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• Thursday evening after about 100 people sat down to watch the 7:10 p.m. screening of “Trainwreck” at the Grand Theater 16 in Lafayette, a 58-year-old gunman opened fire killing two, wounding nine (injuries ranging from minor to life-threatening.) before killing himself. The shooter has been identified as John Russell Houser. This shooting took place almost three years to the day after 12 people were killed at a cinema in Aurora, Colorado, and follows several mass shootings in the United States in recent weeks.
• As President Obama makes his way to Kenya it was reported that Turkey, who in the past has been reluctant to help the US fight ISIS, gave an “I’m in” which may have been prompted by recent attack by the extremist group on its soil. They have agreed to have US jets and drones to use its Incirlik air base territory in the fight against IS. This deal will allow the US to send manned and unmanned planes in the fight against Isil in a deal agreed by President Obama and Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdogan. [TELEGRAPH]
• Ohio State’s Braxton Miller has switched from quarterback to a wide receiver in H-Back and punt return. Though he missed last year’s national championship season, he is one of the most decorated players in Ohio State and Big Ten history and the buckeye QB battle will now be between J.T. Barrett and Cardale Jones.
• M&A is the name of the game and another major mergers and acquisitions may create the largest health insurer in the U.S as Anthem Inc. finally agreed to a deal to buy rival Cigna Corp. for $48.4 billion. This comes on the heels of Aetna Inc. buying Humana Inc. for $35 billion. “The combined company would have about 53 million members, more than UnitedHealth Group Inc., currently the largest U.S. health insurer and the only one of the big five without a merger partner.” [BLOOMBERG]
• Apple music is being investigated from several fronts for its antitrust practices. The Federal Trade Commission reportedly launched an investigation, Sen. Al Franken penned a letter to the FTC and DOJ, asking them to examine Apple’s potentially anticompetitive behavior, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman issued subpoena to streaming services and record labels all to examine Apple’s efforts to “exclude or suppress competition in the music streaming industry.” In other news WWE has dropped Hulk Hogan, as in completely scrubbing him fem their website which may be a pre-emptive move as audio of him from a 2012 interview on SiriusXM radio in which he discusses his use of the n-word while talking with black wrestlers and other black celebrities. We’ll find out why soon enough.
• Amazon Fashion opened its biggest fashion photography studio in London yesterday naming British model Suki Waterhouse (Bradley Cooper’s ex) as its new brand ambassador. The Hoxton studio spans 46,000 square feet has a large state-of-the-art editorial suite; video editing facilities; a creative fashion library; and a head office. [VOGUE UK]
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