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Arrest warrant issued after fatal Fort Worth shooting

A former Fort Worth police officer was charged with murder in the shooting of Atatiana Jefferson that occurred Saturday.

Jefferson was killed when officer Aaron Dean shot through the window at her, according to a report from the Star-Telegram.

The warrant stated that Jefferson was holding a gun — an action that is legal in Texas — when Dean shot and killed her.

Dean resigned shortly before a warrant for his arrest was issued.

Another Ugandan LGBTQ+ Activist killed

Anti-LGBTQ+ activists protesting in Uganda amidst possible reinstatement of “Kill the Gays” bill.
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A Ugandan LGBTQ+ activist was attacked outside of his home and died soon after, according to NBC News.

Brian Wasswa, who identified as gay and gender-nonconforming, died on Oct. 5 amid rising tensions towards the Ugandan queer community.

Sexual Minorities Uganda, a local advocacy group, said the death of Wasswa is the fourth LGBTQ-related murder the country has had in three months.

Protests have erupted in Uganda recently in response to the government potentially reconsidering the infamous 2014 “Kill the Gays” bill. If it were to be reintroduced, the bill would increase the penalty for homosexuality from life in prison to death.

The potential reinstatement of the bill has led several  LGBTQ Ugandans to flee the country and seek asylum and refuge elsewhere.

GM makes deal to end strike

General Motors and the United Auto Workers came to an agreement on a tentative deal to end a 31-day strike that included nearly 50,000 workers.

According to CNN, workers had halted work at 31 General Motors factories and 21 other facilities across nine states. The strike is the longest major strike the auto industry has seen in more than 20 years.

The deal was confirmed by Terry Dittes, the United Workers Union lead negotiator, but its details are still not fully disclosed. 

Both General Motors and the United Auto Workers must both agree to the terms before the deal can take effect.

US attorney working in Micronesia killed 

A New York attorney who is serving as the acting attorney general in the Federated States of Micronesia was killed outside of her home Monday.

Rachelle Bergeron was shot around 7 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 15 after returning from her daily jog to her home on the island of Yap, CNN reported.

Bergernon was taken to Yap Memorial Hospital where she was pronounced dead on arrival.

She had been serving as Yap’s assistant attorney general since 2015.