Top News Stories For Today – Oct 1, 2017
50 killed in Las Vegas shooting
At least 50 people were killed at an outdoor music festival on the Las Vegas Strip by a gunman identified as Stephen Paddock, and more than 100 others were wounded, Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lombardo said Monday morning. It is the deadliest mass shooting in US history.
Paddock, 64, had no criminal record, CBS News reports. Police say he opened fire with automatic rifles from the 32nd floor of the nearby Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino; he was killed by police. Witnesses at the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival said they heard popping noises, then a pause, followed by rapid-fire automatic gunfire. CBS News, The Associated Press, The Week
Catalonia votes in favor of independence
The Catalan regional government announced early Monday that 90 percent of voters in Sunday’s referendum on independence from Spain voted in favor of a split. A spokesman said that there are 5.3 million voters in the region, with 2.26 million casting ballots.
The Spanish central government views the vote as being illegal, and hundreds of people were injured when police raided polling stations and fired rubber bullets at voters. Catalonia is an autonomous region bordering France, and many of its residents believe because it has its own culture and history and its revenue pays to subsidize other areas of Spain, it must become independent. The Guardian, The Week
3 Americans share Nobel in Medicine
On Monday, the Nobel Assembly at Karolinska Institute in Sweden awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine to three Americans — Jeffrey C. Hall, Michael Rosbash, and Michael W. Young — for their discoveries on the biological clock that “explain how plants, animals, and humans adapt their biological rhythm so that it is synchronized with the Earth’s revolutions.”
The three scientists, studying fruit flies, discovered a gene that controls the body’s daily biological rhythm, the Nobel committee said, then used that to discover proteins that work together to make the biological clock function autonomously. The trio’s discoveries on the circadian rhythm, the Nobel committee said, launched a “vast and highly dynamic research field, with implications for our health and wellbeing.” Nobel Prize, The Guardian
Mexico quake toll at 361
The death toll from Mexico’s magnitude 7.1 earthquake rose to 361 on Sunday after another casualty was confirmed in the capital, where a search continued at a collapsed seven-story office building in a central neighborhood. The toll has continued to climb gradually nearly two weeks after the earthquake as bodies keep being pulled from the rubble _ though nearly all the collapse sites have been cleared by now in Mexico City.
Mayor Miguel Angel Mancera said eight people were still believed to be missing inside the wreckage of the office building, one of 38 structures that toppled in the capital. VOA
US and Bangladesh on Rohingya crisis
US and Bangladeshi officials will meet in Washington for talks this week focusing on regional security challenges, with the South Asian country dealing with an influx of Rohingya fleeing violence in Myanmar.
Deputy US Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs Michael Miller and Bangladesh Director General for the Americas at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Abida Islam will chair the talks that begin October 3. US Ambassador to Bangladesh Marcia Bernicat will also take part. VOA
Kim Jong-nam murder
Two women have pleaded not guilty to murdering Kim Jong-nam, the half-brother of North Korea’s leader, as their trial in Malaysia got under way. The brazen nature of his killing, using the highly toxic VX nerve agent as he waited for a flight at Kuala Lumpur airport in February, shocked the world. Vietnamese Doan Thi Huong, 29, and Indonesian Siti Aisyah, 25, are accused of rubbing the chemical on his face. The pair say it was a TV prank and they were tricked by North Korean agents.
Pyongyang has denied any involvement in the killing, but in court prosecutors said that four men – believed to be four North Koreans who fled Malaysia on the day of murder – were also charged in the case. The incident led to a bitter diplomatic row and strained the once cordial ties between North Korea and Malaysia, which expelled each other’s ambassadors. BBC
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