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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.
Eight women have accused actor Morgan Freeman of sexual harassment or inappropriate behavior on-set, at his production company, and during press junkets, according to a report. CNN reports that 16 people have spoken out against Freeman's alleged misconduct, half of which claimed to have been victims of what some called "harassment," and others termed "inappropriate behavior" by the actor.
Students at a Texas high school continue to grapple with the aftermath of a school shooting that left 10 of their classmates and teachers dead. Confessed teen gunman Dimitrios Pagourtzis taunted his victims as he made his way through Santa Fe High School Friday with a .38-caliber handgun and a shotgun, one witness said. "He was playing music, making jokes while he was doing it," survivor Trenton Beazley recalled Monday on ABC News' "Good Morning America." "Every time he would kill someone he would say, 'Another one bites the dust.' "
MINNEAPOLIS - Al Franken edged back into the spotlight Tuesday, speaking at a cybersecurity conference in Lisbon, Portugal, four months after resigning from the U.S. Senate amid sexual misconduct allegations. The Minnesota Democrat criticized tech giants Facebook and Google for carelessness with users' data and said that more federal regulations might be necessary to constrain their conduct.
Longtime NBC News journalist Tom Brokaw is denying allegations by a former network correspondent who said he sexually harassed her in the mid-1990s. Linda Vester, 54, told Variety and the Washington Post in stories published Thursday night, that Brokaw made unwanted sexual advances toward her when they worked together at NBC in the 1990s.
MINNEAPOLIS - There was no doctor in the house when Sam Talbot arrived at his clinic for a recent physical, but then that was the plan. The 30-year-old ecology researcher chose for his primary care the state's first clinic staffed solely by nurse practitioners - who have the training beyond registered nurses to diagnose patients, order tests, prescribe drugs, stitch wounds, and perform most tasks traditionally ascribed to family doctors. "I don't particularly like going to the doctor," Talbot said. "Nurse practitioners feel a little bit less threatening."
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 - Carver County Attorney Mark Metz has called a news conference for Thursday morning to announce his decision on whether to charge anyone in connection with the death of Prince Rogers Nelson. Prince's body was found April 21, 2016, in an elevator at Paisley Park, his Chanhassen, Minn., recording studio. The medical examiner found he had died of a massive overdose of fentanyl. The Star Tribune first reported that pills marked as prescription painkillers seized from the death scene were actually found to contain fentanyl.
Kirk Cousins began his first official day of work in the Vikings' new practice facility in Eagan on Monday, when players were allowed to join the team for offseason workouts. Cousins has a $500,000 bonus in his contract tied to his participation in those workouts; he can make a lot more money based on what he does at the end of the season.
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?