A Paris police officer killed in attack; Tennessee teen found safe in California; Hernandez’s brain will go to science; and more headlines for your drive home Thursday, April 20, 2017.
PARIS ATTACKER WAS A KNOWN EXTREMIST
Officials say the suspect in the attack on Paris police officers previously was flagged as an extremist.
The man with an automatic weapon opened fire on police in Paris’ iconic Champs-Elysees shopping district Thursday night, killing one officer and seriously wounding two others before police shot and killed him.
Paris police spokeswoman Johanna Primevert told The Associated Press that the attacker targeted officers guarding the area near the Franklin Roosevelt subway station at the center of the avenue popular with tourists. She said he appeared to be acting alone.
MISSING TENNESSEE TEEN FOUND SAFE
A 15-year-old Tennessee girl who disappeared with her teacher more than a month ago was found safe at a commune in California and the teacher was arrested, authorities said Thursday.
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said 50-year-old Tad Cummins surrendered without incident in Cecilville, which is in northern California. Authorities said they found Cummins’ Nissan Rogue and later located the pair.
Get the latest updates from The Columbia Daily Herald and The Siskiyou Daily News.
BARISTA NOT PLEASED AFTER A DAY MAKING STARBUCKS’ UNICORN DRINK
SEATTLE — A Starbucks barista has taken to social media hoping to make orders for the coffee chain’s much buzzed about Unicorn Frappuccino disappear.
Starbucks’ entry into the unicorn food craze was released Wednesday and its popularity was too much for Colorado barista Braden Burson. He posted a video on Twitter complaining that the drink was difficult to make and he’s “never been so stressed out” in his life.
PATRIOTS VS. CHIEFS
The defending Super Bowl champions will face the Kansas City Chiefs in the first game of the regular season, according to multiple media outlets.
The entire regular-season schedule will be released by the NFL at 8 p.m. Eastern on NFL Network.
HERNANDEZ’S DEATH RULED A SUICIDE
BOSTON — Aaron Hernandez’s death in prison has been ruled a suicide and the former NFL star’s brain is being donated to sports concussion researchers, Massachusetts authorities said Thursday.
The declaration by prosecutors, state police and public health officials came after a tumultuous day in which Hernandez’s lawyer suggested the state was mishandling the investigation and illegally withholding his brain after releasing the rest of the body to a funeral home.
Authorities said the medical examiner had ruled cause of death was asphyxia by hanging and that investigators had found three handwritten notes next to a Bible in Hernandez’s cell at the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley. Authorities previously said Hernandez had not left a suicide note and he hadn’t been on suicide watch.