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Florida school shooting blamed on mental illness, not guns

PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) — An orphaned 19-year-old with a troubled past and his own AR-15 rifle was charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder Thursday morning following the deadliest school shooting in the U.S. in five years. Law enforcement officials told The Associated Press that Nikolas Cruz legally purchased the ...

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Democrats seek expanded gun background checks after shooting

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic lawmakers are responding to the deadly Florida school shooting with calls for expanded background checks. They also want to create a committee to examine gun violence. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi says, “We hope that we will have more than a moment of silence.” Yet attempts ...

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Advocate: Racism killed early childhood education proposal

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The head of the New Mexico Conference of Catholic Bishops believes racism helped killed a proposal to expand early childhood education in the state. Allen Sanchez, executive director of the group, said he thinks wealthy whites opposed the plan that would have helped the state’s poor ...

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From Washington to Olympics, world reacts to school shooting

From the surrounding community of Parkland, Florida, to the White House and the Winter Olympics, the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that left 17 dead drew reactions of horror, condemnation of the 19-year-old former student charged as the shooter, condolences for grieving families and pleas for new ...

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Illinois education board mulls expanding free testing

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois State Board of Education records show it’s moving to expand free testing by providing a set of college-admissions-related exams to all ninth-, 10th- and 11th-graders statewide. The move could cost taxpayers up to $75 million through 2024. The Chicago Tribune reports that ninth and 10th graders ...

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South Dakota bid to ban gender identity teaching shelved

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — A South Dakota lawmaker is dropping a plan that would have made the state the first to ban public schools from teaching about gender identity in elementary and middle schools. Republican Sen. Phil Jensen rewrote his bill Thursday to drop any mention of transgender issues. A ...

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RI governor orders flags lowered for school shooting victims

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo has ordered flags in the state lowered to half-staff to honor the victims of the Florida school shooting. Raimondo has ordered that flags be lowered until sunset on Monday. Thursday’s order is in accordance with a presidential proclamation. The governor says ...

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