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MIAMI—Nikolas Cruz reached for his cellphone before his rifle. Shortly before killing 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Feb. 14, Cruz recorded three cellphone videos discussing his plan to murder students and staff. "With the power of my AR-15 you will all know who I am," Cruz said on one video.
MINNEAPOLIS - Minnesota fugitive Lois Riess signed a waiver of extradition in a Texas courtroom Monday, paving the way for authorities to take her to Florida and Minnesota to face murder charges.
MINNEAPOLIS - Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton shouldn't need an auger on his May 12 Fishing Opener on Green Lake in Kandiyohi County. The latest ice-out ever on that 5,500-acre west-central Minnesota gem was May 8. But anglers hoping to begin their 2018 open-water fishing season in northern Minnesota might want to keep their winter gear handy, especially after a week like the last. The question now, a mere five weeks from Opening Day: Will ice remain on some of those lakes when walleyes and other game fish become legal fare the second Saturday of May?
It's been nearly two years since the sudden passing of music legend Prince, and a toxicology report is shedding new light on the circumstances of his death. The Associated Press reported Monday that the confidential toxicology document revealed the "concentration of fentanyl in Prince's blood was 67.8 micrograms per liter." For context, the report added that fatalities have been documented in individuals with blood levels ranging from three to 58 micrograms per liter.
JOHANNESBURG - Sudan, the last male northern white rhinoceros, died in Kenya, officials announced Tuesday, spelling almost certain extinction for one of Africa's iconic species. Sudan's death leaves only two female rhinos of the species, Fatu and Najin, neither capable of natural reproduction, at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya, where Sudan lived out his final years. The three rhinos were sent to Kenya in 2009 from Dvur Kralove Zoo in the Czech Republic in the hope they would reproduce.
NEW YORK - Like father, like son. Donald Trump Jr.'s wife has filed for divorce. Vanessa Trump married Trump Jr. in 2005. They have five children. The reasons for the divorce filed Thursday in Manhattan Supreme Court were not clear. The divorce was listed as "uncontested," indicating the split was amicable. Trump Jr. has been traveling extensively while running his father's business with his brother, Eric. President Donald Trump has been divorced twice.
Bones discovered on a Pacific island are likely the remains of international aviator Amelia Earhart, according to an anthropology professor at the University of Tennessee. Richard L. Jantz used bone measurement analysis to determine that the skeletal remains, including a humerus, radius, tibia, fibula and both femora, found on Nikumaroro Island in 1940, match estimates of Amelia Earhart's bone lengths. Earhart was more similar to the Nikumaroro bones than 99 percent of the individuals in a sample of 2,776 individuals, Jantz said in a research article.
MIAMI - A court squabble has erupted over the handling of Nikolas Cruz's inheritance from his late mother - a fight that could determine whether the school shooter is entitled to be free representation from the public defender or must hire a private lawyer.
WAUKESHA, Wis. - Morgan Geyser was ordered committed Thursday to 40 years of mental health treatment and monitoring in the Slender Man stabbing case and for the foreseeable future will remain at a secure state hospital in Oshkosh. Circuit Judge Michael Bohren opted for the maximum commitment term after hearing from experts who suggested Geyser, 15, could receive more effective treatment for her schizophrenia somewhere other than the Winnebago Mental Health Institute, where she is housed solely with adults who have committed crimes.
COLUMBIA, S.C. - A Taco Bell employee angry about working the morning shift is accused of attacking a co-worker with a hot burrito. The incident took place on Monday at a Spartanburg, S.C., Taco Bell, where a woman said that one of her employees got angry at her and threw at hot burrito before storming out of the restaurant, according to a Spartanburg Police Department incident report. She said that the staffer was complaining about having to work the morning shift, and kept getting into arguments with other colleagues, when she told him to "stop being a crybaby."