Three victims under 10 years old

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A shooter killed three children aged under 10 and three adults at The Covenant School in Nashville Monday morning. Also in the news: Parts of the South will face more rain Tuesday after tornadoes ravaged swaths of the region. Israel's leader has paused a highly-contested judicial overhaul.

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Police examining materials left by Nashville school attacker

Officers found written items along with a map describing how an assault on a Nashville elementary school would unfold, as well as a plan to shoot up a different school the assailant scrapped because of “too much security.’’

The attacker, identified as Audrey Elizabeth Hale, 28, gunned down three young students and three staff members at The Covenant School before being confronted and killed by police, authorities said.

  • The tragic incident is the nation's 89th shooting in a K-12 school this year, according to the K-12 School Shooting Database.

  • Police identified the victims in the shooting as Evelyn Dieckhaus, William Kinney and Hallie Scruggs, all of them age 9, and Mike Hill, 61, Katherine Koonce, 60, and Cynthia Peak, 61.

  • President Joe Biden referred to the shooting as a "sick'' act and reiterated his call for Congress to ban assault weapons. He said: "We have to do more to protect our schools so they aren't turned into prisons."

Keep reading:  A woman who survived the Highland Park shooting makes a plea in Nashville.

Children from The Covenant School, a private Christian school in Nashville, Tenn., hold hands as they are taken to a reunification site at the Woodmont Baptist Church after a shooting at their school, on Monday March, 27, 2023.
Children from The Covenant School, a private Christian school in Nashville, Tenn., hold hands as they are taken to a reunification site at the Woodmont Baptist Church after a shooting at their school, on Monday March, 27, 2023.

Philadelphia water 'safe'

Panicked buyers grabbed armfuls of bottled water from store shelves across Philadelphia on Sunday after a ruptured pipe spilled at least 8,100 gallons of a latex chemical solution into the Delaware River, a source of drinking water for millions. The chemicals spilled late Friday at the Altuglas LLC chemical plant in Bristol, Pennsylvania, on the river about 17 miles northeast of Philadelphia. In a statement Monday, the city said the water available to customers has been treated and tested to confirm that it is "safe to drink and use for bathing, cooking, and washing." Read more

People line up for water in Center City in Philadelphia on March 26, 2023.
People line up for water in Center City in Philadelphia on March 26, 2023.

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Battered Southeast faces more rain

Plus, in parts of the south on Tuesday, rain will continue, bringing downpours from Louisiana to the Carolinas. The area has started recovering in recent days from a flurry of tornadoes that hit the Mississippi Delta region, one of the poorest areas in the nation, leaving more than 20 people dead. Entire towns in Mississippi were decimated; hundreds of residents have been displaced; homes and businesses were destroyed. The state has opened more than a half-dozen shelters to temporarily house people displaced. Read more

A pair of residents walk through the remains of their tornado-demolished mobile home park in Rolling Fork, Mississippi, Saturday, March 25, 2023.
A pair of residents walk through the remains of their tornado-demolished mobile home park in Rolling Fork, Mississippi, Saturday, March 25, 2023.

Netanyahu pauses judicial overhaul following protests

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has temporarily suspended his controversial judicial reform legislation that has led to mass protests and caused anger across most parts of society, including the military. The overhaul has plunged Israel into one of its worst domestic crises and led to an intensifying protest movement. Netanyahu, who is on trial for corruption charges, insists the reforms will prevent overreach from Israel's courts. Read more

An Israeli protester holds the Israeli flag during a demonstration on March 27, 2023 in Tel Aviv, Israel.
An Israeli protester holds the Israeli flag during a demonstration on March 27, 2023 in Tel Aviv, Israel.

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Man suing Gwyneth Paltrow testifies he went 'flying' after ski collision

Terry Sanderson, who is suing Gwyneth Paltrow for $300,000 over a 2016 ski crash, has a different recollection of events than the actress put forth in court on Friday. Sanderson, 76, took the stand Monday in Utah and testified against Paltrow, who he claims seriously injured him during a collision on the beginner slopes at Deer Valley Resort in Park City on Feb. 26, 2016. I’ve never been hit that hard and I’m flying," he said. “Last thing I remember, everything was black.” Read more

Gwyneth Paltrow testifies during her trial, Friday, March 24, 2023, in Park City, Utah.
Gwyneth Paltrow testifies during her trial, Friday, March 24, 2023, in Park City, Utah.

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Photo of the day: Prince Harry, Elton John appear in London court for privacy lawsuit against tabloid

Prince Harry has returned to court Tuesday for the second day of hearings to see if the phone hacking lawsuit he brought with Elton John and other celebrities can withstand a challenge from the publisher of The Daily Mail. Read more

Elton John arrives in his role as claimant at the Royal Courts of Justice on March 27, 2023 in London, England.
Elton John arrives in his role as claimant at the Royal Courts of Justice on March 27, 2023 in London, England.

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