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  • Sen. Jeff Flake backs bill to raise age to buy AR-15 style weapons

    (CNN) — Republican Sen. Jeff Flake announced Wednesday he’s backing a bill to increase the minimum age to buy a semi-automatic rifle, lending bipartisan support to legislation that was introduced last week by Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein in the wake of the mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida. “A kid too young buy a handgun should be too young to buy an #AR15,” Flake, of Arizona, said in a tweet. “Working with @SenFeinstein on a bipartisan bill that […]

  • Troopers buy plane ticket to help stranded woman get to Florida after school shooting

    NEW YORK – Jordana Judson lives in New York. But when she heard about the Florida school shooting last week, it hit close to home. Judson, 23, graduated from Florida State University, which had a school shooting a few years ago. She also is a 2012 graduate of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, where 17 students and faculty were killed last Wednesday. Her family friend Meadow Pollack was among them. After she heard the news, all Judson wanted to do […]

  • Pennsylvania parents concerned over church blessing of guns to be held near elementary school

    DREHER TOWNSHIP, Penn. (WNEP) –Parents are expressing concern after a church announced it will hold a ceremony next week where worshipers are encouraged to bring guns with them. The ceremony will be just down the road from an elementary school. The ceremony in Wayne County was planned before the mass shooting at a high school in Florida last week. Church leaders still plan to go ahead with the blessing of guns, which has some parents of elementary school students on […]

  • ‘Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood’ turns 50

    It’s a beautiful day in this neighborhood. 50 years ago, ‘Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood’ premiered nationwide, teaching a generation of children the importance of kindness, curiosity, self-worth and empathy. EARLY LIFE Rogers was born on March 20, 1928 in Latrobe, Pennsylvania. At times his childhood was lonely, but it was during those early years that his imagination grew. “Fred spent a lot of time playing with puppets and having to come up with stories and create his own entertainment, so I […]

  • Bill Gates, worth more than $90B, says he should pay ‘significantly higher’ taxes

    (CNN) — Microsoft founder and billionaire Bill Gates says he should pay more in taxes and that the government should require other superwealthy people like him to contribute “significantly higher” amounts. “I need to pay higher taxes,” Gates, who is worth over $90 billion, said in an interview with CNN’s Fareed Zakaria on Sunday. “I’ve paid more taxes, over $10 billion, than anyone else, but the government should require the people in my position to pay significantly higher taxes,” he […]

  • Stoneman Douglas principal in emotional video promises to hug every student

    (CNN) — “We lost 17 lives on Valentine’s Day. That’s supposed to be the international day of love,” Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School principal Ty Thompson said in an emotional video message posted on Saturday, three days after a gunman went on a shooting rampage at the Parkland, Florida, school. “We’re going to take the love that we got lost on Wednesday and we’re going to spread that over the next days, weeks, months and maybe even years.” Thompson took […]

  • Pence: School safety to be administration’s top priority

    (CNN) — Vice President Mike Pence signaled a new White House focus on school safety and mental health in light of the Parkland, Florida school shooting in a Saturday speech. “When President Trump meets with our nation’s governors in just a few short weeks,” Pence said, “he will make the safety of our nation’s schools our top administration priority.” Pence discussed the shooting at a Saturday speech in Dallas for America First Policies, an issue advocacy group supportive of President […]

  • Macy’s decision to sell hijabs sparks debate among Muslim women

    (CNN) — American department store Macy’s sparked a fierce debate on Thursday, when it launched a line of “modest clothing” that featured hijabs. The Verona Collection was founded by fashion photographer Lisa Vogl, after she converted to Islam in 2011, and struggled to find modest, fashionable clothing. The brand stands for “women’s empowerment and taking pride in one’s Muslim identity,” according to its website. Macy’s decision to stock Vogl’s line came after US retailer Nike released a “Pro Hijab” for […]

  • Furious students who survived school shooting call for tougher gun laws

    (CNN) — In an emotional rally Saturday in Fort Lauderdale, politicians and Marjory Stoneman Douglas students called for a ban on weapons like the one used to kill 17 people at the Florida high school, and urged voters to kick out lawmakers who oppose the move or who take money from the National Rifle Association. In a fiery speech, senior Emma Gonzalez demanded national lawmakers do something to prevent mass school shootings. “We certainly do not understand why it should […]

  • Florida shooter willing to plead guilty to avoid death penalty, attorney says

    (CNN) — Florida gunman Nikolas Cruz is willing to plead guilty to avoid the death penalty and spare the community from reliving the massacre in a trial, his public defender said. Cruz, 19, faces charges of premeditated murder in Wednesday’s shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, which left 17 people dead. Broward County Public Defender Howard Finkelstein, who is representing the confessed gunman, said there’s no question he killed the 14 students and three staff members. “The […]

  • School shooter will offer to plead guilty, public defender says

    (CNN) — Nikolas Cruz wants to plead guilty so that he can avoid the death penalty and spare a traumatized South Florida community a trial that would recount horrifying details of his mass shooting, a top public defender said Friday. “This is an opportunity to put the criminal case behind and help the victims’ families begin to try and pick up pieces of their lives for our community to heal and to figure out how we stop these things from […]

  • President Trump visits Florida hospital to honor victims of Parkland shooting

    DEERFIELD BEACH, Fla. (CNN) — President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump, aiming to honor the victims of Wednesday’s school shooting in Parkland, Florida, visited Broward Health North Hospital on Friday, the hospital where many of the victims were treated. President Trump told reporters at the hospital that he spoke to victims of the shooting, adding that it is “very sad something like that could happen.” The President, during the brief exchange, also heralded the efforts of hospital staff […]