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    FORT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami/AP) — A lawsuit against the FBI, involving the 2018 Parkland school massacre, was settled Monday. The families involved in the suit announced the settlement against the federal government over the FBI’s failure to stop the gunman even though it had received information he intended to attack. Attorneys for 16 of the 17 killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland said they have reached a confidential settlement with the government over the FBI’s failure to investigate a tip it received about a month before the massacre. The 17th family chose not to sue. READ MORE: 'Tis The Season For Porch Pirates But South Florida Man Builds 'Amazon Wall' To Protect PackagesTwo sources familiar with the details of the settlement told CBS4 that the DOJ has agreed to pay the Parkland families between $125 million and $130 million. CLICK HERE to read the Joint Notice of Agreement to Settle and Motion to Stay Proceedings “It has been an honor to represent the Parkland families who, through their immeasurable grief, have devoted themselves to making the world a...
    The families of most of those killed and wounded in the 2018 Florida high school massacre announced Monday have reached a multi-million dollar settlement with the federal government over the FBI's failure to stop the gunman even though it had received information he intended to attack. Attorneys for 16 of the 17 killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland and some of those wounded said they have reached a monetary settlement with the government over the FBI's failure to investigate a tip it received about a month before the massacre.  The 17th family chose not to sue. The families of most of those killed and wounded in the 2018 Florida high school massacre announced Monday have reached a multi-million dollar settlement with the federal government over the FBI's failure to stop the gunman even though it had received information he intended to attack. Nikolas Cruz entered guilty pleas to 17 counts of murder and 17 counts of attempted murder in the Valentine's Day massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in a Florida court this morning (pictured in...
    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The families of most of those killed and wounded in the 2018 Florida high school massacre announced Monday they have settled their lawsuit against the federal government over the FBI’s failure to stop the gunman even though it had received information he intended to attack. Attorneys for 16 of the 17 killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland said they have reached a confidential settlement with the government over the FBI’s failure to investigate a tip it received about a month before the massacre. The 17th family chose not to sue. “It has been an honor to represent the Parkland families who, through their immeasurable grief, have devoted themselves to making the world a safer place,” their lead attorney, Kristina Infante, said in a statement. “Although no resolution could ever restore what the Parkland families lost, this settlement marks an important step toward justice.” Andrew Pollack, whose 18-year-old daughter Meadow died in the shooting, commended the FBI for accepting responsibility for its inaction, comparing it to the Broward County school district and sheriff’s...
    (CNN)Lethal violence committed by Nigeria's military on the night of October 20, 2020 could be considered a "massacre," a government-appointed panel concluded Monday -- contradicting previous official accounts of the incident. The Judicial Panel of Inquiry and Restitution at the Lagos Court of Arbitration had been charged with investigating last year's notorious Lekki toll gate shooting in Lagos, when Nigerian security forces opened fire on young people protesting peacefully against alleged police brutality. Its bombshell report -- which took more than a year to produce -- accuses Nigerian Army officers of having "shot, injured and killed unarmed helpless and defenseless protesters, without provocation or justification, while they were waving the Nigerian Flag and singing the national anthem and the manner of assault and killing could in context be described as a massacre." Police fire tear gas in Lagos as protesters honoring victims of Lekki toll gate shooting spill on to streets The panel also found "the conduct of the Nigerian Army was exacerbated by its refusal to allow ambulances render medical assistance to victims who required such assistance. The...
    Alex Jones, the host of Infowars and right-wing conspiracy theorist, has been found guilty by default in all four defamation cases over his claims that the Sandy Hook school massacre was 'a giant hoax.'  A superior court judge in Connecticut made the ruling on Monday morning because Jones refused to turn over documents ordered by the courts, including financial records, according to the New York Times.  His conviction is a sweeping victory to the parents of eight people killed in the December 14, 2012, school shooting.  Juries in both states have not yet determined how much in damages Jones and the other defendants will have to pay the families. Trials on the matter are scheduled in both states for next year.  The conviction combines with three rulings in Texas last month that found Jones liable for damages in defamation lawsuits that stemmed from his statements about the Newtown massacre when gunman Adam Lanza, 20, killed 20 first-graders and six educators.  Lanza fatally shot his mother at their Newtown home before going to the school, and later killed himself as police arrived. The shooting was portrayed on Jones'...
    WASHINGTON — Families of nine victims killed in a racist attack at a black South Carolina church have reached a settlement with the Justice Department over a faulty background check that allowed Dylann Roof to purchase the gun he used in the 2015 massacre. The DOJ will pay $88 million, which includes $63 million for the families of the nine people killed and $25 million for five survivors who were inside the church at the time of the shooting, it was announced Thursday. Bakari Sellers, an attorney who helped broker the agreement, told the Associated Press the "88" figure was purposeful. It's a number typically associated with white supremacy and the number of bullets Roof said he had taken with him to the attack. "We've given a big 'F you' to white supremacy and racism," Sellers told the AP. "We're doing that by building generational wealth in these black communities, from one of the most horrific race crimes in the country." According to the DOJ, settlements for the families of those killed range from $6 million...
    The Justice Department announced Thursday the reaching of a $88 million settlement with the families and survivors of the 2015 Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church mass shooting in Charleston, South Carolina. Twenty-five million dollars will go to the five survivors and $63 million will go to the families of the nine people killed by Dylann Roof the shooting, reported The Associated Press. “The ’88’ figure was purposeful. It’s a number typically associated with white supremacy and the number of bullets Roof said he had taken with him to the attack,” Bakari Sellers, the attorney that brokered the deal told the AP. (RELATED: Dylann Roof, Who Committed Mass Murder At Black Church, Has Death Sentence Upheld By Federal Court) “We’ve given a big ‘F you’ to white supremacy and racism,” Sellers said to the AP. “88 is a weird number, because it’s enveloped in so much hate. Dylann Roof had 88 on his shoes,” Sellers said, according to HuffPost. “88” is said to numerical code for white supremacists to reference “Heil Hitler,” according to the Anti Defamation League’s Hate Symbol Database, with...
    By Meg Kinnard | Associated Press WASHINGTON — Families of nine victims killed in a racist attack at a Black South Carolina church have reached a settlement with the Justice Department over a faulty background check that allowed Dylann Roof to purchase the gun he used in the 2015 massacre. The Justice Department will pay $88 million, which includes $63 million for the families of the nine people killed and $25 million for five survivors who were inside the church at the time of the shooting, it was announced Thursday. Bakari Sellers, an attorney who helped broker the agreement, told The Associated Press the “88” figure was purposeful. It’s a number typically associated with white supremacy and the number of bullets Roof said he had taken with him to the attack. “We’ve given a big ‘F you’ to white supremacy and racism,” Sellers told the AP. “We’re doing that by building generational wealth in these Black communities, from one of the most horrific race crimes in the country.” According to the Justice Department, settlements for the families of those killed...
    Families in the 2015 Charleston, S.C., church massacre have settled with the Department of Justice (DOJ) for some $88 million over a faulty gun background check that allowed to the shooter to buy the firearm he used, the two sides announced Thursday. The DOJ said in a statement that it settled with the 14 plaintiffs in the case, awarding between $6 million to $7.5 million for each of the nine people killed and $5 million for each survivor.  The survivors and family members first alleged in 2016 that FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Checks System (NICS) failed to prevent the sale of a gun to Dylann Storm Roof, who wasn’t allowed to have a firearm under federal law.  “The mass shooting at Mother Emanuel AME Church was a horrific hate crime that caused immeasurable suffering for the families of the victims and the survivors,” Attorney General Merrick GarlandMerrick GarlandCotton tells Garland: 'Thank God you're not on the Supreme Court' Congress may be right to cite Bannon for contempt — but Justice would be wrong to prosecute Watch live: Garland testifies at Senate oversight hearing...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Families of nine victims killed in a racist attack at a Black South Carolina church have reached a settlement with the Justice Department over a faulty background check that allowed Dylann Roof to purchase the gun he used in the 2015 massacre. The $88 million deal, which includes $63 million for the families of the slain and $25 million for survivors of the shooting, was set to be announced Thursday in Washington, according to lawyers involved in the settlement. Weeks before the church shooting, Roof had been arrested on Feb. 28, 2015 by Columbia, South Carolina, police on a drug possession charge. But a series of clerical errors and missteps allowed Roof to buy the handgun he later used in the massacre. Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    NIKOLAS Cruz’s brother has said that the Parkland school shooter wasn’t blaming marijuana for the massacre that killed 17 students and faculty - despite his anti-drug rant during his plea hearing Wednesday.  Zachary Cruz, 21, exclusively told The Sun: “I do not believe my brother was blaming marijuana for his crimes," and added: “Where we grew up, anything my brother got was probably not real or was laced.”  4Nikolas Cruz pleaded guilty to 17 murders but went on an anti-drug rant during his hearingCredit: AFP 4Nikolas' brother Zach Cruz said he doesn't think his brother was blaming marijuana for his crimesCredit: Getty The 21-year-old continued: “My brother plead guilty and accepted responsibility for his crimes.”  Zach also called on local officials to speak up about what they knew about his brother’s alleged mental illness.  “Now we need DCF [Florida Department of Children and Families] and Broward schools to come clean about their crimes and their cover up of my brother’s mental illnesses.”  Zach also wanted to be clear that he himself does not believe marijuana had anything to do with his brother's crimes.  Nikolas...
    By Terry Spencer | Associated Press FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Nikolas Cruz pleaded guilty Wednesday to murdering 17 people during a rampage at his former high school in Parkland, Florida, leaving a jury to decide whether he will be executed for one of the nation’s deadliest school shootings. Relatives of the victims who sat in the courtroom and watched the hearing via Zoom broke down in tears and held hands across families as Cruz entered his pleas and later apologized for his crimes. “Today we saw a cold and calculating killer confess to the murder of my daughter Gina and 16 other innocent victims at their school,” said Tony Montalto. His daughter was 14 and sitting outside her classroom when Cruz shot her at close range numerous times. “His guilty pleas are the first step in the judicial process but there is no change for my family. Our bright, beautiful, and beloved daughter Gina is gone while her killer still enjoys the blessing of life in prison.” The guilty pleas will set the stage for a penalty trial in which...
    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (CBSMiami) – It’s a day many in the Parkland community and across South Florida have been waiting for. On Wednesday, Parkland school shooter Nikolas Cruz pleaded guilty to 17 counts of premeditated murder and 17 counts of attempted murder stemming from the February 2018 massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School — the deadliest high school shooting in US history. Cruz entered the courtroom just before 9:30 a.m. looking calm and wearing a blue sweater over a gray shirt. READ MORE: Eastbound Span Of Bay Bridge Closing On Halloween For RunAlso in the courtroom were victims and family members of those who died including Anthony Borges, who survived after being shot; Tony Montalto, whose daughter Gina was killed; Gena and Tom Hoyer, whose son Luke was killed; and Debi Hixson, whose husband Chris was killed. Wednesday’s hearing started with Judge Scherer asking him several questions to assess his competency. She then explained to him what a life sentence meant. She explained that counts 1-17 carried a life sentence and asked if he understood. He replied yes to her questions. She then...
    Nikolas Cruz pleaded guilty to murder on Wednesday in the 2018 shooting massacre that left 17 people dead at a high school in Parkland, Florida. Here are the victims: ALYSSA ALHADEFF, 14 Alyssa excelled in math and Spanish, was a gifted writer and captain of her soccer team. She wasn’t afraid to speak her mind, according to her family. Her mother, Lori, was elected to the Broward County school board nine months after the shooting on a platform to improve campus security. SCOTT BEIGEL, 35 Beigel, a beloved geography teacher and cross-country coach, died trying to escort students into his classroom and away from the shooter. MARTIN DUQUE, 14 Martin, an immigrant from Mexico, was remembered by his family as an avid football fan, a good student and a devout churchgoer. He was a member of the school’s Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps. NICK DWORET, 17 Nick was an accomplished swimmer who had accepted an athletic scholarship to the University of Indianapolis, where he planned to study finance. His younger brother Alex was wounded...
    Nikolas Cruz pleaded guilty on Wednesday on all charges related to the 2018 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland , Florida, which left 14 students and three staff members dead. Cruz, 23, pleaded guilty to 17 murder counts and 17 counts of attempted first-degree murder for opening fire at the high school three years ago. Circuit Judge Elizabeth Scherer will shift the trial to a penalty phase, in which a 12-member jury will determine Cruz's punishment. "I am very sorry for what I did, and I have to live with it every day," Cruz said. "I have to live with this every day, and it brings me nightmares that I can’t live with myself, sometimes, but I try to push through." PARKLAND SHOOTER NIKOLAS CRUZ TO PLEAD GUILTY TO MURDERS OF 14 STUDENTS AND THREE TEACHERS Lawyers for Cruz have signaled he would plead guilty in the hopes of receiving a life sentence rather than the death penalty. However, prosecutors have pushed back against Cruz's legal team, saying they believe the death penalty should be...
    (CNN)Nikolas Cruz, the gunman who carried out the massacre of students and faculty members at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in February 2018, pleaded guilty in a Florida courtroom Wednesday to 17 counts of murder and 17 counts of attempted murder.The plea comes more than three and a half years after the Valentine's Day shooting in Parkland, Florida, in which he killed 17 students and faculty members and injured 17 others in what is the deadliest high school shooting in US history.The plea begins to wrap up a legal chapter in a massacre that scarred a community and spawned a massive national protest movement against gun violence in American schools.The change of plea to guilty was previewed on Friday when Cruz, now 23, appeared briefly in Broward County court to plead guilty to charges related to a November 2018 jail assault. At the hearing, defense attorney David Wheeler said in court that Cruz intends to plead guilty in the school shooting, which could avert part of a lengthy trial.Cruz's defense team had long ago offered a guilty plea in exchange...
    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Nikolas Cruz is scheduled to plead guilty to 17 counts of first-degree murder Wednesday for the 2018 shooting massacre at a Florida high school, as his attorneys turn their focus to saving him from a death sentence.Cruz, 23, will appear before Circuit Judge Elizabeth Scherer, who will ask him a lengthy list of questions to gauge his mental competency. Scherer will then ask him one by one how he pleads to each killing at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and to the 17 counts of attempted first-degree murder for those who were wounded.His attorneys announced his intention to plead guilty during a hearing last week.EMBED More News Videos Police provide names of the 17 victims of the Parkland, Florida school shooting Fred Guttenberg, whose 14-year-old daughter Jaime died in the shooting, said he visited her grave this week to ask her for the strength to get through Wednesday's hearing."She was the toughest, wisest person I ever knew," he said. "My daughter always fought for what was right. My daughter despised bullies and would put herself in...
    (CNN)A $25 million settlement has been reached between the Broward County School Board and 52 victims of the February 2018 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in South Florida, according to an attorney for some of the victims. Attorney David Brill said the settlement of the lawsuit includes all of the families of the 17 who died, 16 of 17 victims who were shot but survived, and 19 victims who suffer from PTSD or other ailments.Asked about Broward County Public Schools comment the matter is still pending litigation, Brill said the parties are finalizing documentation of the settlement of the lawsuit, which accused the board of negligence.School system officials said they do not comment on pending litigation.The agreement will not include any admission of wrongdoing by the school board, Brill said.Read MoreNikolas Cruz intends to plead guilty to Parkland shooting charges, his lawyer says"This settlement provides a measure of justice and accountability to them and the other families and victims," he said. "The settlement is fair and frankly remarkable," he said. Brill represents the parents of four students who...
    FORT LAUDERDALE(CBSMiami/AP) — The families of the 17 people killed in the 2018 Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School massacre in Parkland, have reached a $25 million settlement with the Broward County school district in a negligence lawsuit. Most of the wounded and other traumatized in the shooting were also part of the settlement. READ MORE: Police Escort Body Of Fallen Hollywood Police Officer Yandy Chirino To ME's OfficeAccording to the Associated Press, David Brill, the families’ attorney, confirmed Monday that 52 families from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High in Parkland will be part of the settlement, which was first reported by the South Florida Sun Sentinel. He would not say how much each family will receive, but the families of the 14 students and three staff members killed will get the largest shares. Those will be equal. The settlement comes after the school district had won a state Supreme Court ruling that could have capped total damages at $300,000 without approval from the Legislature. “This settlement is fair and remarkable given the circumstances,” Brill said. Still, he said, it is “nowhere...
    By Terry Spencer | Associated Press FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — The gunman who killed 14 students and three staff members at a Parkland, Florida, high school will plead guilty to their murders, his attorneys said Friday, bringing some closure to a South Florida community more than three years after an attack that sparked a nationwide movement for gun control. The guilty plea would set up a penalty phase where Nikolas Cruz, 23, would be fighting against the death penalty and hoping for life without parole. Cruz attorney David Wheeler told Circuit Judge Elizabeth Scherer that he will plead guilty Wednesday to 17 counts of first-degree murder in the February 2018 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. The pleas will come with no conditions and prosecutors still plan to seek the death penalty. That will be decided by a jury, with the judge hoping to start the trial in January after choosing a jury from thousands of prospects starting in November. Cruz will also plead guilty to 17 counts of attempted first-degree murder. He was not initially present during the...
    FORT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) – Self-confessed Parkland school shooter Nikolas Cruz will plead guilty to murder in the 2018 mass shooting that killed 17 students and staff at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School his lawyer told a judge on Friday. The guilty plea would set up a penalty phase where Cruz, now 23, would be fighting against the death penalty and hoping for life without parole. READ MORE: Cold Front Is Coming Later This Weekend With A Taste Of Fall WeatherAttorneys for Cruz told Broward Circuit Judge Elizabeth Scherer that he will plead guilty on Wednesday to 17 counts of first-degree murder. They also said he will plead guilty to 17 counts of attempted first-degree murder. The pleas will come with no conditions and prosecutors still plan to seek the death penalty. That will be decided by a jury, with the judge hoping to start the trial in January. Cruz’s attorneys were in court Friday morning in a separate criminal case. Cruz pleaded guilty to four felony charges of assault and battery on a law enforcement officer. Nine months after the...
    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The gunman who killed 14 students and three staff members at a Parkland, Florida, high school will plead guilty to their murders, his attorneys said Friday, bringing some closure to a South Florida community more than three years after an attack that sparked a nationwide movement for gun control. The guilty plea would set up a penalty phase where Nikolas Cruz, 23, would be fighting against the death penalty and hoping for life without parole. READ MORE: Slamming Baltimore, Gov. Hogan Lays Out $150 Million 'Re-fund The Police' PlanCruz attorney David Wheeler told Circuit Judge Elizabeth Scherer that he will plead guilty Wednesday to 17 counts of first-degree murder in the February 2018 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. The pleas will come with no conditions and prosecutors still plan to seek the death penalty. That will be decided by a jury, with the judge hoping to start the trial in January after choosing a jury from thousands of prospects starting in November. Cruz will also plead guilty to 17 counts of attempted first-degree...
    FORT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) — Jury selection continued Wednesday at the Broward County Courthouse for confessed Parkland shooter Nikolas Cruz’s battery trial. During the proceeding, the prosecution asked Circuit Judge Elizabeth Scherer to stop the defense from allowing Cruz to use colored pencils and coloring books in court. READ MORE: Cancer Specialist Shares What To Learn From Florida First Lady Casey DeSantis' Breast Cancer Diagnosis Nikolas Cruz has colored pencils removed from him in court on day two of jury selection proceedings in trial for brawl with jail guard on Oct. 6, 2021. (CBS4) They called it a ploy to convince potential jurors that Cruz is a child and has mental health issues. Cruz’s attorneys said they only gave him colored pencils, and not coloring books, and that the state should not be concerned with what he does in court. Judge Scherer said the colored pencils give the impression that he is a child and said that for security reasons he should only be allowed a pen which must be visible at all times. On Tuesday nearly 70 potential jurors...
    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A slow slog of jury selection began Tuesday in the trial of the suspect in 2018’s Florida high school massacre on charges that he attacked a jail guard nine months after the shooting. Prospective jurors were ushered into the courtroom in groups of 32 and asked basic questions about their knowledge of Nickolas Cruz, the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High in Parkland that left 17 dead, whether they could put that aside and their availability to serve. Those who pass this initial screening will be brought back on Oct. 18 for further questioning. About 10 people in Tuesday’s first group raised a hand when Circuit Judge Elizabeth Scherer asked if they could not be fair to Cruz in this case, given what they know of the shooting. Several others said it would be a financial burden to serve. About 15 of that initial group will be brought back. Cruz, 23, brawled with a Broward County jail guard, Sgt. Raymond Beltran, while incarcerated on charges that he murdered 14 students and three staff members on...
    InfoWars founder Alex Jones has lost a defamation lawsuit brought by parents of children killed during the 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. According to court documents unsealed Thursday, Judge Maya Guerra Gamble of Travis County, Texas, issued a “judgement by default against” Jones, as well as ordering the defendants to “pay reasonable attorney’s fees in connection with Plaintiff’s Motion.” The Huffington Post first reported the default judgements. SCOOP: A Texas judge has ruled default judgements against Alex Jones and Infowars in two separate Sandy Hook cases. He will now be liable for all damages and a jury will now be convened to determine how much he will owe the plaintiffs. https://t.co/9TOSYkbYhZ — Sebastian Murdock (@SebastianMurdoc) September 30, 2021 The plaintiffs, Leonard Pozner and Veronique De La Rosa, brought the case against Jones in 2018 after the radio host allegedly claimed the shooting was a hoax and the parents were hired crisis actors. The couple’s son, Noah Ponzer, was a victim of the shooting. The lawsuit said the “conspiracy theory, which has been pushed by InfoWars and...
    People who are healing and some still struggling gathered Friday to remember those who died and were injured during the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history four years ago on the Las Vegas Strip. "I was wounded. Those physical wounds have healed," said Dee Ann Hyatt, whose daughter also was wounded and whose brother died in the Oct. 1, 2017, shooting. "But the lasting scars for our family remain." Hyatt spoke to several hundred people during a sunrise ceremony at the Clark County Government Center in Las Vegas. In this Oct. 1, 2019, file photo, people pray at a makeshift memorial for shooting victims in Las Vegas, on the anniversary of the mass shooting two years earlier. People who died, will be remembered Friday, Oct. 1, 2021, during the fourth anniversary of the Las Vegas massacre that became the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.  (AP Photo/John Locher) She remembered her slain brother, Kurt von Tillow, a trucker from Northern California, before a screen at an outdoor amphitheater that displayed photos of the dead. Fifty-eight people were...
    Alex Jones of Infowars talks to the media while visiting the U.S. Senate's Dirksen Senate office building as Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey testifies before a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., September 5, 2018. Alex Jones Host of InfoWars A Texas judge ruled that right-wing conspiracy monger Alex Jones is legally responsible for damages caused by his false claims that the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting nine years ago was a "giant hoax." Judge Maya Guerra Gamble on Monday issued default judgments against Jones and his website Infowars for failing to comply with orders to produce documents for two lawsuits brought by the families of two children killed in the shooting, according to court documents. The rulings, released Thursday, mean that Jones lost the cases by default. The court will convene a jury to decide how much he will owe the plaintiffs.  Jones and Infowars attorney Norm Pattis released a statement Thursday slamming the judge's ruling. "The trial court's entry of a default in these cases is stunning," the statement said. "It takes no account of the...
    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Jill Winter remembers the barrage of rapid-fire gunshots raining into a Las Vegas Strip country music concert crowd during what became the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history four years ago. Like many around her, she thought at first it was fireworks. Then, people fell dead and wounded. Winter ducked for cover until police SWAT officers arrived and told her to run. She remembers yelling, “Make him stop! Make him stop!” Winter, 49, lived in San Diego then. She now lives in Nashville, Tennessee, and counsels others she calls “the Router family” who experienced the deadly night a gunman perched in a hotel killed 58 people at the Route 91 Harvest Festival. “Router” sounds better than “survivor,” Winter explained. The deaths later of at least two others have brought the unofficial death toll to 60. “There is a lot of healing taking place,” Winter said this week. “There are a lot of people who are still struggling. There are 22,000 of us that were there. That doesn’t even include other people that were impacted …...
    TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) – A federal appeals court Monday rejected a lawsuit alleging that Twitter, Google and Facebook should be held liable in the 2016 massacre at Orlando’s Pulse nightclub after Islamic State social-media posts radicalized shooter Omar Mateen. A three-judge panel of the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a district judge’s decision to dismiss the lawsuit, which was filed by victims and estates of victims in the shooting that killed 49 people and wounded dozens of others at the LGBT club. READ MORE: Sheriff: Person Of Interest In 19-Year-Old Miya Marcanos Disappearance Found Dead The ruling focused heavily on whether the plaintiffs had proven that Twitter, Google-owned YouTube and Facebook “aided and abetted” Mateen in violation of a federal law known as the Anti-Terrorism Act. The court’s 31-page ruling said the plaintiffs did not show that the attack was an act of international terrorism as defined under the law. “We are deeply saddened by the deaths and injuries caused by Mr. Mateen’s rampage, but we agree with the district court that the plaintiffs failed to make out a...