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August 2018 Current Events: US News

Updated August 16, 2018 | Infoplease Staff

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The world is a very busy place, and it's hard to stay on top of everything. Infoplease has got you covered. Here are the world news events you need to know so far for August 2018:

  1. Natural Gas Pipeline Explosion in Texas
  2. Peter Strzok Fired
  3. Boy Hacks into Replica Voting Website
  4. Decades of Sexual Assault in Pennsylvania
  5. John McCain Dies at 81
  6. Mass Shooting at Madden Tournament
  7. Teacher Strikes in Washington
  8. Educational Funding No Longer on Arizona Ballot
  9. Bus Crash in New Mexico

Natural Gas Pipeline Explosion in Texas

On August 1, a natural gas pipeline exploded in Texas, injuring five people. The cause of the explosion is still unknown. (Reuters)

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Peter Strzok Fired

Peter Strzok

On August 13, FBI agent Peter Strzok was fired after it was discovered that he sent anti-Trump texts. Strzok worked on the Russian probe and the Hillary Clinton email inquiry, but Republicans argued that he was biased against President Trump. A spokesperson for the FBI has yet to comment. (BBC)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta

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Boy Hacks into Replica Voting Website

Boy Hacks Into Voting Site

On August 14, and 11 year old boy only took ten minutes to hack into a replica of Florida’s voting website. Once in, he was able to change the tallies and the names. The ease at which the boy was able to hack into the system has posed concerns about the security during nationwide elections. Thirty four other children were able to hack into the website throughout the conventions. (Reuters)

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Decades of Sexual Assault in Pennsylvania

Sexual Assault in Pennsylvania

On August 14, Pennsylvania’s attorney general Josh Shapiro announced that over 70 years, Catholic priests sexual abused and then silenced thousands of children. After the report was made public, lawmakers are faced with the decision to eliminate the statute of limitations and the timeframe for which victims can file lawsuits. (Reuters/CNN)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Matt Rourke

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John McCain Dies at 81

John McCain

On August 26, Senator John McCain died after fighting brain cancer. Various presidents and celebrities have paid tribute to who they deem a war hero. (BBC)

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Mass Shooting at Madden Tournament

Madden Shooting

On August 26, a gunman opened fire on a Madden gaming tournament in Jacksonville, Florida. The 24-year-old suspect, David Katz, killed two people and injured another ten. It is suspected that Katz has suffered from various mental illnesses throughout his life. The motive is still unclear. (CNN)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana

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Teacher Strikes in Washington

Washington Teacher Strike

On August 28, schools in Washington closed as teachers went on strike. As negotiations continue, it is suspected that more strikes will appear throughout the state. (CNN)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Ted S. Warren

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Educational Funding No Longer on Arizona Ballot

Arizona State Capitol

On August 29, it was announced that Arizona will no longer have the proposal on the ballot that would have funded schools by $690 million more. The Arizona Supreme Court stated the decision was based on the economic effects this bill could have on the state. (Reuters)

Photo Source: 123RF/Andrew Zarivny

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Bus Crash in New Mexico

On August 29, it was announced that Arizona will no longer have the proposal on the ballot that would have funded schools by $690 million more. The Arizona Supreme Court stated the decision was based on the economic effects this bill could have on the state. (Reuters)

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