Seven people were shot and five died Wednesday afternoon in the Houston, Texas, suburb of Spring. Harris County Precinct 4 Assistant Chief Deputy Mark Herman has confirmed that three children are dead as well as two adults. A TV station helicopter following a police chase of a small silver Honda sedan possibly driven by the suspected shooter cornered the car in a suburban cul-de-sac, about three miles from the scene of the shooting.
Fifty four percent of Americans say they've heard enough from Sarah Palin and would prefer she speak up less, according to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Annenberg poll. Palin "will do or say just about anything to get attention and feed bloody red meat to what's left of her following," writes Washington Post blogger Ed Kilgore. Peter Grier of the Christian Science Monitor writes, "[S]he's gone from a major party presidential ticket to a paid Fox News pundit to the star of a cable TV hunting show. That's not exactly an upward career trend."
Glenn Beck is planning a trip to McAllen, Texas, on July 19 with a tractor-trailer loaded with teddy bears, soccer balls and hot meals for some 3,000 undocumented immigrants. "I've never taken a position more deadly to my career than this -- and I have never, ever taken a position that is more right than this," an emotional Beck said Tuesday on his show on TheBlaze. “Everybody is telling me I'm seeing subscriptions down; I'm seeing Mercury One donations down," he added. "I'm getting violent emails from people who say, you know, I've 'betrayed the Republic.' Whatever." read more
Argentina plays its first World Cup semifinal since 1990, facing today a Netherlands team looking to reach its second consecutive final. The countries have met four times in the tournament and four other times. Argentina won only one of the matches, but it was the 1978 World Cup final.
A coauthor of the book Fiesta: How to Survive the Running of the Bulls was badly gored on Wednesday in the morning bull run at Pamplona's San Fermin festival. Bill Hillmann, 32, tripped and fell when a bull gored him in his right thigh, according to festival website SanFermin.Com, which has photos of the incident. There have been 14 fatalities over the past century at the fiesta, which dates to the 13th century.