Navy Yard gunman treated for mental problems...Starbucks: Guns not welcome...Sandy blamed for fire

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Updated: Wed, 18 Sep 2013 02:16:01 EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Law enforcement officials say the Washington Navy Yard gunman was being treated for serious mental problems. A police report says Aaron Alexis told officers he was being harassed by voices during a stay in Rhode Island last month, before the defense contractor moved to the Washington area for work. However, Alexis had maintained his security clearance and entered the Navy Yard with a valid pass Monday. NEW YORK (AP) — Starbucks is not banning customers from bringing firearms into its cafes, but it does say guns are not welcome. CEO Howard Schultz says the decision to ask customers to stop bringing guns into stores comes as a result of frequent demonstrations in which gun rights advocates have turned up at Starbucks cafes with firearms. Schultz says the events have made customers uncomfortable. TOMS RIVER, N.J. (AP) — Superstorm Sandy is getting the blame for last week's massive boardwalk fire on the New Jersey shore. Investigators say the storm damaged electrical wiring that touched off the blaze in Seaside Park and Seaside Heights. They warn that similar danger could be lurking elsewhere. JOHNSTOWN, Colo. (AP) — The flooding that tore through communities in Colorado's Front Range and inundated nearby farmland could have some positive effects next planting season. State agriculture officials say the floodwaters caused widespread damage to crops currently in the field and to irrigation ditches. However, the floods may have served to recharge soils in areas suffering from prolonged drought and also may have refilled reservoirs. BOSTON (AP) — Mark Wahlberg has finally earned his high school diploma, 25 years after dropping out. In a column in The Huffington Post on Monday, the 42-year-old actor says he took online classes and studied while on movie sets, traveling and at home.

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