Apr 17, 2019

Denver schools close due to Columbine-related threat

Denver-area public schools announced they would close on Wednesday after a Florida woman known to be infatuated with the 1999 mass shooting at Columbine High School flew to Colorado and purchased a gun, the AP reports.

The big picture: The FBI considers 18-year-old Sol Pais a credible threat after she "made threats to commit an act of violence in the Denver metropolitan area." The decision to close all Denver-area schools comes just days before the 20th anniversary of the Columbine shooting.

Details: The threat posed by Pais is "credible and general," according to a spokeswoman for the Colorado Department of Public Safety.

  • About 20 schools, including Columbine, were placed on lockdown for three hours on Tuesday before the decision to close Wednesday.
  • The Jefferson County Sheriff's Department said Tuesday that Pais was last seen in the foothills of Jefferson County outside Denver wearing a black T-shirt, camouflage pants and black boots. It noted that she is "considered armed and dangerous."

Go deeper: 2018 was a record year for school gun violence

  • See the full list of school closings here, via CBS Denver.

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Trump administration asks Congress for $2.5 billion to fight coronavirus

President Trump with Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar at the White House in September. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

The Trump administration sent a letter to Congress Monday requesting a funding commitment of at least $2.5 billion to help combat the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Details: The request for a lump sum account for the Department of Health and Human Services includes $1.25 billion in new funds to fight COVID-19 and $535 would come from untouched funds for the Ebola virus.

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WHO won't call coronavirus a pandemic as cases spread

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's Health Ministry. Note: China numbers are for the mainland only and U.S. numbers include repatriated citizens.

The World Health Organization will not yet call the coronavirus a pandemic, claiming that needs across affected countries are too varied and the classification would increase fear, per a briefing Monday.

The big picture: As South Korea and Italy stepped up emergency measures in efforts to thwart the spread of the virus, WHO expressed concern about infections with no clear link to China. COVID-19 has killed at least 2,620 people and infected almost 80,000 others, with all but 27 deaths occurring in mainland China.

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The global scramble to contain the coronavirus

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The coronavirus is spreading quickly in cities nowhere near Wuhan, China, and the window to prevent a global pandemic is narrowing.

Zoom in: Here's a look at what comes with a coronavirus outbreak in communities outside China that have been hardest hit so far.

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