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At least 16 dead in Florida school shooting

MARJORY STONEMAN DOUGLAS High School in Parkland, Fla. (Wikipedia)

UPDATE: The death toll in the shooting at a Florida high school has been raised to 16.

UPDATE: The suspect in the shooting has been identified by authorities as Nicolas de Jesus Cruz, 19, a former student at the school.


At least two people are dead in a shooting incident Wednesday at a Florida high school. Initial reports said there were “numerous fatalities” at the school in Parkland, and more than a dozen have been hospitalized.

The person believed to be the shooter is in custody.

It all unfolded at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School at around 2:20 p.m. dismissal time.  When the shooting began, students were rushed off campus and locked in secure buildings while police closed in on the suspect.

Broward County Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie said there “It is a horrific situation.” He added, “It is a horrible day for us.”
Early reports suggested that the shooter was a student at the 3,100- student campus, but authorities did not confirm that.

Wednesday’s incident is the fourth school shooting so far in 2018.

South African president steps down

Jakob Zuma is quitting as president of South Africa, after allegations of corruption forced his resignation.

Zuma, 75, will be replaced by Cyril Ramaphosa.

In office since 2009, Zuma was tied to the rampant graft and misuse of funds in the nation. In 2016, for instance, he was compelled to return millions in public money he had used to remodel his private home.

Ramaphosa, 65, is one of the world’s wealthiest men, worth $675 million according to Fortune magazine. He is a lawyer and businessman, and was a labor union organizer during the days of apartheid racial separation.

U.S. falls to fifth place in medal count

The United States team at the 18th Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, Korea, is now tied for fifth place in the medal count for the games.

In first place is Germany with 12 total (including seven golds), followed by Norway and Netherlands, each with 11 medals. In fifth is Canada with 10.

The U.S. has a total of seven medals, with four golds, one silver and two bronzes.

Earlier in the day, the U.S. men’s ice hockey team couldn’t hold a two-goal lead and ended up losing 3-2 to Slovenia in overtime.



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