School shooting: A 12-year-old boy opened fire with a shotgun on Tuesday at Berrendo Middle School in Roswell, N.M., striking two among the dozens of students who were gathered inside a gym waiting for the first bell to ring, the police and witnesses said. An 11-year-old boy taken to University Medical Center in Lubbock, Texas, 170 miles east of Roswell was listed in critical condition and a 13-year-old girl was in satisfactory condition, a hospital spokesman said. The boy suspected in the shooting, whom the police did not identify, carried a shotgun inside a band-instrument bag into the gym and stopped shooting when a teacher told him to.
Hot winds: Southern California firefighters aggressively attacked small but potentially dangerous blazes Tuesday as gusty Santa Ana winds swept the region and humidity levels plunged to vegetation-withering, single-digit levels. The Santa Anas, generated by strong surface high pressure zone anchored over the West, were predicted to strengthen and remain until noon Wednesday.
Egypt votes: Amid heavy security, Egyptians went to the polls Tuesday to vote on a new constitution. Long lines of voters had already formed when polling stations opened at 9 a.m. An explosion went off at a courthouse in northwestern Cairo before the voting started, but caused no deaths or injuries. The interim government, which took power six months ago after a popularly supported coup, hopes that a big turnout and a decisive margin of approval for the new constitution will bolster its own legitimacy. It has promised to hold presidential and parliamentary elections later this year. The Muslim Brotherhood, the movement of ousted Islamist president Mohammed Morsi, called for a boycott of the vote.
Thai protests: Gunshots rang out in the heart of Thailand’s capital overnight in an apparent attack on anti-government protesters early Wednesday that wounded at least two people and ratcheted up tensions in Thailand’s deepening political crisis. The shooting occurred on a street leading to one of Bangkok’s glitziest shopping districts which has been occupied since Monday by camping demonstrators trying to bring down Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra’s government.
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Press group: Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor whose leaks of secret documents set off a national and global debate about government spying, is joining the board of the Freedom of the Press Foundation, a nonprofit organization co-founded by Daniel Ellsberg, the well-known leaker of the Pentagon Papers during the Vietnam War.
Gay marriages: About 7,000 same-sex couples tied the knot in France in 2013, under a new law giving homosexuals full marriage and adoption rights, national statistics agency INSEE said Tuesday.
Orchestra strike ends: The Minnesota Orchestra and union musicians on Tuesday ratified a new contract, ending a bitter, 15-month lockout. The dispute led to the resignation of Minnesota Orchestra conductor Osmo Vanska.
1559: England’s Queen Elizabeth I was crowned in Westminster Abbey.
1929: Civil-rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. was born in Atlanta.
1967: The Green Bay Packers of the National Football League defeated the Kansas City Chiefs of the American Football League 35-10 in the first Super Bowl, although it was not called that then.
2008: US Airways Capt. Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger ditched his Airbus 320 in the Hudson River after birds disabled both engines; all 155 people aboard survived.
Actress Margaret O’Brien is 77. Actor-director Mario Van Peebles is 57. Quarterback Drew Brees, 35. Reggaeton rapper Pitbull, 33.
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