Things you should know today: 4/5/18

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    London struggles to fight crime spike as 2018 murders soar

    Stefan Rousseau
    Forensic officers at the scene where a 16-year old boy was shot on Monday evening and left in a critical condition outside the leisure centre in Walthamstow, east London, Tuesday April 3, 2018. A 17-year old girl was shot and died on Monday evening, in the nearby Tottenham district of north London. The homicide rate in London has increased each month in 2018 as the British capital experiences a rise in violent crime. (Jonathan Brady/PA via AP)

    There have been 53 murders in London this year. If this trend continues the number of murder victims in London in 2018 will be much higher than the 130 of 2017. Police and community members blame it on gang violence.

    Father of man shot by NYPD says he was ill, but harmless

    This photo provided by the New York Police Department shows a metal object at the scene where police officers fatally shot a man who was reported to be threatening people with a gun, which turned out to be a metal pipe that police mistook for a firearm, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. Saheed Vassell, 34, was killed Wednesday April 5, 2018, in the Crown Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn. According to The New York Times, police had encountered him before and classified him as emotionally disturbed. (New York Police Department via AP)

    Saheed Vassell was described as mentally challenged, but harmless and undeserving of death. Police officials said Vassell pointed the metal pipe at officers in a “two-handed shooting stance,” causing four officers to open fire, shooting Vassell 10 ten times.

    Bollywood star Salman Khan gets 5 years for poaching deer

    Bollywood star Salman Khan, second left, arrives to appear before a court in Jodhpur, Rajasthan state, India, Thursday, April 5, 2018. Khan was convicted Thursday of poaching rare deer in a wildlife preserve two decades ago and sentenced to five years in prison, with the trial judge describing him as a “habitual offender.”. (AP Photo/Sunil Verma)

    Salman Khan was described as a “habitual offender” by a judge. The conviction comes after Khan was accused of poaching deer two decades ago, a crime he denies committing. Khan has filed an appeal.

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