Ebola: Another sign of our capital’s decay?

Beyond the immediate danger posed by Ebola, what the situation has exposed should not go unremarked.

Because, to the list of institutions once held in high regard but which have lately come up short — the Veterans Administration, the IRS, yes, even the Secret Service — we now must add the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

It’s been an all-too-familiar story: first, the calm assurances that all is well; then the impenetrable press releases saying nothing; finally the grudging admission, “Mistakes were made.”

The administration seemed as caught off-guard as the rest of us, and scrambled to catch up.

Congress, which has done nothing for years, literally, and can’t even break the partisan deadlock long enough to confirm a Surgeon General, played to form — they launched into a bitter blame game.

All this as the chairman of the Federal Reserve expressed concern the rich are getting richer and the poor, poorer, which could mean new problems on the economic front.

I don’t know where all this goes. What I do know is that our once-proud “shining city on a hill” is becoming just a town where nothing works.

Once we figure out what to do about Ebola, maybe we should focus on what to do about that.

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Box Office: ‘Ouija’ Summons Narrow Thursday Night Win Over ‘John Wick’

Universal’s pre-Halloween entry Ouija is winning the Friday box-office race, but Keanu Reeves‘ R-rated action pic John Wick is hardly shooting blanks. And Bill Murray‘s indie comedy St. Vincent is rocketing up the chart to No. 5 as it expands nationwide.

According to early numbers, Ouija should gross north of $7 million for the day for a weekend debut in the $19 million-$20 million range, putting it atop the North American box office. Rated PG-13, the female-fueled, teen-friendly title is playing in 2,858 locations.

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Lionsgate’s John Wick, going after males, is pacing to earn in the $5.5 million range on Friday for a $14 million-$15 million weekend, well more than the $7 million-$8 million that prerelease tracking had suggested. Reeves needs a win after his big-budget bomb 47 Ronin, which opened in December 2013.

John Wick, playing in 2,859 theaters, should come in No. 2 ahead of holdovers Fury and Gone Girl.

Nipping at Fury and Gone Girl‘s heels is The Weinstein Co.’s St. Vincent, starring Murray opposite Melissa McCarthy and Naomi Watts. The comedy, opening two weeks ago in select runs, is performing solidly as it expands nationwide and could earn $10 million for the weekend from 2,282 locations.

Thursday night, Ouija took in $911,000, while John Wick grossed $870,000 from 2,000 locations. Both are solid numbers. In terms of comparisons, Ouija‘s Thursday night take was on par with Sinister, which grossed $930,000 Thursday night on its way to an $18 million debut in October 2012.

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Blumhouse Productions, home of the microbudget horror film, and Michael Bay‘s Platinum Dunes produced Ouija for Universal in tandem with Hasbro. The film follows a group of friends who uncover the dark powers of the Ouija board when trying to summon their recently deceased friend’s spirit. Universal’s marketing campaign included organizing a screening and seance at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery.

Stiles White directed the movie, which stars an array of young television actors, including Daren Kagasoff and Bianca A. Santos.

Among critics, John Wick has already improved Reeves’ standing, and currently boasts an 87 percent fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. But whether the movie will work at the box office is another question — although positive word-of-mouth could give it strong legs, both in North America and overseas. Lionsgate acquired rights to the movie, so it has limited financial exposure.

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The R-rated action film, directed by Chad Stahelski, stars Reeves as an ex-hitman who comes out of a peaceful retirement to hunt down the gangsters who have taken everything from him. Michael Nyqvist, Alfie Allen, Adrianne Palicki, Bridget Moynahan, Dean Winters, Ian McShane, John Leguizamo and Willem Dafoe also star.

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Box Office Preview: ‘Ouija’ Calls on Spirits to Defeat Gun-Toting Keanu Reeves

Pre-Halloween entry Ouija looks to win the North American box office race this weekend ahead of shoot-‘em-up pic John Wick, Keanu Reeves‘ first film to hit theaters since the ill-fated 47 Ronin in December 2013.

Ouija, based on Hasbro’s seance board game, is expected to open in the $18 million to $20 million range. Universal is erring on the low side ($18 million), while rivals think it could cross $20 million. John Wick is tracking to earn far less, or a muted $7 million to $8 million. The male-skewing Wick, however, could overperform, thanks to stellar reviews and a berth in Imax theaters.

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Blumhouse Productions, home of the microbudget horror film, and Michael Bay‘s Platinum Dunes produced Ouija for Universal in tandem with Hasbro. The film, targeting teenagers and younger adult females, follows a group of friends who uncover the dark powers of the Ouija board when trying to summon their recently deceased friend’s spirit. Universal’s marketing campaign included organizing a screening and seance at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery.

Stiles White directed the movie, which stars an array of young television actors, including Daren Kagasoff and Bianca A. Santos. 

Among critics, John Wick has certainly improved Reeves’ standing, and currently boasts a 100 percent fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. But whether the movie will work at the box office is another question, although positive word-of-mouth could give it strong legs, both in North America and overseas. Lionsgate acquired rights to the movie, so it has limited financial exposure.

Read more ‘John Wick': Keanu Reeves, Willem Dafoe Talk “Fantasy” Drifting and Gun Fu Stunts

Directed by Chad Stahelski, the R-rated action film stars Reeves as an ex-hitman who comes out of a peaceful retirement to hunt down the gangsters who have taken everything from him. Michael Nyqvist, Alfie Allen, Adrianne Palicki, Bridget Moynahan, Dean Winters, Ian McShane, John Leguizamo and Willem Dafoe also star.

Also this weekend, Theodore Melfi‘s St. Vincent, starring Bill Murray, expands nationwide after opening two weeks ago in select theaters, earning just under $1 million to date for The Weinstein Co.

A slew of high-profile films open at the specialty box office, including Lynn Shelton‘s Laggies, starring Keira Knightley, Chloe Grace Moretz and Sam Rockwell, and Gregg Araki‘s White Bird in a Blizzard, starring Shailene Woodley. Both films played at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival and were produced by Anonymous Content.

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U.K. Box Office: ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ Drop-Kicks ‘Gone Girl’ From Top Spot

Gone Girl’s two-week run at the top of the U.K. box office was brought to an abrupt end by a group of reptilian martial-arts experts named after Renaissance artists.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles took the crown in its opening week, earning $7.7 million compared with Gone Girl’s $3.8 million. David Fincher’s adaptation of the best-selling book, starring Rosamund Pike and Ben Affleck, has now earned a total of $22.9 million in the U.K.

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Last week’s second-highest-grossing film, The Maze Runner, slipped to the fourth spot with $2.4 million, while last week’s No. 3, Annabelle, retained its position, earning just $11,000 more than The Maze Runner did.

The second-highest new entry of the week was Nicholas Sparks‘ romantic drama The Best of Me, starring James Marsden and Michelle Monaghan, which claimed the fifth position, taking in $1 million.

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Global Box Office: ‘Gone Girl’ Races Past $200M; ‘Annabelle’ Scares Up $166M

David Fincher‘s Gone Girl has raced past the $200 million mark at the global box office, where it will soon overtake the filmmaker’s The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo ($232.6 million) and The Social Network ($224.9 million).

Gone Girl, starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike, even has a shot at approaching $300 million worldwide, although that won’t be enough to match The Curious Case of Benjamin Button ($333 million) or Seven ($327.3 million), which rank as Fincher’s top-grossing movies, respectively, not accounting for inflation.

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For the weekend, Gone Girl took in $20.2 million from 58 markets overseas for a foreign total of $94.7 million and a global total of $201.6 million. While the 20th Century Fox and New Regency film is doing best in Europe — the U.K. leads overall with $23.2 million — it has surprised in many Asian markets.

New Line and Warner Bros.’ horror prequel Annabelle likewise remains a strong global player, finishing Sunday with an impressive $166.1 million in total ticket sales, including $95 million overseas. Annabelle, costing just $6.5 million to make, earned another $19.2 million internationally for the weekend.

Still, it was neither of those films, nor Dracula Untold, that topped the weekend box-office chart offshore. Instead, the crown went to Disney’s Guardians of the Galaxy. The quirky superhero tentpole, still playing in China and a smattering of other territories, took in $23.1 million to jump the $400 million mark internationally for a worldwide total of $732.6 million.

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Better yet, Guardians became the No. 3 Marvel title of all time behind The Avengers ($1.5 billion) and Iron Man 3 ($1.2 billion).

Universal and Legendary’s origins pic Dracula Untold came in No. 2 overseas, earning $22.5 million from 58 markets for a foreign total of $95.7 million, more than double its early North American take of 40.7 million. (Dracula Untold fell 58 percent in its second weekend domestically.) Its global cume is $136.4 million.

Thanks to a late rollout in Europe, Paramount’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles came in No. 4 internationally behind Guardians, Dracula Untold and Gone Girl. (Annabelle rounded out the top five.) Turtles took in a hearty $20 million from 33 territories for a foreign total of $185.4 million and a global haul of $375 million. In Europe, the U.K. led with an impressive $7.9 million, followed by France ($4.1 million), Germany ($3.8 million) and Spain ($1.5 million).

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Turtles has yet to open in China and Japan.

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Specialty Box Office: ‘Birdman’ Soars to No. 2 Theater Average of 2014

In a case of life imitating art, Birdman soared in its bicoastal debut for former Batman star Michael Keaton, who plays a washed-up superhero movie star trying to rehabilitate his career by launching a show on Broadway.

The dark comedy, from director Alejandro G. Inarritu, grossed an estimated $415,000 from four theaters in New York and Los Angeles for a whopping screen average of $103,750, the best showing so far this year after Wes Anderson‘s The Grand Budapest Hotel, which posted a record-breaking theater average of $202,792 earlier this year. (This year’s other indie hit, Boyhood, posted a screen average of $77,524 when launching in five locations in July.)

It’s also one of the best showings in two years if Sunday’s estimates hold. Birdman, hoping to be a prominent awards player, now has to hold up as it wings its way into other top markets.

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Fox Searchlight and New Regency partnered on the film, starring Keaton opposite Edward Norton, Naomi Watts and Emma Stone.

“I think to see him in this part was really gratifying for people,” said Searchlight distribution chief Frank Rodriguez.

Keaton’s box office record has been decidedly mixed over the last two decades since starring in Batman Returns in 1992 and Batman in 1989.

Birdman isn’t Keaton’s first indie effort. He both directed and starred in the 2008 drama, The Merry Gentleman, which quickly disappeared, opening to $74,981 in 24 theaters and topping out at $347,000.

Two years earlier, Keaton played the lead in indie film Game 6, which fared even worse, opening to $9,610 from four theaters for an average of $2,402. Game 6 also starred Keaton as an aspiring playwright, although in that film, his character sets out to kill a critic who skewered his last play.

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Rodriguez said Birdman‘s strong opening was the culmination of several factors, including stops at the Venice, Telluride and New York film festivals, and a massive publicity blitz by the cast in the days leading up to the movie’s release.

“It’s also a cinematic triumph,” said Rodriguez, in reference to Inarritu and Gravity cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki‘s decision to make the movie seem as if it was shot in one long take.

While an ode to Broadway, Birdman‘s top-grossing theater was the Arclight Hollywood in Los Angeles, followed by the Angelika Film Center in New York, the Landmark in Los Angeles and Lincoln Square AMC in New York. Next weekend, Birdman opens in an additional 18 markets, including San Francisco, Seattle, San Diego, Boston, Washington, D.C., Detroit, Chicago, Atlanta and Dallas.

Elsewhere at the specialty box office, Roadside Attractions and Justin Simien‘s satirical dramedy Dear White People enjoyed a strong start, earning $338,000 from 11 theaters in select markets for a location average of $30,702.

Dear White People, premiering at the Sundance Film Festival in January, follows four African-American students at an Ivy League university whose lives converge when controversy erupts over an African-American themed Halloween party thrown by white students. The film stars Tyler James Williams, Tessa Thompson, Teyonah Parris, Brandon P. Bell and Kyle Gallner.

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Elsewhere, Alex Ross Perry‘s 2014 Sundance entry Listen Up Philip, starring Jason Schwartzman, Elisabeth Moss and Jonathan Pryce, opened in two theaters, grossing $24,291 for a so-so location average of $12,146 for Tribeca Film.

Among holdovers, Bill Murray‘s comedy St. Vincent expanded into a total of 68 theaters in its second outing, grossing $685,000 for a location average of $10,074 and a cume of $836,982.

St. Vincent is working very well in the suburbs, so we are going to pull the trigger next weekend and go wide,” said TWC’s Erik Lomis. “People are embracing it because it’s a feel-good movie. There’s a lot of heavy stuff in the market.”

Fox International’s co-production Bang Bang celebrated the weekend by becoming the top-grossing Bollywood title of all time in North America, not accounting for inflation. The film earned $155,000 from 108 theaters for a domestic total of $2.6 million, surpassing last year’s Kick ($2.5 million).

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The Metropolitan’s The Met: Live in HD broadcast its second opera of the season, Mozart‘s The Marriage of Figaro, on Saturday, taking in $2.1 million from 900 North American screens.

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​Woman quarantined in New Jersey for Ebola exposure develops fever

TRENTON, N.J. — The New Jersey Department of Health says a woman who arrived at Newark Liberty International Airport from West Africa and was the first traveler to be quarantined under new Ebola protocols has developed a fever.

The woman, a health care worker who had been treating Ebola patients in Sierra Leone, is in isolation and being evaluated at University Hospital in Newark, according to CBS New York.

The Department of Health could not say what flight the woman was on or whether other passengers were involved.

Earlier Friday, the governors of New York and New Jersey announced a mandatory quarantine of medical workers and other airline passengers who have had direct contact with Ebola victims in West Africa.

Dr. Howard Zucker, acting New York state health commissioner, said any medical personnel who have treated Ebola patients in Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia will be automatically isolated for 21 days, the maximum incubation period for the virus, either at their homes or a medical facility.

The order came one day after Dr. Craig Spencer was diagnosed with Ebola, the first case in New York. The 33-year-old emergency room doctor returned to the U.S. on Oct. 17 after treating Ebola patients in Guinea with Doctors Without Borders.

Spencer sought treatment Thursday after suffering diarrhea and a 100.3-degree fever. He was listed in stable condition at a special isolation unit at Bellevue Hospital Center, and a decontamination company was sent to his Harlem home. His fiancee, who was not showing symptoms, was being watched in a quarantine ward at Bellevue.

Dr. Irwin Redlener, an advisor to New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, said Friday afternoon that Spencer is in “relatively stable” condition, adding that the patient was not “out of the woods” yet, but the chances of his condition dramatically worsening were “very, very limited.”

Travelers at Newark Airport Friday night told CBS New York the new, stricter measures are necessary.

“I think it’s a sensible thing to do,” said passenger Dave Fairfax. “I mean, it’s a big problem in Africa right now, and you know, we’ve seen already that it can spread to the U.S. We’ve had cases here. So I’m in favor of it personally.”

“I think it’s important to take it seriously,” added traveler Kate O’Connor. “I don’t know about mandatory stuff, that’s kind of scary. But it s serious. I work in health care so I’m concerned.”

Officials said they would track flight connections and screen passengers upon disembarking. However, they offered few details on how the quarantine would be enforced and what the consequences would be for people who violated the restrictions by going out in public.

A spokesman for New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said the city’s Department of Health was not consulted before the quarantine order came down, but said de Blasio and Cuomo have since spoken.

The de Blasio administration expressed some concern with the policy change, the first crack in what had been a calibrated show of cohesion across levels of government.

“The mayor wants to work closely with our state partners, but he wants to make sure that there will not be any sort of chilling effect on medical workers who might want to go over to help,” said spokesman Phil Walzak.

The White House did not have an immediate reaction to Cuomo and Christie’s directives. Officials said Friday the administration was regularly reviewing its policies but indicated they were satisfied with the measures it has put in place, including steps that call on recent arrivals from West Africa to monitor their health and notify state and local authorities of their presence in their communities.

White House officials have said states are entitled to impose additional requirements beyond those set by the CDC.

The CDC said it sets baseline recommended standards, “but state and local officials have the prerogative to tighten the regimen as they see fit.”

The agency also said, “When it comes to the federal standards set by the CDC, we will consider any measures that we believe have the potential to make the American people safer.”

Spencer’s illness led lawmakers on Capitol Hill, scientists and ordinary New Yorkers to wonder why he was out on the town after his return — and why stronger steps weren’t being taken to quarantine medical workers.

Health officials said he followed U.S. and international guidelines in checking his temperature every day and watching for symptoms, and that he put no one at risk. But others said he should have been quarantined, either voluntarily or by the government, during the incubation period.

An automatic three-week quarantine makes sense for anyone “with a clear exposure” to Ebola, said Dr. Richard Wenzel, a Virginia Commonwealth University scientist who formerly led the International Society for Infectious Diseases.

Aid organizations such as Doctors Without Borders, the group Spencer was working for, have argued that mandatory quarantines are unnecessary because people with Ebola aren’t contagious until symptoms begin, and even then it requires close contact with body fluids.

Also, aid groups have warned that many health care volunteers wouldn’t go to Ebola hot zones if they knew they would be confined to their homes for three weeks after they got back.

“A three-week complete quarantine would eliminate two-thirds to three-quarters of the volunteers from the U.S.” going to West Africa, said Dr. Rick Sacra, a Massachusetts physician who was recently infected in Liberia but recovered. “They wouldn’t be able to spare the time.”

On the streets of New York, Michael Anderson was critical of the U.S. government and Spencer.

“He’s stupid, a complete idiot” for moving about in public, the longtime Manhattan resident said at Grand Central Station. “It’s his responsibility when you come back from Africa” not to put people at risk, he said.

Nearly 4,900 people have died in the Ebola outbreak, most of them in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

The World Health Organization is not recommending the quarantine of returning aid workers without symptoms, spokeswoman Sona Bari said.

“Health care workers are generally self-monitoring and are aware of the need to report any symptoms, as this patient did,” she wrote in an email.

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WASH. SCHOOL SHOOTING Gunman ID’d in HS tragedy that left 2 dead

A high school student with a gun walked into the school cafeteria in Marysville, Wash., on Friday morning and opened fire, killing at least one person and wounding several others — three critically — before taking his own life, police and witnesses said.

The shooting at Marysville Pilchuck High School, located 35 miles north of Seattle, began around 10:45 a.m. PT., authorities said.

Fox affiliate KCPQ in Seattle, citing the boy’s aunt, identified the shooter late Friday as Jaylen Fryberg. The Associated Press also identified Fryberg as the shooter, citing a government official. He had recently been crowned Homecoming prince and played on the high school’s football team, according to The Associated Press.

Marysville Police Commander Robb Lamoureux said the gunman died of a self-inflicted wound, but he could not provide more details.

Providence Regional Medical Center in nearby Everett said it had three students, two girls and one boy, listed in critical condition with head wounds. Another student, who was transferred to Harborview Medical Center, was said to be in serious condition with minor injuries. A hospital spokeswoman described the victims as “young people,” though she was unable to provide exact ages.

Shaylee Bass, 15, a sophomore at the school, told The Associated Press that Fryberg had recently gotten into a fight with another boy over a girl.

“He was very upset about that,” said Bass, who was shocked by the shooting.

“He was not a violent person,” she said. “His family is known all around town. He was very well known. That’s what makes it so bizarre.”

Marysville Pilchuck High School has many students from the Tulalip Indian tribe. Ron Iukes, a youth counselor with the tribe, said Fryberg was from a well-known tribal family.

“They’re real good people, very loving, a big part of the community,” he said. “Jaylen was one of our good kids. It’s just a shock this happened. I’ve known this boy since he was a baby. It’s just devastating.”

State Sen. John McCoy, a tribal member, said the shooting had devastated the community.

“I do know the family,” of the shooter, McCoy said. “We’re all related in one shape or form. We live and work and play together.”

Students present during the shooting described a chaotic scene.

“I heard people start screaming,” Jordan Luton, a freshman who played on the high school football team with Fryberg and was present during the shooting, told Fox News’ Shepard Smith. “People dropped to the ground.”

Luton, who was about two tables away, said Fryberg didn’t say anything, and the shooting lasted about a minute. He believed a 9 millimeter gun was used.

Frankie Pina, a friend of Fryberg who was on his way to school at the time of the incident, told Smith he was “not that type of kid.”

“I don’t think a lot of people would have expected it,” said Pina, adding that the shooter liked to hunt.

Marysville is a city of about 60,000 in Snohomish County.

A crowd of parents waited in the parking lot outside a nearby church where they were being reunited with their children. Buses pulled up periodically to drop off students evacuated from the school, with some running to hug their mothers or fathers. Some parents were sent back to their cars to get their identifications before they could leave with their children.

FBI spokeswoman Ayn Dietrich said the agency was assisting local law enforcement and providing specialists to work with victims and their families.

Speaking at an evening press conference, Marysville Mayor Jon Nehring said “this is a true community tragedy.”

“It will take a long time for our community to heal from this,” he said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Gunman taken alive after California shooting spree leaves 2 deputies dead

A gunman who allegedly killed two sheriff’s deputies and wounded another officer and a bystander in the Sacramento County area has been arrested, a spokeswoman for the Placer County sheriff said Friday night.

Spokeswoman Dena Erwin said 34-year-old Marcelo Marquez, who also allegedly tried to carjack two vehicles, was taken alive Friday afternoon from a home in Auburn after an initial shooting hours earlier in a Sacramento commercial area. Auburn is about 30 miles north of Sacramento.

She also announced that a second deputy shot by the suspect had died. The third deputy was shot in the arm and “sitting up and talking.”

“This guy was on a one-man crime spree today,” Erwin said. “He has no idea of the damage he did.”

The shooting victim of the first attempted carjacking was identified as Anthony Holmes, 38, by the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office. He is in critical condition 

The four shootings sparked a massive manhunt by multiple agencies backed by search dogs, helicopters and armoed vehicles. Residents nearby were told to stay indoors and schools were locked down during the search.

Fox 40 earlier reported that a female suspect with the gunman had been apprehended in Placer County. The Associated Press said authorities reported she had a handgun in her purse.

Sacramento County Sheriff John Scott earlier identified the first dead officer as Deputy Danny Oliver, 47, a 15-year veteran, who had been shot in the head. The second fatality was not immediately identified.

Sheriff’s spokeswoman Sgt. Lisa Bowman said the deputy was approaching a suspicious vehicle in a parking lot in the Arden Way area of Sacramento near a Motel 6 when he was shot before 11 a.m. Friday. The Associated Press said the shooter was carrying AR-15 type assault rifle.

“The person who was inside of the vehicle shot rounds at the officer,” she said during a press conference on Friday. “At least one shot was fired at our deputy, striking him at least one time.”

Scott said Oliver was survived by a wife and two daughters.

The shooter was described as an Hispanic male in his 30s with buzz cut hair, who had been accompanied by a woman. Scott said “his motive is known only to the suspect.”

He also could not say how involved the woman had been in the shootings.

Scott said the gunman next tried to carjack Holmes’ vehicle and shot the him in the head when he resisted.

The suspects then made a second carjacking attempt and sped off in another vehicle.

Erwin told The Associated Press that two of her department’s deputies were then shot by the same assailant.

A park ranger reported he saw the suspects changing their clothing in the Carmichael area, a few miles northeast of the site of the initial shooting.

Authorities were seeking a red 2002 Ford F150 extended cab pickup truck with an ice chest in the back.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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CITIZEN JIHADISTS ISIS eyes ‘lone wolves’ to mount attacks on US soil

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The Ottawa gunman had talked of going to the Middle East, but even though ISIS Tweeted out his picture, authorities have not disclosed ties to any terrorist group.

Al Qaeda spent less than $1 million on its signature 9/11 attack, but Islamic State has found an even more cost-effective way to strike on American soil – inspiring psychotic sympathizers to commit “lone wolf” attacks that blur the line between random crime and terrorism, say experts.

Grisly photos and video of severed heads and mutilated bodies tweeted out and posted on the Internet, combined with explicit calls to kill, have allowed Islamic State to turn American citizens into weapons, say experts. The new technique requires no infiltration by sleeper cells and no planning, coordination or logistics. Yet, it is proving extremely effective at spreading fear, they say.

“If you can kill a disbelieving American or European, especially the spiteful and filthy French, or an Australian, or a Canadian, or any other disbeliever, then rely upon Allah and kill him in any manner or way however it may be,” urged a speaker on a video Islamic State released last month.

A law enforcement bulletin obtained last month by FoxNews.com warned that Islamic State fighters have increased calls for “lone wolves” to attack U.S. soldiers in America.

“You could literally search for soldiers, find their town, photos of them, look for address in Yellowbook or something,” a tweet attributed to Islamic State read. “Then show up and slaughter them.”

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Linking seemingly random acts of violence to Islamic State can be difficult or even impossible. Wednesday’s frightening attack in Ottawa, in which a Canadian soldier was gunned down at the National War Memorial, was carried out by a self-styled jihadist, Michael Zehaf-Bibeau. Authorities have not disclosed any known connection to Islamic State, but a Twitter account linked to Islamic State tweeted out an image of Zehaf-Bibeau even as the international media was scrambling to identify him.

“These attacks gives them some capability to wreak havoc in the West.”

- Scott Stewart, Stratfor

Alton Nolen had grisly photos of ISIS beheadings on his Facebook page and had argued with co-workers in favor of a violent and radical form of Islam before he beheaded a former co-worker in Oklahoma City last month. The shocking attack touched off a debate about whether it was a case of workplace violence or terrorism, and if it was the latter, was it at least in part attributable to Islamic State, which has actively urged sympathizers to rise up in the U.S.

As with the Ottawa attack, the answer may never be clear – and that is precisely what makes Islamic State’s broadcast to independent jihadists so dangerous, say experts.

“They don’t have the capability to expand their campaign trans-nationally,” said Scott Stewart, vice president of tactical analysis for global intelligence and advisory firm Stratfor.. “These attacks gives them some capability to wreak havoc in the West.”

The power of Islamic State’s message lies in its sheer brutality, Stewart added. While civilized people shudder at the stomach-turning images promoted as evidence of the Syria- and Iraq-based terrorist organization, disaffected and violent loners find inspiration.

“Because of the way the Islamic State is over the top, they seem to be appealing to more psychotic people than Al Qaeda,” Stewart said. “It raises the possibility of seeing more of these types of attacks.”

Another advantage Islamic State likely finds in convincing western sympathizers not to join them in the so-called caliphate, but to take action where they live is that it is nearly impossible to stop.

“If it’s true that these are in fact lone wolves they are much less trained and capable of a wide spread attack,” said Christopher Prable of the Cato Institute. “But that doesn’t mean that they won’t be a threat. Terrorism works by inducing states to go to extraordinary lengths to stop any efforts against them.”

Terrorist groups can revel in such attacks even if stateside prosecutors can’t pin the blame on them. Ali Muhammad Brown, who was charged in August for a cross-country murder spree that took four lives, told authorities he killed college student Brendan Tevlin, 19, on June 25 in New Jersey to get “vengeance” for the “millions of lives lost every day” in Iraq and Syria.

And in New York on Thursday, Zale Thompson, 32, who police say was a recent convert to Islam, was shot and killed by NYPD officers after he attacked four cops with a hatchet in Queens, leaving one officer with a fractured skull. Authorities are looking into possible terror ties, but his Facebook page offered clues in the form of a passage from the Koran, a photograph of a masked militant and a chilling threat.

“America’s military is strong abroad, but they have never faced an internal mass revolt,” Thompson wrote in a post since taken down. “They are weaker at home. We are scattered and decentralized, we can use this as an advantage.”

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Ebola: Another sign of our capital’s decay?

Beyond the immediate danger posed by Ebola, what the situation has exposed should not go unremarked.

Because, to the list of institutions once held in high regard but which have lately come up short — the Veterans Administration, the IRS, yes, even the Secret Service — we now must add the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

It’s been an all-too-familiar story: first, the calm assurances that all is well; then the impenetrable press releases saying nothing; finally the grudging admission, “Mistakes were made.”

The administration seemed as caught off-guard as the rest of us, and scrambled to catch up.

Congress, which has done nothing for years, literally, and can’t even break the partisan deadlock long enough to confirm a Surgeon General, played to form — they launched into a bitter blame game.

All this as the chairman of the Federal Reserve expressed concern the rich are getting richer and the poor, poorer, which could mean new problems on the economic front.

I don’t know where all this goes. What I do know is that our once-proud “shining city on a hill” is becoming just a town where nothing works.

Once we figure out what to do about Ebola, maybe we should focus on what to do about that.

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Box Office: ‘Ouija’ Summons Narrow Thursday Night Win Over ‘John Wick’

Universal’s pre-Halloween entry Ouija is winning the Friday box-office race, but Keanu Reeves‘ R-rated action pic John Wick is hardly shooting blanks. And Bill Murray‘s indie comedy St. Vincent is rocketing up the chart to No. 5 as it expands nationwide.

According to early numbers, Ouija should gross north of $7 million for the day for a weekend debut in the $19 million-$20 million range, putting it atop the North American box office. Rated PG-13, the female-fueled, teen-friendly title is playing in 2,858 locations.

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Lionsgate’s John Wick, going after males, is pacing to earn in the $5.5 million range on Friday for a $14 million-$15 million weekend, well more than the $7 million-$8 million that prerelease tracking had suggested. Reeves needs a win after his big-budget bomb 47 Ronin, which opened in December 2013.

John Wick, playing in 2,859 theaters, should come in No. 2 ahead of holdovers Fury and Gone Girl.

Nipping at Fury and Gone Girl‘s heels is The Weinstein Co.’s St. Vincent, starring Murray opposite Melissa McCarthy and Naomi Watts. The comedy, opening two weeks ago in select runs, is performing solidly as it expands nationwide and could earn $10 million for the weekend from 2,282 locations.

Thursday night, Ouija took in $911,000, while John Wick grossed $870,000 from 2,000 locations. Both are solid numbers. In terms of comparisons, Ouija‘s Thursday night take was on par with Sinister, which grossed $930,000 Thursday night on its way to an $18 million debut in October 2012.

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Blumhouse Productions, home of the microbudget horror film, and Michael Bay‘s Platinum Dunes produced Ouija for Universal in tandem with Hasbro. The film follows a group of friends who uncover the dark powers of the Ouija board when trying to summon their recently deceased friend’s spirit. Universal’s marketing campaign included organizing a screening and seance at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery.

Stiles White directed the movie, which stars an array of young television actors, including Daren Kagasoff and Bianca A. Santos.

Among critics, John Wick has already improved Reeves’ standing, and currently boasts an 87 percent fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. But whether the movie will work at the box office is another question — although positive word-of-mouth could give it strong legs, both in North America and overseas. Lionsgate acquired rights to the movie, so it has limited financial exposure.

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The R-rated action film, directed by Chad Stahelski, stars Reeves as an ex-hitman who comes out of a peaceful retirement to hunt down the gangsters who have taken everything from him. Michael Nyqvist, Alfie Allen, Adrianne Palicki, Bridget Moynahan, Dean Winters, Ian McShane, John Leguizamo and Willem Dafoe also star.

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Box Office Preview: ‘Ouija’ Calls on Spirits to Defeat Gun-Toting Keanu Reeves

Pre-Halloween entry Ouija looks to win the North American box office race this weekend ahead of shoot-‘em-up pic John Wick, Keanu Reeves‘ first film to hit theaters since the ill-fated 47 Ronin in December 2013.

Ouija, based on Hasbro’s seance board game, is expected to open in the $18 million to $20 million range. Universal is erring on the low side ($18 million), while rivals think it could cross $20 million. John Wick is tracking to earn far less, or a muted $7 million to $8 million. The male-skewing Wick, however, could overperform, thanks to stellar reviews and a berth in Imax theaters.

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Blumhouse Productions, home of the microbudget horror film, and Michael Bay‘s Platinum Dunes produced Ouija for Universal in tandem with Hasbro. The film, targeting teenagers and younger adult females, follows a group of friends who uncover the dark powers of the Ouija board when trying to summon their recently deceased friend’s spirit. Universal’s marketing campaign included organizing a screening and seance at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery.

Stiles White directed the movie, which stars an array of young television actors, including Daren Kagasoff and Bianca A. Santos. 

Among critics, John Wick has certainly improved Reeves’ standing, and currently boasts a 100 percent fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. But whether the movie will work at the box office is another question, although positive word-of-mouth could give it strong legs, both in North America and overseas. Lionsgate acquired rights to the movie, so it has limited financial exposure.

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Directed by Chad Stahelski, the R-rated action film stars Reeves as an ex-hitman who comes out of a peaceful retirement to hunt down the gangsters who have taken everything from him. Michael Nyqvist, Alfie Allen, Adrianne Palicki, Bridget Moynahan, Dean Winters, Ian McShane, John Leguizamo and Willem Dafoe also star.

Also this weekend, Theodore Melfi‘s St. Vincent, starring Bill Murray, expands nationwide after opening two weeks ago in select theaters, earning just under $1 million to date for The Weinstein Co.

A slew of high-profile films open at the specialty box office, including Lynn Shelton‘s Laggies, starring Keira Knightley, Chloe Grace Moretz and Sam Rockwell, and Gregg Araki‘s White Bird in a Blizzard, starring Shailene Woodley. Both films played at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival and were produced by Anonymous Content.

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U.K. Box Office: ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ Drop-Kicks ‘Gone Girl’ From Top Spot

Gone Girl’s two-week run at the top of the U.K. box office was brought to an abrupt end by a group of reptilian martial-arts experts named after Renaissance artists.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles took the crown in its opening week, earning $7.7 million compared with Gone Girl’s $3.8 million. David Fincher’s adaptation of the best-selling book, starring Rosamund Pike and Ben Affleck, has now earned a total of $22.9 million in the U.K.

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Last week’s second-highest-grossing film, The Maze Runner, slipped to the fourth spot with $2.4 million, while last week’s No. 3, Annabelle, retained its position, earning just $11,000 more than The Maze Runner did.

The second-highest new entry of the week was Nicholas Sparks‘ romantic drama The Best of Me, starring James Marsden and Michelle Monaghan, which claimed the fifth position, taking in $1 million.

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Global Box Office: ‘Gone Girl’ Races Past $200M; ‘Annabelle’ Scares Up $166M

David Fincher‘s Gone Girl has raced past the $200 million mark at the global box office, where it will soon overtake the filmmaker’s The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo ($232.6 million) and The Social Network ($224.9 million).

Gone Girl, starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike, even has a shot at approaching $300 million worldwide, although that won’t be enough to match The Curious Case of Benjamin Button ($333 million) or Seven ($327.3 million), which rank as Fincher’s top-grossing movies, respectively, not accounting for inflation.

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For the weekend, Gone Girl took in $20.2 million from 58 markets overseas for a foreign total of $94.7 million and a global total of $201.6 million. While the 20th Century Fox and New Regency film is doing best in Europe — the U.K. leads overall with $23.2 million — it has surprised in many Asian markets.

New Line and Warner Bros.’ horror prequel Annabelle likewise remains a strong global player, finishing Sunday with an impressive $166.1 million in total ticket sales, including $95 million overseas. Annabelle, costing just $6.5 million to make, earned another $19.2 million internationally for the weekend.

Still, it was neither of those films, nor Dracula Untold, that topped the weekend box-office chart offshore. Instead, the crown went to Disney’s Guardians of the Galaxy. The quirky superhero tentpole, still playing in China and a smattering of other territories, took in $23.1 million to jump the $400 million mark internationally for a worldwide total of $732.6 million.

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Better yet, Guardians became the No. 3 Marvel title of all time behind The Avengers ($1.5 billion) and Iron Man 3 ($1.2 billion).

Universal and Legendary’s origins pic Dracula Untold came in No. 2 overseas, earning $22.5 million from 58 markets for a foreign total of $95.7 million, more than double its early North American take of 40.7 million. (Dracula Untold fell 58 percent in its second weekend domestically.) Its global cume is $136.4 million.

Thanks to a late rollout in Europe, Paramount’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles came in No. 4 internationally behind Guardians, Dracula Untold and Gone Girl. (Annabelle rounded out the top five.) Turtles took in a hearty $20 million from 33 territories for a foreign total of $185.4 million and a global haul of $375 million. In Europe, the U.K. led with an impressive $7.9 million, followed by France ($4.1 million), Germany ($3.8 million) and Spain ($1.5 million).

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Turtles has yet to open in China and Japan.

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Specialty Box Office: ‘Birdman’ Soars to No. 2 Theater Average of 2014

In a case of life imitating art, Birdman soared in its bicoastal debut for former Batman star Michael Keaton, who plays a washed-up superhero movie star trying to rehabilitate his career by launching a show on Broadway.

The dark comedy, from director Alejandro G. Inarritu, grossed an estimated $415,000 from four theaters in New York and Los Angeles for a whopping screen average of $103,750, the best showing so far this year after Wes Anderson‘s The Grand Budapest Hotel, which posted a record-breaking theater average of $202,792 earlier this year. (This year’s other indie hit, Boyhood, posted a screen average of $77,524 when launching in five locations in July.)

It’s also one of the best showings in two years if Sunday’s estimates hold. Birdman, hoping to be a prominent awards player, now has to hold up as it wings its way into other top markets.

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Fox Searchlight and New Regency partnered on the film, starring Keaton opposite Edward Norton, Naomi Watts and Emma Stone.

“I think to see him in this part was really gratifying for people,” said Searchlight distribution chief Frank Rodriguez.

Keaton’s box office record has been decidedly mixed over the last two decades since starring in Batman Returns in 1992 and Batman in 1989.

Birdman isn’t Keaton’s first indie effort. He both directed and starred in the 2008 drama, The Merry Gentleman, which quickly disappeared, opening to $74,981 in 24 theaters and topping out at $347,000.

Two years earlier, Keaton played the lead in indie film Game 6, which fared even worse, opening to $9,610 from four theaters for an average of $2,402. Game 6 also starred Keaton as an aspiring playwright, although in that film, his character sets out to kill a critic who skewered his last play.

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Rodriguez said Birdman‘s strong opening was the culmination of several factors, including stops at the Venice, Telluride and New York film festivals, and a massive publicity blitz by the cast in the days leading up to the movie’s release.

“It’s also a cinematic triumph,” said Rodriguez, in reference to Inarritu and Gravity cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki‘s decision to make the movie seem as if it was shot in one long take.

While an ode to Broadway, Birdman‘s top-grossing theater was the Arclight Hollywood in Los Angeles, followed by the Angelika Film Center in New York, the Landmark in Los Angeles and Lincoln Square AMC in New York. Next weekend, Birdman opens in an additional 18 markets, including San Francisco, Seattle, San Diego, Boston, Washington, D.C., Detroit, Chicago, Atlanta and Dallas.

Elsewhere at the specialty box office, Roadside Attractions and Justin Simien‘s satirical dramedy Dear White People enjoyed a strong start, earning $338,000 from 11 theaters in select markets for a location average of $30,702.

Dear White People, premiering at the Sundance Film Festival in January, follows four African-American students at an Ivy League university whose lives converge when controversy erupts over an African-American themed Halloween party thrown by white students. The film stars Tyler James Williams, Tessa Thompson, Teyonah Parris, Brandon P. Bell and Kyle Gallner.

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Elsewhere, Alex Ross Perry‘s 2014 Sundance entry Listen Up Philip, starring Jason Schwartzman, Elisabeth Moss and Jonathan Pryce, opened in two theaters, grossing $24,291 for a so-so location average of $12,146 for Tribeca Film.

Among holdovers, Bill Murray‘s comedy St. Vincent expanded into a total of 68 theaters in its second outing, grossing $685,000 for a location average of $10,074 and a cume of $836,982.

St. Vincent is working very well in the suburbs, so we are going to pull the trigger next weekend and go wide,” said TWC’s Erik Lomis. “People are embracing it because it’s a feel-good movie. There’s a lot of heavy stuff in the market.”

Fox International’s co-production Bang Bang celebrated the weekend by becoming the top-grossing Bollywood title of all time in North America, not accounting for inflation. The film earned $155,000 from 108 theaters for a domestic total of $2.6 million, surpassing last year’s Kick ($2.5 million).

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The Metropolitan’s The Met: Live in HD broadcast its second opera of the season, Mozart‘s The Marriage of Figaro, on Saturday, taking in $2.1 million from 900 North American screens.

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WASH. SCHOOL SHOOTING Gunman ID’d in HS tragedy that left 2 dead

A high school student with a gun walked into the school cafeteria in Marysville, Wash., on Friday morning and opened fire, killing at least one person and wounding several others — three critically — before taking his own life, police and witnesses said.

The shooting at Marysville Pilchuck High School, located 35 miles north of Seattle, began around 10:45 a.m. PT., authorities said.

Fox affiliate KCPQ in Seattle, citing the boy’s aunt, identified the shooter late Friday as Jaylen Fryberg. The Associated Press also identified Fryberg as the shooter, citing a government official. He had recently been crowned Homecoming prince and played on the high school’s football team, according to The Associated Press.

Marysville Police Commander Robb Lamoureux said the gunman died of a self-inflicted wound, but he could not provide more details.

Providence Regional Medical Center in nearby Everett said it had three students, two girls and one boy, listed in critical condition with head wounds. Another student, who was transferred to Harborview Medical Center, was said to be in serious condition with minor injuries. A hospital spokeswoman described the victims as “young people,” though she was unable to provide exact ages.

Shaylee Bass, 15, a sophomore at the school, told The Associated Press that Fryberg had recently gotten into a fight with another boy over a girl.

“He was very upset about that,” said Bass, who was shocked by the shooting.

“He was not a violent person,” she said. “His family is known all around town. He was very well known. That’s what makes it so bizarre.”

Marysville Pilchuck High School has many students from the Tulalip Indian tribe. Ron Iukes, a youth counselor with the tribe, said Fryberg was from a well-known tribal family.

“They’re real good people, very loving, a big part of the community,” he said. “Jaylen was one of our good kids. It’s just a shock this happened. I’ve known this boy since he was a baby. It’s just devastating.”

State Sen. John McCoy, a tribal member, said the shooting had devastated the community.

“I do know the family,” of the shooter, McCoy said. “We’re all related in one shape or form. We live and work and play together.”

Students present during the shooting described a chaotic scene.

“I heard people start screaming,” Jordan Luton, a freshman who played on the high school football team with Fryberg and was present during the shooting, told Fox News’ Shepard Smith. “People dropped to the ground.”

Luton, who was about two tables away, said Fryberg didn’t say anything, and the shooting lasted about a minute. He believed a 9 millimeter gun was used.

Frankie Pina, a friend of Fryberg who was on his way to school at the time of the incident, told Smith he was “not that type of kid.”

“I don’t think a lot of people would have expected it,” said Pina, adding that the shooter liked to hunt.

Marysville is a city of about 60,000 in Snohomish County.

A crowd of parents waited in the parking lot outside a nearby church where they were being reunited with their children. Buses pulled up periodically to drop off students evacuated from the school, with some running to hug their mothers or fathers. Some parents were sent back to their cars to get their identifications before they could leave with their children.

FBI spokeswoman Ayn Dietrich said the agency was assisting local law enforcement and providing specialists to work with victims and their families.

Speaking at an evening press conference, Marysville Mayor Jon Nehring said “this is a true community tragedy.”

“It will take a long time for our community to heal from this,” he said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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JESUS’ BURIAL CLOTH? Historian: Shroud of Turin actually an Easter prop

Historian: Shroud of Turin is actually a medieval Easter prop

This Saturday, August 12, 2000 file photo shows the Holy Shroud, a 14 foot-long linen revered by some as the burial cloth of Jesus, displayed at the Cathedral of Turin, Italy. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)

You can add one more name to the list of those claiming the Shroud of Turin dates only to medieval times. According to British historian Charles Freeman, Jesus’ supposed burial cloth—believed by many to show his image after crucifixion—is a 14th-century prop that was likely used during an Easter-morning re-enactment of the resurrection.

Freeman says his analysis of historical texts and illustrations has found no mention of the cloth before its first documented appearance in France in 1355, the Guardian reports.

“Astonishingly, few researchers appear to have grasped that the shroud looked very different in the 16th and 17th centuries from the object we see today,” Freeman writes in History Today.

There, he examines “early depictions and descriptions of the Shroud that illustrate features now lost.” Among them, Antonio Tempesta’s 1613 engraving of the cloth and writings on it: a description by a Benedictine monk in 1449, another by Pope Sixtus in 1474, and an entry in the Travel Journal of Antonio de Beatis, which records a 1517 viewing.

They depict or reference a shroud in which blood and scourge marks are prominent. In Freeman’s view, this syncs with a “change in iconography”: The depictions of Christ’s burial from the 1100s and 1200s are largely free of blood; the emphasis on a bloodied Christ came into play in the 14th century.

In Freeman’s view, the Shroud of Turin was not a forgery intended to deceive but a prop used during the Easter “Quem quaeritis? (“Whom do you seek?”) ceremony, and he points to the 1988 radiocarbon-dating of the shroud that dated it to the 14th century as further proof. (A February study, however, asserted the image on the shroud was created by an earthquake in AD33.)

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Gunman in custody, second deputy dies after California rampage

A gunman who allegedly killed two sheriff’s deputies and wounded another officer and a bystander in the Sacramento County area has been arrested, a spokeswoman for the Placer County sheriff said Friday night.

Spokeswoman Dena Erwin said 34-year-old Marcelo Marquez, who also allegedly tried to carjack two vehicles, was taken alive Friday afternoon from a home in Auburn after an initial shooting hours earlier in a Sacramento commercial area. Auburn is about 30 miles north of Sacramento.

She also announced that a second deputy shot by the suspect had died. The third deputy was shot in the arm and “sitting up and talking.”

“This guy was on a one-man crime spree today,” Erwin said. “He has no idea of the damage he did.” 

The four shootings sparked a massive manhunt by multiple agencies backed by search dogs, helicopters and armored vehicles. Residents nearby were told to stay indoors and schools were locked down during the search.

Fox 40 earlier reported that a female suspect with the gunman had been apprehended in Placer County. The Associated Press said authorities reported she had a handgun in her purse.

Sacramento County Sheriff John Scott earlier identified the first dead officer as Deputy Danny Oliver, 47, a 15-year veteran, who had been shot in the head. The second fatality was not immediately identified.

Sheriff’s spokeswoman Sgt. Lisa Bowman said the deputy was approaching a suspicious vehicle in a parking lot in the Arden Way area of Sacramento near a Motel 6 when he was shot before 11 a.m. Friday. The Associated Press said the shooter was carrying AR-15 type assault rifle.

“The person who was inside of the vehicle shot rounds at the officer,” she said during a press conference on Friday. “At least one shot was fired at our deputy, striking him at least one time.”

Scott said Oliver was survived by a wife and two daughters.

The shooter was described as an Hispanic male in his 30s with buzz cut hair, who had been accompanied by a woman. Scott said “his motive is known only to the suspect.”

He also could not say how involved the woman had been in the shootings.

Scott said the gunman next tried to carjack a vehicle and shot the driver in the head when he resisted.

The suspects then made a second carjacking attempt and sped off in another vehicle.

Erwin told The Associated Press that two of her department’s deputies were then shot by the same assailant.

A park ranger reported he saw the suspects changing their clothing in the Carmichael area, a few miles northeast of the site of the initial shooting.

Authorities were seeking a red 2002 Ford F150 extended cab pickup truck with an ice chest in the back.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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CITIZEN JIHADISTS ISIS eyes ‘lone wolves’ to mount attacks on US soil

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The Ottawa gunman had talked of going to the Middle East, but even though ISIS Tweeted out his picture, authorities have not disclosed ties to any terrorist group.

Al Qaeda spent less than $1 million on its signature 9/11 attack, but Islamic State has found an even more cost-effective way to strike on American soil – inspiring psychotic sympathizers to commit “lone wolf” attacks that blur the line between random crime and terrorism, say experts.

Grisly photos and video of severed heads and mutilated bodies tweeted out and posted on the Internet, combined with explicit calls to kill, have allowed Islamic State to turn American citizens into weapons, say experts. The new technique requires no infiltration by sleeper cells and no planning, coordination or logistics. Yet, it is proving extremely effective at spreading fear, they say.

“If you can kill a disbelieving American or European, especially the spiteful and filthy French, or an Australian, or a Canadian, or any other disbeliever, then rely upon Allah and kill him in any manner or way however it may be,” urged a speaker on a video Islamic State released last month.

A law enforcement bulletin obtained last month by FoxNews.com warned that Islamic State fighters have increased calls for “lone wolves” to attack U.S. soldiers in America.

“You could literally search for soldiers, find their town, photos of them, look for address in Yellowbook or something,” a tweet attributed to Islamic State read. “Then show up and slaughter them.”

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Linking seemingly random acts of violence to Islamic State can be difficult or even impossible. Wednesday’s frightening attack in Ottawa, in which a Canadian soldier was gunned down at the National War Memorial, was carried out by a self-styled jihadist, Michael Zehaf-Bibeau. Authorities have not disclosed any known connection to Islamic State, but a Twitter account linked to Islamic State tweeted out an image of Zehaf-Bibeau even as the international media was scrambling to identify him.

“These attacks gives them some capability to wreak havoc in the West.”

- Scott Stewart, Stratfor

Alton Nolen had grisly photos of ISIS beheadings on his Facebook page and had argued with co-workers in favor of a violent and radical form of Islam before he beheaded a former co-worker in Oklahoma City last month. The shocking attack touched off a debate about whether it was a case of workplace violence or terrorism, and if it was the latter, was it at least in part attributable to Islamic State, which has actively urged sympathizers to rise up in the U.S.

As with the Ottawa attack, the answer may never be clear – and that is precisely what makes Islamic State’s broadcast to independent jihadists so dangerous, say experts.

“They don’t have the capability to expand their campaign trans-nationally,” said Scott Stewart, vice president of tactical analysis for global intelligence and advisory firm Stratfor.. “These attacks gives them some capability to wreak havoc in the West.”

The power of Islamic State’s message lies in its sheer brutality, Stewart added. While civilized people shudder at the stomach-turning images promoted as evidence of the Syria- and Iraq-based terrorist organization, disaffected and violent loners find inspiration.

“Because of the way the Islamic State is over the top, they seem to be appealing to more psychotic people than Al Qaeda,” Stewart said. “It raises the possibility of seeing more of these types of attacks.”

Another advantage Islamic State likely finds in convincing western sympathizers not to join them in the so-called caliphate, but to take action where they live is that it is nearly impossible to stop.

“If it’s true that these are in fact lone wolves they are much less trained and capable of a wide spread attack,” said Christopher Prable of the Cato Institute. “But that doesn’t mean that they won’t be a threat. Terrorism works by inducing states to go to extraordinary lengths to stop any efforts against them.”

Terrorist groups can revel in such attacks even if stateside prosecutors can’t pin the blame on them. Ali Muhammad Brown, who was charged in August for a cross-country murder spree that took four lives, told authorities he killed college student Brendan Tevlin, 19, on June 25 in New Jersey to get “vengeance” for the “millions of lives lost every day” in Iraq and Syria.

And in New York on Thursday, Zale Thompson, 32, who police say was a recent convert to Islam, was shot and killed by NYPD officers after he attacked four cops with a hatchet in Queens, leaving one officer with a fractured skull. Authorities are looking into possible terror ties, but his Facebook page offered clues in the form of a passage from the Koran, a photograph of a masked militant and a chilling threat.

“America’s military is strong abroad, but they have never faced an internal mass revolt,” Thompson wrote in a post since taken down. “They are weaker at home. We are scattered and decentralized, we can use this as an advantage.”

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BACK ON THE TRAIL As Dems avoid Obama, Romney in high demand

Flashing the easy smile of someone whose name isn’t on the Election Day ballot, Mitt Romney has never been so politically popular. He’s traveled the country – 23 states by his count – in recent months to lend support to fellow Republicans in advance of November’s midterm election.

“A lot of people who helped me – I owe big time,” the two-time presidential candidate cheerfully explained when asked about his campaign stops.

It’d be understandable if Romney’s enthusiasm for rallies, banquet halls, fundraisers and the seemingly never-ending line of outstretched hands had waned since his 2012 loss. But two years later, Romney is busy stumping for candidates in tight races nationwide including this two-day stretch in Arizona.

“It’s a real thrill to go across the country and I see a lot of the people who helped me during my campaign,” Romney told Fox News on Thursday night in Mesa. “Not just volunteers but a lot of dear, dear friends that I hadn’t seen in many, many years. So it’s fun to get back on the trail and make a difference.”

The irony of Romney’s high-profile appearances – about 1,500 people showed up to see him with Arizona’s statewide Republican candidates – is that President Obama has been nearly invisible in public support of Democrats this cycle. That’s not lost on Doug Ducey, Arizona’s Republican candidate for governor, one of the candidates getting a boost from Romney.

“People talk about contrasts in this campaign and I can’t think of any bigger contrast than for me to say how proud I am to be campaigning with our Republican nominee for president Mitt Romney,” Ducey enthusiastically told supporters after Romney introduced him on stage. The audience then roared in laughter at Ducey’s observation that Obama hasn’t been seen in Arizona supporting Democratic nominee Fred DuVal.  

Romney readily says he wishes he could be in the White House today leading the country but “that’s not going to happen.” He says he wants the president to succeed at home and internationally but is convinced that’s not likely to happen either.  

His sharpest criticism of the president came in response to questions about the administration’s handling of the Ebola crisis, which Romney calls a massive threat to America.

“Frankly, the president has once again been spectator-in-chief,” Romney said, then questioned why the president didn’t take a stronger line with the CDC in making sure the health agency was on top of the situation.

Romney expanded his critique to other controversies that have stricken the Obama administration, singling out the IRS scandal, Secret Service foul-ups and the roll out of ObamaCare.

“This is your administration. You appointed those people to lead those organizations. They report to you,” he said. “You should have been meeting with them, dealing with these issues before they broke and embarrassed our nation.”

Romney’s prominent role on the campaign trail along with polls showing a measure of buyer’s remorse from some 2012 Obama voters has prompted speculation that a third run for the presidency is possible. Romney repeated his oft-stated line that “I’m not running. I’m not planning on running.”  

He offered strong compliments about others who are considered likely candidates for the 2016 presidential nomination. “We’ve got some good people who are looking at the race. I think the first debate may have 10 or more people on the stage. Time will tell. We’ve got very credible people who are giving it a careful look.”

Friday morning outside Tucson, Republicans showed up at a community center to hear from Romney and a pair of GOP congressional candidates. Twice during the short event, rally-goers chanted “run Mitt run” with seemingly little effect on their target. Romney’s smile never left his face.

Fox News’ Molly Line contributed to this report.

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Ebola: Another sign of our capital’s decay?

Beyond the immediate danger posed by Ebola, what the situation has exposed should not go unremarked.

Because, to the list of institutions once held in high regard but which have lately come up short — the Veterans Administration, the IRS, yes, even the Secret Service — we now must add the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

It’s been an all-too-familiar story: first, the calm assurances that all is well; then the impenetrable press releases saying nothing; finally the grudging admission, “Mistakes were made.”

The administration seemed as caught off-guard as the rest of us, and scrambled to catch up.

Congress, which has done nothing for years, literally, and can’t even break the partisan deadlock long enough to confirm a Surgeon General, played to form — they launched into a bitter blame game.

All this as the chairman of the Federal Reserve expressed concern the rich are getting richer and the poor, poorer, which could mean new problems on the economic front.

I don’t know where all this goes. What I do know is that our once-proud “shining city on a hill” is becoming just a town where nothing works.

Once we figure out what to do about Ebola, maybe we should focus on what to do about that.

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Ebola: Another sign of our capital’s decay?

Beyond the immediate danger posed by Ebola, what the situation has exposed should not go unremarked.

Because, to the list of institutions once held in high regard but which have lately come up short — the Veterans Administration, the IRS, yes, even the Secret Service — we now must add the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

It’s been an all-too-familiar story: first, the calm assurances that all is well; then the impenetrable press releases saying nothing; finally the grudging admission, “Mistakes were made.”

The administration seemed as caught off-guard as the rest of us, and scrambled to catch up.

Congress, which has done nothing for years, literally, and can’t even break the partisan deadlock long enough to confirm a Surgeon General, played to form — they launched into a bitter blame game.

All this as the chairman of the Federal Reserve expressed concern the rich are getting richer and the poor, poorer, which could mean new problems on the economic front.

I don’t know where all this goes. What I do know is that our once-proud “shining city on a hill” is becoming just a town where nothing works.

Once we figure out what to do about Ebola, maybe we should focus on what to do about that.

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Box Office: ‘Ouija’ Summons Narrow Thursday Night Win Over ‘John Wick’

Universal’s pre-Halloween entry Ouija is winning the Friday box-office race, but Keanu Reeves‘ R-rated action pic John Wick is hardly shooting blanks. And Bill Murray‘s indie comedy St. Vincent is rocketing up the chart to No. 5 as it expands nationwide.

According to early numbers, Ouija should gross north of $7 million for the day for a weekend debut in the $19 million-$20 million range, putting it atop the North American box office. Rated PG-13, the female-fueled, teen-friendly title is playing in 2,858 locations.

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Lionsgate’s John Wick, going after males, is pacing to earn in the $5.5 million range on Friday for a $14 million-$15 million weekend, well more than the $7 million-$8 million that prerelease tracking had suggested. Reeves needs a win after his big-budget bomb 47 Ronin, which opened in December 2013.

John Wick, playing in 2,859 theaters, should come in No. 2 ahead of holdovers Fury and Gone Girl.

Nipping at Fury and Gone Girl‘s heels is The Weinstein Co.’s St. Vincent, starring Murray opposite Melissa McCarthy and Naomi Watts. The comedy, opening two weeks ago in select runs, is performing solidly as it expands nationwide and could earn $10 million for the weekend from 2,282 locations.

Thursday night, Ouija took in $911,000, while John Wick grossed $870,000 from 2,000 locations. Both are solid numbers. In terms of comparisons, Ouija‘s Thursday night take was on par with Sinister, which grossed $930,000 Thursday night on its way to an $18 million debut in October 2012.

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Blumhouse Productions, home of the microbudget horror film, and Michael Bay‘s Platinum Dunes produced Ouija for Universal in tandem with Hasbro. The film follows a group of friends who uncover the dark powers of the Ouija board when trying to summon their recently deceased friend’s spirit. Universal’s marketing campaign included organizing a screening and seance at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery.

Stiles White directed the movie, which stars an array of young television actors, including Daren Kagasoff and Bianca A. Santos.

Among critics, John Wick has already improved Reeves’ standing, and currently boasts an 87 percent fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. But whether the movie will work at the box office is another question — although positive word-of-mouth could give it strong legs, both in North America and overseas. Lionsgate acquired rights to the movie, so it has limited financial exposure.

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The R-rated action film, directed by Chad Stahelski, stars Reeves as an ex-hitman who comes out of a peaceful retirement to hunt down the gangsters who have taken everything from him. Michael Nyqvist, Alfie Allen, Adrianne Palicki, Bridget Moynahan, Dean Winters, Ian McShane, John Leguizamo and Willem Dafoe also star.

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Box Office Preview: ‘Ouija’ Calls on Spirits to Defeat Gun-Toting Keanu Reeves

Pre-Halloween entry Ouija looks to win the North American box office race this weekend ahead of shoot-‘em-up pic John Wick, Keanu Reeves‘ first film to hit theaters since the ill-fated 47 Ronin in December 2013.

Ouija, based on Hasbro’s seance board game, is expected to open in the $18 million to $20 million range. Universal is erring on the low side ($18 million), while rivals think it could cross $20 million. John Wick is tracking to earn far less, or a muted $7 million to $8 million. The male-skewing Wick, however, could overperform, thanks to stellar reviews and a berth in Imax theaters.

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Blumhouse Productions, home of the microbudget horror film, and Michael Bay‘s Platinum Dunes produced Ouija for Universal in tandem with Hasbro. The film, targeting teenagers and younger adult females, follows a group of friends who uncover the dark powers of the Ouija board when trying to summon their recently deceased friend’s spirit. Universal’s marketing campaign included organizing a screening and seance at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery.

Stiles White directed the movie, which stars an array of young television actors, including Daren Kagasoff and Bianca A. Santos. 

Among critics, John Wick has certainly improved Reeves’ standing, and currently boasts a 100 percent fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. But whether the movie will work at the box office is another question, although positive word-of-mouth could give it strong legs, both in North America and overseas. Lionsgate acquired rights to the movie, so it has limited financial exposure.

Read more ‘John Wick': Keanu Reeves, Willem Dafoe Talk “Fantasy” Drifting and Gun Fu Stunts

Directed by Chad Stahelski, the R-rated action film stars Reeves as an ex-hitman who comes out of a peaceful retirement to hunt down the gangsters who have taken everything from him. Michael Nyqvist, Alfie Allen, Adrianne Palicki, Bridget Moynahan, Dean Winters, Ian McShane, John Leguizamo and Willem Dafoe also star.

Also this weekend, Theodore Melfi‘s St. Vincent, starring Bill Murray, expands nationwide after opening two weeks ago in select theaters, earning just under $1 million to date for The Weinstein Co.

A slew of high-profile films open at the specialty box office, including Lynn Shelton‘s Laggies, starring Keira Knightley, Chloe Grace Moretz and Sam Rockwell, and Gregg Araki‘s White Bird in a Blizzard, starring Shailene Woodley. Both films played at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival and were produced by Anonymous Content.

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U.K. Box Office: ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ Drop-Kicks ‘Gone Girl’ From Top Spot

Gone Girl’s two-week run at the top of the U.K. box office was brought to an abrupt end by a group of reptilian martial-arts experts named after Renaissance artists.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles took the crown in its opening week, earning $7.7 million compared with Gone Girl’s $3.8 million. David Fincher’s adaptation of the best-selling book, starring Rosamund Pike and Ben Affleck, has now earned a total of $22.9 million in the U.K.

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Last week’s second-highest-grossing film, The Maze Runner, slipped to the fourth spot with $2.4 million, while last week’s No. 3, Annabelle, retained its position, earning just $11,000 more than The Maze Runner did.

The second-highest new entry of the week was Nicholas Sparks‘ romantic drama The Best of Me, starring James Marsden and Michelle Monaghan, which claimed the fifth position, taking in $1 million.

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Global Box Office: ‘Gone Girl’ Races Past $200M; ‘Annabelle’ Scares Up $166M

David Fincher‘s Gone Girl has raced past the $200 million mark at the global box office, where it will soon overtake the filmmaker’s The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo ($232.6 million) and The Social Network ($224.9 million).

Gone Girl, starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike, even has a shot at approaching $300 million worldwide, although that won’t be enough to match The Curious Case of Benjamin Button ($333 million) or Seven ($327.3 million), which rank as Fincher’s top-grossing movies, respectively, not accounting for inflation.

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For the weekend, Gone Girl took in $20.2 million from 58 markets overseas for a foreign total of $94.7 million and a global total of $201.6 million. While the 20th Century Fox and New Regency film is doing best in Europe — the U.K. leads overall with $23.2 million — it has surprised in many Asian markets.

New Line and Warner Bros.’ horror prequel Annabelle likewise remains a strong global player, finishing Sunday with an impressive $166.1 million in total ticket sales, including $95 million overseas. Annabelle, costing just $6.5 million to make, earned another $19.2 million internationally for the weekend.

Still, it was neither of those films, nor Dracula Untold, that topped the weekend box-office chart offshore. Instead, the crown went to Disney’s Guardians of the Galaxy. The quirky superhero tentpole, still playing in China and a smattering of other territories, took in $23.1 million to jump the $400 million mark internationally for a worldwide total of $732.6 million.

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Better yet, Guardians became the No. 3 Marvel title of all time behind The Avengers ($1.5 billion) and Iron Man 3 ($1.2 billion).

Universal and Legendary’s origins pic Dracula Untold came in No. 2 overseas, earning $22.5 million from 58 markets for a foreign total of $95.7 million, more than double its early North American take of 40.7 million. (Dracula Untold fell 58 percent in its second weekend domestically.) Its global cume is $136.4 million.

Thanks to a late rollout in Europe, Paramount’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles came in No. 4 internationally behind Guardians, Dracula Untold and Gone Girl. (Annabelle rounded out the top five.) Turtles took in a hearty $20 million from 33 territories for a foreign total of $185.4 million and a global haul of $375 million. In Europe, the U.K. led with an impressive $7.9 million, followed by France ($4.1 million), Germany ($3.8 million) and Spain ($1.5 million).

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Turtles has yet to open in China and Japan.

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Specialty Box Office: ‘Birdman’ Soars to No. 2 Theater Average of 2014

In a case of life imitating art, Birdman soared in its bicoastal debut for former Batman star Michael Keaton, who plays a washed-up superhero movie star trying to rehabilitate his career by launching a show on Broadway.

The dark comedy, from director Alejandro G. Inarritu, grossed an estimated $415,000 from four theaters in New York and Los Angeles for a whopping screen average of $103,750, the best showing so far this year after Wes Anderson‘s The Grand Budapest Hotel, which posted a record-breaking theater average of $202,792 earlier this year. (This year’s other indie hit, Boyhood, posted a screen average of $77,524 when launching in five locations in July.)

It’s also one of the best showings in two years if Sunday’s estimates hold. Birdman, hoping to be a prominent awards player, now has to hold up as it wings its way into other top markets.

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Fox Searchlight and New Regency partnered on the film, starring Keaton opposite Edward Norton, Naomi Watts and Emma Stone.

“I think to see him in this part was really gratifying for people,” said Searchlight distribution chief Frank Rodriguez.

Keaton’s box office record has been decidedly mixed over the last two decades since starring in Batman Returns in 1992 and Batman in 1989.

Birdman isn’t Keaton’s first indie effort. He both directed and starred in the 2008 drama, The Merry Gentleman, which quickly disappeared, opening to $74,981 in 24 theaters and topping out at $347,000.

Two years earlier, Keaton played the lead in indie film Game 6, which fared even worse, opening to $9,610 from four theaters for an average of $2,402. Game 6 also starred Keaton as an aspiring playwright, although in that film, his character sets out to kill a critic who skewered his last play.

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Rodriguez said Birdman‘s strong opening was the culmination of several factors, including stops at the Venice, Telluride and New York film festivals, and a massive publicity blitz by the cast in the days leading up to the movie’s release.

“It’s also a cinematic triumph,” said Rodriguez, in reference to Inarritu and Gravity cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki‘s decision to make the movie seem as if it was shot in one long take.

While an ode to Broadway, Birdman‘s top-grossing theater was the Arclight Hollywood in Los Angeles, followed by the Angelika Film Center in New York, the Landmark in Los Angeles and Lincoln Square AMC in New York. Next weekend, Birdman opens in an additional 18 markets, including San Francisco, Seattle, San Diego, Boston, Washington, D.C., Detroit, Chicago, Atlanta and Dallas.

Elsewhere at the specialty box office, Roadside Attractions and Justin Simien‘s satirical dramedy Dear White People enjoyed a strong start, earning $338,000 from 11 theaters in select markets for a location average of $30,702.

Dear White People, premiering at the Sundance Film Festival in January, follows four African-American students at an Ivy League university whose lives converge when controversy erupts over an African-American themed Halloween party thrown by white students. The film stars Tyler James Williams, Tessa Thompson, Teyonah Parris, Brandon P. Bell and Kyle Gallner.

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Elsewhere, Alex Ross Perry‘s 2014 Sundance entry Listen Up Philip, starring Jason Schwartzman, Elisabeth Moss and Jonathan Pryce, opened in two theaters, grossing $24,291 for a so-so location average of $12,146 for Tribeca Film.

Among holdovers, Bill Murray‘s comedy St. Vincent expanded into a total of 68 theaters in its second outing, grossing $685,000 for a location average of $10,074 and a cume of $836,982.

St. Vincent is working very well in the suburbs, so we are going to pull the trigger next weekend and go wide,” said TWC’s Erik Lomis. “People are embracing it because it’s a feel-good movie. There’s a lot of heavy stuff in the market.”

Fox International’s co-production Bang Bang celebrated the weekend by becoming the top-grossing Bollywood title of all time in North America, not accounting for inflation. The film earned $155,000 from 108 theaters for a domestic total of $2.6 million, surpassing last year’s Kick ($2.5 million).

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The Metropolitan’s The Met: Live in HD broadcast its second opera of the season, Mozart‘s The Marriage of Figaro, on Saturday, taking in $2.1 million from 900 North American screens.

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Outpouring of emotion as body of soldier killed in Ottawa arrives home in Hamilton

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Thousands of Canadians lined highway overpasses on a 600-kilometre stretch from Ottawa to Hamilton, Ont., Friday, waving flags and bursting into spontaneous renditions of “O Canada” to honour Cpl. Nathan Cirillo as a procession carried his body home. 


After a horrific event that has gripped the nation for days, Canadians came out to demonstrate their pride in their country and solidarity with those who dedicate their lives to military service. The emotion and grief was palpable along the route. 


And in Hamilton, the grief hit home as thousands of people lined the procession route on Main Street between Dundurn and Gage. It was dark by the time the procession arrived in the city. Cirillo’s family released a statement thanking their fellow Canadians for support and sympathy for “Canada’s son.” 


Cirillo was killed in Wednesday’s Ottawa shooting at the National War Memorial and was transported along the Highway of Heroes from the nation’s capital to Hamilton. His body arrived in his hometown shortly before 8 p.m. on Friday.


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Thousands lined Main Street to sing ‘O Canada’ and applaud as Cirillo’s motorcade passed through the city. Here, people wait outside Hamilton’s city hall. (John Rieti/CBC)

Diana and Dave Richard visited the shrine to Cirillo at the armoury on James Street North before heading over to watch the procession on Main Street. The couple carried a Canadian flag and cheered the national pride the events of the week have fostered. But they said it was still a hard night. 



“We’re proud to be Hamiltonians, and Canadians,” Diana Richard said.



“Unfortunately, we’re a little emotional right now. I can’t think of the right words to say,” Dave Richard said. “But, it’s been a tough few days. It’s hurt. The landscape of Canada has changed. It’s scary. A little bit scary.”



As the procession neared Hamilton, Cirillo’s family released a statement thanking the people who helped Cirillo after he’d been shot. The family has been deeply moved by support, sympathy and tributes to Cirillo, the statement said. 


“Nathan was Canada’s son,” the statement reads. “We’ve always thought we lived in the best country in the world. The people just proved it.” 




Amid an outpouring of grief and remembrances of Cirillo’s life, his regiment and hometown are busy working out the logistics for his funeral.


Cirillo’s body will be taken to the Markey-Dermody Funeral Home on King Street East. The funeral home said two visitation periods are scheduled, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday, and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Monday. Those are expected to be open to the public.


The funeral is scheduled for 12 p.m. on Tuesday at Christ’s Church Cathedral on James St. N. in Hamilton, said Bill Mous from the Anglican Diocese of Niagara. Details of the service are still being planned. 


CBC News in Hamilton will share more information as soon as it’s available.


“It’s a really difficult time for everybody,” said Hamilton Mayor Bob Bratina. “All of us are getting tremendous input from the public — suggestions, advice, as to what other memorial things could be done.” 



Bratina said he’s hearing from Hamiltonians in all corners of the city — near Sherwood Secondary School, in the east end where his family lived — who are working to honour Cirillo’s life and service. Describing the mood in the city, Bratina told CBC’s Metro Morning on Friday, “I’ve never seen anything like it.” 

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Cirillo lived in the Corktown neighbourhood, where Bratina also lives. Bratina said a spontaneous memorial has sprung up in Corktown Park, where Cirillo would bring his dogs. Cirillo’s dog Kyah was well-loved by the neighbourhood kids, he said.



“Perhaps all of the necessary logistical preparation is probably easing the grieving portion,” he said.



Bratina and Hamilton Police Services Chief Glenn De Caire will join the procession on behalf of the city and escort Cirillo into Hamilton Friday afternoon.


Vincent family sends condolences to Cirillo family


The family of Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent issued a statement Friday expressing their shock and sadness at losing their loved one.


“His departure will leave an immense hole in our hearts,” the statement, released in French, said.


Vincent was killed Monday when he was struck in a targeted hit and run in St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que. The 53-year-old had served in the military for 28 years. The RCMP say they have no evidence of a connection between Monday’s attack in St-Jean-sur-Richelieu and Wednesday’s shooting in Ottawa. 


The statement described Vincent as a “bon vivant” who was well liked and spoke with passion about his work with the Armed Forces.


“Serving [in the Forces] was his way of making a difference in our world,” the statement said.


Vincent’s family also expressed their condolences for Cirillo’s family and friends.


“Know that we share in your sorrow, and we sympathize with you with all our hearts,” they said.


The family’s thoughts are also with the family of Martin (Ahmad) Couture-Rouleau, the driver who killed Vincent, who are “going through difficult times,” the statement said.


The funeral for Vincent will be held Saturday, Nov. 1, at the Longueuil Cathedral on Montreal’s South Shore at 11 a.m. ET. Media won’t be allowed inside the cathedral.



McMaster Marauders to display Argylls flag


The McMaster Marauders football team is heading to Ottawa to play Saturday at 1 p.m. ET, and the coaching team had been thinking about how it could do something at its game against the University of Ottawa Gee-Gees to honour Cirillo.



The team had been thinking about sewing patches on the uniforms, but when it contacted the Argylls, the regiment did them one better.



“They said they didn’t have anything like that, but they could loan us their regimental flag,” said assistant coach Al Anonech. “I was taken aback. Well, we’d be honoured to do that.”



The team hasn’t decided exactly how it will display the flag before the game, but Anonech said one of the team’s “Hamilton-born-and-bred captains” will carry the flag out. 





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‘I saw the gun in his hands': MPs, Hill staff struggle to process shooting

MPs, political staff and parliamentary personnel are struggling with emotions, two days after a gunman was killed in a shoot-out in the busy Centre Block of Parliament Hill.


The gunman entered the building at a busy point in the weekly schedule when the party caucuses meet there and journalists and staff gather outside the caucus rooms. Most MPs were in the building at the time.


For NDP press secretary Greta Levy, the attack left an indelible memory. Levy was leaving Centre Block with her colleague, NDP press secretary Marc-André Viau. They both saw two women hit the ground, and then heard someone yell at them to get down. The moment was so tense that Viau didn’t realize until later that the women were reporters he’s known for years.


In an interview with Evan Solomon, host of CBC Radio’s The House, Levy described seeing the gunman.


“I looked up and I saw him immediately and only him. I have no recollection of seeing the car, of seeing people chasing after, I didn’t notice anything else. And I just saw a young man … when I saw him he was striding, not running, and then I saw the gun in his hands and immediately dropped my head,” Levy said in the interview, which will air Saturday at 9 a.m.


Once the shooting was over, the two hurried down the Hill toward Wellington Street.


Viau ran into a flock of reporters across the street from Parliament’s front lawn, where he answered repeated frantic questions for at least half an hour as police expanded the security perimeter. He started getting requests for interviews from Canadian and foreign news outlets, which he granted until 11:30 p.m.


‘I’m not doing OK’


Levy said it only struck her hours after the attack that she could have been shot.


“I don’t know why it took me so long to understand that. I mean, that’s obvious, you know, if I can see him, he can see me and we were all lying down on the ground and he was standing. But I guess that game can be played a million different ways and the fact is that he chose to bypass us and so, yeah, we were at the wrong place at the wrong time, but had we come out one minute later, it would have been a much worse place.”


Parliament resumed Thursday, the day after the shooting, and the House sat until just after noon on Friday, ending only slightly ahead of its normal Friday rising time.


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The Conservative Party caucus room, with furniture piled up against the door, is shown shortly after the shooting began on Parliament Hill on Wednesday. ((MP Nina Grewal/Reuters))

But it was difficult for a lot of people to focus on work.


“I’m not doing OK,” NDP Deputy Leader Megan Leslie told Evan Solomon.


“And I think anybody who tells you they are, either the emotions haven’t hit them yet, they haven’t processed it yet, or they’re not being truthful.”


Conservative MP Rick Dykstra said he’s still dealing with the events too.


“I haven’t processed it all yet. I did a little bit. I started to come to grips with it yesterday,” he said.


“But I realized how close to danger we were and what happened at the war memorial, and how quickly it all transpired. I think most of us are still processing it and I’m still dealing with it as well.”


“Some people can get through these things and issues in a very, very quick way mentally, and I think others are going to reflect and they’re going to feel it this weekend or next week.” 


Coping help


The House of Commons is offering employees assistance, with drop-in counselling sessions already arranged for three days, and encouraging people to take advantage of them. The House has also arranged for counselling after-hours for those working evenings. In a memo to staff advising them the House would resume sitting at 10 a.m. the day after the shooting, acting clerk Marc Bosc told those who felt unable to work “due to the day’s events” to speak to their supervisors.


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Floral tributes to Cpl. Nathan Cirillo started piling up at the National War Memorial on Thursday. (Sean Kilpatrick/Canadian Press)

MP staff members and political research staff also have access to those programs, and the NDP extended the assistance to interns and volunteers.


The Privy Council Office, whose staff work in a building on Wellington Street across from Parliament Hill, also arranged support and counselling, which covers the staff of the Prime Minister’s Office as well.


Liberal MP Rodger Cuzner said the shooting has taken a lot out of everyone.


“You can see it in the faces of staff,” he said. “We probably have more than a thousand people on the Hill here, so I know people will be looking forward to their weekend.”



Leslie said all the MPs are “walking around like zombies, just going through the motions.” Everybody on the Hill, she said, is exhausted.


Two of the clerks, she added, “were in the Hall of Honour … hiding behind a plywood desk for three hours. The Library of Parliament staff are going into work crossing over the exact spot where a man was shot and killed just a few days ago. I mean, it’s a challenge to be here.”

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