A shooting killed four people and injured 28 others during a teenager’s birthday party in Alabama. Also in the news: SpaceX expects to launch its mightiest rocket into orbit Monday from South Texas and the 127th Boston Marathon begins this morning, marking the 10th anniversary of a deadly bombing at the race’s finish line.
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Shooting rocks Dadeville, Alabama
Hundreds gathered Sunday afternoon at the First Baptist Church in Dadeville, Alabama, to pray and offer support following a shooting that killed four people and injured 28 others during a teenager’s birthday party.
There was no initial confirmation about what led to the shooting, officials said, nor a suspect identified.
- Most of the victims were teens and the violence has shaken the small town where serious crime is rare. One of the victims, Taniya Cox, attended the vigil in a hospital gown with her right arm in a cast.
- After a new law took effect in January, anyone 18 or over may carry a handgun in the state without a permit, background check or safety training in Alabama. Gov. Kay Ivey signed the legislation into the law that repealed the concealed carry permit requirement in March 2022.
- The Dadeville shooting occurred around the same time that two people were killed and four others were injured in Louisville, Kentucky, by someone who shot into a crowded park Saturday evening.
Sudan battles intensify on 3rd day
Sudan’s embattled capital awoke Monday to a third day of heavy fighting between the army and a powerful rival force for control of the country, as the weekend’s civilian death toll rose to 97. Airstrikes and shelling intensified in parts of Khartoum and the adjoining city of Omdurman. A sustained firing was heard near the military headquarters, with white smoke rising from the area. Residents hunkering down in their homes reported power outages and incidents of looting. The clashes are part of a power struggle between two generals who are former allies. Read more
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Dominion defamation trial in lawsuit against Fox delayed to Tuesday
Late Sunday night the trial start date for the $1.6 billion defamation lawsuit Dominion Voting Systems has waged against Fox News and its parent company was moved to Tuesday instead of Monday. Superior Court Judge Eric Davis did not give any reason why it was being pushed. Dominion filed a lawsuit against Fox in 2021 after the cable news network aired unproven claims that the voting machine company helped rig the 2020 presidential election. Dominion alleges Fox knowingly spread falsehoods to cater to its conservative audience. Read more
Here’s why garbage is piling up in Jackson, Mississippi
The city of Jackson, Mississippi, has gone over two weeks without trash collection amid a power struggle between the city council and the mayor over the contract for the city’s garbage collection. The state capital is already reeling from decades of infrastructure neglect that led to a water crisis, and now Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba says after multiple meetings with the council and no resolution, talks with the previous contract holder have broken down. A solution for trash pickup in the meantime remains at a standstill, and Lumumba warned a new request-for-proposal process with other vendors could take weeks or months. Read more
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Starship’s first orbital launch
Elon Musk’s SpaceX is about to take its most daring leap yet with a round-the-world test flight of its mammoth Starship. Jutting almost 400 feet into the sky, the biggest and mightiest rocket ever built is expected to blast off early Monday. The company got the OK on Friday from the Federal Aviation Administration and Musk is giving 50-50 odds of Starship reaching orbit. If everything goes according to plan, this will mark the first time the combined system – Super Heavy booster below and Starship vehicle on top – takes flight from Starbase, a SpaceX-owned facility just outside Brownsville, Texas. Read more
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Photo of the day: 127th Boston Marathon
An estimated 30,000 runners are scheduled to line up later this morning for the 127th running of the Boston Marathon. This year’s race starts days after the 10th anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing, which killed three people and wounded hundreds more. Race and city officials honored the victims Saturday during what they dubbed “One Boston Day,” on the exact 10-year anniversary of the April 15, 2013 bombing. Read more
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