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This Day in History | 1980

Former Beatle John Lennon is shot and killed in New York City by Mark David Chapman. 

Good Morning Middle Americans!

We continue to learn scary new details about the Saudi shooter Mohammed Alshamrani who killed three people at Naval Air Base Pensacola on Friday.  He was apparently radicalized before the attack. We have also learned new details about the sailors who were killed by Alshamrani. 

According to the Navy – “The Sailors that lost their lives in the line of duty showed exceptional heroism and bravery in the face of evil,” said the Navy chief of information in a statement. “When confronted, they didn’t run from danger; they ran towards it and saved lives. If not for their actions, and the actions of the Naval Security Force that were the first responders on the scene, this incident could have been far worse.”

Also today, if you have not received your flu shot yet, you might want to make that priority. Finally, how far are you willing to go to shock your friends at your ugly Christmas sweater party? Walmart Canada had to pull one sweater, because Santa was being too naughty. 

Read all about it below

– Fraser Dixon 

Saudi Airman Was Radicalized before Pensacola Attack 

(Reuters) – The Saudi airman accused of killing three people at a U.S. Navy base in Florida appeared to have posted criticism of U.S. wars and quoted slain al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden on social media hours before the shooting spree, according to a group that tracks online extremism.

Federal investigators have not disclosed any motive behind the attack, which unfolded at dawn on Friday when the Saudi national is said to have begun firing a handgun inside a classroom at the Naval Air Station Pensacola. U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said during a public appearance on Saturday he was not ready to label it an act of terrorism.

A vigil was held on Saturday for those wounded and killed, among them a recent Naval Academy graduate who dreamed of being a fighter pilot and a teenage Arab American.

A sheriff’s deputy fatally shot the gunman, authorities said, ending the second deadly attack at a U.S. military base within a week. Within hours, Saudi Arabia’s King Salman had called U.S. President Donald Trump to extend his condolences and pledge his kingdom’s support in the investigation.

Get the latest on the Pensacola attack here

CDC: 1.7 Million Infected, 900 Dead. ‘Alarmingly Fast Start’ to Flu Season This Year

(Weather Channel) – The flu season is officially underway, marking the earliest start to widespread flu outbreaks in more than 15 years.

Data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that flu cases have risen steadily over the past few weeks and continue to increase.

Twelve states and Puerto Rico reported high levels of flu activity in the CDC’s most recent weekly report, released Friday. That was up from seven states the previous week. Fourteen states, twice as many as the week before, reported moderate flu activity.

While flu season doesn’t have a set start and end date, health officials consider it to kick off when a significant number of doctor’s office visits are related to flu-like illnesses for three weeks in a row, according to the Associated Press. That threshold has now been met.

Read more about the flu season here

Walmart Pulls Sweater featuring ‘Cocaine Santa’

(Global News) – Walmart Canada is apologizing after several adult-themed “ugly” Christmas sweaters — including one involving Santa and drugs — were posted for sale on its website.

One sweater shows a bug-eyed Saint Nick and three lines of a white substance that is heavily implied to be cocaine, along with the phrase “let it snow.”

“We all know how snow works. It’s white, powdery and the best snow comes straight from South America,” read the product description on Walmart’s website. “That’s bad news for jolly old St. Nick, who lives far away in the North Pole.”

“These sweaters, sold by a third-party seller on, do not represent Walmart’s values and have no place on our website. We have removed these products from our marketplace. We apologize for any unintended offense this may have caused,” a spokesperson told Global News on Saturday.

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