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A girl said to be 12 years old has been detained after a shooting at a Los Angeles school. SCREENSHOT: LA TIMES

Two injured in Los Angeles school shooting; suspect said to be a 12-year-old girl

Two 15-year-old students in Los Angeles were shot and wounded in class on Thursday, in the latest school shooting to hit the United States.

A boy was shot in the head, while a girl was hit in the wrist, according to reports from the scene.

A 12-year-old girl is in custody over the incident, according to officer Drake Madison, of the Los Angeles Police Department. No motive is yet known, he said.

Paramedics sent to Salvador Castro Middle School in the central Westlake area at 9am (1am on Friday, Singapore time) said both students were taken to hospital, with the boy in critical but stable condition and the girl faring better.


Man radicalised by TV drama guilty of ramming van into Muslims near mosque

A man who rapidly became fixated with Muslims was found guilty on Thursday of murder, having deliberately driven a van into a group of worshippers near a London mosque.

Darren Osborne, 48, became radicalised over a month last year after watching a television programme about a child sex ring scandal involving a gang of mainly Muslim men in northern England.

Osborne, from Cardiff, was convicted of murdering 51-year-old Makram Ali and trying to kill others in the Finsbury Park area of north London on June 19. Prosecutors said they were "clear throughout that this was a terrorist attack".


Russia to start offering spacewalks for tourists

Russia is planning to send paying tourists on the International Space Station out on spacewalks for the first time, an official from the country's space industry said on Thursday.

"We are discussing the possibility of sending tourists on spacewalks," Vladimir Solntsev, the head of Russian space company Energia, told Russian tabloid Komsomolskaya Pravda. "Market analysts have confirmed this: Wealthy people are ready to pay money for this."

He said the cost of such a trip could be around US$100 million (S$130 million) - "possibly less for the first tourist".


Bernie Ecclestone laments 'prudish' end of Formula One grid girls

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Bernie Ecclestone has slammed the "prudish" decision by Formula One's current owners to dispense with grid girls in the lead-up to races.

Feminist groups and others have hit out at sports who employ women in purely "decorative" roles, saying it is demeaning and makes it harder for female competitors to be taken seriously in what is still a largely male-dominated environment.

However, 87-year-old British businessman Ecclestone, for decades the "ringmaster" of Formula One before selling to current owners Liberty Media, was unimpressed. "You should be allowed to have grid girls because the drivers like them, the audience like them and no one cares," he said.


Jim Carrey won't face trial over girlfriend's death

Comic actor Jim Carrey has been spared the prospect of a civil trial over the suicide of his girlfriend after the case was dismissed, his representative and court officials said on Thursday.

Cathriona White's estranged husband Mark Burton and mother Brigid Sweetman had filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the star following her overdose in September 2015, accusing him of procuring drugs under a bogus name for her.

They also alleged that the 56-year-old actor - known for a string of hit comedy movies including The Mask, Liar Liar and Ace Ventura: Pet Detective - had given White three sexually-transmitted diseases.


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