News Update for Wednesday, October 03

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Deadliest Mass Shooting in U.S. History

Source: The New York Times

The death toll has grown to 59, with more than 520 hurt, in the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. This video shows moments  of when it became clear that thousands of people at a country music festival in Las Vegas were under attack. The gunman has been identified as Stephen Paddock, 64, and the police found at least 20 rifles in his hotel room, including AR-15 assault rifles.  Although the Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the shooting, the FBI has stated it doesn’t believe the attack was related to international terrorism.

 

Uber in London

Source: The New York Times

Uber lost its London license last month, shocking the British capital and raising questions on race and immigration. Would they have banned Uber if its drivers had been white and English? Most of the company’s 40,000 drivers are nonwhite, and many of them are immigrants, and this has sharpened racial divisions in the working class. Uber has appealed the decision and their chief executive is arriving today to try and work things out.

 

GM and Ford Expand Electric Models

Source: The New York Times

General Motors, America’s largest car manufacturer, announced plans for 20 new all-electric models by 2023. Ford also stated they would add 13 electrified models over the next several years. This reflects a worldwide trend to embrace electric vehicles, after Tesla proved their potential.  China has said they will eventually ban gasoline-powered cars.

 

Meanwhile, in Brazil …

Source: Globo

Meanwhile, in Brazil, it’s the “same old same old,” as Temer faces a marathon of 42 meetings with congressmen to try and stop the second indictment against him, and the Senate votes on whether Aécio should be forced to step down.

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