(Image source: WSFA)

BY NATHAN BYRNE  

A six-year-old continues to be held hostage in south Alabama by a man who killed a school bus driver. It started about 20 minutes before 4 p.m. central time on Tuesday — when a 65-year-old man allegedly boarded the bus, shot the driver and took the child hostage in an underground bunker.

Fox News has an eyewitness account from a young girl who says the suspect claimed he needed a hostage because the law was coming after him. She describes what happened after the bus driver was shot.

“The driver’s foot was on the gas and we went backwards, and everybody started screaming.”   

Montgomery, Alabama’s WSFA reports police are trying to negotiate with the man this morning — communicating with him via a PVC pipe connected to the bunker. Various law enforcement agencies are on-scene — including a bomb squad. But there’s been no confirmation of any explosives.

Gun control is likely to dominate the discussion as the NRA’s Wayne LaPierre testifies before a Senate committee today.
[Video: ABC]

LaPierre told the Washington Post criminals will never submit to background checks. An opinion piece in the New York Daily News says background checks — and all proposed gun legislation, for that matter — deserve scrutiny.

Two writers for Politico predict partisan disagreements at the hearing — citing a panel made up of “staunchly divided lawmakers” and saying,even with the country clamoring for compromise, the lines in the committee have already been mostly drawn in the sand.”

Mark Kelly will also testify at the hearing. He’s the husband of former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. She was seriously injured in the 2011 mass shooting in Tucson, Arizona.
[Photo: Wikimedia Commons]

Third time’s a charm, apparently — as South Korea finally succeeds in getting its space program off the ground.

This time, South Korea put a satellite into orbit via a successful rocket launch. And the BBC says it’s kind of a shocker to see South Korea so late to the party.
[Video: YTN]

“Quite surprisingly South Korea is a pretty late entrant into that the space race. (FLASH) China done it, Japan's done it in here's the irony of Russia's done it's in the North Korea has done it.”

And make no mistake, the North’s achievement was probably a pretty strong motivator. Just weeks ago, North Korea’s successful launch spurred international sanctions amid suspicion of a nuclear-weapons program — and threats by the North against South Korea and the United States.
[Video: CNN]

Top News Headlines: Child Hostage Situation in Alabama

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Top News Headlines: Child Hostage Situation in Alabama

(Image source: WSFA)

BY NATHAN BYRNE  

A six-year-old continues to be held hostage in south Alabama by a man who killed a school bus driver. It started about 20 minutes before 4 p.m. central time on Tuesday — when a 65-year-old man allegedly boarded the bus, shot the driver and took the child hostage in an underground bunker.

Fox News has an eyewitness account from a young girl who says the suspect claimed he needed a hostage because the law was coming after him. She describes what happened after the bus driver was shot.

“The driver’s foot was on the gas and we went backwards, and everybody started screaming.”   

Montgomery, Alabama’s WSFA reports police are trying to negotiate with the man this morning — communicating with him via a PVC pipe connected to the bunker. Various law enforcement agencies are on-scene — including a bomb squad. But there’s been no confirmation of any explosives.

Gun control is likely to dominate the discussion as the NRA’s Wayne LaPierre testifies before a Senate committee today.
[Video: ABC]

LaPierre told the Washington Post criminals will never submit to background checks. An opinion piece in the New York Daily News says background checks — and all proposed gun legislation, for that matter — deserve scrutiny.

Two writers for Politico predict partisan disagreements at the hearing — citing a panel made up of “staunchly divided lawmakers” and saying,even with the country clamoring for compromise, the lines in the committee have already been mostly drawn in the sand.”

Mark Kelly will also testify at the hearing. He’s the husband of former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. She was seriously injured in the 2011 mass shooting in Tucson, Arizona.
[Photo: Wikimedia Commons]

Third time’s a charm, apparently — as South Korea finally succeeds in getting its space program off the ground.

This time, South Korea put a satellite into orbit via a successful rocket launch. And the BBC says it’s kind of a shocker to see South Korea so late to the party.
[Video: YTN]

“Quite surprisingly South Korea is a pretty late entrant into that the space race. (FLASH) China done it, Japan's done it in here's the irony of Russia's done it's in the North Korea has done it.”

And make no mistake, the North’s achievement was probably a pretty strong motivator. Just weeks ago, North Korea’s successful launch spurred international sanctions amid suspicion of a nuclear-weapons program — and threats by the North against South Korea and the United States.
[Video: CNN]

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