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US school shooting: Gunman dies after being shot in Maryland

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A gunman who shot and injured two teenage students at a high school in the US state of Maryland was shot dead by an officer, police say.

Austin Wyatt Rollins, 17, shot a 16-year-old girl, who is in a critical condition, and a 14-year-old boy.

The attack happened on Tuesday morning before lessons at Great Mills High School in St Mary’s County, 65 miles (104km) south-east of Washington DC.

Rollins had a prior relationship with the girl, Sheriff Tim Cameron said.

The school shooting comes a month after a high school shooter killed 17 in Parkland, Florida.

Blaine Gaskill, an armed campus guard, exchanged gunfire with the attacker but it is unclear if the gunman was hit by the guard’s gunfire or shot himself.

Mr. Cameron said the shooting began in a hallway at the school.

The gunman fired at a female and then a male student, hitting them both, he said.

“Our school resource officer who was stationed inside the school was alerted,” he told reporters.

Three people, including the gunman, were injured in the attack
“He pursued the shooter, engaged the shooter. During that engagement he fired a round at the shooter.

“Simultaneously, the shooter fired a round as well,” he said.

Mr Gaskill was not hurt, Mr Cameron said, adding that the gunman’s cause of death was still under investigation.

The female student is in a critical condition in hospital. Some 1,600 students attend the school in the community of Great Mills near the Chesapeake Bay and were evacuated to a nearby school after the event.

Federal agents from the FBI, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives – as well as local police – are at the school investigating the incident.

One Twitter user, who appears to be a student at the school, posted about the shootings.

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If You Had One Shot (or Game or Season or Series … )

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You’ve probably heard of situational players. But which NBA superstars would you choose for these four critical situations?

One Shot:

Jason ConcepcionThere are many flavors of last shot. After-the-timeout action in the half court. Pull-up jumper in transition. Drive-and-kick to the shooter with his feet set. Mano a mano hero-ball dribble drive against a double-team. I choose Kevin Durant because The Servant can serve them all. At 7 feet with a deft handle and ICBM range, he can see over most defenders, drive past the ones he can’t, and let it fly from anywhere he wants. Durant is currently putting up a historically good shooting line—52 percent from the field, 43 percent from 3, 88 percent from the line.

Just look at his clutch stats this season. He’s shooting 60 percent on 42 attempts in the last five minutes with the game on the line and 53 percent from 3. And he’s done it from everywhere on the floor and in every way—long-range bombs, midrange dribble drives, Dirkian elbow fadeaways, layups, and on and on.

Game on the line? Just let KD cook. I like the odds.

Shea SerranoLet’s say the Spurs are in the NBA Finals, and let’s also say that it’s Game 7, and let’s also say that they’re playing on the road, and let’s also say that the score is 101-99, and let’s also say that there are 14 seconds left, and let’s also say that the Spurs are in possession of the ball, and let’s also say that they have just used their final timeout, and let’s also say that we’re playing against a suddenly unstoppable Cavs team, and let’s also say that in addition to the title being at stake my life is (somehow) also at stake. If we take all of those things to be true, then I want Steph Curry taking the shot. He is smart enough, good enough, deadly enough, fearless enough for me to feel like I have a better than average chance at being alive at the end of that possession.

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Facebook stock drops after reports of FTC probe and UK summons of Zuckerberg in data scandal

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  • The probes follow a weekend of turmoil for Facebook after reports that Cambridge Analytica gained access to the data of more than 50 million users.
  • Shares of Facebook are down 3.5 percent down after falling as much as 8 percent on Monday.
  • UK officials are also investigating the alleged mishandling of data
  • Mark Zuckerberg should speak out about Facebook breach, says Cramer  

    The Federal Trade Commission is investigating whether the use of personal data from 50 million Facebook users by Cambridge Analytica violated a consent decree the tech company signed with the agency in 2011, Bloomberg reported Monday.

    The probe follows a weekend of turmoil for the social media giant. Reports this weekend said the research firm improperly gained access to the data of more than 50 million Facebook users.

    “We are aware of the issues that have been raised but cannot comment on whether we are investigating. We take any allegations of violations of our consent decrees very seriously as we did in 2012 in a privacy case involving Google,” a spokesman for the FTC said Tuesday.

     A violation of the consent decree could carry a penalty of $40,000 per violation, which could mean a fine conservatively estimated to be “many millions of dollars in fines” for Facebook, The Washington Post reported over the weekend, citing a former FTC official.

    Facebook has maintained the mishandling of data was the result of abuse on the part of Cambridge Analytica and app developer Aleksandr Kogan.

    “We reject any suggestion of violation of the consent decree. We respected the privacy settings that people had in place. Privacy and data protections are fundamental to every decision we make,” Facebook said in a statement to the Post on Saturday.

    The consent decree requires that Facebook notify users and receive explicit permission before sharing personal data beyond their specified privacy settings.

    Weekend reports by The Observer newspaper in the U.K. and The New York Times allege Facebook users willingly provided their data to a psychology quiz app developed by Kogan, who then passed the data along to Cambridge Analytica without the users’ knowledge — constituting a potential violation.

    Shares of Facebook fell 3.5 percent Tuesday, after skidding as much as 8 percent on Monday.

    UK officials are also investigating, ordering auditors hired by Facebook to stand down and summoning CEO Mark Zuckerberg to provide evidence for review.

    Facebook did not immediately return request for comment.

    Read the full Bloomberg report here.

Her Husband Killed 49 People In Orlando. Now She’s On Trial For Terrorism.

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One year and nine months after Omar Mateen opened fire inside a crowded gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, killing 49 and wounding dozens, his widow will stand trial on federal terrorism charges.

Noor Salman, 31, is charged with aiding and abetting Mateen in his attempt to provide material support to a terrorist organization, and obstruction of justice. She has pleaded not guilty. If convicted, she could face life in prison. Jury selection began earlier this month, and opening statements are slated for Wednesday.

The trial is being held in downtown Orlando at the Middle District of Florida courthouse, just two miles from Pulse nightclub, where the crime occurred. At the time, it was the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. U.S. District Judge Paul Byron, who is presiding over the case, denied Salman’s request for a change of venue.

During jury selection, it was evident just how broadly the community has been affected by the tragedy. On the second day, almost half the potential jurors questioned said they knew someone affected ― a fact that was not, in itself, disqualifying so long as jurors maintained they could stay impartial.

Salman, who was born and raised in California, is the only person charged in the case. Her husband, Mateen, pledged allegiance to ISIS in a 911 call during the rampage and was shot dead by police at the scene. She was arrested in January 2017 and has been held in jail ever since. Her son, now 5, is living with his maternal grandmother in California. Salman is allowed to call him from jail every day.

Roundtable: What Piece of Tech Defines Your Generation?

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The extremely amorphous millennial generation, which has been described as 18- to 34-year-olds since around the time I was 18 a decade ago, is finally getting some boundaries.

On March 1 the Pew Research Center announced that in its future examinations of generational cohorts, it will section off millennials as people born between 1981 and 1996. Pew—and other cultural anthropologists that try to give generational demarcations heft—like to group cohorts based on changes in birth rates, important national events, and economic trends. But they also view technology as a key method to understanding how different eras of society are shaped. “Baby boomers grew up as television expanded dramatically, changing their lifestyles and connection to the world in fundamental ways,” Pew President Michael Dimock wrote. “Generation X grew up as the computer revolution was taking hold, and millennials came of age during the internet explosion.”

“Computers” and “the internet” are pretty general terms for defining generations, though. That got us wondering: What specific technological gadgets, trends, or moments help us understand the difference between Olds, Cool Teens, and the people straddling the line between the two? But first, a quick gut check. Does pigeonholing millennials as 22- to 37-year-olds sound right to you? —Victor Luckerson

Molly McHugh: That seems like a generous scale to me …

Justin Charity: It’s interesting that we keep shrinking the span of each successive generation. The baby boomers are a 30-year span. Gen X is a 20-year span. The millennials are a 15 year span. Which suggests that generational branding is a hyperactive pastime, and maybe exists to stimulate cultural divisions more than it does to actually explain anything about anyone.

Alyssa Bereznak: True, but I think technology has accelerated so quickly that age difference can feel a lot more acute.

Charity: I think the baby boomers lived through a lot of technological acceleration, too!

McHugh: But yeah, I think it’s actually fitting that generational categories become smaller with the rate of change accelerating. The iPhone changed everything to such a degree, more than the television. I think television had a huge cultural impact, but not as huge of a technological impact.

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Russian state TV warns ‘traitors’ not to settle in England

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After Salisbury poisoning, host says there have been ‘too many strange incidents’ in recent years

Russian state television has warned “traitors” and Kremlin critics that they should not settle in England because of an increased risk of dying in mysterious circumstances.

“Don’t choose England as a place to live. Whatever the reasons, whether you’re a professional traitor to the motherland or you just hate your country in your spare time, I repeat, no matter, don’t move to England,” the presenter Kirill Kleymenov said during a news programme on Channel One, state TV’s flagship station.

“Something is not right there. Maybe it’s the climate. But in recent years there have been too many strange incidents with a grave outcome. People get hanged, poisoned, they die in helicopter crashes and fall out of windows in industrial quantities,” Kleymenov said.

The stark warning comes as the former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, remain critically ill in hospital after being poisoned with a nerve agent in Salisbury. Moscow has labelled speculation that they were targeted by the Kremlin security services as an “anti-Russian campaign”

A number of Kremlin critics have met grisly ends in Britain in recent years. Boris Berezovsky, an oligarch turned government critic, was found hanged at his home in Berkshire in March 2013. The coroner delivered an open verdict. Alexander Litvinenko, a former FSB security service officer, died in 2006 after being poisoned with polonium-210 in the lobby of a Mayfair hotel, allegedly by Russian hitmen. Vladimir Putin dismissed accusations of Russian involvement.

In 2012, Alexander Perepilichnyy, a former banker who was helping Swiss prosecutors investigate a Russian-linked money-laundering scheme, died after collapsing in Surrey. A pre-inquest hearing heard that traces of a chemical that can be found in the poisonous plant gelsemium were later found in his stomach. The inquest is due to resume next month.

Stephen Curtis, a millionaire lawyer with close ties to the exiled Russian tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky, died when his helicopter crashed close to Bournemouth airport in 2004. Curtis is reported to have told a close relative that if he were to die, it would not be an accident. One of Curtis’s associates, Scot Young, who had business links to Berezovsky, was found impaled on railings after falling from his apartment in Marylebone, central London, in 2014. The coroner found insufficient evidence to rule it a suicide, and his family suspect he was murdered.

Court saga around Panama Papers appeals continues

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The legal saga surrounding the Panama Papers appeals continued on Wednesday, with some of the documents being described in court as “beyond essential”.

The debate on which documents were admissible was the crux of a hearing before the First Hall of the Civil Court.

The case had been filed by former Opposition leader Simon Busuttil who claimed that Mr Justice Antonio Mizzi’s decision to continue to preside over the Panama Papers appeals would render him a “victim” by violating his right to a fair hearing.

The seven subjects of the inquiry, namely Prime Minister Joseph Muscat, his chief of staff Keith Schembri and Tourism Minister Konrad Mizzi, together with businessmen Brian Tonna, Karl Cini, Malcolm Scerri and Adrian Hillman, had each filed separate appeals from a magisterial decision giving the go-ahead for an inquiry in their regard. These appeals had been assigned to Mr Justice Mizzi.

During the last hearing, some of the respondents’ lawyers had objected to various documents produced in evidence in this constitutional suit, an argument stressed further today with lawyers Mark Vassallo, Aaron Mifsud Bonnici and Pawlu Lia insisting that certain documents had no place or relevance in the constitutional proceedings.

“Documents to this effect are not admissible as they form part of a magisterial inquiry which is secret,” argued Dr Mifsud Bonnici, requesting the removal of these documents from the acts of the case.

However, Jason Azzopardi, assisting the applicant, rebutted that these arguments were “frivolous” and that the respondents’ lawyers were purposely confusing “admissibility” and “relevance”.

One particular document targeted for removal a transcript in which Mr Justice Mizzi “had declared several times in open court that an argument for his recusal was “highly annoying”.

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Jaylen Brown Gives An Update Following A Scary Fall

The Celtics up-and-coming star is feeling better.

There was a sense of déjà vu for Celtics fans Thursday night, as they watched forward Jaylen Brown crash to the ground and land hard on his back and neck after a dunk in the third quarter against the Timberwolves.

The crowd at the Target Center went quiet, while Brown laid motionless on the ground. The Celtics’ medical staff immediately tended to Brown, and a stretcher was wheeled onto the floor. It would end up going unused, however, as Brown was able to walk — under his own power — off the court to the locker room, where he was “evaluated for concussion-like symptoms.”

Brown entered the league’s concussion protocol, but flew home to Boston with the team. Coach Brad Stevens said in his postgame press conference if doctors found any reason for concern, Brown would have stayed overnight in Minnesota.

“He felt pretty good leaving the arena, but he went to get a CT scan and whatever else,” Stevens told reporters. “Our trainer said when he left the locker room, he was moving and feeling OK and left in good spirits.”

Following the initial shock from witnessing the incident, Brown’s teammates all seemed relieved his injury wasn’t more serious. Having watched Gordon Hayward get carted off the court in the season opener, the team was thankful Brown did not experience the same fate.

“I was right there,” Al Horford said. “It was tough to see. I was just happy he was able to get up and walk off because that was one of the worst falls I’ve seen.”

“It was a huge relief just because we were worried about Jaylen’s health,” Horford continued. “Just seeing him get up, it put us all at ease to continue to play the game. If he hadn’t have gotten up, I don’t know how that would’ve been for our group.”

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Caracas was the most dangerous capital city in the world last year

Caracas, Venezuela, was the most dangerous capital city in the world in 2017, according to a new study that underscores how Latin America remains one of the bloodiest swaths of the planet.

According to Mexico’s Citizens Council for Public Safety and Criminal Justice, 43 of the world’s 50 most violent cities were in Latin America and the Caribbean, with Brazil, Mexico and Venezuela leading the list.

Los Cabos, Mexico, topped the annual ranking with a murder rate of 111.3 per 100,000 residents. But Caracas — just one of five capital cities on the list — was in a close second place with 111.2 murders per 100,000 residents.

The 10th annual ranking was released this week and measures murder rates in cities with more than 300,000 people.

The report’s authors said Venezuela’s murder rate had become increasingly difficult to determine. The government does not release official data and local media hadn’t been providing full reports, the study found, making it a nation that has become “incapable of counting its dead.”

In addition, the mass exodus from Venezuela means that population estimates are no longer accurate, so murder rates are likely higher than reported, the study found.

Read More: In data-dark Venezuela facts are in short supply

The authors said they determined the Caracas figures by extrapolating from information gathered at the morgue. According to their calculations, the city had an estimated 3,387 murders in 2017.

Due to the difficulty in calculating the figures, the authors said they removed two Venezuelan cities from their annual list — Cumaná and Gran Barcelona — not because there was an improvement but simply because there was not enough data.

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A 26-year-old woman racked up $10,000 of debt after trying to become an Instagram star — and it reveals a huge issue with the platform

Some millennials say they’re sinking thousands of dollars into crafting perfect Instagram photos.

This week, the New York Post reported the story of Lissette Calveiro, a 26-year-old who racked up $10,000 of debt trying to become an Instagram star.

Calveiro says she splurged on designer handbags, expensive clothes, and luxurious vacations while working low-salary jobs, including an internship in New York.

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