U.S. & World News

News in brief

By: Jessica Griggs ~Campus News Editor~

Suspect in Delta State shooting commits suicide

A suspect believed to be responsible for the murders of two people killed himself before he could be apprehended by police on the evening of Sept. 14. Shannon Lamb was wanted for the shooting deaths of Amy Prentiss and Ethan Schmidt. Prentiss, whom Lamb lived with, was killed in her home in Gautier, Miss., and Schmidt was shot in his office at Delta State University nearly 300 miles away.

Hundreds of homes destroyed by wild fire

Approximately 600 homes were destroyed when a wild fire, named the Valley Fire, engulfed Middletown, Calif., over the weekend. A 72-year-old woman with multiple sclerosis who couldn’t get out of her house in time is the only recorded death at this time. Up to 9,000 homes are still at risk.

R2-D2 takes flight in form of jet

Japan’s largest airline, ANA, revealed the first of three Star Warsthemed jets on Sept. 12. The Boeing 787-9 is inspired by the character R2-D2 and will transport passengers between Tokyo and Vancouver. All six of the Star Wars films will be available for passengers to watch during their flights.

Alcohol poisoning in children linked to hand sanitizer

The U.S. is seeing an increase in reports of alcohol poisoning in children under 12 years old. The reports are linked to the ingestion of hand sanitizer. Hand sanitizer contains anywhere from 45% to 95% alcohol, and poison control center hotlines across the country have seen an increase of almost 400 percent since 2010.