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'Horrifying' conspiracy theories swirl around Texas shooting

May. 26, 2022 00:05 AM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — By now it's as predictable as the calls for thoughts and prayers: A mass shooting leaves many dead, and wild conspiracy theories and misinformation about the carnage soon follow. It happened after Sandy Hook, after Parkland, after the Orlando nightclub...

'Precious individuals' taken in Texas school shooting

May. 26, 2022 00:01 AM 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...

Live updates | Slain child's father: Police were unprepared

May. 25, 2022 23:16 PM EDT

The father of a child killed by a shooting rampage at a Texas elementary school says police were slow to move in and were unprepared. Javier Cazares is the father of fourth-grader Jacklyn Cazares, one of 19 youngsters who died along with two teachers in a classroom at Robb Elementary...

Elon Musk revises Twitter financing plan; shares jump

May. 25, 2022 21:04 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Tesla CEO Elon Musk on Wednesday revised the financing plan for his proposed $44 billion purchase of Twitter, raising investor hopes that the unpredictable billionaire still intends to pull off a deal roiled by market turbulence and Musk’s not-entirely-explicable concerns...

Twitter to pay $150M penalty over privacy of users' data

May. 25, 2022 20:00 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Twitter will pay a $150 million penalty and put in new safeguards to settle federal regulators’ allegations that the social platform failed to protect the privacy of users’ data over a six-year span. The Justice Department and the Federal Trade Commission...

EXPLAINER: Social media and the Texas shooter's messages

May. 25, 2022 18:50 PM EDT

Could Facebook have known about ominous direct-message threats made by a gunman who Texas authorities say massacred 19 children and two teachers at an elementary school? Could it have warned the authorities? Texas Gov. Greg Abbott revealed the online messages sent minutes before the...

Arizona Democratic congressman Gallego rips Ted Cruz, NRA

May. 25, 2022 19:07 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Democratic U.S. Rep. Ruben Gallego lashed out at the National Rifle Association and Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz in a series of profane tweets in response to a massacre at a Texas elementary school. Gallego responded Tuesday to Cruz's comments predicting...

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

May. 25, 2022 16:49 PM EDT

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 wounded his grandmother and...

Texas governor: Gunman posted on Facebook, "I'm going to shoot an elementary school," shortly before rampage

May. 25, 2022 13:57 PM EDT
UVALDE, Texas (AP) — Texas governor: Gunman posted on Facebook, "I'm going to shoot an elementary school," shortly before rampage.

Families mourn, worry in wake of elementary school shooting

May. 25, 2022 06:28 AM EDT

UVALDE, Texas (AP) — Distraught families gathered at a local civic center and turned to social media to mourn and to make desperate pleas for help finding missing children as the death toll in a gruesome school shooting at a Texas elementary school rose to at least 19 students. Authorities said...