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In brief: Slain Arizona police officer was shot multiple times

From Wire Reports

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – A northern Arizona police officer killed over the weekend was shot repeatedly at close range by a domestic violence suspect after calmly asking the man if he could pat him down for any weapons, authorities said Sunday.

Flagstaff Officer Tyler J. Stewart, 24, died Saturday at Flagstaff Medical Center shortly after being shot multiple times.

Stewart had responded to a domestic violence call from the suspect’s girlfriend at about 11 a.m. Saturday, police Sgt. Margaret Bentzen said. The woman told the officer she had an argument with Robert W. Smith, 28, and that he had left the area.

Stewart later found Smith at an apartment complex where he questioned the man but “at no time did the conversation become confrontational,” Bentzen said in a statement.

When Stewart asked the suspect if he could check him for weapons, Smith pulled a gun from his pocket and opened fire on the officer from about 2 feet away, according to the statement.

Stewart did not have time to return fire, and Smith continued to shoot the officer repeatedly even after he had sustained serious wounds and was on the ground, Bentzen said

Smith then walked away and fatally shot himself, she said. He died at the scene.

The investigation remained ongoing. Authorities said Smith was arrested in 2009 by Flagstaff police for a domestic violence incident.

Five die in Texas apartment fire

CASTLE HILLS, Texas – Five people died Sunday after a fire broke out at a senior-living apartment building in the San Antonio suburb of Castle Hills, authorities said.

Ten other residents of the Wedgwood Apartments remained hospitalized and others were unaccounted for Sunday evening, according to Bexar County fire marshal spokeswoman Laura Jesse.

A total of 150 firefighters from San Antonio and six other fire departments responded to the blaze, which was reported shortly after 6 a.m., San Antonio Fire Department spokesman Christian Bove said.

The cause of the three-alarm fire at the 11-story high-rise is under investigation, but it appears to have originated on the third floor, Jesse said.

Sony: PlayStation back after hacking

Sony says its PlayStation Network is back online after three days of disruptions that began on Christmas.

But heavy traffic might continue to cause problems for customers seeking to play their favorite games, the company said Sunday.

A group of hackers called Lizard Squad – or someone claiming to speak for it – took credit for the disruptions. In a blog post Saturday night saying service had been restored, Sony Vice President Catherine Jensen added that “PlayStation Network and some other gaming services were attacked over the holidays with artificially high levels of traffic to disrupt connectivity and online gameplay.”

Microsoft’s Xbox Live service, which also went down Thursday, was back online Friday, although the company reported continuing problems.

Long Beach Register folds after 16 months

LONG BEACH, Calif. – The owners of the Orange County Register say they ended publication of the Long Beach Register on Sunday.

Freedom Communications launched the Long Beach Register 16 months ago and the short-lived Los Angeles Register this year as part of its aggressive effort to enter the huge newspaper market of neighboring Los Angeles County, currently dominated by the Los Angeles Times and a number of daily local papers owned by the Los Angeles News Group.

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