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Louisiana retailers are charging nearly $400 for bulletproof backpacks

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The ongoing string of school shootings, including the most alarming incident a Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., where students and faculty were murdered as prompted Louisiana to take extreme precaution in order protect the state’s schoolchildren.

A bill was recently passed that will allow students to wear bulletproof packbacks, stated in the new legislature that was signed into law by Gov. John Bel Edwards.

The new law was made effective in June of 2018 but continues to exempt any student from “wearing, carrying, or possessing a backpack on school property or a school bus that has bullet-resistant metal or other material intended to provide protection from weapons or bodily injury,” reports Nola.com

The costly bullet resistant bac packs ranging from $100 to $500 are described to work solely against rounds from handguns and pistols, but unfortunately still provides minimal protection from bullets fired from an AR-15, the rifle used by the Parkland shooter and in the 2012 mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School that left 27 dead.

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CNN on-boards Andrew Yang as Political Commentator

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Former Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang is joining CNN as a political commentator, the network announced Wednesday.

“I’m excited to join @CNN to help shed light on the election and the candidates’ experiences,” Yang posted via Twitter.

“Learned a lot these past months and am glad to contribute to the public discussion.” He’ll appear on the network in his new capacity later Wednesday, he added.

The tech entrepreneur Andrew Yang suspended his campaign last Tuesday, Feb. 11 in his bid for the White House.

“We’ve accomplished so much together,” Yang said during a speech to supporters in Durham, N.H.

Thank you #YangGang.

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Yang rose from obscurity to become a highly-visible candidate, rallying a coalition of liberal Democrats, libertarians and some disaffected Republicans to form a devoted group of followers known as the Yang Gang.

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New York Rapper Pop Smoke Shot and Killed at 20

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The budding Brooklyn rap star Pop Smoke (Bashar Barakah Jackson) has reportedly been murdered. 

According to TMZ, Pop Smoke was shot and killed early Wednesday morning in what appears to be a home-invasion robbery.

LAPD confirmed the rapper’s death, claiming that two men wearing hoodies and masks broke into Pop Smoke’s Hollywood Hills house around 4:30AM, shooting Pop Smoke multiple times and fleeing the scene on foot.

He was pronounced dead upon arriving at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in West Hollywood.

No suspects have been apprehended or identified at this time, and there is no word on whether the rapper had any connection to the them.

The young emcee rose to fame with his first single, “Welcome to the Party,” which also featured rap heavyweight Nicki Minaj on the remix. 

The rapper’s death came just days after he released his anticipated new mixtape, Meet the Woo 2. Pop Smoke was age 20 when he passed.

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U.S. Passengers released from Quarantined Cruise Ship in Japan

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The United States has reportedly evacuated its citizens from the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan on Monday morning after they had been quarantined for more than a week in the Japanese port city of Yokohama. 

Other nations are preparing to follow suit as global concerns heighten over the spread of the deadly disease with a death toll of 1,700 at its Chinese epicenter.

Fourteen people who tested positive for the coronavirus were among the more than 300 American citizens and family members evacuated by plane from the quarantined ship, the US State Department revealed Monday.

More than 70,500 have been infected across China by the COVID-19 virus as the world battles to contain the outbreak that has sparked panic buying and jitters over the global economic impact.

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