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Jury selection set Jan. 27 in Florida school shooting

Oct. 17, 2019 1:25 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The trial of Florida school shooting defendant Nikolas Cruz is set to begin in January. A judge issued an order Thursday to begin jury selection on Jan. 27 in a trial involving the 2018 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that killed 17 people and wounded 17...

Student arrested in dorm shooting death

Oct. 17, 2019 9:31 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Nashville police have arrested a Tennessee State University student in the shooting death of another student inside a campus dorm. Police said in a statement on Twitter that 18-year-old George Wells Jr. was charged on Wednesday with reckless homicide in the death of 19-year-old...

No prison for officer in fatal citizens academy exercise

Oct. 16, 2019 8:51 PM EDT

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — A former Florida police officer who accidentally shot and killed a woman during a citizens academy exercise will serve no prison time. The Sarasota Herald-Tribune reports that 31-year-old Lee Coel pleaded no contest Wednesday to second-degree manslaughter as part of a deal with...

Deputy fired for gun discharge in Florida school cafeteria

Oct. 16, 2019 6:18 PM EDT

WESLEY CHAPEL, Fla. (AP) — Officials say they've fired a Florida deputy several months after his gun accidentally discharged in a middle school cafeteria. Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco announced during a news conference Wednesday that Cpl. Jonathan Cross had been terminated for conduct unbecoming a...

Florida commission says mental health system needs overhaul

Oct. 16, 2019 1:35 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Florida's mental health system is underfunded and needs to be overhauled, with better coordination between providers, law enforcement and educators, the commission investigating last year's high school massacre recommended to the legislature Wednesday. The Marjory Stoneman...

Wisconsin jury awards $450,000 in Sandy Hook defamation case

Oct. 16, 2019 10:06 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A jury in Wisconsin has awarded $450,000 to the father of a boy killed in the 2012 Sandy Hook school shooting after he filed a defamation lawsuit against conspiracy theorist writers who claimed the massacre never happened. A Dane County jury on Tuesday decided the amount James Fetzer...

Private Dallas university evacuates campus after bomb threat

Oct. 15, 2019 10:56 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — A private university in Dallas canceled classes and evacuated its campus of about 4,800 students after receiving a threatening message that prompted a lockdown. Officials at Dallas Baptist University say a threat of a bomb and coordinated armed attack was received about 1 p.m. Tuesday by a...

Bomb scare at Montana school turns out to be false alarm

Oct. 15, 2019 8:12 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Authorities evacuated an elementary school in Montana on Tuesday after officials found what they thought were the remnants of a homemade bomb that exploded, but it turned out to be a plastic bottle filled with nuts and bolts left in the schoolyard. School officials in Helena made the...

Panel: Florida should tighten school shooter drills

Oct. 15, 2019 6:37 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Florida's public schools should have realistic active-shooter drills and any armed school employees must be trained by a sheriff's office and not a private company, the commission investigating last year's high school massacre recommended Tuesday to the Legislature. The Marjory...

School suspends girls, says rape-awareness note was bullying

Oct. 15, 2019 5:45 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A 15-year-old girl was suspended for bullying after trying to draw attention to what she believed was an unaddressed problem of sexual assaults involving students at her high school. Now, she's taking the school district to court. Aela Mansmann, a 15-year-old sophomore at Cape...