7 things to know now: Football player killed; 9-year-old missing; Ozzy, Sharon to divorce; Powerball

Here's a roundup of news trending across the nation and world today.

What to know now:

1. Football player killed: University of  Alabama Birmingham running back Gregory Bryant was declared brain dead Sunday a day after he was found shot in his car on an interstate in South Florida. Bryant, who started his college career at Notre Dame, was expected to be a star on the UAB roster this fall. Bryant and another man were found in the car on Interstate 95. The shooting is being  investigated as a homicide.

2. Missing girl: Law enforcement officials continue to search for 9-year-old Carlie Trent, five days after her uncle picked her up from school after telling officials there her father  had been in a car accident. Gary Simpson, the brother-in-law of the girl’s father, lied  to school officials about James Trent, checked the girl out of school and has not been seen since.  James Trent said Simpson was a trusted relative and had picked the child up at school before.  An Amber Alert has been issued for Carlie.    

3. Transit taking place: A rare astrophysical event will take place  today when Mercury moves across  the sun in an event called a “transit.”  It is so rare, that it happens only about 13 times every 100 years.  You can see the planet move across the sun with a telescope or binoculars, but only watch through a solar  filter or you can severely damage your eyes. You can watch a livestream here. The transit begins  at 7:12 a.m. ET, and  will take more than 7 hours  to complete.  

4.  When did Paterno know: Lawyers for Penn State University told journalists Sunday that the school had made legal settlements  to accusers of former coach Jerry Sandusky as far back as 1971.  The information was released after as the university’s president, Eric Barron, denied a claim that  former head football coach Joe Paterno was told  in 1976 that Sandusky had sexually abused a child. Paterno claimed before he died in 2012 that he had reported Sandusky to university officials in 2001 when he first heard reports of sexual abuse by Sandusky.   

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5. Powerball: There was one winner in Saturday’s $429.6 million Powerball lottery drawing.  The ticket matching all six numbers was sold  in Trenton, N.J.at a 7-Eleven store.

And  one  more

Heavy metal rocker Ozzy Osbourne and TV talk  show co-host Sharon Osbourne  are ending their  marriage, according to reports. The couple, who  have three grown children, have been married for 33 years. Reportedly,  Ozzy, who gained famed as a member of the metal band Black Sabbath,  is moving out of the family home.  

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