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Authorities in Southern California seized a stockpile of high-powered firearms, ammunition and tactical gear from the property of Rodolfo Montoya, who authorities say had been planning a mass shooting because of a dispute involving his work's human resources department. Long Beach Police Department hide caption

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that most new heroin addicts first became hooked on prescription painkillers, such as oxycodone, before graduating to heroin, which is cheaper. John Moore/Getty Images hide caption

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Tales Of Corporate Painkiller Pushing: 'The Death Rates Just Soared'

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Seventeen states and the District of Columbia have passed red flag laws. LA Johnson/NPR hide caption

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In Vermont, A Case Of One Man Whose Gun Was Seized Under Red Flag Law

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Miami-Dade police arrested Carlints St. Louis on Tuesday. Authorities say he committed a July shooting that wounded a 68-year-old man as he was walking to a Miami synagogue. Miami-Dade Police Department hide caption

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President Trump spoke during a meeting with Romanian President Klaus Iohannis in the Oval Office. He has softened his position on background checks since earlier this month. Alex Brandon/AP hide caption

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David Hogg, now a Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School graduate, has become one of the most prominent figures in the March for Our Lives gun violence prevention movement. Laura Roman/NPR hide caption

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Rep. Al Green speaks during a news conference in May as activists urge Congress to begin impeachment proceedings against President Trump. Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Buoyed By Fresh Support, Rep. Al Green Plans New Call To Impeach Trump

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Suzanne Devine Clark, an art teacher at Deerfield Beach Elementary School, places painted stones at a memorial outside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School during the one-year anniversary of the school shooting on Feb. 14, 2019, in Parkland, Fla. The state passed its red flag law in 2018 after the shootings at the high school. Wilfredo Lee/AP hide caption

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Florida Could Serve As Example For Lawmakers Considering Red Flag Laws

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Octavio Dotel, then a pitcher for the Kansas City Royals, seen during a 2007 game. Dominican Republic authorities arrested the former MLB player, saying both he and ex-infielder Luis Castillo were linked with an alleged drug trafficker. Charlie Riedel/AP hide caption

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Residents in Ventura, Calif., believed large hilltop water tanks would provide ample water during a wildfire. But the water stopped flowing for some residents trying to protect their homes during 2017's Thomas Fire. Courtesy of Rick Ray hide caption

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Unanswered Questions Leave Californians Worried About Fire Season

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In surveillance video, an unarmed black man Markeis McGlockton (far left) is shot by Michael Drejka, who is white, during an altercation a the parking lot in Clearwater, Fla., in July 2018. Pinellas County Sheriff's Office via AP hide caption

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Abortion protesters attempt to hand out literature as they stand in the driveway of a Planned Parenthood clinic in Indianapolis on Aug. 16. Michael Conroy/AP hide caption

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Planned Parenthood Withdraws From Title X Program Over Trump Abortion Rule

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California's new lethal force bill "changes the culture of policing," Assemblywoman Shirley Weber said Monday. She's seen here in April, alongside Assemblyman Kevin McCarty, the bill's co-author. Rich Pedroncelli/AP hide caption

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Calif. Gov. Newsom Expected To Sign Bill Limiting Police Use Of Deadly Force

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U.S. Attorney William McSwain criticized Philadelphia's district attorney for fostering what he called a "new culture of disrespect for law enforcement" after a gunman shot six officers during an hours-long standoff with authorities. Jacqueline Larma/AP hide caption

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A Court of Appeals ruled that "the odor of marijuana coupled with possession of what is clearly less than ten grams ... does not grant officers probable cause" to search and arrest a person. Gerald Herbert/AP hide caption

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A screenshot from video recently released by the Colorado Springs Police Department, which captured the moments before De'Von Bailey ran from police and was shot in the back on Aug. 3. He later died from his injuries. Photo by Colorado Springs Police Department. hide caption

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