(AP) - Thousands of students in Florida and many others at dozens of high schools across the country have walked out of class to protest gun violence and to honor the victims of last week's massacre in Florida. Some of Wednesday's protests lasted 17 minutes in honor of the 17 people killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland. Impromptu planning for demonstrations stretching from Arizona to Maine was shared on social media.
PHOENIX (AP) - Police say a man suspected in the slaying of three other men was in critical condition late Wednesday afternoon after a confrontation with officers in Phoenix. It wasn't immediately clear whether he had been wounded by police gunfire or he had turned a weapon on himself. The suspect's connection to the three victims was not immediately known. Police initially had been called to the suspect's home in response to a domestic violence dispute reported by his wife.
PHOENIX (AP) - A Christian minister seeking the congressional seat of a disgraced Arizona congressman is labeling reports that that he traded suggestive texts with a female staffer who included a topless photo of herself in one of the exchanges as "tabloid trash." Former state Sen. Steve Montenegro attacked the news reports, but didn't deny receiving the texts. Montenegro is one of 12 Republicans running in a Feb. 27 primary to replace U.S. Rep. Trent Franks. He resigned in December.
CHINO VALLEY, Ariz. (AP) - Authorities say they have questioned a 16-year-old boy accused of threatening to shoot up his former high school in a small Arizona town. Chino Valley police say students told school officials about the potential threat Wednesday morning, leading authorities to place an officer at the school all day.
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