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Debbi Hixon, poses for a portrait on Friday, Feb. 14, 2020, in Hollywood, Fla. Hixon is the the widow of Parkland victim, Chris Hixon, a former athletic director and military veteran, killed in the school shooting on Valentine's Day two years ago at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Her home was recently renovated by the program

Parkland widow renovates home, preserves memories

Feb. 14, 2020 6:17 PM EST

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 would wipe away memories of her husband. Athletic...

FILE - In this Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018, file photo, students hold their hands in the air as they are evacuated by police from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., after a shooter opened fire on the campus. A Florida law that allows judges to bar anyone deemed dangerous from possessing firearms has been used 3,500 times since its enactment after the 2018 high school massacre. An Associated Press analysis shows the law is being used unevenly around the state. (Mike Stocker/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP, File)

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

Feb. 14, 2020 11:49 AM EST

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 rifle at a motorcyclist. All four Florida...

Fred Guttenberg, left, whose daughter was killed in the Parkland, Fla., school shooting, talks with Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., before FBI Director Christopher Wray testifies during an oversight hearing of the House Judiciary Committee, on Capitol Hill, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020 in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Parkland dad apologizes for State of the Union outburst

Feb. 5, 2020 4:19 PM EST

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 under siege. Fred Guttenberg was escorted from the...

In this Monday, Jan. 27, 2020 photo, Auschwitz survivor Marian Turski delivers a speech during commemorations marking the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the the Auschwitz death camp in Oswiecim, Poland. Turski made a powerful warning against indifference in the face of discrimination. His remarks are reverberating strongly in his native Poland, with some praising it as a wise and historic speech, but the conservative government criticizing it as overtly political. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

Auschwitz survivor inspires many, but others find fault

Jan. 29, 2020 1:04 PM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — An Auschwitz survivor's warning about indifference to discrimination is reverberating strongly in his native Poland, with some people praising the 93-year-old's World War II anniversary speech as wise but others criticizing it as overtly political. Marian Turski was one of the keynote...

Florida school shooting defendant in court on deputy attack

Jan. 27, 2020 1:37 PM EST

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Florida school shooting defendant Nikolas Cruz was back in court Monday, this time for a hearing on charges that he attacked a corrections officer in jail. Broward Circuit Judge Elizabeth Scherer heard several motions but did not issue any rulings, instead deferring to another...

Pope Francis approaches his studio window overlooking St. Peter's Square to deliver the Angelus noon prayer at the Vatican, Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

Pope on Holocaust atrocities: Let's all say never again

Jan. 26, 2020 9:22 AM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is inviting prayers and reflection about the “atrocity” of the Holocaust, urging people to vow in their heart “never again.” In remarks to the public in St. Peter's Square on Sunday, Francis noted that Monday is the 75th anniversary of the...

Florida school shooting defendant Nikolas Cruz speaks with one of his defense attorneys, Gabe Ermine, before a hearing at the Broward County Courthouse in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020. (Amy Beth Bennett/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP, Pool)

Florida school shooting trauma affects young witness

Jan. 22, 2020 11:10 AM EST

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A young student who witnessed the 2018 massacre at a Florida high school is still too traumatized by the experience to give a formal statement and possibly testify at trial, her lawyer said Wednesday. Attorney Jay Cohen said the 17-year-old girl is still in mental health...

School shooting victim's dad named to Florida school board

Jan. 21, 2020 3:19 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The father of a student slain in Florida's 2018 high school massacre is being appointed to the state Board of Education. Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Tuesday that he has appointed Ryan Petty to the board that oversees education policy in the state. Petty's 14-year-old daughter...

Demonstrators are seen during a pro-gun rally, Monday, Jan. 20, 2020, in Richmond, Va. Thousands of pro-gun supporters are expected at the rally to oppose gun control legislation like universal background checks that are being pushed by the newly elected Democratic legislature. (AP Photo/Sarah Rankin)

Pro-gun rally by thousands in Virginia ends peacefully

Jan. 20, 2020 10:56 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Tens of thousands of gun-rights activists from around the country rallied peacefully at the Virginia Capitol on Monday to protest plans by the state's Democratic leadership to pass gun-control legislation — a move that has become a key flash point in the national debate over gun...

Commission investigating Florida high school massacre sued

Jan. 15, 2020 6:26 PM EST

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Student and civil rights groups are suing the commission investigating the 2018 Florida high school massacre, saying it illegally adjourned a recent meeting before the public could speak and held the meeting at an inaccessible location. The Southern Poverty Law Center filed...