1 North Korea Launches More Projectiles
South Korean officials have confirmed that their neighbor to the North Korea a number of unidentified projectiles off its east coast. South Korean media reports that the projectiles were fired in two launches early this morning. While the details about what was fired haven’t been released, North Korea is at least speaking out and giving a reason for the latest launch: they’re upset about military drills between the United States and South Korea. “Despite our repeated warnings,” state news agency KCNA reports. “The United States and South Korean authorities have finally started the joint military exercise targeting the DPRK.” A spokesman for the US Department of Defense says officials will “continue to monitor the situation and are consulting closely with our South Korean and Japanese allies.”
2 Trump Condemns Bigotry, White Supremacy After Weekend Shootings
President Trump is condemning bigotry and white supremacy after the deadly weekend shootings in Texas and Ohio. Addressing the nation from the White House, Trump said hate “has no place in America.” He also called those behind the shootings “wicked” and “evil.” As for what’s next, Trump vowed to go after the "evil contagion of gun violence." Something he says must be done in a bipartisan manner and said that includes reforming mental health laws. Trump also cited negative influences from social media and violent video games. "We are a loving nation,” Trump offered. “And our children are entitled to grow up in a just, peaceful, and loving society." He argued that perpetrators of deadly hate crimes and mass murders should face the death penalty. What the President didn’t address? Critics who have challenged his own rhetoric. In an earlier tweet, the President said the news media has "contributed greatly to anger and rage that has built up over many years." He again referred to the media as "Fake News."
3 El Paso Death Toll Rises To 22
Hospital officials in El Paso say the death toll following Saturday's mass shooting is now at 22. Del Sol Trauma CEO David Shimp says one patient at the hospital remains in critical condition while five others are in stable condition. In addition, two have since been released and one was transported to another hospital. The patients range in age from 35 to 82. Medical Director Dr. Stephen Flaherty said the wounds have been devastating and major. Dr. Flaherty explained one of the patients who died had major abdominal injuries affecting the liver, kidney and intestines. But what to do with the aftermath? Psychologists say those who were hurt or killed during the shootings aren't the only victims. Dr. Amy Barnhorst of UC Davis says anyone who survives that kind of traumatic incident will potentially develop signs of PTSD. That means nightmares and flashbacks to the event…and fear in everyday situations.