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People being brought out of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida after a shooting at the school that killed 17. Photo: Joe Raedle / Getty Images

Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel said on Thursday that Nikolas Cruz, the suspect in a school shooting in Florida that killed 17 people, stopped at fast food restaurants after he carried out the massacre. Before he left the scene, Israel said the 19-year-old tried to mix in with a group of students who were "running away, fearing for their lives."

The timeline, per Israel:

  • 2:19 p.m: Cruz arrives in an Uber. He enters a stairwell at the school and pulls an AR-15 rifle out of a case.
  • 2:21 p.m: He begins spraying bullets in the school.
  • Cruz flees the scene, and tries to “mix in with the group that was running away."
  • He stops at a Walmart, buys a drink at Subway and then stops at a McDonald's at 3:01 p.m.
  • At 3:41 p.m, a police officer at the Coconut Creek Police Department confronts him. He is arrested and taken into custody "without an incident"

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CDC lets child migrant shelters fill to 100% despite COVID concern

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The Centers for Disease Control is allowing shelters handling child migrants who cross the U.S.-Mexico border to expand to full capacity, abandoning a requirement that they stay near 50% to inhibit the spread of the coronavirus, Axios has learned.

Why it matters: The fact that the country's premier health advisory agency is permitting a change in COVID-19 protocols indicates the scale of the immigration crisis. A draft memo obtained by Axios conceded "facilities should plan for and expect to have COVID-19 cases."

8 Senate Democrats vote against adding $15 minimum wage to COVID relief

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Eight Democratic senators on Friday voted against Sen. Bernie Sanders' amendment to ignore a ruling by the Senate parliamentarian and add a $15 minimum wage provision to the $1.9 trillion COVID relief package.

The state of play: The vote was held open for hours on Friday afternoon — even after every senator had voted — due to a standoff in negotiations over the next amendments that the Senate will take up.

CDC: Easing mask mandates led to higher COVID cases and deaths

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Easing mask restrictions and on-site dining have increased COVID-19 cases and deaths, according to a study out Friday from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Why it matters: The report's findings converge with actions from governors this week easing mask mandates and announcing plans to reopen nonessential businesses like restaurants.