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  • Indianapolis firefighters help workers move bodies after car crashes into crematorium building

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — Indianapolis firefighters helped funeral home workers move bodies from a crematorium building after a driver crashed into the facility. Crews responded Tuesday to Leppert Mortuary & Crematory Services following a report that a car had hit the crematorium building. The fire department says the 53-year-old driver told them she was heading to a nearby bank when she awoke and realized she’d driven through a wall. The woman was taken to a hospital and described as being in […]

  • Here’s what we know about Austin bombing suspect Mark Anthony Conditt

    AUSTIN, TX – More information is coming out about Austin serial bombing suspect Mark Anthony Conditt. Conditt killed himself early Wednesday after police, who had been staking out his hotel, followed him onto Interstate 35. After a short time, authorities said, Conditt pulled into a ditch and detonated an explosive device as Austin Police Department SWAT team members approached his car. Home life A neighbor who watched Conditt grow up says he “always seemed like he was smart” and “polite.” Jeff […]

  • Lebanon school bus driver fired after allowing strangers on board with students

    LEBANON, Ind. — A central Indiana school bus driver has been fired for allowing two strangers to board her bus and scold a student for making lewd gestures. Lebanon Community School Corp. Superintendent Dr. Robert Taylor says the substitute driver was fired last week for violating safety protocols. The woman’s name hasn’t been released. Taylor says the district in Lebanon, about 20 miles northwest of Indianapolis, is working with police to investigate the March 14 incident. He says nine middle […]

  • UPDATE: Austin bombing suspect who blew himself up identified as Mark Anthony Conditt, AP reports

    ROUND ROCK, Texas —The suspect in a series of bombing attacks in Austin blew himself up early Wednesday as authorities closed in, a dramatic end to a weekslong siege of the Texas capital, where two were killed and four injured in a series of blasts. A law enforcement official has told The Associated Press that the suspect was Mark Anthony Conditt, 24. The official, who has been briefed on the investigation, spoke on the condition of anonymity because the official wasn’t […]

  • Another blast rocks Austin, but unrelated to other bombings

    AUSTIN, Texas — Emergency teams rushed Tuesday night to another reported explosion in Austin — this one at a Goodwill store — but police and federal authorities said the blast wasn’t related to recent bombings that have killed and injured people and caused panic across Texas’ capital for weeks. Police and emergency response teams said an “incendiary device” exploded, injuring a man in his 30s. Nearby stores, shopping centers and restaurants were evacuated. But police and the U.S. Bureau of […]

  • Facebook continues to face questions and scrutiny over personal data

    WASHINGTON – Facebook continued facing questions as the Federal Trade Commission will reportedly begin its own investigation into how a political data firm linked to President Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign had access to personal information from more than 50 million Facebook profiles. “I don’t want my information out there,” Naomi Shreves said, a sophomore at IUPUI who doesn’t have a Facebook account. Cambridge Analytica obtained Facebook account data without users’ knowledge. Published reports say the company retained the data after […]

  • Indiana education official against plan to arm teachers

    INDIANAPOLIS — A top education official in Indiana is opposing President Donald Trump’s suggestion that arming teachers would be an effective way to prevent mass shootings in schools. State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jennifer McCormick said Monday she believes “there are more risks than reward” to having teachers carrying loaded handguns in classrooms. But the Republican says she supports Indiana’s current policy that allows police to carry firearms in school buildings to protect themselves and others. The (Northwest Indiana) Times reports […]

  • ISTEP begins today in Indiana schools

    Replacement for ISTEP test pushed back another year

    INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana’s high school sophomores likely will take the much-maligned ISTEP standardized exams for two more years even as it’s being replaced for younger students. State education officials are preparing a new test starting in spring 2019 for elementary and middle-school students named ILEARN, or Indiana’s Learning Evaluation Readiness Network. The Indianapolis Star reports a bill approved by the General Assembly delays until spring 2022 a switch to testing high school juniors with a national college entrance exam, such as […]

  • Brother of suspect in Parkland school shooting arrested for trespassing on campus

    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — The brother of the 19-year-old who confessed to gunning down 17 people at a Florida high school woke up in jail Tuesday following his arrest for trespassing on the campus. Broward Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested Zachary Cruz, 18, on Monday afternoon, saying he rode his skateboard onto the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School campus after being warned to stay away. They put him in the same Fort Lauderdale jail where his brother, Nikolas Cruz, has been […]

  • UPDATE: Armed student killed, 2 others injured after shooting at Maryland high school, sheriff says

    GREAT MILLS, Md. — A teenager wounded a girl and a boy inside his Maryland high school Tuesday before an armed school resource officer was able to intervene, and each of them fired one more round as the shooter was fatally wounded, a sheriff said. St. Mary’s County Sheriff Tim Cameron said the student with the handgun was declared dead at a hospital, and the other two students were in critical condition. He said the officer was not harmed. Cameron […]