Mar 10, 2018

Trump responds to California hostage situation at Veterans Home

Chris Childs, assistant chief of the California Highway Patrol, speaks at a press conference after a hostage situation at the Veterans Home of California. Photo: Stephen Lam / Getty Images

After an almost eight-hour standoff on Friday at the Veterans Home of California, officials found the gunman and three female hostages dead on Friday night, CNN reports.

What happened: The gunman, a former client of the facility identified as 36-year-old Albert Wong, "barged into a going-away party" for some of the employees, per CNN. Law enforcement responded to the scene a little after 10 a.m., following reports of gunfire. Police entered the room at the veterans home believed to be where the hostages were being held shortly before 6 p.m., finding Wong and the hostages dead.

  • The home is the largest veterans care facility in the country, operating as a men's "residential recovery program for veterans" from Iraq and Afghanistan that suffer from brain injury and PTSD, the LA Times reports.
  • California Sen. Bill Dodd told ABC affiliate, ABC7, that Wong had suffered "from post-traumatic stress disorder" after serving in the Middle East, per the LA Times.. He was "asked to leave the facility earlier in the week."
  • Per the L.A. Times, the three women were identified as: executive director of the facility, Christine Loeber, 48; therapist Jen Golick, 42; and San Francisco Department of Veterans Affairs and Healthcare System psychologist, Jennifer Gonzales, 29.

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U.S. coronavirus updates: Death toll nears 11,000

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Recorded deaths from the novel coronavirus surpassed 10,900 in the U.S. early Tuesday, per Johns Hopkins data. More than 1,000 people in the U.S. have died of coronavirus-related conditions each day since April 1.

Why it matters: U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams said on Sunday this week will be "the hardest and saddest week of most Americans' lives" — calling it our "our Pearl Harbor, our 9/11 moment."

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 11:30 p.m. ET: 1,347,803 — Total deaths: 74,807 — Total recoveries: 277,402Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 11:30 p.m. ET: 368,196 — Total deaths: 10,986 — Total recoveries: 19,828Map.
  3. Trump administration latest: President Trump's economic adviser Peter Navarro warned White House colleagues in late January the coronavirus could take over half a million American lives and cost close to $6 trillion, memos obtained by Axios show.
  4. 2020 update: Wisconsin Supreme Court blocks governor's attempt to delay in-person primary voting delayed until June.
  5. States latest: West Coast states send ventilators to New York and other states with more immediate need — Data suggest coronavirus curve may be flattening in New York, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said.
  6. World update: U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson moved to intensive care as coronavirus symptoms worsen.
  7. Stocks latest: The S&P 500 closed up 7% on Monday, while the Dow rose more than 1,500 points.
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Docs: Navarro memos warning mass death circulated West Wing in January

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In late January, President Trump's economic adviser Peter Navarro warned his White House colleagues the novel coronavirus could take more than half a million American lives and cost close to $6 trillion, according to memos obtained by Axios.

  • By late February, Navarro was even more alarmed, and he warned his colleagues, in another memo, that up to two million Americans could die of the virus.

Driving the news: Navarro's grim estimates are set out in two memos — one dated Jan. 29 and addressed to the National Security Council, the other dated Feb. 23 and addressed to the president. The NSC circulated both memos around the White House and multiple agencies.

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