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Two shot at Los Angeles school; girl arrested: police

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Two students were shot at a middle school classroom near downtown Los Angeles on Thursday morning, and a young girl was taken into custody, police said.

A 15-year-old boy who was shot in the head at Sal Castro Middle School was listed in critical but stable condition at a local hospital, and a 15-year old girl who was hit in the wrist was in stable condition, Los Angeles Police Department spokeswoman Wendy Reyes said.

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Three other people had slight injuries from shrapnel from the gunfire, she said.

Preliminary indications are that the person of interest taken into custody is 12 years old, Steven Zipperman, Los Angeles school police chief, said at a news conference.

Reyes could not immediately say if the girl was a student at the school.

A gun was recovered from the scene, Los Angeles Police Lieutenant Chris Ramirez told reporters.

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Police said they responded at 8:55 a.m. PST (1655 GMT) to a call that shots were being fired at the shared campus of Sal Castro Middle School and Belmont High School west of downtown.

The two campuses remained on lockdown nearly two hours after the shooting as parents stood outside hoping to be reunited with their children. But there was no longer a threat to safety, Zipperman said.

“We know this is a very traumatic incident for all the children involved, particularly inside that classroom,” Zipperman said. “We will attend to the needs of these students who witnessed this, very carefully with the understanding this is very traumatic.”

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The shooting was the latest outbreak of gun violence at a U.S. school.

On Jan. 20, a 15-year-old boy opened fire at a high school in Benton, Kentucky, killing two students and wounding several others, authorities said.

(Reporting by Alex Dobuzinskis in Los Angeles, Bernie Woodall in Fort Lauderdale and Suzannah Gonzales in Chicago; Editing by Andrew Hay and Lisa Von Ahn)

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UK travel giant Thomas Cook set to collapse: report

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Thomas Cook's 178-year existence was reported to be coming to an end on Monday after the British travel firm struggled to find private investment to keep it afloat, potentially affecting thousands of holidaymakers.

The operator has said it needs £200 million ($250 million) or else it will face administration, which could affect 600,000 holidaymakers and require Britain's largest peacetime repatriation.

A source close to the negotiations told AFP that the company had failed to find the cash from private investors and would collapse unless the government intervened.

But ministers are unlikely to step in due to worries about the pioneering operator's longer-term viability, the Times reported, leaving it on the brink.

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‘We are the people’: Watch Billy Porter get a standing ovation for his passionate speech at the Emmys

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In a powerful and passionate speech accepting his Emmy, "Pose" actor Billy Porter showered the audience with love and proudly reminded all of their right to belong and be loved.

"Oh, my God. God bless you all! The category is love, y'all, love!" Porter exclaimed.

The epic FX show "Pose" depicts Black and Latinos in the LGBTQ ballroom culture of New York City in the 1980s in the first season and the early 1990s in the second season.

"I am so overwhelmed and so overjoyed to have lived long enough to see this day," he said. "James Baldwin wrote, 'It took many years of vomiting up the filth I was taught about myself and half-believed, before I was able to walk on the earth as though I had a right to be here.' I have the right. You have the right. We all have the right."

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Paris show of King Tutankhamun artifacts set new record with 1.42 million visitors

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A blockbuster Tutankhamun show set a new all-time French record Sunday, with 1.42 million visitors flocking to see the exhibition in Paris, the organisers said.

The turnout beat the previous record set by another Tutankhamun show billed as the "exhibition of the century" in 1967, when 1.24 million queued to see "Tutankhamun and His Times" at the Petit Palais.

"Tutankhamun: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh" -- which has been described as a "once in a generation" show -- will open in London in November.

The last time a show of comparable size about the boy king opened there in 1972 it sparked "Tutmania", with 1.6 million people thronging the British Museum.

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