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Waffle House slaying suspect arrested; veteran receives world’s most extensive penis transplant; more in U.S. news

Tennessee

Waffle House slaying
suspect arrested

The mentally unstable white gunman suspected of killing four people and wounding more at a diverse Nashville Waffle House was arrested near his apartment Monday, authorities said. Police and federal agents had mounted a massive search for Travis Reinking, 29, after the Sunday morning attacks, in which a man in only a jacket shot up the Waffle House before being disarmed by James Shaw Jr., a 29-year-old customer. Deemed a hero, Shaw had grabbed the assault rifle, burning his hands, after being grazed by a bullet and wrestled the shooter out of the restaurant, where the man fled. Police received a tip Monday that a person matching Reinking’s description walked into the woods in suburban Nashville, Lt. Carlos Lara said. Detectives then arrested Reinking, who had a backpack with a semi-automatic weapon and .45-caliber ammunition. Last year, Reinking went to the White House to speak to President Donald Trump and was arrested for being in a restricted area. His Illinois firearms license was revoked, and his weapons were turned over to his father. But authorities say his father simply returned the guns to his son when Reinking moved out of state. Nashville police said Reinking was taken to a hospital before he would be booked on four counts of criminal homicide. The slain victims were: Joe Perez, 20, who worked with his brother at an appliance store; DeEbony Groves, 21, a Belmont University social work senior with two jobs and who was eating with Delta Sigma Theta sisters; Taurean Sanderlin, 29, a Waffle House worker shot taking a break; and Akilah Dasilva, 23, a musician known as Natrix Dream who was with his partner and his brother. Trump had yet to comment on the shooting and Shaw’s heroics by Monday night.

Mississippi

Who loves Lucy?

Lucy is a lover of long walks and a shared dinner of weeds, and she’s looking for love. At least according to an ad the 2-year-old Embden goose’s owner placed in a Facebook page last week. Brandy Hall told the Sun Herald of Biloxi — whose photographer Amanda McCoy took this shot of Lucy relaxing in a small pool — that she has taken it upon herself to find a suitable gander. Lucy is currently enamored with Hall’s Great Pyrenees, but the dog isn’t very happy with the match. Hall says there haven’t been many serious responses to her post so far, though someone did ask how much Lucy would cost. Hall said she’d be happy even finding a friend for Lucy, but she’d like to see her find a lifelong mate.

Nation

Sears’ biggest shareholder
offers to buy Kenmore brand

Sears’ biggest shareholder has suggested the company sell its well-known Kenmore brand and more, offering itself as a potential buyer. The ailing company has sold off other major brands as it struggles to stay afloat, with Kenmore a notable remainder of the powerhouse retailer that survived two world wars and the Great Depression. The private equity firm ESL Investment, headed by Sears chairman and CEO Edward Lampert, said it might buy Kenmore, Sears Home Services’ home improvement business and the company’s Parts Direct business — if the company is willing to sell. That sent shares of Sears Holding Corp., which have lost more than 70 percent of their value in the past year, up nearly 5 percent.

Full Senate to vote on Pompeo

Mike Pompeo, President Donald Trump’s choice for secretary of state, avoided a rare rebuke Monday as a Senate committee narrowly recommended him. The vote served as a warning shot to the White House as nominees to lead the CIA and the VA are hitting stiff resistance. Committee Democrats had grilled Pompeo over his anti-LGBTQ stances, striking North Korea first, Russia’s meddling in the election and more. Pompeo, currently CIA director, received the panel’s approval only after Trump’s last-minute overtures to Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky. His nomination now goes to the full Senate, where votes are tallying in his favor and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he looks forward to voting this week.

Maryland

Veteran receives penis transplant

A Baltimore hospital says a wounded U.S. veteran has received the world’s most extensive penis transplant. Johns Hopkins University said the transplant included the scrotum and part of the abdominal wall. Doctors said the patient had the highly experimental transplant last month in a 14-hour operation. He is recovering well, officials said, and expected to leave the hospital later this week. The patient, who asked not to be identified, had survived a blast in Afghanistan a few years ago that devastated his groin and pelvic region. Three other successful penis transplants have been performed, two in South Africa and one in 2016 at Massachusetts General Hospital. But those transplants involved only the penis, not extensive surrounding tissue that makes such surgery for combat wounds more difficult. — tbt* wires

 
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