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May 2019 Current Events: US News

Updated May 4, 2019 | Infoplease Staff

Disaster News | Science & Technology News | World News

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 May 2019:

  1. Shooting at University of North Carolina at Charlotte
  2. School Shooting in Colorado
  3. Nashville Teachers Strike Again and Oregon Teachers Walk Out
  4. Denver Legalizes ‘Magic’ Mushrooms
  5. Alabama Passes Anti-Abortion Bill
  6. President Trump Declares National Emergency on IT Threats
  7. Attempted Shooting at Oregon High School
  8. Shooting at Virginia Gathering
  9. Measles Outbreak Continues
  10. Man Sets Himself on Fire
  11. New Hampshire Repeals Death Penalty
  12. Mass Shooting in Virginia Beach

Shooting at University of North Carolina at Charlotte

UNCC Shooting

On May 1, a student who hadn’t been to class in week opened fire on his classmates at UNCC. Two students were killed and four more were injured. The shooter was taken into custody. (CNN)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Sarah Blake Morgan

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School Shooting in Colorado

STEM School Shooting

On May 7, a school shooting in Highlands Ranch, Colorado left one student dead and another eight injured. Two suspects are in custody, a male and underage female, both suspected to be students. The victim who died, died trying to save other students. On May 8, the oldest of the two suspects appeared in court. (CNN)

Photo Source: AP Photo/David Zalubowski

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Nashville Teachers Strike Again and Oregon Teachers Walk Out

Nashville Teachers

On May 6, over 1,000 Nashville teachers called out sick in protest of low pay. This is the second day teachers have called out after the mayor’s proposed budget. On May 8, thousands of Oregon teachers staged a walk-out protest, but not over raises. Instead, Oregon teachers are protesting overcrowded classrooms and understaffed support staff. (CNN)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Mark Humphrey

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Denver Legalizes ‘Magic’ Mushrooms

Denver Magic Mushrooms

On May 8, Denver voted to decriminalize magic mushrooms. Individuals aged 21 or higher will now not receive criminal punishment when caught using magic mushrooms. (Reuters)

Photo Source: AP Photo/David Zalubowski

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Alabama Passes Anti-Abortion Bill

Alabama Abortion Law

On May 15, the nation’s most restrictive abortion ban was passed in Alabama. The bill states that abortions are now a felony in the state, even in the case of rape and incest. Many people are protesting the bill. (CNN)

Photo Source: Hal Yeager/Alabama Governor's Office via AP

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President Trump Declares National Emergency on IT Threats

President Trump IT

On May 15, President Trump declared a national emergency in an attempt to protect computer networks. The emergency prevents US companies from using certain foreign telecoms that could potentially be threatening. (BBC)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Alex Brandon

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Attempted Shooting at Oregon High School

Man Who Tackled Gunman

On May 17, a student carry a shotgun entered the school. Former college football star Keanon Lowe, now a staff member, was able to subdue the gunman before any damage was done. (CNN)

Photo Source: AP Photo/File

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Shooting at Virginia Gathering

Memorial Day Shooting

On May 26, at least ten people in Virginia were shot, one fatally, at a Memorial Day gathering that night. Currently, there is no information regarding the suspect. (CNN)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Alex Brandon

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Measles Outbreak Continues

Measles Outbreak

On May 27, the CDC announced that there were 60 new measles cases in the last week. This brings the grand total of cases for 2019 to 940. Measles had originally been declared eliminated in 2000. (Reuters)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Elaine Thompson

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Man Sets Himself on Fire

White House

On May 29, a man outside the White House set himself on fire. This is the second incident to happen in the past two months; however, unlike the last man, this man died. Investigations are ongoing. (Reuters)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Susan Walsh

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New Hampshire Repeals Death Penalty

NH Death Penalty

On May 30, New Hampshire became the 21st state in the US to repeal the death penalty. New Hampshire is the last New England state to abolish this law. (Reuters)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Charles Krupa

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Mass Shooting in Virginia Beach

Virginia Beach Shooting

On May 31, 12 people were killed in Virginia Beach after a disgruntled city employee entered a municipal with a gun. All but one of the victims were city employees. The suspect was a current employee who had been employed by the city for 15 years. He died from police gunfire. The investigation regarding the motive is still ongoing. (CNN)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Patrick Semansky

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