News Briefs: March 2

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The Kansas Bureau of Investigation has released the name of the man shot and killed by police Monday in Wamego. According to the Manhattan Mercury, Ethan Straub, 25, of Wamego, was confronted by police during an attempted carjacking. Straub fired at the officers, who returned fire. A video taken of the incident recorded 35 gunshots between the two parties. When EMS arrived, Straub was pronounced dead at the scene. No one else was injured.

The stock market took a considerable blow yesterday after President Trump announced new tariffs on imported steel and aluminum. According to CBS News, the Dow Jones industrial average dropped by more than 400 points — nearly 1.7 percent — early Thursday afternoon, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 index and the Nasdaq composite both fell by 1.3 percent. The new tariffs will tax steel imports by 25 percent and aluminum imports by 10 percent. Economic analysts fear a potential trade war should other countries, like China, Canada and Mexico, retaliate.

The U.S. ambassador to Mexico announced her intent to resign in a memo released Thursday. According to The New York Times, ambassador Roberta S. Jacobson is “one of the most experienced Latin American experts in the State Department.” Her resignation in May will come less than two years after her start in the post. The announcement comes amid tension between the U.S. and Mexico, and the president of Mexico recently cancelled a meeting with President Trump after Trump refused to drop his demand that Mexico pay for a border wall. Earlier this week, Hope Hicks, White House communications director, also announced her upcoming resignation.

The Pentagon sees minimal threat in Russia’s new cruise missile. Officials said the missile is still in the testing phase of its development and recently crashed during a test launch in northern Russia, according to ABC News. Officials have also been aware of and monitoring Russia’s work for a considerable amount of time before Putin showed a video of a test launch to Russian lawmakers Thursday. Putin said the nuclear-powered engine gives the missile unlimited range and will foil existing missile defense technology. Meanwhile, a spokesperson for the Pentagon said they will continue to focus its missile defense on “rogue nations” like North Korea and Iran.

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Rachel Hogan
Hey, hi, hello! I’m Rachel Hogan, the copy chief for The Collegian. I’m a senior in journalism from Olathe, Kansas. When I’m not at work in the newsroom, I like to spend my time cuddling with my dog, working as a barista and laughing with my friends.