Holding signs and holding hands: Students walk out to protest gun violence
"We want change!" chanted students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School as they walked out of their classes Wednesday, as did thousands of students across the country. The Parkland, Fla., shooting one month ago that killed 17 people has fueled a dynamic youth movement. Students from nearly 3,000 schools left their classrooms at 10 a.m. local time to demonstrate with marches and moments of silence. Some schools accommodated the planned demonstrations, while others warned students of disciplinary actions, including suspension, if they disrupt class. Not all students were behind the walkout. In Vero Beach, Fla., chants of "Trump!" and "We want guns" could be heard to counter the demonstrations.
More on the nationwide student walkout:
- House passes school safety bill as students protest inaction on gun violence
- Nickelodeon went off the air for 17 minutes starting at 10 a.m.
- Why I walked out today: A student's powerful words
- Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., supports the students and their take on gun control
- Katy Perry, Chris Evans and Mark Hamill cheer on student protests
'Remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet'
We said goodbye to Stephen Hawking, a world-renowned theoretical physicist and one of the most important voices in science. He died Wednesday at age 76. He was best known for theories on black holes, and books like A Brief History of Time, which helped people better grasp complex scientific concepts. He was popular in Hollywood, too, between a cameo on TV's The Big Bang Theory and a Oscar-winning portrayal of him by actor Eddie Redmayne in The Theory of Everything.
More facts about Hawking:
- He died on Albert Einstein's birthday.
- He lived with ALS, known as Lou Gehrig's disease, for 55 years.
- He explained what happened before the Big Bang.
- He thought humans were "just an advanced breed of monkeys"
It's not every day a Lamb scares a pack of elephants
Whether Pennsylvania Democrat Conor Lamb holds onto his razor-thin lead over Republican Rick Saccone to flip a House seat long held by Republicans is making the GOP very nervous. President Trump won this congressional district by 20 percentage points in 2016. Sure, every race is unique, and the charismatic Lamb ran a great campaign for this special election. But for scores of Republicans facing re-election in less conservative districts in November, Saccone's poor showing could be an unwelcome sign of a possible Democratic tidal wave.
If you want to be happy, move to Finland
The United States is not the place to live if you want to be happy, at least according to the United Nation's World Happiness report released Wednesday. The U.S. nabbed the 18th spot on the list, down four places from last year. Finland, Norway and Denmark scored the top three spots, respectively, out of the 156 countries ranked. This year's report is based on factors such as income, life expectancy and for the first time, the happiness of immigrants.