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Virginia Beach Shooting.
A gunman killed 12 people and injured 4 others after opening fire late Friday afternoon in a municipal building in Virginia Beach, Virginia. The attack was the deadliest mass shooting in the US in 2019 to date. The shooter - killed by police after an extended shootout - was reportedly a long-time city employee, working as an engineer for the Department of Public Utilities in the same complex in which the attack was carried out. The shooter had reportedly notified employers of plans to quit before the attack, but was still a current employee at the time of the shooting, with a functioning security pass that allowed entry into the buildings. Officials identified the weapon used as a .45-caliber handgun with extended magazines and a muzzle to silence the shots - 11 of the 12 victims were city employees. Virginia Beach is one of the state's most popular tourist destinations - the attack happened 5 miles from the coast.
Trump Hops the Pond.
President Trump arrived in London this morning, kicking off a five-day visit to the United Kingdom, Ireland, and France. Though he has traveled to London previously as President, the trip marks his first official state visit in the UK. The agenda includes separate meetings with both Queen Elizabeth and Prime Minister Theresa May, but the trip comes amid political chaos, with May planning to resign at the end of the week after failing to get a package guiding the UK's exit from the European passed. The centerpiece of the visit will be a ceremony commemorating the 75th anniversary of D-Day - the June 6th, 1944 beach landing in Northern France that ultimately led to the liberation of Nazi-controlled Europe. Trump is set to make remarks after visiting the Normandy American Cemetery in Colleville, France, which holds the remains of over 9,000 US soldiers who perished in World War II. The President is also expected to meet with Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar, making a pit stop at the Trump Organization's Doonbeg golf resort.
Google Antitrust Probe.
The US Justice Department is exploring an antitrust lawsuit against tech giant Google according to reports over the weekend, examining whether the company's advertising reach creates an unfair advantage over competitors. Antitrust laws are typically invoked when the government believes a company has gotten so large, or has become a monopoly, it is able to squash competitors in a particular industry. The Federal Trade Commission previously investigated Google in 2013, but closed the probe in a controversial decision that left the company to make its own internal changes. Alphabet, Google’s parent, is one of the world's five biggest companies in terms of market capitalization (currently around $767B), and nearly 90% of Google's revenue came from advertising in 2018. Reports also indicated that the Justice Department had struck a deal with the FTC, with the latter having jurisdiction over Amazon to examine similar complaints.
Read the original Wall Street Journal report here (paywall).
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Science & Technology.
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> Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says US willing to talk with Iran to ease growing tensions with "no preconditions" (More)
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