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Florida State University gunman Myron May feared government targeting, police say

Blair Stokes, a senior at Florida State University, was cramming for a class project at the campus library early Thursday morning when another student told her a gunman was shooting people on the library’s first floor.

Within minutes, Stokes and hundreds of other students in Strozier Library were ordered to stay put under a mandatory lockdown as police confronted the gunman, who shot and wounded three people before he was killed by heavily armed officers.

Stokes sent a group text to friends and family: “I love you all.” Then she texted her best friend: “I’m scared.”

The gunman, identified by police as Myron May, 31, a lawyer and former Florida State student, fired a shot at police officers after ignoring commands to drop his weapon, Tallahassee Police Chief Michael DeLeo told reporters. At a later news conference, he said he was not certain whether May fired at police. Police fired on May “and the suspect was killed,” DeLeo said, adding that the shooter acted alone.

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5 Guantanamo detainees sent to Europe; largest release in years

Five Guantanamo detainees have been flown to Europe for resettlement, the Pentagon announced Thursday, in the largest release of former terror suspects in years.

Three Yemenis sent to Georgia and a Yemeni and a Tunisian delivered to Slovakia were among the longest-held prisoners at the detention center for terror suspects at the U.S. naval base in Southern Cuba.

Georgia, a former Soviet republic, and Slovakia, a member of the Soviet-dominated Warsaw Pact during the Cold War, are now U.S. allies and accepted the released prisoners as a favor to the Obama administration, which has been trying to downsize and close the Guantanamo camps since the president took office in 2009. More longstanding U.S. allies have been reluctant to take in men the Pentagon has branded as dangerous terrorists for more than a decade, nor do they want to be seen as legitimizing a detention practice widely condemned in the democratic world.

Obama pledged to close Guantanamo with his first executive order and...

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Same-sex marriage licenses doled out in South Carolina

Several counties in South Carolina on Thursday doled out marriage licenses to same-sex couples, hours after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected a last-minute effort to halt the nuptials in the state.

From Columbia to Charleston, couples lined up at probate courts to obtain the licenses, sharing photos on social media and calling for marriage equality in all 50 states.

In Richland County, which spans much of the capital city of Columbia, a dozen licenses had been handed out as of 1:30 p.m.

Despite Thursday’s Supreme Court ruling, South Carolina Atty. Gen. Alan Wilson is not giving up on his effort to halt same-sex marriages in the state. In a statement, he said he hopes the Supreme Court will consider a case out of the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that might halt same-sex marriages.

"Despite today's refusal to grant our motion, the U.S. Supreme Court has not yet resolved conflicting rulings by federal appeals courts on the issue of same-sex marriage," Wilson said in the statement.

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Gunman killed after shootings on Florida State campus

A gunman was shot dead at a Florida State University library early Thursday after shootings that left three injured.

At least two of the injured had been shot, campus police and hospital officials confirmed to the Los Angeles Times on Wednesday night.

The gunman was killed by officers when he opened fire on them, police said. 

John Ehab, a sophomore from Tampa, told the Associated Press that he was on Strozier Library's third floor when he heard multiple gunshots.

“Everyone heard them,” he said. People took cover in the book aisles to hide from the gunman in case he came onto the floor, Ehab said.

Freshman Nikolai Hernandez told AP that he was in his dorm room across from the library when he heard five or six rapid gunshots.

“It was a consecutive bop, bop, bop, bop, bop,” Hernandez said. “It makes me definitely a little bit nervous. I was supposed to be in the library. I had a paper to do and I got a little bit lazy and decided not to do it.”

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Murder charge filed in death of New York man shoved onto subway track

A New York City man was charged with murder in the death of a man who was shoved into the path of a subway train Sunday, prosecutors said Wednesday.

Kevin Darden, who was released from jail in a misdemeanor case two days before the deadly attack, is accused of shoving 61-year-old Bronx resident Wai Kuen Kwok into the path of a southbound "D" train as the victim stood on a platform next to his wife.

Terry Raskyn, director of public information for the Bronx District Attorney's Office, said Darden, 34, would enter a plea during his next court appearance, which is scheduled for Nov. 24.

He is being held without bail, Raskyn said.

Police have not discussed a motive in the killing.

Darden has also been charged in a Nov. 6 subway attack at a Manhattan train station, where police say he shoved a 51-year-old man to the ground, causing minor injuries.

Darden was released from jail two days before Kwok's death. He was arrested for an undisclosed misdemeanor on Nov. 9, and originally held on...

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Parts of upstate New York buried under a swift-moving snowstorm

It was supposed to be a three-hour road trip. It turned into a 28-hour ordeal for members of a college basketball team, who finally were rescued Wednesday after a fast-moving snowstorm trapped them in their bus and buried parts of upstate New York under more than 5 feet of snow.

At least seven deaths were blamed on the storm, which swept across the Great Lakes and began dropping snow on the region late Monday. By Wednesday afternoon the snow had tapered off, but officials warned residents not to be fooled: Another snowstorm was expected overnight.

“Mother Nature is showing us who’s boss once again,” said Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who called in the National Guard to help haul away snow and clear vehicles stranded on roads. “This is a historic event. I believe when all is said and done, this snowfall may break all sorts of records.”

By afternoon, officials said everyone stranded in vehicles had been rescued, but the task of getting rid of the snow was daunting. The Buffalo Bills offered $10 an...

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