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Mosque Where Orlando Gunman Prayed Goes Up in Flames

Cops say it wasn't an accident

(Newser) - Before Omar Mateen shot up the Pulse nightclub in Orlando and killed 49 people in June, he had been a longtime regular at the Islamic Center of Fort Pierce, showing up at Friday services for 13 years. That mosque went up in flames early Monday, per the St. Lucie County... More »

Pulse Shooting Victims See a Financial Nightmare Erased

Hospitals will forgive millions owed in unpaid medical bills by Pulse survivors

(Newser) - They were fortunate enough to survive a gunman’s rampage that killed 49 others at an Orlando nightclub. But in the weeks following the June 12 massacre at Pulse, many survivors who needed medical treatment found themselves living another nightmare. Besides haunting memories, they suffered debilitating injuries that required painful... More »

Orlando Gunman's Dad Spotted at Clinton Rally

He says Trump 'has no solutions'

(Newser) - The mustachioed man in a red ball cap standing behind Hillary Clinton at a rally Monday night in Florida might have seemed ordinary, but his appearance is getting quite a lot of attention. That's because the man, Seddique Mateen, is the father of Orlando nightclub shooter Omar Mateen, reports... More »

Gabby Giffords: Speaking Is Hard; 'I Want to Say 'Madam President' '

Former congresswoman speaks out against gun violence at DNC

(Newser) - Five years after surviving a near-fatal assassination attempt, former congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords told the Democratic National Convention : “Speaking is difficult for me, but come January I want to say these two words: 'Madam President'." Giffords capped off a string of speakers calling on the government to do... More »

2 Dead, Up to 14 Hurt in Florida Nightclub Shooting

Cops searching for suspects in Fort Myers

(Newser) - Police in Fort Myers, Florida, are searching for suspects after at least two people were killed and about 14 hurt in a shooting outside a nightclub hosting an event for teenagers. Police responding to reports of shots fired in the parking lot of Club Blu around 12:30am found victims... More »

'You Don't Wanna Look': Bodycam Video From Pulse Shooting

Graphic footage from deputy's body camera shows chaos, confusion

(Newser) - No one wants to imagine what went on inside Orlando's Pulse nightclub in the early morning hours of June 12, but now you can see some of it. The Orange County Sheriff's Office has released a deputy's bodycam video that offers a glimpse into the bloody chaos... More »

After Owners Get Pulse Nightclub Back, a Break-In

It happened hours after law enforcement turned control back over to owners

(Newser) - Orlando police said Thursday that someone broke into the Pulse nightclub Wednesday night, hours after law enforcement had turned control of the club back over to its owners, the AP reports. The club had been under police custody as part of the investigation into the June 12 shooting that left... More »

ISIS Boasts About Killings, Braces for Collapse

Group vows to fight on even if every scrap of territory is lost

(Newser) - ISIS, which measures success in the number of people its followers kill in bloody atrocities around the world, says it had a very successful Ramadan. In the latest issue of its al-Naba magazine, the group boasts that it killed or injured 5,200 people in 14 "military operations" during... More »

Gay Men Attacked in Ivory Coast Blame US Embassy Photo

They say they were outed as gay by the embassy

(Newser) - Gay men in Ivory Coast are being attacked by angry mobs and forced from their homes, and they blame the US embassy. The AP reports the US embassy recently published on its website a photo of six men signing a "condolence book" at the embassy in Abidjan for victims... More »

Rainbow Flags, Victims' Images at Pride Parades

Marchers recognize pain of Orlando amid merriment

(Newser) - Rainbow flags were held high along with portraits of the dead as thousands of people marched Sunday in gay pride parades tempered by this month's massacre at a Florida gay nightclub, the AP reports. Crowds of onlookers stood a dozen deep along Fifth Avenue for New York City's... More »

FBI Has No Proof Orlando Gunman Was Gay: Officials

But nothing has been ruled out yet, per AG Lynch

(Newser) - FBI investigators so far have not turned up persuasive evidence that Orlando gunman Omar Mateen was gay or pursuing gay relationships, according to two government officials familiar with the investigation who spoke anonymously to the AP . The FBI began looking into that possibility after media reports last week quoted men... More »

Pulse Nightclub to Hold Street Party

'We need to show that we are strong,' owner says

(Newser) - The owner of Orlando's Pulse nightclub is going to hold another Latin night, less than two weeks after the event became the scene of America's deadliest mass shooting. "We need to show that we are strong, that Pulse continues and that we appreciate all the help the... More »

Man Claims He Was Omar Mateen's Lover

He says motive was revenge on gay Puerto Ricans

(Newser) - The mystery that was Omar Mateen is still unraveling more than 10 days after the Orlando nightclub massacre. In a Univision interview that aired Tuesday night, a man who gave his name as Miguel came forward claiming to be Mateen's lover, CBS News reports. He said he met Mateen... More »

Senate Answers Orlando With Gridlock on Gun Curbs

Two proposals fall short of needed 60 votes

(Newser) - A divided Senate blocked rival election-year plans to curb guns on Monday, eight days after the horror of Orlando's mass shooting intensified pressure on lawmakers to act but knotted them in gridlock anyway—even over restricting firearms for terrorists, the AP reports. In largely party-line votes, rejected were one... More »

'I'm in Orlando, I Did the Shootings': Mateen to 911

Gunman also warned of future attacks in FBI-released partial transcripts of calls on night of shooting

(Newser) - The FBI has released the latest in the Orlando massacre : partial transcripts of 911 calls made by shooter Omar Mateen the night of the attack. Per the Orlando Sentinel , Mateen's first call was with a 911 dispatcher at 2:35am from the bathrooms inside Pulse, where he held hostages.... More »

A Gun-Control Win for Dems as Likely Failure Looms

Senate will Monday night consider 4 gun-control proposals

(Newser) - The fruits of Sen. Chris Murphy's almost 15-hour filibuster labor will be tasted beginning at 5:30pm Monday, as the Senate votes on four gun-control bills, with each needing 60 votes to advance. A primer on the proposals, introduced in the wake of the Orlando massacre :
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Mateen Spent $9K on Jewelry Days Before Shooting

Wife was a 'sweet girl' with learning difficulties

(Newser) - An odd development in the Orlando mass shooting: Omar Mateen spent around $9,000 on jewelry just days before he gunned down scores of people, ABC News reports. The company that owns Kay Jewelers—which is near the Jensen Beach, Fla., gun store that reported Mateen to the FBI —... More »

What Feds Are Learning in Probe of Orlando Killer

The Omar Mateen investigation continues

(Newser) - Although the killer is known, the investigation continues into what motivated and enabled Omar Mateen to carry out the worst mass shooting in modern US history. Attorney General Loretta Lynch said in interviews Sunday on several news shows that the FBI would release a partial printed transcript of the conversations... More »

Trump: US Needs to Look at Profiling

'It's not the worst thing to do'

(Newser) - In the wake of the Orlando shooting one week ago, Donald Trump says the country should do what it has to do to prevent future such attacks, and he's putting racial profiling squarely on the table. "Well I think profiling is something that we're going to have... More »

Driver Crashes Into Funeral Procession for Orlando Victim

Two sheriff's deputies escorting the procession were hospitalized

(Newser) - An "impatient driver" drove through the funeral procession for one of the Orlando massacre victims Saturday in Florida, injuring two sheriff's deputies, NBC News reports. The female driver "for whatever reason, refused to wait," WFTV quotes an Osceola County Sheriff's Office release as saying. ABC... More »

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