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August 5, 2019

The death toll in Saturday's mass shooting in El Paso, Texas has just risen by one, bringing the total number of people killed in the weekend's two mass shootings to at least 30.

Police said on Monday that one of the victims of the shooting that took place at a Walmart in El Paso has died at the hospital, meaning the death toll of the tragedy has risen from 20 to 21.

Between the two shootings that occurred over a period of 24 hours, then, at least 30 people have died, and more than 50 have been injured, NBC News reports. Police have detained the 21-year-old suspect of the El Paso shooting, Patrick Crusius, who reportedly authored a racist manifesto ranting against "race mixing," CNN reports.

In a speech from the White House on Monday, President Trump said that the El Paso shooter was "consumed by racist hate" and that "in one voice, our nation must condemn racism, bigotry, and white supremacy. These sinister ideologies must be defeated." Brendan Morrow

April 29, 2019

Acclaimed writer and director John Singleton will be taken off life support on Monday after suffering a stroke, his family says.

"This was an agonizing decision, one that our family made, over a number of days, with the careful counsel of John's doctors," Singleton's family said in a statement, reports The New York Times.

Singleton, 51, is best known for the 1991 film Boyz n the Hood, his directorial debut that earned him Oscar nominations for directing and writing. He was the first black nominee for Best Director ever, also the youngest person to be nominated in that category, notes IndieWire; he was 24 at the time. He would go on to direct films like Poetic Justice, Higher Learning, Shaft, and 2 Fast & Furious.

Singleton suffered a stroke on April 17 and was placed in a medically-induced coma, NBC News reports. His family on Monday said that he had "quietly struggled" with hypertension. "More than 40 percent of African American men and women have high blood pressure, which also develops earlier in life and is usually more severe," their statement says. "His family wants to share the message with all to please recognize the symptoms by going to Heart.org." Brendan Morrow

November 27, 2018

Three U.S. service members were killed Tuesday in a roadside bombing in Afghanistan, The Associated Press reports.

The Pentagon says three other service members and one American contractor were injured in the blast, which took place near the city of Ghazni. Those wounded are currently being treated, but the victims have not yet been identified. No one has claimed responsibility for the attack, but as AP reports, the Taliban is active in Ghazni.

This news comes after the Pentagon released the name of an American soldier who was killed in a firefight with Al Qaeda in Afghanistan on Saturday. Twenty-five-year-old Leandro Jasso was the ninth American to be killed in action in Afghanistan in 2018. The Tuesday fatalities bring that number to 12.

As Fox News explains, roughly 15,000 U.S. troops remain in Afghanistan to support the country's security forces, despite the combat mission having ended officially in 2014. Brendan Morrow

November 8, 2018

Police have identified the suspected gunman who opened fire and killed at least 12 people at a California bar as 28-year-old Ian David Long, a veteran of the Marine Corps.

The shooter entered the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks, California, at about 11:20 p.m. Wednesday night, Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean said early Thursday, per The Associated Press. A sheriff's sergeant who was responding at the scene, Ron Helus, was among those killed. Authorities said Thursday that the gunman used a .45-caliber handgun, which he purchased legally and modified.

Authorities also said Thursday that police had had a number of interactions with the suspect over the years for "minor events," such as a traffic collision. In April, deputies were called to his house, and he was "acting a little irrationally," Dean said. A crisis intervention team was called out and a mental health specialist cleared him.

The suspect was found dead in the bar, the county sheriff said, and authorities believe he shot himself. Witnesses to the shooting had said that he was dressed in all black and wearing glasses, CNN reports. Records show the suspected shooter served in the Marine Corps from 2008 to 2013. Brendan Morrow

October 3, 2018

A volcano erupted in Indonesia on Wednesday, affecting the same island afflicted by a devastating earthquake and tsunami just days ago, The Associated Press reports.

More than 1,200 people have died since Friday, when a magnitude 7.5 earthquake triggered a massive tsunami that brought 20-foot waves to central Indonesia. The New York Times reports that local officials are struggling to count the dead and arrange mass burial sites while continuing to search for survivors. Roads and bridges have been destroyed, making it difficult to disperse aid, especially in isolated regions.

As if things couldn't get worse, Mount Soputan erupted on Sulawesi island, the site of the earthquake's epicenter. Officials told AP that it's possible the earthquake triggered the volcano's eruption, but it's still unclear. Indonesia is on the Pacific "Ring of Fire," so seismic activity isn't unusual, and Soputan is a particularly active volcano. Residents within a few miles of the mountain have been warned to avoid the area.

The greatest danger at the moment stems from the 19,700-foot plume of ash that arose from the volcano. Locals should don masks to avoid inhaling the ash, and planes have been advised to steer clear. Luckily, national disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said the ash wasn't affecting planes that planned to arrive in Indonesia to supply aid.

Watch the video below to see just how horrific the damage is in the city of Palu, via The New York Times. Summer Meza

August 17, 2018

At least 324 people in the southern Indian state of Kerala have died in the past nine days after heavy rain caused severe flooding, officials told The Associated Press on Friday.

Rescuers evacuated thousands of people in Kerala, entering with helicopters and boats Friday to help. Many people were stranded on their rooftops, rescued by one of more than a dozen helicopters. More than 220,000 have evacuated to state-run relief camps, following weeks of rain that has caused landslides and destroyed homes and bridges all over the region.

While monsoon season is deadly every year in India, officials said this season was unprecedented in its severity. Kerala's hospitals are reporting shortages of oxygen, gas stations are running out of fuel, and a major airport in the state suspended all flights, citing a flooded runway.

Across seven Indian states, more than 1,000 people have died since monsoon season began in June, with Kerala being hit hardest. Read more at The Associated Press. Summer Meza

August 14, 2018

At least 23 people died and another 14 were injured when a bus crashed near Quito, Ecuador, The Associated Press reported Tuesday.

The long-distance bus was traveling overnight, and flipped after hitting another vehicle outside of Ecuador's capital, officials said. At about 3 a.m., the bus was passing through an area known as "dead man's curve" when it crashed and overturned. Emergency officials said the bus was Colombian-registered and was carrying Colombian and Venezuelan passengers who were on their way to Quito.

The tragedy unfolded just one day after another bus carrying Ecuadorean soccer fans crashed while traveling near Cuenca. The bus also overturned, killing 12 and injuring 30 who were traveling home after a match, BBC reported. Read more about the Quito incident at The Associated Press. Summer Meza

June 25, 2018

Police in Long Beach, California, said Monday that a 77-year-old man is suspected of starting a fire at his retirement home, then shooting firefighters when they responded to the call for help.

One of the first responders, Capt. Dave Rosa, 45, a 17-year veteran of the Long Beach Fire Department, was shot and killed. Another firefighter, Ernesto Torres, was wounded, and has since been released from the hospital. Authorities said a resident of the Covenant Manor facility was also shot and is in critical but stable condition. "This is a tough day," Long Beach Fire Chief Mike DuRee said.

First responders arrived at Covenant Manor at around 4 a.m. Monday, after reports of an explosion and the smell of gasoline, Long Beach Police Chief Robert Luna said. After a preliminary investigation, officers believe that Thomas Kim purposely started a fire as a way to lure first responders in order to shoot them, and he's been arrested on suspicion of murder, attempted murder, and arson. Luna said two explosive devices were found inside his apartment, and they recovered a revolver after arresting him. He is being held on $2 million bail. Catherine Garcia

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