Lots of crazy things happening in the news nationally and locally.  While some people are most worried about tainted cantaloupes others are fearing for their lives after a gunman was on the loose.

.

California - 8 people were killed Wednesday while another person was injured, after a gunman opened fire in a busy hair salon off a Southern California beach.  The gunman got away initially, but was caught up with by police a half-mile away.  The shooter is believed to be estranged from one of the stylists that worked at the salon.  Police are still investigating the motive.

.

Health - The death toll from the tainted cantaloupes is now up to 23 persons.  At least 116 cases of Listeria have been reported in 25 states, including one death here in New York.  The latest cases have been in Louisiana where two women in their 80s died from the same strain of bacteria.  The Listeria outbreak is the deadliest food-borne illness outbreak in the U.S. since 1998.

.

Troy - Joseph McElheny, the Hoosick Falls man on trial for the May 2010 death of his fourth month-old daughter, Ina, was acquitted on eight of nine charges yesterday.  The jury spent four days deliberating.  McElheny was cleared on all charges except endangering the welfare of a child, a misdemeanor.  A mistrial was declared on that charge and a hearing was scheduled for the 18th

.

Albany - A school bus driver for the Albany school district was fired Wednesday after she stopped at a convenience store to let children on the bus buy food on their way to school.  The drive had stopped at least one other morning prior to the most recent incident.  The driver is believed to have put the children at risk by allowing them to enter a store.