BIZ: Yesterday, Walmart announced that they’d be putting an end to all handgun ammunition sales - plus “short-barrel rifle ammunition,” which can be used for assault-style weapons. The biz also says they’ll start asking customers not to carry guns into the store. This comes as mass shootings are becoming more and more common in the US. In other news, recently, YouTube said ‘just gonna give ourselves a pat on the back here’ and declared that they’ve removed more than 100,000 videos and 17,000 channels for violating hate speech rules in the months of April, May, and June. Not to mention 500 million comments. This comes as the biz has been under fire for leaving up discriminatory or supremacist content.
USA: Hurricane Dorian is leaving a devastating impact. As the storm moves away from the Bahamas, the world’s gotten a clearer view of the kind of damage it left. About 60% of Grand Bahama Island - including the airport - is underwater. Thousands of buildings have been damaged or destroyed. And there’ve been 7 confirmed deaths - although the prime minister says this number will continue to rise as rescue operations begin. Want to help? Here’s how. Speaking of which, the search for victims in the California boat fire was just called off - leaving 34 people presumed dead. Now, officials are looking into what may have caused the fire.
WORLD: Everyone’s talking about Hong Kong. Reminder: months ago, China intro’d an extradition bill that’d make it easier to hand over people accused of crimes in Hong Kong...to mainland China. Raising concerns that the bill would also make it easier for China to punish journalists and activists. Cue some of the biggest protests Hong Kong’s ever seen. So yesterday, the city’s leader - Carrie Lam - officially withdrew the extradition bill. Yes, really. No word yet on this from protesters. Meanwhile, the United Nations is pointing fingers. Recently, they released a report on war crimes in Yemen. And announced that the US, the UK, France, and Iran may have had a part to play. Stay tuned.