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VIRGINIA KILLER A "HUMAN POWDER KEG"

A man claiming to be Bryce Williams, the assumed name of the gunman who killed Virginia journalists Alison Parker and Adam Ward during a live broadcast yesterday, sent a fax to ABC News afterward in which he described himself as a "human powder keg." Williams, whose real name was Vester Flanagan, died in the hospital after shooting himself during a police chase. In the 23-page document, he described racial discrimination, sexual harassment and bullying while he was a reporter for the local WDBJ TV affiliate, where the two victims worked. The fax, which the killer described as a "suicide note," also cited the Charleston church killings in June, when a white man murdered nine black people, as motivation for his attack. WDBJ manager Jeff Marks called the manifesto "nonsense" and described Williams as an "unhappy man" who had to be escorted out of the building when he was fired in 2013. According to internal WDBJ memos published by The Guardian today, Williams had been told "to seek medical help" after "colleagues repeatedly complained about him." Read more in our Extra! feature.

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The Ideal Age To Marry? Reflections Of A 20-Something Indian Woman

India is raising the minimum age for women to marry. What does that mean on the individual level (with your parents whispering in your ear)?

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Priyamvada Rana

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NEW DELHI — A few days ago, I got a call from my parents, who wanted to talk about the "ideal age to marry." This came after news about India raising the minimum age for women to marry to 21, to match the age for men. It's a laudable move, sure, but I even wonder if 21-year-olds will be able to fathom the expectations, responsibilities and limitations that come with such a socially-constrained institution.

I am not ready at 26, and won’t be even at 30.

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