- Associated Press - Monday, March 13, 2017

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - The federal government is designating $8 million to help victims and first responders to the Pulse nightclub shooting.

The U.S. Justice Department said Monday that it was giving the money to the State of Florida to pay for grief counseling and reimburse the costs of running an assistance center after the massacre.

Gunman Omar Mateen pledged allegiance to the Islamic State during the attack at the gay nightclub in Orlando last June 12.

The deadliest mass shooting in recent U.S. history left 49 people dead and dozens more wounded.

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