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Surfer helps families honor loved ones with 'one last wave'

May. 27, 2022 01:16 AM EDT

NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — Surfing is no longer a solitary pursuit for Dan Fischer. When he catches a wave along the shores of Rhode Island, he looks down at a surfboard covered with the names of people who have died, but who shared his love of the ocean. His father's name is the guiding...

Shooter warning signs get lost in sea of social media posts

May. 27, 2022 00:29 AM EDT

Washington (AP) — The warning signs were there for anyone to stumble upon, days before the 18-year-old gunman entered a Texas elementary school on Tuesday, slaughtering 19 children and two teachers. There was the Instagram photo of a hand holding a gun magazine, a TikTok profile...

Texas shooter sent warning signs, messages, mostly too late

May. 26, 2022 22:25 PM EDT

UVALDE, Texas (AP) — Monday morning at Robb Elementary School, a line of graduating high school seniors in maroon caps and gowns paid a visit to the children to offer smiles, high fives and encouragement that one day, if they studied hard enough, they could graduate too. Notably...

Texas elementary school shooting: What do we know so far?

May. 26, 2022 21:43 PM EDT

UVALDE, Texas (AP) — A gunman stormed into an elementary school Tuesday in Uvalde, Texas, killing 19 children and two teachers in the United States' deadliest school shooting in nearly a decade. Law enforcement officers killed the shooter, identified as a local 18-year-old who had shot and...

'Precious individuals' taken in Texas school shooting

May. 26, 2022 21:39 PM EDT

UVALDE, Texas (AP) — One student was an avid runner, so fast she swept the races at field day. Another was learning football plays from his grandfather. One girl sensed something was wrong and wanted to skip school. On Wednesday, stories began to emerge about the lives of the 19...

Yankees, Rays use social media to spread gun violence facts

May. 26, 2022 20:03 PM EDT

The New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays used their social media accounts during Thursday night's game between the teams to spread information about how gun violence affects American life. The move was made in response to recent mass shootings in Uvalde, Texas, and Buffalo. Several...

EXPLAINER: Social media and the Texas shooter's messages

May. 26, 2022 19:36 PM EDT

Could technology companies have monitored ominous messages made by a gunman who Texas authorities say massacred 19 children and two teachers at an elementary school? Could they have warned the authorities? Answers to these questions remain unclear, in part because official...

Depeche Mode founding keyboardist Andy Fletcher dies at 60

May. 26, 2022 19:09 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Andy “Fletch” Fletcher, the unassuming, bespectacled, red-headed keyboardist who for more than 40 years added his synth sounds to Depeche Mode hits like “Just Can’t Get Enough” and “Personal Jesus,” has died at age 60. Depeche Mode announced the...

Twitter shareholders sue Musk, say he 'deflated' stock price

May. 26, 2022 16:35 PM EDT

Twitter shareholders have filed a lawsuit accusing Elon Musk of engaged in “unlawful conduct” aimed at sowing doubt about his bid to buy the social media company. The lawsuit filed late Wednesday in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California claims the...

New Zealand PM warns of disinformation during Harvard speech

May. 26, 2022 14:05 PM EDT

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — The flood of disinformation that is spread and amplified on social media represents a threat to fragile democracies, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said during the keynote speech at Harvard University's commencement on Thursday, exhorting graduates to do their...