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Students shot in lunchroom, Super Tuesday nail biting begins & more news

Leigh Anderson is the author of The Games Bible: The Rules, The Gear, The Strategies. She has written for Vox, ScaryMommy, Popular Science, Women's Health, and Newsweek.com.

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It's Tuesday morning and hopefully you've eased into the week. But don't strain yourself — wake up gently with these news headlines. 

1. Super anxious

Today is Super Tuesday, the day when a dozen states cast their votes in the presidential primary. Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are poised for big wins. In fact, on the Repub side, Ted Cruz is likely to win his home state of Texas, but Trump may very well win the rest. If Trump proves his appeal in states as diverse as those voting today, it will demonstrate once and for all that his "anti-establishment" message, or maybe just his "racist and violent" message has really resonated with voters. There's one thing that unites us all: No matter who you're supporting, in this race everyone is biting their nails. — The New York Times

2. Whites only

Thirty black students who were standing silently at a Donald Trump rally last night were reportedly escorted out by the Secret Service before Trump would begin speaking. The rally was at Georgia's Valdosta State University, which was whites-only until 1963. The Trump campaign denied that it asked the Secret Service to remove the students. On Sunday, Trump refused to immediately denounce white supremacist groups and an endorsement from a former leader of the KKK. — CNN

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3. Perhaps this will be the end of it

The State Department just released the last 1,700 of Hillary Clinton's emails, just hours before Clinton is poised to win big in the Super Tuesday primary states. A spokesman said that one email was withheld by request of a law enforcement agency, but none of the others were Top Secret. Others were classified as "secret and confidential," which means that the total emails that contained classified info is now 2,115. — Vice

4. More Zika worries

A new study published in The Lancet demonstrates a link between the Zika virus and Guillain-Barré syndrome. Guillain-Barré causes temporary paralysis, and in extreme cases can necessitate life support. Doctors have recently reported an uptick in Guillain-Barré cases in countries where Zika is prevalent, like Brazil. All 42 Guillain-Barré patients in the study tested positive for the Zika antibodies. —The New York Times

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5. A-hem

Yesterday, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas asked a question from the bench for the first time in 10 years. Thomas has been famously silent in the courtroom, attributing his reluctance to speak to a childhood fear of being bullied for his Georgia accent. Thomas broke his streak by asking a Justice Department lawyer 10 questions about a federal law that bars anyone convicted of a misdemeanor domestic violence charge from obtaining a gun. While Thomas speaking up is novel, one does wonder what this means for domestic violence victims, whose partners probably shouldn't be armed. — NBC News

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6. Iran softens

Well, elections in Iran, anyway, have produced some good news. That country's elections just swept in a wave of moderates. Iran's "non hard-liners" now have a majority in Parliament and in the assembly that selects the Supreme Leader. Moderates backed the historic nuclear deal from last July. — Slate

7. Eighth-graders with guns

Four students were shot at school yesterday when a 14-year-old opened fire at a Middletown, Ohio, lunchroom. All four children are expected to survive. The shooter, James Austin Hancock, is in custody and will be charged as a juvenile with attempted murder and felonious assault, among other charges. An 11th grader at the school said, "Little eighth-graders? With a gun? What are they doing with a gun?" Yeah, we'd like to know that too. — CNN

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