CHICAGO: At least two people were reportedly shot at a Texas college yesterday, US media reported but few details were available. Television footage showed people lying on the ground and at least one person being loaded into an ambulance on the campus of Lone Star College near Houston. A spokesman for the Harris county sheriff’s department — which is handling the event — said she was not immediately able to provide any information. The college posted a warning to students on its Facebook page to “SHELTER IN PLACE if you are on campus. IF YOU ARE NOT ON CAMPUS DON’T GO TO CAMPUS”. One person has reportedly been detained but it was not clear if it was the shooter, or if more than one shooter was involved.
Sun reporter charged in police payments probe
LONDON: A journalist from Rupert Murdoch’s Sun tabloid who allegedly paid police for tip-offs has become the latest person to be charged as part of Britain’s wider phone-hacking scandal. Virginia Wheeler, the paper’s Defence Editor, is accused of paying a police officer at least £6,450 ($10,200), for information about suspects and victims of accidents and crimes including in the case of the death of a 15-year-old girl. The tip-offs included information about high profile individuals and people associated with them, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said. Wheeler and former Metropolitan Police Service constable Paul Flattley will be charged with conspiracy to commit misconduct in a public office, the CPS said. They will appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court at a date to be fixed.
Russia allows some US adoptions to go ahead
MOSCOW: A number of American couples whose adoptions of Russian children were in the final stages of approval before Moscow imposed a ban breathed a sigh of relief yesterday when a court said their adoptions could go ahead. The precise number that will be allowed is unclear. President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman said last month that six adoptions that had been approved by Russian courts would go through, while another 46 that were still under way would not. Rebecca and Brian Preece from Idaho, who hope to fly home with four-year-old Gabriel, a boy with Downs Syndrome, said Tuesday’s ruling was “the news that our judge has been waiting for”.
Bolshoi names new acting chief
MOSCOW: Russia’s Bolshoi ballet named a top ballerina as acting chief yesterday after its artistic director underwent surgery to treat severe burns to his face from a horrific acid attack. The temporary shift in command at one of Russia’s most venerable institutions follows a still-unsolved incident that left 42-year-old Sergei Filin at risk of losing his eyesight. The Bolshoi said its board of directors and Russia’s culture ministry agreed to tap 46-year-old veteran ballerina Galina Stepanenko as its acting artistic director. Stepanenko is a stalwart of the Bolshoi who has danced all the great ballerina roles in the classical repertoire since first joining the company in 1990. “We are all shattered by what happened and it is not easy for us. We need to be together and keep working,” Stepanenko said after the announcement of her appointment — recommended by Filin himself. She is to remain in the post until Filin is well enough to return to work. The theatre has blamed the Thursday evening attack on internal conflicts although investigators have yet to make any conclusions or arrests.