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President Joe Biden ordered flags to be lowered to half-staff on Friday in the wake of the mass shooting at an Indianapolis FedEx facility that killed at least eight people, calling gun violence an "epidemic" the country must address now.

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The White House on Friday announced plans to release $1.7 billion in funding to help the CDC and states more effectively track and combat coronavirus variants, some of which have proven to be more transmissible than the original strain.

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Widespread cooler-than-normal temperatures across the eastern two-thirds of the US will pair with a chance of snow into next week for some, as winter and spring fight it out.

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Replying to @CNNnewsroom: “He just appeared to randomly start shooting.”
Indianapolis Metropolitan Police's Craig McCartt says officials do not know…

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Replying to @CNNnewsroom: Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett after FedEx shooting: “It seems to me that beyond the need of comfort for the grieving, we…

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“He just appeared to randomly start shooting.”
Indianapolis Metropolitan Police's Craig McCartt says officials do not know of any connection yet between the gunman and the FedEx facility. The investigation is ongoing, he said.

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Hear directly from former Klan members as they give their account of the night Michael Donald was murdered, in new episodes of The People v The Klan, Sunday at 9 p.m. ET/PT

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Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett after FedEx shooting: “It seems to me that beyond the need of comfort for the grieving, we must guard against resignation or even despair … We need the courage that compels courageous acts that push past weariness.”

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Arizona and Tennessee are a step away from restricting students' access to lessons on sexual and gender identity. Lawmakers sent bills to governors this week that would allow parents and guardians to play a role in the curriculum their students receive.

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Starting on March 16, the US has had at least 45 mass shootings from California to Washington, DC. CNN defines a mass shooting as a shooting incident that results in four or more casualties (dead or wounded), excluding the shooter or shooters.

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When closing arguments are delivered Monday in Derek Chauvin's trial in the death of George Floyd, jurors will have sat through the testimony of seven witnesses for the defense and 38 for the prosecution. But the jury didn't hear from the former officer.

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Dogecoin price soars more than 100% to new record after Elon Musk tweets

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FedEx says it is "deeply shocked and saddened" after a gunman killed at least eight people at a facility in Indianapolis late last night.

The company says it's cooperating with authorities in the investigation.

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White House chief of staff Ron Klain has already been in communication with Indianapolis' mayor, and Biden's homeland security adviser, Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall, is also in touch with law enforcement officials, according to a White House official.

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Millions of people around the world are expected to tune into Prince Philip's funeral service Saturday, which will be broadcast by major television networks and streamed online.

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Reese's is launching its own makeup line — and no, it's not edible.

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Indianapolis police officers responded to an active shooter late Thursday night. Here's what we know:
▪︎ At least eight people are dead and several are wounded
▪︎ Police say the suspect took his own life
▪︎ The suspect's motive is unclear

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Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett has condemned the shooting at the FedEx facility and said his prayers were with the families of the victims

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In order to prevent a new surge as well as Covid-19 variants that may be more infectious, health experts continue to recommend mask-wearing, social distancing, and above all else, vaccination.

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"Nearly a year after the police killing of George Floyd, pressure is mounting on Biden and members of Congress to show they are committed to holding police officers accountable for misconduct, excessive force and negligence," CNN's @MaeveReston writes.

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A fifth of the world’s 7,000 languages will be dormant or dead by the end of the century. Entire cultures are dying with them.

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Bodycam video has been released showing 13-year-old Adam Toledo being shot dead by police. Chicago's mayor, Lori Lightfoot, called the video "difficult to watch."

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