Four killed by nude gunman at Nashville waffle house

Four killed by nude gunman at Nashville waffle houseBy Tim Ghianni NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Reuters) - A nearly nude gunman killed at least four people at a Waffle House restaurant near Nashville, Tennessee early on Sunday and then fled after a patron saved lives by wrestling the assault-style rifle from his hands. The suspected shooter, identified by authorities as Travis Reinking, 29, was still at large and murder warrants were being issued for him, the Metropolitan Nashville Police said. Reinking, of Morton, Illinois was believed to live near the restaurant.




Trump aide urges Congress to pare back bipartisan spending deal

Trump aide urges Congress to pare back bipartisan spending dealBy David Morgan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Congress needs to consider rolling back the spending deal that U.S. Republicans brokered with Democrats last month, because lawmakers voted to enact the $1.3 trillion legislation without reading it, an aide to President Donald Trump said on Sunday. White House legislative director Marc Short said the spending bill, which ran to more than 2,000 pages, was rushed into place to avoid a government shutdown.




Austin Powers movies' Mini-Me, Verne Troyer, dies

Austin Powers movies' Mini-Me, Verne Troyer, diesThe diminutive actor who starred in the Austin Powers movies' as "Mini Me", Verne Troyer, died Saturday at a hospital in Los Angeles. "It is with great sadness and heavy hearts to write that Verne passed away today," his family posted on his Instagram account. Troyer, who was 2 feet 8 inches (81 cm) tall, is best known for Austin Powers movies "The Spy Who Shagged Me" and "Austin Power in Goldmember." He also had the role of the goblin Griphook in the Harry Potter movies.




Syracuse University expels fraternity over 'racist, sexist' video

Syracuse University expels fraternity over 'racist, sexist' videoThe university's chapter of Theta Tau, an engineering fraternity, has been barred immediately from campus, Chancellor Kent Syverud said in a video statement posted to the university website. "The racist, anti-Semitic, homophobic, ableist and sexist video was part of a Theta Tau sponsored event," Syverud said.




White Sox struggle in wake of Farquhar brain hemorrhage

White Sox struggle in wake of Farquhar brain hemorrhage(Reuters) - The Chicago White Sox lost 10-1 to the Houston Astros on Saturday but matters on the field took a backseat to concerns about their reliever Danny Farquhar, who suffered a brain hemorrhage a day earlier. The White Sox said tests had revealed a ruptured aneurysm. White Sox starter James Shields told reporters prior to the game on Saturday the players were all suffering.




Turkey's Erdogan says U.S. should look at its own actions if it wants jailed pastor freed

Turkey's Erdogan says U.S. should look at its own actions if it wants jailed pastor freedPresident Tayyip Erdogan said the United States should look at its own actions if it wants the return of an American Christian pastor who has been jailed in Turkey for suspected links to a 2016 failed coup. Erdogan made the comment in a live interview with broadcaster NTV. Andrew Brunson, who has lived in Turkey for more than two decades, was indicted on charges of helping the group that Ankara holds responsible for the failed coup against Erdogan.




Barbara Bush remembered for her dignity and wit at Houston funeral

Barbara Bush remembered for her dignity and wit at Houston funeralBy Erwin Seba HOUSTON (Reuters) - Former first lady Barbara Bush was remembered at her funeral on Saturday as a formidable but caring figure whose devotion to her family was matched only by her commitment to public service. "She was our teacher and role model in how to live a life of purpose and meaning," one of her four sons, former Florida governor and 2016 presidential candidate Jeb Bush, told the crowded Houston church. Bush, the wife of the 41st president of the United States, George H.W. Bush, and the mother of the 43rd, George W. Bush, was lauded as an inspiration both to the country and her loved ones, a woman who leavened a strong sense of decency and honor with a self-deprecating wit she employed to great effect.