7 people shot at a house party near Ball State University in Indiana

Seven people were wounded, three critically, in a shooting early Saturday at a house party near Ball State University in Indiana, police said. No arrests were made, but investigators were conducting interviews late Saturday morning and said an arrest was imminent, Muncie Police Chief Joe Winkle said. The shooting happened around 12:45 a.m. near campus…

Dozens of tornadoes reported as central US braces for rain, wind and hail

Texans are scrambling for cover Saturday as reports of tornadoes roll in and much of the central US readies for heavy rain, strong winds and large hail. More than 70 million Americans are under the threat of severe weather from Texas to southern Minnesota, CNN meteorologist Haley Brink said. That total on Sunday jumps to…

A 24th horse dies at Santa Anita Park in California

A fatal shoulder injury has resulted in the death of the 24th racehorse at the famed Santa Anita Park in California. The three-year-old horse, named Commander Coil, suffered the injury Friday in a gallop while training, according to a statement from Santa Anita Park’s owner, the Stronach Group. “Equine shoulder injuries are rare, especially for…

Middle school invites drag queens to encourage students to be themselves

In middle school, it’s hard to be different. It’s even harder if a student identifies as LBGTQ+. This week, a couple of teachers at Central Park School for Children in Durham, North Carolina, decided to enlist the help of some local drag queens to celebrate the unique differences between the school’s students — queer or…

Some very good dogs, a chance encounter and a kind police officer

What’s full of water and fat, weighs about as much as a toaster and is the most precious thing you’ll ever own? Your brain! (For all of you going to weigh your toasters, it’s about three pounds.) Your brain is the reason you’re reading this newsletter. It’s the reason you’re you. You owe it to…

Former college football standout reportedly tackles gunman at Oregon high school

Keanon Lowe, head football and track coach at Parkrose High School in northeast Portland, is being hailed as a hero after tackling a gunman in a classroom Friday. Lowe was a standout receiver for the University of Oregon and played for the Ducks between 2010 and 2014, according to the school’s athletic website. Neither police…