Shopping mall operators need to increase security through more staff, cameras and other techniques in light of threats made against the Mall of America in Minnesota and other shopping centers by Somali-based Islamist militants this week, outgoing U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said. "I certainly think we have to step up our sensitivities to what goes on in these commercial enterprises," Holder said in an interview with CNN that aired on Friday. "It would be the responsible thing for operators of these malls to increase their capabilities when it comes to keeping people safe who are just going about their everyday lives." In a separate interview with Politico, also published on Friday, Holder said he would push in his final weeks in office to lower the standard of proof for civil-rights offenses that would make it easier for the federal government to bring charges in future cases. The Justice Department recently closed its investigation into the shooting of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black teenager, without filing charges against gunman George Zimmerman because of "insufficient evidence." "I think that if we adjust those standards, we can make the federal government a better backstop - make us more a part of the process in an appropriate way to reassure the American people that decisions are made by people who are really disinterested," he told Politico.
A man shot and killed seven people in a house-to-house shooting spree in a sparsely populated area in rural Missouri before shooting himself, the state Highway Patrol said on Friday. Texas County Coroner Tom Whittaker told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch newspaper that the victims of the rampage on Thursday night included three women and four men. Authorities also found an elderly woman dead of what appeared to be natural causes as they searched homes. ?Anytime you see families that go to this level of violence, it?s a shame.? The events unfolded around 10 p.m. Thursday night when the Texas County Sheriff?s Department responded to a call of a disturbance involving a weapon at a residence in the unincorporated community of Tyrone in the south-central part of the state.
Three new cases of measles have been confirmed in Las Vegas, in people believed infected by a contagious worker at an upscale MGM Grand Hotel and Casino seafood restaurant, Nevada public health officials said on Friday. The newly diagnosed patients, two staff members and a patron of Emeril's New Orleans Fish House at the MGM Grand, bring to nine the total number of measles cases reported in Clark County, Southern Nevada Health District spokeswoman Jennifer Sizemore said. None of those cases are believed linked to an outbreak of measles that began at Disneyland in December, she said.