Grief and anguish transcend two faiths’ prayers after Texas school shooting

SANTA FE, Texas (Reuters) – The rituals and religious traditions may have been strikingly different, but a Methodist memorial service and Islamic funeral prayers held in two Houston suburbs on Sunday shared a profound anguish at the lives lost to high school gun violence in Santa Fe, Texas.

A Noah’s Ark of animals rescued from Hawaii lava

PAHOA, Hawaii (Reuters) – When hundreds of residents of Hawaii’s Big Island fled their homes after the Kilauea volcano erupted, some left behind not only most of their belongings, but also their beloved pets.

Hawaii reports first serious injury from volcano

PAHOA, Hawaii (Reuters) – A stream of lava blocked a Hawaii highway on Sunday that serves as an escape route for coastal residents, while the first known serious injury was reported from fresh explosive eruptions from the Kilauea volcano.

Spurned advances provoked Texas school shooting, victim’s mother says

SANTA FE, Texas (Reuters) – A teenaged boy who shot and killed eight students and two teachers in Texas had been spurned by one of his victims after making aggressive advances, her mother told the Los Angeles Times.

Hawaii reports first serious injury from volcano as lava threatens escape routes

PAHOA, Hawaii (Reuters) – A stream of lava threatened to block a key Hawaii highway on Saturday that serves as an escape route for coastal residents, while the first known serious injury was reported from fresh explosive eruptions from the Kilauea volcano.

Cougar kills U.S. mountain biker, mauls another, later shot

(Reuters) – A mountain lion killed one mountain biker and mauled another in Washington state on Saturday when they rode into its territory, and authorities later shot the animal dead, police said.

Texas school shooter ‘nonemotional,’ lawyer says as motive sought

SANTA FE, Texas (Reuters) – The 17-year-old student charged with killing 10 people when he opened fire in an art class at his Houston-area high school appeared “weirdly nonemotional” on the morning after the rampage, one of his lawyers said on Saturday.

Hawaii lava flow engulfs more homes as ash plume ascends

PAHOA, Hawaii (Reuters) – New, fast-moving lava poured from the flank of Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano on Saturday, destroying four more homes on the Big Island after a second explosive eruption shot a nearly two-mile-high (10,000 foot) ash plume from the crater.