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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — As gunfire boomed over and over in the background, a janitor begged a 911 dispatcher to send help, saying, "There's still shooting going on! Please!" A woman breathlessly reported seeing a gunman run down a hall. And a teacher said she was holed up in her classroom with her children but hadn't yet locked the door.
Billionaire investor Carl Icahn said on Wednesday that he has filed a shareholder proposal with Apple for a much smaller stock buyback plan than he has advocated previously, as he continued to pressure Apple to share more of its cash pile. "Gave $AAPL notice we'll be making a precatory proposal to call for vote to increase buyback program, although not at $150 billion level," Icahn said in a tweet. CNBC said Icahn's plan calls for a $50 billion buyback program. Icahn had been urging Apple to buy back $150 billion worth of shares.
A goal early in each half from Nicklas Bendtner and Mesut Ozil allowed Arsenal to maintain their four-point advantage at the top of the Premier League table by beating Hull City 2-0 at the Emirates Stadium on Wednesday. The hosts made five changes from the side that had won 3-0 at Cardiff City on Saturday, with Carl Jenkinson replacing the injured Bacary Sagna and Tomas Rosicky, Nacho Monreal, Mathieu Flamini and Bendtner allowing Mikel Arteta, Kieran Gibbs, Jack Wilshere and Olivier Giroud to rest on the bench.
US stocks Wednesday ended mostly lower after markets weighed a stream of generally solid economic data ahead of Friday's big jobs report. The broad-based S&P 500 fell 2.34 (0.13 percent) to 1,792.81 while the tech-rich Nasdaq Composite Index inched up 0.80 (0.02 percent) to 4,038.01. Markets were in negative territory most of the day after payrolls firm ADP reported strong jobs growth, the US trade deficit declined and October new-home sales notched a 25.4 percent rise compared with the prior month. On the downside, the Institute for Supply Management's purchasing managers index for service sector activity fell to 53.9, below the 55 consensus estimate.
Barack Obama on Wednesday returned to the core economic philosophy of middle class opportunity on which he has centered his presidency, as he strives to exit a second term slump. The US leader struck economic themes familiar from his two presidential campaigns as he sought to steady his administration after self-inflicted wounds over his health care law which have seen his popularity slide. Speaking in Washington at the Center for American Progress think tank, Obama bemoaned "a dangerous and growing inequality and lack of upward mobility" in US life that has harmed what he has often described as the nation's basic bargain -- anyone who works hard has a chance to get ahead.
Hezbollah said Wednesday one of its top leaders was killed near Beirut, and blamed Israel, at a time of soaring tensions in Lebanon linked to the war in neighbouring Syria. The dead man, identified as Hassan Hawlo al-Lakiss, was the group's most senior figure to be assassinated since Imad Mughniyeh in a Damascus bombing in 2008, when Hezbollah again blamed Israel.