Parkland school shooting 2 years later: Remembering victims, from hero coach to college-bound students

The lives lost included a beloved football coach who died shielding students and a junior cadet pointing others to safety when he was shot.

  • There are only three viable presidential candidates, according to Mike Bloomberg's campaign
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    There are only three viable presidential candidates, according to Mike Bloomberg's campaign

    Only three candidates out of the more than half dozen vying for the White House have a viable path to the nomination, a senior official for the Mike Bloomberg campaign told reporters Tuesday. Bloomberg states director Dan Kanninen said that “we are really down to a race where there are three people left who could really be considered viable to be sworn into office next year, and that's Bernie Sanders, Mike Bloomberg and Donald Trump,” he said in a conference call with reporters. The blunt statement provides a window into how the campaign views the other established frontrunners, including former Vice President Joe Biden and former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg.

  • Grandparents, uncle charged in beating death, torture of Montana boy
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    Grandparents, uncle charged in beating death, torture of Montana boy

    A 12-year-old boy was tortured and beaten to death by his grandparents and a teenage uncle at their home in Montana, authorities said. In multiple instances, the suspects recorded themselves torturing the boy on their cellphones, police said. James Alex Hurley had been living with his grandparents, James Sasser Jr., 47, and Patricia Batts, 48, for about two years after the death of his father, who Batts identified as her biological son, according to a probable cause affidavit.

  • 'Historic, unprecedented' flooding swamps southern USA; Mississippi and Tennessee hardest hit
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    'Historic, unprecedented' flooding swamps southern USA; Mississippi and Tennessee hardest hit

    Weeks of heavy rain have inundated a large portion of the southern U.S., bringing near-record flooding to portions of Mississippi and Tennessee. In Jackson, Mississippi, hundreds of residents either watched their homes flood over the weekend or worried their residence would soon be drenched as the Pearl River crested Monday at 36.8 feet, its third-highest level ever recorded – behind only 1979 and 1983. Reeves said at a news conference Monday that there were no reports of flood-related injuries and thanked the people of Mississippi for heeding evacuation orders.

  • Huge locust outbreak in East Africa reaches South Sudan
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    Huge locust outbreak in East Africa reaches South Sudan

    The worst locust outbreak that parts of East Africa have seen in 70 years has reached South Sudan, a country where roughly half the population already faces hunger after years of civil war, officials announced Tuesday. Around 2,000 locusts were spotted inside the country, Agriculture Minister Onyoti Adigo told reporters. The locusts have been seen in Eastern Equatoria state near the borders with Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda.

  • Hospital director in Wuhan, China dies of coronavirus
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    Hospital director in Wuhan, China dies of coronavirus

    Since the outbreak of the deadly coronavirus first emerged in Wuhan, China, hospital director Liu Zhiming dedicated his life to treating the thousands of sick patients that poured into his hospital every day. Liu, 51, the director of Wuchang Hospital in Wuhan, died Tuesday morning after "all-out rescue efforts failed," to save him, state broadcaster CCTV reported. As of Tuesday morning, the disease had killed at least 1,874 people, all but five of them in mainland China.

  • The cruise industry has been rocked by the coronavirus. Here's you how can find out if your ship has been impacted.
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    The cruise industry has been rocked by the coronavirus. Here's you how can find out if your ship has been impacted.

    Reuters/Kim Kyung-Hoon The Wuhan coronavirus has had a significant impact on the cruise industry. More than 200 people on Princess Cruises' Diamond Princess ship have tested positive for the virus, and passengers on other ships have had their trips canceled or altered. Cruise lines like Carnival and Royal Caribbean International have warned that the coronavirus could hurt their financial performance.

  • The Coronavirus Comes for Taiwan
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    The Coronavirus Comes for Taiwan

    This system is meant to ensure that Taiwan does not run out of masks and that the country will be ready in the event that the virus spreads further throughout Taiwan. Tsai announced that the government would exercise “centralized procurement, centralized distribution, and centralized pricing” while tracking production and inventories to ensure dependable domestic supplies. The government has emphasized that healthy people do not need to wear masks but photos across Taiwan show people wearing them as a precautionary measure, particularly on public transportation.

  • Cuba burning tires to power factory as US oil sanctions bite
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    Cuba burning tires to power factory as US oil sanctions bite

    The Cuban government has ordered a cement factory to burn old tires to power its operations and save on oil, amid a worsening fuel shortage brought on by US sanctions on the Communist island. On orders of President Miguel Diaz-Canel, the firm Cementos Cienfuegos, located in the center of the country, will receive an increasing supply of used tires to burn, the official daily Granma said Monday. Cuba has been suffering oil shortages since last September, when the administration of President Donald Trump imposed sanctions on ships carrying petroleum to the island from its main fuel supplier Venezuela.

  • 'Now We Are Refugees': A Family in Limbo Amid the Coronavirus Outbreak
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    'Now We Are Refugees': A Family in Limbo Amid the Coronavirus Outbreak

    There are shortages of food and other essentials throughout Yichang, the Hubei province city of more than 4 million where they have been in limbo for weeks. “The government of Taiwan surely will come to our rescue,” her husband, Calvin Fan, who is from Beijing, has reassured her. Taiwan and China each say the other is the reason that she and other Taiwan citizens are unable to leave Hubei, a province under lockdown, where hundreds have died from the coronavirus and tens of thousands have been infected.

  • Mike Bloomberg's education 'reforms' would be a disaster for public schools
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    Mike Bloomberg's education 'reforms' would be a disaster for public schools

    Like Trump and his inept secretary of education, Betsy Devos, Bloomberg is a fervent backer of privatizing and dismantling public schools across the country. Education, in their view, should be run like a business. While other establishment Democrats have begun changing their tune in response to the “Red for Ed” movement, Bloomberg's campaign spokesman has made it clear that privatization will be a core message of his 2020 presidential run: “Mike has always supported charter schools, he opened a record number of charter schools as mayor of New York City, and he will champion the issue as president.

  • 6-year-old girl attacked by mountain lion in California
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    6-year-old girl attacked by mountain lion in California

    A 6-year-old girl sustained minor injuries Sunday when she was attacked by a mountain lion in Northern California. Rancho San Antonio County Park and Open Space Preserve in Santa Clara County will be closed until it is determined safe to reopen, the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space Districtsaid in a statement late Sunday afternoon. The girl was walking on a stretch of trail about two miles from the main parking area with other children, her parents and other adults Sunday morning when the attack occurred, Ranger Brad Pennington said Monday.

  • Autopsy: South Carolina girl Faye Marie Swetlik died of homicide by asphyxiation
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    Autopsy: South Carolina girl Faye Marie Swetlik died of homicide by asphyxiation

    CAYCE, S.C. – Autopsy results were released Tuesday in the death of 6-year-old Faye Marie Swetlik and Coty Scott Taylor, 30. Faye's cause of death was asphyxiation, according to Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher. Faye's death took place within a few hours of her abduction days before her body was found, Fisher said.

  • Gunmen kill 24 and injure 18 in attack on Burkina Faso church
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    Gunmen kill 24 and injure 18 in attack on Burkina Faso church

    Gunmen killed 24 people, including a pastor, in an attack on a church during Sunday Mass in northwestern Burkina Faso, four security sources told Reuters on Monday.

  • Hunter Biden Served on Board of Trade Group That Lobbied Obama Admin for Increased Ukraine Aid: Report
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    Hunter Biden Served on Board of Trade Group That Lobbied Obama Admin for Increased Ukraine Aid: Report

    Hunter Biden, son of former vice president Joe Biden, was on the board of a trade group that lobbied the Obama administration for increased U.S. aid to Ukraine, according to a report Tuesday. From 2012 through 2018, the younger Biden served as a director for the Center for U.S. Global Leadership and was connected as well with its affiliate, the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition, The Daily Caller reported. The two groups, which include about 400 larger corporations and non-government organizations, lobbied for increased spending abroad by the State Department's International Affairs Budget, including a special focus on Ukraine.

  • 14 Americans who got the coronavirus from the quarantined cruise ship in Japan were flown home in an 'isolation box' at the back of the plane
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    14 Americans who got the coronavirus from the quarantined cruise ship in Japan were flown home in an 'isolation box' at the back of the plane

    Cheryl and Paul Molesky via AP/Business Insider Fourteen US citizens were found to have tested positive for the novel coronavirus as they were evacuated from a quarantined cruise ship to be brought home on Monday. Thousands of people had been quarantined in the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan for more than a week, and the US offered flights home for its citizens on Monday morning. But 14 people were tested positive for the coronavirus before they boarded the plane, so they were then put in a separate isolation box for the flight.

  • China legal activist who called on Xi to 'give way' arrested: activists
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    China legal activist who called on Xi to 'give way' arrested: activists

    Chinese authorities have arrested a prominent rights activist and legal scholar who had called on President Xi Jinping to step down over his handling of crises including the coronavirus outbreak, two fellow activists said on Monday. Xu Zhiyong had been on the run since December after attending a gathering in the southern city of Xiamen which focused on discussion of human rights in China, according to Hua Ze, an activist and friend of Xu's. Four others who had attended the gathering in December were arrested previously, Hua told Reuters. Xu was arrested on Saturday night by the Beijing police with assistance by police in Guangzhou, Hua said.

  • 'Ghost ship' washes ashore in Ireland after Storm Dennis
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    'Ghost ship' washes ashore in Ireland after Storm Dennis

    A "ghost ship" drifting without a crew for more than a year washed ashore on Ireland's south coast in high seas caused by Storm Dennis, the Republic's coast guard said. The abandoned 77-metre (250-feet) cargo ship MV Alta ran aground on rocks outside the village of Ballycotton near Cork, Ireland's second city, bringing an end to her months-long voyage. The Alta's odyssey began in September 2018 when she became disabled in the mid-Atlantic en route from Greece to Haiti.

  • Tennessee inmate moved to death watch; attorneys seek stay
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    Tennessee inmate moved to death watch; attorneys seek stay

    Tennessee inmate Nicholas Sutton was placed on a death watch early Tuesday ahead of his scheduled execution this week for the decades-old killing of a fellow inmate. Meanwhile, Sutton's attorneys made a last ditch appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court, asking the justices to put the execution on hold and consider the fairness of Sutton's sentencing. Inmates on death watch are kept under 24-hour surveillance in a cell beside the execution chamber, the Tennessee Department of Correction said.

  • Mike Bloomberg dogged by more past controversial remarks
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    Mike Bloomberg dogged by more past controversial remarks

    Speaking at Oxford University's Saïd business school in the UK in 2016, the former mayor of New York appeared to question if blue-collar workers had the skills necessary to adapt to the information technology age. Also on Monday there was increasing scrutiny of 2013 Bloomberg speeches, made in his final year as mayor and reported by Politico, branding local members of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and New York's teachers union as “extremists” and likening them to the gun lobbying group the National Rifle Association (NRA).

  • New Mexico woman who was pregnant with third child still missing three years later
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    New Mexico woman who was pregnant with third child still missing three years later

    “Holidays will never be the same,” Jennifer told Dateline. Liz, as she is known by her family and friends, was four months pregnant with her third child. “She got in his truck and that's the last time I ever heard from her,” Amber said.

  • Judge in Roger Stone case says sentencing will move forward
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    Judge in Roger Stone case says sentencing will move forward

    The judge overseeing the case of longtime Trump confidant Roger Stone said his sentencing hearing will move forward as planned on Thursday, amid intense scrutiny of the Justice Department's handling of the case. In a 12-minute conference call with the defense and prosecution teams on Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson said she will still hand down Stone's sentence at Thursday's hearing, but indicated she plans to defer the execution of the sentence until the court addresses Stone's request for a new trial. "I'm willing to make sure that there are no consequences that flow from the announcement of what the sentencing will be," Jackson said on the call, which was broadcast in the courtroom.

  • Police allegedly held a black student at gunpoint. Now the governor wants an investigation
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    Police allegedly held a black student at gunpoint. Now the governor wants an investigation

    The governor of Illinois on Thursday called for an investigation into allegations that police held a black college student at gunpoint after misidentifying him as a suspect. Gov. J.B. Pritzker's statement comes after Jaylan Butler, 20, sued the six officers involved for unlawful searches and seizure, excessive force and false arrest on a Sunday night last February. Butler, a swim team member at Eastern Illinois University, said he was walking back to the team bus near a rest stop off Interstate 80 when patrol cars pulled up to him.

  • Obama reportedly expects he'll have to play a 'prominent role' in uniting Democrats this summer
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    Obama reportedly expects he'll have to play a 'prominent role' in uniting Democrats this summer

    Expect former President Barack Obama's radio silence on the 2020 Democratic primary to continue in the coming months. Obama has intentionally remained on the sidelines throughout the primary so far, not throwing his support behind any candidate, including former Vice President Joe Biden. Between now and then, Obama is "committed to not allowing his personal thoughts to dribble out" into the open, the report says, since this might make it more challenging for him to serve as an "honest broker." Apparently, this effort could be going better considering this very same report features a few of Obama's personal thoughts, including that he's supposedly "unimpressed" with Biden's campaign.

  • Watch Russia Test A New Weapon That Can Kill Missiles
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    Watch Russia Test A New Weapon That Can Kill Missiles

    Key Point: Missile defense might harm the nuclear deterrent. Russia has tested a new anti-missile interceptor. Though Russian media hailed the test as an impressive demonstration of Russian military power, it's not exactly clear why this is so.

  • Virginia lawmakers reject assault weapons ban
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    Virginia lawmakers reject assault weapons ban

    Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam's push to ban the sale of assault weapons failed on Monday after some of his fellow Democrats balked at the proposal.