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Wednesday briefing: Nashville shooting response; Mike Pence ruling; Adnan Syed conviction; planets aligned; and more

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Police are still looking for a motive in the Nashville school shooting.


Mike Pence will have to testify in a Trump Jan. 6 investigation.


A Mississippi town’s tornado warning system may not have worked properly.

  • What to know: More than a dozen people in Rolling Fork say they didn’t hear sirens before a tornado ripped through Friday. At least 12 people died.
  • Why this matters: Sirens can be crucial in rural, low-income areas, where cellphone service is unreliable. But the systems are often outdated, and many communities can’t afford upgrades.


Serial” podcast subject Adnan Syed’s murder conviction was reinstated.

  • The case: Syed was convicted in 2000 in the killing of his ex-girlfriend Hae Min Lee, but was freed last year. The hugely popular podcast “Serial” reexamined the case in 2014.
  • What’s new? A Maryland appellate court yesterday ordered a do-over of the hearing at which Syed’s conviction was vacated. Syed’s lawyer said they would ask the Maryland Supreme Court to review the decision.


Schools are being overwhelmed with public records requests.

  • What’s going on? It’s part of the increased scrutiny over what’s being taught in classrooms. Enough requests are coming in that schools are having to shift their resources.
  • One example: A district in Arkansas received 100 requests in 90 days this school year, which cost nearly $20,000 and 400 hours of labor to process.


Probiotic supplements could do more harm than good.

  • What are they? Capsules, gummies, powders and pills that contain live microorganisms believed to boost gut health.
  • But results are mixed: If you’re healthy, they can disrupt your gut’s balance of bacteria, studies have found, although they may help people who have gastrointestinal problems.


You can see five planets align in the sky every night this week.

  • What to know: Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Mercury and Uranus will form an arch immediately after sunset. This happens every time the planets line up on one side of the sun — about once a year.
  • How to watch: Four of the five planets should be visible with the naked eye beneath the moon. But if you want to see Uranus, use binoculars or a telescope.

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