Tennessee man accidentally shoots self, wife during church gun-violence chat

Tennessee man accidentally shoots self, wife during church gun-violence chatThe shooting on Thursday at the First United Methodist Church in Tellico Plains, about 45 miles (70 km) southwest of Knoxville, took place as church elders discussed a local sheriff's "weapons and worship" seminar, following the massacre of 26 people at a rural Texas church earlier this month. "During their discussion of this, one of the gentlemen said, 'I carry a weapon with me everywhere'" and pulled a loaded Ruger .380-caliber pistol from his back pocket, Tellico Plains Police Chief Ross Parks said by telephone. The bullet struck his right hand and then went through his 80-year-old wife's abdomen and right forearm, according to the police chief.



Ohio State suspends sorority, fraternity activities amid probes

Ohio State suspends sorority, fraternity activities amid probesThe public university in Columbus, which has more than 45,000 undergraduate students, said in a statement sent to campus organizations on Thursday that 11 of its 37 Interfraternity Council (IFC) chapters have been the subject of such investigations this semester alone. "This is an unacceptably high number, and the university will not tolerate behavior that puts the health and safety of students at risk," Ryan Lovell, the school's senior director of Greek life, said in the statement.



One in three U.S. adults to avoid talking politics over holiday season: Reuters/Ipsos poll

One in three U.S. adults to avoid talking politics over holiday season: Reuters/Ipsos pollAmericans will sit down next week for what has become a holiday tradition in the United States: tiptoeing through a turkey dinner without mentioning the president. Nearly one-third of all adults will actively avoid political conversations when they see friends and family over the Thanksgiving and December holidays, according to a Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll released on Friday. Poll respondents said they learned to bite their tongues after years of dinnertime squabbles over the nation’s first black president, Barack Obama, and then his successor, Donald Trump.



U.S. towns, cities fear taxpayer revolt if Republicans kill deduction

U.S. towns, cities fear taxpayer revolt if Republicans kill deductionFrom Pataskala, Ohio, to Conroe, Texas, local government leaders worry that if Republican tax-overhaul plans moving through the U.S. Congress become law, it will be harder for them to pave streets, put out fires, fight crime and pay teachers. A tax plan approved by the House of Representatives on Thursday would sharply curtail a federal deduction that millions of Americans can now claim for tax payments to state, county, city and town governments. Ending that deduction, the local leaders say, could make their taxpayers, especially in high-tax communities, less likely to support future local tax increases or even tolerate local taxes at present levels.



Twenty injured by fire in Philadelphia-area seniors' residence

Twenty injured by fire in Philadelphia-area seniors' residenceThe fire was reported at about 11 p.m. local time at Barclay Friends Senior Living Community in West Chester, Pennsylvania, about 35 miles west of Philadelphia, local ABC affiliate WPVI-TV reported. Dozens of people wrapped in blankets and sitting in wheel chairs waited on the street near the blaze, video from local news showed.





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