The Jefferson County sheriff denied what he said were false reports that the shooter fired at Joe McKnight and said "it did not happen."
The U.S. has not had official diplomatic relations with Taiwan since 1979, and under its "One China" policy has viewed Taiwan as a province. The call, believed to be one of the first between a U.S. president and a leader from Taiwan in decades, could potentially rankle China, a regional powerhouse.
As the death toll rose, officials disputed reports that no alert was issued — although a damaged cell tower may have impacted some residents.
Secretary of State John Kerry spoke about the earth warming at an alarming rate, but believes that "the road ahead for the world will not be filled with turmoil and strife."
The prosecutor in the murder case has not ruled out putting the African Grey parrot, heard later saying "don't f---ing shoot" on the stand.