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February 17, 2018 - 12:10 pm

PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) — Records obtained by a newspaper show that the teen accused of killing 17 people at a Florida high school cut his arms while posting on a social media site and said he wanted to buy a gun in September 2016, more than a year before the massacre. The Sun-Sentinel reports the incident posted by Nikolas Cruz on Snapchat prompted an investigation by sheriff's deputies and adult welfare investigators from the Department of Children & Family Services.

NEW YORK (AP) — A Vatican sex-crimes investigator is meeting in New York with one of the key victims in the Chilean abuse scandal that involves a bishop Pope Francis has vigorously defended. Today's meeting between Archbishop Charles Scicluna (shih-KLOO'-nah) and whistleblower Juan Carlos Cruz will take place at a Roman Catholic church in Manhattan. It comes on the same day Pope Francis revived his lapsed sex abuse advisory commission by naming new members, after coming under fire for his overall handling of the scandal.

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's former ambassador to the United States is dismissing the charges detailing alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election as "fantasies" rooted in domestic politics. Sergei Kislyak said at the Munich Security Conference: "I'm not sure that I can trust American law enforcement to be the most precise and truthful source of information about what Russians do." Kislyak's name has come up in the U.S. investigations of possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.

UNDATED (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appears to be in trouble after police recommended bribery and other charges against him. Yet he's not required to step down until a conviction, the prosecution could drag on for months, and the determined leader is digging in his heels.

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — Japanese figure skater Yuzuru Hanyu won gold on Day 8 of the Pyeongchang Games to become the first man to repeat as Olympic champion since Dick Button. American Nathan Chen didn't make the podium but redeemed himself after a disastrous short program with a historic free skate, placing fifth.

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