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Washington: An unidentified gunman on Wednesday shot dead a reporter and a cameraman on live television when they were interviewing a businesswoman, stunning viewers across the US. Alison Parker was doing the interview at about 6.45 a.m. at Bridge water Plaza near Moneta, Virginia, when shots rang out. Both women screamed, CNN reported.

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As the camera fell to the ground, the audience caught the briefest glimpse of a man who appeared to be pointing a gun towards the downed cameraman. The station immediately cut away to a shocked anchor in the studio of WDBJ channel. Reporter Parker, 24, and cameraman Adam Ward, 27, were killed.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives as well as the FBI launched a massive manhunt to track down Vester Flanagan, the alleged killer, who the law enforcement officials confronted on a highway where he shot himself, officials told CNN. However, it was not clear whether he was killed or injured. The woman being interviewed, Vicki Gardner, executive director of the Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce, was shot in the back and was in surgery. The gunman was believed to have fired six or seven times, WDBJ general manager Jeff Marks said. All schools in the area were shut down. “We do not know the motive,” Marks said.

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He called the twin murders a “terrible crime against two fine journalists”. “Our hearts are broken,” Marks said on air, explaining that Parker’s and Ward’s colleagues were “holding back tears”. Parker was the morning reporter for the Roanoke station and a native of Virginia. She started with WDBJ as an intern, her biography on the station’s website said. She previously worked with another CNN affiliate, WCTI, in Jacksonville, North Carolina. She was a graduate of James Madison University’s School of Media Arts and Design in Harrisonburg.

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US President Elect Donald Trump complains about Bad Cover Photo to a News Portal

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Delhi, Jan 3, 2017: CNN released book “Unprecedented” received visual critique from the newly elected US President Donald Trump. Trump tweeted the following, in context to the newly released book:

“CNN just released a book called ‘Unprecedented’ which explore the 2016 race and victory. Hope it does well but used worst cover photo of me.”

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There are actually two versions of the book’s cover — an “Inaugural edition” displaying a serious looking Trump and another version that contains a collage of different photos from the election, including a large picture of Trump speaking at a podium. It is ambiguous as to which cover photo the President-elect was referencing as being “the worst”.

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CNN describes the book as a chronicle of the 2016 presidential elections and the president’s surprising win. It deems the book as an account on the fight for the presidency between Trump -a blustery billionaire and a reality TV star with no military or government experience, no respect for the rule of politics and no fear of offending people, and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

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The 70 year old President is very conscious about his “image” in media as he had previously complained to NBC News President Deborah Turness also, that the network wouldn’t run a “nice” picture of him and instead chose one that made him look like he had a double-chin.

– prepared by Shambhavi Sinha of NewsGram. Twitter:  @shambhavispeaks

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CNN suspends journalist for her tweet in support of Syrian refugees

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Washington: CNN has suspended its global affairs correspondent Elise Labott for two weeks after she expressed her displeasure on Twitter about the US House of Representatives voting on a bill that would make it harder for Syrian and Iraqi refugees to enter the US.

Her tweet garnered over 5,000 tweets and about 7,000 likes. She was suspended on the same day.

The US House lawmakers voted Thursday to halt a program aimed at resettling thousands of Syrian refugees fleeing their homeland that is facing a civil war and battle between the ISIS and other world powers, including Russia and the United States.

“In light of the Paris attacks, we are certainly mindful that there are certain members of Congress that want to take another look at this,” State spokesman John Kirby said, adding, “We’re aware of some potential legislation coming. We’re going to continue to work with members of Congress on that, and any other concern they have.”

After Labott drew flak on Twitter for her comments, she apologized for her “inappropriate and disrespectful tweet”.

While the journalist received support, she was also criticized for her tweet and also for apologizing for expressing her opinion, as the US Constitution allows her to do so.

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Twitter, Facebook suspend Virginia shooter’s accounts

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New York: Twitter and Facebook have suspended the accounts of Bryce Williams who posted online the videos of the killing of two TV journalists in Virginia. The bizarre incident took place on Wednesday when Williams filmed himself shooting reporter Allison Parker and photographer Adam Ward in Moneta, Virginia.

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Both Twitter and Facebook suspended his profile pages within minutes, CNN reported. Twitter’s rules state that users “may not publish or post threats of violence against others or promote violence against others” .Similarly, Facebook prohibits people from “celebrating any crimes you’ve committed”, and removes graphic images if they are shared “to celebrate or glorify violence” .Williams, also known as Vester L. Flanagan, was a reporter for WDBJ, a CNN affiliate where Ward and Parker also worked. Flanagan posted two videos of the incident on Twitter and one on Facebook. One of them showed Flanagan walking up to Parker and Ward and pointing a gun at them. Another video showed Flanagan firing the gun. “I filmed the shooting,” he tweeted. The videos automatically played on the social media sites for anyone who looked at his accounts or saw a retweet of the original post. Both social networks rely on users to flag inappropriate posts, which they then review and determine if an account should be suspended or if a post should be removed. But neither platform pre-screens posts before they are published.

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