1 Ambushed L.A. County Deputies In Critical Condition
The search continues for the man who shot and critically injured two Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputies on Saturday. The pair were ambushed at a Metro Rail Blue Line station in Compton around 7pm local time. An unidentified man was captured on CCTV camera walking up to the patrol car the deputies were sitting in and shot them repeatedly. He then ran off. L.A. County Sheriff Alex Villanueva says the 31-year-old female deputy and 24-year-old male deputy graduated from the Academy together about 14-months ago. Apparently, they were able to radio for help. The FBI is assisting in the investigation and a $100,000 reward for information leading to an arrest is being offered. As the deputies received care at a Los Angeles hospital, a small number of protesters gathered where the deputies are being treated. They reportedly blocked the entrances and exits and were heard chanting, "we hope they die."
2 Wildfires Continue To Devastate Western States
Wildfires blazing across the West have killed at least 35 people and scorched millions of acres and the misery is forecast to continue with high winds and hot temperatures fanning the flames today. Officials say 24 have been lost in California, 10 in Oregon and one in Washington state. The majority of the lives lost have been in California, where President Trump is scheduled to visit today. Dozens of people are listed as missing in all three states. Smoke from the massive fires has spread to neighboring states making the skies hazy in places that aren't even dealing with wildfires. California Governor Gavin Newsom says the devastation is proof that climate change is real and is happening "right in front of our eyes." He may believe that, but one of the largest blazes – the El Dorado Fire – was started by a pyrotechnic device at a gender reveal party.
3 Paused Covid Vaccine Trial Resumes, As Trump Is Hit Over CDC Messaging
AstraZeneca had hit the pause buttion on its Covid vaccine clinical trials after an unexplained illness affected one of the volunteers. The great news? The safety review is complete and the trial has resumed. But also, Albert Bourla, the chairman and CEO of Pfizer says he expects to know whether his company's coronavirus vaccine is effective by next month. Not so great news? According to Politico, officials in the Trump Administration have pushed to change the weekly reports released by the CDC as so they don't undermine the President's political message. It’s being alleged that Health and Human Services spokesperson Michael Caputo and his team demanded to see reports out of Atlanta before they were released to the public.