People wait for loved ones outside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Photo: Joe Raedle / Getty Images

"The suspect in a deadly rampage at a Florida high school is a troubled teenager who posted disturbing material on social media before the shooting spree," AP reports.

His background: Nikolas Cruz, 19, had been expelled from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School for "disciplinary reasons."

  • "Cruz's mother Lynda Cruz died of pneumonia on Nov. 1 ... Cruz and her husband, who died of a heart attack several years ago, adopted Nikolas and his biological brother, Zachary."
  • "The boys were left in the care of a family friend after their mother died."
  • "Unhappy there, Nikolas Cruz asked to move in with a friend's family in northwest Broward. The family agreed and Cruz moved in around Thanksgiving."
  • "According to the family's lawyer, ... they knew that Cruz owned the AR-15 but made him keep it locked up in a cabinet. He did have the key."
  • "[T]he shooter was getting treatment at a mental health clinic for a while, but that he hadn't been back to the clinic for more than a year."
  • "Daniel Huerfano, a student who fled [the] attack, said he recognized Cruz from an Instagram photo in which Cruz posed with a gun in front of his face."
  • Huerfano recalled Cruz ("that weird kid ... a loner") as a shy student and remembered seeing him walking around with his lunch bag.

A key quote: Broward County Mayor Beam Furr to CNN:

"We try to keep our eyes out on those kids who aren't connected ... Most teachers try to steer them toward some kind of connections. ... In this case, we didn't find a way to connect with this kid."

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In photos: Deadly wildfires devastate California's wine country

The Shady Fire ravages a home as it approaches Santa Rosa in Napa County, California, on Sept. 28. The blaze is part of the massive Glass Fire Complex, which has razed 46,600 acres at 2% containment. Photo: Samuel Corum/Agence France-Presse/AFP via Getty Images

Some 18,700 firefighters are battling 27 major blazes across California, including in the heart of the wine country, where one mega-blaze claimed the lives of three people and forced thousands of others to evacuate this week.

The big picture: 8,155 wildfires have burned across a record 3.86 million acres, killing 26 people and razing almost 7,900 structures in California in per Cal Fire. Just like the deadly fires of 2017, the wine country has become a wildfires epicenter. Gov. Gavin Newsom has declared a state of emergency in Napa, Sonoma, and Shasta counties.

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The first Trump v. Biden presidential debate was a hot mess

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This debate was like the country: Everybody’s talking. Nobody’s listening. Nothing is learned. It’s a mess.

  • We were told President Trump would be savage. Turned out, that was a gross understatement. Even the moderator, Fox News' Chris Wallace, got bulldozed.

Why it matters: Honestly, who the hell knows?

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