The Daily Populous

Friday December 24th, 2021 day edition

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LOS ANGELES — A teenage girl in a dressing room was fatally shot by police who were firing on an assault suspect at a store full of last-minute holiday shoppers Thursday, authorities said.

The 14-year-old girl was found dead behind the dressing room wall, which was penetrated by gunfire, Los Angeles police officials said.

Assistant Police Chief Dominic Choi said at a news conference that a preliminary investigation indicated that the teen was fatally struck by an officer’s round.

Officers also shot and killed the assault suspect, police said.

A third person, whom police described as the victim of an assault that triggered the first calls to officials, was hospitalized with unspecified injuries, authorities said.

It wasn't clear whether or how the suspect, the girl and the assault victim were related, Choi said.

A new California law requires the state Department of Justice to investigate fatal shootings of unarmed civilians by law enforcement. »

A 'populist' Senate candidate wants to ban members of Congress from holding and trading stocks — and throw them in jail if they don't comply

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Democratic Missouri Senate candidate Lucas Kunce wants to ban members of congress from trading stocks.

When Lucas Kunce heard House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's rejection of a proposed ban on members of Congress and their spouses from trading stocks, he was incensed.

"They're supposed to make things better for the everyday American, and instead, they're legislating for their stock portfolio.". »

People Got Sick at a Conspiracy Conference. They’re Sure It’s Anthrax.

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Unraveling viral disinformation and explaining where it came from, the harm it's causing, and what we should do about it.

A group of unvaccinated people who attended a huge conspiracy conference in Dallas earlier this month all became sick in the days after the event with symptoms like coughing, shortness of breath, and fever.

Instead of blaming the global COVID pandemic, however, the conspiracy theorists think they were attacked with anthrax. »

Japan university finds Alzheimer's drug effective in treating ALS

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Japan's Yamagata University said Friday it has found that a drug being developed for the treatment of Alzheimer's is also effective in treating amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, more commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease.

The drug has been found capable of curbing the abnormal agglomeration of protein that causes the progressive neurodegenerative disease, the state-run university in northeastern Japan said.

Since the experiment was conducted on mice suffering familial ALS, the less common type, researchers will now carry out experiments on mice with the more common sporadic or non-inherited ALS. »

Denver Museum of Nature & Science receives $25M anonymous donation

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DENVER — An anonymous donor contributed $25 million to the Denver Museum of Nature & Science and its supporting organization, the DMNS Foundation, which marks the largest gift in the institution’s 121-year history.

Ten percent of the donation will go to the museum to help with staffing, equipment and launch activities, the museum said.

"It will position the museum as a leader in culturally-inclusive object conservation in the Rocky Mountain region, nationally and internationally," Nash said. »