While You Were Sleeping: 5 stories you might have missed, March 3


Two shot dead at US university, suspect at large

Two people were shot dead on Friday on the campus of a university in the US state of Michigan, setting off a manhunt for the suspected gunman.

Central Michigan University said the two people killed at a campus dormitory were not students or staff, but did not offer further details on their identities. There were no other casualties.

A university police spokesman said the incident as a “family-type domestic issue” and identified the suspected shooter as 19-year-old James Eric Davis, described as a university student.

The college campus in the city of Mount Pleasant in central Michigan was on lockdown hours after the incident, as an expansive manhunt searched for the suspect.


Trump joins mourners at funeral of US evangelist Billy Graham

The faithful from small towns gathered on Friday with President Donald Trump and other powerful politicians in North Carolina for the funeral of evangelist Billy Graham, who preached to millions around the world in a 70-year career.

The service for Graham, who died on Feb 21 at age 99, comes after he lay in honour at the US Capitol in recognition of a clergyman who counselled presidents and became the first noted evangelist to take his message to the Soviet bloc during a time when its communist regimes were hostile to organised religion.

The North Carolina native will later be buried in a pine coffin made by a Louisiana prison inmate, and laid to rest next to his late wife, Ruth, at the Billy Graham Library in Charlotte.


Almost no one is making a living on YouTube

One of the main attractions of YouTube is that anyone can become a star. There are no gatekeepers. No talent agents or television executives need to be won over. Stars can come from anywhere. And they do.

Forbes' recent list of the richest YouTubers is proof: It's filled with people who post clips about playing video games or kids playing with toys. The top spot went to Daniel Middleton, known as DanTDM. He's a 26-year-old British gamer - and he earned US$16.5 million (S$21.8 million) last year.

But a new study finds that the odds of striking it rich on Google-owned YouTube - or even making a modest living - are vanishingly small.


Teacher tried to create 'army of children' to launch terror attacks

A British supporter of Islamic State in Iraq and Syria was found guilty on Friday of trying to recruit children he was teaching into an "army" of militants to help carry out a wave of attacks across London.

Umar Haque, 25, showed the children beheading videos and other violent militant propaganda, forced them to re-enact deadly attacks on the British capital and made them role-play attacking police officers.

"His plan was to create an army of children to assist with multiple terrorist attacks throughout London," said a police spokesman. "He tried and he did, we believe, radicalise vulnerable children from the ages of 11 to 14."


Trump trades barbs with actor Alec Baldwin

For some time now, President Donald Trump has somehow resisted the impulse to open up his Twitter account and take potshots at Saturday Night Live (SNL), the NBC late-night comedy series on which he is frequently lampooned.

But on Friday morning, Trump's wellspring of reserve was at last depleted, as he was lured into an electronic war of words with Alec Baldwin, the actor who has portrayed him on SNL since the fall of 2016, saying it was "agony for those who have been forced to watch."

This was in response to Baldwin's first salvo in this exchange, in an interview published on Thursday by The Hollywood Reporter. Asked how much longer he could continue playing the President, Baldwin answered: "Every time I do it now, it's like agony. Agony. I can't."