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UVA Shooting

A suspect behind a shooting at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, which killed three and injured two others, is in custody and has been charged with second-degree murder and using a handgun to commit a felony.


UVA football players D'Sean Perry, Lavel Davis Jr., and Devin Chandler were fatally shot by Christopher Darnell Jones Jr. as their bus pulled into a campus parking garage late Sunday night. Two other players are being treated for gunshot wounds. The students were returning from a class field trip to Washington, DC. The gunman was a running back for the football team in 2018, though he never played in a game. 


The suspect was previously investigated by the campus threat assessment team in September after boasting about his weapon and was involved in a 2021 concealed weapon incident.


Separately, four students were killed near campus at the University of Idaho over the weekend in an apparent homicide.


Istanbul Bombing Suspect 

Turkish police yesterday arrested a Syrian woman who they say confessed to the weekend blast on a busy street in Istanbul that left six dead and more than 80 injured. Officials allege the suspect is connected to Kurdish militants. Both the Kurdistan Workers' Party and the militia group, the People’s Defense Units, have denied involvement in the attack.


Istanbul police viewed footage from 1,200 security cameras and carried out raids in 21 locations. The suspect was captured on camera departing the scene of the blast after leaving TNT-type explosives on the pedestrian street. At least 46 others were also questioned. See our previous write-up on the attack here.


The Kurdistan Workers' Party, which seeks an independent Kurdish state within Turkey, has been in conflict with Turkey for more than four decades. The group is recognized as a terrorist organization by the US, the EU, and Turkey. See a visual explainer of the conflict here.


World Population Milestone

Earth's population will reach 8 billion people today, according to projections from the United Nations. The number is three times the population in 1950 and eight times that of the early 1800s. 


The 200 years since the Industrial Revolution began (watch overview) have seen a massive population explosion due to a reduction in child mortality and an increase in life expectancy. Improvements in food production, sanitation, and medicine—as well as widespread access to household items like refrigerators and ammonia—have drastically reduced hunger and disease globally.


Annual population growth peaked at just over 2% in the early 1960s and has since declined to under 1% amid a decrease in fertility rates. By the end of this century, total annual deaths are expected to surpass births, likely resulting in a decline in population (learn why).


Overall, demographers estimate almost 120 billion people have lived on Earth. 

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In The Know

Sports, Entertainment, & Culture

> Jay Leno suffers serious burns to face and hands following gasoline fire at his car garage (More) | Grammy-winning singer Roberta Flack, 85, reveals ALS diagnosis leaving her unable to sing (More)

> John Aniston, Emmy-nominated actor who appeared in nearly 3,000 episodes of "Days of Our Lives" and father to Jennifer Aniston, dies at 89 (More)

> Oscar-winning director Paul Haggis ordered to pay $10M in damages after being found liable last week on three counts of sexual assault (More)


Science & Technology

> STAT News unveils its annual list of "wunderkinds"; awards recognize 28 early career scientists in the biotechnology and medical research fields (More)

> Archaeologists find evidence of controlled use of fire for cooking meals by early human ancestors dating to almost 800,000 years ago, or roughly 600,000 years earlier than previously believed (More)

> Study links habitual high-intensity aerobic exercise to a more than 70% decrease in the risk of developing metastatic cancer; authors point to more efficient glucose consumption by organs (More)


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> Sources say Amazon plans to lay off 10,000 employees this week; would be largest cut in company’s history (More) | Jeff Bezos plans to give away most of his more than $100B fortune over his life, per CNN interview (More

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Politics & World Affairs

> US Congress returns in lame duck session with House control still unknown; newly elected members begin orientation (More) | Katie Hobbs (D) defeats Kari Lake (R) in tight race for Arizona governor (More) | Federal appeals court grants six states nationwide injunction to temporarily block student loan forgiveness program, which was already halted by a separate court ruling (More

> Iranian court issues first-known death sentence linked to mass anti-government protests that began in September after 22-year-old Mahsa Amini allegedly died in police custody (More

> About 48,000 unionized academic workers, including student employees and researchers, at the 10 University of California campuses strike for higher pay and better benefits (More



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