October 23rd, 2013
09:20 AM ET

Frantic 911 Tapes in Nevada School Shooting

As police tried to piece together how and why a seventh-grader shot and killed a teacher and wounded two other students at his Nevada school, recordings of the first calls to police captured the horror and chaos he unleashed.

"This is a student at Sparks Middle School. Can you please send police out here? There's a kid with a gun."

"Somebody brought a gun to school. They shot a teacher."

"I got a kid down who's been shot."

The 12-year-old boy, whose name has not been released, began by shooting a fellow student in the shoulder, police said Tuesday. Then he turned his gun on math teacher Michael Landsberry before shooting a second student in the abdomen, Washoe County School District Police Chief Mike Mieras said.

After that, he shot himself to death with his pistol, which Sparks Deputy Police Chief Tom Miller identified as a Ruger 9mm semiautomatic.

The parents of the shooter are fully cooperating with police, reports CNN’s Stephanie Elam.

“But they could face charges if it’s discovered that their son was able to get his hands on a gun that was not properly stored.”

Meanwhile, friends of beloved math teacher, marine, and husband Michael Landsberry are speaking out in his memory.

He gave his life trying to talk down the shooter and defuse the situation, likely saving the lives of countless others.

He's being hailed as a hero today by Chief Master Sergeant James Ross, who supervised Landsberry in the National Guard and is a close personal friend of the family. (SEE VIDEO BELOW)

Ross says, "Michael left us the same way that he lived his life amongst us with honor and discipline and integrity and the discipline that was instilled in him from Marine Corps boot camp and throughout his service in the United States Marine Corps and the Air Force, through the International Guard, allowed him to stand in face of that danger and to - he was trying to help that child give up the weapon, so that he could protect others."


October 23rd, 2013
07:52 AM ET

Girl Taken From Roma Family in Ireland

Irish police say they have removed a seven-year-old blond girl from a Roma family in the Dublin suburb of Tallaght.

Police say they're not convinced the girl belongs to the family she lived with when she was removed Monday. The girl is now in the care of social services.

Few other details are known about the girl in Ireland. But the situation echoes a similar case in Greece that has grabbed the attention of authorities and parents around the world.

Greek authorities say a girl believed to be five to six years old may have been abducted by a Roma couple there. Authorities have charged the couple with abducting the child they call Maria.

But that girl's DNA didn't match any profile in Interpol's database, the international law enforcement agency said Tuesday.

Interpol said Greek authorities have asked for its help in finding out Maria's identity. "Until now, a comparison of the girl's profile against Interpol's global DNA database has not produced a match," Interpol said in a news release.

Interpol said it would make the database available to authorities in countries where someone who claims to be a possible blood relative to the child has submitted a DNA profile.

The agency has more than 600 missing people listed on its website, 32 of whom are five or six years old.

A spokesman for a Greek children's charity said about ten cases of missing children around the world are "being taken very seriously" in connection with Maria's case.

"They include children from the United States, Canada, Poland and France," said Panagiotis Pardalis of the Smile of the Child charity.

“Though Interpol says Maria's DNA doesn't match any profile in its database, it is still being compared to that of Lisa Irwin,” reports CNN’s Erin McLaughlin.

“Lisa vanished from her parents’ Kansas City home two years ago... and though they believe Maria is too old to be a match, U.S. authorities want to be certain.”


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October 23rd, 2013
07:07 AM ET

MacNeill Trial: What You Missed And What's Ahead

Prosecutors say Martin MacNeill was having an affair when he drugged and drowned his wife, Michele, in 2007. He has pleaded not guilty to her murder. Get caught up on what you missed from week one of his trial.

Prosecutors dragged a bathtub into court for the first days of their case against Martin MacNeill and questioned whether the Utah doctor actually tried saving his wife after pulling her lifeless body onto the bathroom floor.

Martin MacNeill is accused of drugging his wife with a powerful cocktail of prescriptions and then drowning her as she recovered from face-lift surgery in 2007.

MacNeill, who has pleaded not guilty, could face life in prison if convicted. His defense attorneys say investigators were so intent on pointing the finger at MacNeill that they overlooked the simple fact that his wife died from natural causes.

In the days ahead, jurors may hear from the couple's daughter, Alexis, who now goes by her mother's maiden name, Somers. She was a medical student at the time of her mother's death and was by her mother's side during her recovery. Somers is expected to testify about her suspicions surrounding her father's behavior. She may also tell jurors that it was her father who pushed her mother to have the surgery.

Anna Osborne Walthall, a woman who claims to have been Martin MacNeill's lover for several months in 2005, is also expected to take the stand at some point. She claims MacNeill told her about how to administer heart-stopping drugs that can go undetected.

There's also MacNeill's alleged mistress, Gypsy Willis, who could be thrown in the mix. Prosecutors say the doctor and Willis were having an affair and she's the reason MacNeill was moved to kill his wife. The pair was convicted of fraud charges in 2009 after using the personal information from one of MacNeill's adopted daughters to create a new identity for Gypsy as "Jillian." MacNeill listed "Jillian" as his wife on at least one document, with their marriage date the same day as his late wife's funeral.

MacNeill's trial is expected to take place over five weeks. The jury who will decide his fate is comprised of six men and five women, which includes three alternates.

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October 23rd, 2013
06:45 AM ET

Rough Obamacare Rollout: 4 Reasons Why

It seems like a long time since Vice President Joe Biden whispered a bit too loudly to President Barack Obama that his imminent signing of the 2010 Affordable Care Act was "a big f-ing deal."

Biden was right – it was big then, and is even bigger more than three years later. However, most of the talk today is about problems with Obama's signature health care reforms that are emboldening hyper-partisan critics on the political right and raising public doubts about the system's viability.

How could it be that the administration, with so much time to implement the overhaul the health insurance overhaul, ended up botching the roll out of the most controversial provision – the individual mandate requiring people to obtain coverage or face a fine.

Clay Johnson is a programming expert and author of "The Information Diet." He tells "New Day's" Kate Bolduan one reason the site has so many issues is the quality of the staff the government was able to hire.

"Government doesn’t have a lot of great people to choose from to begin with. The government contracting ecosystem is filled with people who have really great attorneys but not particularly good programmers."


Some reasons are political and others are technical, but all point to a mix of presidential over-promising, rabid political opposition and the arcane contracting process used by the government to choose which companies got the job of devising a website enrollment system unprecedented in its size and complexity.


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