Texas family sues over gun sale
A Texas family has filed a 25 (m) million-dollar lawsuit against Wal-Mart, alleging that the retail giant should not have sold a shotgun to their suicidal daughter.
Twenty-four-year-old Shayla Stewart killed herself last year.
Her parents argue that Wal-Mart should have known she was a risk because she had assaulted a customer at another Wal-Mart store — and Wal-Mart pharmacists were filling Stewart\’s prescription for anti-psychotic medicine.
Wal-Mart isn\’t commenting on the case, but some mental health advocates say mental health records — including prescriptions — should stay private.
In Texas, it\’s against the law to access such records without explicit permission.
Federal law prohibits stores from selling guns to people who have a history of serious mental illness. But Stewart\’s name didn\’t show up when Wal-Mart did a background check.
New whale of a baby at SeaWorld
A baby killer whale has been born at SeaWorld in San Diego. The healthy-looking calf came into the world this morning in Shamu Stadium\’s main show pool.
The baby swam to the surface to draw its first breath. It weighs somewhere between 300 and 500 pounds, and measures six to seven feet.
Twenty-eight-year-old Kasatka gave birth after two hours of labor.
It\’s not known yet if she had a boy or a girl. SeaWorld zoologists say mother and baby appear healthy. The calf is the fifth born at SeaWorld, bringing the park\’s total to eight killer whales.