Why "kills" not "killed"

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Las Vegas shooting: Gunman Stephen Paddock kills 50 people


Why "kills" not "killed" ?
 

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Welcome to the forum, vmak.

At the time of writing, this is still breaking news. Unfortunately the death toll may still rise if some of the injured fail to recover.

The use of the present tense in news reports emphasises the immediacy of the atrocity.
 

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Newspaper headlines are usually written in the present tense.
 

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Newspaper headlines are usually written in the present tense.
And this applies whether the event being reported is an atrocity or a mere curiosity. Consider the famous apocryphal example, Man Bites Dog.
 
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