MIAMI — Nikolas Cruz's semiautomatic rifle may have jammed during the massacre at a high school in Parkland earlier this month, according to Miami Herald news partner CBS4. Cruz then dropped the AR-15 and fled with other students, CBS4 reporter Jim DeFede tweeted Tuesday afternoon, citing three sources familiar with the investigation.
The U.S. Dept. of Justice has announced the arrest of a 40-year old active duty U.S. Marine, a commissioned officer stationed at Quantico, for his alleged role in the January 6 insurrection.
Citing court documents and security camera footage, DOJ in a statement says Major Christopher Warnagiris "violently entered the Capitol on Jan. 6, after pushing through a line of police officers guarding the East Rotunda doors. Once inside, Warnagiris positioned himself in the corner of the doorway, using his body to keep the door open and pull others inside. When a U.S. Capitol Police (USCP) officer tried to pull the doors shut, Warnagiris refused and continued pushing it open. Warnagiris can be seen pushing the officer in an effort to maintain his position in the open door in security camera footage and publicly available video footage captured shortly after 2:25 p.m."
Warnagiris "is charged with federal offenses that include assaulting, resisting or impeding certain officers; obstruction of law enforcement during civil disorder; and obstruction of justice, among other charges. Warnagiris will make his initial court appearance today at 2:00 p.m. in the Eastern District of Virginia," the DOJ said.
HuffPost senior justice reporter Ryan J. Reilly adds:
On Wednesday several Republican members of Congress stated: "There was no insurrection. To call it an insurrection is a bold-faced lie," the insurrectionists were merely “peaceful protestors," and the attack on the U.S. Capitol looked like “a normal tourist visit."
Legal experts react to reports that Matt Gaetz’s wingman has flipped: ‘Has to be terrifying’ for him
A Florida politician associated with Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) is expected to plead guilty in a federal case, signaling that prosecutors may have gotten him to cooperate in their sex trafficking case against the GOP lawmaker.
Joel Greenberg, a former tax collector for Seminole County, has been discussing with prosecutors for months how he and Gaetz would pay women for sex using cash or gifts, which the lawmaker denies, but a court filing Thursday suggests that Greenberg has secured the plea agreement he had sought.
A change of plea hearing was scheduled for Monday, although it's not clear what charges Greenberg might admit to or how the pleading might benefit him.
But legal experts speculate what the development might mean for Gaetz, based on publicly available details in the case and their own experience, while others just relished the thought of the Florida congressman finding himself in hot water.
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Gaetz knew it was coming, but it still has to be terrifying to get the news and chew on its implications. Greenberg… https://t.co/xzGsSpVCwT— Harry Litman (@Harry Litman) 1620926771.0
Remember: Often when someone enters into a cooperation agreement, they must testify to the grand jury first. https://t.co/UczgOQQgZY— emptywheel (@emptywheel) 1620921577.0
If Greenberg is signing a cooperation agreement, as some reports indicate, that would ordinarily mean that prosecut… https://t.co/KCP0vFmTvz— Daniel Goldman (@Daniel Goldman) 1620923790.0
Hey @RepMattGaetz - That's code for "cooperation agreement". Resign today. @HouseGOP https://t.co/PmD5ZHYpC7— Cathy Ⓥ (@Cathy Ⓥ) 1620925823.0
Cooperation deal 👀 https://t.co/V6S9f1QdCM— Joyce Alene (@Joyce Alene) 1620925189.0
@emptywheel "You don't have to be faster than the bear... you just have to be the FIRST one caught by the bear and… https://t.co/nkWQj0PqZf— Tinker (@Tinker) 1620922179.0
@Kris_Sacrebleu Which means Greenberg has already snitched to a Grand Jury. The agreements happen AFTER info is given, not before.— MMinSC (@MMinSC) 1620922568.0
@ProjectLincoln @PaulaReidCNN @CNN @kpolantz Gaetz won’t be concerned about his cooperation agreement, he got many… https://t.co/W9mvm9QaTX— Gerry Flood (@Gerry Flood) 1620925881.0
@MeidasTouch Greenberg has only told the tip of the iceberg so far. The rest of the iceberg is about to land on Gaetz.— Bill Johnson (@Bill Johnson) 1620925738.0
There is no crime statute on "Wingman." There is no jail time attached to "Wingman."— Dr. Catherine Prendergast (@Dr. Catherine Prendergast) 1620924370.0
Harrison Hunger, 14, received his Covid shot at a clinic in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, on Thursday and now has pastries on his mind.
Asked what he plans to do first, the teen doesn't skip a beat: "Probably go to Krispy Kreme, because they are offering free donuts to people with one of these," he says, showing off his vaccine card.
The campaign to immunize America's 17 million adolescents aged 12-to-15 kicked off in full force on Thursday, a key part of President Joe Biden's strategy to push the country close to herd immunity.
Across the country, kids lined up with their parents, eager to return to some semblance of their pre-pandemic lives.
"It will help me get back out more," said Daniel Fox, a 13-year-old among the first in the door when the Javits Center in New York City opened at 10:00 am. "Online playdates are pretty fun, but it's also fun to have an in-person playdate once in a while."
Fourteen-year-old twins Anaya and Jay Tsai also received their first doses.
"I've been very much looking forward to this day for a while. It's hugely important," said their mother Purva Tsai, 47.
"I hope it means things will start to get back to normal for the kids and they can socialize with their friends."
Numbers were a little low at a vaccine site set up at the Walter E Washington Convention Center in the US capital.
Kandall Frederick, 15, was driven in by her mom from ahead of the school day.
"I was excited," she said. "I was the last one in the family to be vaccinated so now we will be all safe and sound, be on the go and do things more freely."
A poll by the Kaiser Family Foundation that interviewed parents of 12-to-15-year-old's in April found that three in ten were keen to get their children vaccinated right away, a quarter will wait to see how it's working, a fifth will vaccinate only if their child's school requires it, and the remaining quarter will refuse the vaccine.
Teens are much less susceptible to Covid than older age groups, and the main reason to vaccinate them is to drive down transmission.
But extremely rare cases of severe Covid can still occur, as can a post-viral complication called multisystem inflammatory syndrome.
The American Academy of Pediatrics has called this week's authorization of the Pfizer Covid vaccine an important tool for more schools to return to in-person learning this fall.
© 2021 AFP
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