News 3’s Top Trends: June 24

The vote is official for Britain to leave the European Union, confusion over a gunman in a German movie theater, and a new baby Zebra is born to the Chicago Zoo.

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United Kingdom votes to leave European Union

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The polls are closed, votes are in and it’s official — Britain will be saying good bye to the European Union. UK legislators announce the news early Friday morning, and the stunning vote to leave the EU, dubbed the “Brexit,” is already causing shock waves throughout the country’s stock markets.

London’s stock market fell more than 7% within minutes as markets opened on Friday morning, while shares of British banks collapsed as much as 30% in opening deals. The British pound dropped 10% when compared to the US dollar, making this it’s lowest value in 31 years.

US stocks showed vulnerability too as DOW futures fell 3.9 percent, and S&P futures plunged 5.1 percent. The rest of the world is feeling the effects as well. Germany’s stock index dropped 10% in early trading Friday morning, Tokyo stocks slumped nearly 8 percent, their biggest drop in eight years, while South Korea’s Kospi index fell about 4 percent.

The Bank of England’s statement posted to Twitter says it is monitoring changes and will work on contingency plans.

After the official vote, Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron announces he will resign. Cameron campaigned for the UK to remain in the European Union.

“I do not think I can be the captain to take the country to its next destination,” Cameron says Friday. He adds his position should be filled by the October’s Conservative Party conference.

The social media reactions are all over the board as the ‘remain’ voters mourn and the ‘exit’ voters celebrate:

 

Gunman dead after taking hostages in German movie theater

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A masked man was shot dead Thursday after entering a movie theater in southwestern Germany with what appeared to be a rifle and taking several hostages, police tell CBS News. No one else was hurt.

The armed man entered the Kinopolis movie theater in the town of Viernheim in the early afternoon and apparently fired a gun.

Officers “successively entered the cinema and were able to locate the man and the people he was holding,” police spokeswoman Christiane Kobus says. “There was a threat situation and the man was then shot dead by a colleague.”

Police also say there are “no indications at present of an Islamist background.”

The standoff caused worldwide confusion Thursday after German media reported at least 25 people in the theater had been wounded.

 

Endangered zebra born at Chicago zoo

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The Lincoln Park Zoo welcomes the birth of a female zebra on Saturday. The newborn is a Grevy’s zebra, of which there are an estimated 2,000 living in the wild, according to the African Wildlife Foundation. The species is the most threatened and uncommon of three zebra species on Earth.

Zoo employees say they found 9-year-old mother Adia standing with her newborn Saturday morning – just in time for Father’s Day.

The mother and newborn are isolated in their own yard to allow for bonding time, but are still visible to anyone visiting the zoo’s antelope and zebra area.

A zoo spokeswoman says there have been a total of 14 successful zebra births at the zoo, all of them Grevy’s zebras.

 

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