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Friday, October 2nd

Ten killed in college shooting in Oregon “Ten people have been killed and seven injured in a shooting at a college in the US state of Oregon. The 20-year-old gunman opened fire in a classroom at Umpqua Community College on Thursday morning. There were conflicting reports on the casualty numbers but Douglas County Sheriff John Hanlin said the figure of 10 dead was ‘the best one’. A visibly frustrated President Barack Obama demanded tighter gun laws, saying prayers are ‘no longer enough’. Such shootings – and his own response – had become routine, he said, barely concealing his exasperation. ‘We are not the only country on Earth that has people with mental illnesses or want to do harm to other people. But we are the only advanced country on earth that sees these mass shootings every few months.’”