News Roundup

BREAKING Shooting at Great Mills High School

  • A shooting has been reported at Great Mills High School out of St. Mary’s County, Maryland
  • The school’s website has posted a notice, saying the school “is on lock down” and “the event is contained,” that “the Sheriff’s office is on the scene” and they will have more information coming soon.

Bomb explodes in San Antonio, believed to be connected to Austin bombings

  • A bomb went off inside a FedEx facility near San Antonio, resulting in a slight injury to an employee, with the bomb set to be delivered from and to Austin
  • The FBI has said they believe this explosion is connected to the string of four Austin bombings which have so far killed two and injured four
  • Outlets had previously reported that all of the victims in the Austin bombings were either Hispanics or African-American, although this no longer appears to be the case

Trump calls for death penalty for drug dealers

  • The call for the death penalty for drug traffickers comes as a part of a proposal to staunch the flow of opioids into the US, delivered in a speech in New Hampshire, a state which is badly affected by the opioid crisis
  • Some 2.4 million Americans are estimated to be addicted to the drugs, with the crisis having claimed an estimated 63,600 lives nationwide in 2016
  • The proposal is unlikely to be passed in Congress, and although drug-related murder is currently a capital offense in the US, no one has ever been executed using those rules

Uber self-driving car kills pedestrian in Arizona

  • On Sunday night, an autonomous car operated by Uber, and with an emergency backup driver behind the wheel, struck and killed a woman on a street in Tempe, AZ
  • This is believed to be the first pedestrian death connected to self-driving technology, although police are saying that the car does not seem to be responsible, who after reviewing video footage taken from the car said “it’s very clear it would have been difficult to avoid this collision in any kind of mode based on how she came from the shadows right into the roadway”
  • Uber ended

Today is the first day of spring

  • There is a Winter Storm Warning in parts of Maryland and Virginia and Winter Storm Watches in other parts in the Northeast

Santa Barbara County evacuations over mudslides

  • Residents of Santa Barbara county have been asked to evacuate for the third time this month ahead of a powerful storm expected to turn mountains ravaged by wildfires into dangerous mudslides
  • 5 to 10 inches of rain are expected, ‘significantly’ more rainfall than came down on January 9th, when mudslides killed 21 people and destroyed homes

Severe storms in Southeast

  • Severe storms hit the southeast yesterday, bringing tornadoes and baseball-sized hail, downing power lines and trees and shredding buildings and homes
  • Jacksonville State University was hit hard, and although the 8,500-student university was on spring break, the roof was ripped off of the colosseum and the roofs of two residence halls were damaged

Six months after Hurricane Maria, over 100,000 homes in Puerto Rico still without power

  • The Hurricane caused $100 billion in damages to the island, disrupting the supply chain of water, food, communications, and supplies for the island’s 3.4 million residents, and as of March 17th, more than 100,000 remain without power – about 7 percent of those expecting to receive it

Former French President Sarkozy is under arrest

  • Former French president Nikolas Sarkozy has been questioned by police over allegations that he accepted millions of euros in illegal campaign financing in 2007 from now-deceased Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi
  • Sarkozy is being investigated by anti-corruption authorities, and is currently held in custody as part of the investigation

Britain continues to blame Russia

  • After being repeatedly asked in an interview by DW.com if he had evidence to support his belief that Russia was responsible for the recent nerve agent attack on the ex-Russian spy Sergei Skripal, British Foreign Minister Boris Johnson said that the evidence was circumstantial and that he had made these public statements due to a “bitter experience” with Putin’s Russia over the assassination in London of Alexander Litvinenko years before
  • The Russian government has continued to deny involvement, recently calling claims that they’re responsible “delirium” and “nonsense”

Chinese People’s Congress reelects Xi, helps him consolidate power

  • Xi Jinping has been unanimously reappointed the president of China for a second term a week after the Congress officially abolished presidential term limits
  • Wang Qishan, Xi’s close ally and the man who has been responsible for discipline inspection and the punishment of 1.5 million officials over the past five years, became Xi’s deputy
  • Chinese Premier Li Keqiang continued to call for a more favorable trade regime between China and the United States, taking a somewhat conciliatory tone after China’s foreign minister earlier this month vowed retaliation to calls for tariffs coming from the United States

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