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Red Bluff shooting, 1,700 troops will support Trump 'Salute to America' celebrations July 4, Princeton to remove Woodrow Wilson's name from school over racist history and only two US states are reporting a decline in new coronavirus cases are remarkable news today.
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At least 2 killed, 4 injured in Red Bluff Walmart distribution center shooting

According to USA Today, at least two are dead, including the suspect, and four are injured after a shooting at a California Walmart distribution center on Saturday. The victim killed - an employee at the facility - has been identified as Martin Haro-Lozano, 45, of Orland, California.

Allison Hendrickson, a spokeswoman for Dignity Health North State, said four patients were in fair condition at St. Elizabeth Community Hospital in Red Bluff, California, and two had died. She wasn't immediately sure whether there were other victims at another hospital.

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Police at the scene of Red Bluff shooting. Photo: CBS17

Little on the investigation has come out so far, but Tehama County Assistant Sheriff Phil Johnston said deputies have determined the shooter circled the parking lot four times before crashing into the building and opening fire with a semiautomatic long gun.

There also was a fire at the location, and the suspect appears to have rammed a vehicle into the building, officials said.

Johnston said later in the evening that the suspect and one victim, an employee, were dead. The suspect, a 31-year-old who still hasn't been identified, also has a history with the workplace, Johnston said. The motive still hasn't been determined, he said.

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A gunman has killed one person and wounded another four in Northern California. Photo:

Red Bluff police engaged in gunfire with the suspect shortly after, and he underwent surgery for a gunshot wound, Johnston said. "I would estimate 20 to 30 rounds exchanged," he said.

Chief Kyle Sanders said the officers fired after the suspect first fired at them "multiple times." The two officers who fired the shots are on paid administrative leave pending a routine investigation into the shooting of the suspect, Sanders said.

Meanwhile, officials initially said they hadn't figured out whether the shooting is related to one earlier in the day in Shingletown that reportedly killed three, but Johnston later said they were separtae incidents.

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A deputy interviews someone outside the Red Bluff Walmart distribution center after a shooting on Saturday. Two people were left dead and at least four injured. Photo: Daily Mail

1,700 troops will support Trump 'Salute to America' celebrations July 4

The Pentagon announced Saturday that roughly 1,700 service members will be involved in the federal government’s upcoming July 4 celebrations. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper approved a request from the Department of the Interior for defense officials to “support to the 2020 Salute to America,” on July 4, The Hill reported.

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Trump’s 2019 expanded Independence Day commemorations were dubbed a “Salute to America.” The celebrations this year will also bare this name.

his year’s celebrations will include a flyover of Mount Rushmore, in addition to an “areal salute” in cities that “played roles in the American Revolution,” beginning in Boston and proceeding to New York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, D.C., according to the Saturday statement.

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President Donald Trump speaks during the "Salute to America" Fourth of July event at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, July 4, 2019.President Donald Trump speaks during the "Salute to America" Fourth of July event at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, July 4, 2019. Photo: Susan Walsh/AFP/Getty Images

The Defense Department will also “provide aerial, musical and ceremonial support” for the commemoration. The Pentagon said Saturday that the flyovers are "an opportunity for DoD to demonstrate the capabilities and professionalism of the United States Armed Forces."

The White House said in a statement this week that "there will be an Independence Day celebration this year and it will have a different look than 2019 to ensure the health and safety of those attending."

Princeton to remove Woodrow Wilson's name from school over racist history

According to The Guardian, Ivy league Princeton University has announced it will remove President Woodrow Wilson’s name from the institution’s School of Public and International Affairs due to his history of racism.

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Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs in 2015. Photograph: Dominick Reuter/Reuters

In a statement released Saturday, the university president, Christopher Eisgruber, said the decision came after a “thorough, deliberative process”, five years after a group of student activists occupied his office in protest against the faculty’s dedication to the controversial 28th president.

The removal of Wilson’s name from the faculty - which will now be known as the School of Public and International Affairs - comes as many institutions across the US are facing protests and campaigns over controversial dedications and monuments.

Princeton’s trustees said they had considered “whether it is acceptable for this University’s school of public affairs to bear the name of a racist who segregated the nation’s civil service after it had been integrated for decades”.

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This week, trustees at New Jersey's Monmouth University voted to remove Wilson's name from its Great Hall. Seth Wening/AP

It was, they added, “a question … made more urgent by the recent killings of Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd, and Rayshard Brooks, which have served as tragic reminders of the ongoing need for all of us to stand against racism and for equality and justice”.

Wilson is credited with improving educational standards at Princeton and he was honored with the creation of a faculty dedicated to public and international affairs studies, as well as a residential complex.

While he is remembered as a progressive, internationalist statesman, Wilson’s reputation is clouded by his racist policies in other areas of government when he was president from 1913 to 1921.

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Wilson segregated federal workers in Washington DC, blocked a proposal to include racial equality as a founding principle in the League of Nations, and hosted White House screenings of the racist 1915 film Birth of a Nation, which celebrated the founding of the Ku Klux Klan. He was seen as accepting of brutal racial segregation in the south as a way of keeping the peace.

Covid-19 pandemic: Only two US states are reporting a decline in new coronavirus cases

Only two US states are reporting a decline in new coronavirus cases compared to last week - Connecticut and Rhode Island. A staggering rise was reported in 36 states, including Florida, which some experts have cautioned could be the next epicenter, CNN reported.

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Michael Neel, funeral director of of All Veterans Funeral and Cremation, wearing full PPE, looks at the U.S. flag on the casket of George Trefren, a 90 year old Korean War veteran who died of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in a nursing home, in Denver, Colorado, April 23, 2020. Rick Wilking/Reuters

Florida reported 9,585 new coronavirus cases Saturday, a single-day record high since the start of the pandemic. The number rivals that of New York's peak in daily cases in early April.

While Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said the state's surge in cases in the past week was the result of a "test dump," officials there and across the US have also warned of an increase in cases among younger groups.

That's all as the US broke another record, reporting the highest number of new cases in a single day Friday with at least 40,173 new infections.

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But the daunting numbers could just be the tip of the iceberg: A new survey by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests the total number of coronavirus infections across the US could actually be six to 24 times greater than reported.

Officials in parts of the US are now trying to reel in the spread of the virus - which many experts have said is spiraling out of control -by making pleas to the country's young population to keep their distance, urging the use of face masks and halting their reopening plans.

The US has now hit more than 2.5 million infections and at least 125,539 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University.

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