Rapid Reads: Everything you need to know to start your day
Congratulations, you made it to Friday! It's been a busy week and it doesn't look like it's going to slow down anytime soon. Here are the trending news stories everyone will be talking about today.
1. Tragedy strikes again.
Last night a gunman opened fire at a movie theater in Lafayette, Louisiana, killing two and injuring nine others before turning the gun on himself. The suspect is a 58-year-old white male with no prior record. Police have identified the suspect as identified the suspect as John R. Houser of Alabama . Sadly, Monday was the third anniversary of the Aurora, Colorado, movie theater shooting. Our hearts go out to the victims and their families. - The New York Times
2. Finally, some answers?
A Texas prosecutor says Sandra Bland's death has officially been ruled a suicide and the autopsy showed no signs of a violent struggle. Earlier this month, 28-year-old Bland was pulled over for failing to signal during a lane change. When she refused to put out her cigarette or exit her vehicle, the officer threatened to Taser her. Bland was ultimately arrested and then found dead in her jail cell three days later, which has sparked national outrage and intense debate over how she died. - NBC News
3. Turkey is leaving the sidelines.
Turkey has decided to allow the U.S to launch airstrikes against ISIS from Turkish soil. The U.S. has been in negotiations with Turkey for months and they were resistant to the idea, but things are different now. A suicide bomber with suspected ties to ISIS killed 30 people in Turkey this week, which led to a clash between ISIS militants and Turkish troops. Now, the U.S. has been granted access to a key military base. - The New York Times
4. Hillary Clinton in hot water?
Two inspectors general have asked the Justice Department to open a criminal investigation into Hillary Clinton's emails. Earlier this year, Clinton admitted to using a personal email address instead of an official government address for emails while she was Secretary of State, which raised major security concerns. Clinton says she never used the email address for anything classified, but the inspectors general insist the account contains hundreds of "potentially classified" emails. The Justice Department will decide whether or not to launch an investigation, which is not great news for a presidential hopeful people already think is a little bit shady. - The New York Times
5. There goes our hero.
Wyatt Cenac, a former correspondent for The Daily Show, alleges Jon Stewart went off on him and repeatedly told him to "f*ck off" after Cenac raised questions about potential racism in one of Stewart's jokes. The problem is not necessarily Stewart's language but how dismissive he was of Cenac's concerns. Stewart has yet to address the matter publicly, but many fans are disappointed and hopeful he'll clear the air. - Vulture
6. People are not going to like this.
The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill that would prevent states from requiring mandatory GMO labeling. The bill passed 275-150 and is backed by several lobbyists from the food industry. Despite science saying GMO food is safe to consume, many still question the potential health consequences of consuming it. Vermont is currently the only state that requires labels on GMO foods, but this bill will likely put an end to that. - U.S. News & World Report
7. E.T. phone home.
NASA has confirmed reports that one of its spacecrafts spotted Earth's look-a-like. The planet is slightly larger than Earth and orbits a star just like our sun from a safe enough distance to sustain life. The planet is 1,400 light-years away, so determining whether it has water or air might take a while. Even if this planet is empty, one thing is mathematically certain: We are not alone. - CNN