Good evening ladies and gentlemen. It’s 8 pm. Welcome back to the Tagesschau. An NFL player involved in a fatal car accident, intense negotiations in the formation of the new German government, and new blood tests that could detect cancer before symptoms are shown.
Former NFL receiver Henry Ruggs killed a young woman and her dog in a car crash last Tuesday.
He had been speeding down a residential street in Las Vegas with his girlfriend at around 3:30 in the morning. He was driving at a speed of 156 miles per hour just seconds before crashing into Tina Tintor’s car. The 23-year old was declared dead at the scene after her car burst into flames.
According to police officials, Ruggs had a blood-alcohol level of more than twice the legal limit in Nevada. He was charged with DUI resulting in death and reckless driving the same day. The Las Vegas Raiders released him shortly after.
Here’s what student Cole Hawk has to say, “It’s crazy. He went from making millions a year to spending his life in prison in only one night.”
Now, prosecutors want to file additional charges for the injuries of his girlfriend and the possession of a firearm while under the influence. Ruggs could face up to 40 years behind bars.
Three German parties start discussing details for a possible coalition.
The Social Democrats, Free Democrats, and Greens had already worked out a rough framework for a coalition.
Last Wednesday, about a month after the elections, party members started discussing details in 22 separate groups.
Greens Leader Anna-Lena Baerbock is not sure how long the negotiations will take. She says there are still considerable differences. For example, when it comes to climate action, finances, and the transport sector.
Forming a coalition can be a long process. German student Lisann Evert knows that. “Sometimes it seems like a never-ending back and forth. Last time after the elections, it took them, I don’t know, five months.”
This time, the parties plan to agree on a coalition contract by the end of November so that a new chancellor can be elected early in December. Until then, Angela Merkel remains in office.
When cancer is discovered, it’s often too late. New blood tests could change that and save many lives, according to an article published by National Geographic.
Multiple companies are working on innovative new blood tests that can detect cancer signals circulating in the bloodstream in tiny concentrations. Their goal is to reveal cancer at earlier stadiums before the patient even shows symptoms.
Thousands of people die of cancer every year. The disease is often incurable by the time it is diagnosed. For example, once somebody with pancreatic cancer has symptoms, the survival rate is only 3 percent.
Here’s what Julie Raffel thinks about reliable screening methods for cancer: “That would be huge. It could save so many lives”.
Yet, tests have to prove to be precise as false positive tests could be a huge problem. Also, it is not sure if they will really make a difference as an earlier diagnosis doesn’t necessarily make the disease curable.
These were our Thursday night news. Thank you for your time, and good night.