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GEORGETOWN---Heavy rains have
flooded thousands of homes in Guyana
and forced the closure of schools and
businesses in the capital, officials said
More than seven inches (18 centime-
ters) of rain fell on the capital of George-
town in less than 24 hours, and more
rain is predicted for the coming days,
Many streets were impassable in
Georgetown and there were widespread
reports of flooding in the lower floors
of buildings throughout the city. No
deaths were reported.
The Education Ministry said schools
throughout the capital region were closed
Deputy City Mayor Patricia Chase-
Green said there were also reports of
flooding throughout the country, with
up to nine inches (23 centimeters) falling
in a 12-hour period in the rice-growing
region of Mahaica.
Guyana is particularly prone to dan-
gerous flooding. The coastal plains of
the South American country are pro-
tected by a system of canals and drains
and sea walls.
Guyana under flood waters
TALLAHASSEE---The Florida State
University alumnus and attorney
who shot three people at the school s
library early yesterday believed the
government was targeting him for
persecution, detailing his thoughts
in a journal and in videos detectives
obtained, authorities said.
Officers fatally shot Myron May,
31, during an exchange outside the
library at about 12.30 am. May
reloaded at least once and tried to
enter the library, where 300 or more
students were studying for exams,
but was blocked by lobby security
barriers that permit only students
and staff inside, Tallahassee Police
Chief Michael DeLeo said.
The shooting sent students scram-
bling for cover in the book aisles and
barricading themselves in with desks
amid screams from classmates.
One person is in critical condition
and one is in good condition at a local
hospital, while the third was released.
May s Facebook page shows he
posted mostly Bible verses and links
to conspiracy theories about the gov-
ernment reading people s minds.
According to a Las Cruces, New
Mexico, police report last month,
May was a subject of a harassment
complaint after a former girlfriend
called to report he came to her home
uninvited and claimed police were
bugging his house and car.
The report also said May recently
quit his job and was on medication.
No charges were filed.
Abigail Taunton, who runs a foster
home in the Florida Panhandle, told
AP that May was staying at a guest
house she owns.
She said she had known him since
he was about 13 or 14 and that he
ran cross country with her kids and
stayed at her house a lot. She said
he lived with his grandmother after
coming out of a "bad situation" with
"My heart s broken. In a million
years I wouldn t have thought he d
do something like this." (AP)
BAGHDAD---An Islamic State (Isis)
leader has been killed in an air strike
in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul,
residents and a local hospital source
Radwan Taleb al-Hamdouni, whom
the sources described as the radical
militant group s leader in Mosul, was
killed with his driver when their car
was hit in a western district of the
city on Wednesday.
The ultra-hardline Islamic State
swept through northern Iraq in June
almost unopposed by the Iraqi army,
consolidating gains made in the coun-
try s Sunni heartland region of Anbar.
Hamdouni was buried later on
Wednesday. Large numbers of sup-
porters, some carrying black Islamic
State flags, attended the funeral, one
Two US officials said they were
unable to confirm whether Hamdouni
had been killed.
Hamdouni had been the Islamic
State wali , or governor, of Mosul,
which was captured by the group in
June and is the largest city in a self-
declared Islamic State caliphate strad-
dling the border between northern
Iraq and eastern Syria.
Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-
Baghdadi chose a mosque in Mosul
to deliver a sermon in July, his only
appearance since he assumed the title
of caliph, or Muslim leader.
Sources in Iraq said two weeks ago
that he had been wounded in an air
strike. The movement later released
a defiant audio statement by Bagh-
The United States launched air
strikes against the group in Iraq in
August, later expanding operations
to targets in Syria.
The air campaign helped Kurdish
forces retake territory from the group
in Iraq and defend the Syrian border
town of Kobani from an ongoing Isis
Islamic State fighters faced another
setback this week when Iraqi officials
said they had broken a five-month
siege of the Baiji oil refinery, Iraq s
largest, on Tuesday.
US air strike targets Mosul stronghold...
ban St Louis gun dealers
have been doing brisk busi-
ness, particularly among
first-time buyers, as fearful
residents await a grand jury s
decision on whether to
indict the police officer who
fatally shot Michael Brown.
Metro Shooting Supplies,
in an area near the city s main
airport, reports selling two to
three times more weapons
than usual in recent weeks---
an average of 30 to 50 guns
each day---while the jury pre-
pares to conclude its three-
month review of the case that
sparked looting and weeks of
"We re selling everything
that s not nailed down,"
owner Steven King said.
"Police aren t going to be
able to protect every single
individual. If you don t pre-
pare yourself and get ready
for the worst, you have no
one to blame but yourself."
The store s waiting list for
private lessons and con-
cealed-carry training classes
extends into 2015.
Protest leaders say they are
preparing for non-violent
demonstrations after the
grand jury s decision is
announced, but they also
acknowledge the risk of more
unrest if the panel decides
not to issue criminal charges
against Darren Wilson, the
white officer who shot
Brown, who was black and
The St Louis County Police
Department reports a sharp
increase in the number of
issued since Brown s death
compared with a year ago.
Police spokesman Brian
Schellman said "it would be
naive" to say the increase has
not been driven by concern
over the grand jury decision.
up ahead of
Isis leader killed
Cops kill gunman after attack at Florida university
A Tallahassee policeman talks to students outside the Strozier Library on the Florida State University campus in
Tallahassee, Florida, yesterday, where a shooting occurred. The gunman was shot and killed by police. AP PHOTO
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