Photo: A recently hung Texas state flag flies near the site of the shooting at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland, Texas, U.S., November 6, 2017. (Rick Wilking/Reuters)
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As law enforcement tries to figure out what led to Sunday’s attack at a Baptist church in rural Texas, debate over preventing mass shootings continues. In more than half of mass shootings, one of the victims was an intimate partner or relative of the shooter. In the Texas case, the shooter was court-martialed for abusing his wife and child. And he sent threatening texts to his mother-in-law, who attended the church.
A former contestant on “The Apprentice” says President Trump defamed her when he called her and 11 other women “horrible liars.” Trump’s lawyers argue that the president was merely expressing a political opinion when he called the women liars -- and he was protected by the First amendment.
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Hernan Diaz is author of "In the Distance." (Photos courtesy of Diaz)
Author Hernan Diaz’s first novel is called “In the Distance.” It’s a story of survival and the American Dream. And it’s a very different take on the American western.
Hernan Diaz, author, “In the Distance"
In the Distance
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