11.6.2017

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11.06.2017
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Worst Mass Shooting in Texas State History.
A gunman opened fire at a church service in the small town of Sutherland Springs, TX, killing at least 26 and injuring 20 on Sunday. The gunman was identified as 26-year-old Devin Patrick Kelley, a former member of the Air Force who received a bad conduct discharge for two counts of domestic assault. Kelley - who used a common Ruger AR-556 rifle purchased from a San Antonio sports store in 2016 - fled in his vehicle after being fired at by a neighbor of the church. The neighbor and another man then pursued Kelley while contacting officials. Kelley was found dead inside his crashed vehicle from a gunshot wound - it was not clear whether it was self-inflicted or from being fired at. Officials have not identified a motive yet.

Saudi Crown Prince Consolidates Power.
The Saudi government arrested 11 members of the royal family in midnight raids over the weekend, as well as a number of lower-ranking ministers. The move was widely seen as Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman consolidating power under a new anti-corruption drive. The arrests included billionaire investor Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, one of the world's richest men and one of the few remaining challengers to bin Salman (see background). The Crown Prince, at age 32, has upended politics in the Kingdom by exerting control across the military, domestic security, and national guard - which had been divided for decades to maintain a balance of power. The move comes just a week after bin Salman made a number of high profile announcements, including building a city from scratch on the coast of the Red Sea and vowing to crush extremism in the Kingdom. 

'Paradise Papers' Details How Wealthy Use Tax Havens.

A series of documents leaked over the weekend shed light on how blue-chip companies and the world's wealthiest people move money through offshore accounts to avoid being taxed. The nearly 13.4 million documents go back to 1950 and implicate figures from senior Trump administration officials to the Queen of England. The documents revealed ties between current Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross and members of Russian President Vladomir Putin's inner circle via shared investment in a shipping company. Ross released a statement this morning that it was "totally wrong" of him to not have disclosed the ties previously. Rumors of the document dump had been bouncing around the internet - a Reddit user hinted at the release 16 days in advance. See a roundup on what's been reported so far.
 
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Culture, Entertainment & Sports.

> Netflix cuts ties with Kevin Spacey following mounting sexual assault allegations (More)
> Thor: Ragnarok $121M dominates box office with 4th best opening weekend of 2017 (More)
> NYC Marathon: American woman wins for first time in 40 years (More)
 

Science & Technology.

White House green lights intergovernmental report that says climate change is real, and humans are to blame (More) | Read report here (More)
Scientists identify chemical mechanism that allows us to suppress unwanted thoughts (More)
Study finds horses can distinguish between submissive and dominant humans before meeting them (More)
 

Business & Markets.

October unemployment rate falls to 4.1%, lowest since 2000; wage growth slows (More)
Sources: Broadcom preparing to make $100B+ offer for rival chipmaker Qualcomm Monday morning (More)
Potential merger between Sprint (4th largest US wireless carrier) & T-Mobile (3rd largest) falls apart (More)
 

Politics & World Affairs.

Trump kicks off Asia trip, tentatively scheduled to meet with Putin on Thursday (More)
Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) breaks 5 ribs after being tackled by neighbor, fourth degree assault charge filed (More)
Former National Security Advisor Mike Flynn and son likely to be charged in Russia Probe (More)
ETCETERA.
More Americans than ever get news from multiple social media sites (new data from Pew). 

200 universities have announced 600 free courses in the past three months.

Win the annual ugly Christmas sweater contest with these seasonal male rompers (don't actually do it though).  

Doggos in Space: 60 years ago yesterday, Laika the stray became the world's first cosmonaut

Astro's ace Justin Verlander followed up his World Series win by marrying Kate Upton in Italy.

Meet Time's 30 Most Influential Teens of 2017.

Chinning is the new Selfie.

Sean Combs will no longer be answering to Diddy, Puffy, or Puff Daddy - his name is Love, a.k.a. Brother Love.

Clickbait: In a basement on Yale’s campus, a ‘Shop of Horrors’ holds hundreds of brains in jars.

Historybook: HBD John Philip Sousa (1854); Abraham Lincoln elected President (1860); Bolshevik Revolution begins (1917); U.N. condemns South Africa apartheid (1962); HBD Emma Stone (1988).
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