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Fresh details spur debate on police response to Orlando massacre

FBI officials walk through Pulse gay night club parking lot in OrlandoThe release of police dispatch records offering new details from witnesses of the Orlando nightclub massacre provided fresh grist on Wednesday for the debate about whether law enforcement waited too long to take out the gunman. Orlando, Florida, authorities on Tuesday released new details including 911 operator notes and text and email messages received by the police chief whose officers fatally shot the gunman, Omar Mateen, after he killed 49 people and wounded 53 more. Retired police sergeant Grant Whitus, who led the SWAT team during the Columbine High School shooting in Colorado in 1999, believes Florida officers should have pursued Mateen immediately inside the Pulse nightclub to "end it right there" before he could take hostages.



July Fourth travelers brace for tougher U.S. security after Turkey attack

Members of the U.S. Army monitor the departures area at John F. Kennedy international Airport in the Queens borough of New York, U.S.Millions of U.S. travelers flying during the busy Fourth of July holiday weekend will face heightened security and increased delays due to the deadly attacks at Istanbul's main airport, officials and air security experts said on Wednesday. Airport officials were hesitant to reveal specific safety measures taken following Tuesday's attacks by suspected Islamic State militants, which killed 41 people and wounded 239 at Europe's third-busiest airport, but increased vigilance appeared to have resulted in at least one airport disruption. A terminal at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York was briefly evacuated on Wednesday morning while police investigated a report of a suspicious package.



Senate backs Puerto Rico debt bill, sends to Obama

A worker takes off the U.S and Puerto Rican flag in San JuanThe U.S. Senate on Wednesday gave solid approval to a relief plan to help Puerto Rico address its $70 billion debt, sending the measure to President Barack Obama for his expected signing into law just ahead of a possible default by the U.S. territory on its next debt payment. The House of Representatives has already approved the bill. On Friday, Puerto Rico faces a potential default on a chunk of its debt if it cannot make $1.9 billion worth of debt payments.



10 Things to Know for Thursday

A young girl joins family members and friends during funeral prayers for Gulsen Bahadir, 28, a Turkish Airlines (THY) flight attendant killed Tuesday at the blasts at Ataturk airport, in Istanbul, Wednesday, June 29, 2016. Suicide attackers killed dozens and wounded more than 140 at Istanbul's busy Ataturk Airport late Tuesday, the latest in a series of bombings to strike Turkey in recent months. Turkish authorities have banned distribution of images relating to the Ataturk airport attack within Turkey.(AP Photo/Emrah Gurel) TURKEY OUTYour daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Thursday:



13-year-old boy shot, killed in Germantown

13-year-old boy shot, killed in GermantownPolice believe several teens were playing with a gun in the back of a home when the teen was shot in the face.



Alvin Toffler, author of 'Future Shock,' dead at 87

FILE - In this July 20, 1998 file photo, author Alvin Toffler, gestures during his talk on the Fourth Wave at the Astrobiology Roadmap Workshop in Mountain View, Calif. Toffler, a guru of the post-industrial age whose million-selling "Future Shock" and other books anticipated the disruptions and transformations brought about by the rise of digital technology, has died. He was 87. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)NEW YORK (AP) ? Alvin Toffler, a guru of the post-industrial age whose million-selling "Future Shock" and other books anticipated the disruptions and transformations brought about by the rise of digital technology, has died. He was 87.



LA votes to put $1.2 billion homeless measure on ballot

FILE - In this Jan. 26, 2016, file photo, tents from a homeless encampment line a street in downtown Los Angeles. The Los Angeles City Council will ask voters to pass a $1.2 billion bond measure to fight homelessness. The council voted Wednesday, June 29, 2016, to place a measure on the November ballot to raise a decade's worth of funding to provide housing and services for the homeless and those in danger of becoming homeless. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) ? The Los Angeles City Council voted Wednesday to place a $1.2 billion bond measure before voters to raise money to fight homelessness.



Wind and heat are driving wildfires in the West

Fire burns between I-17 and Cordes Lakes on the Bug Creek Fire near Cordes Lakes, Ariz., Tuesday, June 28, 2016. (Les Stukenberg/The Daily Courier via AP) MANDATORY CREDITFast-moving wildfires fanned by strong, erratic winds and high temperatures are burning in California and Arizona. Here's a look at fires across the West:



Officials: 3 people dead after police chase in Mississippi

OVETT, Miss. (AP) ? Three people died early Wednesday after a police chase in Mississippi that started when an SUV crossed the road's center line and forced a deputy's car onto the shoulder, officials said.


3 people are dead following a police chase in Jones County

OVETT, Miss. (AP) ? Authorities say three people are dead after a police chase in Jones County.


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