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Broward Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie is facing questions about honesty and transparency – so much so that he opened a community forum Monday by stating that he was not a liar.

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A military veteran charged with killing five people and wounding six others at the Fort Lauderdale airport last year will plead guilty in exchange for not facing the death penalty, prosecutors said Tuesday.

Prosecutors disclosed their decision after U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions weighed in on the death penalty question in the murder trial of 27-year-old Esteban Santiago. Sessions, who had final say, received input from prosecutors and defense attorneys in South Florida as well as a panel of experts at the Justice Department in Washington, D.C.

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Nashville Police are warning residents to keep their doors locked and their eyes open for a partially nude man following a shooting early Sunday morning that left four people dead.

There is reason to believe, police say, that the suspect at large is carrying at least one weapon that was not found during a search of the gunman's home.

"One of his guns, a pistol, remains unaccounted for," Metro Nashville Police tweeted Sunday evening.

Parents of two children killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School attacks filed defamation lawsuits on Monday against right-wing conspiracy theorist and radio show host Alex Jones, who has questioned the authenticity of the 2012 shooting that left 26 dead, including 20 children.

Leonard Pozner and his former wife, Veronique De La Rosa, parents of Noah Pozner, and Neil Heslin, the father of Jesse Lewis, are seeking more than $1 million in damages in separate lawsuits.

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Police questioned Nasim Aghdam in her car just hours before she opened fire on YouTube headquarters on Tuesday, wounding three people and apparently killing herself, the Associated Press reported.

Updated at 3:40 a.m. ET on Wednesday

A woman with an apparent grudge against YouTube for what she claimed was censoring and de-monetizing her videos, opened fire at the video-sharing service's San Bruno, Calif., headquarters, wounding several people before fatally shooting herself, according to police.

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A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit filed against Facebook, Google and Twitter by families of patrons killed in the 2016 Orlando, Florida, nightclub massacre.

In his ruling, U.S. District Judge David Lawson found no legal merit for the case filed in December 2016 in Detroit by the families of Tevin Crosby, Juan Ramon Guerrero Jr., Javier Jorge-Reyes and others. They claimed gunman Omar Mateen was radicalized by propaganda found through social media.

In Florida, only the state is allowed to regulate firearms. Local government officials who ignore that law — posting signs prohibiting guns in city parks, for example — face stiff penalties. They include removal from office, a $5,000 fine officials must pay from their personal funds, and lawsuits from any person or group affected.

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Noor Salman, the widow of the Pulse gunman, was found not guilty on all charges.

Salman was charged with providing material support to a terrorist organization and obstruction of justice. Prosecutors say she knew about her husband’s plans for the 2016 mass shooting.

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A convicted burglar, drug delivery man and domestic violence batterer now is accused of stealing from a memorial to the 17 people gunned down at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School last month.

Michael Kennedy, 37, and Kara O’Neil, 40, were arrested at the school Sunday at 10:20 p.m. Each remains in Broward County Jail on $1,000 bond on one count of removing or disfiguring a tomb or monument.

“Several items from the memorial were in the defendant’s rear seat, including teddy bears, plaques and pin wheels,” the arrest report from Broward Sheriff’s Office stated.

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The defense has rested its case in the trial of the Pulse gunman’s widow.

Jurors heard from psychologist Bruce Frumkin who testified Noor Salman’s low intelligence and symptoms of mental illness would leave her vulnerable to interrogation strategies.

He says she would be prone to giving a false confession.

Frumkin says Salman’s up to 12-hour interrogation in the hours after the 2016 mass shooting at Pulse that left 49 dead was much longer than most.

Authorities now say that a student in Maryland who fatally shot a fellow classmate and seriously hurt another died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound during a confrontation with a school resource officer.

Initial reports suggested that Deputy First Class Blaine Gaskill, the resource officer at Great Mills High School, in Great Mills, Md., might have killed the shooter, 17-year-old Austin Rollins.

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One of Miami’s most popular music festivals is back.

The Ultra Music Festival is expected to draw tens of thousands of people Friday through Sunday to Bayfront Park in downtown Miami, an area surrounded by high-rise buildings.

 

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Since the Columbine school shooting nearly 20 years ago, the conversation after mass shootings has inevitably included media that depict violence — and the effect on children.

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