Top News Stories For Today – Oct 3, 2017
Las Vegas shooting
Death toll in Las Vegas shooting rose to 59 people and injuring more than 520. It was one of the deadliest mass shootings in U.S. history. The suspect, 64-year-old Stephen Paddock, was found dead on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel, apparently of a self-inflicted wound; SWAT team members breached the room and found 23 firearms inside, including two rifles with scopes on tripods in the window.
Police said 19 additional guns were recovered at his Mesquite home. The FBI said Paddock had “no connection” to any international terrorist group, after the Islamic State earlier in the day claimed responsibility for the attack. Locals have flooded blood banks and donors have given more than $2 million to a GoFundMe for victims. CBS News, ABC News
Trump heads to Puerto Rico
Trump heads to San Juan on Tuesday to meet with Puerto Rican authorities, first responders, and some of the U.S. Caribbean territory’s residents still struggling to recover from Hurricane Maria. The storm was the most powerful to hit Puerto Rico in nearly a century, and two weeks later 95 percent of the island’s 3.4 million residents are still without power.
People in the countryside have limited access to food and fresh water. Trump has traded jabs with San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz, who called for a stronger federal response, and the Trump administration noted that there are now more than 10,000 federal officials on the island helping. The Associated Press, The Week
3 share Nobel Prize for Physics
On Tuesday, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences awarded the 2017 Nobel Prize in physics to three U.S.-based physicists, half to Rainer Weiss, 85, and the other half split between Barry C. Barish, 81, and Kip S. Thorne, 77, all of whom collaborated in the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) collective.
The citation credits the three men with “decisive contributions to the LIGO detector and the observation of gravitational waves,” realizing a prediction Albert Einstein made 100 years ago. In September 2015, the LIGO detector in the U.S. observed gravitational waves for the very first time, from a collision between two black holes 1.2 billion years away. The discovery “is already promising a revolution in astrophysics,” the Nobel committee said. Nobel Committee, New Scientist, The Week
Facebook and Russia
Looks like the Russians got a lot of bang for their buck when they bought political ads on Facebook to meddle in America’s elections. Facebook says about 10 million people saw at least one of the 3,000 ads bought by accounts linked to the Russian government. And it cost just $100,000 over two years to get that kind of reach.
Facebook’s disclosure came just hours after it gave Congress detailed records of the ads, Another fun fact: More than half of the ads ran after the 2016 election, and some may still be running today. CNN
Rock star Tom Petty dies
Rock ‘n’ roll lovers hearts are broken at the news of the death of Tom Petty. The lead singer of Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers died after suffering cardiac arrest. Petty, 66, and his band have been a rock radio staple, with a string of hits spanning the decades, including “Free Fallin’,” “American Girl,” “I Won’t Back Down” and “Don’t Come Around Here No More.” He was also part of the ’80s supergroup The Traveling Wilburys. Petty’s final performance was last week at the Hollywood Bowl.
Petty starred with Kevin Costner in the 1997 film, “The Postman.” He also had a recurring role as the voice of Elroy “Lucky” Kleinschmidt in the animated comedy series, “King of the Hill.” A 2015 biography on Petty documented a dark turn for the singer and his struggle with heroin addiction in 1997, following the collapse of his 20-year marriage and a failed album. CNN
Smartphone cancer screening tool
Increasingly, doctors are working on ways to turn a cell phone into a powerful tool for preventive medicine. Fitness apps and calorie counter apps are paving the way. But soon to arrive on your phone — screening apps that could diagnose everything from diabetes to cancer.
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