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*Mikaela Shiffrin - is golden again. Four years after Shiffrin burst on the scene with a gold medal in the women's slalom, the 22-year-old American blitzed the competition Thursday and opened her stay at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, with a masterful winning run in the giant slalom final.

*25-cent Gas Tax Increase - President Donald Trump suggested Wednesday that a 25 cent increase in gas and diesel taxes would be needed to help pay for the administration's new infrastructure plan, according to Democratic Sen. Tom Carper.


Class Action Suit Filed After Euthanasia Drug Found In Dog Food - 

Smuckers owned “Big Heart Brands” makes Gravy Train and a host of other pet foods.  A TV news report  found the Gravy Train contained pentobarbital, the drug used to euthanize animals.

It’s a banned substance in pet food, so now the FDA is investigating. There is also a class actions suit against Smuckers and it’s pet food division. They have also issued a recall on the product.

Other products made by the company include: Meow Mix, Milk Bone, Kibbles’n Bits, 9 Lives, Natural Balance, Pup-Peroni, Nature’s Recipe, Canine Carry Outs, Milo’s Kitchen, Alley Cat, Jerky Treats, Meaty Bone, Pounce and Snausages.

Source: WJLA


Blood Test Can Detect Concussions - 

There's a new kind of blood test that can detect concussions.

Yesterday, he FDA approved a blood test that can quickly identify possible brain injuries. The test called the Banyan Brain Trauma Indicator is expected to reduce the number of people exposed to radiation through brain scans.

The FDA predicts that if the new blood test is used widely, it could eliminate the need for scans in about a third of those with suspected brain injuries. 2.8 million visits to emergency rooms for traumatic brain injury-related conditions were made in 2013.

Source: New York Times


At least 17 people were killed Wednesday in a high school shooting in Parkland, Florida, Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel said.

The suspect, 19-year-old former student Nikolas Cruz, is in custody, the sheriff said. Cruz was expelled for unspecified disciplinary reasons, and police are investigating his digital profile, Israel said. So far, what they've found is "very, very disturbing," he said.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott ordered government flags flown at half-staff through Monday in honor of victims of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, a public school of some 3,000 students outside Boca Raton.


Romney Holds Off On Senate Run Announcement - 

Former presidential nominee Mitt Romney will not be announcing a run for the Senate today as expected.  On Twitter, Romney says he won't be making the statement out of respect for the victims of the shooting in South Florida and their families. The former Massachusetts governor remarked that his heart aches for the victims, and his prayers go out to them and their families.

Source: CBS News


Infrastructure Plan Tops White House Agenda This Week - 

Rebuilding bridges roads, dams, and more is top of mind for the Trump administration.

President Trump is pitching his big infrastructure plan. In a meeting with some lawmakers at the White House yesterday, Trump said the need to replace the nation's crumbling infrastructure is great. The plan calls for a 200-billion dollar government investment in highways, bridges, rails and airports.

The President said that will hopefully provoke more than one-trillion dollars in infrastructure spending through state and private partnerships. Critics think this flip funding idea will create tolls roads and higher gas taxes.

Source: NPR


More details are coming in about Nikolas Cruz, the 19-year-old identified as the suspect in Wednesday's shooting at a Parkland, Florida high school that killed at least 17 people.

Although Cruz tried to escape by blending in with other students evacuating the school, he was detained by authorities and arrested.

He reportedly had an AR-15-type of semi-automatic rifle and "countless magazines," according to the Broward Sheriff's Office. He was also carrying smoke grenades and a gas mask, according to Senator Bill Nelson of Florida.

Nelson said that Cruz set off the fire alarms at the school "so kids would come pouring out of the classrooms into the hall" during the shooting spree.

While investigators are still looking at his motive for the shooting, we do know that he was expelled from the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where the shooting took place, for disciplinary reasons that included threatening other students.

Some students at the school said they knew that Cruz was a bit off and was into guns. 

Business Insider


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