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Kidnapped twins fight off car thief with toy snake

Seven-year-old twin boys fought off a car thief after he tried to drive away with them and their baby sister in San Antonio, Texas.

Luis and Lucius Lozada were inside the family car parked outside their home when their mother went inside briefly to get a baby bottle.

A man jumped into the car and started driving it away, but one of the twins kicked the car thief from behind, while the other hit him with a toy snake.

The man released the three children about a mile from their home. So far no one has been arrested.

Driver survives crash with out-of-control cement truck

A car driver has survived a head on crash with a cement truck that careered across a busy road as he drove to work. Dr. Guan Zhu, a professor at Texas A&M University, said he "couldn't remember" the moment of the collisions when he stared death in the face.

He told US television channel CBS News: "I could not remember. My memory was 'a truck is coming'. I could not remember exactly how it happened.

"It turned 45 degrees before it hit my vehicle."

He walked away with minor injuries from the crash which left only his bonnet dented. The truck spilled its cement all over the road and it took crews several hours to clean up the mess.

The cement truck driver escaped major injuries and was given a ticket at the scene.

Fort Hood shooting victims named

The three decorated soldiers killed in the Fort Hood shootings have been named as Sgt. 1st class Daniel Michael Ferguson, Staff Sgt. Carlos A. Lazaney-Rodriguez and Sgt. Timothy Wayne Owens.

Thirty-nine-year-old Sgt Ferguson, listed as living in Mulberry, Florida, served in Kuwait, Iraq and Afghanistan, Fort Hood said in a press statement.

Sgt. 1st Class Daniel Michael Ferguson, 39, from Mulberry, Florida. Credit: Fort Hood Press Center

Staff Sgt Lazaney-Rodriguez, 38, had served in Kuwait and Iraq. He is listed as coming from Aguadilla, Puerto Rico.

Staff Sgt. Carlos A. Lazaney-Rodriguez, 38, from Aguadilla, Puerto Rico. Credit: Fort Hood Press Center

Staff Sgt. Timothy Wayne Owens, 37, of Effingham, Illinois, served as a heavy vehicle driver in Iraq and Kuwait.

Sgt. Timothy Wayne Owens, 37 from Effingham, Illinois. Credit: Fort Hood Press Center

The statement added: "Circumstances surrounding this incident are currently under investigation by the US Army Criminal Investigation Division."

Ivan Lopez, a 34-year-old soldier battling mental illness, is suspected of killing the three men and wounding 16 others at Fort Hood on Wednesday.

The incident marks the second mass shooting in five years at the massive Army base.

Soldier said the 'devil' took him weeks before rampage

Fort Hood gunman Iván López posted a chilling Facebook status weeks before his deadly rampage in which he said the "devil" had taken him and that he was “full of hatred,” Fox News Latino reported.

López, 34, killed three people and injured 16 others before taking his own life after opening fire at the sprawling army base in Texas.

U.S. soldier SPC Ivan Lopez is pictured in the Sinai Peninsula between 2007 and 2008 Credit: REUTERS/Puerto Rico National Guard/Handout

The post dated March 1 told of his anger at being apparently robbed:

"I have just lost my inner peace, full of hatred, I think this time the devil will take me," López posted on his Facebook page, which has since been taken down.

U.S. soldier SPC Ivan Lopez is pictured during a deployment to Iraq. Credit: REUTERS/Puerto Rico National Guard/Handout

"I was robbed last night and I am sure it was 2 “flacos” (guys). Green light and finger ready. As easy as that."

He did not see combat during a tour in Iraq three years ago but was undergoing treatment for depression and anxiety, NBC reported.

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Fort Hood commander praises victims' heroism

Lieutenant General Mark Milley speaking to press today. Credit: Reuters

Fort Hood's commanding officer has praised an unnamed female officer present at the Fort Hood shootings for her "heroism".

Speaking at a press conference, Lieutenant General Mark Milley confirmed that the woman had fired shots during the attack.

He added that one chaplain had "shielded and saved" some soldiers who were under fire.

Fort Hood gunman formally identified

Officials have confirmed 34-year-old SpecialistIvan Antonio Lopez as the suspect in yesterday's shooting at Fort Hood.

In a press conference, Fort Hood commanding officer Mark Milley added that there was strong evidence to indicate the shooter had a medical history that indicated an unstable psychological condition.

Photo emerges of alleged Fort Hood gunman

Ivan Antonio Lopez is alleged to have killed three people and himself at Fort Hood. Credit: Richard Esposito, NBC News Investigative Unit

A photograph has emerged of Ivan Antonio Lopez, the man who allegedly killed three others and himself in a gun attack on Fort Hood military base on Wednesday.

NBC News, the organisation that obtained the photograph, says documents it had seen indicated Mr Lopez was a 34-year-old married father who was transferred to Fort Hood two months ago, having joined the army in 2008.

He did not see combat during a tour in Iraq three years ago but was undergoing treatment for depression and anxiety, NBC reported.

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