USA: Recently, off the coast of California, a diving boat caught on fire in the middle of the night. 5 crew members were able to escape. Everyone else was trapped below deck. At least 25 people are dead, with 9 still missing. Now, authorities are investigating what led to the fire - and why passengers weren’t able to escape. Meanwhile, US Citizenship and Immigration Services is switching up its policy. As in they’ll apparently be re-opening some pending cases of migrants looking for deferred action - aka temporary relief from deportation. This comes a week after USCIS said ‘too bad so sad’ and announced they wouldn’t be considering most deferment cases. Cue backlash. Now, it looks like the agency’s changing course.
WORLD: All eyes are on the Taliban. Reminder: for 18 years, the US has been fighting its longest war in Afghanistan. But lately, the gov’s been chatting with the Taliban - a military group that has a lot of control over Afghanistan - about potentially putting an end to the war. Fast forward to yesterday, and Prez Trump declared that the two groups have reached an agreement “in principle” that’d see the US pulling thousands of troops from Afghanistan. Not yet clear when this would go into effect. In other news, Iran’s shaking its head to talks with the US - unlessss Trump pinky promises to take a red pen to recent sanctions on the country. And speaking of which, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson is facing off against Parliament today.
SHOOTINGS: Police have new info on the gunman involved in last weekend’s mass shooting in Texas. Reminder: after officers pulled over the gunman’s car for not indicating a left turn, the gunman opened fire. Then drove around and shot at random. At least 7 people were killed. Now, authorities say the gunman had just been fired from his job that morning - and reportedly called police and the FBI right before the attack. Stay tuned. Meanwhile, the Trump team’s apparently planning on proposing an expedited death penalty for people who commit mass shootings. And just recently, at least 3 people were shot outside the main gate of the Minnesota State Fair. No word yet on any potential suspects.