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Huu Can Tran identified as Monterey Park shooter



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Monterey Park shooter, Huu Can Tran, found dead by police

The hunt for a gunman who killed 10 people and injured at least 10 more has ended. Police found 72-year-old Huu Can Tran dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound in a white van.

Los Angeles County Sheriff Robert Luna identified the individual and said no other suspects were at large.

“Officers retreated and requested several tactical teams to respond,” Sheriff Luna said.

“Two armoured vehicles responded and were able to restrict the van’s movement.

“At 12:52pm (local time) they approached the vehicle and determined the suspect sustained a self-inflicted wound and was pronounced dead at the scene.”

It’s believed all of the victims are over the age of 50. Seven of those wounded in the attack remain in hospital.

Authorities say Huu Can Tran was carrying a semi-automatic pistol with an extended magazine, and a second handgun.

Local Congresswoman Judy Chu said she still has questions about the attack: “What was the motive for this shooter? Did he have a mental illness? Was he a domestic violence abuser? How did he gets these guns and was it through legal means or not?”

“What I want to do here is to say to the community: feel safe,” Ms Chu added.

“You are no longer in danger because this shooter is gone.”

The incident has been felt in Asian American communities right across the United States. Many cities sent extra officers to watch over celebrations.

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Texas man breaks ice off trampoline net



Texas cold snap sees temperatures plummet

How’s this for cold?

Twitter user Brett Hillier has shared a video from his property in Texas, showing ice on the net of his trampoline cracking.

The Dallas-Fort Worth area has been blanketed with snow, with hazardous conditions expected to continue until at least Thursday.

Authorities have responded to hundreds of accident-related calls, with the ice storm wreaking havoc on roads.

The freezing conditions are making making roads slick, sending cars sliding as residents are told to stay home.

Schools across Mississippi and Tennessee have also been shut. #trending #featured

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Kamala Harris demands Congress pass George Floyd Act



U.S. vice President Kamala Harris has implored Congress to pass the George Floyd Justice and Policing Act

While at the funeral of Tyre Nichols, who was beaten and died at the hands of five Memphis police officers – Harris implored for the right thing to be done.

“As vice-president of the United States, we demand that Congress pass the George Floyd Justice and Policing Act. Joe Biden will sign it,” Harris made the call to action while at the congregation in Memphis.

The Memphis Police Department fired five of the officers involved in the attack, who also are Black.

Prosecutors then charged them last week with second-degree murder, assault, kidnapping, official misconduct and oppression.

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Meta stocks soar in ‘Year of Efficiency’



Meta Platforms has announced a better-than-expected sales quarter, as well as a USD$40 billion stock buyback.

The parent of Instagram and Facebook cut its cost outlook for 2023 by $5 billion, and projected first-quarter sales that could beat Wall Street estimates.

Meta stock surged nearly 19% in after-hours trade.

Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg described the focus on efficiency as part of the natural evolution of the company, calling it a “phase change” for an organisation that once lived by the motto “move fast and break things.”

“We just grew so quickly for like the first 18 years,” Zuckerberg said in a conference call. “It’s very hard to really crank on efficiency while you’re growing that quickly. I just think we’re in a different environment now.”

The cost cuts reflect Meta’s updated plans for lower data centre construction expenses this year.

In November, the company cut more than 11,000 jobs in response, a precursor to the tens of thousands of layoffs in the tech industry that followed.

“Our management theme for 2023 is the ‘Year of Efficiency’ and we are focused on becoming a stronger and more nimble organisation,” Zuckerberg said in a statement.

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