More people were shot, and more killed, when the perpetrator of an "active shooting" in the US had a semiautomatic rifle, according to a new study of 248 incidents published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The study, which examined only a small subset of America's shootings, found that incidents in which at least one of the perpetrator's guns was a semiautomatic rifle left an average of 4.25 people killed and 5.48 wounded. Shootings where the perpetrator did not have a semiautomatic rifle, but instead used handguns, shotguns or other types of rifles, left an average of 2.5 people killed and three people wounded.
Minimum wage increases in six U.S. cities boosted worker pay without harming job growth, according to a study released Thursday by University of California at Berkeley researchers. Economists at the school's Center on Wage and Employment Dynamics examined U.S. Labor Department data from the first major cities to raise their local wage floors above $10 an hour: Washington, Chicago, Seattle, San Francisco, Oakland, and San Jose.
The vast majority of Americans, 70 percent, now support Medicare-for-all, otherwise known as single-payer health care, according to a new Reuters survey. That includes 85 percent of Democrats and 52 percent of Republicans. Only 20 percent of Americans say they outright oppose the idea. read more
A Florida man was arrested on a prosecutor's warrant Monday in connection with a fatal shooting last month that a sheriff said was justified under the state's "Stand Your Ground" self-defense law. Michael Drejka, 47, was charged with manslaughter in the July 19 death of 28-year-old Markeis McGlockton during a dispute over a handicapped parking spot at a convenience store in Clearwater. The shooting, which was caught on video, reignited debate around the "Stand Your Ground" law and led to demonstrations by protestors who criticized Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gulatieri for not arresting Drejka, a white man who shot and killed an unarmed black man. read more
EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WAND) A federal judge ruled a transgender teen can use male bathrooms at school. The Evansville Vanderburgh school district said it would only allow the 17-year-old student to use the male bathroom if his birth certificate reflected a male gender. The teen, who filed a lawsuit, says the district violated his rights. Judge William Lawrence signed an injunction after deciding the student's claims of experiencing distress when using female bathrooms were credible. The district only allowed him to use female bathrooms or a bathroom in the school nurse's office. read more