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Police cars near the site of Las Vegas shooting on Oct. 2
Police cars near the site of Las Vegas shooting on Oct. 2

Las Vegas Review-Journal, Oct. 2, 2017

"Mass shooting on Strip," reads the front page of the Las Vegas Review-Journal, just hours after a man opened fire on a crowd of an open-air country music festival in Las Vegas.

At least 50 people were killed and 406 people transported to hospitals according to the latest report published by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department.

The gunman, identified as a 64-year-old local resident named Stephen Paddock, was on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel when he opened fire on the crowd of approximately 22,000 concert-goers. He was later found dead in his room. Las Vegas undersheriff Kevin McMahill said it is unclear if the gunman, whose motives are as of yet unknown, shot himself or was killed by the police.

With the rising death toll, the attack is now the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history, surpassing the shooting at a nightclub in Orlando, Florida on June 12, 2016.

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President Vladimir Putin will sign an agreement on the annexation of 18% of Ukrainian territories

Cameron Manley, Chloe Touchard, Sophia Constantino, and Emma Albright

Russian President Vladimir Putin will sign the annexation Friday of four occupied regions of Ukraine to become part of Russia, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov announced this morning.

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The Kremlin will host a ceremony on Friday where agreements will be signed on the annexation of Luhansk, Donetsk, Kherson and Zaporizhzhia. Peskov said the ceremony would take place on Friday at 3 p.m. local time. Taken together the regions in the east and south make up 18% of Ukraine’s territory. The move follows the 2014 annexation of Crimea, which many consider the less violent pre-cursor to Russia's all-out invasion of Ukraine.

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