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OREGON

Police: Mall shooter used stolen rifle

PORTLAND — The gunman who killed two people and himself in a shooting rampage at an Oregon mall was 22 years old and used a stolen rifle from someone he knew, authorities said Wednesday.

Jacob Tyler Roberts had armed himself with an AR-15 semiautomatic rifle and had several fully loaded magazines when he arrived at a Portland mall Tuesday, said Clackamas County Sheriff Craig Roberts.

The sheriff said the rifle jammed during the attack, but the shooter managed to get it working again. He later shot himself. Authorities don’t yet have a motive but don’t think he was targeting specific people.

Two people — Cindy Ann Yuille, 54, of Portland and Steven Mathew Forsyth, 45, of West Linn — were killed, and another, Kristina Shevchenko, whose age could not be confirmed, was wounded and in serious condition Wednesday.

CALIFORNIA

Distant galaxy regains title as oldest in universe

LOS ANGELES — A galaxy once considered the oldest has reclaimed its title, scientists reported Wednesday.

Poring through Hubble Space Telescope photos, the team recalculated the galaxy’s age and determined it is actually 13.3 billion years old — not a mere 13.2 billion.

The dim galaxy filled with blue stars was first noticed last year by a different group of researchers, who also used the workhorse telescope to make the previous age estimate. It reigned as the most ancient galaxy observed until last month when it was knocked off its perch by another distant galaxy.

Now it’s back on top after the team used a longer exposure time to get a clearer view of the earliest and far-off galaxies. Seeing the most distant galaxies is like looking back in time and this one existed when the universe was in its infancy — about 380 million years old.

From wire dispatches and staff reports