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Shooting at Louisville Bank

At least four people were killed, and nine more were hospitalized, following a shooting at Old National Bank in Louisville, Kentucky. Police exchanged fire with the shooter, who also died at the scene. The victims include Joshua Barrick (40), Thomas Elliot (63), Juliana Farmer (45), and James Tutt (64). Three patients have been released, and three remain in critical condition.

 

Police said the shooter, identified as 23-year-old Connor Sturgeon, was a current or former employee. Witnesses say the shooter opened fire with a rifle in a conference room at the back of the building on the first floor while livestreaming the attack. A motive has not been released. See more on the victims here.

 

So far this year, the US has experienced 15 mass shootings—where four or more are shot or killed, excluding the shooter—the most during the first 100 days of a calendar year since 2009.

 

Separately, the mother of the 6-year-old who shot a Virginia school teacher was charged yesterday with felony child neglect and a misdemeanor count of recklessly leaving a firearm that endangers a child.

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Jayland Walker Jury

A nine-member grand jury in Akron, Ohio, will decide this week whether to criminally charge the eight police officers involved in the June fatal shooting of Jayland Walker. The officers, whose names have not been released, have been working in administrative roles since October.

 

Walker, 25, was shot and killed after he reportedly fled a traffic stop June 27, 2022. Officers claimed Walker fired a gunshot from inside of his car before fleeing on foot through a field, where he was shot 46 times. Police said they believed Walker was armed as he fled; no gun was discovered on his body, though a gun was reportedly found in his vehicle. The medical examiner's findings fueled public outcry in the following days, where 50 people were arrested in protests.

 

The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation is expected to finish presenting evidence to the jurors by Friday. Akron officials have built barricades around the courthouse in anticipation of protests of the jury's decision.

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Migrants at Sea

About 1,200 migrants on two overcrowded boats in the Mediterranean Sea were in the process of being rescued yesterday, according to the Italian coast guard. A fishing boat carrying roughly 800 people was found about 120 miles southeast of Syracuse, Italy, while another boat carrying roughly 400 people was found without a captain about 170 miles southeast off the Calabrian coast. 

 

The rescue comes after an additional 2,000 migrants were assisted since Friday amid rough sea conditions. The volume of refugees traveling across the Mediterranean from the Middle East and North Africa into Europe has dropped from a 2015 high of 1 million, with last year seeing about 189,000 total. However, seaborne migrations to Italy jumped 50% between 2021 and 2022. Of European countries, Italy receives the bulk of migrants, with roughly 27,800 recorded so far this year, out of about 35,000 total arrivals by sea (see data).

 

The EU has been working to provide more assistance in processing refugees crossing the Mediterranean Sea. 

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Sports, Entertainment, & Culture

> NBA play-in tournament begins tonight; East No. 7 Miami Heat take on No. 8 Atlanta Hawks (7:30 ET, TNT) and West's No. 7 Los Angeles Lakers match up with No. 8 Minnesota Timberwolves (10:00 ET, TNT) (More) | Indiana Fever take former South Carolina star Aliyah Boston with top pick in 2023 WNBA Draft (More)

> Lasse Wellander, longtime guitarist for ABBA, dies of cancer at 70 (More) | Elizabeth Hubbard, Emmy-winning actress best known for "As the World Turns," dies at 89 (More)

> "Stranger Things" animated series tapped for Netflix; show joins recent "Stranger  Things" spin-off projects including a London stage show set for late 2023 (More

 

Science & Technology

> Meta (Facebook) reveals AI-powered image platform capable of detecting and isolating individual objects in photos, even if the algorithm has not previously encountered them (More)

> Berlin Zoo elephant reportedly learns to peel bananas by observing facility staff; scientists say the behavior provides new insights into the animals' dexterity and cognitive capabilities (More)

> Engineers develop synthetic fabric that recreates the optical and thermal properties of polar bear fur; textile is warmer and 30% lighter than cotton (More)

 

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Politics & World Affairs

> US Justice Department files motion to block a Texas judge's decision to strike down the Food and Drug Administration's approval of abortion medication pill mifepristone until an appeal is resolved (More) | See our previous write-up (More)

> Nashville Metropolitan Council votes to reinstate Rep. Justin Jones (D) to the state Legislature on an interim basis after he was voted out last week for protesting on the House floor (More) | President Joe Biden says he plans to run for a second term but is not yet prepared to formally announce 2024 campaign (More)

> Rutgers University faculty strike for the first time in the school's 257-year history amid a stalemate in contract negotiations (More) | UK junior doctors, making up 45% of all doctors in the country's National Health Service, begin four-day strike for better pay (More

 

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The Sunday Long Read | Ashley Stimpson. The allure of wild horses has captivated America, but Appalachia is seeing a feral horse crisis, where mining's harmful impact on the environment and economy has resulted in thousands of horses and caretakers in trouble. (Read)

 

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