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Trump Visits Shooting Victims, Local Police En Route To Mar-a-Lago For Long Weekend

Donald Trump said he called on victims of Wednesday’s high school shooting in Florida, which left 17 dead, on a hospital visit Friday evening.” data-reactid=”16″>President Donald Trump said he called on victims of Wednesday’s high school shooting in Florida, which left 17 dead, on a hospital visit Friday evening.

“I did indeed,” he said when asked if he’d met any of the seven still hospitalized. “It’s very sad that something like that could happen.”

Trump’s remarks followed a brief stop at Broward Health North hospital in Pompano Beach, Florida, with his wife, Melania. The couple had already planned to stay at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach for the holiday weekend. The visit to the hospital and the Broward County Sheriff’s Office were added to the schedule following Wednesday afternoon’s massacre at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, a well-to-do community about 40 miles south of Palm Beach.

In brief comments to reporters, Trump praised the work of first responders and medical staff. “They have done an incredible job,” he said, adding later, “The job they’ve done is incredible.”

When asked if new gun laws are needed, Trump walked away without answering.

Police have charged Nikolas Cruz, a 19-year-old former student who was expelled from the school last year, with 17 counts of murder. Police said he used an AR-15 military-style rifle that he legally purchased. Fourteen students and three school staff members were killed.

How many victims Trump met is not immediately clear, nor is the tenor of those conversations.

Barack Obama spoke to the nation after the Newtown, Connecticut, shooting that left 20 kindergarteners and first-graders dead, he had to stop several times to wipe away tears. Trump, in contrast, read his remarks Friday off a teleprompter in a flat tone and displayed little emotion.” data-reactid=”23″>When President Barack Obama spoke to the nation after the Newtown, Connecticut, shooting that left 20 kindergarteners and first-graders dead, he had to stop several times to wipe away tears. Trump, in contrast, read his remarks Friday off a teleprompter in a flat tone and displayed little emotion.

Trump’s visit to the community is also a rare foray into an area where he’s generally not liked. The vast majority of his presidential trips have been to areas where he did well in the 2016 election.

Hillary Clinton, he lost neighboring Coral Springs ― where many of the Stoneman Douglas students live ― and Broward County as a whole by a 2-to-1 margin.” data-reactid=”25″>Broward County, Florida, is quite the opposite. While Trump lost Parkland by just 5 percentage points to Democrat Hillary Clinton, he lost neighboring Coral Springs ― where many of the Stoneman Douglas students live ― and Broward County as a whole by a 2-to-1 margin.

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Lawyer: California man in Russia probe 'has made mistakes'

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A California man who pleaded guilty earlier this month to unwittingly selling bank accounts to Russians meddling in U.S. elections made a mistake and is coming to terms with his role in the matter, his attorney told The Associated Press on Friday.

Richard “Ricky” Pinedo pleaded guilty to using stolen identities to set up bank accounts that were then used by the Russians. The U.S. government acknowledged that Pinedo did not know that he was dealing with Russians.

Pinedo’s guilty plea is the third stemming from special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation. Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn and former Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos have pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI.

On Friday, Robert Mueller’s office charged 13 Russians, including a businessman close to Vladimir Putin, in an elaborate plot to interfere in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. The federal indictment was the most direct allegation to date of illegal Russian meddling during the campaign.

Pinedo’s attorney, Jeremy Lessem, said his client “was shocked to find out that what he was doing had any relationship whatsoever” to the Mueller investigation.

“This is something that is way beyond anything he could have possibly imagined he could be involved in,” Lessem said.

He said Pinedo “has made mistakes, he’s taken responsibility for those mistakes, he pled guilty, and he will be punished for those mistakes he made. But he had nothing to do with assisting any type of foreign national at all.”

Pinedo thought he was helping people fraudulently open online bank accounts, but not Russians, Lessem said. He said his client would not make any public statements.

Pinedo, of Santa Paula, California, could face up to 15 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. He has no criminal history, according to his plea agreement, which he signed as “Ricky” on Feb. 2 during a court hearing in Washington, D.C. A sentencing date has not been scheduled.

Lessem declined to say what sentence he would request for his client.

Pinedo is listed on a LinkedIn page as a marketing strategist who graduated from Ventura College with a degree in computer science in 2009.

“Being able to come up with creative ideas, strategies and coming up with solutions to problems is always a big plus for me,” according to the profile.

Between 2014 and last year, Pinedo operated an online service called Auction Essistance, selling bank account numbers either by registering accounts in his own name or often using stolen identities, according to court documents.

“Although Pinedo was not directly involved in the registration of these accounts using stolen identities, he willfully and intentionally avoided learning about the use of stolen identities,” the documents said.

Prosecutors say the scheme netted Pinedo tens of thousands of dollars.

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This Dog Has Comforted Victims Of 3 Devastating Shootings In Less Than 2 Years

Wednesday’s school shooting in Parkland, Florida, a kind, friendly face is a welcome sight.” data-reactid=”16″>After a tragedy like Wednesday’s school shooting in Parkland, Florida, a kind, friendly face is a welcome sight.

That’s where dogs like Jacob come in.

October 2017 mass shooting in Las Vegas, as well as the Orlando Pulse nightclub massacre in June 2016.” data-reactid=”18″>The 4-year-old golden retriever is a “comfort dog” specially trained to help survivors of tragedies. He was present in the aftermath of the October 2017 mass shooting in Las Vegas, as well as the Orlando Pulse nightclub massacre in June 2016.

at least 17 people, primarily children, dead.” data-reactid=”20″>Now he’s got his paws on the ground helping the students, teachers and parents who are coming to grips with the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that left at least 17 people, primarily children, dead.

Lutheran Church Charities K-9 Comfort Dogs Ministry.” data-reactid=”21″>Jacob is one of a few dozen dogs deployed by the Lutheran Church Charities K-9 Comfort Dogs Ministry.

Tim Hetzner, president and CEO of Lutheran Church Charities, says the dogs are trained to remain calm and soothe people who are grieving or distressed.

“They don’t bark, bite, jump up,” Hetzner told Yahoo News. “They’re trained to either sit or to lie down on the ground — it depends on the situation. A lot of times with students that are on the ground, the dog lies down on the ground, and they lie on top of the dog. They’re kind of comfort rugs with a heartbeat sometimes.” ” data-reactid=”23″>“They don’t bark, bite, jump up,” Hetzner told Yahoo News. “They’re trained to either sit or to lie down on the ground — it depends on the situation. A lot of times with students that are on the ground, the dog lies down on the ground, and they lie on top of the dog. They’re kind of comfort rugs with a heartbeat sometimes.”

It’s a job Jacob was born to do.

“In any litter of dogs, some are more hyper than others,” Hetzner told HuffPost. “We look for dogs that have a calm temperament and can remain relaxed even when they hear sirens or gunshots because we also do military funerals.”

Jacob has been working since he was 16 months old. He’s had a lot of on-the-job experience because of the number of mass shootings in recent years.

“I’d prefer they’d never have to be deployed for these type of situations,” Hetzner said.

Jacob is one of 130 dogs in 23 states who have been trained by LCC to be comfort dogs. He will likely continue his job until he is at least 8, though Hetzner says some dogs can do it for as long as 12 years.

Jacob was deployed from his home in Northbrook, Illinois, and will likely be in Parkland through Tuesday or Wednesday.

There are many grief-stricken people who need to be comforted, but Hetzner said Jacob’s handlers will take care to make sure he doesn’t get overwhelmed.

“These dogs take on the emotions of the people petting them,” Hetzner said. “So every 90 minutes, they get a break where they can run and play. And so do the handlers.”

The non-profit K-9 Ministry was founded in 2008, and depends on donations because it doesn’t charge the people it serves.

Hetzner said the group’s comfort dogs are all golden retrievers, for a variety of reasons.

“They’re good dogs by nature, they’re a lovable breed,” he said. “Also, because of their fur, they leave a little of themselves with everyone they meet.” ” data-reactid=”36″>“They’re good dogs by nature, they’re a lovable breed,” he said. “Also, because of their fur, they leave a little of themselves with everyone they meet.”

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Trump Blasts Dems On DACA. Which He Ended.

Donald Trump excoriated congressional Democrats on Friday, accusing them of abandoning young people in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.” data-reactid=”9″>President Donald Trump excoriated congressional Democrats on Friday, accusing them of abandoning young people in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

“Cannot believe how BADLY DACA recipients have been treated by the Democrats…totally abandoned!” Trump tweeted. “Republicans are still working hard.”

come up with an immigration bill is because Trump suspended DACA in September, putting at risk deportation relief for 700,000 undocumented people who were brought to the U.S. as children.” data-reactid=”11″>Yet, the reason that Congress is trying to come up with an immigration bill is because Trump suspended DACA in September, putting at risk deportation relief for 700,000 undocumented people who were brought to the U.S. as children.

love for the so-called Dreamers, and expressed a desire to allow them to remain in the U.S. ― with a few caveats. He demanded that any protections for Dreamers come with funding for a border wall, the suspension of the visa lottery program, and an end to what he calls chain migration. ” data-reactid=”13″>Trump later professed his love for the so-called Dreamers, and expressed a desire to allow them to remain in the U.S. ― with a few caveats. He demanded that any protections for Dreamers come with funding for a border wall, the suspension of the visa lottery program, and an end to what he calls chain migration.

shut down last month because lawmakers failed to find common ground on immigration.” data-reactid=”14″>The government shut down last month because lawmakers failed to find common ground on immigration.

failed Thursday to approve a proposal for an updated immigration bill.” data-reactid=”15″>And, as the March 5 deadline looms for finding a legal pathway for Dreamers, the Senate failed Thursday to approve a proposal for an updated immigration bill.

Trump has said he’s unwilling to negotiate his demands, so it’s unclear what happens next.

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American Airlines agent saves 2 teenage girls from human trafficking scheme

Law enforcement officials say that a quick-thinking airline employee, aptly named Denice Miracle, likely saved two teenage girls from a human trafficking plot.

KOVR.” data-reactid=”36″>Miracle, an American Airlines agent at California’s Sacramento International Airport, was working at the ticket desk on Aug. 31 when two girls, aged 15 and 17, approached her counter, according to KOVR.

Miracle said the teenagers, who were trying to board a flight to New York, had a small number of bags with them, but no form of identification and no adult guardians.

The vigilant employee began to think something was seriously wrong when she noticed that the tickets, both first class, were purchased online with a credit card under a name that did not match what either of the teens had provided.

“It was a first-class ticket. It was very expensive. I told a supervisor, ‘I’m going to call the sheriff. It just doesn’t feel right to me,'” Miracle said.

When deputies arrived at the airport, the teens admitted that their pricey tickets were purchased by a man named “Drey” who they met on Instagram.

Apparently, the stranger told them that if they flew to New York for the weekend, he would pay them $2,000 to model in a music video.

Authorities say they located “Drey” on social media, but after briefly making contact with him, all of his accounts went dark.

“We attempted to look him up on Instagram,” said Deputy Todd Sanderson. “Just a few minutes after our contact with him, he erased all of his profiles on social media.”

When Deputy Sanderson informed the teens that their tickets had no return flights, he said they became defensive before ultimately accepting what could have happened to them.

“They were somewhat flippant about – ‘No, that can’t be true’ – and I said, ‘No, the airline says you have a one-way ticket, and in my belief, you’re going back there not to do the things that you think you were going to be doing.’ And they said, ‘I wouldn’t let anything happen that I didn’t want.’ And I said, ‘Well, you probably wouldn’t have a choice in the matter,'” Deputy Sanderson said.

Following the incident, the teens were reunited with their parents, who were likely surprised to learn their daughters weren’t spending the night at a friend’s home like they had been told.

American Airlines commended Miracle for her brave actions, saying that her employee training played a role in saving the girls’ lives.

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Florida school shooting: 15-year-old student 'died holding door open for others to escape'

Florida high school shooting held the door open for classmates to escape the gunman before he died, the victim’s family said.” data-reactid=”5″>A teenager killed in the Florida high school shooting held the door open for classmates to escape the gunman before he died, the victim’s family said.

Nikolas Cruz at Marjory Stoneman Douglas School in the city of Parkland on Wednesday, police said.” data-reactid=”6″>Peter Wang was one of 17 people – including 14 students – shot dead by former pupil Nikolas Cruz at Marjory Stoneman Douglas School in the city of Parkland on Wednesday, police said.

The Miami Herald Peter was last seen holding a door open for terrified schoolchildren.” data-reactid=”7″>The 15-year-old’s cousin, Aaron Chen, told The Miami Herald Peter was last seen holding a door open for terrified schoolchildren.

“He wasn’t supposed to die. He was supposed to grow old with me. Please share his story,” Aaron said.

Gabriel Ammirata, Peter’s best friend, told the newspaper he was “funny, nice and a great friend. He’s been my best friend since third grade”.

Chinese New Year on Thursday evening with Peter’s parents, who were too upset to talk to media, at the family’s Chinese restaurant.” data-reactid=”10″>She said she planned to share Chinese New Year on Thursday evening with Peter’s parents, who were too upset to talk to media, at the family’s Chinese restaurant.

Louisiana to be with the teenage boy’s family. “He is the person who is genuinely kind to everyone. He doesn’t care about popularity.”” data-reactid=”11″>“He is so brave,” said Lin Chen, another cousin of Peter’s who flew from Louisiana to be with the teenage boy’s family. “He is the person who is genuinely kind to everyone. He doesn’t care about popularity.”

Sun Sentinel: “He always liked to cheer people up. He is like the big brother everyone wished they had.”” data-reactid=”12″>She told the Sun Sentinel: “He always liked to cheer people up. He is like the big brother everyone wished they had.”

Ms Chen said Peter had two younger brothers, aged 11 and five. “I feel the family can never be the same,” she added.

school shootings in US history.” data-reactid=”14″>Alyssa Alhadeff, 15, Martin Duque, 14, Nicholas Dworet, 17, Jaime Guttenberg, 14, Luke Hoyer, 15, Cara Loughran, 14, Gina Montalto, 14, Joaquin Oliver, 17, Alaina Petty, 14, Meadow Pollack, 18, Helena Ramsey, 17, Helena Ramsey, 17, Alex Schachter, 14, and Carmen Schentrup, 16, were the other student victims of what is one of the worst school shootings in US history.

Track coach Aaron Feis, 37, geography teacher Scott Beigel, 35, and athletic director Chris Hixon, 49, also died.

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After Florida, is the tide finally turning on gun control?

mass shooting in Parkland, Fla., is the latest tragedy to befall a nation accustomed to headlines of gun deaths and the partisan political response that follows them.” data-reactid=”15″>Wednesday’s mass shooting in Parkland, Fla., is the latest tragedy to befall a nation accustomed to headlines of gun deaths and the partisan political response that follows them.

The gradual decrescendo that accompanies such horrific incidents — from outrage and thoughts and prayers to cooling off periods and eventual inaction — has long been familiar to Americans. Yet the killings in Parkland have come close on the heels of other acts of semi-automatic slaughter.

Three of the nation’s 10 most deadly mass shootings have happened in the last six months, taking the lives of more than 100 people.

Perhaps that explains a small but noticeable change in the response to this latest horror. Take Florida Gov. Rick Scott, a staunch gun-rights Republican, who on Thursday went against party orthodoxy and suggested that people with mental illness perhaps should not be allowed to purchase firearms.

Scott told CNN. “It’s all these things put together.”” data-reactid=”21″>“It’s looking at who should have guns, should individuals who have mental illness have guns. It’s not one thing,” Scott told CNN. “It’s all these things put together.”

proposal by former President Barack Obama that could limit the availability of guns.” data-reactid=”22″>That went far beyond President Trump’s call to “tackle the difficult issue of mental health” in that it returned to a proposal by former President Barack Obama that could limit the availability of guns.

While Scott’s suggestion is a far cry from his state enacting a new gun control law, Florida residents attending a candlelight vigil for the Parkland victims sent their own message with a chant of “No More Guns!”

With anger over the latest shooting still high, it would be naive to believe that gun control measures were poised for swift passage in state legislatures or, even more unlikely, in the U.S. Congress.

Still, there are signs that many Americans have had enough, and that frustration is being expressed in places where it is not normally witnessed, such as the cover of the Rupert Murdoch-owned New York Post.

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    Parkland School Shooting Suspect: Portrait of an Angry Young Man With an AR-15

    After 17 students and teachers were shot to death at a Florida high school Wednesday, questions have once again arisen about the motives of an angry young man with a semi-automatic weapon.

    Nikolas Cruz, 19, the accused shooter, had a troublesome history of loving guns and knives, according to his social media posts. He had been expelled from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School last year after reportedly fighting with his ex-girlfriend’s new beau.

    His internet posts about wanting to grow up to be a school shooter caught the attention of social media users and the FBI was contacted, but agents could not track down the person who posted them, according to reports.

    He returned to the high school on Wednesday and pulled a fire alarm, hoping to lure more targets into his shooting path, authorities said.

    Cruz was an orphan and had been living with a friend’s parents. His adoptive mother died of pneumonia in November. Her husband died of a heart attack in 2004.

    They were described as a loving family who adopted late in life when they moved to Florida.

    Cruz’s former classmates described him as a loner who cursed at teachers and was prone to outbursts.

    His Instagram account, now deleted, showed photos of him with a handgun and wielding knives between his fingers.

    He had a legally purchased AR-15 semi-automatic rifle when he moved in with his friend’s family. The parents ordered him to keep the weapon in a locked gun box.

    He was taking high school equivalency classes, but had stayed home Wednesday, sleeping in and reportedly telling his guardians, “It’s Valentine’s Day, and I don’t go to school on Valentine’s Day.”

    By 2:30 p.m., he was opening fire at his old high school, according to authorities.

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    Hero Coach and Surviving Student’s Sister Among Victims in Florida Shooting ” data-reactid=”28″> Hero Coach and Surviving Student’s Sister Among Victims in Florida Shooting

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    Hero geography teacher died protecting group of students from Florida high school shooter

    A heroic geography teacher was gunned down as he saved a group of students during Wednesday’s mass shooting at a Florida high school.

    19-year-old gunman Nikolas Cruz after he unlocked his classroom door to allow a group of students to take refuge inside.” data-reactid=”10″>Scott Beigel, 35, was shot dead by 19-year-old gunman Nikolas Cruz after he unlocked his classroom door to allow a group of students to take refuge inside.

    Kelsey Friend told “Good Morning America” that after Biegel unlocked the door, she and a group of fellow students ducked inside to escape the gunfire.” data-reactid=”11″>Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student Kelsey Friend told “Good Morning America” that after Biegel unlocked the door, she and a group of fellow students ducked inside to escape the gunfire.

    Friend told GMA that when Beigel attempted to re-lock the door, the gunman walked by and shot him.

    “When he opened the door, he had to re-lock it so we can stay safe, and he didn’t get the chance to,” Friend said through tears. “I had thought he was behind me but he wasn’t.”

    interview with CNN, friend addressed Beigel’s bereaved relatives directly with a heartfelt message.” data-reactid=”14″>In an interview with CNN, friend addressed Beigel’s bereaved relatives directly with a heartfelt message.

    “If his family is watching this, please know that your son or your brother was an amazing person and I am alive today because of him,” she said. “Thank you for bringing and having this amazing person in life and giving him the power to be stronger than I could have ever been. His name through me will live on, and I’ll make sure of it.”

    17 people, both students and faculty members, were killed during Wednesday’s carnage. ” data-reactid=”18″>At least 17 people, both students and faculty members, were killed during Wednesday’s carnage.

    taken into custody following the deadly attack. He has been charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder and may face the death penalty if convicted. ” data-reactid=”19″>Shooter Nikolas Cruz was taken into custody following the deadly attack. He has been charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder and may face the death penalty if convicted.

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    The lives lost in the Florida high school mass shooting

    A hopeful teenage girl, a college-bound swimmer, and a football coach who died protecting students were among the 17 lives cut short when a gunman opened fire inside a Parkland, Florida high school.

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