October 2, 2017: What to Know 

  • Bingo Barnes
  • The Las Vegas Village and Festival Grounds was the scene of what is now the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history. By sunrise, at least 50 shooting victims had died and an additional 400-plus were injured. Country singer Jason Aldean was performing the final set of the evening Sunday night, part of a three-day country music event, when continuous bursts of automatic gunfire began raining down on the crowd. Police identified the shots as coming from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel, but by the time law enforcement entered the hotel room, the suspect, 64-year-old Stephen Paddock of Mesquite, Nevada, had killed himself. CNN reports police believe Paddock acted alone. The horror Sunday night surpassed similar violent incidents—including 49 people killed at an Orlando nightclub (June 2016); 32 people killed at Virginia Tech University (April 2007); 26 people, including 20 children, gunned down at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut (December 2012); 23 people shot and killed in Killeen, Texas (October 1991); 21 adults and children killed at a San Ysidro McDonald's (July 1984); and 16 people shot and killed at the University of Texas in Austin (August 1966)—to become the deadliest shooting in America to date.
  • Boise Police are investigating a fatal crash on Maple Grove Road Sunday night. Boise police were summoned to Maple Grove New Brookview Court at approximately 6:45 p.m. Sunday. Witnesses of the incident said a pickup truck, traveling south on Maple Grove, jumped the curb and struck a pedestrian on the sidewalk. The pedestrian died at the scene and police say the driver of the pickup is cooperating with the investigation. No charges had been filed as of this morning and no identities have been released. Anyone who may have witnessed the crash is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 343-COPS.

  • A referendum on independence took place Sunday in the region of Catalonia on the far eastern reach of the Iberian Peninsula in Spain. Officials claim the vote was unconstitutional, but the regional government of Catalonia said 90 percent of voters approved a measure for independence. The New York Times reports more than 750 people were injured as Spanish law enforcement forced its way into polling places. Pro-independence Catalonian representatives have said they plan to present the results of the referendum to Parliament this week in an effort to make the vote binding.

  • Three American scientists—Jeffrey Hall, Michael Rosbash and Michael Young—were awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine this morning. The three were honored for their discoveries on the biological clock. More precisely, they helped "explain how plants, animals and humans adapt their biological rhythm so that it is synchronized with the Earth's revolutions," according to the Nobel Prize committee.
  • Saturday Night Live returned to NBC for its 43rd season this past weekend, airing live in all continental U.S. time zones. It was the series' second-best season premiere since 2010. The Hollywood Reporter says approximately 7 million viewers tuned in for the premiere, which was hosted by Ryan Gosling. Upcoming hosts will include two stars of this past summer's biggest box office and critical successes, Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman) and Kumail Nanjiani (The Big Sick).

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