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Country singer dead after apparent suicide

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Country music star Melissa McCready, 37, was found dead Sunday afternoon from an apparent suicide, police said.

The singer's body was found on the porch outside of her Arkansas home with a self-inflicted gun-shot wound to the head, police said.

According to the New York Times, McCready had attempted to take her own life at least three times from 2005 to 2010. The singer suffered from depression and struggled with addiction, McCready's father said.

Before taking her own life, McCready shot and killed a dog believed to have belonged to McCready's boyfriend, the late David Wilson, police said.

Wilson died last month similarly in an apparent suicide on the front porch of the same Arkansas home. The investigation surrounding Mr. Wilson's death is ongoing according to local authorities.

McCready leaves behind two sons, Zander, 6, and Zayne, Wilson's son, 10 months, CNN reported. According to the singer's representative, the children have been placed in foster care.

Danica Patrick: first female NASCAR pole winner

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The Go Daddy.com driver made NASCAR history Sunday afternoon when she became the first female pole winner at Daytona Motor Speedway, USA Today reported.

Danica Patrick of Roscoe, Ill beat out the likes of Jeff Gordon earning the number one of two assured spots in in the qualifying race on Sunday. Posting a lap of 196.434 mph, Patrick is the first woman in NASCAR history to win the pole for any race, CNN said.

Winning the pole sets her up to lead the first lap of the Daytona 500, the first race of the NASCAR season.

Fellow Chevy driver Jeff Gordon came in second in the pole, making him the only other driver besides Patrick who will not have to race for their Daytona 500 starting position in the Gatorade Duels this Thursday, CNN said.

The Daytona 500 will be held in Daytona Beach, Florida on Feb. 24 at 1 p.m.

The Los Angeles police department is searching for a disgruntled ex- officer who is accused of killing a police officer and two others on Thursday.
LAPD have identified 33-year-old Christopher Dorner as the target of a major manhunt in California after he shot and killed a police officer and two others in Riverside, Calif. Dorner is also wanted for questioning regarding last weekend's shooting deaths of his lawyer's daughter and her fiancé in Irvine, Calif., said The Lede Blog.
Dorner's recent crimes are a fueled by his desire to "reclaim my name," Dorner said in what is being described as a manifesto on his Facebook page, reported the Associated Press. Dorner was fired from the LAPD in 2008 after he reported another officer for using excessive force in an arrest of a mentally ill suspect, said the Associated Press.
In his manifesto, which has been removed from Facebook, Dorner describes his rationale for the crimes he has already committed and his plans for future murders of police officers and their families, said The Lede Blog.
The police have tracked Dorner's pick-up truck to White Bear Lake where they found it burned and abandoned, said the Associated Press.
Law enforcement said they have issued guards to protect those targeted in Dorner's manifesto and are continuing to pursue him.

Former U.S. sniper killed at gun range

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The U.S. military's deadliest sniper was shot on Saturday by another former military man at a gun range in Glen Rose, Texas.
Chris Kyle, Ex- Navy Seal sniper, was at a gun range with his friend and fellow veteran Chad Littlefield when the two were shot and killed on Saturday, said the Guardian.
Eddie Ray Routh, another veteran who arrived with Kyle and Littlefield, is the suspected shooter, and was apprehended at his home after fleeing the scene of the crime, said Sheriff Tommy Bryant of Erath County as reported by CNN.
Kyle is the author of the best-selling memoir, "American Sniper" in which he discusses his tours of duty, and on being a sniper. Kyle is known to give counsel to fellow veterans who struggle with post-traumatic stress disorder, and this has been cited as the reason Kyle and Littlefield were with Routh, said the Guardian. It is likely that Routh was suffering from PTSD, and that Kyle was trying to help, said the Dallas Morning News.

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