Two students were shot at a Los Angeles middle school Thursday, Feb. 1, and three others were injured, according to a Los Angeles Police Department spokeswoman. A 15-year-old boy is in stable but critical condition after being shot in the head, and a 15-year-old girl is in fair condition after being shot in the wrist in the shooting at Sal Castro Middle School. A suspect, a juvenile female, is in custody, according to Officer Wendy Reyes.
Almost 1,000 workers are trapped underground at a South African gold mine after a power failure. Sibanye Gold is using a generator to get the workers out of the mine, but "having some problems," according to spokesman James Wellsted. He didn't say how long it could take, adding that there were no fatalities and the workers are fine. South Africa's state-owned utility said power will soon be restored to the Beatrix mine. The outage was caused by a severe thunderstorm that swept through large parts of northern Free State province, said a spokesman for Eskom Holdings SOC.
HITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. - Congress is barreling toward a Feb. 8 spending deadline with no deal at hand to stave off another government shutdown. Republican leaders gathered here for their annual retreat acknowledged Thursday, Feb. 1, that yet another short-term spending bill will be needed to keep the government open, the fifth such stopgap measure this fiscal year.
Are standing desks really doing us any good? That question has divided workplaces since sitting started going out of fashion about five years ago. Our sedentary lifestyles were killing us, so standing, the thinking went, was the logical antidote. Sitting too long has been associated with diabetes, hypertension, some forms of cancer, anxiety and a generally greater probability of early death. However, a few years and hundreds of studies later, the naysayers began arguing that the benefits of standing had been exaggerated.
A 14-year-old killer whale in France has successfully imitated human speech, according to researchers who got her to squeak out convincing versions of words, including "hello," "Amy" and "bye, bye." The vocal feats put Wikie, an orca at the Marineland aquarium in the city of Antibes, in rare company. While birds such as parrots and mynas are known to be able to mimic human sounds, only a few mammals, including a zoo elephant in South Korea, have been documented doing so.
Susan Bro stepped onstage at the MTV Video Music Awards thinking of the final promise she had made to her daughter. She told the millions watching that her daughter died protesting racism and that she wanted others to be inspired by her courage. The audience cheered upon hearing Heather Heyer's name.
The mayor of Nashville apologized on Wednesday for having an affair with the head of her security detail, a police officer. Megan Barry, 54, a Democrat who was elected mayor of Tennessee's bustling capital in 2015, disclosed the affair to the media.
WASHINGTON - The long-simmering feud between President Donald Trump and the Justice Department erupted into open conflict Wednesday when the FBI publicly challenged the president's expected release of a contentious and classified memo related to the probe of Russian meddling in the 2016 election.
One person was killed when an Amtrak train carrying Republican lawmakers to an annual party conference in West Virginia collided Wednesday with a truck near Crozet, Virginia. The White House confirmed the fatality. One person was seriously injured. "The President has been fully briefed on the situation in Virginia and is receiving regular updates," White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said. "There are no serious injuries among members of Congress or their staff."
LONDON, Ontario - American curling champion Tabitha Peterson has heard it all: Anyone can curl. My grandmother can curl. The Swiffer sport. Housekeeping comes to the Winter Games. "Everyone thinks they can go to the Olympics in curling because they think it's so easy," she says, shaking her ponytail. She's sitting in a nearly empty banquet room in a western Ontario ice arena, dressed in gym clothes, which would be curling attire.