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*The results are in for the fall election in Illinois as democrats and republicans each choose their nominees in the state primary.  In the Republican race for governor incumbent, Bruce Rauner won. For the Democrats, Billionaire businessman J.B. Pritzker won by a large margin. After Pritzker's victory, the heir to the Hyatt hotel fortune released a statement saying he would fight for unions, dreamers and immigrants, women and people of color. 

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A school resource officer named Blaine Gaskill is being hailed as a hero for his quick response to a shooting at Great Mills High School in Maryland yesterday.

Gaskill, who is also a SWAT Team officer, shot and killed 17-year-old Austin Rollins after he opened fire inside the hallway and struck two students. 16-year-old Jaelynn Willey is hospitalized in critical condition and a 14-year-old boy is listed in good condition. Maryland Governor Larry Hogan said, "While it’s still tragic, he may have saved other people’s lives."

Source: Baltimore Sun


*The suspected serial bomber who killed two people and terrorized all of Austin, Texas for three weeks is dead.

Police say they reviewed surveillance footage from a FedEx store in Austin and saw a man in disguise dropping off two packages. SWAT Team members were then able trace the man's car to a motel overnight and kept watch for several hours until he got into his car and drove away. Authorities followed him until he eventually stopped near Interstate 35 and detonated an explosive device, killing himself.

The man's identity has not yet been revealed. Police say that although they're not ruling out the possibility of accomplices, they believe the man was responsible for five bombs which killed two people and injured several others. 

Source: Austin Statesman


Austin Bombings Suspect Is Dead After Police Confrontation - 

The suspect in a string of package bombings in Texas is dead.

Austin Police officers and FBI agents reportedly moved in to arrest the suspect at a location just north of Austin. They say he tried to run on I-35 in Round Rock and eventually blew himself up. The highway is closed while officials from several law enforcement agencies continue their investigation and gather evidence from the scene.

Authorities worked fast and tracked down the suspect by using surveillance video from a FedEx store in Austin. Two people were killed and four were injured in the five bombings that began early this month.


*Netflix Is Blasted For Showing Too Much Smoking - 

Anti-tobacco group Truth Initiative is blasting Netflix for showing too much smoking on screen.

The group looked at the 14 most popular shows from the streaming service among people ages 15 to 24. It found 319 incidents of tobacco use, more than twice as many as shows on other platforms. "Stranger Things," set in the 1980s, had the most with more than 180 scenes with cigarettes.

Other shows at the top of the list included "Orange Is the New Black," "House of Cards," and "Fuller House." While not a Netfilx-produced show, AMC's "The Walking Dead" is available on the service and had more than 80 examples. A Netflix spokesperson told "Variety" the company wanted to find out more about the study.

That study also found more sex, violence, and cursing in streamed shows. 

Source: Washington Post


*Alexander Nix, the CEO of political data firm Cambridge Analytica, was suspended on Tuesday, as the controversy grows over the company's harvesting of private information from more than 50 million Facebook users. The company has ties to Donald Trump's 2016 campaign for president.

The firm decided to suspend Nix after footage of him admitting it used bribery and seduction to influence elections in other countries and deceive politicians was broadcast on TV.

Cambridge Analytica was founded by former Trump adviser Stephen Bannon and rich Republican donor Robert Mercer. Prior to his suspension, Nix had been making claims that the company had a major role in getting Trump elected. 

Source: The New York Times


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