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March 8, 2018

The FBI has admitted that it failed to properly investigate several warnings about Nikolas Cruz, the 19-year-old who has confessed to carrying out last month's mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida. The bureau made the concession following a meeting with Congress.

Cruz has been charged with killing 17 people at Parkland's Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Feb. 14. But multiple times before that day, Cruz had been flagged to the FBI for worrisome behavior on social media, reports the briefing document published by the House Judiciary Committee that summarizes Tuesday's meeting with the bureau. "FBI admits failures and will take corrective actions," reads the summary, published Wednesday.

The document highlights a laundry list of red flags that the FBI admits should have been more clearly communicated to state and local law enforcement, such as a comment on a YouTube video from user "nikolas cruz" that bragged "I am going to be a professional school shooter," and calls in to a tip hotline about Cruz's threatening behavior online. FBI agents investigated the claims but could not trace the comments back to Cruz, and "despite these connected dots," the agency didn't follow up on the matter. "Opportunities were missed," the FBI conceded. Read lawmakers' full briefing here. Summer Meza

May 31, 2016

Journalist Katie Couric admitted to deceptively editing an exchange with gun rights activists in Under the Gun, a documentary she produced and narrated about gun violence. "I take responsibility for a decision that misrepresented an exchange I had with members of the Virginia Citizens Defense League," she said in a statement Monday evening.

The edit made the activists appear stumped and ashamed by her question about felons and terrorists purchasing guns if there are no background checks, when in fact they responded quickly to the criticism and had candid answers. The discrepancy was exposed by The Washington Free Beacon last week. Jeva Lange

October 7, 2015

President Barack Obama has apologized to humanitarian aid organization Doctors Without Borders for a U.S. attack on a medical clinic in Kunduz, Afghanistan, White House press secretary Josh Earnest announced Wednesday. The bombing killed at least 22 people, including hospital staff and patients.

Obama also reportedly offered his condolences to Afghan President Ashraf Ghani for the lives lost in the incident.

Doctors Without Borders called for an independent investigation into the attack on Wednesday, charging that the attack is a war crime that violates the Geneva Conventions. Sally Gao

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