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New Orleans’ bustling French Quarter tourist district was a scene of chaos when gunfire erupted early Sunday. One man was left dead and nine others wounded during what was supposed to be a festive time in the city for people vacationing over the Thanksgiving weekend. The shooting victims were two women and eight men ranging in age from 20 to 37. One of the victims, a 25-year-old man, died in the hospital. Police Superintendent stated that the victims were not intended targets; the gunfire was between two men who were arguing and shooting. A witness to the shooting described the scene as absolute panic with people being trampled in attempts to get to safety. Investigators are continuing to search for the two suspects, who fled from the scene on foot.

“We will go to the ends of the earth to make sure that we bring them to justice,” said Mayor Mitch Landrieu.


Fidel Castro, Cuba’s former president of nearly half a century, died on Friday at 90 years old. Castro stepped down from the presidency in 2006 due to serious illness and had been in declining health since. Castro had held on to power longer than any other national leader except for Queen Elizabeth II.  The news of Castro’s death was met with mixed reactions; he was seen as a ruthless tyrant by some and hailed as a revolutionary hero by others. Certain areas, such as Miami, have been filled with celebration over his death, while areas in Cuba have been preparing for week-long services bidding farewell to their former leader. On Wednesday, Castro’s ashes will begin a three-day procession across Cuba, retracing the march of his rebel army from the Sierra Maestra mountains to the capital.

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