Intelligencer Journal/Lancaster New Era
Man fires shot, is killed at Houston airport Calif. wildfire forces evacuations R.I. legalizes gay marriage
HOUSTON -- A man who had fired a gun inside a ticketing area at Houston's largest airport was killed after being confronted by a law enforcement official during an incident that sent people in the terminal scrambling and screaming, police said Thursday.
It's unclear if the man fatally shot himself or was killed by a Homeland Security agent who had confronted him, said Houston police spokesman Kese Smith.
Police say the man walked into the ticketing area in Terminal B at Bush Intercontinental Airport around 1:35 p.m. and fired at least one shot into the air. The agent confronted the man, telling him to drop his weapon. The man refused, so the agent shot at him, Smith said.
At the same time the agent was firing, it appeared the gunman was shooting himself, Smith said. The man died at the scene.
LOS ANGELES -- A wildfire fanned by gusty Santa Ana winds raged along the fringes of Southern California communities on Thursday, forcing evacuation of homes and a university.
The blaze erupted during morning rush hour along U.S. 101 in the Camarillo area about 50 miles west of Los Angeles.
The evacuation orders included the smoke-choked campus of California State University, Channel Islands, attended by about 5,000 students.
Flames quickly moved down slopes toward subdivisions, according to the Ventura County Fire Department. Some 6,500 acres -- more than 10 square miles -- were charred, with no containment.
More than 500 firefighters from multiple agencies with help from aircraft dropping water fought the blaze. Air tankers had to be grounded in afternoon because of the winds, which gusted to 50 mph.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Rhode Island became the 10th state to allow same-sex couples to marry following Gov. Lincoln Chafee's signature of gay marriage legislation.
The independent governor signed the bill Thursday evening, shortly after the House gave final approval to the bill.
The first marriages could take place Aug. 1.