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Mitt Romney said last week that Roy Moore is "unfit" as the GOP Senate nominee for Alabama's special election on Dec. 12.

Here’s a look at the news for Nov. 15.

4 dead in California school shooting

A lone gunman killed four people in Northern California on Tuesday. Authorities avoided a larger death toll by making sure the shooter didn’t enter an elementary school, according to CNN.

The Rancho Tehama Elementary School staff heard gunfire in the area just as the school day began. The school locked its doors and ushered children into a lockdown drill, which included them hiding under desks, CNN reported.

The shooter couldn’t enter the building, stuck in his stolen pickup truck. He fired gunshots through the windows and walls of the building and even tried to break through the doors.

"This individual shooter was bent on engaging and killing people at random. I have to say this incident, as tragic and as bad as it is, could have been so much worse," said Tehama County Assistant Sheriff Phil Johnston.

Read more at CNN.

U.S. Embassy shuts down in Zimbabwe

The U.S. Embassy in Harare, Zimbabwe, announced on Twitter this week that it will shut down to the public Wednesday after turmoil arose in the African country this week.

Chaos erupted when military troops flooded the streets of Zimbabwe’s capital city on Tuesday night, beginning what appears to be a coup on Robert Mugabe, who fired his longtime "right-hand man" Emmerson Mnangagwa.

Mugabe, who is under house arrest, has been in control of the country since 1980, according to BBC.

His wife, Grace, is Mugabe's likely successor.

LDS missionaries in the area are safe and "have been instructed to remain indoors and have adequate supplies," said Eric Hawkins, spokesman for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Read more at BBC.

Romney to Senate? Not just yet

Two close friends of Mitt Romney told the Deseret News on Tuesday that the former presidential candidate will likely run for Senate, but it’s an if, not when, situation.

Kem Gardner, a real estate developer who convinced Romney to take charge of the 2002 Winter Games in Salt Lake City, said there’s no doubt the former Massachusetts governor will run for Orrin Hatch’s Senate position, if Hatch decides to retire.

John Miller, a friend of Romney, agreed.

"Is he going to do it? I think there's a good chance. Could he change his mind? Yes," Miller told the Deseret News. "He's doing what he has to do, and that's give it some serious consideration."

Read more at the Deseret News.

SLC wants more officers

The Salt Lake City Police Department said Tuesday that it hopes to hire 27 more officers for Operation Rio Grande, according to the Deseret News.

Still, the City Council worries that the city might need even more than that to handle the ongoing issues.

The council’s advice came as it reviewed a $5.2 million budget adjustment that would add those officers to the police department, which said that 27 officers would bring the total to 500.

"I think that's right where we need to be," Police Chief Mike Brown told the Deseret News.

Some council members think more police are needed.

"Twenty-seven new officers is a pretty big number, but frankly I don't think it's nearly enough," Councilman Charlie Luke said Tuesday.

Read more at the Deseret News.


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