5 things for February 16: Florida massacre, immigration, Rick Gates, S. Africa, flu

Updated 7:57 AM EST, Fri February 16, 2018
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Sitting in. Voting through. Running out. It’s Thursday, and here are the 5 things you need to know to Get Up to Speed and Out the Door.

1. Harvey

As the gunshots rang out on that awful afternoon, heroes stepped up at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Like the football coach who died after he threw himself in front of students to shield them from the hail of bullets. Or the teacher killed as he tried to get students back into his classroom. Or the ROTC students who used Kevlar sheets to help protect their classmates. It’s those stories that people most want to talk about as the entire nation tries to come to grips with this latest school shooting, which left 17 people dead. (You can read more about the victims here.)

We’ve also learned a bit more about the frantic police search for the person police say is behind all this carnage – and how some students texted messages of love and fear as a shooter stalked their campus. Nikolas Cruz, a former student at the school, confessed to being the gunman, according to a probable cause affidavit. He was charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder. He’d put a lot of menacing posts on social media – including one he may have signed with his own name – so we’re all now wondering why signs that he might be capable of such violence were missed.

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Officer describes moment he arrested shooter

President Trump addressed the nation, stressing the need to address mental health issues in America and urging children to seek help if they feel lost or alone. But lots of people – including children and desperate, grieving parents and even late-night stars – want Washington to do something – anything – about guns (a word Trump didn’t mention in his speech).

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Victim's mom begs Trump: Do something!

2. President Trump

Looks like it’s back to the drawing board for an immigration deal. Two plans went down in the Senate. One was a much-ballyhooed bipartisan plan that would have offered a pathway to citizenship for 2 million undocumented immigrants who came to the US as children, plus provided $25 billion for border security. It failed to get the 60 votes it needed after the White House trashed it (much to the chagrin of several senators). But then, the White House couldn’t push through its own preferred plan, which would have substantially increased federal deportation powers. So, what’s next? No one seems to know, but the deadline to do something to help Dreamers is less than three weeks away.

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Dreamer twins may be deployed or deported

Special counsel Robert Mueller’s interest in Jared Kushner has expanded beyond his contacts with Russia and now includes Kushner’s efforts to secure financing for his company from foreign investors during the presidential transition, according to people familiar with the inquiry.

3. African politics

Meanwhile, Morgan Tsvangirai, the longtime political foe of ex-Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe, has died. Tsvangirai led the country’s opposition party and once served as Prime Minister. He repeatedly ran against Mugabe in elections. And all of that came at a cost: He was arrested many times, accused of treason and plotting to assassinate the President, among other charges, but was never convicted. Tsvangirai was 65.

He’s had what criminal lawyers call a “Queen for a Day” interview, in which a defendant answers any questions from the prosecutors’ team, including about his own case and other potential criminal activity he witnessed. Gates’ cooperation could be another building block for Mueller in a possible case against President Donald Trump or key members of his team.

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Sources: Rick Gates close to plea deal

Benjamin Netanyahu’s troubles just got a lot worse. Police arrested several members of the Prime Minister’s inner circle in a growing graft probe, including Netanyahu’s ex-family spokesman. And this comes after police said they had enough evidence on Netanyahu to indict him on corruption charges. Netanyahu denies any wrongdoing and calls the whole thing a “witch hunt.”

4. North Korea

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Ramaphosa elected as South Africa's President

Oxfam staffers in Haiti physically threatened a witness during an internal investigation into its growing sex scandal. This shocking revelation comes in the UK charity’s report on accusations that Oxfam staff members hired prostitutes while working in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake. Oxfam – which has seen its reputation damaged and lost millions in government funding – apologized to the Haitian government after the report was released.

5. Salmonella outbreak

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4 ways the flu turns deadly

Can the flu shot prevent a heart attack? Yes it can, doctors say. Research shows a link between heart attacks and the flu, especially for those with heart problems. Doctors don’t know exactly why the flu might lead to heart attacks in some folks, but they suspect it’s got something to do with inflammation and the stress the virus puts on the body. Now if they could just get the flu shot to actually stop us from getting the flu.

WINTER OLYMPICS

MEDAL MISS: Mikaela Shiffrin missed out on adding to her medal haul when she finished fourth in the slalom.

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Mikaela Shiffrin: I'm chasing the world

SUPER SKATER: South Korea’s Yun Sung-bin clinched his nation’s second gold medal of these Games with his triumph in men’s skeleton.

FIGURE SKATING: American figure skater Nathan Chen had a disappointing outing in the men’s short program, while defending Olympic champion Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan wowed the crowd with his performance.

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Nathan Chen describes the feeling of landing a quad

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