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Chattanooga Shooter Traveled to Middle East:  The gunman who opened fire at a military recruitment center and a Naval Operations Support Center Thursday, killing four Marines, allegedly took multiple trips to the Middle East, authorities say.  Fox News reports that 24-year-old Mohammad Youssef Abulazeez, a Kuwaiti-born Chattanooga resident, stayed in Jordan for seven months in 2014 and may have also traveled to Yemen.  Federal authorities are looking into the possibility that the shooting was an act of terrorism, but have not yet uncovered any evidence that connects Abulazeez directly with Islamic extremists.  Abulazeez opened fire from his vehicle at a military recruitment center Thursday morning, then drove to a Naval Operations Support Center, crashed through the gate and gunned down four Marines.  He was fatally shot by police.

Cops Hunt Sex Offender After Four People Shot in Three Towns:  A massive manhunt for a registered sex offender is underway in northern Maine, after he fled in a stolen pulp truck following the shootings of four people in three towns.  Fox News reports that 35-year-old Anthony Lord, a lifetime registrant on the Maine Sex Offender Registry list, is considered armed and dangerous.  Maine State Police have converged on one of the three towns, locking it down completely, while they continue to track him down.

Lawmakers Shelve Bill to Change Part of Prop 47:  A bill intended to fix an "unintended consequence" of Proposition 47, a voter-approved initiative that reduced criminal penalties for some non-violent offenders, has been shelved by California lawmakers, passing the Assembly but failing in the Senate Public Safety Committee.  The AP reports that Assemblyman Jim Cooper's AB390 would allow authorities to continue collecting DNA samples from criminals convicted of crimes that were previously felonies but have since been classified as misdemeanors under the initiative, which was passed in November 2014.  Cooper says that nearly 80 percent of DNA involves crimes that are now misdemeanors. 

AB 109 Probationer Arrested in Robbery of Elderly Woman:  A man being supervised under California's realignment program, known as AB 109, was arrested Wednesday in connection with a home invasion robbery of an elderly Burbank woman who was left with a fractured clavicle, broken nose and bruises all over her body.  The Burbank Leader reports that 27-year-old Lonnie Garcia, who was released from prison about one month ago, knocked on 89-year-old Gerri Dickinson's door, forced his way inside, tied a sheet around her neck, knocked her to the ground, threatened to shoot her and ransacked her home.  Garcia's criminal record includes two burglary convictions, one in 2010 and the other in 2012, as well as a conviction for possessing a controlled substance for sale.  "If it wasn't for AB 109, the gentleman would still be in custody," says Burbank Police Sgt. Claudio Losacco.

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