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EDM Friday Briefing: San Bernardino, Denver, Minneapolis, Cairo


Emergency and disaster management Friday Briefing for December 4, 2015: Trying to find a motive in the San Bernardino shooting, a high school lockdown in Denver, Minneapolis protests persist, and another possible terror attack in Egypt kills 16.

  1. Authorities identified a couple who they believe are responsible for killing 14 at San Bernardino holiday party and are probing a possible terror link as they search for a possible motive behind the shooting.
  2. Recent reports point to the theory that the San Bernardino couple allegedly behind the shooting appear to have been radicalized, with a former CIA operative saying that the two shooters used 'ISIS tactics' and likely received combat training.
  3. Police tactics in the San Bernardino shooting received high praise from experts. Law enforcement's short response time and proper use of armored vehicles helped authorities locate the suspects quickly and possibly helped prevent further carnage, experts said.
  4. The San Bernardino attack is the most recent in a string of mass shootings in the U.S. and is re-igniting the debate of why the U.S. has the most mass shootings in the world.
  5. East High School in Denver, CO went into lockdown after police responded to reports of a possible person with a gun. No shots were fired but least two students were detained in the incident.
  6. Protests related to a police shooting continued in Minneapolis and have persisted for two weeks. Yesterday, Minneapolis police cleared a protest camp, which ultimately resulted in eight arrests.
  7. A homemade bomb reportedly killed 16 people in an attack on a nightclub in Cairo, Egypt. This is the latest is what is believed to be a wave of attacks tied to ISIS.
  8. Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter said on Thursday that all combat roles are now open to women, an announcement that is igniting political response.
  9. In the wake of the Planned Parenthood attack that left three dead, there are reports that suspect Robert Dear reportedly targeted a clinic previously. Advocates say that the threat of violence ever-present at abortion clinics.
  10. The World Health Organization (WHO) said that up to 420,000 people die annually due to tainted food. WHO also pointed out that the youngest children are often at greatest risk when it comes to foodborne illness.
  11. With news of mass shootings swirling, gun sales on Black Friday soared, FBI data showed. FBI gun background checks are on track for a record year in 2015.
  12. Police say that disaster was averted after an alleged plot to set off an explosive inside Clifton High School was thwarted. But parents complained that the Clifton school didn't notify them of alleged plot by 5th graders to do harm to the high school.

Matt Mills Matt Mills has been involved in various aspects of online media, both on the editorial side and on the technology side, for more than 16 years. He holds a Master's Degree in Journalism from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism, and is currently involved in multiple projects focused on innovation journalism.