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Attorney: Deputy had no obligation to confront school gunman

Jul. 21, 2019 12:49 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Attorneys for a former Florida sheriff's deputy want a judge to dismiss felony charges stemming from his failure to enter a school building while a gunman carried out a massacre. Scot Peterson's attorneys say prosecutors stretched the laws "beyond their breaking points" when...

Grand jury: Florida schools, police bickering over security

Jul. 20, 2019 12:51 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Some Florida school districts and law enforcement agencies have not fully complied with security measures enacted after a 2018 high school massacre because they are bickering over who is responsible, an interim report by a statewide grand jury says. The panel said in a three-page...

10 arrested during sit-in protest at ICE headquarters in DC

Jul. 18, 2019 6:49 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Protesters angered by the federal detainment of migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border blocked access to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement headquarters in Washington, D.C., and staged a sit-in. News outlets reports at least 10 sit-in demonstrators were arrested and charged with unlawful...

Parkland suspect allowed to skip hearings ahead of trial

Jul. 17, 2019 4:02 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Parkland school shooting defendant Nikolas Cruz will be allowed to skip many future court hearings as his planned trial draws closer in the 2018 massacre that left 17 people dead, a judge ruled Wednesday. Broward Circuit Judge Elizabeth Scherer granted the hearing waiver...

Charges dropped against protesters at a detention facility

Jul. 11, 2019 3:14 PM EDT

CENTRAL FALLS, R.I. (AP) — Charges against 16 people who protested outside a Rhode Island detention facility used by federal immigration officials were dismissed Thursday. The Providence Journal reports the protesters agreed to make donations or do community service work. In exchange, the disorderly...

Most attackers made threats before incident, report finds

Jul. 9, 2019 4:03 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — One-third of the attackers who terrorized schools, houses of worship or businesses nationwide last year had a history of serious domestic violence, two-thirds had mental health issues, and nearly all had made threatening or concerning communications that worried others before they struck,...

Armed Utah teachers practice responding to school shootings

Jul. 5, 2019 4:49 PM EDT

SPANISH FORK, Utah (AP) — Nancy Miramontes had 30 seconds to find the gunman. The Utah school psychologist weaved through a maze of dusty halls before spotting him in the corner of a classroom, holding a gun to a student's head. She took a deep breath and fired three shots, the first time she's ever used a...

Vegas police fire officer who hesitated during mass shooting

Jul. 3, 2019 4:46 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A veteran Las Vegas police officer who froze in the hallway of a casino-hotel as a gunman carried out the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history has been fired from the force, police said. Officer Cordell Hendrex was fired from the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department on March...

18 arrested at Rhode Island immigration protest

Jul. 3, 2019 9:59 AM EDT

CENTRAL FALLS, R.I. (AP) — Police say 18 people have been arrested during a protest outside a Rhode Island detention facility used by federal immigration officials. About 200 people gathered outside the Donald W. Wyatt Detention Facility in Central Falls to protest the Trump administration's immigration...

Gun owner groups sue over California age restrictions

Jul. 2, 2019 9:23 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gun owners' rights groups are asking a federal judge to overturn a California law raising the age to purchase a rifle or shotgun from 18 to 21. The Calguns Foundation, Firearms Policy Coalition, Firearms Policy Foundation, and Second Amendment Foundation sued Monday in federal...