An south Alabama man went on a shooting rampage Tuesday, killing 10 people — including family members and apparent strangers — before turning the gun on himself. News reports say Michael McLendon fatally shot his mother and set fire to her house, killed his grandparents, his aunt and uncle, the wife and child of a sheriff’s deputy, and three other people. CNN
After weeks of delay, the space shuttle Discovery is finally ready for a Wednesday evening liftoff and a two-week mission to the international space station. The launch was delayed by a month while teams of engineers worked through concerns over hydrogen valves in the engine compartment, which have since been replaced. CNN
Congress is easing up on restrictions on family travel to Cuba. Changes in the rules for travel to Cuba are included in a huge government spending bill Congress sent to President Barack Obama Tuesday night. The changes come amid debate on whether the U.S. should lift its trade embargo against the island nation. Under the bill, which Obama is expected to sign, Cuban-Americans could travel to Cuba once a year to visit relatives and stay for an unlimited duration. Existing rules limit family visits to once every three years for no more than 14 days at a time.
R&B singer Chris Brown is still in the running for awards at this year’s Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice awards despite an online petition asking the network to remove him and his girlfriend, pop star Rihanna, from consideration, according to Us Weekly. Brown was charged with two felonies last week in connection with an attack on Rihanna and is accused of beating her Feb. 8. In a statement to UsMagazine.com, Nickelodeon said Brown will remain a Kids’ Choice Award nominee for favorite male singer and his “Kiss Kiss” a nominee for favorite song. (Brown will be competing against Rihanna in the latter category.) An online petition asking Nickelodeon to remove Brown and Rihanna as nominees had 2,166 signatures as of yesterday. UsMagazine.com
What do you think? Should Nickelodeon remove Brown and Rihanna from the ballot or let the kids decide who wins?