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  • A Foxborough, Massachusetts, man shot and killed his 6-year-old son Thursday night before turning the gun on himself and committing suicide, the Norfolk County District Attorney said Friday morning. Around 11:30 p.m. Thursday, the Foxborough Police Department received a 911 call from a neighbor to report what appeared to be a medical emergency. >> Read more trending news “First responders came to the scene and located 6-year-old Anthony Scaccia suffering from a single gunshot wound,” District Attorney Michael Morrissey said at a news conference Friday morning. “He was taken to Norwood Hospital where he was pronounced dead.” First responders also located William Scaccia Jr., 49, Anthony’s father, dead from a single gunshot wound to the head, Morrissey said. >> Related: Mother feared father would kill son, self, affidavit says “As far as we know he was not living at that house,” Foxborough police Chief William Baker said. “The occupants of the house, including this child, had a family relationship with him and had lived there previously.” Baker said the police department had previous run-ins with William Scaccia. “The history recently led me to deny him a pistol permit in July of this year,” Baker said. “He appealed that denial to the District Court in Wrentham. On Sept. 8, the judge in the District Court supported my denial, preventing him from being licensed from having a firearm.” Baker reiterated the fact that they had previous history with William Scaccia, which were described as “family and domestic relationships,” which, he said, were complicated. One of those run-ins with police, Baker said, led to his arrest on Sept. 16. The incident is under investigation by state and local authorities, and Morrissey said a weapon and shell casings were recovered from the scene. “There was also some evidence that an accelerant was spread through parts of the house and in a hallway area and upstairs,” Morrissey said.  The boy’s grandmother was asleep in the home and awoke to smoke and flames. She was able to extinguish the fire before first responders arrived. Baker said the most important part of this incident, in his opinion, was the killing of Anthony Scaccia. He said that in his previous jurisdictions the police department created public service announcements pleading to “people on the edge” to reach out to clergy or other resources to get them the help they need.  “Seek help rather than make a horrific decision like this, to take the life of an innocent child,” Baker said.  Foxborough Public Schools Superintendent Debbie Spinelli said the entire community was shaken. “Our hearts go out to this sweet little boy who was just starting his educational journey and to those who loved and cared for him,” Spinelli said in a statement. “Counselors are available at school (Friday) morning for our students and staff, and will continue next week.”
  • Iran tested a new ballistic missile that reportedly is capable of carrying multiple warheads, CNN reported Saturday, citing the nation's state-run broadcaster announced. >> Read more trending news “Iran has released footage of the successful test-launch of its new ballistic missile, Khorramshahr, a few hours after it was unveiled during a military parade in the capital city of Tehran,” Press TV said. “The Khorramshahr missile has become smaller in size and more tactical and it will be operational in the near future.” The missile was launched from an unknown location, CNN reported. Called the Khorramshahr missile, the weapon has a range of 1,250 miles and can carry multiple warheads, according to Press TV. That would make it capable of reaching Israel and Saudi Arabia, CNN reported. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Friday that the country would press ahead with strengthening its missile capabilities and military defenses, Press TV reported. “We will promote our defensive and military power as much as we deem necessary,' Rouhani said. “We seek no one's permission to defend our land.” “Whether you like it or not we are going to help Syria, Yemen, and Palestine, and we will strengthen our missiles.”
  • With Friday’s decision by Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) to oppose a last-ditch GOP proposal to overhaul the Obama health law, Republicans have almost run out of time to make substantive changes to Obamacare by a September 30 deadline for action under a special expedited procedure that did not allow for a Senate filibuster, again dealing the President and GOP leaders a bitter defeat on an issue they’ve campaigned on for the last seven years. Here’s what can still happen over the next week – and in coming months on Capitol Hill. 1. There could still be a vote on Graham-Cassidy. While Sen. McCain has made clear that he won’t vote for the plan from Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA), it’s possible that the Senate could still go on the record on the matter. Aides to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said earlier this week that he planned to force a vote, and that could still happen, to clearly show who was for the plan, and who was not. But for now, it seems like the GOP will fail to get anything done on this signature campaign issue, with McCain, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) definitely against the plan – and two others, Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) leaning against. I cannot in good conscience vote for Graham-Cassidy. A bill impacting so many lives deserves a bipartisan approach. https://t.co/2sDjhw6Era pic.twitter.com/30OWezQpLg — John McCain (@SenJohnMcCain) September 22, 2017 2. It could re-start bipartisan health talks. Up until last week, when GOP interest suddenly surged in the Graham-Cassidy plan, there had been increasing efforts to find some kind of agreement between Senators in both parties on ways to make some short term improvements in the Obama health care system for those in the individual and non-group insurance market. Those efforts were put on the shelf in recent days, but now this development leaves an opening for Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA). I'm proud of you, John. It's time for the resumption of the bipartisan Alexander/Murray plan, and I'm ready to help however I can. https://t.co/xu2e3higf3 — John Kasich (@JohnKasich) September 22, 2017 3. GOP health care efforts are certainly not dead. Just because the Graham-Cassidy plan has seemingly fallen short, that doesn’t mean Republicans will give up on their plans to change the Obama health law. For the next fiscal year, the GOP wants to use the budget reconciliation process to pass something on tax cuts and tax reform. Well – there is no reason that they can’t also try to add a health care bill onto that measure as well. One Senate official told me exactly that a few weeks ago. So, this battle is not over. But waiting to do health care on next budget reconciliation bill would give CBO time to fully analyze #GrahamCassidy's impact — Manu Raju (@mkraju) September 22, 2017 4. Republicans just weren’t ready for this process. Maybe the biggest lesson from the after-action report on GOP health care bills over the last nine months is a simple one – Republicans were not ready with their own plan to replace the Obama health law, even though they had been talking about this for seven straight years. Ever since the law was signed by President Obama, Republicans had promised to repeal it, and do something different. As a slogan it sounded great – but as we saw in recent weeks, getting the exact details was something different. The GOP has had 7+ years to come up with a healthcare bill. They've also had a full majority for 8 months. And still nothing. Embarrassing! — Mitch Drabenstott (@mitchdwx) September 22, 2017 5. Democrats have also had 7 years to make improvements. Just as the GOP failed in rallying around a single plan, Democrats also didn’t exactly ring the bell in recent years on how best to improve the Obamacare system. Yes, they admit, things aren’t working perfectly, but they certainly haven’t been talking about what exactly should change, or might be changed. Could we see something different now that Graham-Cassidy seems to be dead? Or will Democrats still just sort of circle the wagons to protect President Obama’s top legislative accomplishment? This is the time for bipartisan action – but that’s easier said than done. McCain's advice for Congress: Republicans and Democrats must work together to improve health care. — Cary Weldy (@caryweldy) September 22, 2017
  • A Jacksonville firefighter and two other men are facing charges after a fire lieutenant was run over in the parking lot of a Clay County bar. John Taylor, a Clay County fire lieutenant, is in the intensive care unit with a broken pelvis, legs and ribs. According to deputies, he was run over by an F-250 in front of Dalton's Sports Grill on Blanding Boulevard Sept. 8. Deputies were called to the bar at approximately 1:20 a.m. after reports of a crash involving serious bodily injury. CLAY COUNTY NEWS:  Matches found for Clay County student's organs, family says Witnesses told deputies that Taylor got into an argument with Orange County firefighter Edward Negron, who was sitting in the back of a 2005 Ford F-250 crew cab. Negron, 51, punched Taylor in the face as the truck began to back up, witnesses said. Taylor tried to hit him back as the driver of the truck, Robert Hood, pulled away. Taylor fell from the truck and was run over by the left rear tire, the police report says. Hood drove toward the parking lot exit and a witness told him he ran over Taylor. Todd Hardin, a Jacksonville firefighter, was in the passenger seat and told Hood to, 'Go, go go,' according to the report. Top stories on ActionNewsJax.com: Hurricane Katrina victim says FEMA demanded money back 7 years later Woman watched dogs attack UPS driver, threatened to shoot him, police say 1-year-old dies after father attempts to treat cough with steamy shower Former PE teacher arrested again, accused of sexually assaulting student Hood left the scene of the crash and was stopped by a Clay County deputy on County Road 215. No one inside the truck called 911 to report the crash, the report said. Hood, 26, is charged with leaving the scene of a crash. Hardin, 43, is charged with accessory after the fact. He's been reassigned at Jacksonville Fire Rescue Department during the investigation. Negron is charged with battery and accessory after the fact. He's been suspended with pay from the Orange County Fire Department. A GoFundMe page for Taylor's medical bills says he has massive injuries. His friend Troy Alward said when he was brought to the hospital, doctors told his wife he had a 50 percent chance of living. More than $10,500 has been raised for his family and an event next week aims to raise more. A benefit concert will be held for Taylor on Sept. 30 at Dalton's Sports Grill . It starts at noon and will include raffles, giveaways and donations.
  • Hurricane Maria continues to churn in the Atlantic Ocean. The deadly storm has claimed lives on multiple islands in its path >> Read more trending news 

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