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"Ambush," reads Friday's front page of The Dallas Morning News, after rooftop snipers reportedly shot 11 police officers during an otherwise peacefull protest against recent police killings of African-Americans in other U.S. cities.

By early Friday, five of the officers shot were reported to have died, with one civilian also wounded in the shooting clearly aimed at police. The gunfire broke out Thursday around 8:45 p.m. near the El Centro College Garage during a rally protesting recent police shootings in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and St. Paul, Minnesota earlier this week.

Though the story is still developing, at least two snipers are thought to have fired from elevated positions in an "ambush-style" attack, according to Dallas Police Chief David Brown quote by The Dallas Morning News.

A third suspect reportedly declared to authorities that there were bombs planted around the building, and the police believe that these three suspects triangulated their positions in order to injure and kill as many law enforcement officers as possible. There are also reports that one suspect has died from a self-inflicted gunshot.

Public transportation has been suspended in Dallas, and Texas Governor Greg Abbott has canceled his out of state trip to go to Dallas instead.

The attack is the deadliest for U.S. enforcement since the Sep. 11, 2001 terror attacks, according to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.

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How India’s Women Are Fighting Air Pollution — And The Patriarchy

India is one of the world's worst countries for air pollution, with women more likely to be affected by the problem than men. Now, experts and activists are fighting to reframe pollution as a gendered health crisis.

A woman walking through dense fog in New Delhi

*Saumya Kalia

MUMBAI In New Delhi, a city that has topped urban air-pollution charts in recent years, Shakuntala describes a discomfort that has become too familiar. Surrounded by bricks and austere buildings, she tells an interviewer: "The eyes burn and it becomes difficult to breathe". She is referring to the noxious fumes she routinely breathes as a construction worker.

Like Shakuntala, women’s experiences of polluted air fill every corner of their lives – inside homes, in parks and markets, on the way to work. Ambient air in most districts in India has never been worse than it is today. As many as 1.67 million people in the country die prematurely due to polluted air. It is India’s second largest health risk after malnutrition.

This risk of exposure to air pollution is compounded for women. Their experiences of toxic air are more frequent and often more hazardous. Yet “policies around air quality have not yet adequately taken into account gender or other factors that might influence people’s health,” Pallavi Pant, a senior scientist at the Health Effects Institute, a nonprofit in the U.S., told The Wire Science.

“It’s unacceptable that the biggest burden [rests on] those who can least bear it,” Sherebanu Frosh, an activist, added. People like her are building a unique resistance within India.

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