Shooter kills 3 at cafe
A gunman who opened fire at a Seattle cafe Wednesday, killing three people, critically wounding two others and setting off a citywide manhunt apparently shot himself as officers closed in on him, authorities said. He was listed in critical condition at a local hospital. Police searching for the suspect also had to respond to another fatal shooting near the city’s downtown. They said a man killed a woman in an apparent carjacking and fled in a black SUV. Authorities said late Wednesday they believe one man was responsible for both attacks.
9 hurt at school crossing
A pickup truck ran into a group of students who were crossing a street outside a California high school on Wednesday, leaving nine people injured and backpacks and clothing strewn across an intersection. The accident occurred shortly after school ended for the day at Hemet High School, Riverside County fire officials said in a statement. Three people were in critical condition, and five more were taken to hospitals with minor injuries. Those injured included the driver of the truck and at least five students, officials said.
Relief program extended
Congress has given itself two more months to come up with long-term solutions for the debt-burdened federal program that provides insurance for homes and businesses in areas subject to flooding. A voice vote in the House on Wednesday extended the life of the National Flood Insurance Program for 60 days, assuring that people in flood-risk areas will continue to have access to the flood insurance they need to close on mortgages or obtain refinancing. The program was to expire today. The last full-scale reauthorization of the NFIP, a wing of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, occurred in 2004. Since 2008 the insurance provider has stayed alive through a series of 16 short-term extensions while lawmakers debate how to restore its fiscal soundness. The NFIP was largely self-financing until it was overwhelmed by claims from hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005. It now owes nearly $18 billion to the Treasury.
Compiled from wire reports