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A vigil for an off-duty police officer that was killed during the Vegas shooting. Photo: Ethan Miller/Getty Images

Authorities are still without a motive to explain the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history in Las Vegas last year, the Associated Press reports.

The big picture: Upon the release of the investigation's final report, Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo said they haven't found a motive for Stephen Paddock's October rampage that left 58 dead and hundreds wounded.

Where things stand

The report includes summaries of 14 of Paddock's bank accounts. Between September 2015 and September 2017, the total balance of those accounts dropped from $2.1 million, to $530,000.

  • Sheriff Lombardo referred to Paddock as "unremarkable man," and attributed the losses to him not being "as successful in the gambling as he was in the previous years."
  • Analysis of his bank accounts also showed that he "made nearly $95,000 in firearms-related purchases."

There is still an ongoing investigation into officers' individual actions on the night of the shooting, including the officer "who froze" one floor beneath Paddock's room at the Mandalay Bay, during the shooting.

  • Officer Cordell Hendrex said he was "terrified with fear," per the AP.
  • He, three hotel security personnel and a rookie officer stayed in the hallway for approximately five minutes, before moving to a stairwell.

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USAID chief tests positive for coronavirus

An Air Force cargo jet delivers USAID supplies to Russia earlier this year. Photo: Mikhail Metzel/TASS via Getty Images

The acting administrator of the United States Agency for International Development informed senior staff Wednesday he has tested positive for coronavirus, two sources familiar with the call tell Axios.

Why it matters: John Barsa, who staffers say rarely wears a mask in their office, is the latest in a series of senior administration officials to contract the virus. His positive diagnosis comes amid broader turmoil at the agency following the election.

Bryan Walsh, author of Future
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COVID-19 shows a bright future for vaccines

Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

Promising results from COVID-19 vaccine trials offer hope not just that the pandemic could be ended sooner than expected, but that medicine itself may have a powerful new weapon.

Why it matters: Vaccines are, in the words of one expert, "the single most life-saving innovation ever," but progress had slowed in recent years. New gene-based technology that sped the arrival of the COVID vaccine will boost the overall field, and could even extend to mass killers like cancer.

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Beware a Thanksgiving mirage

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Don't be surprised if COVID metrics plunge over the next few days, only to spike next week.

Why it matters: The COVID Tracking Project warns of a "double-weekend pattern" on Thanksgiving — where the usual weekend backlog of data is tacked on to a holiday.