March Current Events 2024: U.S. News

Updated March 22, 2024 | 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 U.S. news events you need to know so far for March 2024.

  1. Gunshot During A Subway Brawl Generates Rush-Hour Chaos
  2. Suspected Serial Killer To Face Charges In Pennsylvania And New Jersey
  3. Ex-Trump Adviser, Peter Navaro Begins Prison Sentence
  4. Proposition 1 Measure Narrowly Passed By California

Gunshot During A Subway Brawl Generates Rush-Hour Chaos

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Friday, March 15, 2024 – Police confirmed that an incident occurred in the Brooklyn subway platform as commuters fled in fear when an armed rider, engaged in a dispute, was stabbed and then shot with his gun. The 36-year-old assailant, who initiated the confrontation, remains in critical condition after being shot in the head.

He brought out a blade and firearm during a fight with another man, a 32-year-old, whom he didn't know. The younger man gained control of the gun and fired multiple shots. A woman accompanying the 32-year-old man reportedly stabbed the assailant in the back before the shooting.

Although detained, the 32-year-old wasn't charged due to evidence suggesting self-defense. The other man involved in the shooting was taken to the hospital. The incident sparked outrage, with officials highlighting the terror experienced by bystanders.

Source: BBC 

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Suspected Serial Killer To Face Charges In Pennsylvania And New Jersey

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Photo Source: AP Photo/Mike Catalini

Saturday, March 16, 2024 – A suspect involved in fatal shootings in a Philadelphia-area suburb has been apprehended. Authorities confirmed that he will face charges in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

Andre Gordon, 26, allegedly killed his stepmother, 13-year-old sister, and the mother of his children. He was found in Trenton, New Jersey, after two separate shootings. The attorney general of New Jersey, Mathew J Platkin, said that the charges against him include murder, aggravated assault, and carjacking. Authorities believe Gordon was unarmed at the time of his arrest.

The violence prompted a temporary shelter-in-place order in Falls Township. While Gordon's weapon resembled an AR-15, the incident narrowly missed the definition of a mass shooting. The event adds to calls for firearm restrictions, including proposals to ban assault-style rifles. Similar instances of multiple shootings occurred in Indianapolis and Washington DC over the weekend.

Source: The Guardian

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Ex-Trump Adviser, Peter Navaro Begins Prison Sentence

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Photo Source: AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana

Tuesday, March 19, 2024 – Peter Navarro, former trade adviser to Donald Trump, has begun serving a four-month jail term for contempt of Congress related to his refusal to comply with a subpoena from a House committee investigating the Capitol riot on January 6, 2021.

Navarro spoke to reporters before reporting to federal prison in Miami, reiterating his defense, promoting his upcoming book, and endorsing Trump's re-election bid. Navarro, who also worked on strategies to overturn the 2020 election results, claimed Trump instructed him to cite executive privilege to withhold documents from the committee.

Despite seeking to appeal his conviction, Navarro's request to remain free was denied by the Supreme Court. This development follows a similar contempt conviction and jail sentence for former Trump campaign strategist Steve Bannon, who has been allowed to remain free pending appeal.

Source: BBC 

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Proposition 1 Measure Narrowly Passed By California

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Photo Source: AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes

Thursday, March 21, 2024 – California voters have narrowly approved Proposition 1, a measure that will significantly reshape the state's mental health system. The proposition, which marks the first update to the system in 20 years, is a key component of Governor Gavin Newsom's plan to address homelessness.

It garnered significant support from Newsom, who campaigned vigorously for its passage and raised over $13 million in funding, largely from law enforcement, first responders, hospitals, and city mayors. The measure will generate $6.4 billion over 20 years to build more housing and treatment facilities for individuals with mental health and substance use disorders.

Despite early indications of strong support, the proposition faced division among voters, particularly over concerns about borrowing costs and funding redirection from community-based mental health programs. Critics argue that funding involuntary treatment programs could be counterproductive and re-traumatizing for individuals with severe mental illness.

Source: The Guardian

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