  statements on Monday, preferring to focus on police action, calling his “quick” response a “miracle.”

Speaking at a press conference shortly after that appearance, presidential spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said it was “premature” to talk about legislation for greater arms control and said that debate could be held later. However, he recalled that Trump is “an outspoken advocate” of the right to bear arms. Democratic lawmakers urged Republicans to stop blocking gun control laws after the Las Vegas shooting, which was committed with a very powerful firearm and whose attacker had a whole arsenal with him.

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