October 3, 2017: What to Know 

  • Bingo Barnes
  • Motive. That's the biggest question in the shadow of Sunday night's carnage in Las Vegas, where 64-year-old Stephen Paddock—who had no criminal record but also lacked full-time employment for the last three decades—shot and killed at least 59 people and left an additional 520-plus injured. The Washington Post reports that 23 firearms were found in Paddock's room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino.

    "I can't get into the mind of a psychopath," Las Vegas Sheriff Joseph Lombardo said Monday. 

    What is now known as the deadliest shooting in modern American history was the main topic of late night talk shows Monday evening. ABC's Jimmy Kimmel was in tears, speaking of the "terrible, inexplicable, shocking and painful tragedy" in his hometown of Las Vegas.

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    • Boise Fire Department
    Even though text alerts cautioned the public to steer clear of the scene, Boise State students flocked to the intersection of University Drive and Lincoln Avenue Monday night, hoping to catch a glimpse of a Boise Fire truck that was nearly swallowed by a sinkhole. The initial alert said a water main had broken near the Boise State Student Union Building and that potable water would be available inside the SUB. But at about 7 p.m., Ada County dispatch added that a fire department engine had slipped into a sinkhole. Traffic and university shuttles will continue to be diverted from the area Tuesday morning, and some parking lots will only be accessible from Cesar Chavez Lane. Meanwhile, the fire truck was towed from the scene and crews from Suez Water continue to work on the ruptured main.
  • President Trump will be tested in the next 48 hours on whether he's up to the task of acting as "comforter in chief." Today, he'll tour hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico, and on Wednesday, Oct. 4, he'll visit Las Vegas. The New York Times reports that this week will "pose the greatest test yet of whether a president who plays to America's divisions can also appeal to its sense of national unity."

  • Rainer Weiss of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Kip Thorne and Barry Barish of the California Institute of Technology were awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics this morning for their discovery of ripples in space-time, commonly known as gravitational waves.
  • Fans are mourning the passing of 66-year-old Tom Petty, who died in Los Angeles Monday night after suffering cardiac arrest. A series of erroneous reports Monday afternoon saying Petty had died hours earlier caused a number of high-profile artists to fill social media with tributes and a notices of a memorial to be scheduled on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. ABC News reports those claims were premature, and that Petty was still in a coma until 8:40 p.m. Pacific Time, when he was pronounced dead. CBS News and Variety amended their earlier stories, and CBS insisted that it had "reported information obtained officially from the LAPD." However,  an LAPD spokesman said the department "was not in a position to confirm information about the singer." ABC reports that the "unusual chain of events led some to quip online that Petty went out in true rock star fashion—by dying twice in one day."

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