One man was shot on a school bus in Alabama on Tuesday, the Dale County Sheriff's Office.
Sheriff Wally Olson said in a written statement the suspect had not been taken into custody.
Michael Senn, a pastor, told CNN affiliate WSFA that he spoke to several students who had been on the bus.
He said a girl described the shooter getting aboard.
"He told most of them to get off the bus," Senn related. "And then he grabbed a little boy and shot the bus driver four times."
CNN affiliate WTVY reported the child is being held by the shooter.
Olson said a command post had been established at Private Road 1539 and U.S. Highway 231 near Midland City, Alabama, in the southeastern corner of the state.
WTVY reported that authorities said a hostage situation was ongoing.
Actress Ashley Judd and champion race car driver Dario Franchitti are divorcing after 11 years of marriage, a representative for the actress said Tuesday.
Judd and Franchitti were married in his home country of Scotland in December 2001.
Judd is best known for her roles in the films "Double Jeopardy" and "High Crimes." Franchitti won his third Indy 500 in May.
[Updated at 3:36 p.m. ET] Politicians are beginning to weigh in with their views on Twitter.
Perhaps no surprise, but House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi has high praise for Obama's announcement.
Democratic Rep. Matt Cartwright from Pennsylvania hit on one of the specifics Obama spoke about: Business.
[Updated at 2:00 p.m. ET] Unsteady cables and stronger-than-expected winds added drama, but Nik Wallenda's high-wire walk above a Florida highway looked like a walk in the park Tuesday.
The 600-foot stroll was on a cable strung 180 feet above U.S. Highway 41 along the Sarasota, Florida, bay front. The 34-year-old, who hails from multiple generations of high-flying daredevils, was not wearing a safety tether, and there was no net below to catch him if he fell.
Thousands watched from 180 feet below and television cameras broadcast it live to the world, a stunt intended to promote Wallenda's performance with his wife and other family members at Circus Sarasota.FULL STORY
A federal judge in Louisiana has accepted a guilty plea from BP for crimes related to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, including manslaughter charges.
Judge Sarah Vance's judicial assistant Traci Muster could not confirm the terms of the settlement to CNN.
This is a developing story, we'll bring you more details as we get them.
Dozens of people were found slain execution-style in bloody Syria Tuesday, yet another grisly act that opposition activists blame squarely on the government.
The corpses were of at least 81 men who were apparently executed. Residents found them in the Queiq River in the town of Bustan Al-Qasr, near Aleppo city, opposition activists said, and they were pulled from the river.FULL STORY
The head of the National Football League Players Association says the league can take quick steps to help players' health by ending its opposition to the players' worker compensation cases.
DeMaurice Smith spoke CNN's Carol Costello in an exclusive interview on Tuesday after word that the union is giving $100 million to a Harvard Univeristy-led study on player health.
The study will take 10 years, but Smith said the league can start making things better for players now.
“We are asking the National Football League to stop fighting our players on their worker’s comp cases, which is the main way our players get health care for the injuries they suffer at work," Smith said.
Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood is stepping down, a White House official said Tuesday.
LaHood joined the administration shortly after President Barack Obama's first inauguration in 2009. He becomes at least the sixth Cabinet official to say he is leaving as Obama begins his second term.FULL STORY
The United Kingdom is prepared to deploy up to 40 troops to a European Union military training mission in Mali, and up to 200 troops as trainers in English-speaking West African countries, British Defense Minister Philip Hammond told lawmakers in the House of Commons on Tuesday.FULL STORY
Hazardous smog was covering Beijing on Tuesday, reducing visibility to less than 200 meters (200 yards) in parts of Chinese capital while forcing the cancellation of airline flights and the closure of highways, Chinese state media reported.
The U.S. Embassy in Beijing reported that at 8 p.m. local time Tuesday air quality had been at hazardous levels for the past 24 hours, meaning that “everyone should avoid all physical activity outdoors; people with heart or lung disease, older adults, and children should remain indoors and keep activity levels low,” according to the embassy’s website.
Citizens were fed up with the hazardous air. The latest blanket of smog, which began to cover the eastern China area on Monday, is the fourth to menace the area since the beginning of the year.
President Obama will deliver his fourth State of the Union address before Congress on February 12. Watch CNN.com Live for all of your political coverage.
Today's programming highlights...
9:30 am ET - Clinton town hall - As she winds up her term as secretary of state, Hillary Clinton will hold a global town hall-style forum at the State Department. Questions will be taken from an audience, as well as online, social media and broadcast.
A plane crashed near the city of Almaty in Kazakhstan on Tuesday, killing 21 people, a city spokesman said.
"There were 5 crew members onboard and 16 passengers. No survivors," the spokesman said.
There was no immediate word on what caused the crash. Media reports said Almaty was shrouded in fog at the time of the crash and visibility was poor.
The NFL Players Association is negotiating a $100 million, 10-year deal with the NFL to "diagnose, treat and prevent injuries and illnesses" in players, according to a proposal obtained by CNN. The study would be awarded to Harvard University if it goes through.
"No one has ever studied these players before," said Dr. Lee Nadler, dean for clinical and translational research at Harvard Medical School and co-director of the proposed study. "There have been postmortem studies looking at the brains of previous players, but not the players today."
Nadler said that what distinguishes this study is that it will look at the "whole player across his whole life, not just the brain."FULL STORY
Health workers administering polio vaccinations came under fresh attack in Pakistan on Tuesday, the first since a spate of such attacks left eight dead last month.
A policeman assigned to protect the vaccination team was killed when gunmen opened fire on them in the Swabi district of northern Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, said Faazil Khan, a police spokesman.
The two women, who made up the team, survived the attack and returned to their headquarters after the incident, he said.FULL STORY
It didn't take long for the defiance to spread.
Anti-government protesters ignored Egyptian President Mohamed Morsy's curfew order in cities along the Suez Canal and clashed with police and troops in Port Said, state-run media reported Tuesday.
It's the latest in the see-saw struggle between Egypt's first democratically elected president and dissidents who say his tenure is a throwback to the loathsome days of dictatorship.FULL STORY
Souls rose to heaven symbolically Monday night, when marchers in this southern Brazilian town remembered those who perished in a nightclub inferno during a packed concert.
The mourners, wearing white, released 231 white helium balloons into the sky - one for each life lost.
They hope there won't be more.
Eighty three more victims lie hospitalized - 75 of whom could forfeit their lives to the severe burns and smoke inhalation they suffered when the Kiss nightclub went up in flames Sunday, authorities said.FULL STORY
A suicide bomber detonated explosives outside the Mogadishu office of Somalian Prime Minister Abdi Farah Shirdon on Tuesday, his spokesman said.
The spokesman, Garad Salad, could not immediately say whether the explosion resulted in casualties.
But eyewitnesses said a security guard was killed while trying to fight off the bomber. The blast shattered windows of nearby buildings and left two others wounded, witnesses said.FULL STORY
President Barack Obama rolls into Las Vegas on Tuesday, ready to double down on immigration reform.
While the president will highlight immigration proposals in a speech at 2:55 p.m. ET, senior administration officials say, he will not introduce new legislation - at least not now.
While in Nevada, Obama will press for quick action on immigration reform and share more details about his immigration proposal, which includes a path to citizenship for 11 million illegal immigrants.FULL STORY