News you should read today – October 3, 2015

 

 

shooting in oregonOregon shooter had 13 weapons, body armor, ammunition
Chris Harper Mercer, the gunman who killed nine after opening fire in a writing class at Umpqua Community College in southern Oregon on Thursday, had a cache of 13 weapons as well as body armor and ammunition, authorities said Friday. He was killed in an exchange of gunfire with police, and was described by former neighbors as “reclusive,” “fragile,” and “fiercely protected” by his mother, with whom he shared an apartment.

A motive behind the shooting is still under investigation. He reportedly targeted Christians. President Obama called for tighter gun laws and said “This is a political choice that we make to allow this to happen every few months in America”. The New York Time

 

 

US economyUS economy added 142,000 jobs in September
The U.S. economy added a lackluster 142,000 jobs in September, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on Friday. That’s below the 173,000 initially reported for August, and that number was revised down to 136,000. The unemployment rate remained unchanged at 5.1 percent. Among the major worker groups, the unemployment rates for adult men (4.7 percent), adult women (4.6 percent), teenagers (16.3 percent), whites (4.4 percent), blacks (9.2 percent), Asians (3.6 percent), and Hispanics (6.4 percent) showed little or no change in September. Health care added 34,000 jobs in September, in line with the average increase of 38,000 jobs per month over the prior 12 months. Bereau of Labor Statistics

 

 

Guatemala landslideAt least 26 people killed in Guatemala Landslide
At least 26 people are dead and many more are missing after a massive landslide covered much of a town in Guatemala.
The rain-soaked side of a hill crashed down onto El Cambray, burying dozens of homes. Dozens of rescue workers and volunteers searched all day Friday in the mud and debris for survivors and victims, CNN says. Potentially missing number is estimated 600 people, by Maldonado who is a coordinator for Disaster Reduction. Many people in El Cambray did not heed a warning to evacuate, he said. El Cambray is located about 10 miles east of Guatemala City. CNN

 

 

Afghan hospital striked by USUS airstrike in Afghan possibly kills 9 doctors without borders members
Nine local staffers for Doctors without Borders were killed and 30 were missing after an explosion near their hospital in the northern Afghan city of Kunduz that may have been caused by a U.S. airstrike. The bombing” took place at 2:10 a.m local time. Afghan forces backed by U.S. airstrikes have been fighting to dislodge Taliban insurgents who overran Kunduz on Monday. U.S. Army Col. Brian Tribus, a spokesman for the forces in Afghanistan, confirmed in a statement that airstrikes did occur in the area and that in incident is under investigation.

Interior Ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqqi said 10 to 15 “terrorists” had been hiding in the hospital at the time of the strike. ” Haysom, the U.N. special representative in Afghanistan, condemned the “tragic and devastating airstrike”. The International Committee of the Red Cross, which also has facilities in Kunduz, said it was “deeply shocked.” FOX news

 

 

pew researchNearly 59 million immigrants came into US in the past 50 years
Fifty years after passage of the landmark law that rewrote U.S. immigration policy, nearly 59 million immigrants have arrived in the United States, pushing the country’s foreign-born share to a near record 14%. For the past half-century, these modern-era immigrants and their descendants have accounted for just over half the nation’s population growth and have reshaped its racial and ethnic composition. Pew Research Center said.

Immigration since 1965 has swelled the nation’s foreign-born population from 9.6 million then to a record 45 million in 2015. By 2065, the U.S. will have 78 million immigrants. Immigrant population increased sharply from 1970 to 2000. Between 1965 and 2015, new immigrants, their children and their grandchildren accounted for 55% of U.S. population growth. 45% of Americans say immigrants in the U.S. are making American society better in the long run, while 37% say they are making it worse, 16% say immigrants are not having much effect. Pew Research Center

 

 

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