As the country mourns the seventeen lives lost in a Florida school shooting, one former teacher of the accused shooter is speaking out. NBC10's Rosemary Connors spoke to him to get a glimpse into the suspected...
The Department of Veterans Affairs announced Friday that the agency's chief of staff has stepped down after an investigation alleged she had doctored emails to justify Secretary David Shulkin's wife accompanying him on a European trip at taxpayer expense.
The internal investigation by the department's inspector general found "serious derelictions" by Shulkin and his staff and urged administrative action against Chief of Staff Vivieca Wright Simpson.
As state records of accused Florida school shooter Nikolas Cruz begin to uncover the troubled past that led to the teen's deadly rampage, his defense attorneys say a guilty plea is being considered to avoid the death penalty and a lengthy trial.
Cruz's attorneys plan to meet with prosecutors to discuss the guilty plea, Broward Public Defender Howard Finkelstein confirmed to NBC 6.
"There is only one question: Should this young man live or should he die by execution?" Finkelstein told the Sun-Sentinel. "We believe it’s in nobody’s best interest to go through a circus of a trial."
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A powerful magnitude-7.2 earthquake shook south and central Mexico Friday, causing people to flee swaying buildings and office towers in the country's capital, where residents were still jittery after a deadly quake five months ago.
Crowds gathered on Mexico City's central Reforma Avenue as well as on streets in Oaxaca state's capital, nearer the quake's epicenter, which was in a rural area close to Mexico's Pacific coast and the border with Guerrero state. There were no immediate reports of deaths.
The troubled teen authorities say killed 17 people at a Florida high school excelled in an air-rifle marksmanship program supported by a grant from the National Rifle Association Foundation, part of a multimillion-dollar effort by the gun group to support youth shooting clubs and other programs.
Nikolas Cruz, 19, was wearing a maroon shirt with the logo from the Army Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps program at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School when he was arrested Wednesday shortly after the shooting. Former JROTC cadets told The Associated Press that Cruz was a member of the small varsity marksmanship team that trained together after class and traveled to other area schools to compete.
It was a close-knit group. One of the other cadets started calling Cruz "Wolf," and the nickname stuck.
Under pressure over his handling of abuse allegations against a top aide, White House chief of staff John Kelly on Friday ordered sweeping changes in how the White House clears staff members to gain access to classified information, acknowledging that the administration "must do better" in how it handles security clearances.
Kelly issued a five-page memo that acknowledged White House mistakes but also put the onus on the FBI and the Justice Department to provide more timely updates on background investigations, asking that any significant derogatory information about staff members be quickly flagged to the White House counsel's office.
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A federal control board urgently sought a $300 million loan for Puerto Rico's power company on Friday after a judge rejected a previous $1 billion loan request despite warnings the U.S. territory would have to start rationing electricity.
The latest request comes as nearly 400,000 power customers across the island remain in the dark more than five months after Hurricane Maria hit the island, causing the longest blackout in U.S. history.
Candles could be spotted as far as the eye could see Thursday night in Parkland, Coral Springs and surrounding communities as family, friends and strangers came together to remember the lives lost in the deadly mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
Nearly 1,000 people attended a vigil at the Parkland Amphitheater, including children who were inside the school when the shooter opened fire and killed 14 children and three adults.
"She heard gunshots," said Jodi Burke, whose daughter hid in a closet while the gunman, allegedly Nikolas Cruz, started shooting. “She seems angry, she lost one of her best friends.”
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Former presidential hopeful Mitt Romney is running for a Utah Senate seat, officially launching his political comeback attempt Friday by praising his adopted home state as a model for an acrimonious national government in Washington.
Having been one of the Republican Party's fiercest internal critics of President Donald Trump, Romney didn't mention the administration or Trump himself in a campaign announcement posted online.
The closest allusion to Trump was Romney noting that Utah "welcomes legal immigrants from around the world," while "Washington sends immigrants a message of exclusion."
It was the final period of the day at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High and Jonathan Blank was in history class, learning about the Holocaust. Across campus, five of his friends, pals since grade school, sat in different classrooms watching the clock. In 19 minutes, school would be out and the buddies had plans this Valentine's Day: a little basketball and boys' time.
Inside classroom 1214, the clock hit 2:21 p.m. Then: POP! POP! POP!
Instinctively, 16-year-old Jonathan hit the ground, taking cover under his desk. He smelled the chemical stench of gunpowder, noticed sawdust particles floating in the air: pieces of the classroom door that had been splintered by shots. Around the room, his schoolmates covered themselves with textbooks and took shelter behind filing cabinets.
It was a night full of surprises, with many feel-good storylines ending in disarray. Mikaela Shiffrin was attempting to win back-to-back golds on back-to-back nights. She came up short on a night she didn’t feel or look like herself. She finished fourth, just off the podium in the women’s slalom. Nathan Chen was seeking redemption in the men’s short program. He came up short, faltering on every one of his mandatory elements. On the flip side, Adam Rippon and Vincent Zhou shined in the moment. Zhou became the first male to cleanly land a quad Lutz at the Olympics. Rippon ended the night as the highest ranked American.
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Actor and Florida native Josh Gad was personally affected by the Parkland high school shooting, he said on Twitter, having learned that a friend's son was one of the 17 people who died.
The "Frozen" and "Beauty and the Beast" actor grew up close to Parkland, Florida, and said Wednesday that he was "so angry" after learning the boy was hit in the chest by gunfire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
The next morning, Gad tweeted that the boy, whom he didn't name, had passed away, and vowed to support everyone who runs against NRA-backed politicians and be "a voice of reason" in demanding action to stop gun violence.
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Mitt Romney and President Donald Trump have harshly criticized each other but also have been willing to sit down to talk when it's mutually beneficial.
Romney's announcement Friday that he is running for the U.S. Senate in Utah creates the potential for more battles or deal-making.
Take a look back at some of the most memorable moments in recent years between the two wealthy businessman and politicians.
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The New Yorker obtained a long, handwritten note written by a former Playboy Playmate of the Year documenting an alleged consensual affair she had with Donald Trump more than a decade ago, NBC News reported.
The report also touches on legal arrangements involved in the sale of Karen McDougal's story to the publisher of the National Enquirer, which never published the story. McDougal told the magazine she regretted signing the contract.
She confirmed a Wall Street Journal published days before the 2016 election that revealed the affair allegations and the purchase of McDougal's story. Six former employees of the company told The New Yorker that it often purchases a story in order to bury it.
Trump denied having the affair, a White House spokesperson told NBC News in a statement: "This is an old story that is just more fake news. The President says he never had a relationship with McDougal."
An AMI spokesman did not immediately return a request for comment.
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In striking contrast to the detestable tragedy that unfolded, the city of Parkland joined hearts and minds to hold vigils as South Florida and the nation at large mourn alongside in remembrance of victims.
For the 17 lives lost in the massacre on Wednesday, hundreds gathered at the City of Parkland Amphitheater on Thursday.