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OCTOBER 03, 2017


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The Story

The US is in mourning after a gunman killed at least 59 people earlier this week in Las Vegas. Investigators are piecing together how it happened.

The What

On Sunday night, a single gunman fired on a crowd of more than 22,000 people at an outdoor country music festival. The suspect – a 64-year-old real estate investor who lived outside of Vegas – was on the 32nd-floor of a nearby hotel. At least 58 people were killed and more than 500 were injured. Police say the suspect killed himself before they could get into his hotel room. Inside were at least 18 firearms. It looks like he may have used an automatic rifle, or a semiautomatic that had been altered, for the attack.

Why does it matter what kind of gun he used?

Because any time there's a mass shooting, it reignites the gun debate. Because fully automatic weapons – made to fire lots of bullets in a short period of time – are illegal. Because there are still ways to alter guns to be automatic.

What are people saying?

Some – including the White House – say this is a time for mourning, not a gun rights debate. Others – including former congresswoman Gabby Giffords – say now is exactly the time for that conversation. And all of this comes as Congress is considering multiple bills that would ease gun restrictions.


This was the worst mass shooting in modern US history. President Trump called it an "act of pure evil." And said that in moments like this, "America comes together as one. And it always has."


What to say to your friend whose wedding song is "Wildflowers"…

This is tough. Yesterday, Tom Petty died. He was 66. Earlier this week, the legendary Heartbreakers frontman was found in cardiac arrest at his home. He was rushed to the hospital and put on life support, but couldn't be revived. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers had just wrapped up a huge 40th anniversary tour last week. Petty said he thought it would be their last. Over his career, he put out three solo albums and 13 albums with the Heartbreakers. You know so many of them by heart – "Free Fallin'," "American Girl," "Don't Do Me Like That," "I Won't Back Down," "Learning to Fly"…and on, and on. RIP.

What to say when the HQ DJ plays *NSYNC…

Bye bye bye. That's what Catalonia's saying. Yesterday, Catalonia's gov said it's moving forward with plans to declare independence after the region voted last weekend to break up with Spain. Catalonia: the northeastern region that includes Barcelona. Hundreds of people were injured when Spanish riot police aggressively cracked down on the vote, using things like batons and rubber bullets. Now, if Catalonia – which is semi-autonomous – tries to make this thing real, Spain's government could move to take full control of the region. Meanwhile, last week Iraqi Kurds voted to separate from Iraq and create their own state. Kurds: an ethnic minority group spread across Iraq, Iran, Turkey, and Syria. Iraq says the vote was unconstitutional. And Iran and Turkey worry this will lead to independence movements from Kurds in their own countries. Yesterday, Iran reportedly flexed some military muscle by moving a dozen tanks to the border it shares with Iraq's Kurds. So, this is escalating.

What to say when you hit snooze...

I blame my biological clock. Yesterday, three US scientists won the Nobel Prize in Medicine. Everyone has a circadian rhythm – or an internal 24-hour clock that controls when you feel tired at night, and awake during the day. Now, thanks to these scientists, we know more about how your biological clock ticks. Like the fact that there's a specific protein that accumulates in your cells at night, and fades during the day. Researchers say they might be able to use this info to better understand why people get certain diseases. Heads up: you'll be hearing about Nobel Prizes all week. The last one is the Peace Prize. That'll be announced on Friday.

What to say when you can't find the light switch…

GM can help with that. The car-maker just announced plans to go fully electric. Eventually. It plans on putting out at least 20 electric models by 2023. The company currently offers just one electric car. So this is a big change. GM isn't the first auto maker to announce plans to flip the switch. And also comes at a time when countries around the world are looking at tightening the rules on emissions. Even China – GM's biggest global market – is aiming to limit carbon emissions by 2030. Automakers, start your electric engines.



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