The would-be school shootings you don’t hear about

A school officer shot an armed student. Your texts may have been leaked. And yes – Cyber Monday sales are still happening. 

It’s Ashley. Let’s talk about today’s top news. 

But first, is it a dog or a wolf? An 1,800-year-old puppy was found preserved in permafrost in eastern Russia. Its fur and whiskers were still intact. 

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A student with a gun was shot by a school officer

A school resource officer in Wisconsin shot a 17-year-old student who pulled a gun in a classroom inside Waukesha South High School and refused to drop it, according to officials. The student with the gun was the only person injured and is now in custody.

As school shootings continue to shock American families, it reminds us of an often downplayed trend: numerous threats to cause mass violence in school are thwarted instead of carried out. In November, parents in a New York village were told a school shooting plot had been thwarted and three middle schoolers were arrested. But parents are still furious. 

Alexis Grady, facing, a 17-year-old senior, hugs her friend Arissa Goodman an 18-year-old senior, outside Waukesha South High School in Waukesha, Wis., on Monday, Dec. 2, 2019. Gunshots were exchanged between a student and a school resource officer inside Waukesha South High School, according to school officials. (Photo: Mike De Sisti / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

Ex-FBI lawyer Lisa Page speaks out on Trump’s ‘sickening’ attacks

Former FBI lawyer Lisa Page has tried to avoid the media spotlight since gaining national attention for her exposed text messages with fired FBI agent Peter Strzok, which President Donald Trump has used as evidence of a conspiracy to undermine his presidency. But in a rare interview, Page told The Daily Beast that she could no longer silently stomach the president’s attacks on her. She said “the straw that broke the camel’s back” came when Trump repeatedly called her name at an October rally in Minneapolis in what she described as a “demeaning fake orgasm” while mocking her and Strzok, who were engaged in an extramarital affair.

Former FBI lawyer Lisa Page arrives for a closed-door interview with the House Judiciary and House Oversight committees, July 16, 2018, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Photo: Jacquelyn Martin, AP)

What everyone’s talking about

  • Former President Jimmy Carter is back in the hospital following an infection. 
  • A Florida woman needs extremely rare blood to save her life. People across the country are donating.
  • An evacuation slide fell from a plane and into a man’s yard. (Everyone is OK.)
  • A Michigan high school football player died unexpectedly after knee surgery.
  • Dwyane Wade defended his son’s look against post-Thanksgiving photo “hate.”
  • The number of nearsighted kids is soaring – and screen time isn’t the only factor.

There’s still time to snag some sweet Cyber Monday deals 

While you may have gotten a head start on your holiday shopping during Black Friday, Cyber Monday deals might be even better. The best part you can do it all from the comfort of your couch (or office, I’m not judging you). Not sure what deals are actually worth it? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Here are the best Cyber Monday deals and sales to shop right now: 

  • 17 Cyber Monday deals that are way better than their Black Friday prices.
  • The best deals you can get on AirPods, Apple Watch, PS4, Fitbit, and more.
  • Airline deals: $33 Allegiant flights, $39 JetBlue flights, $49 Southwest flights.
  • It’s called fashion, sweetie: Best clothing and fashion deals. 
  • Once everything is purchased, here’s how to keep gifts safe from porch pirates and snooping family.

Is winter over yet?

A winter storm that brought havoc to the Midwest over the Thanksgiving weekend was rolling through the Northeast on Monday, dumping more than a foot of snow in some areas seeing their first measurable snowfall of the season. More than 50 million people remained under winter storm advisories or warnings a week after the historic storm first smashed onto the Pacific Coast as a “bomb cyclone.” Up to a foot of snow was forecast from northeastern Pennsylvania to central Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire before ending late Monday, AccuWeather said.

  • Are you shoveling your snow wrong? Here’s what you need to know to stay safe this winter.

A pedestrian walks through deep snow after an overnight snowfall on Dec. 2, 2019, in Marlborough, Mass. (Photo: Bill Sikes, AP)

Real quick 

  • Chicago’s top cop was fired for undisclosed “intolerable” actions, lying to public and mayor. 
  • Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky denied discussing a quid pro quo with Trump and criticized his rhetoric about Ukrainian corruption.
  • The woman Prince Andrew has said he doesn’t remember meeting told her story on BBC, reiterating allegations that he had sex with her when she was 17.
  • More than a day after 10 people were wounded in a New Orleans shooting, police announced Monday that no arrests had been made. 
  • The voters who will sway 2020’s swing states.

How would you feel if your texts were leaked?

There’s a chance your text messages may have been left exposed online. A database housing millions of private SMS text messages was left open online for an extended period of time, researchers at the online privacy company vpnMentor said Sunday. The researchers warn that “millions of Americans are at risk.” The text messaging firm TrueDialog is thought to be responsible for the leak, the cybersecurity experts said. If my texts were exposed, someone’s in for a real treat: They’ll get to view many, many adorable pictures of my dog Coconut.

A break from the news

  • 12 most anticipated new cars and trucks of 2020. 
  • Did that really happen? We fact-check Tom Hanks’ new Mister Rogers movie.
  • 3 things you must do if you plan to retire after 65.

This is a compilation of stories from across the USA TODAY Network. 

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