US News: 6 Dead in California Shootings; Most Still Against Health Care Law; Let Cows Graze; Wounded Wildlife

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By: ap

COLLEGE-COMMUNITY-SHOOTING
GOLETA, Calif. (AP) -- Authorities say a 22-year-old man who went on a rampage in a beachside California college community stabbed three people to death at his apartment, gunned down two women outside a sorority and killed one more person outside a deli.
The killings took place Friday night near the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Police believe 22-year-old Elliot Rodger, a student at Santa Barbara City College, .killed himself after a roving gun battle with officers.
Sheriff Bill Brown says thirteen people were injured -- eight from gunshot wounds, four from being hit by his car and one who suffered a minor injury whose exact cause was not clear yet.
Police say Rodger, the son of director Peter Rodger who worked on the "The Hunger Games," went from one location to another and opened fire on random people and exchanged gunfire with law enforcement before he crashed his BMW. Brown says deputies found three semi-automatic handguns with 400 unspent rounds in his black BMW. All were purchased legally.
Before the rampage, Rodger repeatedly talked online in videos about being sexually frustrated, alone and miserable.
An attorney for Rodger's family says they worried about him enough to call police about his videos, saying they were alarmed by seeing him talk of suicide and killing people.
In a seven-minute video posted Friday, Rodger warned "Tomorrow is the day of retribution."

COLLEGE-COMMUNITY-SHOOTING-VICTIMS
GOLETA, Calif. (AP) -- A man whose son was among the victims killed in a rampage near a California university quaked with grief and rage as he described his "lost and broken" family and the proliferation of guns he believes led to his son's death.
Police said Saturday that 20-year-old Christopher Ross Michael-Martinez was the last of six people killed by suspect Elliot Rodger near the University of California, Santa Barbara before the gunman apparently shot and killed himself.
Michael-Martinez's father Richard Martinez choked back tears as he talked to reporters before a news conference, saying "When will this insanity stop?"
Martinez then shouted "we should say to ourselves `not one more!' " before dissolving into tears and falling to his knees.
Martinez says he talked to his son, a sophomore at UC Santa Barbara, just 45 minutes before he was killed.

ARIZONA WILDFIRES
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) -- A wildfire burning in rugged terrain in a northern Arizona canyon grew significantly due to fires intentionally set by crews to rob the blaze of its natural forest fuels.
The fire's size reached 16 square miles by Saturday morning.
Officials say that crews have mostly completed burnout operations on the key northern flank of the Slide Fire and are preparing to make similar protection efforts on the fire's western end.
The burnout operations conducted Friday night by fire crews contributed to heavy smoke over Sedona and Flagstaff.
The wildfire grew by nearly 5 square miles since the latest report.
It's burning around Oak Creek Canyon, a scenic recreation area along the highway between Sedona and Flagstaff.
No homes have been destroyed.
The fire is 5 percent contained.

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A new poll on the health care overhaul finds Americans are still waiting to be impressed.
Despite more than 8 million sign-ups, the Associated Press-GfK poll finds just 28 percent in support of the law while 43 percent are opposed.
Even with the strongly negative sentiment, most Americans who have enrolled say the price is about what they expected to pay or a little less.
But even that was diminished by another finding: More than one-third of those who said they or someone in their household tried to enroll, were ultimately unable to do so.
For the White House, it's an uncomfortable reminder of the technical problems that paralyzed the HealthCare.gov website for weeks after it went live last fall.

DENVER (AP) -- A Colorado-based grocery store chain recently announced it will carry only dairy products from farms where cows graze in pastures.
Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage claims grazing improves the health of cows, consumers and the environment.
Executive vice president Heather Isely says consumers envision dairy cows on pastures and don't realize that most animals are kept in barns. She says the company wants to encourage people to think more carefully about where their food comes from.
But Cornell University professor Tom Overton, an expert in dairy cow nutrition, sees Natural Grocers' push for pasture-raised dairy as mostly a marketing tool.
He says grazing doesn't significantly change the nutritional value of milk and that animals in barns can be just as healthy as those outdoors.

PHOENIX (AP) -- A police officer for an American Indian community in eastern metropolitan Phoenix was fatally shot early Saturday during a traffic stop.
FBI spokesman Perryn Collier says the officer for the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community was shot after he made contact with people in the vehicle.
Salt River police spokesman Vicente Cendejas (SIN-day-haus) says the death marks the first time that an officer in the community's police department was killed in the line of duty.
Two suspects are in custody.
Investigators are looking for a third person who is considered a witness in the case.
It's unknown whether the officer returned fire or the reason why the officer pulled over the vehicle.
The officer was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
The officer has not been identified.

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- A former police officer in Northern California is being investigated for collecting a disability pension while he is currently working for the FBI.
Oakland city officials are looking into how former police officer Aaron McFarlane receives more than $52,000 in disability benefits from the city while he has been working as an FBI special agent in Boston.
Oakland spokeswoman Karen Boyd says the city is investigating the matter.
McFarlane's name surfaced after he was recently identified as the federal officer who last year shot and killed Ibragim Todashev, a friend of suspected Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlin Tsarnaev.
The 41-year-old McFarlane retired from the Oakland Police Department on medical disability in 2004, four years after he joined the department as a patrol officer. Those on disability retirement are banned from doing similar work for any other agency in California.
McFarlane joined the FBI in 2008.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- A moose in Minnesota was suffering from an open wound where its tail should have been. Wildlife managers concluded it was the result of a wolf attack and left it alone.
But state officials intervened on behalf of a baby eagle with a broken wing, as the nest was the subject of a popular online video feed.
The cases highlight a common dilemma across the country: when to intervene for wounded wildlife and when to let nature take its course.
Wildlife biologists say there's a strong preference for deferring to nature.
A social media outcry led officials to try to save the eaglet, but it was too sick. As for the moose, it survived and recently gave birth.


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