This just in
April 2, 2014

The Fort Hood military base in Killeen, Texas, has been placed on lockdown amid reports of a shooting. KCEN-TV reports that there are "several injuries" with one person being transported to the hospital. One death has been confirmed and the gunman is still at large, adds KWTX-TV.

A witness told KWTX that the gunman fired 20 shots in a parking lot, hitting three people. People were told to seek shelter and the base's emergency sirens were activated. The incident is being treated as an active shooter situation.

Fort Hood was the scene of mass shooting in 2009, when gunman Nidal Malik Hasan killed 13 people in a rampage. Jordan Valinsky

This just in
8:40 a.m. ET

Christopher Starks, a Savannah State University junior, died of gunshot wounds after an altercation at the school's student union, The New York Times reports. No arrests have been made in connection to the shooting.

Located in Savannah, Georgia, SSU is a historically black university of about 5,000 students.

According to a spokesperson, administrators have few details on the incident. "While it may be natural to want to protect an associate," spokeswoman Loretta Heyward said in a statement urging anyone with information to come forward, β€œthe lack of disclosure may do more harm than good in the long run." Jeva Lange

Only in America
8:30 a.m. ET

A Massachusetts boarding school is being sued by parents who claim the school's Wi-Fi signal is making their child sick, says Scott O'Connell at the Worcester, Massachusetts Telegram & Gazette. The plaintiffs say their 12-year-old son has endured headaches, nosebleeds, and nausea caused by "electromagnetic hypersensitivity syndrome" ever since the Fay School activated a more powerful wireless signal in 2013. School officials say their Wi-Fi is well within "applicable safety limits." The Week Staff

Clinton Emails
8:15 a.m. ET
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Newly uncovered State Department emails obtained by ABC News reveal that Bill Clinton and the Clinton Foundation tried to get approval from then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to accept invitations for "lucrative speaking engagements" in the notoriously repressive countries of North Korea and Congo. Ultimately, Bill turned down both speaking engagements.

The invitation to Congo offered a $650,000 speaking fee, but would have required Bill to pose for photos with the dictators of Congo and the Democratic Republic of Congo, both of whose countries have a "particularly grim human rights record," ABC News says. In the instance of North Korea, Bill pretty assumed the State Department would shoot him down even though he still sent an email to double check that it was "safe to assume [the U.S. Government] would have concerns." He got a quick response from a State Department employee: "Decline it."

This system worked out by Bill and Hillary was set up prior to Hillary's confirmation as Secretary of State. In the interest of avoiding conflicts of interest, Bill "volunteered to submit information for proposed paid speeches to the Department of State's ethics agency to review," ABC News reports. Still, even without the speaking fees from the engagements turned down, Bill managed to earn more than $48 million in speaking fees while Hillary was Secretary of State, delivering 215 speeches in four years. Becca Stanek

Ancient artifacts
7:43 a.m. ET

A large burial ground in East Kazakhstan has archaeologists puzzled over the headless corpses discovered occupying the graves, Tengiri News reports. The bodies, which belong to ancient Huns and Sarmatians, are laid out in a line, with some burial mounds surrounded by circular fences of closely stacked stones, which researchers believe were used to drive away evil spirits. However, of all the bodies found, none of the skeletons had skulls.

There are several possible theories for the decapitated corpses: Grave robbers may have stolen the skulls as a precaution to prevent spirits of the dead from taking revenge; or perhaps the heads were collected by nomadic tribes of the Early Iron Age who believed the fertility of their women depended on the number of skulls they accumulated. Others experts believe that the heads of rulers and leaders were traditionally used as objects of worship; in another version, the skulls might have been gifted to brides as macabre wedding gifts. Or perhaps the heads were simply taken by the researchers of Catherine the Great, or nabbed by enemies as war trophies.

Other bodies in the region have also been found without their heads, in mounds dating back to the first centuries B.C. and A.D. Jeva Lange

Crisis in Iraq
7:04 a.m. ET

On Thursday, two explosives-laden U.S.-made Humvees exploded near an Iraqi army convoy outside Ramadi, killing two generals. Islamic State, which captured Ramadi in May, claimed responsibility for the suicide attack, which it says was carried out by four militants. In Baghdad, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi attended Thursday's funeral of Maj. Gen. Abdulrahman Abu Ragheef, the acting chief of the Anbar Operations Command, and Brig. Gen. Safeen Abdulmajid, the head of the Iraqi Army's 10th Division.

The death of the commanders was another setback in the apparently faltering U.S.-backed effort to retake majority-Sunni Anbar Province and Ramadi, its regional capital. ISIS likely captured the Humvees from Iraq's army over the past year; such seizure of Iraqi Army equipment has allowed ISIS to carry out attacks like Thursday's. After the funeral, Iraqi officials vowed vengeance, eventually. "We will get revenge for them sooner or later," said an Iraqi military spokesman, Brig. Gen. Yahya Rasool. "We have lost commanders before during the battle against ISIS, but we will never stop until we defeat them." Peter Weber

Europe's Migration Crisis
6:07 a.m. ET
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On Friday, Austrian police raised the number of dead bodies found Thursday inside a refrigerated truck outside Vienna to 71, including eight women, three children, and one infant. At least some of the dead were migrants from Syria, and all of them likely suffocated to death, said Hans Peter Doskozil, the police chief in Austria's eastern Burgenland province. Hungarian police detained seven suspects overnight, he added, and arrested three of them: two Bulgarians and one suspect with Hungarian identity papers.

The grisly discovery was made as European Union leaders were meeting in Vienna to discuss the largest wave of migration in Europe since World War II. The summit concluded without any decisions and amid protestations from Serbia and Macedonia that other EU countries aren't doing enough to help the influx of migrants who have started entering Europe through the Balkans. Peter Weber

Crime and punishment
5:06 a.m. ET
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The Vatican said that Jozef Wesolowski, a defrocked former archbishop and Holy See ambassador to the Dominican Republic, was found dead in his room at the Vatican early Friday. Wesolowski, born in Poland, had been scheduled to stand trial last month at a Vatican court to face sex abuse and child pornography charges related to his time in the Dominican Republic. The trial β€” the first Vatican civil trial for sex abuse β€” was postponed after Wesolowski fell ill.

Wesolowski's death appears to be from natural causes, the Vatican said, but the church prosecutor has ordered an autopsy for later today. Peter Weber

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