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Parkland widow renovates home, preserves memories

By KELLI KENNEDY | February 14, 2020

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. (AP) — Debbi Hixon was a bundle of nerves waiting to see the 10-day makeover that had transformed her home. She wasn't concerned about the new kitchen counters or paint colors; the Parkland shooting widow was worried the fancy new decor...

Florida ‘red flag’ gun law used 3,500 times since Parkland

By TERRY SPENCER | February 14, 2020

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A 23-year-old man who posted on Facebook, “I don't know why I don't go on a killing spree." A West Palm Beach couple who shot up their home while high on cocaine. A 31-year-old Gulf Coast man who pointed a semiautomatic...

Newtown families in lawsuit get access to shooter’s computer

February 13, 2020

WATERBURY, Conn. (AP) — Families of those killed in the 2012 Sandy Hook school shooting will have access to the shooter's computer as part of their lawsuit against gun maker Remington.A state Superior Court judge in Waterbury, Connecticut, signed off...

Teacher unions: Children terrified by active shooter drills

By PAT EATON-ROBB | February 13, 2020

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The nation's two largest teachers unions want schools to revise or eliminate active shooter drills, asserting Tuesday that they can harm students' mental health and that there are better ways to prepare for the possibility of...

Trump meets Parkland families to discuss school safety

By AAMER MADHANI and TERRY SPENCER | February 10, 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump met Monday with several family members of the victims of the 2018 school shooting in Parkland, Florida, to discuss school safety.Parents from the group Stand with Parkland were briefed on a new school safety...

Teen pleads guilty to murder in Colorado school shooting

February 7, 2020

CASTLE ROCK, Colo. (AP) — The younger of two students charged in a school shooting in suburban Denver that killed a classmate pleaded guilty on Friday under an agreement that gives him a chance to be paroled after serving about 25 years in prison.Alec...

Parkland dad apologizes for State of the Union outburst

By TERRY SPENCER | February 5, 2020

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The father of a student killed in the 2018 Florida high school massacre apologized Wednesday for disrupting President Donald Trump's State of the Union address by shouting as the president said the rights of gun owners are...

The Latest: Michigan Gov. Whitmer delivers response to Trump

February 4, 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — The latest on the president's State of the Union speech (all times local):11:25 p.m.Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has used Democrats' response to President Donald Trump's State of the Union address to swivel from impeachment to working-class...

Kelley’s 27 points sends S. Dakota past NAIA Peru St.

February 4, 2020

VERMILLION, S.D. (AP) — Cody Kelley scored a career-high 27 points on 10-of-12 shooting and South Dakota beat NAIA-member Peru State College 106-45 on Tuesday night.Kelley finished 6 of 8 from beyond the 3-point line. The 5-foot-11 guard also grabbed...

Man arrested in slaying of 2 sisters at Texas dormitory

February 4, 2020

COMMERCE, Texas (AP) — A man has been arrested in the fatal shooting at a university dormitory in Texas of a woman believed to be his ex-girlfriend and her sister and the wounding of a 2-year-old boy, school officials said Tuesday.Texas A&M University-Commerce...

2 women killed, child hurt in shooting at Texas dormitory

February 3, 2020

COMMERCE, Texas (AP) — Two women were killed and a child was wounded in a shooting Monday morning at a university dormitory in Texas, officials said.A recommendation for students and employees to shelter in place was lifted early Monday afternoon at...

Sandy Hook denier charged with having victim’s dad’s ID info

By Associated Press | January 28, 2020

SORRENTO, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man who repeatedly harassed parents of shooting victims at Sandy Hook Elementary School has been arrested for possessing the identification of one of the parents, authorities said.Wolfgang Halbig, 73, was arrested Monday...

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