In our news wrap Tuesday, at least 3 students were killed after a shooting at their high school in southeastern Michigan. A federal appeals court upheld California's ban on high-capacity firearms magazines. New York City has become the first major city to open legal safe havens for people to inject heroin or other narcotics. Tens of thousands in Sudan protested last month's military coup.
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In the day's other news: At least three students were killed after a shooting at their high school in Southeastern Michigan. Police say the gunman was a 15-year-old sophomore arrested at the scene about 40 miles north of Detroit. At least eight people were wounded, including a teacher.
Mike McCabe, Oakland County, Michigan, Undersheriff:
We will get to the bottom of this. We're exercising a search warrant at the suspect's house.
We have talked to the parents. And all I can tell you is, they didn't want their son to talk to us, and they have hired an attorney.
There is no indication that the alleged shooter had any prior run-ins with police.
A federal appeals court today upheld California's ban on high-capacity firearms magazines. The state wants to limit magazines to 10 bullets. A smaller panel of the same appeals court had found the ban on magazines with higher capacity was unconstitutional. Gun owner groups vowed to take the case of the U.S. Supreme Court.
The Federal Reserve may accelerate a shift in its focus away from holding down interest rates to holding down prices. Fed Chair Jerome Powell appeared before senators today with Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen. He said inflation worries could bring a quicker end to the policy of buying bonds to keep rates low.
Jerome Powell, Federal Reserve Chairman:
We now look at an economy that's very strong and inflationary pressures that are high.
And I — that means it's appropriate, I think, for us to discuss at our next meeting, which is in a couple weeks, whether it will be appropriate to wrap up our purchases a few months earlier.
Powell's comments and worries about the Omicron variant hit Wall Street hard.
The major indexes fell 1.5 to 2 percent. The Dow Jones industrial average lost 652 points to close at 34483. The Nasdaq shed 245 points. The S&P 500 was down 88.
Former President Trump's lawyers former President Trump's White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows has begun cooperating with a congressional probe of the Capitol assault last January. The committee's chair said today that Meadows has turned over records and will give a deposition. For now, the committee has put off plans to hold him in contempt.
In Afghanistan, there is word that the Taliban has killed or abducted more than 100 former police and intelligence officers since seizing power in August. Human Rights Watch reports Taliban commanders have carried out night raids. They initially promised amnesty to those who are now being attacked or targeted.
The president of Russia, Vladimir Putin, issued a new warning to NATO today over Ukraine. He said Russia will have to act if the alliance places advanced missiles in Ukraine. He spoke during an online forum in Moscow.
Vladimir Putin, Russian President (through translator):
Creating such threats in Ukraine poses red lines for us. But I hope it doesn't come to that. I hope that common sense and a responsibility for both our countries and the world community will prevail.
The U.S. and NATO warned today that Moscow will pay a high price if it invades Ukraine.
Tens of thousands of protesters turned out in Sudan today, in the latest demonstrations against last month's military coup. Security forces fired tear gas at the crowds in Khartoum. Protesters also marched in other cities around the country.
Barbados became a republic today, after nearly 400 years of allegiance to Britain. It is the Caribbean's first such transition since the 1970s. A ceremony in the capital, Bridgetown, marked the event, with Britain's Prince Charles and island native Rihanna taking part. The singer was named a national hero.
Back in this country, New York has become the first major city to open legal safe havens for people to inject heroin or other narcotics. Supporters say that the supervised sites will save lives. Opponents say it amounts to sanctioning drug abuse. Rhode Island is the only state to allow supervised injection sites.
And the late Josephine Baker, famed entertainer, French resistance member, and civil rights advocate, was inducted into the Pantheon in Paris today. She is the first Black woman and first American-born recipient of France's highest honor. Military officers carried a symbolic empty coffin to the mausoleum. Baker's remains are interred in Monaco, where she was living at the time of her death in 1975.