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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...

'Precious individuals' taken in Texas school shooting

May. 25, 2022 19:19 PM 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...

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...

'Horrifying' conspiracy theories swirl around Texas shooting

May. 25, 2022 18:39 PM 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...

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

May. 25, 2022 18:37 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...

Live updates | Rifle used in Texas shooting modeled after M4

May. 25, 2022 17:41 PM EDT

The rifle used in the Texas elementary school shooting is known as a “DDM4 Rifle.” It's modeled after the M4 carbine, the U.S. military’s go-to rifle, according to a blog post by the gun’s maker, Daniel Defense. The Daniel Defense rifle can be classified as an AR-15 type. A...

Governor: Texas gunman said he was going to shoot up school

May. 25, 2022 17:02 PM EDT

UVALDE, Texas (AP) — The gunman who massacred 19 children and two teachers at an elementary school in Texas warned in online messages sent minutes before the attack that he had shot his grandmother and was going to shoot up a school, the governor said Wednesday. Salvador Ramos, 18,...

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...

Twitter shareholders meet amid Elon Musk's takeover drama

May. 25, 2022 16:42 PM EDT

Twitter's regularly scheduled shareholder meeting Wednesday didn't include a vote on Tesla billionaire Elon Musk’s $44 billion bid for the social platform. But the prospects of the buyout and the drama that's surrounded it seemed to be on participants' minds anyway. CEO Parag...

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.