Daily Brief 10/2/2017: Horror in Las Vegas, Missing U.S. Navy Pilots, and a Drone Strike in Syria


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U.S. News:

Deadly Shooting in Las Vegas leaves over 50 Dead, Worst in U.S. History-

At least 50 people were killed in Sunday’s horrific shooting, making it the deadliest mass-shooting incident in America’s history.

64-year old Stephan Paddock is the man authorities have said opened fire from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel in Las Vegas, during the Route 91 Country Music Festival.

Authorities have said that the shooting is not related to global terror groups, and have executed a search warrant of the gunman’s home that has yielded a “substantial number” of firearms.

Paddock’s roommate, Marilou Danley, has been taken into custody for questioning, although as of Monday morning, she was not a suspect in the shooting.

Law enforcement officials expect the death toll to rise and updates are still actively being released by authorities.

2 U.S. Pilots Missing, Condition Unknown Navy Confirms- 

The U.S. Navy has announced that it is currently investigating the disappearance of 2 Navy pilots that have gone missing during a training flight over the Cherokee National Forest in Tennessee.

The 2 pilots, one Navy instructor and one flight student, are based out of Meridin, Mississippi are part of the Navy’s Training Air Wing ONE, and failed to return to their air station after their scheduled training Sunday evening.

“At this time, we know that the wing had a T-45C Goshawk training in the vicinity of Tellico Plains that has not yet returned to the air station.” A statement released by the Navy said of the incident.

Multiple federal agencies are investigation the cause of the disappearance, with the Navy listing the two pilots as “missing.”

The news comes just days after the Navy announced new policies to help cut down on sea-based accidents due to an “severe strain” on man and equipment in the service due to the budget cuts over the past 8 years.

Dallas School Board Renames Four Elementary Schools Over Confederate Names-

The Dallas Independent School District has voted 9-0 on a proposal to rename four of the district’s elementary schools over the current names having been given to the schools as a way to honor Confederate historical figures.

The Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson, William L. Cabell and Albert Sidney Johnston schools will all have new names starting in the 2018 school year according to the vote.

World News:

U.S Admiral Re-Affirms “Ironclad” Commitment to U.S. Allies in Pacific-

 U.S. Rear Admiral, Marc Dalton, has told reporters that the U.S. “stands ready” to defend all U.S. interests and allies in the region while tensions between the U.S. and North Korea continue to escalate.

Admiral Dalton, who commands the USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier strike group, told reporters on Monday that his ships were ready to take action to defend South Korea and Japan in the event that North Korea makes good on threats it has made to “destroy the imperialist U.S.” and its allies in a “sea of nuclear fire.”

The USS Ronald Reagan strike group has just initiated joint-naval exercises with the South Korean Navy set to last all this week.

8 Hezbollah Militants Killed in Drone Strike-

A drone strike in Syria that targeted a position held by the Iranian-backed Hezbollah militant group has killed 8 of that group’s fighters.

According to the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights first reported the news on Monday and said that the drone was of “unknown military affiliation.”

A spokesperson for the Hezbollah militant group confirmed the strike took place, but would not confirm how many were killed as a result.

Terror Suspect in Latest Attack in Canada Had Claimed ‘Refugee’ Status-

The 34-year suspect in Sunday’s terror attack in Edmonton, Canada had originally claimed refugee status when he traveled to Canada from Somalia according to Canadian officials.

The man, who is the suspect in an extremist-related attack that left one Canadian police officer stabbed and numerous people hurt after the suspect later drove a rented U-Haul truck into a crowd of people, attempted to travel to Canada as a part of the country’s program to take in ‘refugees’ seeking refuge from parts of war-torn Middle East and Africa.

Law enforcement officials have said that immediately following the attacks, a search of the suspect’s car revealed various ISIS related materials including an ISIS flag.

Canadian authorities have not released the suspect’s full identity as of Monday morning.


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