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19 children, 2 teachers killed in Texas school shooting

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A shooting at an elementary school in Uvalde Texas has left at least 19 students and two teachers dead

A gun-wielding suspect barricaded himself on campus.

Gov. Greg Abbott said an 18-year-old man opened fire at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, about 85 miles west of San Antonio.

Fourth grade teacher, Eva Mireles has been named as one of the victims.

She was a mother and wife who worked in the school district for 17 years.

None of the children have been identified as of yet.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott says the suspect Salvado Ramos, an 18-year-old, abandoned his vehicle at around noon on Tuesday before barricading himself in the school.

It was the deadliest school shooting in Texas history.

President Biden addressed the nation about the school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, urging for action.

“It’s time to act,” he says. “We can do so much more, we have to do more.”

“The idea that an 18-year-old kid can walk into a store and buy two assault weapons is just wrong.

“These kinds of mass shootings rarely happen anywhere else in the world.”

The deadly shooting began 11:43 a.m. Tuesday at Robb Elementary off Old Carrizo Road near U.S. Highway 83. Robb Elementary has an enrolment of just under 600 students.

Uvalde’s Mayor has not confirmed casualties but told ABC news in a text “this is a very bad situation.”

He says the office is trying to contact parents before releasing any information.

Via social media, Uvalde Police Department made a statement.

“Parents are asked to pick up students at the regular dismissal times at the child’s campus. There will be no bus transportation.Officers will be on site to escort students to the parents cars.Parents please be patient as lines will be long.”

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Two people are confirmed to have arrived at University Hospital in critical condition, a 66-year-old woman and 10-year-old girl. Both are listed in critical condition.

San Antonio Police said they are sending SWAT, Eagle chopper and Crime Scene Investigators (CSI) to the active shooter situation.

South Texas Blood & Tissue confirmed they sent out 15 units of low O whole blood to Uvalde.

National Rifle Association to meet this weekend

Former President Donald Trump, Republican Senator Ted Cruz and Texas Governor Greg Abbott will be in attendance at the NRA’s annual meeting in Houston, Texas.

No democrats will be at the meeting and will only be open to NRA members.

Meanwhile, social media is flooded with messages of support

It comes after a racially charged mass shooting happened just last week in a Buffalo, New York grocery store, killing 10 black people.

This is a developing story – watch LIVE for latest updates

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Big tech caught in political drama

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Nine Google employees were escorted out of company offices in New York and Sunnyvale, California, following a sit-in protest against a cloud contract with Israel’s government.

The protest in Sunnyvale targeted Thomas Kurian’s office, CEO of Google’s cloud division, while in New York, it occupied a common area on the tenth floor.

Videos showed Google security staff and local police involved in the removal. Four workers in New York and five in Sunnyvale were reportedly detained, but details of any charges remain unverified.

 

The protest aimed to pressure Google to drop a $1.2 billion cloud computing contract known as Project Nimbus, citing concerns about its involvement with the Israel Defense Forces.

The protesters included software engineers and activists from groups opposing tech contracts with Israel. This incident reflects ongoing activism within tech companies regarding political issues, such as Israel’s actions in Gaza.

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Antitrust concerns arise for streaming sports venture

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U.S. lawmakers Jerry Nadler and Joaquin Castro expressed competition concerns regarding the planned sports streaming joint venture involving Walt Disney, Fox, and Warner Bros Discovery.

They addressed these concerns in a letter to the CEOs of the media companies, questioning the impact on access, competition, and choice in the sports streaming market.

Voicing apprehension about potential consumer price hikes and unfair licensing terms for sports leagues and distributors, they requested responses by April 30, urging the companies to also send their replies to the Department of Justice.

Despite the companies’ announcement in February of launching a joint sports streaming service in the autumn to attract younger viewers, the deal faces DOJ scrutiny and an antitrust lawsuit from FuboTV. While Disney and Warner Bros remained silent on the matter, Fox declined to comment.

The joint venture encompasses a broad range of professional and collegiate sports rights, including NFL, NBA, MLB, FIFA World Cup, and college competitions, offering non-exclusive access to sports networks such as ESPN, Fox Sports 1, and TNT via a new streaming app.

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Trump trial: will the jury selection impact the trial’s outcome?

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The Trump hush money trial has progressed with the selection of the first seven jurors, marking a significant step in the legal proceedings.

  • Seven jurors were selected

  • Defense and prosecution lawyers questioned potential jurors for impartiality

  • The judge warned lawyers he would not tolerate disruptions after he said Former US President Donald Trump audibly muttered during a prospective juror’s questioning

The selection of jurors is a crucial step in ensuring a fair trial, as they will ultimately decide Formers US President Donald Trump’s fate in this legal battle, as reported by Reuters.

The process of jury selection involves careful vetting of potential jurors to ensure impartiality and fairness.

Each juror’s background, beliefs, and potential biases are scrutinised to ensure they can render an impartial verdict based solely on the evidence presented in court.

With seven jurors already chosen, the selection process is expected to continue as both the prosecution and defence seek individuals who can objectively weigh the evidence.

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