Blog Posts by Jason Sickles, Yahoo

  • Two wounded, gunman dead in shooting at high school near Denver

    A shotgun-wielding student police say was bent on harming a particular teacher instead shot two fellow students at Arapahoe High School in suburban Denver on Friday afternoon.

    Police said the targeted teacher probably saved lives by fleeing the school in an attempt to lure the gunman out of the building.

    The gunman, who later killed himself, entered the school from the student parking lot. Police said he came through the door with the shotgun in hand about 12:30 p.m. MT and began asking for the teacher by name.

    "He made no effort to try and hide or conceal (the gun)," said Arapahoe County Sherriff Grayson Robinson. "Word got around immediately that he was looking for a specific teacher."

    The gunman fired an unknown number shots, injuring two students, as he hunted for the teacher, police said. A female student was in serious condition and undergoing surgery late Friday. A second student suffered minor wounds and is expected to be released from the hospital this evening, Robinson said. It

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  • Newfound dad grateful for his daughter’s courage

    Solana Cortez and her biological father, Gary Fuller (Family photo)“Did you think about me?” a woman on the other end of the phone line asked Gary Fuller.

    The question came from the 27-year-old daughter he had never met. An ordained minister, Fuller is usually good with words but says her question had him babbling.

    “The call was so emotionally charged, I hardly remember what came out of my mouth,” he recalls. “I wasn’t proud of so willingly bowing out and never pursuing her.”

    In the summer of 1980, Fuller was a 20-year-old Northern California college student when he began dating a nurse’s aide at the convalescent home where he worked part time. The romance fizzled by the fall, about the same time his girlfriend learned she was pregnant. To further complicate matters, the woman soon became engaged to someone else. Back in school full time, Fuller complied when asked to sign away his paternal rights.

    “I didn’t know if the pregnancy went to term. I didn’t know the gender, anything,” Fuller told Yahoo News.

    Not until February 2009, when his daughter,

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  • Live updates: Tornadoes, storms slam Oklahoma

    [Updated at 9 p.m. CT]

    A mother and baby have been confirmed killed when several tornadoes, including a large twister, touched down in the Oklahoma City metro area. A large and powerful storm system moved through the vicinity of Oklahoma City and Moore, which was devastated two weeks ago. Softball-sized hail, heavy flooding and straight line winds were reported throughout the region. Many warnings have been issued for cities and towns along the track of the storm system, including St. Louis, Missouri.

    Yahoo News is following the latest developments via social media from meteorologists, storm chasers and government officials. We welcome your comments, especially if you have firsthand information about this dangerous storm.

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