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Florida school massacre panel recommends arming teachers

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The panel investigating the Florida high school massacre recommended Wednesday that teachers who volunteer and undergo extensive background checks and training be allowed to carry concealed guns on campus to stop future...

 

Rich sex offender Epstein settles 1 suit, but more to come

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A decade ago, Florida financier Jeffrey Epstein pleaded guilty to sex crimes involving underage girls and got 13 months behind bars. What the public and his accusers didn't know at the time was that he had secretly...

 

Florida starts painstaking hand recount in US Senate race

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Volunteers gathered around folding tables Friday to begin a painstaking hand recount in Florida's acrimonious U.S. Senate contest, with a goal of determining the intent of about 93,000 voters whose ballots for...

 

Paper: Judge must reject contempt effort over Parkland story

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida newspaper urged a judge Friday to reject a school board's effort to have it and two reporters held in contempt for publishing a story on the educational background of Parkland school shooting suspect Nikolas...

 

Video details the moments before Florida school shooting

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A just-released video interview with a campus security monitor at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School provides new details that may prompt another round of what-if questions about the Valentine's Day shooting that...

 

Deadly Florida airport shooting results in plea deal for man

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Federal prosecutors filed court documents Monday in which an Alaska man agreed to plead guilty to a Florida airport shooting rampage that killed five people in exchange for a life prison sentence. The agreement says...

 

Judge moving along Florida school shooting case

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A judge is seeking to get things moving in the death penalty case against Florida school shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz. Circuit Judge Elizabeth Scherer at a hearing Friday set a May 4 deadline for defense lawyers to...

 

Lawyer: Florida school shooting suspect needs public defense

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Florida school shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz should continue to be represented at taxpayer expense because he likely does not have the assets to pay a private lawyer for what will rapidly balloon into a multi-million...

 

2nd high bond set in Stoneman Douglas-related case

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A relatively high bond was imposed Wednesday in a case involving a student who brought a knife to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, one day after the same judge set a $500,000 bond for the brother of the shooting...

 

$500K bond for shooting suspect's brother in school trespass

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A judge set an unusually high $500,000 bond on Tuesday and imposed a host of other restrictions for the brother of the Florida school shooting suspect, who was charged with trespassing at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High...

 

APNewsBreak: Some wanted Florida suspect committed in 2016

MIAMI (AP) — Officials were so concerned about the mental stability of the student accused of last month's Florida school massacre that they decided he should be forcibly committed. But the recommendation was never acted upon. A commitment under...

 

Ex-student charged in Florida shooting silent in court

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The former student charged with killing 17 people at a Florida high school last month remained silent in court on Wednesday and had a not guilty plea entered on his behalf as police released more recordings that...

 

Florida prosecutors seeking death penalty in school shooting

MIAMI (AP) — The former student charged with killing 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School last month will face the death penalty, prosecutors said Tuesday. Nikolas Cruz, 19, is scheduled for formal arraignment Wednesday on a 34-count...

 

Florida governor signs gun restrictions 3 weeks after attack

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Rick Scott signed a far-reaching school-safety bill Friday that places new restrictions on guns, cementing his state's break with the National Rifle Association and decades of Republican thinking on gun...

 

School shooting suspect indicted on 17 counts of murder

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Florida school shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz was formally charged Wednesday with 17 counts of first-degree murder, which could mean a death sentence if he is convicted. The indictment returned by a grand jury in Fort...

 

Next stop for school shooting survivors: the Florida Capitol

PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) — Students who survived the shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School began a 400-mile journey to Florida's capital Tuesday to urge lawmakers to prevent a repeat of the massacre that killed 17 students and faculty last week....

 

FBI says it failed to investigate tip on Florida suspect

PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) — The FBI received a tip last month that the suspect in the Florida school shooting had a "desire to kill" and access to guns and could be plotting an attack, but agents failed to investigate, the agency said Friday. Florida...

 

School virtual shooter training program aimed at survival

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The shooter rapidly fires through the front doors of an elementary school with an assault rifle and blasts his way down the hallway. Screaming children are running for their lives or frozen in fear. Teachers quickly try to...

 

Lawyers: Airport shooting suspect off meds but mentally fit

MIAMI (AP) — An Alaska man charged with killing five people and wounding six in a Florida airport mass shooting has stopped taking anti-psychotic medication to treat schizophrenia but remains mentally competent to stand trial, his lawyers told a...

 

Experts: No duty for laughing teens to rescue drowning man

MIAMI (AP) — It may be reprehensible and morally outrageous, but legal experts say a group of Florida teens had no obligation to rescue a drowning disabled man they instead mocked, laughed at and recorded on a video that was later posted online. St...

 
 By Curt Anderson    Regional    June 8, 2017

Florida woman sentenced in Sandy Hook parent threat case

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida woman pleaded guilty and was sent to prison Wednesday for threatening a man whose 6-year-old son was killed in the 2012 mass shooting at a Connecticut school, which she contended was a hoax. Senior U.S....

 

Woman pleads not guilty in Sandy Hook parent death threat

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida woman accused of threatening the parent of a boy killed in the Sandy Hook school shooting because she thought it was a hoax pleaded not guilty Monday and was barred from visiting websites that promote such...

 

Trial or deal? Some driven to plead guilty, later exonerated

Three days into his carjacking trial in 2005, James Ochoa faced a daunting choice: Risk spending the rest of his life in prison if convicted by a California jury or plead guilty and be released in two years. Ochoa, then 20 and on probation for drug...

 

It's my tree, let me be: Woman tries to save leafy abode

MIAMI (AP) — For a quarter century, Shawnee Chasser has lived in a treehouse not far from downtown Miami. The 65-year-old grandmother who once protested the Vietnam War and nuclear weapons says she hates the oppressive feeling of walls and air...

 

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