Guns

(We're adding to the top of this post as news comes in, and also posting updates here.)

The U.S. and Russia have been taking lots of jabs at each other.

Russian President Vladimir Putin criticized President Obama's plan for a military strike in Syria, and the Russian leader then denounced American "exceptionalism" in a biting op-ed in The New York Times.

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., fired back Thursday with his own op-ed in the Russian paper Pravda, entitled, "Russia Deserves Better Than Putin."

A study on guns, violence and mental health, long scheduled to be published this week, finds that gun ownership is a bigger factor than mental illness when it comes to firearms deaths. But the data suggest that both play roles.

Our coverage continues of Monday's shootings at the Washington Navy Yard. Twelve victims and the man who authorities say gunned them down are dead.

Some of the latest developments:

-- Investigators now do not think there was a second shooter, D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier said late Monday evening. Throughout Monday, authorities had run down witness reports and other evidence indicating there might have been additional gunmen.

Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel

LAKE MARY, Fla. (AP) — George Zimmerman's attorney says his client never threatened his estranged wife and her father with a gun even though Shellie Zimmerman reported that in a 911 call.

Joe Burbank / Orlando Sentinel

LAKE MARY, Fla. (AP) — The police chief of the Orlando suburb where officers are investigating a fight between George Zimmerman and his estranged wife says Shellie Zimmerman doesn't want to press charges.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is announcing two new steps on gun control, taking executive action on an issue that died in the Senate four months ago.

In California, officials are ramping up a unique program that identifies and seizes guns from people who are prohibited from keeping them. Under state law, a legally registered gun owner loses the right to own a firearm when he or she is convicted of a crime or becomes mentally ill.

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Cyd Hoskinson

In the early morning hours of Saturday, August 10th, 30 rounds were fired into a Missouri Avenue mobile home, killing 13-year-old Jazmine Shelton and fatally wounding 14-year-old Megan Simmons. Simmons was taken off life support Wednesday night.

Two important health bills are headed to Gov. Rick Scott’s desk: one that provides state money to keep the prescription drug database going, and another that requires insurers to cover oral chemotherapy drugs, not just cancer drugs that are administered by IV. 

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