‘The closer it is, the more it hurts’

A manhunt is underway for a gunman in California after the third mass shooting in the state in less than a week. And police are piecing together the motive behind another shooting at a Walmart in Oklahoma.

It’s Ashley. Here’s the news you need to know Monday. 

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Shootings across the country: 3 dead in Oklahoma, 4 dead in California

Three people were fatally shot at a Walmart in Duncan

Three people were killed Monday in a shooting outside an Oklahoma Walmart that ended when a bystander pointed a gun at the shooter, police and a witness said. “We can confirm a shooting in Walmart parking lot,” Duncan Police said in a statement. 

  • What happened? Duncan resident Aaron Helton, an Army veteran, said he was at the Walmart when he heard nine shots and saw the gunman, gun in hand. Another man walked up, put a pistol to the gunman’s head and told him to stop shooting, Helton said.
  • Police Chief Danny Ford confirmed the gunman took his own life
  • State Rep. Forrest Bennett tweeted support for victims and their families. “The closer it is, the more it hurts. Duncan once again suffers from gun violence,” he said. 

Three people were killed Nov. 18 in a shooting at a Walmart in Duncan, Okla. (Photo: Torin Halsey, USA TODAY NETWORK)

Manhunt underway in Fresno after ‘mass casualty shooting’ 

Authorities searched for suspects and a motive Monday after four people were killed and six wounded in what police described as a “mass casualty shooting” at a football watch party in Fresno, California.

  • What happened? The rampage erupted Sunday at a backyard party where more than 25 people – including children – had gathered to watch the Los Angeles Rams-Chicago Bears football game on TV, police said.
  • All of the victims were Asian men ages 25 to 35, according to police. 
  • Little is known about the suspects, and it is unclear whether more than one shooter was involved.
  • Recent gun violence in Fresno: This shooting was at least the second fatal gun attack in southeast Fresno on Sunday.

Police work at the crime scene after a shooting in Fresno, Calif., on Nov. 17. (Photo: TOMAS OVALLE, EPA-EFE)

What everyone’s talking about

  • Iowa Poll: President Trump’s popularity is sky-high among registered Republicans.
  • “Harry Potter” co-stars Tom Felton and Emma Watson prove once again that they’re bestie goals.
  • An iconic Boston Irish pub closed after 137 years. Residents fear gentrification is crushing the city’s soul.
  • A safe injection site for drug users? This city could be the first to host one.
  • Taylor Swift can officially perform her old songs at the 2019 American Music Awards. 

Sarah Ferguson defends Prince Andrew amid Jeffrey Epstein scandal: ‘I am with him’

Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York, is standing by ex-husband Prince Andrew amid a scandal over his involvement with Jeffrey Epstein, the disgraced financier who died in August. Ferguson defended Andrew in an Instagram post shared before a controversial BBC interview, calling him a “real gentleman” and announcing she is “with him every step of the way.” Trying to contain damage from his friendship with Epstein and accusations of sexual misconduct, Prince Andrew sat down with the BBC in Buckingham Palace for a rare interview that aired Saturday in which he emphatically denied once again that he slept with one of Epstein’s alleged “sex slaves” when she was 17. British media slammed his efforts, branding the interview a complete public relations disaster.

Prince Andrew defended himself against accusations that he enjoyed favors from Jeffrey Epstein. (Photo: Duncan McGlynn, Getty Images)

Real quick 

  • A case of bubonic plague, the disease linked to the Black Death, was reported in China.
  • A New Jersey student may get $175,000 after being poked in the eye with a pencil.
  • Why Pete Buttigieg’s presidential run is so important for older LGBTQ Americans. 
  • Trump tore into “nasty” Fox News host Chris Wallace over a “dumb” interview on impeachment. 
  • Chick-fil-A said it is altering its approach to charitable donations after LGBTQ protests.

Professors learn a lesson about cooking meth at school  

Two chemistry professors in Arkansas were charged with making meth at a school laboratory. I’ve seen only about one episode of “Breaking Bad,” but I’m pretty sure this is straight out of the show’s plotline. Terry Bateman, 45, and Bradley Rowland, 40, professors at Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas, were arrested Friday after investigators found traces of methamphetamine production at a school laboratory. 

‘Jeopardy!’ A way to distract us from everything else 

James Holzhauer won the “Jeopardy!” Tournament of Champions, but you haven’t seen the last of him. Holzhauer will face the long-running quiz show’s two other biggest winners, Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter, in an epic Jeopardy event: the Greatest of All Time tournament on ABC in January. The trash talk has begun.

James Holzhauer, with host Alex Trebek, won the 2019 "Jeopardy!" Tournament of Champions, and added $250,000 to his winnings. (Photo: Carol Kaelson/Photographer)

A break from the news

  • Worried a recession is around the corner? Here’s how to prepare your retirement nest egg. 
  • Justice for Ursula: Why the “Little Mermaid” villain is still the best of the Disney baddies.
  • There’s a pretty solid chance your laptop is disgusting. You should probably clean it.

This is a compilation of stories from across the USA TODAY Network.

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