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A 17-year-old Colorado high school student who was shot in the face by a teenage gunman died after eight days on life support, a local hospital said. Arapahoe High School student Karl Pierson, 18, shot Claire Davis point blank with a shotgun on December 13, before taking his own life, in a shocking rampage that officials said lasted 80 seconds. "It is with heavy hearts that we share that at 4:29 pm (1129 GMT) this afternoon, Claire Davis passed away, with her family at her side," Littleton Adventist Hospital said on its Facebook page. The Arapahoe High shooter entered the school with many rounds of ammunition, a machete and three Molotov cocktails, and a shotgun he had purchased legally at a retail store under Colorado law on December 6, authorities said.
A new flaw has emerged with a US-made spacesuit, forcing NASA to delay until Christmas Eve the next outing to repair the International Space Station, the space agency said Saturday. The problem came up in a system that handles water condensation in veteran astronaut Rick Mastracchio's spacesuit after he re-entered the space station airlock following a spacewalk that lasted 5.5 hours, NASA said. It was not believed to be the same type of issue that caused a dangerous water leak in the helmet of Italian astronaut Luca Parmitano in July. Faced with unexpected repairs due to an equipment cooling breakdown at the orbiting lab on December 11, NASA arranged makeshift snorkels inside the 35-year-old spacesuits and absorbent pads in the helmets for these spacewalks in case such a leak happened again.