In the News this Week
Debra Brown | Wednesday March 21st 2018
Each Wednesday, we recap the most important headlines from our global community to keep you up to speed on world news.
1,000 Protest Murder of Rio de Janeiro Councilwoman in Brazil.
At least 1,000 people marched in Rio de Janeiro on Sunday to protest the recent killing of Marielle Franco, a city councilwoman and human rights activist. Ms. Franco and her driver, Anderson Pedro Gomes, were shot dead by assailants on Wednesday night while returning from an event focused on empowering young black women.
FTC Opens Investigation into Facebook After Cambridge Analytica Scrapes Millions Of Users’ Personal Information 2016 Election.
The Federal Trade Commission has opened an investigation into Facebook following reports that a data analytics firm Cambridge Analytica that had worked with the Trump campaign had improperly accessed names, “likes” and other personal information about tens of millions of the social site’s users without their knowledge.
Cambridge Analytica has suspended its CEO, Alexander Nix, in the wake of undercover reports showing him discussing potential bribery and entrapment. The New York Times and UK media reported that Cambridge Analytica tried to influence American voters using information improperly gleaned from 50 million Facebook users.
U.S. Tries to Limit Junk Food Warning Labels in NAFTA Talks.
The Trump administration is using the trade talks with Mexico and Canada to try to limit the ability of the pact’s three members including the United States to warn consumers about the dangers of junk food, according to confidential documents outlining the American position. Some experts have likened the fight over food labeling to that over tobacco. The American provision seeks to prevent any warning symbol, shape or color that “inappropriately denotes that a hazard exists from consumption of the food or nonalcoholic beverages.”
Two Wounded in Maryland High School Shooting, Student Gunman Dies.
A 17-year-old opened fire at a Maryland high school in an attack that left two fellow students wounded, then died after a gunfight with a police officer posted there.
The shooting in St. Mary’s County, about 70 miles (113 km) south of Washington, came five weeks after a high school massacre in Florida and days before a planned student-led march in the U.S. capital for tougher gun laws.
Six Package Bombings Since March 2nd in Austin Texas.
There have been six package bombings since March 2nd in Austin Texas. Investigators said the bombings that have killed two people and injured four in Austin since March 2 appear linked. About 500 law enforcement officers are working on the case. Austin police are working with San Antonio and Houston police, the Texas Department of Public Safety, the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.