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August 14, 2019

At least six police officers were injured in a shooting Wednesday afternoon in Philadelphia's Nicetown-Tioga neighborhood.

The unidentified suspect is now holed up in a building, surrounded by law enforcement officials. The officers were rushed to a local hospital, and are all expected to survive. An additional officer was injured in a car accident during the incident, and is receiving treatment.

Philadelphia Police Capt. Sekou Kinebrew said officers were called to the scene for narcotics activity, and gunfire erupted as a warrant was being served. There are now agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives outside the building, as well as armored vehicles.

This is a developing news story. Catherine Garcia

August 5, 2019

The trade war between the United States and China escalated further on Monday evening, when the U.S. Treasury Department designated China a currency manipulator after Beijing allowed its currency to slide to its lowest level in a decade.

The People's Bank of China, the country's central bank, said the yuan dropped due to President Trump's "unilateralism and trade protectionism measures and the imposition of increased tariffs on China." On Thursday, Trump said he would impose more tariffs on China, and in response, Chinese enterprises have stopped new purchases of U.S. farm goods, the state-run Xinhua News Agency said.

It's been 25 years since the United States last designated China a currency manipulator. In a statement, the Treasury Department said Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin "will engage with the International Monetary Fund to eliminate the unfair competitive advantage created by China's latest actions." It's primarily a symbolic move, The New York Times points out, but China will most likely view this as an aggressive action. Catherine Garcia

July 29, 2019

The suspect in Sunday night's mass shooting at the Gilroy Garlic Festival in Northern California is dead, Gilroy Police Chief Scot Smithee said during a press conference, but based on interviews with witnesses, it's believed there could be a second suspect still on the run. At least three people were killed and 15 injured in the shooting, Smithee said.

Smithee said it's unclear if this suspect was engaged in the shooting or played a support role. The food festival, one of the largest in the United States, was finishing up for the weekend at Christmas Hill Park when gunfire erupted. Smithee said it appears the deceased suspect approached the park through a creek and used a tool to cut through a fence in order to gain access to the festivities.

Smithee told reporters in a late night press conference that he had no information on the suspect and didn't know of any motive. The Gilroy Garlic Festival is an annual fundraiser for community programs, run by volunteers. "It is incredibly sad and disheartening that an event that does so much good for our community has to suffer from a tragedy like this," Smithee said. Catherine Garcia

July 28, 2019

First responders were called to the Gilroy Garlic Festival in Northern California on Sunday night, following 911 calls about an active shooter, NBC Bay Area reports.

The event, an annual fundraiser in the city of Gilroy and one of the largest food festivals in the United States, was wrapping up when reports of a shooting started coming in, police said. NBC Bay Area is reporting that three people have died and 16 are injured. Law enforcement officials have asked the public to stay away from the scene at Christmas Hill Park, as this is still an active shooting situation and police are searching for suspects.

This is a developing story, and the article has been updated throughout. Catherine Garcia

July 25, 2019

Puerto Rican Gov. Ricardo Rosselló has announced he will resign, effective Aug. 2.

Rosselló shared the news on Facebook Wednesday night, and immediately, people began celebrating on the streets of San Juan. Earlier this month, crude private messages between Rosselló and several of his top aides and advisers were leaked; the communications included sexist and homophobic statements and jokes about Hurricane Maria victims.

Protesters have filled the streets for more than a week, demanding Rosselló step down. On Sunday, he said he would not seek re-election next year, but did not plan on leaving office early. While Rosselló stood firm, more than a dozen members of his administration, including his chief of staff, resigned on Tuesday.

Puerto Rico's legislature started impeachment proceedings against Rosselló on Wednesday, and a member of an independent panel of lawyers tasked with investigating the messages told Reuters that four felonies and one misdemeanor may have been committed during the group chats. Catherine Garcia

July 24, 2019

North Korea fired two unidentified projectiles from the coastal town of Wonsan early Thursday, South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said. They flew 267 miles, landing in the sea.

South Korea said it's not clear what type of projectiles were fired; previously, similar launches involved artillery or missiles, The Associated Press reports.

In June, President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un agreed to start nuclear negotiations again, following their failed February summit in Vietnam. Last week, North Korea said it was thinking of ending its suspension of nuclear and missile testing to protest expected joint military drills between the U.S. and South Korea, and on Tuesday, state media reported Kim wants to see the country's military expand. Catherine Garcia

July 16, 2019

John Paul Stevens, the third longest-serving Supreme Court justice in history, died Tuesday in Florida of complications from a stroke. He was 99.

Nominated to the Supreme Court by President Gerald Ford, he served 35 years before retiring in 2010. Stevens told The New York Times in 2007 that he thinks "as part of my general politics, I'm pretty darn conservative," but he ended up leading the liberal wing of the court, and was known for standing up for the rights of individuals.

Stevens revealed that his one regret was voting to reinstate the death penalty in 1976, as he later decided that capital punishment is unconstitutional. He wrote a stern dissent in the landmark 2010 case Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, saying the ruling represented a "rejection of the common sense of the American people, who have recognized a need to prevent corporations from undermining self government." He also led the opponents in Bush v. Gore. "Although we may never know with complete certainty the identity of the winner of this year's presidential election, the identity of the loser is clear," he wrote. "It is the nation's confidence in the judge as an impartial guardian of the rule of law."

Born in 1920, the Chicago native served in the Navy during World War II as a code breaker, and graduated from the top of his class at Northwestern University School of Law. Following his retirement, he wrote three books, including Six Amendments: How and Why We Should Change the Constitution. He is survived by his daughters, Elizabeth and Susan, nine grandchildren, and 13 great-grandchildren. Catherine Garcia

July 16, 2019

The House of Representatives on Tuesday approved a resolution condemning President Trump's "racist comments" directed at four Democratic congresswomen, all women of color.

Four Republicans — Reps. Will Hurd of Texas, Fred Upton of Michigan, Brian Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania, and Susan Brooks of Indiana — and one independent — former Republican Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan — voted with the Democrats to pass the resolution, 240-187.

Trump tweeted that the women should "go back" to their home countries — three were born in the U.S., and all are citizens — and has refused to apologize, instead doubling-down and saying people agree with him. Before Tuesday's vote, Trump tweeted, "Those Tweets were NOT Racist. I don't have a Racist bone in my body!" Catherine Garcia

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