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Inside an Orlando gay bar, the night after the shooting

<b>Orlando, Florida (CNN) —</b> The drag queen stood before the crowd at a gay bar in Orlando on Sunday night -- less than 24 hours after 50 people were shot and killed at a similar bar only a few miles away -- without her dress, heels or wig.<p>"I don't really know what to say," Darcel Stevens, the …

Survivor of Orlando Nightclub Shooting Pens Emotional Letter to Shooter: 'We Are Stronger Than Your Hate'

The world is mourning with Orlando after the tragic massacre that took place at Pulse nightclub on Sunday. However, in the midst of it all, one …

Veteran Reportedly Helped Guide Dozens To Safety During Orlando Shooting

The former Marine said he wished he could've "saved more."<p>View More: U.S. News|Live News|More News Videos<p>A former Marine reportedly saved dozens of lives during the shooting rampage at a gay nightclub in Orlando on Sunday that left 49 people dead.<p>Imran Yousuf, a 24-year-old bouncer at Pulse, helped …

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Details emerge about Orlando gunman Omar Mateen

5:56AM<p>Australia reviewing visa of Islamic scholar<p>Australia is urgently reviewing the visa of a British Islamic scholar who toured Orlando earlier this year and had preached in 2013 that "death is the sentence" for homosexual acts.<p>Farrokh Sekaleshfar, a senior Shi'ite Muslim scholar, is currently …

Orlando club shooter's father: I don't believe my son was gay

<b>(CNN) —</b> The father of the Orlando nightclub gunman said Tuesday he doesn't believe his son was gay.<p>After reports emerged that his son went several times to the popular gay nightclub where 49 people were gunned down early Sunday, Seddique Mateen said he saw nothing that made him think Omar Mir …

Orlando gunman had been seen on gay dating apps, at Pulse nightclub before shooting

FORT PIERCE, Fla. — Kevin West said he was in the parking lot at the Pulse nightclub at 1 a.m. Sunday when he recognized Omar Mateen walking in.<p>The men had met more than a year ago when Mateen reached out to West on Jack’d, a dating app for men. They then lost touch until three months ago, when …

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‘The Daily Show,’ Stephen Colbert and more late-night shows cover Orlando tragedy with rage, disbelief

Whenever tragedy strikes, late-night talk show hosts must walk the line of addressing the horror — and then somehow segue into their job of hosting a comedy show. On Monday, even hosts who don’t usually share opinions on current events talked about the mass shooting in Orlando over the weekend, …

Comedy

Orlando Victim's Brother Thought His 'Dying' Text Was a Joke

Santos Rodriquez really thought his brother was joking — they do that a lot.<p>"Lmao," he texted back. "Lmao."<p>The first text from his brother Jeff, 37, had come in at 2:25 a.m. on Sunday.<p>"I beenx shot at club… dying I love you," the text read. "Dead bodies on top of me."<p>"Huh?" Santos Rodriquez texted …

FBI has Orlando shooter's phone; now what?

SAN FRANCISCO — As investigators look into the motivations and connections of Orlando gunman Omar Mateen, the case raises the specter of another legal battle between a tech giant and the U.S. government over access to a cellphone.<p>It was just three months ago that the 43-day legal fight between the …

Orlando Massacre: These Are the People Who Were Killed at Pulse Nightclub

They were a cross-section of Americans living it up at an Orlando club — professionals who plied their trades in the city's gleaming towers, 20-somethings who worked in nearby amusement parks. They were tourists passing through town and regulars greeting old friends.<p>Then, suddenly, gunfire ripped …

Orlando GoFundMe campaign sets record

A crowdfunding campaign to support the Orlando Pulse shooting victims and their families has pulled in more than$4 million.<p>The campaign is GoFundMe's largest ever, dwarfing the previous record of just over $2 million. The charity site was started in 2010.<p>Equality Florida, the largest LGBT rights …

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Orlando: Kindness trumps tragedy with blood donations, water, free housing

<b>(CNN) —</b> This is not the first time a horrendous act of violence has shaken us, and it won't be the last.<p>But every time we reel from such tragedies, the little acts of everyday people renew our faith in humanity.<p>We saw that once again in Orlando, just hours after the Pulse nightclub attack over the …

High-school grad, dancer, accountant among Orlando shooting victims

<b>(CNN) —</b> They range in age from 18 to 50. A barista, an accountant, a recent high school grad.<p>While different in so many ways, they have one thing in common: They lost their lives in the deadliest mass shooting in the United States.<p>Authorities have released the names of the 49 people who were killed …

The Latest: Gunman's ex-wife urges no rush to judgment

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on the Florida nightclub shooting (all times local):<p>11:30 p.m.<p>The ex-wife of the gunman who opened fire in a Florida …

'Who Gave Him the Right to Murder?' Killer's Hometown Grapples With Massacre

FORT PIERCE, Fla. — Residents of this tattered little working class city of strip malls, fast food and slow living describe it as a refuge from the "big city," a place where families can afford to raise children and where the buzz of Orlando’s theme parks and attractions are but a murmur.<p>"It’s …

Diary of a Massacre: How the Orlando Nightclub Shooting Unfolded

It was last call at Pulse, but the place was showing few signs of emptying.<p>Saturday was Latin night at the gay nightclub south of downtown Orlando. Some 300 revelers still remained inside the cavernous club into early Sunday morning, dancing shoulder-to-shoulder to loud, thumping music.<p>On the back …

Florida officials are wary of crowdsourcing sites claiming ties to Orlando shooting victims

ORLANDO — Lawyers with the Florida attorney general’s office are reviewing a proliferation of GoFundMe.com campaigns and other crowdsourcing sites that claim to be dedicated to raising money for victims and victims’ families in the Orlando shooting, saying there is some concern of possible fraud …

Orlando gunman said he carried out attack to get ‘Americans to stop bombing his country,’ witness says

ORLANDO — The gunman who opened fire inside a nightclub here said he carried out the attack because he wanted “Americans to stop bombing his country,” according to a witness who survived the rampage.<p>This account from Patience Carter, a 20-year-old who was inside the club during a three-hour hostage …

Investigators say Orlando shooter sought out Islamic State propaganda, may have staked out Disney sites

Omar Mateen increasingly sought out Islamic State videos and other radical Islamist propaganda in the months leading up to his shooting rampage at an Orlando, Fla., gay nightclub Sunday, investigators have found.<p>A counter-terrorism official said investigators had uncovered the material while …

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Witness: Orlando shooter laughed during rampage

<b>(CNN) —</b> Norman Casiano crawled into a bathroom and wedged himself into a stall, crammed with at least a dozen people. They were hiding, crying and saying prayers under their breath.<p>Gunfire replaced the blaring music. Glass shattered. People screamed. The acrid smell of gunpowder filled the …

Facebook struggles to stop crimes from being live streamed

Criminals are increasingly using mobile live-streaming platforms to document their offenses in real-time. Social networks are facing an uphill battle in stopping them.<p>A deadly stabbing in Magnanville, a town northwest of Paris, Monday is the latest example.<p>Facebook says it's working with French …

Orlando Shooter's Father Posted Bizarre Videos on Afghan Politics

Phelan M. Ebenhack—AP<p>Carlo Allegri—Reuters<p>Steve Nesius—Reuters<p>Christopher Morris—VII for TIME<p>David Goldman—AP<p>Christopher Morris—VII for …

Over $5.3 million raised for Orlando club shooting victims

(Reuters) - Corporate and individual donors have given more than $5.3 million to help victims of Sunday’s mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Florida by a gunman who killed 49 people and wounded 53, organizers of fundraising drives said on Tuesday.<p>Tony Backe lights a candle at a vigil for the …

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‘The guilt of being alive is heavy,’ survivor of nightclub shooting says

ORLANDO — Patience Carter feels pain from the gunshot wounds in her legs. And for that, she feels guilt so strong that she has been trying to process it through poetry.<p>“I can feel nothing like the other 49 who weren’t so lucky to feel this pain of mine,” Carter said Tuesday, surrounded by the …

Inside the hate-filled mind of a mass murderer

Whether the words come from politicians, pundits or the general public, they've all been been heard before -- in Oklahoma City and Charleston, S.C., in Sandy Hook, Conn., and San Bernardino, Calif. And now in Orlando:<p>"Hatred," "bigotry," a "twisted ideology," a "poisoned psychology."<p>But in the grim …

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