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North Carolina student dies in shooting, fellow student held

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A North Carolina high school student was shot and killed on Monday after an argument with a fellow student, who was quickly taken into custody, police said.

The incident sparked a brief lockdown at the David W. Butler High School in Matthews, North Carolina, a suburb just southeast of Charlotte, until police responded and students were released to their parents, authorities said.

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Police said they were investigating the shooting, but were convinced that it was an isolated incident.

“All I can tell you at this point was that there a fight between two students,” Matthews Police Captain Stason Tyrrell told reporters at the scene.

The wounded student, whose identity was not disclosed, was taken to a local hospital and later died there, Tyrrell said. The suspected shooter was also not identified.

A school resource officer called police after the shooting, which occurred in a hallway.

Reporting by Peter Szekely and Jonathan Allen in New York; Editing by Jonathan Oatis and Jeffrey Benkoe

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Scientists to harness the sun to break down plastic

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Scientists said Wednesday they have come up with an environmentally-friendly method that uses artificial sunlight to transform plastic into power-generating chemicals, as countries worldwide battle to reduce waste.

Huge quantities of plastic have piled up on land and been dumped in the sea across the world, with Asian nations in particular facing criticism for failing to tackle the problem.

Researchers in Singapore say they have converted plastic into "formic acid", which can be used in power plants to generate electricity, by using a catalyst which neither damages the environment nor costs a lot of money.

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Pentagon suspends training of Saudis for security review

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The Pentagon announced Tuesday it was temporarily suspending operational training for Saudi military students in the United States following a shooting rampage last week by a Saudi air force officer.

Saudi Arabian military students in the United States will continue classroom instruction but operational training is halted pending a security review, senior Defense Department officials said.

Mohammed Alshamrani, a 21-year-old lieutenant in the Saudi Royal Air Force, opened fire in a classroom at Pensacola Naval Air Station in Florida on Friday, killing three American sailors and wounding eight other people before being shot dead by police.

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AG Bill Barr will ‘try to interfere’ in the 2020 election to re-elect Trump: MSNBC national affairs analyst

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Attorney General William Barr will use the Department of Justice to "try to interfere" in the 2020 presidential election to re-elect Donald Trump, MSNBC's national affairs analyst predicted on Tuesday.

John Heilemann was interviewed by Lawrence O'Donnell on MSNBC's "The Last Word."

"The attorney general, from the moment he walked into this job, has behaved in a -- as a ruthless, relentless political hack and a thug and who has behaved not as attorney general of the United States," Heilemann said.

"He made a travesty of the Mueller report and continues to lie on Donald Trump's behalf at every opportunity," he added.

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