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A new study confirms a trend reported following events like the Orlando nightclub shooting last year — after mass shootings, Americans buy more handguns.

What they found: There were significant spikes in handgun sales in California during the 12 weeks following mass shootings in Newtown, CT in 2012 (53%) and San Bernardino, CA in 2015 (85% in the city and 35% across the state). The increases were short-lived and accounted for less than 10 percent of handgun purchases, but shows how shocks like Newtown and San Bernardino change behavior.

Why it matters: Mass shootings account for less than 1% of the 32,000 people killed from gunshot wounds each year but are, by far, the most visible in media coverage. Handguns in households are a proven risk factor in suicides, and researchers fear increases in handgun sales exacerbate that problem and lead to more homicides.

Fact of note: Handgun sales rose among whites and Latinos, but not blacks.

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Pandemic plunges U.K. into "largest recession on record"

The scene near the Royal Exchange and the Bank of England in the City of London, England. Photo: Tolga Akmen/AFP via Getty Images

The United Kingdom slumped into recession as its gross domestic product GDP shrank 20.4% compared with the first three months of the year, the Office of National Statistics (ONS) confirmed Wednesday.

Why it matters: Per an ONS statement, "It is clear that the U.K. is in the largest recession on record." The U.K. has faired worse than any other major European economy from coronavirus lockdowns, Bloomberg notes. And finance minister Rishi Sunak warns the situation is likely to worsen.

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Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins; Map: Axios Visuals

The United Kingdom slumped into recession on Wednesday, as its gross domestic product GDP shrank 20.4% compared with the first three months of the year.

By the numbers: Over 741,400 people have died of the novel coronavirus globally and more than 20.2 million have tested positive, per Johns Hopkins. Almost 12.6 million have recovered from the virus.

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 3 a.m. ET: 20,294,091 — Total deaths: 741,420— Total recoveries: 12,591,454Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 3 a.m. ET: 5,141,207 — Total deaths: 164,537 — Total recoveries: 1,714,960 — Total tests: 63,252,257Map.
  3. States: Georgia reports 137 coronavirus deaths, setting new daily record Florida reports another daily record for deaths.
  4. Health care: Trump administration buys 100 million doses of Moderna's coronavirus vaccine.
  5. Business: Moderna reveals it may not hold patent rights for vaccine.
  6. Sports: Big Ten scraps fall football season.
  7. World: Anthony Fauci "seriously" doubts Russia's coronavirus vaccine is safe