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Alex Murdaugh looks at evidence from his wife Maggie Murdaugh's cellphone during his double murder trial at the Colleton County Courthouse in Walterboro, S.C., Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2023.  The 54-year-old attorney is standing trial on two counts of murder in the shootings of his wife and son at their Colleton County home and hunting lodge on June 7, 2021. (Joshua Boucher/The State via AP, Pool)

Agent insists Alex Murdaugh suggested he killed his son

- Associated Press

A state agent insisted Tuesday he heard a possible confession from Alex Murdaugh even after defense attorneys for the disgraced South Carolina lawyer slowed the audio down during Murdaugh's double murder trial.

Omaha, Neb., police officers gather outside a Target store in Omaha on Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2023. They were investigating reports of a shooting at the store Tuesday. Police spokesman Officer Chris Gordon said the store in west Omaha was locked down about noon Tuesday after reports of shots being fired. The department said on its Twitter site that authorities were clearing the store, and that the scene had been secured. (AP Photo/Josh Funk)

Omaha police fatally shoot armed man in Target store

- Associated Press

A man with an AR-15-style rifle opened fire inside a Target store in Omaha, sending panicked shoppers and employees scrambling for safety before he was fatally shot by police Tuesday afternoon, authorities said.

McKynzi Douglas, right, stands with her parents, John and Janay Douglas, outside their home on Thursday, Jan. 26, 2023, in St. Louis, Mo. McKynzi and other students of Central Visual and Performing Arts High School in St. Louis recently returned to school for the first time since fleeing from a shooting last October that killed two and wounded seven. (AP Photo/Jim Salter)

Mass shootings lead to widening divide on state gun policies

- Associated Press

Mass shootings have commanded public attention on a disturbingly frequent basis across the U.S. But rather than provoking a unified response from elected officials, each additional shooting seems to be widening the political divide on gun policy among states.

Attorney Jim Griffin speaks with Alex Murdaugh tears up after the jury was excused and the defense and prosecution teams discuss how to handle sensitive crime scene photos during his double murder trial at the Colleton County Courthouse in Walterboro, S.C, Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2023. (Joshua Boucher/The State via AP)

Alex Murdaugh's murder trial starts with cellphones, bullets

- Associated Press

After 19 months of speculation, prosecutors finally laid out their evidence Wednesday that Alex Murdaugh killed his wife and son as they opened the double murder trial for the disgraced South Carolina attorney.

Eric Sham visits a makeshift memorial on Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2023 for those killed in a mass shooting at the Star Ballroom Dance Studio in Monterey Park. (Sarah Reingewirtz/The Orange County Register via AP)

Sheriff: Gunman didn't know Monterey Park dance hall victims

- Associated Press

The 72-year-old gunman who sprayed bullets into a Southern California ballroom dance hall, killing 11 people, had no known connection with the victims and investigators were still trying to determine a motive for the massacre, the Los Angeles County sheriff said.

Brandon Tsay, 26, right, and his father, Tom Tsay, make a statement outside their home on Monday, Jan. 23, 2023, in San Marino, Calif. Brandon Tsay disarmed a gunman who killed multiple people late Saturday amid Lunar New Years celebrations in the predominantly Asian American community of Monterey Park. The gunman started at the Star Ballroom Dance Studio in Monterey Park and continued to Lai Lai Ballroom and Studio in Alhambra, where he was disarmed by Tsay. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

Cops took 5 hours to warn dance hall shooter was on the run

- Associated Press

Lost in the aftermath of the Monterey Park, California, ballroom dance hall shooting that left 11 people dead is an alarming fact: It took five hours for authorities to alert the public that the gunman was on the loose Saturday night.

Law enforcement officers enter the Starts Right Here building, Monday, Jan. 23, 2023, in Des Moines, Iowa. Police say two students were killed and a teacher was injured in a shooting at the Des Moines school on the edge of the city's downtown. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Police: 2 students killed, man hurt in Des Moines shooting

- Associated Press

Two teenage students were killed Monday and a man was seriously injured in what police said was a targeted shooting at an alternative educational program designed to keep at-risk youth away from trouble. The injured man was identified as the program's founder -- a rapper who left a life of gangs and violence and has been dedicated to helping youth in Des Moines.