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FBI searching Nevada house of Las Vegas gunman

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ABC News(LAS VEGAS) — The FBI was at the Mesquite, Nevada, home of Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock on Sunday, executing a new search after interviewing Paddock’s girlfriend, the local police chief told ABC News.

Mesquite Police Chief Troy Tanner said the FBI contacted the Mesquite PD for assistance in executing the new federal search warrant on the house where Paddock lived with his girlfriend, Marilou Danley.

Tanner said he was told the FBI wanted to take another pass at searching the house after they interviewed Danley, and they were there this afternoon, conducting searches and photographing and processing evidence.

Paddock killed 58 people and injured hundreds of others in a shooting rampage from his room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino, when he opened fire on 22,000 concertgoers attending the third day of the Route 91 Harvest Festival along the Las Vegas Strip last Sunday.

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Protesters outraged over deadly police shooting in Utah

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ABCNews.com(SALT LAKE CITY) — Black Lives Matter demonstrators gathered outside police headquarters in Salt Lake City on Sunday afternoon to protest a prosecutor’s decision not to file charges against a police officer who fatally shot a 50-year-old man.

Videos of the incident, which occurred in August, were released on Wednesday when the decision was announced. They appeared to show that Patrick Harmon, 50, was shot as he was running away from officers who were trying to arrest him.

Lex Scott, an organizer with Black Lives Matter in Utah, said last week that the community wants Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill to resign.

Gill said Friday that the shooting was justified because slow-motion video of the incident shows that Harmon turned toward police with a knife with the blade out. A knife was found at the scene, the district attorney said.

“We felt that the officer was justified in the use of that lethal force,” Gill said. “He generally feared for his safety and the safety of other officers.”

In a statement announcing the protest, Black Lives Matter said Gill “is more concerned with his relationship to the police department, than actually serving his community in a just fashion.”

The incident began the night of August 13, when police stopped Harmon after he was spotted crossing six lanes of traffic on his bicycle, which did not have a red tail light, as law requires.

Bodycam footage shows that the interaction between Harmon and police began peacefully, but when the officers realized Harmon had several felony warrants and placed him under arrest, Harmon took off running.

According to the district attorney’s report, Officer Clinton Fox said that Harmon yelled at police that he would “stab you,” but that is not audible on the body cam video.

Gill said that freeze-frames from the videos show Harmon turning towards Fox before he was shot, and Fox said he saw a knife in his hand. The officer can be heard yelling “I’ll shoot you,” before he opens fire.

Jeanetta Williams, president of the Salt Lake branch of the NAACP, said Friday that the group would try to get more information before deciding what action to take, according to the Associated Press.

“He ran, but in the video I didn’t see a knife,” Williams said. “I just saw him try to run and then they just shot him.”

Fox has been placed on modified duty pending the outcome of the department’s internal investigation.

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NFL reporter now says he never asked Kaepernick if he'd stand for anthem

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Manny Carabel / Contributor / Getty Images(NEW YORK) — An NFL reporter is now taking back a statement he made live on TV Sunday morning that former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick is not planning to continue kneeling in protest during the national anthem if he is given a chance to play in the league again.

After reporter Jason La Canfora’s statement to CBS Sports was widely reported, he tweeted Sunday afternoon that he had not spoken to Kaepernick about whether he would continue the protest but rather had “relayed” another report.

Kaepernick himself retweeted posts that La Canfora’s report was false, and later, a quote he attributed to Winston Churchill about lies.

Kaepernick began his silent protest of kneeling during the anthem when he was playing in the 2016 preseason for the San Francisco 49ers. He told the media he was protesting against the treatment of blacks in the United States.

Some other NFL players followed his lead during the 2016 season, drawing a mixed response from football fans and the general public, with some supporting the protest and others not.

But Kaepernick’s most visible impact seemed to come at the start of this season, even though he himself has not been signed yet to a team, after President Donald Trump at a campaign-style rally in Alabama slammed NFL players who participate in the protest.

The president told the crowd at the rally on Sept. 22 that teams should fire players who kneel during the anthem.

“Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say: ‘Get that son of a b—- off the field right now, out,'” Trump said.

In response at NFL games over the next few days, many more players kneeled during the anthem or locked arms with teammates and in some cases also with their team’s owners.

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Las Vegas gunman's nightstand note contained figures for wind, trajectory and distance: Officials

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Obtained by ABC News(LAS VEGAS) — A note containing handwritten numbers for wind, trajectory, and distance was discovered by Steven Paddock’s body inside the Las Vegas hotel room where he took his life last Sunday after slaughtering 58 people and injuring hundreds, officials have confirmed.

Law enforcement officials briefed on the investigation confirmed to ABC News on Sunday that the note found on Paddock’s hexagon-shaped nightstand contained such numerical figures.

The note’s details, first reported by “60 Minutes,” were revealed by Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Officer Dave Newton, who said he spotted it resting by Paddock’s “shooting platform.”

“I could see on it he had written the distance, the elevation he was on, the drop of what his bullet was going to be for the crowd,” Newton said in a clip from the the episode, which will be televised on Sunday night. “So he had had that written down, and figured out so he would know where to shoot to hit his targets from there.”

Pressed about what the meaning of the numbers were, Newton said, Paddock “must have done the calculations online or something, to figure out what his altitude was going to be, and how high up he was — how far out the crowd was going to be, and what — at that distance — and what the drop of his bullet was going to be.

“He hadn’t written out the calculations — all he had was written out [was] the final numbers that were on the sheet,” he added.

The note’s contents give a clearer picture of Paddock’s planning before he starting firing on 22,000 concertgoers attending the third day of the Route 91 Harvest Festival along the Las Vegas Strip last Sunday.

Sources have told ABC News that Paddock, a 64-year-old retiree, likely had severe mental illness which appears so far to have remained undiagnosed.

Authorities who have logged hundreds of interviews suggest that though Paddock was a successful businessman, he struggled interacting with people.

The property owner and high-stakes video poker player is described as standoff-ish, disconnected, and a man who had difficulty establishing and maintaining meaningful relationships.

He reportedly was exhibiting many antisocial traits that are typical of past mass shooters, according to one source who spoke to ABC News anonymously.

In addition to killing 58 people in his attack, Paddock injured at least 489 others before taking his own life.

Paddock was known for playing gambling games in casinos for hours at a time, with little or no human contact.

Profilers and behavioral scientists this week were brought in to examine witness interviews and investigative summaries to better understand what drove the Mesquite, Nevada, man to execute and injure so many in such a calculated and detached fashion.

They are particularly focused on the period of September to October 2016, when Paddock began buying 30-plus guns, in concentration — most of which were rifles, ABC News has learned.

Sources also said that the gunman’s gambling wages went up during that time, and he completed computer searches where he was looking at a lot of different hotel venues — some apparently just to research, some of which he actually traveled to.

Police, according to multiple law enforcement officials, still have found no definitive evidence to prove Paddock had an accomplice, and have not nailed down a definitive motive.

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