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A shooting at Texas A&M University in College Station today has left three people dead, with the alleged killer - an unidentified man in his 30s - among them.

Scott McCollum, assistant chief with the College Station police department, confirms that one of the deceased is 41-year old Brian Bachmann, a constable in Brazos County.

"He was a pillar in this community, and it's sad and tragic that we've lost him today," McCollum told reporters.

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The incident took place a few blocks from the school's campus. Officials report that four others suffered injuries in the shootout, including three law enforcement officers. None of those injuries are considered life-threatening.

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In newly-released police interviews, Ronald Poppo can be heard talking about the suffering Miami face-eating attacker Rudy Eugene caused him.

Poppo details the bizarre attack that left the homeless man missing 75 percent of his face and was seen by some as a sign of the zombie apocalypse.

The 65-year-old Poppo described Rudy Eugene as initally "a good guy" who suddenly went "beserk" and threatened to kill him, CBS Miami reports.

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"He attacked me. He ripped me to ribbons. He chewed up my face. He plucked out my eyes. Basically that's all there is to say about it," Poppo said.

Poppo's statements were recorded during a July 19 interview with Miami homicide detectives. He said Eugene, 31, at first seemed friendly enough.

Until he started to become irate about not being able "to score" at Miami Beach, where thousands of people were partying on Memorial Day weekend.

"He apparently didn't have a good day at the beach ... And I guess he took it out on me or something," a stunned Poppo recalled. "I don't know."

"He just started to scream, and was talking kind of funny talk for a while too," the victim added. "He must have been souped up on something."

Contrary to rumors that surfaced following the attack, Eugene was NOT on bath salts, only a small amount of weed ... which is even scarier.

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Bethany Appleton - a 28-year old middle school teacher in Shelbyville, Indiana - has been arrested on 13 counts of inappropriate behavior with minors.

Foremost among them, Appleton reportedly sleeping with at least one student and of plying many with marijuana and alcohol.

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According to authorities, a police investigation uncovered several victims between April 2011 and May 2012, as investigators allege Appleton engaged in sexual relations with one victim in her home and provided alcohol and marijuana to others.

She is also accused of drinking and smoking with them.

Appleton - who was was hired as a mild disabilities teacher at Shelbyville Middle School in 2008 - faces four ounts of sexual misconduct with a minor, along with charges of child seduction, contributing to the delinquency of a minor and maintaining a common nuisance.


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Google has agreed to a record $22.5 million fine for invasion of privacy after being accused of deliberately circumventing the privacy of Safari browsers.

The Federal Trade Commission alleged that the search engine giant it violated a pledge to protect the privacy of its users who use Apple's browser.

The FTC is ramping up its efforts to protect the online privacy of consumers and said it levied the largest fine in its history to send a clear message.

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The FTC said the behavior violated terms of a settlement Google reached with the agency last year over its now-defunct Buzz social networking service.

In the settlement, the FTC ordered Google to disable all the tracking cookies, used to monitor user activity across the Internet, by next year.

Tracking cookies are snippets of computer code that collect data about how users browse and thus show them ads based on browsing history.

The FTC said that Google told Safari users that because the browser blocks third-party cookies, they did not need to opt out of online tracking.

Yet Google in fact placed a temporary cookie on computers, tablets, and mobile devices, as first reported by Stanford researcher Jonathan Mayer.

In reaching the settlement, Google did not admit liability, claiming that it had "collected no personal information from Apple's browsers."

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Ryan Buell, one of the investigators on A&E's Paranormal State, has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

Paranormal Star

The 30-year old, who penned the 2010 memoir "Paranormal State: My Journey Into the Unknown," has dedicated his Facebook page to the disease.

"You all also know that Ryan is the type of person that not only likes to keep things relatively private, but wants to make sure that others are taken care of first," wrote a member of the Paranormal Research Society Staff on Buell's Facebook fan page. "Ryan has been honored and humbled by the support, but also wants to make sure that we all remember the struggle is not his alone."

Pancreatic cancer is the fourth most common cause of cancer-related deaths around the world. Both Patrick Swayze and Steve Jobs succumbed to it over the last few years,

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The NYPD is battling Twitter over the social media company's refusal to release the name of a user who threatened an attack "just like in Aurora."

The user claimed he would attack a Broadway theater where Mike Tyson's one-man show was playing on August 1, describing his plan in detail.

"This s**t ain't no joke yo I'm serious people are gonna die just like in aurora," the user tweeted, claiming he/she would use unlocked exit doors.

The NYPD plans to subpoena Twitter today for the user's identity.

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The NYPD Intelligence Division used Twitter's system for emergencies to request the identity of the account holder, but was rebuffed, officials say.

"Twitter turned us down, so we dispatched police to cover the theater while we sought a subpoena to force Twitter to disclose the identity of the account holder," said NYPD spokesman Paul Browne in an emailed statement.

"We take the threat seriously, especially in light of the recent attacks in Wisconsin and Colorado," he said of the threat against the Longacre Theatre.

Alleged shooter Wade Michael Page killed six people Sunday at a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wis. Page, an Army veteran, was shot dead by police.

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A Cleveland-area man was arrested for carrying a gun, ammunition and several knives into a 10 p.m. Saturday showing of the The Dark Knight Rises.

Police in North Ridgeville, Ohio, said that a manager was suspicious of the man, who was carrying the items in a satchel, when he arrived in the theater.

Just weeks after the infamous and tragic Colorado shooting, the manager and an off-duty police officer working security searched the man's bag.

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He was arrested without incident and his home was searched Monday night. It's unclear if the raid on his property unearthed any other weapons.

The suspect’s name and other details have not been released officially by police, but unconfirmed reports identify him as 37-year-old Scott Smith.

Smith reportedly does not have a permit to carry a concealed weapon.

James Holmes, 24, is charged with killing 12 people and wounding 58 more at a midnight showing of the The Dark Knight Rises in Aurora, Colo., July 20.


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Bobak Ferdowsi, mission controller for the NASA Mars Curiosity, has become a quasi-star on Twitter after a photo of him was released Monday morning.

Nicknamed the "NASA Mohawk Guy" and/or the "hot nerd," Bobak can largely thank his 'do - with its red streaks and bleached stars - for his 15 minutes.

Not that he's interested in it. For Ferdowsi, it's all about the mission, which saw the NASA Curiosity rover land on Mars Monday in a watershed moment.

Bobak Ferdowsi

Ferdowsi became the talk of social media after the above image appeared in a montage of photos released by news outlets after Curiosity's landed.

Although his hair, smile and work with Curiosity are tailor-made for viral stardom, Bobak is still getting used to having all (or any) eyes on him.

"Internet, you win this round. I'll be back later, but thanks so much. Now going to celebrate with all my friends and team! #msl," Ferdowsi tweeted.

"Not rdy for the attention, but happy to show it takes all types to make @MarsCuriosity! Now if only my coworkers wld stop making fun of me ;)."

There has even been a Tumblr made in his honor, which advises NASA to get more mohawks in the building ... hard to argue with that campaign.

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Wade Michael Page has been identified by the FBI as the man who walked into a Sikh temple with a 9 mm handgun and killed at least six people Sunday.

Page was shot dead by 32-year police veteran Sam Lenda on the scene of the horrific Oak Creek, Wisconsin Sikh temple shooting. He was 40 years old.

The bald, heavily tattooed Page was an Army veteran trained in psychological warfare before being demoted and discharged more than a decade ago.

Wade Michael Page Photo

Page joined the Army in 1992 and was discharged in 1998. He was described Monday by the Southern Poverty Law Center as a "frustrated neo-Nazi."

CBS News claims Page was a white supremacist and his active in the obscure white supremacy music scene with groups Definite Hate and End Apathy.

Mark Potok, a senior fellow at the nonprofit civil rights organization in Montgomery, Ala., said his music reflects "what he went out and actually did."

The music often talked about genocide against Jews and other minorities.

In a 2010 interview, Wade Michael Page allegedly told a white supremacist website that he became active in white-power music back in 2000.

His motive was still largely a mystery, however. No manifesto, angry blog or even Facebook rants to explain the attack have been linked to him.

When the shooting at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin in suburban Milwaukee ended, at least six victims ranging in age from 39-84 lay dead.

Three others were critically wounded, including Oak Creek Police Officer Lt. Brian Murphy. Our thoughts are with the victims of this tragedy.


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Thousands of dead fish are surfacing throughout the Midwest as hot, dry summer weather dries up rivers and causes their habitat to become unsustainable.

About 40,000 shovelnose sturgeon were killed in Iowa last week as water temperatures reached 97 degrees, where they've been with startling regularity.

Nebraska officials have seen thousands of dead sturgeon, catfish, carp, and other species in the Lower Platte River, including the endangered pallid sturgeon.


Biologists in Illinois said the hot weather has killed tens of thousands of large- and smallmouth bass, channel catfish and greater redhorse fish.

So many fish died in one Illinois lake that the carcasses clogged an intake screen near a power plant; the station had to shut down one of its generators.

"It's something I've never seen in my career, and I've been here for more than 17 years," said Mark Flammang of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.

"What we're mainly dealing with here are extremely low flows and unparalleled heat."

Unparalleled is becoming commonplace with weather these days, as the fish are just the latest victims of one of the driest and warmest summers in history.

Also suffering like never before? Crops. The U.S. Drought Monitor shows nearly two-thirds of the lower 48 states are experiencing some form of drought.

The Department of Agriculture has declared more than half of the nation's counties - nearly 1,600 across in 32 states - as natural disaster areas.

More than 3,000 heat records were broken last month alone.