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Deputy killed, another wounded in standoff with gunman

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A North Carolina sheriff’s deputy was killed and another wounded in an hours-long standoff with a gunman who was later found dead in an apparent suicide, a report said.

The shooting broke out when deputies responded to home in Boone for a wellness check at 10 a.m. after the family had not shown up to work, The News Herald reported, citing authorities.

When deputies arrived, all of the family’s cars were parked outside. The gunman opened fire when the officers entered the home.

Sgt. Chris Ward, of the Watauga County Sheriff’s Office, was shot and airlifted to a hospital, but could not be saved.

K-9 Deputy Logan Fox was also struck by gunfire and was stuck inside the home for the remainder of the standoff, which finally came to an end at 11 p.m. His condition was not immediately clear.

Police would not comment Wednesday on the conditions of the other family members.

“This is an incredibly tragic situation and our thoughts and prayers are with everyone involved as well as their families and our community,” said Watauga County Sheriff Len Hagaman, according to the report.

Neighbor Clarence Wilson, 78, was outside on his porch when gunfire first erupted.

“They told me to get back in the house and stay,” he told the newspaper. “We ain’t used to all this.”

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2-year-old boy shoots parents in Maine home

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2-year-old boy shoots parents in Maine home

A 2-year-old boy in Maine shot his parents Wednesday morning with a gun he picked up from a nightstand, a report said.

The toddler’s 25-year-old father was hit in the head, and the mother, 22, was struck in the leg in the shooting at their home in West Bath, WMTW reported, citing Sagadahoc County Sheriff Joel Merry.

The baby was injured by the recoil of the gun, authorities said. All three family members were hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries, according to Merry.

“The question of how the boy was able to pick up and fire the weapon is of great concern and is being investigated,” Merry said, according to the report.

“This situation, while disturbing, could have had an even more tragic ending,” the sheriff said.

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Banksy’s ‘Love is in the Air’ auctioned for $12.9M in crypto

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Banksy's 'Love is in the Air' auctioned for $12.9M in crypto

A Banksy piece fetched $12.9 million in an auction Tuesday — and the winning bidder will pay for the pricey pop art with cryptocurrency.

The anonymous artist’s “Love is in the Air” is the first physical piece of art sold by a major auction house paid for using crypto, according to a tweet from Sotheby’s.

The protest image — which shows a protester winding up with a bouquet of flowers in hand instead of a molotov cocktail — was sold after a 14-minute bidding battle with four participants, Sotheby’s said.

The auction house announced in March it would auction off a series of non-fungible tokens, or NFTs, which are digital assets that represent ownership of virtual items like art and sports memorabilia.

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Colonial Pipeline has restarted operations after cyberattack

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Colonial Pipeline has restarted operations after cyberattack

Colonial Pipeline restarted operations on Wednesday — after it was shut down for days over a cyberattack, causing major disruptions and panic-buying at gas stations across the Southeast.

The company said it “initiated the restart of the pipeline” — which delivers about 45 percent of the fuel consumed on the East Coast — at around 5 p.m..

“Following this restart, it will take several days for the product delivery supply chain to return to normal,” Colonial’s statement said.

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