TSA agent shot, gunman killed after chaos at LAX

A man armed with a rifle opened fire at Los Angeles International airport just a short time ago, leaving several wounded. Police are flooding the airport and Terminals 2 and 3 are being evacuated. The FAA has also halted flights departing the airport.

Said one eyewitness at the scene:

"While I was on the tarmac, I heard two gunshots from the same area where the people had been running and screaming."

We’ll have more as news breaks, and for the most up-to-date information, head over to our live updates page.

UPDATE: Law enforcement source says that the gunman had a high-powered rifle and that at least three people were wounded, including one TSA agent. The suspect is in custody, and police looked for possible other suspects but so far have found none.

UPDATE 2: A federal law enforcement official has told the Times that a TSA officer was shot and killed at a passenger screening checkpoint at LAX. Three or four other TSA employees were injured in the shooting, the official said.

A suspect allegedly responsible for the shooting has been killed by law enforcement, and the LAPD has taken control of the investigation and the crime scene, according to the official.

At this stage, the suspect does not seem to have a connection to a terrorist organization, and investigators were working to determine the motivation for the attack.

UPDATE 3: Nearby three hours after a gunman opened fire at LAX, the FBI says there is no longer a threat at the airport.

Officials said there were “multiple victims”  in the shooting, which occurred when a gunman opened fire with a rifle. The Los Angeles Fire Department said it treated seven people and that six were taken to hospitals. Officials would not provide further details.

UPDATE 4: Previous reports that the alleged shooter had been killed have now been refuted by law enforcement officials, who now say that the suspect is in custody and in critical condition. The number of individuals wounded in the shooting is now at least seven.

Photos: KTLA / Los Angeles Times, Ringo H.W. Chiu, Nick Ut, CBS-LA / Associated Press

Shutdown, meet Reopen

Congress has approved a budget compromise that will temporarily reopen federal agencies and allow the Treasury to continue borrowing to pay the country’s bills.

The deal makes no significant changes to President Obama’s healthcare law. Democrats provided the additional votes needed to pass the bill in the House.

Photo: The final House vote total of 285-144 as seen on House Television. Credit: House TV / Associated Press, Win McNamee/Getty Images, Pete Marovich/Bloomberg

Shots fired near U.S. Capitol after car chase

Gunshots were fired near the U.S. Capitol after police chased a vehicle that attracted police attention on Pennsylvania Ave. outside the White House. Law enforcement officials have confirmed that the suspected driver was fired upon by police after speeding toward the Capitol. One police officer has been injured, though their exact condition is unknown.

The Capitol had been placed on lockdown, but officials soon lifted it, with the House returning to the debate over the government shutdown just moments ago.

Keep tuned to Nation Now for the latest updates.

Photos: Mandel Ngan / AFP/Getty Images

Unfortunately, we do not have a clear indication that Congress will act in time for the president to sign a continuing resolution before the end of the day tomorrow, October 1, 2013. Therefore, agencies should now execute plans for an orderly shutdown due to the absence of appropriations.

Navy Yard shooter identified with death toll currently sitting at 13

After a manhunt that at one point involved up to three possible suspected shooters, authorities have identified the Washington Navy Yard shooter as 34-year-old Aaron Alexis, a former Navy electrician who was also a civilian government contractor.

A Navy officer has confirmed to the Times that Alexis had been discharged after multiple disciplinary infractions.

Alexis, who is among the 13 who have died so far, entered the massive headquarters of the Navy Sea Systems Command in southeastern D.C. and opened fire on employees, with a number of witnesses recounting this morning’s harrowing events.

"I think it was all on the fourth floor," Patricia Ward, one of the witnesses, told reporters.

Ward, a logistics management specialist, was in Building 197 when the shooting started. She said she was in the lobby using the ATM machine when she heard three shots. She said she started “panicking.” She said she didn’t know what was going on. Then she heard four more shots. A security guard with a gun drawn told them to run, she said. “I just ran. I thought of my family and I just ran.” Someone had pulled the fire alarm.

Read more over at Nation Now as we find out more.

Photos: FBI, Susan Walsh / Associated Press, Saul Loeb / AFP/Getty Images

Obama delays military action against Syria to pursue diplomacy
President Obama addressed the nation just moments ago to provide an update on the latest in the ongoing debate on how to react to alleged chemical weapons attacks by the Syrian government.
Said Obama:

“When dictators commit atrocities, they depend upon the world to look the other day until those horrifying pictures fade from memory. But these things happened. The facts cannot be denied. 
The question now is what the United States of America and the international community is prepared to do about it, because what happened to those people, to those children, is not only a violation of international law, it’s also a danger to our security.”

While calling new negotiations with the Syrian government about the removal of its chemical weapons stockpiles promising, Obama didn’t halt his military options entirely. Instead, he called for a delay on congressional approval of military strikes while diplomatic talks progress.
You can read through a transcript of Obama’s remarks here, or keep tabs on World Now for more as the story develops.
Photo: Evan Vucci / AFP/Getty Images

Obama delays military action against Syria to pursue diplomacy

President Obama addressed the nation just moments ago to provide an update on the latest in the ongoing debate on how to react to alleged chemical weapons attacks by the Syrian government.

Said Obama:

“When dictators commit atrocities, they depend upon the world to look the other day until those horrifying pictures fade from memory. But these things happened. The facts cannot be denied.

The question now is what the United States of America and the international community is prepared to do about it, because what happened to those people, to those children, is not only a violation of international law, it’s also a danger to our security.”

While calling new negotiations with the Syrian government about the removal of its chemical weapons stockpiles promising, Obama didn’t halt his military options entirely. Instead, he called for a delay on congressional approval of military strikes while diplomatic talks progress.

You can read through a transcript of Obama’s remarks here, or keep tabs on World Now for more as the story develops.

Photo: Evan Vucci / AFP/Getty Images

Bradley Manning acquitted of aiding the enemy, guilty of multiple lesser charges

Army Pfc. Bradley Manning, who gave more than 700,000 classified documents from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, was acquitted today of the most serious charge he was faced with, possibly escaping a life sentence. Nonetheless, he has still been found guilty of five espionage counts.

The judge, Army Col. Denise Lind, announced her findings after nearly two months of testimony and evidence in his military court-martial. Manning still could face a lengthy prison sentence after earlier pleading guilty to 10 lesser charges of mishandling classified data.

We’ll update this post as more information emerges from the scene at Fort Meade, Md.

Update: Sentencing for Manning will begin tomorrow morning, during which he will possibly be handed more than 100 years in prison for the guilty charges mentioned above, and five counts of theft and several military infractions.

Photos: Saul Loeb, Alex Wong / AFP/Getty Images, Patrick Semansky / Associated Press

Exclusive: U.S. has secretly provided training to Syrian rebels

Since late last year, CIA and U.S. operatives have been providing support to Syrian rebels, particularly for anti-tank and anti-aircraft armaments. 

The two-week courses include training with Russian-designed 14.5-millimeter anti-tank rifles, anti-tank missiles, as well as 23-millimeter anti-aircraft weapons, according to a rebel commander in the Syrian province of Dara who helps oversee weapons acquisitions and who asked his name not be used because the program is secret.

The training marks another step in U.S. involvement in the grisly, ongoing civil war within Syria, preceding President Obama’s recent pledge to provide arms to rebel forces.

Read the full story over at World Now.

Photos: Ahmad Aboud, Daniel Leal-Olivas, Jewel Samad / AFP/Getty Images, Manu Brabo, Edlib News Network  / Associated Press

Breaking: Top IRS official to plead the Fifth
There’s another twist in the ongoing scandal revolving around Internal Revenue Service staff improperly screening for conservative organizations applying for tax-exempt status. 
Lois Lerner, the head of the exempt organizations division of the IRS who was scheduled to appear before the House Oversight committee tomorrow, will invoke the Fifth Amendment and refuse to answer questions.
From a letter her lawyer sent to committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.):

“She has not committed any crime or made any misrepresentation but under the circumstances she has no choice but to take this course.”

Stay tuned to the ever-evolving IRS mess at Politics Now.
Photo: Andrew Harrer / Bloomberg

Breaking: Top IRS official to plead the Fifth

There’s another twist in the ongoing scandal revolving around Internal Revenue Service staff improperly screening for conservative organizations applying for tax-exempt status.

Lois Lerner, the head of the exempt organizations division of the IRS who was scheduled to appear before the House Oversight committee tomorrow, will invoke the Fifth Amendment and refuse to answer questions.

From a letter her lawyer sent to committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.):

“She has not committed any crime or made any misrepresentation but under the circumstances she has no choice but to take this course.”

Stay tuned to the ever-evolving IRS mess at Politics Now.

Photo: Andrew Harrer / Bloomberg

Ray Harryhausen, stop-motion master, passes away

Special effects maestro Ray Harryhausen died today at the age of 92. One of the earliest masters of his craft, Harryhausen was the longstanding king of stop-motion animation, with his work defining films like “Jason and the Argonauts” and “Clash of the Titans.”

From our obituary for Harryhausen:

In the pre-computer-generated-imagery era in which he worked, Harryhausen used the painstaking process of making slight adjustments to the position of his three-dimensional, ball-and-socket-jointed scale models and then shooting them frame-by-frame to create the illusion of movement. Footage of his exotic beasts and creatures was later often combined with live action.

Photos: L.A. County Museum of Art, Peter Macdiarmid, Hulton Archive / Getty Images

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev caught

Police captured the second of two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings tonight, after a lengthy pursuit and standoff that left one of the two alleged bombers dead. The second, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, has been apprehended alive.

Law enforcement circled a Watertown, Mass. home Friday night, pinning down suspected Boston Marathon bomber in a boat housed in the back yard. After being placed in custody, Tsarnaev was rushed to a local hospital for wounds sustained at an unknown point in the search.

Keep an eye on this post for further details.

UPDATE: Massachusetts State Police have told the Times that Tsarnaev is “in serious if not critical condition,” and has lost a lot of blood. He has been rushed to Beth Israel-Deaconess Medical Center following his capture.

UPDATE 2: President Obama addressed the nation just a few moments ago, heralding the triumphant efforts of law enforcement in pursuing and apprehending Tsarnaev.

"Tonight, our nation is in debt to the people of Boston and the people of Massachusetts."

Obama conceded that there are still many “unanswered questions” in the case, but remained confident that whatever their motives, those behind the attack “failed, because as Americans, we refuse to be terrorized.”

Photos: CJ Gunther / EPA, Darren McCollester, Jared Wickerham / Getty Images, Google, FBI

Lockdown lifted in Boston

While Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, suspected of carrying out Monday’s terrorist bombing of the Boston Marathon with his brother, is still at large after a daylong search throughout the city.

Citizens across Boston were urged by authorities not to leave their homes as police patrolled in force looking for any hint of Tsarnaev. But, as authorities have just admitted, they have no new leads and will be lifting the lockdown.

Photos: Darren McCollester / Getty Images, Charles Krupa, Bill Sikes / Associated Press, CJ Gunther / EPA

Manhunt in Boston

Boston has been seized by a widespread manhunt for those suspected in the Boston Marathon attack Monday,

The bombers, whose faces were first revealed last night by the FBI, have been revealed to be brothers: Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26. Tamerlan was killed early this morning in a shootout with police, while Dzhokhar remains on the run.

The two were born in Kyrgyzstan, and are reportedly of Chechen descent.

Those who know the two have been stunned by their alleged involvement in the horrible attack Monday.

Anzor Tsarnaev, the men’s father told the Associated Press from Russia.

"My son is a true angel. Dzhokhar is a second-year medical student in the U.S. He is such an intelligent boy. We expected him to come on holidays here."

All Boston residents have been ordered to stay inside, mass transportation has been shut down, and law enforcement is focusing massive amounts of manpower on the suburb of Watertown.

We’ll continue updating here as the story develops.

UPDATE: Ruslan Tsarni, the Tsarnaev brothers’ uncle, just spoke to the media:

“I say Dzhokhar, if you are alive turn yourself in and ask for forgiveness from the victims, from the injured.”

“He put a shame on our family, he put a shame on the entire Chechen ethnicity.”

UPDATE 2: Further details about the brothers’ pasts have been revealed - with a Twitter profile reportedly belonging to Dzhokhar emerging, and a chronicle of Tamerlan’s boxing aspirations.

“I don’t have a single American friend, I don’t understand them.” - Tamerlan said in a photographic profile that has since been taken offline.

Boston police are still asking citizens to remain indoors as the hunt for Dzhokhar continues. The FBI is now looking for a green 1999 Honda Civic with Massachusetts plates reading 116GC7.

Photos: Craig Ruttle, Matt Rourke, Charles Krupa, Jose Luis Magana, Chris Young / Associated Press, FBI

FBI releases photos, video of suspected Boston Marathon bombers

Authorities for the first time have unveiled the suspected perpetrators of Monday’s terrorist attack in Boston - two men, whose identities are unknown, seen in the video above.

The FBI considers the two armed and dangerous, and urged citizens not to pursue any action beyond alerting authorities.

The duo is seen walking together, and in additional images below:

Beyond those images, and additional photos released on the FBI’s site, authorities cautioned that “other photos should not be deemed credible.”

For those with any information relevant to the case, the FBI can be contacted at 1-800-225-5324.

Photo, video: Federal Bureau of Investigation

Contrary to widespread reporting, no arrest has been made in connection with the Boston Marathon attack. Over the past day and a half, there have been a number of press reports based on information from unofficial sources that has been inaccurate. Since these stories often have unintended consequences, we ask the media, particularly at this early stage of the investigation, to exercise caution and attempt to verify information through appropriate official channels before reporting.