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Apple Won't Unlock Mass Shooter's iPhones

The California company refuses to fully unlock iPhones

(Newser) - Should federal agents be hacking into iPhones? The issue came up before in a mass shooting case, and now, with the Pensacola shooting under investigation, it's back in the headlines. Attorney General William Barr asked Apple to help unlock two iPhones used by terrorist suspect Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani—who... More »

Pensacola Mass Shooting Was an Act of Terror: Barr

US is sending 21 Saudi cadets home after the shooting at Florida navy base

(Newser) - The United States is removing nearly two dozen Saudi military students from a training program and sending them back to Saudi Arabia after an investigation into a deadly shooting by a Saudi aviation student at a Florida navy base last month, Attorney General William Barr said Monday. Many of the... More »

US Plans Saudi Expulsions After Pensacola Shooting

Though they aren't accused of anything, at least a dozen servicemen training at base will go

(Newser) - After an FBI investigation, the US is moving to deport more than a dozen Saudi trainees at the Florida base where three Americans were shot to death last month. No one in the group is accused of being involved in the Pensacola attack by a member of the Royal Saudi... More »

Hackers Demand Pensacola Pay Them a $1M Ransom

After attack this week, city says it hasn't decided yet

(Newser) - The city of Pensacola confirmed Friday that hackers seeking to extort money were responsible for crippling its computer systems earlier this week, but that officials have yet to decide whether they will pay a reported $1 million ransom. If they do fork over the money, they may have to dip... More »

Pentagon Makes a Move in Wake of Navy Base Shooting

Flight training suspended for Saudi students in US

(Newser) - The Pentagon on Tuesday ordered a broad review of vetting procedures for international students who participate in training on US military installations and demanded the process be strengthened, in direct reaction to last week's deadly shooting at a Pensacola Navy base by a Saudi aviation student. The memo signed... More »

Cyberattack Hit Pensacola Hours After Shooting

'We're still trying to figure out what's happened'

(Newser) - On the heels of the tragic attack in Pensacola, Fla. , came a virtual attack. "The city of Pensacola is experiencing a cyberattack that began this weekend that is impacting our city network, including phones and email at City Hall and some of our other buildings," Mayor Grover Robinson... More »

Report: Base Shooter Filed Complaint About Instructor

He was 'humiliated' by 'Porn Stash' nickname

(Newser) - Seven months before Friday's mass shooting at Pensacola Naval Air Station , Saudi 2nd Lt. Mohammed Alshamrani complained that he had been humiliated by one of his instructors at the base. The New York Times reports that the 21-year-old Saudi Air Force trainee filed a formal complaint saying he was... More »

FBI Asks Why Pensacola Shooter Went to NY First

Authorities take a closer look at 2nd Lt. Mohammed Alshamrani

(Newser) - The Saudi gunman who killed three people at the Pensacola naval base had apparently gone on Twitter shortly before the shooting to blast US support of Israel and accuse America of being anti-Muslim, a US official said Sunday as the FBI confirmed it is operating on the assumption the attack... More »

Just Before Base Shooting, an Anti-US Rant on Twitter

Tweets appear to have been posted on Mohammed Alshamrani's account, officials say

(Newser) - The killings have not been ruled terrorism, but tweets criticizing the US were posted about two hours before the shootings at the naval base in Florida on Friday. The rant appears to have gone up on the account belonging to Mohammed Alshamrani, the Saudi aviation student named Saturday night by... More »

Saudi King Expressed Anger at 'Barbaric' Shootings: Trump

Naval base attacker was a Saudi aviation student

(Newser) - President Trump said he received a phone call Friday from King Salman offering condolences after the shootings at a Florida naval base, apparently by a Saudi aviation student . "The King said that the Saudi people are greatly angered by the barbaric actions of the shooter," the president tweeted... More »

Navy Shooter Was Reportedly in Saudi Air Force

Death toll in Pensacola is 4, including the gunman

(Newser) - Much is unknown about Friday's shooting at a naval base in Florida , but multiple outlets—including the AP , the Washington Post , and NBC News —are reporting that the gunman was an aviation student from Saudi Arabia. All are quoting unidentified US officials or law-enforcement sources. Authorities have not... More »

Woman Fakes Medical Issue to Get Bigger Seat on Plane

She was detained after flight returned to Pensacola

(Newser) - A Florida woman thought faking a medical issue would get her a bigger seat on an American Airlines flight from Pensacola to Miami, authorities say. Instead, the Friday morning flight returned to Pensacola after the woman said she was having trouble breathing, officials tell NBC . The aircraft was evacuated after... More »

After 'Someone Doing the Right Thing,' an Arrest

Cops say Ibraheem Yazeed was at Aniah Blanchard's last known location

(Newser) - A man is in custody on kidnapping charges in connection with the disappearance of UFC fighter Walt Harris' stepdaughter, who has been missing for more than two weeks . Alabama police say Ibraheem Yazeed was at the Auburn convenience store where 19-year-old Aniah Blanchard was last seen on Oct. 23 and... More »

He Refused to Go Back to Prison—Until the Pizza Arrived

Florida suspect nabbed after 4-hour standoff

(Newser) - "Never underestimate the power of pizza with flavored crust." That's according to Florida's Pensacola Police Department, whose promise of pizza convinced a suspect to surrender Tuesday, thereby ending a four-hour standoff. Cops responding to a report of a possible battery arrived at a home around 10am... More »

Girl, 9, Dies After 325-Pound Cousin Sat on Her: Cops

64-year-old arrested for homicide, child cruelty; child's parents also arrested

(Newser) - A 9-year-old girl was allegedly killed by her adult cousin, a 325-pound woman accused of sitting on the child to punish her for misbehaving, the AP reports. Per the Pensacola News Journal , Dericka Lindsay was pronounced dead Saturday after an incident at the home of her parents, Grace Smith, 69,... More »

12-Year-Old Fla. Girl Last Seen 5 Days Ago

A $20K reward is now up for grabs, as cops say they've exhausted all their leads

(Newser) - Hundreds of people have scoured Pensacola, Fla., in recent days in the hope of finding a missing 12-year-old girl. Now, they hope a $20,000 reward will lead to answers, as the local sheriff tells the Pensacola News Journal that "we have literally exhausted all" of their leads. The... More »

America's Oldest European Settlement Has Been Found

The colony in Pensacola predates Jamestown by nearly 50 years

(Newser) - The Pensacola News Journal has a highly interactive and informative look at a major discovery out of Florida: the oldest multi-year European settlement in the United States. “This is one of those almost once-in-a-lifetime type things,” University of West Florida professor John Worth says. "I didn’t... More »

Cops: Ritualistic Murder May Be Tied to Blue Moon

Florida mother and her 2 sons had slit throats and hammer wounds

(Newser) - An elderly woman and her two sons have been found dead at their home in Pensacola, Fla., the apparent victims of what police are calling a ritualistic murder that coincided with last week's blue moon (ie the second full moon in July). Voncile Smith, 77, Richard Thomas Smith, 49,... More »

2 Inmates Killed in Florida Jail Collapse

'Apparent gas explosion' to blame in Pensacola

(Newser) - Two inmates were killed and as many as 150 inmates and corrections officers were injured when what authorities are calling an "apparent gas explosion" collapsed part of a county jail last night in Pensacola, Fla. "We had approximately 600 prisoners in the facility at the time. Injured prisoners... More »

It's Never Wise to Flip Off the Judge in Court

Florida's Penelope Soto learns the hard way

(Newser) - It should have been a routine bond hearing on a minor drug charge, but Florida's Penelope Soto has instead become a viral video star for all the wrong reasons, reports the Miami Herald . The 18-year-old wasn't taking the proceeding too seriously, smiling and laughing as the Miami-Dade judge... More »

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