Fam­i­lies of pack­age bomb vic­tims knew each other `View' host apol­o­gizes for Chris­tian­ity com­ment Florida seeks death penalty in school shoot­ing

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AUSTIN, Texas — Fam­i­lies of two peo­ple killed by pack­age bombs left on their doorsteps in Austin knew each other and were con­nected through lo­cal ac­tivism in the black com­mu­nity, a civic leader said Tues­day. But it was not clear how they might be tied to a third house­hold where a pack­age bomb also ex­ploded.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors have said the three blasts that killed two peo­ple and wounded two oth­ers could have been hate crimes since all the vic­tims were black or His­panic. But they also said they have not ruled out any pos­si­ble mo­tive.

Draylen Ma­son, 17, was killed and his mother wounded when a pack­age bomb was opened Mon­day in their kitchen. The teen's grand­fa­ther is Nor­man Ma­son, a prom­i­nent den­tist in east Austin. He was friends with Fred­die Dixon, step­fa­ther of 39-year-old An­thony House, who died in a sim­i­lar at­tack in an­other part of the city on March 2, said Nel­son Lin­der, pres­i­dent of the Austin chap­ter of the NAACP.

NEW YORK — Joy Be­har of “The View” apol­o­gized Tues­day for sug­gest­ing men­tal ill­ness was be­hind claims by peo­ple that Je­sus Christ talks to them, in re­marks made on her show last month about Vice Pres­i­dent Mike Pence.

Her com­ments launched a protest that made it all the way to a share­holder's meet­ing of ABC par­ent Walt Dis­ney Corp. Pence said on Mon­day that when Be­har called him per­son­ally to say she was sorry, he urged her to apol­o­gize pub­licly.

So she did at the top of Tues­day's show.

“I was raised to re­spect every­one's re­li­gious faith and I fell short of that,” the co­me­dian said. “I sin­cerely apol­o­gize for what I said.”

Be­har's orig­i­nal com­ments came on a Feb. 13 show dur­ing a dis­cus­sion that touched upon Pence's Chris­tian­ity. “It's one thing to talk to Je­sus,” Be­har said. “It's an­other thing when Je­sus talks to you. That's called men­tal ill­ness, if I'm not cor­rect — hear­ing voices.”

MI­AMI — Pros­e­cu­tors in­tend to seek the death penalty for the for­mer stu­dent charged with killing 17 peo­ple at Mar­jory Stone­man Dou­glas High School last month even though at­tor­neys for Niko­las Cruz in­di­cated he would plead guilty if his life was spared.

Cruz, 19, is sched­uled for for­mal ar­raign­ment Wed­nes­day on a 34-count in­dict­ment, in­clud­ing 17 first-de­gree mur­der charges. The of­fice of Broward County State At­tor­ney Michael Satz filed the for­mal no­tice of its in­ten­tions Tues­day, though the ac­tion does not nec­es­sar­ily mean a plea deal will not be reached.

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