Just before 11 p.m. EST, gunshots rang out across the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) campus. Students and residents are on lockdown as police search the area for the perpetrator who fatally wounded an MIT police officer. Read More
The annual TIME 100 issue hit newsstands this morning, and while the magazine picked a few expected candidates — like adolescent advocate for women’s rights Malala Yousafzai — there were also a few surprising choices. Read More
In West, Texas — a town of about 2,700 people — an explosion at a local fertilizer plant has killed a least three people and injured hundreds more. The explosion took place about 20 miles north of Waco, Texas.
Reuters reports the explosion took place around 8 p.m. CST and demolished “numerous buildings, including a school and a nursing home.” McLennan County Sheriff Parnell McNamara commented on the extreme devastation, “…I’ve never seen anything like this.” He went on, “It looks like a war zone.” Read More
Another crisis was set to take place Tuesday in Washington D.C. but was narrowly averted — an envelope with the extremely potent toxin Ricin was stopped before it reached its addressee: Senator Roger Wicker (R-Mississippi). Read More
A Boston Marathon explosion killed two people and injured at least 100 more in a violent blast near the Boston Marathon finish line. The Boston Globe reports witnesses heard two large blasts just before 3 p.m. EST. Read More
One of the most popular American airlines was the subject of some very bad press Sunday night. US Airways faces a discrimination lawsuit after they denied boarding to two first-class passengers — both of whom were black — unless they each changed to business casual attire. Read More
Audrie Pott committed suicide in September 2012 just eight days after she was allegedly gang-raped by her peers. While victims who report sexual assault usually remain anonymous, Audrie Pott’s family released her name and picture to the press.
Earlier this week, Rehtaeh Parsons also committed suicide after she was gang-raped and pictures of the incident were posted online. Read More
A Phoenix, Arizona, man killed his wife and adult son over fear the two family members had contracted HIV. Eugene Maraventano stabbed his wife, Janet, and then his 27-year-old son, Bryan, with a kitchen knife.
The Associated Press (AP) says the man “frequented prostitutes while working in New York and feared he might have given the virus to his wife, who recently had tests for cancer.” Read More
In what appears to be another wake of brutal violence in the U.S., a man thought to be a student stabbed 14 people at Lone Star Community College in Cypress, Texas, Tuesday. ABC News reports victims suffered wounds to the neck, from what appeared to be an X-ACTO knife used in the stabbings. Read More
Josephine G. Fanning was killed today by a gun shot by a 4-year-old. The toddler somehow got a hold of the gun Fanning's husband was showing to a third party, and it fired a fatal shot that killed the 48-year-old Josephine. The victim is the wife of Wilson County Sheriff's Office Deputy Daniel Fanning and, according to the Christian Post U.S., was pronounced dead at the scene despite efforts of medical personnel to revive her. The press also reports the gun used by the 4-year-old was a personally issued firearm and not "a police issued" gun. The relationship between the 4-year-old and the victim was not immediately verified. The Associated Press (AP) says the toddler picked up the gun off of a bed and fired. Police currently view the incident as tragic accident, and no charges have been filed.