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Dick Meyer: Media, politics exaggerate terrorism threat

The way our attention is focused by media coverage and political debate has the effect of further exaggerating the real threat of terrorism to Americans.


Islamic group: Muslim man beaten outside Omar Mateen’s mosque

An Islamic group says a Muslim man was beaten outside the Fort Pierce Islamic Center that Orlando nightclub shooter Omar Mateen had attended.


Reports: Authorities feared terrorism, explosives at Pulse

Law enforcement officials immediately suspected terrorism and adjusted their staging areas due to fears about an explosive device as they responded to reports of shots fired at a gay nightclub …


GOP senator seeks bipartisan support for gun deal

A moderate Republican senator sought broad bipartisan support Tuesday for a compromise to block gun purchases by some suspected terrorists, a day after the chamber split along party lines to …


Florida congressional candidate announces AR-15 giveaway

A candidate running for Congress in the Florida Panhandle has announced a Facebook contest to give away a semi-automatic rifle.


911 transcript: Orlando gunman said he was Islamic soldier

Orlando gunman Omar Mateen spoke in Arabic to a 911 dispatcher, identified himself an Islamic soldier and demanded to a crisis negotiator that the U.S. “stop bombing Syria and Iraq,” …


Leonard Pitts Jr.: Goodwill knocked out in Orlando

Animosities and separations are not conditions you are born with. Rather, they are conditions you choose.


Trump says U.S. should consider profiling Muslims

Donald Trump suggested Sunday that the United States should “seriously” consider profiling Muslims inside the country as a terrorism-fighting tool, the latest example of the Republican presidential nominee-in-waiting increasingly backing …


Security tight at gay pride events across country

People in wheelchairs, walking on stilts and riding rainbow-decorated motorcycles turned out for gay pride events over the weekend, including participants in a Denver parade who carried posters of the …


Attorney general says investigation of Orlando shooter moving forward

ORLANDO, Fla. – Although the killer is known, the investigation continues into what motivated and enabled Omar Mateen to carry out the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history. Attorney …


Kathleen Parker: It’s time to close gun-buying loopholes

Is it not logical, however, that the right of the greatest number of people to survive supersedes the right of a relatively few who wish to own weapons intended to …


Froma Harrop: Surveillance a necessary tool

Protests against government surveillance programs tend to grow in the quiet stretches between terrorist outrages. Absence of immediate fear is when the critics can best downplay the stakes.


Stefanie Pettit: Massacre revives a mother’s anxiety

I have that knot in my stomach again – just as every parent does who sends a child off to school in this world of mass shootings.


Mike Bianchi: Sports can help tragedy-stricken Orlando become City Beautiful again

Sports aren’t important right now and that is the point of this column. You see, sports are so important because they are so unimportant.


Democratic senator frustrated by inaction on guns wages filibuster

A Democratic senator waged a filibuster into the night Wednesday, an attempt to force a vote on gun control legislation three days after 49 people were killed at a Florida …


Broadway stars to record song to benefit Orlando shooting victims

Dozens of Broadway stars horrified by the Orlando, Florida, nightclub shooting have lent their voices to recording a new version of the iconic 1965 song “What the World Needs Now …


Editorials: Can’t disengage from shootings if you want change

Viewed through the prism of our laws, we seem more frightened by the prospect of one legitimate purchaser being inconvenienced than a hundred dangerous people loading up on guns and …


Terrorist watch list no obstacle to buying weapons, data show

More than 90 percent of known or suspected terrorists who’ve attempted to buy weapons since 2004 have passed a background check and been approved for the purchase, new government statistics …


UPDATED: Tue., June 14, 2016, 9:23 p.m.

Obama dismisses Trump comments as more details emerge about Orlando killer

As federal authorities weigh whether to charge the wife of Orlando mass killer Omar Mateen, a stern President Barack Obama dismissed Donald Trump’s charge that Democrats have failed to clamp …


Shooter games hyped at trade show after Orlando attack

The flags outside the Electronic Entertainment Expo are flying at half-staff in honor of the victims of the attack on a Florida gay nightclub that left 49 dead. But it …


As young man, gunman worked ordinary jobs and got married

He was a body builder and a security guard, a religious man who attended the local mosque and wanted to become a police officer. Early Sunday, 29-year-old Omar Mateen opened …


Victim vignettes: A look at those killed in Orlando shooting

A gunman wielding an assault-type rifle and a handgun opened fire inside a crowded gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, early Sunday, leaving at least 49 people dead in the worst …


Orlando mourns its dead; gunman may have been ‘homegrown’

Orlando mourned the 49 people slaughtered in the attack on a gay nightclub, as the White House and the FBI portrayed the killer Monday as an apparent “homegrown extremist” who …


Man saves Orlando shooting victim’s life with shirts, bear hug

“Can you help me?” the man pleaded. Josh McGill grabbed the stranger and pulled him behind the car. “I think I got shot,” the man said.


Gunman who killed 50 in Orlando club was questioned by FBI in recent years

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) – The mayor of Orlando says there were 50 casualties and there are 53 more hospitalized after a mass shooting at a popular gay nightclub. “There’s blood …


UPDATED: Sat., June 11, 2016, 12:12 p.m.

‘The Voice’ singer Christina Grimmie dies after shooting

ORLANDO, Fla. – Florida authorities say `The Voice’ star Christina Grimmie is in critical condition after being shot at a concert venue in Orlando by a suspect who then fatally …


SeaWorld to stop breeding orcas, making them perform tricks

ORLANDO, Fla. – Finally bowing to years of public pressure, SeaWorld announced Thursday it will immediately stop breeding killer whales, and soon stop making them perform theatrical tricks. SeaWorld’s 29 …


SeaWorld: Orca that killed trainer is ill

SeaWorld officials say the killer whale responsible for the death of a trainer is very sick.


Shock quarterbacks ready to return

Spokane’s ever-changing quarterback picture has kept coaches, equipment managers and travel agencies busy. Carson Coffman, who emerged from training camp as the starter, went down with a knee injury in …


Shock quarterbacks ready to return

Spokane’s ever-changing quarterback picture has kept coaches, equipment managers and travel agencies busy.