Oct 5, 2017

Vegas shooter booked rooms overlooking Chicago festival

Concertgoers at Lollapalooza in Chicago on August 6, 2017. Photo: Rob Grabowski / Invision via AP

Stephen Paddock, who killed at least 59 and injured 527 after a shooting spree in Las Vegas, booked rooms at a Chicago hotel overlooking Grant Park in August — the same time as the Lollapalooza music festival, attended by thousands, per the Chicago Tribune. Paddock also researched hotels in Boston, in the vicinity of Fenway Park, officials briefed on the investigation told NBC.

The backdrop: Nine months before the Las Vegas shooting, the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security issued a joint report, obtained by Foreign Policy, warning of lone offenders targeting mass gatherings, such as music venues and sporting events. "Unaffiliated lone offenders and [homegrown violent extremists] are of particular concern due to their ability to remain undetected until operational," the report said.

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Schiff demands that Grenell explain Trump's purge of inspectors general

House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff. Photo: Zach Gibson/Getty Images

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, sent a letter to the acting Director of National Intelligence Ric Grenell on Tuesday demanding he turn over documents explaining his management of the intelligence community amid concerns of the politicalization of the agency.

Why it matters: The letter, which calls for a response by April 16, comes as President Trump continues his purge of inspectors general across the federal government that he deems disloyal to his administration.

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China reopens Wuhan after 10-week coronavirus lockdown

People wearing facemasks stand near Yangtze River in Wuhan. Photo: Hector Retamal/AFP via Getty Images

China has lifted its lockdown of Wuhan, the city in Hubei province where the coronavirus outbreak was first reported in December, according to the New York Times.

Why it matters: As cases surged in January, China took the draconian step of sealing off the city of 11 million and shutting down its economy — a response that was viewed at the time as only possible in an authoritarian system, but which has since been adopted by governments around the world.