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Students board a school bus in Great Mills, Maryland. Photo: Marvin Joseph / The Washington Post via Getty Images

Two students are in critical condition following a shooting on Tuesday morning at Great Mills High School in St. Mary's County, Maryland, per the AP. A school resource officer "engaged" the shooter, who was confirmed dead by St. Mary's County Sheriff Tim Cameron in a press conference Tuesday afternoon.

The context: This incident comes days before schools across the country participate in the nationwide March for Our Lives demonstrations on Saturday in response to last month's shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

More details:

  • The shooter was identified as 17 year old Austin Wyatt Rollins, per Cameron. Rollins used a handgun for the shooting.
  • The student resource officer has been identified as Sheriff Deputy Blaine Gaskill.
  • Victims were a 16 year old female student and a 14 year old male student.
  • The 14 year old student is in stable condition. The 16 year old student is in critical condition and in intensive care at a local hospital.
  • Authorities say that Rollins had a "prior relationship" with the 16 year old student. The nature of that relationship is unclear.

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The SAT is going digital

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The College Board announced Tuesday that the SAT will be delivered digitally in the U.S. in 2024.

Why it matters: The College Board said it's seeking to make the SAT "more relevant," as some colleges start to ditch the college admissions exam altogether.

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Pfizer begins clinical trial for Omicron-specific COVID vaccine

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Pfizer and BioNTech announced Tuesday that they have started clinical trials for a reformulated vaccine to protect against the Omicron coronavirus variant.

Why it matters: The rise of the Omicron variant has forced vaccine makers to reassess the effectiveness of their vaccines.

Retail stock traders power stunning comeback after deep selloff

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Stocks staged a Patrick Mahomes-esque comeback Monday, after plunging for the first few hours of trading.

Why it matters: The remarkable recovery suggests that retail traders who upended markets over the last year — most notably during the GameStop bonanza that occurred almost exactly a year ago — continue to be powerful influence in the markets.

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