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Suspected Austin, Texas bomber killed after shootout and bomb exploded in Round Rock

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The man police suspected was the Austin bomber has been shot by the FBI, according to local news reports.

Austin police tracked the alleged bomber down and engaged him in Round Rock early Wednesday, state law enforcement officials said. A device was then detonated, which police expected when they pursued him. Shots were then exchanged, WFAA’s Jason Whitely tweeted.

He said that media received word last night at approximately 9:00 p.m. that law enforcement had identified the suspected bomber and was closing in on him. He was able to be located due to the FedEx packages that were sent and exploded Tuesday in the facility outside of San Antonio. Police wanted to surprise the individual, and waited overnight to do so in Round Rock.

“Investigators and officials used a mix of cell phone technology, security video and store receipts to track down the suspect,” KEUV reporter Jay Walls tweeted.

Law enforcement said in an early morning press conference that during that shootout the bomber killed himself after his bomb exploded. They noted that they are unsure of the person’s motivations at this time, but are continuing the investigation.

Police could not reveal the identity of the suspect prior to informing the family, however they did say it was a 24-year-old white male.

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New report targets 15 House Democrats who ‘deserve’ progressive primary challengers

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As progressive candidates continue to announce their intentions to oust corporate Democrats, a new report names 15 House Democrats to unseat in primary challenges.

Published Monday by the left-leaning group RootsAction, the new report is entitled Bad Blues: Some of the House Democrats Who Deserve to Be 'Primaried.'

The list, the report notes, "is by no means exhaustive—only illustrative."

"There may well be a Democratic member of Congress near you not included here who serves corporate interests more than majority interests, or has simply grown tired or complacent in the never-ending struggles for social, racial, and economic justice as well as environmental sanity and peace," the report notes. "Perhaps you live in a district where voters are ready to be inspired by a progressive primary candidate because the Democrat in Congress is not up to the job."

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‘A true public health emergency’: 70+ medical groups sound alarm on climate crisis

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Groups lay out action agenda to advance climate solutions and strengthen resiliency

Scores of medical groups on Monday called the climate crisis "a health emergency" and laid out what they framed as a blueprint for the public and private sector to take swift action.

The agenda is signed by over 70 groups, including the American Medical Association, American Heart Association, Physicians for Social Responsibility, and the National Association of Social Workers.

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Citing CIA’s dark history, librarians protest agency’s recruiting at their conference

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"Everything they stand for is a violation of the values of librarianship, so we protested."

A group of librarians demanded the American Library Association abide by its values on Friday as they staged a protest of the CIA's presence and recruitment at the professional organization's annual conference.

At the convention, which is taking place June 20-25 in Washington, D.C., the CIA is among the hundreds of exhibitors.

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