Florida school shooting blamed on mental illness, not guns

PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) — An orphaned 19-year-old with a troubled past and his own AR-15 rifle was charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder Thursday morning following the deadliest school shooting in the U.S. in five years.

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  • Written by By TERRY SPENCER and KELLI KENNEDY , Associated Press

Students: Shooting suspect harassed peers, bragged about gun

PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) — Students and neighbors describe the suspect in the deadly rampage at a Florida high school as a troubled teenager who threatened and harassed peers, talked about killing animals, posed with guns in disturbing photos on social media, and bragged about target practice in his backyard with a pellet gun.

  • Written by By KELLI KENNEDY , Associated Press

Trump breaks silence on domestic abuse, Kelly out of sight

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump at last broke his silence to explicitly denounce domestic violence in the wake of allegations that a top White House aide had abused two former wives. Chief of staff John Kelly, under fire for mishandling the matter, stayed largely out of sight, his future in doubt and the White House in tumult.

  • Written by By JONATHAN LEMIRE and ZEKE MILLER , Associated Press

EPA chief says he flies first class due to security concerns

WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of the Environmental Protection Agency has broken months of silence about his frequent premium-class flights at taxpayer expense, saying he needs to fly first class because of unpleasant interactions with other travelers.

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  • Written by By MICHAEL BIESECKER, Associated Press

California Rep. Waters not facing corruption charges

Rep. Maxine Waters is not currently facing corruption charges in Congress, despite the false claim of a story detailing allegations she was cleared of eight years ago.