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A campus vigil for the University of North Carolina, Charlotte, shooting victims Wednesday.

Thousands of students gathered for a campus vigil Wednesday evening to honor the victims of the shooting at the University of North Carolina in Charlotte a day earlier.

The latest: Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr Putney said Riley Howell, among 2 students killed in Tuesday's attack, which wounded 4 others, died taking the gunman "off his feet." "His sacrifice saved lives," he said. Putney confirmed suspect Trystan Andrew Terrell, 22, is a former student. He faces charges including 2 counts of murder and 4 of murder.

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Details: The university went into lockdown soon after police responded to a call about 5:40 pm ET Tuesday that a suspect had shot several people near the university’s Kennedy Hall administrative building. The lockdown was lifted Wednesday morning.

  • The other student killed was Ellis Parlier, 19, who police said was the first victim to die.
  • 3 victims of the victims taken to hospital in critical condition were expected to survive according to a radio interview with university president Dr. Philip Dubois.
  • The shooting occurred while students were giving final presentations during an anthropology class, per the Washington Post.
  • Authorities said the suspect used a pistol. They're not looking for anyone else.
  • University chancellor Philip Dubois said lives were saved because of the prompt actions of police.
  • A concert was scheduled to celebrate the last day of classes with rapper Waka Flocka on the day of the shooting, according to the university's event page.

Go deeper: 1 week in America: A slew of gun violence goes under the radar

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Giuliani associate Lev Parnas convicted of campaign finance crimes

Lev Parnas, a former associate of then-President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani. Photo: Stefani Reynolds/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Florida businessman Lev Parnas was convicted Friday on charges of conspiracy to make foreign contributions to political campaigns, Politico reports.

Why it matters: Prosecutors said Parnas, then an associate of former President Donald Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, funneled over $150,000 from a Russian businessman into U.S. campaigns as part of an effort to land licenses in the U.S.'s legal cannabis industry.

Editor's note: This story is developing and will be updated.

Supreme Court agrees to hear challenges to Texas abortion law

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The Supreme Court on Friday agreed to hear two cases challenging Texas' abortion law, which bans the procedure as soon as six weeks into pregnancy, but left the law in place in the meantime.

Why it matters: The court is moving extraordinarily fast on the Texas cases, compressing into just a few days a process that normally takes months. And that schedule means the court will take up Texas' ban a month before it hears another major abortion case — a challenge to Mississippi's own 2018 ban on abortions after 15 weeks.

Officials warn 5 key tech sectors will determine whether China overtakes U.S.

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U.S. intelligence officials responsible for protecting advanced technologies have narrowed their focus to five key sectors: artificial intelligence, quantum computing, biotechnology, semiconductors and autonomous systems.

Why it matters: China and Russia are employing a variety of legal and illegal methods to undermine and overtake U.S. dominance in these critical industries, officials warned in a new paper. Their success will determine "whether America remains the world’s leading superpower or is eclipsed by strategic competitors."

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