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At Least 13 People Killed in a Shooting in Thousand Oaks, CA

An aerial view of police in Thousand Oaks, CA. (image: video ABC 7)

Sometime before midnight local time, a gunman opened fire in the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks, CA just 40 miles west of LA. The bar was having “college night,” a popular event for local college students including students from Pepperdine University, when the gunman entered, killing at least 13 people including a sheriff’s sergeant and himself. Bar patrons used bar stools to smash windows and help over 35 people escape. Police are still unsure of the motivations behind the shooting. Stay tuned for updates as this is a developing story.


In election news:


In politics…

Attorney General Jeff Sessions Forced Out

Attorney General Jeff Session’s resigned Wednesday at the request of the president, ending the dramatic tenure of the Trump loyalist. Session’s relationship with the president was ruined when he recused himself from control of the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. A Justice Department official has said that Matthew G. Whitaker, Sessions’ chief of staff, will replace Sessions and oversee the special council probe into the 2016 presidential interference by the Russians.


In sports…

Bryce Harper Rejects Biggest Free Agent Contract

Bryce Harper has rejected the biggest free agent contract from the Washington Nationals for $300 million over 10 years. Therefore, Harper will likely be leaving the team but it’s still unclear where he’ll go.


In mental health…

Adolescent Mental Health Issues are on the Rise and Gun Violence is to Blame

In a shift from past mental health concerns, 75% of Gen Z teens now say that mass shootings are a “significant source of stress.” Read more in Alex Mauriello’s analysis for CMN.


In religion…

The Catholic Church in Guam Files for Bankruptcy Amid Abuse Lawsuits

The Catholic Church in Guam has not been immune to the barrage of child sexual abuse allegations. Therefore, the Church will file for bankruptcy, avoiding trial for the dozens of victims, and moving immediately toward settlements.


In national news…

The Girl Scouts Are Suing the Boy Scouts

The Girl Scouts of the United States of America are suing the Boy Scouts of America over a name change. The BSA announced eariler this week that they would be dropping the “boy” from their name in an effort to attract more female scouts. The GSUSA then filed a trademark infringement lawsuit saying that this name change would “cause confusion among the public, damage the goodwill of GSUSA’s Girl Scouts trademarks, and erode its core brand identity,” while also marginalizing the movement.


Trending today…

The Spice Girls Are Going on Tour Sans Posh

But don’t worry, Jack Whitehall has a solution.


Last but not least…

“YouTube Chef” Makes Cooking Easy As Pie

Feel like you don’t have the time and energy to teach yourself a new recipe out of a cookbook? Then YouTube cooking may be the solution for you. Check out one of Lindsay Wigo’s favorite channels, Nosh with Tash, in her article for CMN.


Thursday’s Morning Scoop was made possible by Courtney GoodDuane Paul MurphyNatalia KolenkoAlex MaurielloLindsay Wigo and the CMN Staff. CoverGirl is going “cruelty free” — making them the largest makeup company ever to stop animal testing. Yes, please!

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Grace Cooper is a recent graduate of the University of Pittsburgh where she studied Nonfiction Writing and Psychology. When she's not obsessively reading or writing about the news, you can probably find her eating too much pizza and watching When Harry Met Sally for the hundredth time.

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