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The gunman who opened fire on his former high school, killing 17 people Wednesday, was linked to a white supremacist group that sought to create a "white ethnostate" in Florida. A spokesperson for the group, called Republic of Florida (ROF), admitted that accused gunman Nikolas Cruz, was associated with the group, according to the Anti-Defamation League. Cruz, 19, has been charged with premeditated murder after killing 17 people and injuring 14 more at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
MINNEAPOLIS - Despite sky-high security at the Super Bowl, a top U.S. Bank Stadium official's cellphone was stolen as he tried to break up a fight. Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority (MSFA) Chairman Mike Vekich was conducting "routine monitoring of U.S. Bank Stadium and MSFA contractors" on game day when he, "along with other members of security staff, saw a conflict escalate between fans at the Super Bowl," spokeswoman Jenn Hathaway said.
Passengers aboard a United Airlines flight from San Francisco to Hawaii had a scare Tuesday when the covering for the plane's right engine broke apart over the Pacific Ocean. Flight 1175 departed San Francisco International Airport about 9 a.m. PST and was about 45 minutes away from landing in Honolulu when the Boeing 777's right engine cover, or cowling, broke apart over the Pacific. "Heard a big bang and the plane started to shake violently," tweeted Maria Falaschi, who posted images of the engine. "The pilots and crew did a great job at keeping us updated."
Growing up the son of a coach, new Vikings offensive coordinator John DeFilippo got an early taste of the nomadic path he would take as a professional when his father, Gene, moved from Ohio to jobs in Tennessee, South Carolina and Kentucky before settling in Philadelphia as the athletic director at Villanova. "I think I've lost count, but I think this is my 18th or 19th move," DeFilippo said. "I've lost count."
Now it's apparently ESPN's Michael Smith's turn to be outspoken. Smith is teeing off on ESPN management for stifling him and Jemele Hill, his former "SportsCenter" co-host who recently welcomed the move to the company's The Undefeated website, where she will be free to be a commentator. For now solo anchor of "SC6," the early evening edition of "SportsCenter" he once shared with Hill, Smith shed light on what drove Hill away, ripping ESPN bosses for "pushing the panic button."
MINNEAPOLIS - The Vikings new headquarters stands roughly six miles from the two hotels that housed the Super Bowl teams last week. That distance felt more like 6,000 miles two weeks ago. Laying a 38-7 egg in the NFC Championship Game doesn't inspire confidence that a team is on the cusp of something grand. The Vikings looked out of their league against the Philadelphia Eagles in prime time. A stinker of that magnitude tends to distort the picture. You're left wondering, are the Vikings really that close?
MINNEAPOLIS - An unprecedented "cluster" of Minnesotans aspiring to become jihadists overseas fueled the nation's highest rate of terrorism recruitment, according to a new study that also found that attempts to travel to Syria or Iraq are on a steady decline since 2015.
The suspected drunk driver that killed Edwin Jackson, the Indianapolis Colts linebacker who played at Georgia Southern, and his ride-share driver was an undocumented immigrant who had been twice deported, according to police. The men were killed early Sunday morning in Indianapolis. Police identified the driver as Manuel Orrego-Savala. He gave police the alias of Alex Cabrera Gonsales after he was caught fleeing the scene of the accident on foot. Police say Orrego-Savala is a citizen of Guatemala who is in the United States illegally after being deported in 2007 and 2009.
John Mahoney, one of TV's favorite dads, died Sunday. He was 77. The British-born actor starred in "Frasier" for 11 seasons as Martin Crane, father of Frasier (Kelsey Grammer) and Niles (David Hyde Pierce). That role earned Mahoney two Emmy nominations and two Golden Globe nominations, although he never took home a trophy. Mahoney moved to Illinois and attended college before joining the Army. When he returned, he taught English at Western Illinois University before serving as the editor of a medical journal for most of the 1970s.
National security documents related to simulated attacks at the Super Bowl were left inside the seat-back pocket of an airplane and discovered by a CNN employee. The sensitive materials, marked "For Official Use Only" and "important for national security," consisted of reports analyzing the response to a simulated Anthrax attack, CNN reports. In December 2017, a CNN employee discovered the documents on a commercial plane, along with other sensitive Department of Homeland Security materials.