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Police thwarted six mass shootings and white supremacist attacks since El Paso


In the two weeks since a gunman killed 22 people in El Paso, law enforcement officials say they have thwarted six separate mass shootings or white supremacist attacks across the US.

At least four of the alleged foiled plots also appeared to involve men espousing far-right viewpoints and racist ideologies, with echoes of the Texas massacre. The 21-year-old suspect in that shooting, considered the deadliest anti-Latino attack in modern US history, allegedly authored a racist anti-immigrant “manifesto”.

In online posts and in their alleged planned massacres, the suspects in these recent cases targeted LGBTQ people, Jewish people, black Americans, Latinos and Muslims, according to law enforcement and media reports on the six men. Four of them were white men in their 20s, and all but one of them were believed to be armed, some with extensive weaponry.

A timeline of foiled plots

8 August, Nevada

Five days after the El Paso attack police arrested 23-year-old Conor Climo, saying the Las Vegas man wanted to attack Jews and an LGBTQ bar and was trying to build a bomb. The US Attorney’s office said he was “communicating with individuals who identified with a white supremacist extremist organization”. During encrypted conversations online, he would regularly use racist, antisemitic and anti-gay slurs, authorities said.

Climo was charged with possession of illegal firearms and destructive devices.

15 August, Connecticut

One week later, Brandon Wagshol, 22, was taken into custody in Connecticut after he allegedly wrote on Facebook that he was interested in committing a mass shooting, the FBI said. Police had received a tip that he was looking to buy ammunition out of state and had written on social media about building his own rifle with gun parts he had purchased online, authorities said.

Wagshol was charged on Thursday with illegal possession of large capacity ammunition magazines, and law enforcement allegedly seized firearms and body armor from his home. The guns were reportedly registered to his father. One news report suggested he had posted racist and anti-transgender comments online.

16 August, Florida

In Daytona Beach, Florida, 25-year-old Tristan Scott Wix was arrested on Friday after he allegedly sent violent and threatening text messages to his ex-girlfriend, saying he wanted to commit a mass shooting, according to the local sheriff’s office. His texts, police said, included: “I’d wanna break a world record for longest confirmed kill ever,” and, “A good 100 kills would be nice. I already have a location.”

Wix told detectives he didn’t own firearms but was fascinated with mass shootings, the sheriff’s department said.

17 August, Ohio

The following day, police in New Middletown, Ohio, charged 20-year-old James P Reardon with telecommunications harassment and aggravated menacing, saying he had threatened to commit a shooting at a local Jewish community center. The FBI said he had posted a video on Instagram depicting himself as a shooter, saying he was a “white nationalist”, and tagging the nearby Jewish organization.

Police recovered assault rifles, ammunition, a gas mask, bulletproof armor and antisemitic propaganda at his home, authorities said. WYTV, an Ohio news station, reported that he had attended the violent white nationalist Charlottesville rally in 2017.

20 August, Florida and Tennessee

US authorities announced on Tuesday the arrest of Maryland resident Eric Lin, 35, who had allegedly made a series of social media threats against Hispanics in the Miami area. On Facebook, he threatened a Hispanic woman and her family, praised Hitler, and called for the extermination of Spanish-speaking people, Muslims and black Americans, the FBI said.

He also allegedly wrote, “I Thank God everyday President Donald John Trump is President”, saying he expected Trump to launch a racist war.

Also on Tuesday, law enforcement announced the arrest of Thomas Matthew McVicker, a 38-year-old truck driver accused of threatening a mass shooting at a Memphis, Tennessee, church. His mother reportedly told the FBI he owned a Ruger P90 handgun, though the motive of his potential attack was unclear.

Attorneys for the suspects did not immediately respond to inquiries or could not be reached.

‘This is the new normal’

Brian Levin, the director for the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism, said there is often a cluster of violent threats and possible copycat attacks after high-profile mass shootings. But he also expected there could be more families and friends reporting their loved ones who may be plotting shootings.

“This is the new normal,” he said. “The people most able to thwart these attacks are often not law enforcement, but those closest to them – friends, family, coworkers and fellow students … We’re not dealing with foreign-based terrorists, but the mass killer down the block.”

Antonio Basco, whose wife Margie Reckard was one of 22 killed at a local Walmart, lays flowers in her honor at a memorial on 16 August 2019 in El Paso, Texas. Photograph: Sandy Huffaker/Getty Images

Before the El Paso massacre, police in Texas said officers were able to intervene and stop a potential mass shooting after a suspect’s grandmother reported him.

Those kinds of stories could incentivize people to speak up, said Cynthia Miller-Idriss, a professor of education and sociology at the American University.

“When they see other people who loved these individuals, who were close to them stepping up and doing the right thing, I think that does have the effect of encouraging other bystanders to step up, too,” she said, adding: “It’s disturbing to see them being planned, but it’s reassuring to see them being stopped.”

Mike German, a former FBI agent and fellow with the Brennan Center for Justice, said he would like to see US law enforcement devote more resources to investigating organized far-right groups, and not just the individual cases: “We have to understand the scope of these threats … The ability of an organized group to do mass violence is much greater.”



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Public to testify on gun bills after Virginia mass shooting


RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Members of the public and interest groups are expected to testify during a hearing before a Virginia commission tasked with studying gun safety proposals following a mass shooting that left 12 people dead in Virginia Beach.

Courtesy: WHSV

The Virginia State Crime Commission is scheduled to meet Tuesday for a second day to hear testimony and review bills introduced during a special legislative session in July.

Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam called the special session after a city employee opened fire in a Virginia Beach municipal complex May 31.

Northam proposed universal background checks, a red flag law and other measures. The Republican-controlled legislature quickly adjourned the session and referred the legislation to the crime commission for further study.

On Monday, the commission heard more than a half dozen presentations on gun violence.



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Mass Shootings May Be Contagious. Can We Contain Them?


In the span of one week, three US cities suffered mass shootings: Gilroy, California; El Paso, Texas; and Dayton, Ohio. Occurring in such rapid succession, the incidents rocked the country. But it was far from the first time that a rash of mass shootings seemed to strike, a data trail that’s led some researchers to argue there’s something contagious about them.

“What you notice in a contagion model is that the events will cluster together, unusually closely in time, more so than you would expect from a model that just assumes that they kind of happen randomly,” says Sherry Towers, a mathematician at Arizona State University.

Towers studies the spread of diseases as well as behavior or sentiment, such as the culture of fear that arose around Ebola in the US in 2014. And in 2015, she and her coauthors published one of the first papers demonstrating that mass shootings also acted like a contagion.

Because there is no federal database on mass shootings, Towers and her collaborators relied on databases from private groups, specifically USA Today and the Brady Campaign. They divided the data into three sets: mass killings where four or more people were killed (176 out of 232 incidents involved firearms), school shootings, and mass shootings where three or more people were shot but fewer than four people were killed (to avoid overlap with the first set). The researchers then compared this data, which included events from 1998 to 2013, to a mathematical model of a contagion.

For school shootings and mass killings, the contagion model explained the data better than simply assuming the events were random. The third set of data, events where fewer than four people were killed, showed no significant evidence of being contagious. There was evidence of contagion, however, among school shootings, regardless of death count.

Towers suggests that the three groups receive different amounts of media coverage, which could explain the discrepancy. Mass killings and school shootings tend to generate extensive coverage, while smaller-scale tragedies don’t always get as much attention. (Though it’s not an iron-clad distinction; the Gilroy shooting, which ended with three people dead plus the shooter, garnered significant media attention.)

“Even low-casualty-count school shootings can get national media, because I think it speaks to parents’ fears about their children going off to school,” Towers says. It was the lack of contagion among shooting events only reported in local news outlets that got her thinking. “That’s what led us to hypothesize that media may be playing a role.”

Economists Michael Jetter and Jay Walker, of the University of Western Australia and Old Dominion University, respectively, reached the same conclusion in a working paper published last year. Using statistics, they found that the amount of news coverage on mass shootings could predict the number of shootings in the week following.

They showed, among other things, that media coverage of mass shootings decreased when they overlapped with natural disasters, and that it was subsequently less likely for shootings to occur in the following week, even when considering different definitions of “mass shooting” (in terms of deaths or people shot). Jetter had previously studied the relationship between terrorists and news coverage of terrorism, and found the correlation to be similar.

“Many of these people want fame,” Jetter says. “In manifestos by some of these shooters, they say, ‘I want to be famous, and I want to be recognized, I want to be feared.’ We found a way to test for that empirically, and the results seem to confirm that if you give them that room in the media, then you just encourage others.”

At least one shooter explicitly cited the media as a motivator. In 2015, a man fatally shot nine people at a community college in Oregon before shooting himself. He noted in a blog post the media attention given to mass shooters, saying they “are all alone and unknown, yet when they spill a little blood, the whole world knows who they are. A man who was known by no one, is now known by everyone. His face splashed across every screen, his name across the lips of every person on the planet, all in the course of one day.”

Sheriff John Hanlin of Douglas County, Oregon, where the shooting took place, declared in a press conference that he would not name the shooter.

“I will not give him the credit he probably sought prior to this horrific and cowardly act,” Hanlin said. “Media will get the name confirmed in time. But you will never hear me mention his name. We would encourage media and the community to avoid using it … he in no way deserves this.”

The sheriff’s words sparked a small debate in the media about whether journalists have a responsibility to name the shooter, show his face, or quote from his manifesto. Media guidelines for reporting on another type of tragedy, suicides, have been in place for years; they include not providing excessive details of the method used and adding information about help lines and other resources to the article. Research has shown that suicides, too, can spread like a contagion depending on how they are covered, but a consensus has yet to emerge among media organizations about how to handle mass shootings.

Part of the problem is the lack of research on gun violence in the US, says Paul Perrin, a psychologist at Virginia Commonwealth University. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which would be responsible for initiating such work, has been under the shadow of a legislative rider called the Dickey Amendment since 1996; it effectively has prevented the agency from funding research into gun violence.

“This is a huge gap,” Perrin says. “It’s a travesty that the federal government is unwilling to fund any kind of epidemiological research on shooting contagion.” This month, the House of Representatives approved a 2020 appropriations package that allots $50 million to gun research, and Senate minority leader Charles Schumer recently announced he will call upon President Trump to reallocate $5 billion in border wall funding to preventing white supremacist extremism and gun violence, as well as CDC research. Both of these proposals require approval by the Republican-controlled Senate.

Jonathan Ivy, a behavior analyst at Pennsylvania State University, Harrisburg, suggests several guidelines for reporting on mass shootings. These include not naming the shooter, avoiding in-depth descriptions of their rationale, decreasing the duration of news coverage after a shooting, and not providing unnecessary accounts of the shooter’s actions before, during, or after a shooting.

“When we create these spectacles out of these tragic situations,” Ivy says, “that can actually act as a signal to somebody who has similar motivations, that ‘perhaps this is a very effective way to communicate my message,’ or ‘this is a way that I can achieve some kind of desired end.'”

The answer to how to cover these tragedies is likely complex. The media also has a responsibility to inform the public, of course; mass shootings are a matter of public safety. Many journalists are likely to consider it worth reporting, for example, that the El Paso shooter was motivated by a perceived “invasion” of Hispanic people.

Ivy doesn’t have an answer, but he believes that it’s “so important” for journalists to be thinking more about these questions. “I think there is a very fine line that distinguishes what is newsworthy information versus detail that perhaps adds additional context but doesn’t really add anything to the story,” he says. “I would think that there’s a balance that could be struck in presenting that in a very matter-of-fact way but not over-emphasizing the role of a manifesto or what’s said.”

Similarly, Perrin argues that a shared fascination with understanding the mind of the shooter perpetuates some media coverage. Audience demand drives more coverage. “When you create these psychological profiles through the media, it really creates these antiheroes,” he says.

The data on mass shootings is small and lacking compared to that on suicides, so news outlets have less research to lean on when weighing how to report on mass shootings. But with the evidence on contagiousness stacking up, the media’s role as a vector of infection is becoming harder to ignore.

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California's 'red flag' law might be helping to reduce mass shooting risk, study says


Four years after California became one of the first states to expedite the removal of guns from people seen as a public danger by family members or law enforcement, its “red flag” law appears to be helping to reduce the chance of mass shootings, according to a study released Monday by the UC Davis School of Medicine.

The initial findings by the school’s Violence Prevention Research Program were made public just hours after Gov. Gavin Newsom said Monday that he is interested in receiving a group of pending bills that would significantly expand the use of so-called “extreme risk protection” orders.

At the same time, recent mass shootings in Gilroy, Calif., as well as El Paso and Dayton, Ohio, have renewed the conversation in Congress about possibly adopting national red flag laws.

UC Davis researchers examined 21 cases of individuals who had firearms removed from them or purchases blocked because of court orders. The researchers found that none of the individuals was later involved in gun-related violence.

“We can’t prove that the orders are responsible for the outcome,” said Garen Wintemute, a professor of emergency medicine and the director of the Violence Prevention Research Program.

“But there is an obvious logic to this — that if somebody is posing an imminent threat whether it’s to others or to themselves, and firearms are a part of that threat, recovering the firearms can help reduce the threat,” Wintemute added.

The existing law, which took effect in 2016, resulted in judges ordering the temporary removal of firearms from more than 600 people after family members or law enforcement offices petitioned the courts saying the individuals appeared to pose a risk to harm themselves or others.

Of 414 cases through 2018, some 91% involved males and 61% were non-Hispanic whites, the study said. UC Davis researchers are continuing to collect information on orders issued, but the initial report focused on 21 cases where 52 guns were removed from individuals.

“Most subjects made explicit threats and owned firearms,” said the study, which is scheduled to be published in the next issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine.

In three cases, individuals had purchased guns but were undergoing the 10-day waiting period before delivery, and a court order blocked their acquiring of the firearms, said Wintemute. In one of those cases, a man was awaiting delivery of a shotgun, but officers who searched his home found 400 rounds of ammunition.

Some of the cases involved people whom mental health workers identified as at risk.

A check of social media and newspapers found that none of the 21 subjects of the orders had appeared to harm themselves or others, the researchers said.

“It is impossible to know whether violence would have occurred had [restraining orders] not been issued, and the authors make no claim of a causal relationship,” the study concluded. “Nonetheless, the cases suggest that this urgent, individualized intervention can play a role in efforts to prevent mass shootings, in health care settings and elsewhere. Further evaluation would be helpful.”

Advocates for gun owners, who have objected to the court orders for infringing on due process rights, said they doubted the value of the study given its limitations.

“There is no way for them to quantify what would have happened had they not issued” court orders, said Sam Paredes, the executive director of Gun Owners of California.

He noted that some men were recently arrested in other states after threatening mass shootings, and no court orders were needed. “Existing laws were sufficient,” Paredes said.

Wintemute said he has sent the study findings to members of Congress, including Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, who chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee and has a bill that would provide grants to states to design and enforce red flag programs.

The cases profiled by the study include one in which a man threatened to kill employees of his family’s business. His mother alerted authorities and they confiscated 26 guns.

Another protection order was issued when a high school assistant principal alerted authorities about a 15-year-old student who spoke favorably of the Parkland, Fla., shooter and said “school shooters are gods.”

Others subjected to court orders threatened shootings at businesses, schools and religious institutions, including a mosque.

“Public mass shootings in Parkland, Florida; Aurora, Colorado; and Tucson, Arizona, among others, were committed by assailants known to family members, acquaintances, law enforcement agencies, and in some cases health professionals to be at a high risk for violence,” the study noted.

The current law allows guns to be removed for 21 days at first but can be extended to a year after a court hearing involving the targeted individual.

Assemblyman Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) has written one of nearly 10 bills pending that would enlarge California’s red flag law. His legislation would expand the number of people who can petition the court for orders to include co-workers, employers and school employees who believe individuals are a public risk of gun violence.

“It proves that strong gun control measures work,” Ting said Monday of the study. “You have potentially 21 people who could have carried out violent acts who aren’t able to because their guns were taken away.”

In previous years, then-Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed similar bills, saying employers and teachers can get court orders if they go through family members or law enforcement.

Wintemute said Ting’s bill has merit because some law enforcement agencies may be slow to respond to warnings from teachers, employers and others, and some family members may not be willing to put their name on a petition if there is a danger from the person being taken to court.

Other pending bills would increase the duration of court orders removing guns from one to five years, expand training of police officers in how to use the law, and permit gun owners to voluntarily surrender their firearms to a court. Newsom signaled Monday that he is open to the expansion of red flag laws, although he is waiting to see what reaches his office.

“I broadly support the intent of broadening these laws, though again the details of it we are all collectively working on,” Newsom told reporters in Sacramento on Monday. “But I am hopeful that that bill processes and comes down to my desk in a way that I can sign it.”



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Mass Shootings in the US Fast Facts



32 killed – April 16, 2007 – Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia. A gunman, 23-year-old student Seung-Hui Cho, goes on a shooting spree killing 32 people in two locations and wounding an undetermined number of others on campus. The shooter dies by suicide. 27 killed – December 14, 2012 – Sandy Hook Elementary School – Newtown, Connecticut. Adam Lanza, 20, guns down 20 children, ages six and seven, and six adults, school staff and faculty, before turning the gun on himself. Investigating police later find Nancy Lanza, Adam’s mother, dead from a gunshot wound.

23 killed – October 16, 1991 – In Killeen, Texas, 35-year-old George Hennard crashes his pickup truck through the wall of a Luby’s Cafeteria. After exiting the truck, Hennard shoots and kills 23 people. He dies by suicide.

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‘Red flag’ laws may play role in preventing mass shootings, study finds


State laws that allow the removal of guns from people who present a threat to themselves or others may play a role in preventing mass shootings, according to a new study, a finding that could buttress support for “red flag” legislation being debated in Congress.

The study by a team at the nonpartisan Violence Prevention Research Program at the University of California at Davis identified more than 20 cases in which California’s red-flag law was used in an effort to prevent a mass shooting.

None of the threatened shootings in those cases took place, according to the study, which will be published this week in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

Researchers could not definitively state that California’s red-flag law was responsible, noting that it was impossible to know whether threats would have been carried out had the guns not been confiscated.

But the cases “suggest that this urgent, individualized intervention can play a role in efforts to prevent mass shootings, in health care settings and elsewhere,” the researchers said.

Jeffrey Swanson, a professor at the Duke University School of Medicine who studies gun violence, said the research was an advance in the understanding of the effect of red-flag laws.

“This amounts to pretty powerful anecdotal evidence,” Swanson said. “Here are some real cases of real people that made a real threat, and they were identified through the process of this gun violence restraining order.”

Swanson echoed the authors’ cautions against drawing the conclusion that the orders had stopped acts of violence, saying more study of gun-removal laws was needed in additional states. “This is an area where we need more research,” he said.

Red-flag laws have been passed in 17 states and the District of Columbia, according to the Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence.

The findings arrive amid a national debate on the most effective — and politically feasible — measures to avert acts of large-scale gun violence. Back-to-back shootings earlier this month left dozens dead in El Paso and Dayton, Ohio.

The shootings prompted an outcry for action from Congress, where lawmakers have for years been unable to agree on the need for tougher gun-control measures. Red-flag laws, which are intended only for people deemed dangerous and are not supposed to affect most gun owners, have gained traction as a possible bipartisan solution.

A Washington Post-ABC News poll last year found that more than 8 in 10 Americans supported allowing police to take guns from people if a judge determines they are a danger to themselves or others.

Sens. Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) are seeking to advance legislation that would create a federal grant program that offers funding for states to enact red-flag programs. President Trump has expressed support for the laws, although it is unclear how hard he would push for them.

Law enforcement officials and academic researchers have found that red-flag laws are primarily used in cases of people threatening suicide, not murder. A study published last year found that gun-confiscation measures were associated with a 13.7 percent drop in the gun-suicide rate in Connecticut and a 7.5 percent reduction in Indiana.

Less evidence exists concerning the impact on potential homicides, including mass shootings. Garen Wintemute, director of the Violence Prevention Research Program and lead author of the new study, said his team at first undertook a broad assessment of the impact of California’s law, which took effect in 2016.

But in the spring, he said, he decided to publish an early set of findings after seeing that the law had been invoked with surprising frequency to try to avert mass shootings. That choice was made before the recent spate of mass shootings refocused national attention on red-flag laws, he said.

Of 159 cases for which U.C.-Davis researchers have so far obtained records, there were 21 in which the subject was suspected of posing a risk of a mass shooting and a protective order was sought. (In some of those cases, the individual was attempting to purchase a gun but had not yet obtained it because of California’s 10-day waiting period.)

California saw a total of 414 cases in which the law was invoked from 2016 through 2018, according to the study.

Most of the subjects in those cases were white men, with a mean age of 35. They included a 33-year-old armed security service worker who quit his job and threatened to shoot a former co-worker and a 21-year-old who posted threatening statements on Instagram about his former high school.

Adelyn Allchin, senior director of public health and policy at the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, said the study lends credibility to arguments for widespread adoption of red-flag laws, even without an ironclad finding that California’s legislation averted shootings.

“It’s really promising to see these results come out,” Allchin said. “I think there’s some good evidence here that these laws are preventing acts of mass violence.”



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Florida man who allegedly said he wants to set record and kill 100 people in mass shooting is arrested


Police charge Ohio man with plotting attack on Jewish center

Daytona Beach Shores, Fla. — Authorities say a Florida man has been arrested and accused of threatening a mass shooting in text messages.

The Volusia County Sheriff’s Office says 25-year-old Tristan Scott Wix, of Daytona Beach, sent several text messages stating he wanted to “break a world record for longest confirmed kill ever.” The office says that in another message, Wix texted he wanted to reach 100 victims and had decided on a location. It was unclear who Wix was texting or how deputies obtained the information.

Authorities say Wix was arrested Friday at a supermarket in Daytona Beach Shores on a charge of making written threats to kill. The sheriff’s news release says Wix told detectives he didn’t own firearms but was fascinated with mass shootings.

Tristan Wix in undated photo

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Wix wrote in the messages that he was willing to die while committing a mass shooting and was hoping to have someone help him, CBS Orlando affiliate WKMG-TV reports. He said he wanted to shoot into a large crowd from three miles away.

“A good 100 kills would be nice,” he said in one text, according to WKMG.

Deputies said multiple Central Florida law enforcement agencies helped track Wix down to a Winn-Dixie parking lot in Daytona Beach Shores, where he was arrested.



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5 things to know for August 19: Potential mass shootings arrests, Afghanistan wedding attack, Brexit


5 things to know for August 19: Potential mass shootings arrests, Afghanistan wedding attack, Brexit – CNN

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1. Potential mass shootings arrests

Authorities in three states say they stopped three potential mass shootings over the past few days. All three cases were brought to their attention thanks to tips from the public.In Connecticut, 22-year-old Brandon Wagshol was arrested after he allegedly expressed interest on Facebook of committing a mass shooting. Authorities got a tip that he was trying to buy large capacity rifle magazines from another state and discovered he was trying to build his own rifle.In Florida, 25-year-old Tristan Scott Wix was arrested after he sent his ex-girlfriend disturbing text messages in which he allegedly threatened to commit a mass shooting, the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office said.In Ohio, 20-year-old James Patrick Reardon was arrested after he allegedly threatened to shoot up a Jewish community center in Youngstown. A video on a social media account belonging to Reardon showed a man firing a gun. 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2. Afghanistan wedding attack

Even in a place like Kabul, long-accustomed to such violence, this weekend’s suicide bomb attack on a wedding there was a shocker. At least 63 people were killed (and almost 200 injured) after someone detonated an explosive vest at a wedding hall. ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack. All this happens as the US tries to finalize a peace plan with the Taliban that could end America’s 18-year-war there. 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3. Hong Kong protests

Another weekend, another massive protest in Hong Kong. Hundreds of thousands of people marched through Hong Kong’s streets yesterday in the 11th straight weekend of mass anti-government demonstrations. The protest movement has been tested as of late by police bans and threats from the Chinese government. It rained during the marches, so much of the city center turned into a sea of slow moving umbrellas. The protests, which began in June over a now-shelved extradition bill, has since expanded to include calls for greater democracy and government accountability.’);$vidEndSlate.removeClass(‘video__end-slate–inactive’).addClass(‘video__end-slate–active’);}};CNN.autoPlayVideoExist = (CNN.autoPlayVideoExist === true) ? true : false;var configObj = thumb: ‘none’,video: ‘world/2019/08/19/hong-kong-peaceful-weekend-protests-watson-pkg-vpx.cnn’,width: ‘100%’,height: ‘100%’,section: ‘domestic’,profile: ‘expansion’,network: ‘cnn’,markupId: ‘body-text_20’,theoplayer: allowNativeFullscreen: true,adsection: ‘cnn.com_us_5thingstoknow_inpage’,frameWidth: ‘100%’,frameHeight: ‘100%’,posterImageOverride: “mini”:”width”:220,”type”:”jpg”,”uri”:”//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/190818140107-08-hong-kong-protests-0818-small-169.jpeg”,”height”:124,”xsmall”:”width”:307,”type”:”jpg”,”uri”:”//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/190818140107-08-hong-kong-protests-0818-medium-plus-169.jpeg”,”height”:173,”small”:”width”:460,”type”:”jpg”,”uri”:”//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/190818140107-08-hong-kong-protests-0818-large-169.jpeg”,”height”:259,”medium”:”width”:780,”type”:”jpg”,”uri”:”//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/190818140107-08-hong-kong-protests-0818-exlarge-169.jpeg”,”height”:438,”large”:”width”:1100,”type”:”jpg”,”uri”:”//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/190818140107-08-hong-kong-protests-0818-super-169.jpeg”,”height”:619,”full16x9″:”width”:1600,”type”:”jpg”,”uri”:”//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/190818140107-08-hong-kong-protests-0818-full-169.jpeg”,”height”:900,”mini1x1″:”width”:120,”type”:”jpg”,”uri”:”//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/190818140107-08-hong-kong-protests-0818-small-11.jpeg”,”height”:120,autoStartVideo = false,isVideoReplayClicked = false,callbackObj,containerEl,currentVideoCollection = [],currentVideoCollectionId = ”,isLivePlayer = false,mediaMetadataCallbacks,mobilePinnedView = null,moveToNextTimeout,mutePlayerEnabled = false,nextVideoId = ”,nextVideoUrl = ”,turnOnFlashMessaging = false,videoPinner,videoEndSlateImpl;if (CNN.autoPlayVideoExist === false) autoStartVideo = false;if (autoStartVideo === true) if (turnOnFlashMessaging === true) autoStartVideo = false;containerEl = jQuery(document.getElementById(configObj.markupId));CNN.VideoPlayer.showFlashSlate(containerEl); else CNN.autoPlayVideoExist = true;configObj.autostart = CNN.Features.enableAutoplayBlock ? false : autoStartVideo;CNN.VideoPlayer.setPlayerProperties(configObj.markupId, autoStartVideo, isLivePlayer, isVideoReplayClicked, mutePlayerEnabled);CNN.VideoPlayer.setFirstVideoInCollection(currentVideoCollection, configObj.markupId);videoEndSlateImpl = new CNN.VideoEndSlate(‘body-text_20’);function findNextVideo(currentVideoId) var i,vidObj;if (currentVideoId && jQuery.isArray(currentVideoCollection) && currentVideoCollection.length > 0) for (i = 0; i 0) videoEndSlateImpl.showEndSlateForContainer();if (mobilePinnedView) mobilePinnedView.disable();callbackObj = {onPlayerReady: function (containerId) {var playerInstance,containerClassId = ‘#’ + containerId;CNN.VideoPlayer.handleInitialExpandableVideoState(containerId);CNN.VideoPlayer.handleAdOnCVPVisibilityChange(containerId, CNN.pageVis.isDocumentVisible());if (CNN.Features.enableMobileWebFloatingPlayer &&Modernizr &&(Modernizr.phone || Modernizr.mobile || Modernizr.tablet) &&CNN.VideoPlayer.getLibraryName(containerId) === ‘fave’ &&jQuery(containerClassId).parents(‘.js-pg-rail-tall__head’).length > 0 &&CNN.contentModel.pageType === ‘article’) ;CNN.Videx.mobile.pinnedPlayer = mobilePinnedView;if (Modernizr && !Modernizr.phone && !Modernizr.mobile && !Modernizr.tablet) if (jQuery(containerClassId).parents(‘.js-pg-rail-tall__head’).length) videoPinner = new CNN.VideoPinner(containerClassId);videoPinner.init(); else CNN.VideoPlayer.hideThumbnail(containerId);},onContentEntryLoad: function(containerId, playerId, contentid, isQueue) CNN.VideoPlayer.showSpinner(containerId);,onContentPause: function (containerId, playerId, videoId, paused) if (mobilePinnedView) CNN.VideoPlayer.handleMobilePinnedPlayerStates(containerId, paused);,onContentMetadata: function (containerId, playerId, metadata, contentId, duration, width, height) var endSlateLen = jQuery(document.getElementById(containerId)).parent().find(‘.js-video__end-slate’).eq(0).length;CNN.VideoSourceUtils.updateSource(containerId, metadata);if (endSlateLen > 0) videoEndSlateImpl.fetchAndShowRecommendedVideos(metadata);,onAdPlay: function (containerId, cvpId, token, mode, id, duration, blockId, adType) /* Dismissing the pinnedPlayer if another video players plays an Ad */CNN.VideoPlayer.dismissMobilePinnedPlayer(containerId);clearTimeout(moveToNextTimeout);CNN.VideoPlayer.hideSpinner(containerId);if (Modernizr && !Modernizr.phone && !Modernizr.mobile && !Modernizr.tablet) if (typeof videoPinner !== ‘undefined’ && videoPinner !== null) videoPinner.setIsPlaying(true);videoPinner.animateDown();,onAdPause: function (containerId, playerId, token, mode, id, duration, blockId, adType, instance, isAdPause) if (mobilePinnedView) CNN.VideoPlayer.handleMobilePinnedPlayerStates(containerId, isAdPause);,onTrackingFullscreen: function (containerId, PlayerId, dataObj) CNN.VideoPlayer.handleFullscreenChange(containerId, dataObj);if (mobilePinnedView &&typeof dataObj === ‘object’ &&FAVE.Utils.os === ‘iOS’ && !dataObj.fullscreen) jQuery(document).scrollTop(mobilePinnedView.getScrollPosition());playerInstance.hideUI();,onContentPlay: function (containerId, cvpId, event) var playerInstance,prevVideoId;if (CNN.companion && typeof CNN.companion.updateCompanionLayout === ‘function’) CNN.companion.updateCompanionLayout(‘restoreEpicAds’);clearTimeout(moveToNextTimeout);CNN.VideoPlayer.hideSpinner(containerId);if (Modernizr && !Modernizr.phone && !Modernizr.mobile && !Modernizr.tablet) if (typeof videoPinner !== ‘undefined’ && videoPinner !== null) videoPinner.setIsPlaying(true);videoPinner.animateDown();,onContentReplayRequest: function (containerId, cvpId, contentId) if (Modernizr && !Modernizr.phone && !Modernizr.mobile && !Modernizr.tablet) if (typeof videoPinner !== ‘undefined’ && videoPinner !== null) videoPinner.setIsPlaying(true);var $endSlate = jQuery(document.getElementById(containerId)).parent().find(‘.js-video__end-slate’).eq(0);if ($endSlate.length > 0) $endSlate.removeClass(‘video__end-slate–active’).addClass(‘video__end-slate–inactive’);,onContentBegin: function (containerId, cvpId, contentId) if (mobilePinnedView) mobilePinnedView.enable();/* Dismissing the pinnedPlayer if another video players plays a video. */CNN.VideoPlayer.dismissMobilePinnedPlayer(containerId);CNN.VideoPlayer.mutePlayer(containerId);if (CNN.companion && typeof CNN.companion.updateCompanionLayout === ‘function’) CNN.companion.updateCompanionLayout(‘removeEpicAds’);CNN.VideoPlayer.hideSpinner(containerId);clearTimeout(moveToNextTimeout);CNN.VideoSourceUtils.clearSource(containerId);jQuery(document).triggerVideoContentStarted();,onContentComplete: function (containerId, cvpId, contentId) if (CNN.companion && typeof CNN.companion.updateCompanionLayout === ‘function’) CNN.companion.updateCompanionLayout(‘restoreFreewheel’);navigateToNextVideo(contentId, containerId);,onContentEnd: function (containerId, cvpId, contentId) if (Modernizr && !Modernizr.phone && !Modernizr.mobile && !Modernizr.tablet) if (typeof videoPinner !== ‘undefined’ && videoPinner !== null) videoPinner.setIsPlaying(false);,onCVPVisibilityChange: function (containerId, cvpId, visible) CNN.VideoPlayer.handleAdOnCVPVisibilityChange(containerId, visible);};if (typeof configObj.context !== ‘string’ || configObj.context.length 0) configObj.adsection = window.ssid;CNN.autoPlayVideoExist = (CNN.autoPlayVideoExist === true) ? true : false;CNN.VideoPlayer.getLibrary(configObj, callbackObj, isLivePlayer);});CNN.INJECTOR.scriptComplete(‘videodemanddust’);

4. Brexit

The dreaded no-deal Brexit is staring the UK right in the face — and a government report leaked to a newspaper predicts it will be as disastrous as everyone fears. The report, printed in The Sunday Times, says the UK will face food, fuel and medicine shortages if it leaves the European Union without a trade deal. It added that the public and businesses were unprepared for a no-deal Brexit. A British official responsible for planning for a no-deal Brexit said the report represents the “worst-case scenario.” The UK is due to leave the EU on October 31.’);$vidEndSlate.removeClass(‘video__end-slate–inactive’).addClass(‘video__end-slate–active’);}};CNN.autoPlayVideoExist = (CNN.autoPlayVideoExist === true) ? true : false;var configObj = thumb: ‘none’,video: ‘tv/2019/08/16/exp-gps-0818-luce-on-brexit.cnn’,width: ‘100%’,height: ‘100%’,section: ‘domestic’,profile: ‘expansion’,network: ‘cnn’,markupId: ‘body-text_24’,theoplayer: allowNativeFullscreen: true,adsection: ‘cnn.com_us_5thingstoknow_inpage’,frameWidth: ‘100%’,frameHeight: ‘100%’,posterImageOverride: “mini”:”width”:220,”type”:”jpg”,”uri”:”//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/190816183647-exp-gps-0818-luce-on-brexit-00002001-small-169.jpg”,”height”:124,”xsmall”:”width”:307,”type”:”jpg”,”uri”:”//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/190816183647-exp-gps-0818-luce-on-brexit-00002001-medium-plus-169.jpg”,”height”:173,”small”:”width”:460,”type”:”jpg”,”uri”:”//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/190816183647-exp-gps-0818-luce-on-brexit-00002001-large-169.jpg”,”height”:259,”medium”:”width”:780,”type”:”jpg”,”uri”:”//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/190816183647-exp-gps-0818-luce-on-brexit-00002001-exlarge-169.jpg”,”height”:438,”large”:”width”:1100,”type”:”jpg”,”uri”:”//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/190816183647-exp-gps-0818-luce-on-brexit-00002001-super-169.jpg”,”height”:619,”full16x9″:”width”:1600,”type”:”jpg”,”uri”:”//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/190816183647-exp-gps-0818-luce-on-brexit-00002001-full-169.jpg”,”height”:900,”mini1x1″:”width”:120,”type”:”jpg”,”uri”:”//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/190816183647-exp-gps-0818-luce-on-brexit-00002001-small-11.jpg”,”height”:120,autoStartVideo = false,isVideoReplayClicked = false,callbackObj,containerEl,currentVideoCollection = [],currentVideoCollectionId = ”,isLivePlayer = false,mediaMetadataCallbacks,mobilePinnedView = null,moveToNextTimeout,mutePlayerEnabled = false,nextVideoId = ”,nextVideoUrl = ”,turnOnFlashMessaging = false,videoPinner,videoEndSlateImpl;if (CNN.autoPlayVideoExist === false) autoStartVideo = false;if (autoStartVideo === true) if (turnOnFlashMessaging === true) autoStartVideo = false;containerEl = jQuery(document.getElementById(configObj.markupId));CNN.VideoPlayer.showFlashSlate(containerEl); 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5. Climate crisis

It’s been a hot summer in Alaska. So hot that it’s killing large numbers of salmon. One scientist told CNN that she and a group of colleagues on an expedition along the Koyukuk River counted 850 dead salmon, although they estimated the total was likely four to 10 times larger. None of the fish showed signs of lesions, parasites and infections, so the scientists concluded the die-off is connected with the heat wave.’);$vidEndSlate.removeClass(‘video__end-slate–inactive’).addClass(‘video__end-slate–active’);}};CNN.autoPlayVideoExist = (CNN.autoPlayVideoExist === true) ? true : false;var configObj = thumb: ‘none’,video: ‘us/2019/08/17/water-alaska-salmon-hot-sot-chinchar-ndwknd-vpx.cnn’,width: ‘100%’,height: ‘100%’,section: ‘domestic’,profile: ‘expansion’,network: ‘cnn’,markupId: ‘body-text_28’,theoplayer: allowNativeFullscreen: true,adsection: ‘cnn.com_us_5thingstoknow_inpage’,frameWidth: ‘100%’,frameHeight: ‘100%’,posterImageOverride: “mini”:”width”:220,”type”:”jpg”,”uri”:”//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/190816214322-03-alaska-salmon-heat-deaths-small-169.jpeg”,”height”:124,”xsmall”:”width”:307,”type”:”jpg”,”uri”:”//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/190816214322-03-alaska-salmon-heat-deaths-medium-plus-169.jpeg”,”height”:173,”small”:”width”:460,”type”:”jpg”,”uri”:”//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/190816214322-03-alaska-salmon-heat-deaths-large-169.jpeg”,”height”:259,”medium”:”width”:780,”type”:”jpg”,”uri”:”//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/190816214322-03-alaska-salmon-heat-deaths-exlarge-169.jpeg”,”height”:438,”large”:”width”:1100,”type”:”jpg”,”uri”:”//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/190816214322-03-alaska-salmon-heat-deaths-super-169.jpeg”,”height”:619,”full16x9″:”width”:1600,”type”:”jpg”,”uri”:”//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/190816214322-03-alaska-salmon-heat-deaths-full-169.jpeg”,”height”:900,”mini1x1″:”width”:120,”type”:”jpg”,”uri”:”//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/190816214322-03-alaska-salmon-heat-deaths-small-11.jpeg”,”height”:120,autoStartVideo = false,isVideoReplayClicked = false,callbackObj,containerEl,currentVideoCollection = [],currentVideoCollectionId = ”,isLivePlayer = false,mediaMetadataCallbacks,mobilePinnedView = null,moveToNextTimeout,mutePlayerEnabled = false,nextVideoId = ”,nextVideoUrl = ”,turnOnFlashMessaging = false,videoPinner,videoEndSlateImpl;if (CNN.autoPlayVideoExist === false) autoStartVideo = false;if (autoStartVideo === true) if (turnOnFlashMessaging === true) autoStartVideo = false;containerEl = jQuery(document.getElementById(configObj.markupId));CNN.VideoPlayer.showFlashSlate(containerEl); 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Fast and furious

If you want to roll through the streets of San Francisco like Steve McQueen, now’s your chance. The 1968 Ford Mustang GT he drove in “Bullitt” is going up for auction.’);$vidEndSlate.removeClass(‘video__end-slate–inactive’).addClass(‘video__end-slate–active’);}};CNN.autoPlayVideoExist = (CNN.autoPlayVideoExist === true) ? true : false;var configObj = thumb: ‘none’,video: ‘entertainment/2019/07/31/the-movies-1960s-bullitt-ron-2.cnn’,width: ‘100%’,height: ‘100%’,section: ‘domestic’,profile: ‘expansion’,network: ‘cnn’,markupId: ‘body-text_35’,theoplayer: allowNativeFullscreen: true,adsection: ‘cnn.com_us_5thingstoknow_inpage’,frameWidth: ‘100%’,frameHeight: ‘100%’,posterImageOverride: “mini”:”width”:220,”type”:”jpg”,”uri”:”//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/190801100955-the-movies-1960s-bullitt-ron-2-00004006-small-169.jpg”,”height”:124,”xsmall”:”width”:307,”type”:”jpg”,”uri”:”//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/190801100955-the-movies-1960s-bullitt-ron-2-00004006-medium-plus-169.jpg”,”height”:173,”small”:”width”:460,”type”:”jpg”,”uri”:”//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/190801100955-the-movies-1960s-bullitt-ron-2-00004006-large-169.jpg”,”height”:259,”medium”:”width”:780,”type”:”jpg”,”uri”:”//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/190801100955-the-movies-1960s-bullitt-ron-2-00004006-exlarge-169.jpg”,”height”:438,”large”:”width”:1100,”type”:”jpg”,”uri”:”//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/190801100955-the-movies-1960s-bullitt-ron-2-00004006-super-169.jpg”,”height”:619,”full16x9″:”width”:1600,”type”:”jpg”,”uri”:”//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/190801100955-the-movies-1960s-bullitt-ron-2-00004006-full-169.jpg”,”height”:900,”mini1x1″:”width”:120,”type”:”jpg”,”uri”:”//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/190801100955-the-movies-1960s-bullitt-ron-2-00004006-small-11.jpg”,”height”:120,autoStartVideo = false,isVideoReplayClicked = false,callbackObj,containerEl,currentVideoCollection = [],currentVideoCollectionId = ”,isLivePlayer = false,mediaMetadataCallbacks,mobilePinnedView = null,moveToNextTimeout,mutePlayerEnabled = false,nextVideoId = ”,nextVideoUrl = ”,turnOnFlashMessaging = false,videoPinner,videoEndSlateImpl;if (CNN.autoPlayVideoExist === false) autoStartVideo = false;if (autoStartVideo === true) if (turnOnFlashMessaging === true) autoStartVideo = false;containerEl = jQuery(document.getElementById(configObj.markupId));CNN.VideoPlayer.showFlashSlate(containerEl); 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The big chop

He grew his hair out for 15 years. But he cut it all off so he could enlist in the Army and serve his country.

‘Hotel of Doom’

Want to visit the world’s tallest unoccupied building? You’ll need to go to North Korea to look inside the Ryugyong Hotel.

Later, gator

Alligators swimming across roads and climbing fences? Maybe humanity should just leave the Sunshine State to those bad boys.’);$vidEndSlate.removeClass(‘video__end-slate–inactive’).addClass(‘video__end-slate–active’);}};CNN.autoPlayVideoExist = (CNN.autoPlayVideoExist === true) ? true : false;var configObj = thumb: ‘none’,video: ‘us/2019/07/28/alligator-found-in-florida-family-swimming-pool-nr-vpx.cnn’,width: ‘100%’,height: ‘100%’,section: ‘domestic’,profile: ‘expansion’,network: ‘cnn’,markupId: ‘body-text_48’,theoplayer: allowNativeFullscreen: true,adsection: ‘cnn.com_us_5thingstoknow_inpage’,frameWidth: ‘100%’,frameHeight: ‘100%’,posterImageOverride: “mini”:”width”:220,”type”:”jpg”,”uri”:”//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/190727144233-02-gator-in-florida-pool-small-169.jpg”,”height”:124,”xsmall”:”width”:307,”type”:”jpg”,”uri”:”//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/190727144233-02-gator-in-florida-pool-medium-plus-169.jpg”,”height”:173,”small”:”width”:460,”type”:”jpg”,”uri”:”//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/190727144233-02-gator-in-florida-pool-large-169.jpg”,”height”:259,”medium”:”width”:780,”type”:”jpg”,”uri”:”//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/190727144233-02-gator-in-florida-pool-exlarge-169.jpg”,”height”:438,”large”:”width”:1100,”type”:”jpg”,”uri”:”//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/190727144233-02-gator-in-florida-pool-super-169.jpg”,”height”:619,”full16x9″:”width”:1600,”type”:”jpg”,”uri”:”//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/190727144233-02-gator-in-florida-pool-full-169.jpg”,”height”:900,”mini1x1″:”width”:120,”type”:”jpg”,”uri”:”//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/190727144233-02-gator-in-florida-pool-small-11.jpg”,”height”:120,autoStartVideo = false,isVideoReplayClicked = false,callbackObj,containerEl,currentVideoCollection = [],currentVideoCollectionId = ”,isLivePlayer = false,mediaMetadataCallbacks,mobilePinnedView = null,moveToNextTimeout,mutePlayerEnabled = false,nextVideoId = ”,nextVideoUrl = ”,turnOnFlashMessaging = false,videoPinner,videoEndSlateImpl;if (CNN.autoPlayVideoExist === false) autoStartVideo = false;if (autoStartVideo === true) if (turnOnFlashMessaging === true) autoStartVideo = false;containerEl = jQuery(document.getElementById(configObj.markupId));CNN.VideoPlayer.showFlashSlate(containerEl); 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It’s a delicacy

If you happen to be in Cape Town, South Africa you can check out the pop-up restaurant that focuses on insect cuisine. 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HAPPENING LATER

Trial begins

The “Stand Your Ground” manslaughter trial, in a case involving a shooting that happened after a dispute over a handicap parking spot, starts today in Florida.’);$vidEndSlate.removeClass(‘video__end-slate–inactive’).addClass(‘video__end-slate–active’);}};CNN.autoPlayVideoExist = (CNN.autoPlayVideoExist === true) ? true : false;var configObj = thumb: ‘none’,video: ‘us/2018/08/13/stand-your-ground-florida-shooting-charges-sot-vpx.cnn’,width: ‘100%’,height: ‘100%’,section: ‘domestic’,profile: ‘expansion’,network: ‘cnn’,markupId: ‘body-text_57’,theoplayer: allowNativeFullscreen: true,adsection: ‘cnn.com_us_5thingstoknow_inpage’,frameWidth: ‘100%’,frameHeight: ‘100%’,posterImageOverride: “mini”:”width”:220,”type”:”jpg”,”uri”:”//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/180813154645-stand-your-ground-florida-shooting-charges-sot-vpx-00011718-small-169.jpg”,”height”:124,”xsmall”:”width”:307,”type”:”jpg”,”uri”:”//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/180813154645-stand-your-ground-florida-shooting-charges-sot-vpx-00011718-medium-plus-169.jpg”,”height”:173,”small”:”width”:460,”type”:”jpg”,”uri”:”//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/180813154645-stand-your-ground-florida-shooting-charges-sot-vpx-00011718-large-169.jpg”,”height”:259,”medium”:”width”:780,”type”:”jpg”,”uri”:”//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/180813154645-stand-your-ground-florida-shooting-charges-sot-vpx-00011718-exlarge-169.jpg”,”height”:438,”large”:”width”:1100,”type”:”jpg”,”uri”:”//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/180813154645-stand-your-ground-florida-shooting-charges-sot-vpx-00011718-super-169.jpg”,”height”:619,”full16x9″:”width”:1600,”type”:”jpg”,”uri”:”//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/180813154645-stand-your-ground-florida-shooting-charges-sot-vpx-00011718-full-169.jpg”,”height”:900,”mini1x1″:”width”:120,”type”:”jpg”,”uri”:”//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/180813154645-stand-your-ground-florida-shooting-charges-sot-vpx-00011718-small-11.jpg”,”height”:120,autoStartVideo = false,isVideoReplayClicked = false,callbackObj,containerEl,currentVideoCollection = [],currentVideoCollectionId = ”,isLivePlayer = false,mediaMetadataCallbacks,mobilePinnedView = null,moveToNextTimeout,mutePlayerEnabled = false,nextVideoId = ”,nextVideoUrl = ”,turnOnFlashMessaging = false,videoPinner,videoEndSlateImpl;if (CNN.autoPlayVideoExist === false) autoStartVideo = false;if (autoStartVideo === true) if (turnOnFlashMessaging === true) autoStartVideo = false;containerEl = jQuery(document.getElementById(configObj.markupId));CNN.VideoPlayer.showFlashSlate(containerEl); 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NUMBER OF THE DAY

22

The number of hearses used to deliver thousands of flower arrangements to the makeshift memorial at the El Paso Walmart. Twenty-two people were killed there in a mass shooting earlier this month.

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“Greenland is not for sale. Greenland is not Danish. Greenland belongs to Greenland.”
Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen, reacting to President Trump’s interest in buying the autonomous Danish territory.

TODAY’S WEATHER

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AND FINALLY …

Ice, ice baby

Meet the Brazilian artist who makes monuments that melt away. (Click to view)



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Man who lost job, girlfriend threatens mass shooting of ‘good 100 kills’


A Florida man who recently lost his job and got dumped by his girlfriend threatened to carry out a mass shooting over the weekend — telling his ex that “a good 100 kills would be nice,” according to cops.

“I wanna open fire on a large crowd of people from over 3 miles away,” said Tristan Scott Wix, 25, in an alleged text message to his ex.

“I’d wanna break a world record for longest confirmed kill ever,” the young man added, according to police. “I need a spotter.”

Wix, a resident of Daytona Beach, was arrested Friday in Volusia County and charged with making threats to commit a mass shooting. The local sheriff’s office revealed his text messages in a press release.

“A school is a weak target,” Wix allegedly said. “Id be more likely to open fire on a large crowd of people…I already have a location (laughing cry face emoji) is that bad?”

At one point, cops said he flat-out acknowledged that he could be arrested for his words.

“Ah well even if you told someone, me saying I wanna do it and think about it is not the same as actually doing it lol,” wrote Wix. “Was kinda hoping someone would come into my life worth not doing it for, for the sake of all those people (laughing cry face emoji). I’m not crazy I just wanna die and I wanna have fun doing it, but I’m the most patient person in the world.”

Wix’s ex showed the messages to deputies and he was later tracked to a local Winn-Dixie, where he was taken into custody without incident.

Wix initially told detectives he didn’t own any firearms “but is fascinated with mass shootings.”

“When you look at this kid’s background, he is the profile of a shooter,” Volusia County Sheriff Michael Chitwood told CNN. “He lost his job, he lost his girlfriend, he’s depressed, he’s got the ammunition and he wants to become known for being the most prolific killer in American history.”

Despite his claims, authorities reportedly recovered a .22 caliber hunting rifle and 400 rounds of ammunition at Wix’s apartment while executing a search warrant. He was being held Sunday without bond.

Wix’s arrest comes just weeks after the deadly mass shootings in Dayton, Ohio, and El Paso, Texas. A number of people have threatened to carry out similar rampages — with “copycats” popping up throughout the United States.

FBI officials recently told a congressional hearing that the bureau was reportedly investigating nearly 850 people as possible domestic terrorists. A Reuters/Ipsos poll released earlier this month found that nearly half of Americans believe the chances of another mass shooting happening in the next three months was “highly likely.”



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