aijohn784/iStock(NEW YORK) — It has been a bloody August weekend in the United States with multiple shootings reported across the country, including two mass shootings — one in El Paso, Texas on Saturday morning and one in Dayton, Ohio, Sunday morning — that left at least 29 people dead, collectively.In El Paso, at least 20 people were killed and dozens more injured on Saturday morning during a massacre at a Walmart that was packed with back-to-school shoppers, making it one of the deadliest mass shootings in U.S. history, officials said. The wounded ranged in age from a 2-year-old child to an 82-year-old victim.The suspect was identified by authorities as Patrick Crusius, 21, of Allen, Texas. He is being held on a charge of capital murder, court records show.Less than 15 hours later, in Dayton, at least nine people were killed and 27 injured after a gunman wearing body armor and wielding an AK-47-style assault rifle opened fire in in the bustling Oregon District of Dayton, Mayor Nan Whaley told ABC News.The suspected shooter was shot and killed by responding officers “in less than a minute” after opening fire, Whaley said. Police said they were only aware of one shooter.In addition to Texas and Ohio, gun deaths were also reported in multiple other states, including Illinois, Virginia, Louisiana, Florida and Maryland.In Chicago, the Chicago Sun-Times reported that since Friday evening at least three people have been killed and 37 more injured in shootings within city limits, including 22 people shot Sunday in less than four hours.According to the ABC News affiliate KATC-TV, an infant in Shreveport, Louisiana, was shot and killed Saturday in a drive-by shooting. Shreveport Police said a vehicle drove by and began shooting into a home, striking the one-month-old girl, who was pronounced dead.In Maryland, the Charles County Sheriff’s Office said on Saturday, officers responded to a call that a 42-year-old southern Maryland man had shot and killed his in-laws. Police said relatives arrived and the suspect Mark Hughes then shot at an 11-year-old boy, who fled the scene and was later treated for injuries that were not life-threatening, and then Hughes fled himself.Hughes was later found dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to the sheriff’s office.A few hours later in Florida, Pinellas County Sheriff deputies shot and killed a 35-year-old man after police said he had pointed a 12-guage shotgun at them. The man was a suspect in the fatal shooting of his mother, according to the sheriff’s office.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
European pension funds have held initial talks on their class action lawsuit against the Lloyds Banking Group over the botched takeover of Halifax Bank of Scotland (HBOS) in 2008.Law firm Harcus Sinclair has amassed 6,000 claimants against the UK banking firm, including 300 pension funds and institutional investors from Canada, Europe, the UK and the US.The potentially £300m (€424m) class action suit is in reference to Lloyds TSB bank’s directors allegedly misleading shareholders into approving a takeover of HBOS despite the latter’s finances not being in order.Shareholders approved a takeover of HBOS in November 2008. However, the group now claims Lloyds TSB directors breached their legal duty in recommending the takeover, and in the information provided.Harcus Sinclair said the bank’s directors failed to disclose to Lloyds TSB shareholders that it made a secret £10bn loan facility to HBOS, or that HBOS received £25.7bn from the Bank of England and $18bn (€12.5bn) from the US Federal Reserve.The merged firm – renamed Lloyds Banking Group – then received significant bailouts from the UK government, which still retains a 21.8% stake.Claimants – which include the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Pension Fund, among other local government schemes – said the takeover was not in their best interest.They said it diluted holdings in combined banking group and included a “gross over-valuation” of HBOS.“It was a breach of the directors’ duties to the Lloyds TSB shareholders to permit the extraordinary general meeting to take place, on the basis of what they knew to be incomplete and misleading information, statements and advice,” Harcus Sinclair said.In a case management conference held yesterday, the claimants – whose lawsuit is being funded by Therium Capital Management – demanded that defendant Lloyds Banking Group reveal all legal advice provided to directors on the takeover.Claimants – which owned around 300m shares in Lloyds TSB at the time, estimated to be around 5% of market value – believe the bank’s legal advice would have included informing shareholders of the private loan facility and HBOS’s other financial assistance.Mr Justice Nugee, the presiding judge, ruled in favour of the claimants and said both parties must provide budgets to mitigate excessive costs in the case.The case is expected to continue, with pre-trial hearings this year, before beginning towards the end of 2016.The suit is among many class action cases launched against UK banks in the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis.Five UK institutional investors, including the Universities Superannuation Scheme, are challenging the Royal Bank of Scotland over a £12bn share issue in 2008 used to fund the controversial takeover of Dutch bank ABN AMRO.
Back in the starting line-up at Leicester City, Coutinho showed his class by teeing up Mohamed Salah for Liverpool’s opener before curling in a sublime free-kick that set his side up for a 3-2 win.More performances like this and his transfer saga will soon be a distant memory.Lukaku has given Man United a new dimensionBy the admission of manager Jose Mourinho, Manchester United were not at their fluid best in their 1-0 win at Southampton.It was the sort of game United would not have won last season, when their league-high 15 draws contributed to a disappointing sixth-place finish.Another three points and another clean sheet. Job done!https://t.co/ib0SM71waH— Manchester United (@ManUtd) September 23, 2017But new striker Romelu Lukaku gives them greater cutting edge and his 20th-minute goal settled the game, the Belgium striker finishing at the second attempt after Saints goalkeeper Fraser Forster parried his header.United have made their best start to a season since 2011-12 and Lukaku is only the second player (after Louis Saha) to have scored six goals in his first six games for the club in the Premier League era.Spurs must iron out Aurier’s rough edgesSerge Aurier’s full Premier League debut for Tottenham Hotspur showcased the best and worst of the controversial Ivory Coast international.He got forward well and helped to tee up Christian Eriksen for what proved to be the decisive goal in a 3-2 success at London rivals West Ham [email protected] – the highest scoring Danish player in @premierleague history. ? ?? #COYS pic.twitter.com/AA2hZw6Ag8— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) September 23, 2017But the Paris Saint-Germain old boy was frequently caught out of position and was sent off with 20 minutes remaining after being shown a second yellow card for needlessly scything down Andy Carroll.Tottenham led 3-1 at that stage and had it not been for Aurier, they would have seen the game out much more comfortably.Share on: WhatsApp The Argentina striker has now scored 176 goals for City and needs just two more to surpass Eric Brook as the club’s all-time leading scorer.Morata showed Chelsea can thrive without CostaWhen Antonio Conte signed Alvaro Morata from Real Madrid in the close season, some critics suggested the Spain striker would not be an adequate replacement for Diego Costa given the unique physical demands of the Premier League. Chelsea players celebrate after thrashing stock cityLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | The Manchester clubs kept control of the title race, Alvaro Morata scored his first Chelsea hat-trick and Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho began to redeem himself for angling to join Barcelona.Here are five things we learned in the Premier League this weekend:Aguero remains a central figure for Man CityThe writing appeared to be on the wall for Sergio Aguero at Manchester City last season when Gabriel Jesus’s arrival in January saw him lose his place in the side.But an injury to Jesus brought Aguero back into the team and his performances convinced manager Pep Guardiola to begin this season with both players in his starting XI.When Guardiola switched to a one-striker configuration against Crystal Palace, it was Jesus who made way and he was not missed as Aguero struck in a 5-0 rout that left City top of the table. Whereas Costa is all snarling aggression and muscular power, Morata relies more on movement and subtle technique to outwit defenders.But the 24-year-old has made a quick transition to the English game and bagged his first Chelsea hat-trick in Saturday’s 4-0 rout of Stoke City to take his tally for the club to six goals.In the week that Chelsea finally agreed a deal to allow Costa to return to Atletico Madrid, Morata showed the champions can move on with minimum fuss.Coutinho has started his redemption tourLess than a month ago, Philippe Coutinho was in danger of becoming Public Enemy Number One at Anfield as the Liverpool playmaker tried to force through a move to Barcelona.When Liverpool refused to sell him, he was left in a potentially awkward situation.But manager Jurgen Klopp has handled the situation deftly, treating Coutinho respectfully without giving in to his demands.