The breaking news in Australia is that a number of pedestrians have been hit by a car near Flinders Street Station in Melbourne's CBD."
It started out as a serious situation unfolding at Flinders and Elizabeth Streets, according to Melissa Cunningham at The Age. “It just mowed everybody down,” is a quote Kerrie O'Brien tweeted from the story. Henrietta Cook added, “It’s a sick, sad world. Awful scenes in Melbourne a few days before Xmas.”
At BuzzFeed, Gina Rushton also filed Several People Are Injured After A Car Ploughed Through A Pedestrian Crossing In Melbourne. Josh Taylor added, “We have @ginarush updating this post with the latest we have on the Melbourne Flinders St incident.”
BBC reported that Australian police did arrest a driver in Melbourne.
The news in America
U.S. life expectancy declines for a second straight year and it’s fueled by the drug crisis, according to Leonard Bernstein and Christopher Ingraham at the Washington Post.
A headline from Josh Saul in Newsweek reads: An Inmate Had Skin Cancer and Needed Radiation. This Prison Gave Him Tylenol. And the piece is worth a read.
This piece from The Onion has been making its way around the Muck Rack circles today: Paul Ryan Slits Auto Mechanic’s Throat To Kick Off GOP Purge Of Working Class. It was written by Ryan Shattuck and shared by almost everyone.
“There’s a new leader in the sweepstakes for the zaniest name change in the crypto craze.” And it’s that Long Island Iced Tea Soared 500% After Changing Its Name to Long Blockchain, writes Arie Shapira for Bloomberg. Dashiell Bennett wondered if this counts as “Pivoting to blockchain?” While Emma Ockerman tweeted: “All one can really say is ‘LMAO.’”
The news abroad
Survivors tell the AP that the Myanmar army massacred dozens of Rohingya, according to Todd Pitman. The AP themselves tweeted of, “Firing squads, decapitations, blood-soaked ground.”