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FBI special agent Christopher Combs leaves a press conference about the Odessa shooting Monday. Photo by Cengiz Yar/Getty Images

The perpetrator of a mass shooting in Odessa, Texas, Saturday had been fired from his job that morning and later called police and the FBI before opening fire in a drive-by shooting that left 7 dead and 22 injured, per AP.

What we know: The shooter had already been "in trouble" at work, according to FBI special agent Christopher Combs, and was terminated from his job at Journey Oilfield Services that morning. But authorities say his firing was not the cause of his actions.

  • “This did not happen because he was fired. He showed up to work enraged,” Combs said.
  • Authorities say the shooter then made "rambling" calls to police and the FBI before beginning his rampage.
  • Combs also described the shooter's residence as “strange” and it “reflect[s] what his mental state was going into this.”

Go deeper: Mass shooting near Odessa, Texas: What we know

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COVID cases and deaths keep falling

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Data: N.Y. Times; Cartogram: Kavya Beheraj/Axios

America’s coronavirus outbreak is rapidly improving as the Delta wave recedes, and vaccines for kids — which could become available within weeks — will help the situation improve even further.

By the numbers: Nationwide, the U.S. is now averaging about 79,000 new cases per day — a 22% drop over the past two weeks.

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How the pandemic caused a corporate rebound

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WeWork becomes a public company today worth more than $9 billion — a vindication of the expensive turnaround strategy employed after it spectacularly imploded in 2019. Like many companies that find themselves at death's door, that which didn't kill them made them stronger.

Why it matters: Hertz, Alamo Drafthouse, Airbnb, and Toast are among the currently-thriving companies that were shaken to the core in the early days of the pandemic — providing further evidence for the theory that, in the words of former Fast Company editor Bill Taylor, "companies can't be great unless they've almost failed."

Roku tells customers it is unable to strike a deal with YouTube

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Roku on Thursday told customers via a post on its corporate blog that it has still not been able to strike a distribution agreement with YouTube TV, which has been removed from Roku's channel store for five months.

Why it matters: It's the first time Roku has directly acknowledged the issue to its customers. Roku says YouTube TV parent Google has made anti-competitive demands in distribution negotiations, which still haven't been resolved.

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