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Pita Taufatofua finishes Olympic cross country skiing race standing up

What could be better than carrying your country’s flag at the Pyeongchang Olympics while shirtless? For Tonga’s Pita Taufatofua, finishing the 15-kilometer individual race in cross country skiing ranks just as high. And yes, he was properly dressed for the event.

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Taufatofua, 34, told The Associated Press that he was glad he didn’t wipe out on the course, particularly during the final approach that took place in front of the grandstand.

“Please God, not in front of everyone,” Taufatofua told the AP when asked what he was thinking. “Don’t give me my first fall.”

Taufatofua finished the race standing up and placed 114th out of the 119 competitors. Two racers finished behind him and the other three either were disqualified, according to the AP.

The race was won by Dario Cologna of Switzerland.

Cubs' Anthony Rizzo, a Parkland graduate, speaks during emotional vigil

Chicago Cubs star Anthony Rizzo called for change Thursday night during an emotional speech at a candlelight vigil for the victims of the mass shooting at a Florida high school, ESPN reported.

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Rizzo, a 2007 graduate of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, fought back tears as he spoke, one day after a shooting at his alma mater. Seventeen people died and more than a dozen people were injured during Wednesday’s assault.

“Look, I’m a baseball player, but I’m also an American,” Rizzo said to the audience at the vigil, which was held at the Parkland Amphitheater. “I’m a Floridian, and I’m a Parklander for life. 

“And while I don't have all the answers, I know that something has to change, before this is visited on another community, and another community, and another community.”

>> Attorneys: Nikolas Cruz is a ‘broken child’

Nikolas Cruz, 19, a former student at Stoneman Douglas High School, was arrested and charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder, Broward County authorities said.

Rizzo left the Cubs’ spring training camp in Arizona on Wednesday. He was one of nearly two dozen speakers who addressed a crowd of thousands, ESPN reported.

>> More celebrities call for gun control after shooting

“I am only who I am because of this community,” Rizzo said. “And I just want all of you to know how proud I am to be a part of this community. I want you to know that you're not alone in your grief. We're all grieving with you. The entire country is grieving with you. So whatever comfort I can give, I will give. Whatever support I can offer to our students, teachers, coaches and families and first responders, you'll have it.”

Rizzo declined to speak with reporters after the vigil, ESPN reported.

3 north Florida schools placed on lockdown after teen shot

Three schools were on lockdown Thursday after a Florida student was shot while walking near Parkwood Heights Elementary School in Jacksonville.

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Authorities said the shooting happened at 1:55 p.m. The student attends Lone Star High, a Jacksonville charter school, authorities said. 

The student has non-life threatening injuries, authorities said. The student was hit when a suspect shot from a silver sedan, authorities said. He sought cover behind parked cars and was shot multiple times, the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office said. 

The victim was taken to Memorial Hospital, they said. 

A bullet struck a window at Parkwood Heights Elementary School, but no one was injured. 

>> Florida school shooting: What we know about the victims

All we know is that (the suspect) was in a silver sedan," deputies said. 

Officials locked down Terry Parker High School and Arlington Middle School, as well as Parkwood Heights Elementary. 

Students from Terry Parker High were released first, then Parkwood Heights Elementary, followed by Arlington Middle School. 

The incident comes a day after a shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, in which 17 people died. Nikolas Cruz was arrested and charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder. He remains on suicide watch at the Broward County jail.

Man takes wife’s ashes to restaurant for Valentine’s Day lunch

It’s a heartbreaking photograph.

A man is seated at a table in a Texas restaurant, weeping into his napkin. It’s Valentine’s Day, and while at first glance he appears to be alone, an ornate bottle across from him is filled with the ashes of his late wife.

The photo, taken by Chasidy Gwaltney, has been shared more than 400,000 times on Facebook. 

Gwaltney was eating lunch in a Corpus Christi restaurant when she saw the man in the restaurant booth, WVUE reported.

“I saw something today that has made me remember that we won't always have each other to hold, talk to, love, play with or even just aggravate every now and then,” Gwaltney said on Facebook. “This man looks like he is spending Valentine's Day alone at first glance but that is actually his wife in that very beautiful bottle sitting on the table.”

The man is sitting at the table, which is set up for two people, with two plates, two silverware services and two glasses.

“You know? We are all guilty of taking our other half for granted from time to time,” Gwaltney wrote on Facebook. “We may forget to give a goodbye kiss, say I love you or just be so caught up in what we are doing at the moment that we don't notice the very little things that mean so much to our special someone.”

Arrest made in school Snapchat threat circulating nationwide

Law enforcement agencies in Florida want to reassure families about an image making the rounds on social media. 

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It shows what appears to be a student holding a gun and then says the name of a school along with "Round two of Florida," implying the threat of another shooting. 

The image has been circulated across the country, according to the Broward County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies said they always take school threats seriously, but will be especially vigilant given Wednesday’s mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida.

A high school student in South Carolina was arrested Thursday and faces charges for that threat.

Another high school student in Vermont was arrested Thursday night for allegedly making shooting threats.

Meanwhile, the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office said it will provide an increased presence at several schools and is prepared to respond to all reports of threats and suspicious activity. 

Deputies responded to Pine Ridge High School on Thursday afternoon after a student found two bullets stuck between two mats in the school’s weight room. No weapon was found and there were no threats of violence.

A 17-year-old student was questioned because he had been spotted sitting near the area where the ammunition was found. However, the student had no knowledge of the bullets.

“We treat every one of these incidents seriously and we will do everything we can to make sure every student is safe at school, especially in today’s heightened state of alarm,” Sheriff Mike Chitwood said. “I want to encourage everyone to report suspicious activity when they see it. Don’t hesitate. If you see something, say something, and we will do something. 

Other law enforcement agencies in Central Florida said any “copycat” threats will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law

In Massachusetts, the principal at Durfee High School in Fall River said in an audio message to parents Thursday the school would have an elevated police presence, with random bag checks conducted and other, unannounced security measures in place.

Several Durfee High School students reported the post to police after seeing it.

Principal Matt Desmarais said the threats are not seen as credible, but school officials are acting cautiously and appreciate the students who spoke up.

"I want to reinforce the statement, 'See something, say something,'" Desmarais said. "This cannot be stressed enough. I am appreciative of those who brought this to our attention today. It is the students who choose to do the right thing each and every day who truly represent the Durfee High School.”

South Florida principal waited for hours to hear news of son in Parkland

A Florida high school principal took to the morning announcements Thursday to assure students and warn that some privileges may soon go away in the name of safety.

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But in short order, Spanish River High School Principal William Latson’s tough love dissolved into near tears — the cracking voice and long pauses of a principal who is also a parent who waited more than six hours to hear news of his son, a seventh-grader at a middle school next to Marjory Stoneman High School in Parkland, where a shooting left 17 people dead and more than a dozen injured.

“The bottom line is I need to keep you safe and I need to do things that the principal at Stoneman Douglas can’t do today and that is send all the kids home safe,” Latson said, his voice cracking.

>> Florida school shooting: What we know about the victims

Wednesday’s shooting had principals and administrators across the Palm Beach County School District focused on safety before the first bell Thursday.

While some principals sent home emails or recorded robo-calls to parents, the district’s chief operating officer, Donald Fennoy, said work had begun to address a backlog of safety-related work orders that had been put off for a year or more because of budget shortfalls.

“They’re moving on this right now,” Fennoy said at lunchtime Thursday.

In the wake of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High, Palm Beach County administrators tapped the Boca Raton and other local police departments to provide additional security at schools in the region. While the police presence was up, attendance, particularly in the southernmost schools, was down. The students are off Friday while teachers have a work day. School will be back in session Monday.

A Boynton Beach mothre of two elementary students echoed other parents when she reported to The Palm Beach Post Extra Credit Facebook group that she kept her children home Thursday to shield them from chatter about increased police presence and shootings.

Latson’s son also sat out school, staying with grandparents instead, the principal said.

Though Westglades Middle School opened for business, its neighbor, Stoneman Douglas -- as the locals call it -- remained a crime scene. 

“He doesn’t need to see that,” Latson said.

At the same time, Latson said he invited police to roam his campus to assess possible security risks in the way the school operates. Their observations will inform the changes he spoke of in his six-minute address to Spanish River students.

The message that followed the Pledge of Allegiance was unscripted, Latson said. The principal began by crediting his students for their history of responsible behavior but said some of their previously negotiated on-campus perks might have to be curbed.

While Latson hadn’t intended to describe his own pain, it just spilled out, he said.

“Yesterday, I spent six and a half hours at Stoneman Douglas because my son … he’s on the same campus. So he was right in the middle. The individual ran from Stoneman Douglas, went on to his campus and went off. So, I‘m speaking as a parent knowing how I felt not having information about my child,” Latson said. “I don’t want that for your parents.”

He referenced changes that will soon allow administrators to directly message parents through apps on their cell phones, a tool he wished the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High principal had Wednesday. Latson then signed off. “We will get through this. We will make some changes. I want you to have as normal a day as possible.”

Student arrested after allegedly threatening shooting at Vermont high school

Police in Vermont arrested a high school student Thursday after the 18-year-old allegedly said he wanted to harm others, WPTZ reported.

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Detectives with the Fair Haven Police Department arrested Jack Sawyer, 18, of Poultney, Vermont, after he reportedly said he wished to commit a shooting at Fair Haven High School.

>> Attorneys: Nikolas Cruz is a ‘broken child’

The investigation is ongoing, and police are questioning Sawyer, WCAX reported.

Sawyer was being held without bail and was scheduled to be arraigned Friday on charges of attempted aggravated murder, attempted first degree murder and attempted aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, WCAX reported.

>> Suspected Florida school shooter held without bond

The arrest comes a day after a shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, in which 17 people died. Nikolas Cruz was arrested and charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder. He remains on suicide watch at the Broward County jail.

Authorities identify 'official' GoFundMe for Douglas shooting victims

In the immediate aftermath of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, a number of GoFundMe accounts surfaced claiming to point donations to victims and their families.

>> Photos: Remembering Parkland Florida school shooting victims

Today, citing “several” fraudulent accounts, the Broward County Sheriff’s Office pointed those wishing to make a donation in support of the victims and their families to a GoFundMe page established by the Broward Education Foundation. The Broward County Sheriff’s Office says it is the “official” page.

The Broward Education Foundation identifies itself as a 501(c)3 organization that is “the ONLY direct support organization solely dedicated to raising funds for Broward County Public Schools.”

They invoked “Superintendent Robert Runcie, the School Board of Broward County, Broward County Mayor Beam Furr and Commissioners, Broward Legislative Delegation and Broward County Public Schools family” in offering thoughts and prayers to the victims, saying donations “will be used to provide relief and financial support to the victims and families of the horrific shooting.”

With a goal of $700,000, the fundraiser has reached more than $550,000 as of this writing.

The state of Florida plans to cover funeral costs for victims of the school shooting, one of several in 2018 alone.

Nikolas Cruz is a ‘broken child’ who’s sorry about Parkland shooting, attorneys say

Accused school killer Nikolas Cruz is a “remorseful” and “broken child” whose life came apart after the devastating loss of his mother in November, his attorneys say.

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Cruz, 19, remains on suicide watch at the Broward County jail after being ordered held without bond Thursday on 17 counts of premeditated murder after the shooting Wednesday at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland.

Wearing orange jail scrubs and shackled at the waist and ankles, he looked down and said two words – “Yes, ma’am” — when Circuit Judge Kim Mollica asked him if he understood the charges.

Cruz had a fascination with guns, was avoided by students at the high school before he was expelled and once trained with a white supremacist group. He also might have sent a Youtube comment in September saying: “I’m going to be a professional school shooter.’’

>> Related: Suspected Florida school shooter held without bond, accused of killing 17: Live updates 

But his attorneys, in an emotional news conference, tried to paint a sympathetic portrait of a sad teenager who has expressed remorse for the shootings, which culminated a life that spiraled out of control in recent months.

“He is a deeply troubled child who has endured significant loss. He fell between the cracks,’’ said Gordon Weekes, executive assistant public defender.

“He is also saddened by the loss of those family members, by the loss of those children. He has expressed that.”

Cruz and his biological brother Zachary were adopted at birth by an older couple. His father died 13 years ago and his mother Lynda died from pneumonia on Nov. 1 after Cruz had tried to persuade her to seek medical help.

“He encouraged her to go to the hospital to seek treatment. That didn’t work out. That is a significant bit of trauma this young man endured in a very short period of time,” Weekes said.

Assistant public defender Melisa McNeill said Cruz has suffered from mental illness throughout his life and that it’s possible he is autistic.

“He is a broken human being. He is a broken child,’’ she said.

>> Related: Florida school shooting: What we know about the victims 

Right after his mother died, Cruz lived for a few weeks with a family friend at the Lantana Cascades Mobile Home Park west of Lantana. About Thanksgiving, he was taken in by the Snead family in Pompano Beach, where he had his own room.

>> Related: Photos: Remembering Parkland Florida school shooting victims

“The family took him in. They knew his mom had died. They got him a job at Dollar Tree. And they helped him continue his education. They’re totally shocked,’’ said attorney Jim Lewis, who represents the Sneads.

The Sneads have a 17-year-old son who is a junior at the high school and was there during the shooting, Lewis said.

“They didn’t have any clues,” Lewis said. “They didn’t see anything in this kid, that he was a danger or that he harbored any ill feelings toward the high school.”

In September, the FBI was warned about an eerie comment on a Youtube channel from a user named Nikolas Cruz: “I’m going to be a professional school shooter.’’

Robert Lasky, special agent in charge of the FBI’s Miami office, confirmed Thursday that the agency had looked into the “professional shooter” comment but could not uncover any details from the account.

“No other information was included in the comment, which would indicate a time, location, or true identity of the person who made the comment,” Lasky told reporters. “The FBI conducted database reviews, checks, but was unable to further identify the person who made the comment.”

>> Related: Father of Parkland shooting victim to mourners at vigil: ‘I don’t know what to do next’ 

On Wednesday, hours after the shooting, Buzzfeed reported that a video blogger from Mississippi saw the comment from a user named Nikolas Cruz and informed the FBI.

The Nikolas Cruz YouTube account remained active until Wednesday evening. It has since been deleted.

Ben Bennight, the blogger who reported the Cruz comment, said he alerted the FBI in September and told agents from the Mississippi field office that he didn’t know anything about the user.

That was the last contact he had with the FBI until Wednesday, he told CNN.

“I saw the story kind of go across my newsfeed, but I didn’t pay a whole lot of attention to it,” he recalled Thursday. “But when the FBI said it was the same name, the first thing that went through my mind was, ‘Wow, I hope you were at least watching this guy that I alerted you to months ago.’”

Also Thursday, the Anti Defamation League announced that it had been told by Republic for Florida, a white supremacist group, that Cruz had trained with the group.

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ROF member Jordan Jereb, who is based in Tallahassee, told the ADL that Cruz had been “brought up” by a member. “Jereb added that Cruz had participated in one or more ROF training exercises in the Tallahassee area, carpooling with other ROF members from South Florida,’’ according to an ADL blog post.

Jereb said that ROF had not ordered or wanted Cruz to do anything like the school shooting, the ADL said.

Later on social media, Jereb said there been a misunderstanding.

"There was a legit misunderstanding because we have MULTIPLE people named Nicholas in ROF," he said in a profanity-laced post on Twitter and on a website called Gab.

Cruz was known among Douglas students as “a weird kid. No one really talked to him,’’ said Dylan O’Neill, 15, a sophomore.

Cruz was dropped off at the school just after 2 p.m. by an Uber driver, according to sheriff’s report.

A witness who recognized Cruz as “a former troubled student” saw him get out of a small “goldish colored” vehicle wearing black pants, a black hat and a maroon shirt – later identified as having school logos on it.

He also carried a duffel bag and wore a black backpack.

The witness radioed a co-worker that “Cruz was walking purposefully” toward a building at the school. Less than a minute later, about 2:23 p.m., gunshots rang out.

Cruz pulled the fire alarm to lure students out of the building, according to Sen. Bill Nelson.

>> Related: Florida school shooting survivor to Trump: ‘I don’t want your condolences’

Cruz legally bought the AR-15 used in the mass shooting, according to the sheriff’s report. The report indicates he also confessed to the shooting.

“In a post Miranda statement, Cruz stated that he was the gunman who entered the school campus armed with a AR-15 and began shooting students that he saw in the hallways and on the school grounds.’’

On Thursday, Cruz appeared on closed circuit video in a courtroom that was cleared of all other inmates. Cruz, who is slight and skinny, looked down the entire time he was before the judge.

“You are charged with some very serious crimes,” Mollica told him.

After the hearing, Weekes said Cruz is remorseful but also mentally disturbed.

“He is deeply sad. He is dealing with the shock of all of this from this point on. He recognizes the loss that this community faces and more important the loss of those family members,’’ Weekes said.

Weekes was overcome by emotion several times as he tried to speak in Cruz’s defense.

>> Related: ‘A kid that's 19 shouldn't have a gun:' Student at Florida school shooting recounts tense hours hiding in closet 

“The child is deeply troubled and he has endured significant trauma that stems from the loss of his mother,” he said.

“There are losses on all sides.”

Florida school shooting: What we know about the victims

Authorities said 17 people died and more than a dozen others were injured Wednesday when a gunman opened fire on students and staff members at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

Several people remained hospitalized Thursday.

Here’s what we know about the victims so far:

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Father of Parkland shooting victim to mourners at vigil: ‘I don’t know what to do next’

Fred Guttenberg, who lost his daughter, Jaime, in Wednesday’s shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High, tearfully addressed hundreds of mourners Thursday night at a candlelight vigil in Parkland, Fla.

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“I don’t know what I do next,” he said, his voice breaking. “Don’t tell me there’s no such thing as gun violence. It happened in Parkland.”

Guttenberg told the gathering he’d lost his brother in October to cancer related to the Sept. 11 attacks.

“This is worse,” he said.

Politicians, clergy and first responders sat on the Parkland Amphitheater’s stage in front of a row of lighted angels. In front of them, the stage was lined with candles, flowers and hand-written messages brought by mourners.

>> Related: Suspected Florida school shooter held without bond, accused of killing 17: Live updates 

A Douglas High football player, who lost his coach, Aaron Feis, brought a bouquet given to him by his father, who entered a CVS store to purchase the flowers. When the store learned what they were for, it would not accept payment.

Sheriff Scott Israel received a loud ovation when he said, “We will introduce common-sense gun laws and make our streets safer.”

Turning to politicians, including Gov. Rick Scott, Israel warned that if they continue to support gun laws as they’re currently written, “You will not get re-elected in Broward County.”

Later, a chant broke out: “No more guns! No more guns! No more guns!”

Douglas Principal Ty Thompson said he’d received countless emails of support from as far away as Australia. He said earlier in the day, he took a call from Dawn Hochsprung, who offered advice on how to deal with the tragedy because there is no playbook for administrators to handle such mass grief by children.

>> Related: Florida school shooting: What we know about the victims 

A rabbi opened the one-hour program by acknowledging the difficulty of grasping the fact that 17 lives have been lost.

“They say that God doesn’t give one more than they can handle,” he said. “But this is pushing it.”

Barack Obama calls for 'common-sense' gun laws after Florida shooting

Former President Barack Obama issued a statement after 17 people were killed and more than a dozen others injured in a mass shooting at a Florida high school, saying that we “are not powerless.”

>> Photos: Remembering Parkland Florida school shooting victims

On Wednesday, Nikolas Cruz, 19, set off the fire alarm before he started shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Cruz terrorized the school with an AR-15 style rifle for more than an hour before being apprehended. All of the victims have been identified, but names are slowly being released to the public as the victims’ families are notified.

Following the shooting, former President Obama took to Twitter, calling for “long overdue, common-sense gun safety laws.”

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“We are grieving with Parkland. But we are not powerless. Caring for our kids is our first job. And until we can honestly say that we’re doing enough to keep them safe from harm, including long overdue, common-sense gun safety laws that most Americans want, then we have to change,” he tweeted Thursday afternoon.

Obama didn’t elaborate on what type of common sense gun laws he thinks should be enacted, but in the months before he left office, a regulation was put in place that added “people receiving Social Security checks for mental illnesses and people deemed unfit to handle their own financial affairs” to the national background database, according to NBC News. However, in February 2017, President Donald Trump signed a bill that rolled back the regulation.

In June 2017, a Quinnipiac poll revealed that 94 percent of individuals surveyed supported requiring background checks for all gun buyers, but according to the Associated Press, Cruz purchased the gun legally at a Broward County gun store.

Florida runs an instant background check on those purchasing guns, but he would have been able to easily pass the check because he had no criminal background. The check would not have picked up on his long history of being treated for mental illness.

Florida Governor Rick Scott said during a press conference Thursday that he would discuss increasing funding for mental illness services and keeping guns out of the hands of mentally ill with the Florida Legislature next week.

“If somebody is mentally ill, they can’t have access to a gun,” Scott said.

Student with two guns arrested at another Florida high school

A day after 17 people were killed in a school shooting in Broward County, a student at Palm Beach Lakes High School on Thursday allegedly brought two guns to school, officials said.

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In a recorded call to parents, Palm Beach Lakes High SchoolPrincipal David Alfonso said they received an anonymous tip that a student had a weapon on campus. When administrators and school police went to investigate the situation, the student, who was not named and whose age and grade are unknown, ran out of the school, on Military Trail south of 45th Street. The student was apprehended across the street, Alfonso said.

School police found two guns near the area where the student fled. The student was arrested and faces possible expulsion. It’s unclear if the student will be charged as an adult.

>> Related: Suspected Florida school shooter held without bond, accused of killing 17: Live updates 

“Everyday I go over our four rules here at Lakes. Rule number four is ‘Protect this house,’ ” he said. “If you hear anything, see anything, say something to an administrator, teacher, adult or parent. Our students are listening and protecting our campus.”

Hours before at the Palm Beach County jail, 17-year-old Terrance McMillian had his first appearance in court on weapon related charges. McMillian is accused of bringing a loaded gun to Forest Hill High School, on Forest Hill Boulevard east of Interstate 95.

After the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Wednesday, Superintendent Robert Avossa sent out a message saying district administrators were working with local and school police to “have an presence in our schools for the days and weeks ahead.” On his Twitter account, he encouraged students to speak up if they saw anything disturbing or worrisome either at their schools or on social media.

>> Related: Florida school shooting: What we know about the victims 

“Take all the politics out of the discussion about gun violence — when innocent kids and their teachers are murdered, something must be done,” Avossa tweeted.

Couple surprises each other with marriage proposals on same day

What’s better than a surprise marriage proposal? A double engagement, of course. That’s what happened to Tori Monaco and Berkley Cade earlier this week, when the Texas couple discovered they both had been plotting to propose during their trip to Washington. 

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According to Buzzfeed, Cade, who is stationed in the Air Force in Texas, enlisted Monaco’s best friend to go ring shopping four months ago. Little did she know, Monaco, a University of Texas senior and New Braunfels native, called up Cade’s mom to say SHE had just bought a ring, too.

"[Cade’s mom] said she was planning a fun game night already, so I could do it then so Berk wouldn't be suspicious," Monaco told Buzzfeed. "I said great, I could incorporate it into charades, and she said how about Pictionary!"

Of course, the Pictionary-perfect proposals were caught on video: 

>> Related: Amy Schumer marries chef Chris Fischer in secret ceremony

Buzzfeed reports the couple is planning a wedding for Sept. 27, 2019.

Jennifer Aniston, Justin Theroux announce separation

Jennifer Aniston and her husband, director Justin Theroux, are separating after two years of marriage.

The couple announced the separation in a statement to The Associated Press Thursday. 

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“Normally we would do this privately, but given that the gossip industry cannot resist an opportunity to speculate and invent, we wanted to convey the truth directly,” the statement released by Aniston’s publicist Stephen Huvane said. “Whatever else is printed about us that is not directly from us, is someone else’s fictional narrative. Above all, we are determined to maintain the deep respect and love that we have for one another.”

The announcement was made “in an effort to reduce any further speculation,” according to the statement.

People reported that Aniston and Theroux met in 2008 but started dating in 2011. Theroux proposed to Aniston on his 41st birthday in August 2012. 

The pair had a surprise wedding in 2015, weeks before Theroux turned 44. 

According to People, the couple had been spending time apart. Aniston celebrated her 49th birthday without Theroux, but was with Courteney Cox and other friends in Los Angeles. Theroux was seen in New York.

Huvane  told The AP the decision to separate “was mutual and lovingly made at the end of last year.” The couple has no children.

This was the first marriage for Theroux. He dated hair stylist Heidi Bivens for 14 years before they spit in 2011. Aniston was married to Brad Pitt from 2000 to 2005.

As for the future, Aniston and Theroux said they are “two best friends who have decided to part ways as a couple, but look forward to continuing our cherished friendship.”

Parkland shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz took Uber to the school, according to court records

Nikolas Cruz, the 19-year-old accused of going on a shooting rampage at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Valentine’s Day, took an Uber to the school, according to court records released Thursday.

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The Associated Press reported Uber confirmed that Cruz used the service before the shooting. The company would not answer questions about if the Uber driver noticed strange behavior from Cruz, or whether he was carrying a gun.

The company said it is helping law enforcement with the investigation.

Related: Who is Nikolas Cruz, accused gunman in Florida high school attack?

According to the document charging Cruz with 17 counts of premeditated murder, a witness saw Cruz and recognized that he was a troubled student. He was wearing black pants, a black hat and a burgundy shirt. He carried a duffle bag and wore a black backpack. 

The minute the witness heard gunshots, a “code red” was called, the report said.

Cruz told police he was that gunman. 

Related: Who is Nikolas Cruz, accused gunman in Florida high school attack?

As students fled, Cruz said, he thought up a plan to discard the AR-15 rifle and the extra magazines he had in his backpack so he could slip out with the other students. Police found the items where Cruz said they would be.

Cruz remained in jail Thursday. A judge denied bond for the former high school student. He has been placed on a suicide watch.

Amy Schumer marries chef Chris Fischer in secret ceremony

Amy Schumer is officially off the market.

Us Weekly reported that the comedian married chef Chris Fischer in Malibu, California, on Tuesday.

Jennifer Lawrence, Jennifer Aniston, Larry David and Jake Gyllenhaal were among the celebrities present at the secret ceremony, according to People.

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Schumer reportedly enforced a strict no-photos policy for guests, but by Thursday, she confirmed the wedding by posting some photos of the ceremony on Instagram.

“It was beautiful,” Lawrence told “Entertainment Tonight” Thursday. “It was very sudden, but it was, I was sobbing the whole — his vows were stunning. It’s when two people really love each other and they really mean it, it shows, and it was a beautiful ceremony and an amazing time. I couldn’t be happier for them.”

The couple had reportedly only been dating since November before deciding to tie the knot, and they didn’t publicly acknowledge their relationship until earlier in February when Schumer posted an image on Instagram of the pair sharing a kiss.

Chris Fischer lives on Beetlebung Farm in Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts. In 2015, he published a cookbook titled “The Beetlebung Farm Cookbook.”

‘Survivor’ winner Jenna Morasca revived with Narcan, accused of DUI

Former “Survivor” winner Jenna Morasca is facing charges of DUI and possession of drug paraphernalia after she was found passed out in her car while stopped at a stop sign.

Morasca shot to fame and fortune in 2003, when she won $1 million on “Survivor: The Amazon.”

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On Jan. 25, police received a 911 call from a driver who witnessed someone passed out in a vehicle at a stop sign in Washington, Pennsylvania. 

According to a South Strabane Township police report, Morasca was unconscious and the vehicle was still running.The license plate on the back of the car said "the Amazon." Police caught a woman in the passenger's seat placing a Ziploc bag with syringes in her purse.

Paramedics arrived and administered Narcan. Medical personnel said Morasca was fighting and trying to bite them. She continued to be combative in the ambulance where she bit a police officer on her arm, according to the report.

In addition to winning the $1 million grand prize on “Survivor,” Morasca has also appeared on reality shows like Food Network’s “Dinner: Impossible,” “Celebrity Apprentice,” “Fear Factor” and VH1’s "”Paranormal Project.” Morasca was also a professional wrestler for Total Nonstop Action Wrestling and most recently was on “The Amazing Race.”

Morasca was taken to a Washington, Pennsylvania, hospital and was later flown by medical helicopter to a Pittsburgh hospital. She is expected to receive her charges by mail.

Nikolas Cruz's social media pages had 'disturbing' material; have been deleted from Facebook, Instagram

Social media sites Facebook and Instagram issued a statement Thursday saying they had deleted the profile of accused Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooter Nikolas Cruz.

The 19-year-old gunman, who was charged Thursday with 17 counts of premeditated murder, had posted photos and at least one video that law enforcement officials called “very, very disturbing.”

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Cruz is charged with planning the attack on the school in Parkland, Florida. According to authorities, around 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Cruz began shooting people outside of the school before putting on a gas mask, setting off smoke grenades, pulling a fire alarm and entering the school, firing an AR-15 rifle.

Cruz left the school after the shooting but was captured about an hour later. Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel talked with reporters late Wednesday about what Cruz had posted online.

“We already began to dissect his websites and the things on social media that he was on and some of the things ... are very, very disturbing," he said.

According to some media outlets who were sent images from Cruz’s Instagram page, the account had photos of a young man posing with guns and knives, his head covered with a balaclava – a knit mask that covers most of the head and face. Cruz’s face was covered in most of the photos. The captions on some photos indicated he was feuding with others. One post about buying a gun read: “I plan on getting this but I need more information on it so if someone could give advice on how much I’m spending and background cheeks [sic] please to god let me know.” Another post showed a target that had been shot up. The caption read, “Group


Still another post offered a photo of the definition of the Arabic phrase “Allahu Akbar” that included a Muslim slur. Allahu Akbar is Arabic for “God is great.”

Cruz also had a Facebook page that was taken down.

On Thursday, FBI officials said they had received a warning in September about a YouTube user named Nikolas Cruz who had commented on another person’s account

saying that he was “going to be a professional school shooter." 

FBI officials said they did not have enough information to track down Cruz, even though they had his correct name on the comment.

Severely burned victim sues Amazon after hoverboard fire destroys his home

Irvin R. Love was searching Amazon for the perfect Christmas gift for his girlfriend’s daughter when a hoverboard popped up at a bargain price.

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But the $264 hoverboard that was supposed to make Christmas 2015 special ended up torching Love’s Georgia home and leaving him so badly injured that doctors resorted to placing cadaver skin over his severe burns, according to a new lawsuit.

The hoverboard wasn’t even plugged in when it ignited, starting a fire so hot that it melted the gun safe inside Love’s home in Pooler, which is near Savannah.

His lawsuit claims Amazon knew that it was facilitating the shipment of poor-quality hoverboards from China that contained lithium-ion batteries that could be dangerous. Before Love’s house burned down, the lawsuit says, Amazon was aware of multiple instances of fires across the country caused by hoverboards sold through its website but did not warn customers who had purchased the boards.

Love suffered burns on his head, face, back and shoulders and has permanent scars, according to the lawsuit.

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Filed this month in federal court in the Northern District of Georgia, Love’s case raises all sorts of consumer protection questions related to the one-click approach to shopping that many Americans now rely on.

Darren Penn, one of the attorneys representing Love, said shoppers may not realize what’s happening when online shopping and global production come together.

It’s basically an epidemic,” Penn said. “These Chinese manufacturers are so good at making knock-offs. Once they see a hot product and they know it’s going to be really good and very positive and consumers are going to want to buy it, they will manufacture a bunch of knock-offs very quickly and just flood the market with them.”

Hoverboards were one of the top items on Christmas lists when Love decided to buy one, and little companies with all sorts of names were popping up to sell them. The lawsuit alleges that Amazon was routinely selling hoverboards whose batteries did not comply with safety standards.

The issue of cheaply-made knock-off products “is a real consumer protection issue that needs to be addressed,” Penn said. “This goes way beyond just hoverboards – it could be any product,” he said.

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Amazon declined to comment on the case when contacted by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Penn said it’s difficult to pursue a case against a Chinese company. He said that Amazon makes that even more difficult by refusing to disclose information about the companies selling products on its site.

David Dreyer, another attorney representing Love, said most U.S. consumers rely on the nation’s product safety requirements and the ability to file a lawsuit in U.S. courts to be confident about the safety of the products they buy. But online shopping may expose consumers to risks they may not think about when they are shopping on a widely used site such as Amazon.

“People in China have been making a lot of bad stuff for a long time, the only difference is that Amazon now brings it to our front door,” Dreyer said. “But for that, people would not have rooted around the internet trying to find a manufacturer in China to get a hoverboard.”

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Love’s lawsuit names a series of defendants involved in making and importing the hoverboard and its component parts – including the battery.

The suit accuses the companies of failing to warn consumers about the dangers of the product. It also says the companies failed to properly design, manufacture and test the hoverboards.

In recent years, fires have been associated with a variety of products that rely on lithium-ion batteries: hoverboards, laptops and even smart phones.

Love purchased the hoverboard in November 2015. Amazon pulled some hoverboards from its site in late December 2015, after safety concerns started to be raised.

In 2016, more than 500,000 hoverboards were recalled by 11 different companies, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. The commission’s website says it is aware of more than 250 hoverboard incidents related to fires or overheating since 2015.

The commission says a consumer seeking to buy a hoverboard should check to make sure it meets safety standards.

But the commission cautions that even compliance with standards doesn’t guarantee that a hoverboard won’t catch fire.

Last year, a 2-year-old girl and a 10-year-old girl died in a Pennsylvania house fire cause by hoverboard.

In 2016, a Nashville family sued Amazon, claiming a hoverboard burned their home down, and last year a California family sued Amazon, saying a hoverboard with a cheap battery caused a fire at their house that killed their two dogs.

The attorneys involved in Love’s case said consumers need to look beyond the Amazon name before buying a product.

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“My take away would be always make sure you read who the actual seller is and who the manufacturer is and verify this is actually what I am intending to buy,” Penn said.

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