17 Dead After Mass School Shooting in Florida

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Students posted on social media from inside the school (Image: Snapchat/CNN)

An all-too-familiar American nightmare came to life yesterday in Parkland, Florida, as a ex-student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School returned to his former school and opened fire with an AR-15 assault rifle, killing 17 people and injuring at least a dozen more.

19-year-old Nikolas Cruz was taken into custody without incident about a mile away from the school and is expected to face 17 counts of premeditated murder when he appears in court sometime today.

Police believe Cruz pulled a fire alarm and began shooting at students as the filled the hallways. He then blended in with fleeing students as they streamed from the school and police and SWAT teams rushed in.

The Parkland Shooter's Troubled Past

Americans are waking up to reports detailing the troubled life of 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz, who had been expelled from the high school he is accused of returning to and carrying out the worst school shooting the Sandy Hook massacre of 2012.

Cruz's adoptive mother, the only person with whom he was reportedly close, died in November and his father passed away several years before. He recently left the home of an extended family member to move in with the family of a friend. He had once gotten treatment at a mental health clinic, but had stopped. Former classmates told the Washington Post Cruz had sold knives out of a lunchbox, posted on Instagram about guns and killing animals, and had threatened at least one student.

“I think everyone in this school had it in the back of their mind that if anyone was supposed to do it, it was most likely gonna be him," Dakota Mutchler, who went to middle school with Cruz, told the Post.

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University of Wisconsin Students Are NOT Happy With New Mandatory Meal Plan

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A group of students blocked access to the school’s largest dining hall Tuesday in protest over a plan that will make it mandatory for incoming freshman living in UW residence halls to deposit a minimum of $1,400 into a meal plan account. Read the whole story here.

Mikaela Shiffrin Captures First Ski Gold

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Elsewhere, the Canadians edged the U.S. 2-1 in women's ice hockey, though the contest doesn't eliminate either side. It likely only served a preview for the gold medal showdown, especially considering Canada (4) and the U.S. (1) are the only teams to ever win gold in the event.

Last But Not Least: Arizona Woman Went to Bed With a Migraine, Woke up Speaking in a British Accent

Michelle Myers went to bed with a relentless headache and woke up the next day speaking in a British accent that hasn’t gone away since.

“Myers suffers from a rare medical condition called Foreign Accent Syndrome (FAS) in which patients develop a foreign accent without needing to ever spend time overseas," according to Smithsonian.com.

Gigi Foster has the details of this strange case in her report.
Today's Morning Scoop was compiled by Natalia Kolenko and the CMN Staff. That has to be the weekend we see around the corner, right?