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Orlando gunman apparently searched Facebook during attack

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While his victims texted heartbreaking last words to loved ones from the blood-drenched bathrooms, Omar Mateen apparently went on Facebook to measure the shockwaves his attack on a gay nightclub was generating. He searched for the terms “Pulse Orlando” and “Shooting,” according to a letter released by a Senate committee. The letter detailing Mateen’s Facebook posts and searches in the final hours of his life came to light as grief-stricken Orlando prepared to bury the first of the 49 dead…

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Disney opens ‘distinctly Chinese’ Shanghai park

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Walt Disney Co. opened its Shanghai theme park Thursday, its first in mainland China, with speeches by Communist Party leaders, a Chinese children’s choir, Sleeping Beauty and other Disney characters. A Chinese vice premier joined Disney CEO Bob Iger in cutting a red ribbon as the park opened, signaling the ruling party’s endorsement of the $5.5 billion investment in promoting tourism and other service industries at a time of slowing economic growth. They read out letters of congratulations from the…

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Sheriff: Charges unlikely after 2-year-old killed by gator

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A sheriff said charges are unlikely against a Nebraska couple after an alligator killed their 2-year-old son by snatching him out of shallow water at a Walt Disney World beach, but the entertainment giant is reviewing whether to add gator warning signs. Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings told The Associated Press after a news conference Wednesday there was no indication Will and Melissa Graves of suburban Omaha, Nebraska, committed any crime that contributed to the reptile grabbing their son, Lane…

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Sheriff: Body of boy killed by gator recovered

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The Latest on search for boy dragged away by alligator (all times local): 4:30 p.m. Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings says searchers have recovered the body of a 2-year-old Nebraska boy snatched by an alligator at Walt Disney World. The boy was attacked Tuesday night as he waded in shallow water at the edge of the Seven Seas Lagoon at Disney’s Grand Floridian resort. Demings identified the boy as Lane Graves of Elkhorn, Nebraska. The search team grew to 50…

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Mickey Mouse-shaped solar facility unveiled at Disney World

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It’s only fitting that solar panels that will help with the power needs of Walt Disney World are shaped like the famous ears of the mouse that started the whole Disney enterprise. Officials with Disney World, Duke Energy and Disney’s private government on Tuesday flipped on the switch to a Mickey Mouse-shaped solar facility located on 22 acres near the Epcot theme park. The facility is made up of 48,000 solar panels and is operated by Duke Energy. Duke Energy…

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At Disney, running a race is all about the costume

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At Walt Disney World, you might find Darth Vader, Tinker Bell or a classic Disney princess running alongside half-marathon participants. These events are no ordinary races, and the trips that participants take are no ordinary Disney visits. Few care about race times, particularly with opportunities to pose with costumed characters such as Donald Duck and Boba Fett. Racing is mostly about getting to the photo ops before lines get too long. Disney has races to honor classic Disney and Pixar…

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AAA gives 5-diamond designation to 3 Florida restaurants

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AAA is giving its coveted five-diamond designation to three Florida restaurants. The travel service group awarded the five-diamond designation on Friday to Palme d’Or at the Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables; Salt at the Ritz-Carlton in Amelia Island; and Victoria & Albert’s at Walt Disney World. AAA inspectors who went to the restaurants unannounced wrote evaluations, and the final decision was made by a panel of experts. The experts evaluated food quality, customer service and the restaurant’s physical environment. Nationwide,…

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