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Police say 19 people were injured after shots were fired at a Mother’s Day parade this afternoon in New Orleans. According to Remi Braden, director of public affairs for the New Orleans Police Department., there were no fatalities and most of the wounds were not life-threatening.
Two children were purportedly among the injured, suffering minor graze wounds from the passing bullets.
Multiple individuals are thought to be responsible for the shooting, as shots were fired from different guns. Officers report witnessing three suspects flee the scene following the incident.
As of now, no one has been taken into custody.
Aggravated murder will likely be added to the growing list of charges being pressed against Ariel Castro, the 52-year-old man accused of raping and kidnapping three young women. During the ten years his victims were held captive in his Cleveland home, Castro allegedly fathered one daughter and several unborn children with the women.
Victim Michele Knight attributes at least five miscarriages to the brutal beating she received from Castro. Cuyahoga County Prosecutor, Timothy McGinty, announced Thursday that additional charges of aggravated murder will likely be pressed in relation to these allegations. A death penalty sentence for the murder of an unborn child is unprecedented.
As of now, Castro has been charged with four counts of kidnapping and three counts of rape.
Investigators are still looking into the cause of a massive Southern California wildfire that has burned through over 28,000 acres of Ventura County since Thursday. The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection suspects an “undetermined roadside ignition of grass and debris” to have been the source of the blaze. Officials have ruled out arson as a possible cause.
The fire was 75 percent contained as of Sunday, thanks in part to the lighter winds and cooler temperatures persisting in the area. Full containment is expected to be achieved by Monday night.
This fire is the latest of over 680 wildfires that have blazed through California in 2013 alone.
A new study indicates that faith in God may lead to better short-term treatment outcomes in patients suffering from psychiatric illnesses.
According to David Rosmarin, a clinician and instructor in the department of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, individuals who professed a strong belief in God later reported a better well-being, less depression, and less anxiety in face of their treatments.
159 patients were evaluated in the Behavioral Health Partial Hospital department at McLean Hospital in Belmont, Massachusetts. Participants were asked to rate their spiritual faith and their expectations regarding the treatment on a five-point scale. Researchers then assessed each patient’s well-being at the beginning and end of the program, accounting for their levels of depression, anxiety and self-harm.
Rosmarin reported that patients who described themselves as possessing more than a “slight” belief in a higher power were twice as likely to respond to treatment.
Researchers are still unsure as to whether the cause of the treatment boost can be accredited to spirituality, some outside factor, or if spiritual people, somehow, are healthier than others.