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Public defender asks to drop Florida school massacre suspect

Apr. 24, 2019 8:55 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The public defenders for the Parkland school massacre defendant unexpectedly asked to withdraw from the case Wednesday, saying the 20-year-old man will soon inherit nearly a half-million dollars and no longer qualify for free legal representation. The Broward County Public...

Lawyer: Massacre suspect allowed to play violent video games

Apr. 24, 2019 11:18 AM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — An attorney representing the father of a victim in last year's Florida high school massacre told a judge that mental health counselors must share the blame, because they knew Nikolas Cruz was "a ticking time bomb" long before the mass shooting, and their actions sped up the...

Florida Supreme Court rules against Parkland sheriff

Apr. 23, 2019 6:47 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — The Florida Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled against a sheriff who fought his removal from office after the governor claimed he failed to prevent last year's Parkland school shooting. Florida's highest court agreed that Gov. Ron DeSantis was within his authority to suspend Scott Israel as...

Florida Senate passes bill expanding armed teachers program

Apr. 23, 2019 4:32 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida is on the verge of expanding a law that allows some teachers to carry guns in the classroom after the Senate passed a wide-ranging school safety bill Tuesday. The bill seeks changes to a law enacted last year after a gunman killed 17 people in a rampage at a Parkland high...

The Latest: 12 students,1 teacher killed honored at ceremony

Apr. 21, 2019 5:20 AM EDT

LITTLETON, Colo. (AP) — The Latest on events commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Columbine school shooting (all times local): 6 p.m. A ceremony marking the 20th anniversary of the Columbine High School shooting has ended with the names of 12 students and a teacher killed being read aloud, accompanied...

Columbine honors 13 lost with community service, ceremony

Apr. 21, 2019 5:19 AM EDT

LITTLETON, Colo. (AP) — Community members in suburban Denver marked the 20th anniversary of the Columbine High School shooting Saturday with a remembrance ceremony that celebrated the school's survival and by volunteering at shelters, doing neighborhood cleanup projects and laying flowers and cards at a...

AP Was There: Shock, then terror as Columbine attack unfolds

Apr. 20, 2019 12:13 PM EDT

LITTLETON, Colo. (AP) — On April 20, 1999, two teenage boys dressed in black trench coats went on a killing rampage at Columbine High School in suburban Denver. They shot and killed 12 classmates and a teacher and wounded two dozen others before taking their own lives. Twenty years later, The Associated...

Undersheriff: Teen's death likely preceded Colorado manhunt

Apr. 19, 2019 11:13 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — A Colorado undersheriff who led the search for a Florida teenager whose actions prompted tightened security at Columbine High School ahead of the 20th anniversary of an attack there that killed 13 people said she likely killed herself before police launched a massive manhunt. Clear Creek...

Video: Deputy slams high school student's head to the ground

Apr. 19, 2019 5:10 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida sheriff placed a deputy on restricted duty Friday after cellphone video showed the deputy banging the head of a pepper-sprayed teen against the ground. Deputy Christopher Krickovich was ordered to surrender his gun and badge until an investigation into Thursday's...

Journalist who covered Columbine reflects on lives unlived

Apr. 19, 2019 3:06 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Daniel. Rachel. Isaiah. "You can't prove a negative," our teachers and parents sometimes tell us when we're young. Yet when I look back upon my time in Colorado covering the almost-adults who were killed in the Columbine High School attack 20 years ago this week, all I can see are the...