Here is the latest on the Las Vegas shooter and other stories catching our eye:

In the months before his deadly rampage, 64-year-old Stephen Paddock was a man “descending into madness,” a person briefed on new findings in the investigation, tells ABC News Wednesday.

More details are emerging, investigators say, that suggest Paddock’s mental state was deteriorating before the shooting — significant weight loss, an increasingly slovenly physical appearance and an obsession with his girlfriend’s ex-husband.

Paddock, who shot to death 59 people and injured more than 520 others, was not on the FBI’s radar, the bureau’s deputy director tells CNBC.

Thus the bureau is trying to reconstruct the actions of the gunman, including finding and interviewing “everyone and anyone who crossed his path in recent weeks,” Andrew G. McCabe, the FBI’s deputy director, said at a cybersecurity conference in Boston.

Marilou Danley, the girlfriend of Paddock, is at the FBI building in Los Angeles for questioning, a law enforcement official tells The New York Times. Authorities are seeking insight into what prompted a man with no evident criminal history to become a mass murderer.

President Trump visited Las Vegas on Wednesday, days after the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.

“We cannot be defined by the evil that threatens us,” Mr. Trump said at his final stop after being introduced by Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval. “We’re defined by our love, our caring and our courage.”

Mr. Trump said that when the worst of humanity strikes, “the best of humanity responds” and referenced parents and spouses using their bodies to shield and protect their loved ones during the shooting.

CBS  News reported that the president and First Lady Melania Trump went to University Medical Center’s trauma center to meet with and console some of the victims of the massacre, and also paid a visit to first responders, whose actions prevented even more casualties. The two were accompanied by House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-California, and Rep. Mark Amodei, R-Nevada. Constituents of both were killed or injured in the attack.


Imagine the Conversation if Las Vegas Shooter was Muslim

New York Times columnist Thomas L. Friedman writes, “If only Stephen Paddock had been a Muslim … If only he had shouted ‘Allahu akbar’ before he opened fire on all those concertgoers in Las Vegas … If only he had been a member of ISIS … If only we had a picture of him posing with a Quran in one hand and his semiautomatic rifle in another …

“If all of that had happened, no one would be telling us not to dishonor the victims and “politicize” Paddock’s mass murder by talking about preventive remedies” for gun violence.

Redwood High School Student’s Fib Goes Viral

A Redwood High School student found himself in hot water after breaking his collarbone and wrist and suffering a concussion Friday. But the injuries were only the beginning of his troubles. For the rest of the story, go to the Visalia Times-Delta.

Abortion Scandal Puts GOP Congressman on the Ropes

Rep. Tim Murphy of Pennslyvania meets with Speaker Paul Ryan after a report that the anti-abortion lawmaker suggested his mistress terminate an apparent pregnancy. Read it in Politico.

How sky-high housing costs make California the poorest state

“When the cost of living is factored in, the Golden State has the highest poverty rate in the country. More than 20 percent of its residents struggle to make ends meet, according to recently released Census figures. That’s nearly 8 million people,” reports Matt Levin.

Why does the richest state in the country have so much poverty? Wallet-draining mortgages and rental rates have much to do with it.

Read more at CALmatters.




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