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October 29, 2018

More than 75,000 children in the U.S. ended up in the emergency room between 2006 and 2014 after being shot. Half of them wound up there because they were intentionally attacked.

The Los Angeles Times reports that 11.3 of every 100,000 American children were shot and went to an emergency room during those nine years. And that number only appears to be growing, said the Times, citing a Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine study published Monday.

The average age of the children sent to emergency rooms after being shot was just 14.8 years old, the study found. But just 39 percent of these incidents were accidents, while another 49 percent were "intentional assaults," the Times notes. The rate of children being shot was at its highest in 2006 and fell until 2011, but then rose again each year until the study's data collection ended in 2014.

An "overwhelming majority" of these gunshot victims were male, and especially likely to be between the ages of 15 and 17, the Times reports. And overall, 6.6 percent of all young gunshot victims ended up dying of their injuries, the study found. Treating these victims cost an average of $270 million per year, with patients who required additional hospital care accruing the largest costs. The study only drew from data collected in hospitals, so there's no telling how patients' health is affected in the long term, or how much money they spend on recovery once they're discharged. Read more about the study at the Los Angeles Times. Kathryn Krawczyk

October 22, 2018

Despite a federal judge ordering in July that the U.S. government stop giving undocumented children in migrant shelters psychotropic medications, the practice is continuing, civil rights attorneys said in a court filing on Friday.

Attorneys from the Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law said that children at the Shiloh Residential Treatment Center in Texas and other migrant shelters run by the federal Office of Refugee Resettlement say they are still being administered "psychotropic drugs without informed parental consent or court order." The government is "almost certainly not complying" with a California federal judge's July 30 order, the lawyers said, offering written statements from four children and one child's aunt about the medication they are being given inside Shiloh.

A 17-year-old whose name was redacted said they are given three medications in the morning, including Zoloft, and four at night. The teen sees a doctor every two weeks, and "he tells me the drugs I need to take, but doesn't explain why," the teenager wrote on Oct. 18. "The drugs make me feel really tired and sluggish. I have trouble concentrating in class. Sometimes I have stomach pain and a lot of headaches. Sometimes I feel numb on one side of my body. I tell the doctor about these problems, and he says it is all normal." The Department of Health and Human Services, which oversees the Office of Refugee Resettlement, told CBS News the agency will submit a reply to the court filing on Friday. Catherine Garcia

July 31, 2018

In a case of mistaken identity, police officers in Aurora, Colorado, fatally shot a homeowner just moments after he shot and killed an intruder.

The officers were responding to a call on Monday from a woman who said someone was breaking into her house, USA Today reports. When they arrived at the home, it was a "very chaotic and violent scene," and the officers heard gunshots. Almost immediately, they encountered an armed man. An officer shot him, and he was rushed to a hospital, where he died from his injuries.

It was quickly determined the armed man lived in the house, and had just shot and killed the intruder. "This is a very heartbreaking and tragic situation for everyone involved," Aurora Police Chief Nick Metz said in a statement. "We are providing assistance through our victim advocates to help the family of the deceased resident through this very difficult time." Catherine Garcia

June 10, 2018

An undocumented immigrant from Honduras died by suicide May 13 inside a jail cell in Starr County, Texas, a U.S. Customs and Border Protection spokesperson said Sunday.

Marco Antonio Muñoz, 39, was arrested by Border Patrol agents May 11 in Weslaco, Texas. Authorities said he was taken to a processing center, where he became "disruptive and combative," and was moved to a jail. There, he died by self-strangulation. Authorities said he was checked on by officers every 30 minutes, and there was a camera inside his cell.

Border Patrol agents who spoke to The Washington Post said Muñoz had a breakdown when he was separated from his wife and 3-year-old son. An agent said once Muñoz was told his family would be separated, he "lost it" and "they had to use physical force to take the child out of his hands." The Customs and Border Protection agency spokesperson did not mention anything about Muñoz's family.

The Trump administration has announced it is cracking down on people crossing the border illegally, and in order to prosecute adults that are caught, families are being separated, with parents going to jail and children being placed with the U.S. Office of Refugee Resettlement. Catherine Garcia

June 8, 2018

Celebrated author and chef Anthony Bourdain, host of CNN's award-winning series Parts Unknown, has died in an apparent suicide, CNN reported Friday. He was 61.

"His love of great adventure, new friends, fine food and drink, and the remarkable stories of the world made him a unique storyteller," the network said in a statement. Bourdain, whom the Smithsonian once called the "the Elvis of bad boy chefs," was in France working on an episode for his show, which explored food and culture around the world, when a friend, French chef Eric Ripert, found him unresponsive in his hotel room.

Bourdain was a chef before his 2000 best-selling book Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly catapulted him to stardom. He hosted shows on the Food Network and the Travel Channel before joining CNN. Harold Maass

June 5, 2018

A 15-year-old girl learning how to drive hit two men in a Philadelphia shopping center parking lot, killing both, police said.

The incident happened Monday night while the teenager was driving with her mother and two others in an SUV. Police said while the student was pulling into a parking spot, the SUV lunged forward, striking two men who were sitting at the wall of a store. The unidentified victims, both in their 50s, were pronounced dead at the scene. No charges have been filed, but the accident is under investigation, The Associated Press reports. Catherine Garcia

June 4, 2018

A man suspected of murdering a high-profile forensic scientist and at least three others connected to his contentious divorce killed himself on Monday inside a Scottsdale hotel.

Police were closing in on the man, identified as Dwight Lamon Jones, 56, when he shot himself. His ex-wife, Connie, said on Monday her new husband, a retired detective, recognized the connection between the divorce and four recent murders in the Phoenix area, and notified police.

On Thursday, forensic scientist Steven Pitt was shot and killed outside of his Phoenix office. Pitt had advised police and prosecutors on major cases, including the JonBenét Ramsey murder and Columbine shooting, and also did a court-ordered psychiatric evaluation of Jones during his divorce, NBC News reports.

On Friday, paralegals Veleria Sharp and Laura Anderson were killed inside a Scottsdale law office. Court records show that their employer, Elizabeth Feldman, was Connie Jones' divorce lawyer. The fourth victim, psychologist and counselor Marshall Levine, was found dead Saturday in his Scottsdale office. Police said on Monday they also linked Jones to a double-murder in Fountain Hills, but the victims have not been identified. Catherine Garcia

May 28, 2018

Two journalists with the NBC affiliate WYFF were killed on Monday in Polk County, North Carolina, when a tree downed by Subtropical Storm Alberto fell on their SUV.

The station, based in Greenville, South Carolina, tweeted that its employees are "grieving. We are a family." The incident occurred just north of the South Carolina state line, NBC News reports, in an area considered dangerous and vulnerable to flash flooding. The victims have been identified as anchor Mike McCormick and photographer Aaron Smeltzer.

Alberto made landfall Monday afternoon near Laguna Beach, Florida, in the state's Panhandle. Heavy rains are expected in Florida and parts of Georgia, South Carolina, and Alabama, with forecasters saying there is the possibility of brief tornadoes as well. Alberto is maintaining its strength, with maximum sustained winds of 45 mph. Catherine Garcia

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