News Briefs: April 5


After a shooting at the YouTube headquarters in California Tuesday, the San Bruno Police Department continue investigations into the shooter. NPR reports that Nasim Najafi Aghdam shot three other people and died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound before police arrived. Authorities report that there has been no clear motive thus far, but know YouTube recently de-monetized Aghdam’s videos and her family, who reported her missing Monday, had told authorities that she might be heading to YouTube with ill intent. Two of the shooting victims are out of the hospital while one remains in serious condition.

Retail advocacy groups warn that a trade war with China could raise consumer goods prices. On Tuesday the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative proposed an additional 25 percent tariff on a list of Chinese imports like LEDs and dishwashers valued at $50 billion. David French, the senior vice president for government relations at the National Retail Federation, said products like TVs could experience several-hundred-dollar price increases in a CNBC report. Additional consumer goods that could be affected in a trade war include snowblowers and even printers.

President Trump expressed desire to withdrawal all US assets from Syria on Tuesday, but by Wednesday, Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the US will remain in the region to continue working with allies until ISIS has been eliminated. As of December, according to the Pentagon, there was a declining number of 2,000 US troops in Syria. Bloomberg reports that the announcement on Wednesday contradicts Trump’s campaign promise to pull US troops from costly foreign wars.