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June 12, 2016: A gunman killed 50 people and injured 53 in a crowded gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, before being shot dead by police, authorities said, in what appeared the deadliest mass shooting in American history. REUTERS/Steve Nesius/File Photo FROM THE FILES PACKAGE - SEARCH

The stories of some of the Orlando shooting victims

Family and friends of the 49 people killed Sunday shared details about their loved ones, including two who had ties to Western Mass.

Heather Raleigh and Paige Metelka made a heart shape as they posed outside Pulse nightclub following the mass shooting in Orlando, Fla., on June 12.

‘They took too damn long’: witnesses describe police response to Orlando massacre

New details raise questions about how police and fire agencies responded to the deadliest mass shooting in recent history.

Attorney General Loretta Lynch, left, meets with U.S. Attorney Lee Bentley at the Orlando FBI office for a briefing on the Pulse nightclub mass shooting, Tuesday, June 21, 2016, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

Amid Orlando shooting investigation, attorney general visits Fla.

Attorney General Loretta Lynch will meet with prosecutors, first responders, and families of the victims.

FILE - This undated image provided by the Orlando Police Department shows Omar Mateen, the suspect in the Sunday, June 12, 2016 mass shooting at the Pulse gay nightclub in Orlando, Fla. (Orlando Police Department via AP)

Orlando gunman told 911 operator he ‘did the shootings’

The FBI released a more complete transcript on Monday after providing a partial transcript earlier in the day.

U.S. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) takes questions at a news conference in Washington, U.S. May 12, 2016. Ryan called on June 20, 2016, for the release of the full transcript of calls a gunman made as he killed dozens at a Florida nightclub as a political battle over gun violence brewed in the U.S. Congress REUTERS/Jim Bourg/Files

Speaker Paul Ryan blasts partial release of Orlando shooting transcripts

The House Speaker called on the Obama administration to release the full transcript without redactions.

Live: Officials discuss Orlando shooting

The FBI released partial transcripts from conversations with the gunman during last week’s shooting.

FILE — Some of the forty-nine crosses for victims of the shooting placed near the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Fla., June 17, 2016. The Justice Department will release partial transcripts of conversations between the police and the gunman from the night he carried out a deadly attack at the gay nightclub, Attorney General Loretta Lynch said on Sunday. (Hilary Swift/The New York Times)


Making sense of Orlando and Birstall

The two events have a superficial resemblance, but to equate them is to miss two crucial differences

Omar Mateen, in an undated photo.

The high bar for when a person becomes a terror threat

The Orlando shooting demonstrates the difficulty investigators face in determining and thwarting an attack.

An antigay protester was offered flowers at a vigil for victims Sunday in Lake Eola Park in Orlando.

Partial transcripts in Orlando shooting to be released

The calls should shed light on the motivation behind last week’s deadly attack on a nightclub.

A child draws on the sidewalk in chalk at a makeshift memorial that is across the street from Pulse night club following last week's shooting in Orlando, Florida, U.S., June 19, 2016. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

Government to release some 911 calls with Orlando shooter

Authorities will release redacted transcripts on Monday of the phone calls between Omar Mateen and police during the attack.

ORLANDO, FL - JUNE 15: A Puerto Rican flag is left at a makeshift memorial near Orlando Regional Medical Center, down the street from the crime scene at Pulse Nightclub, June 15, 2016 in Orlando, Florida. The shooting at Pulse Nightclub, which killed 49 people and injured 53, is the worst mass-shooting event in American history. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Orlando gunman raged against ‘filthy ways of the West’

Omar Mateen made Facebook posts before and during his attack, blaming the US for the deaths of “innocent women and children.”

Tony Backe knelt down to light a candle at a vigil for the victims of the shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando.


A nation captive to The Gun

Why keep up the pretense that we will take any real steps toward sanity? We can’t. We’re captive.

An aerial view shows the Pulse gay night club after a mass shooting in Orlando, Florida, U.S. June 12, 2016. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri/File Photo

Marine saves dozens from Orlando gunman

It was a simple act of heroism, but it might have been one of the most decisive ones that took place early Sunday morning.

Donald Trump spoke Monday at St. Anselm College.


Donald Trump exploits Orlando, while Scott Brown dodges

Trump responded to the worst shooting in American history in a way that was a perfect X-ray into his character.

The contrast between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump post-Orlando could not have been greater.


A tale of two speeches

The contrast between how the presidential candidates reacted to the Orlando shootings was stark.

This undated image shows Omar Mateen, who authorities say killed dozens of people inside the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Fla., on Sunday, June 12, 2016. The gunman opened fire inside the crowded gay nightclub before dying in a gunfight with SWAT officers, police said. (MySpace via AP)

The latest on the Orlando shooting: Homeland Security to issue new terror bulletin

The new terror alert system bulletin will be effective Thursday, the same day a bulletin issued in December expires.

Live: Officials discuss Orlando shooting

Orlando police and the FBI will address the investigation into Sunday’s mass shooting.

A woman visited a vigil site at the Orlando Regional Medical Center for the shooting victims.

Gunman called Orlando TV station during attack, station says

“I’m the shooter. It’s me,” a man told an overnight news producer at News 13 in the midst of the Pulse nightclub shooting.

ORLANDO, FL - JUNE 15: Law enforcement officials continue to investigate the Pulse gay nightclub where Omar Mateen killed 49 people on June 15, 2016 in Orlando, Florida. The mass shooting killed 49 people and injuring 53 others in what is the deadliest mass shooting in the country's history. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

How Calif. girl with Palestinian roots became Orlando shooter’s wife

Details are emerging about Noor Zahi Salman, the current wife of Omar Mateen.

Republican Kelly Ayotte (left), the incumbent, is facing Democrat Maggie Hassan, New Hampshire’s outgoing governor.


N.H. Senate race pivots to national security

The Orlando terror attack shifts the focus to the Democratic challenger’s record on foreign affairs.

In this photo made from video, Seddique Mir Mateen speaks to reporters about his son Omar Mateen, a 29-year-old American-born Muslim, the killer, who died in a gun battle early Sunday with a SWAT team, Monday, June 13, 2016, at his home in Port St. Lucie, Fla. The last of the bodies were removed from an Orlando gay nightclub overnight as investigators dug into the background of the gunman, who called 911 to profess allegiance to the Islamic State during the attack that left 49 victims dead. (AP Photo/APTN)

The latest on the Orlando shooting: Gunman’s father says son was not gay

The father of the gunman made his comments as investigators look into reports that Omar Mateen had been a regular at the club where he killed 49 people.

Angel Colon, who survived the Orlando shooting, spoke at a news conference Tuesday.

Former Mass. man describes harrowing scene inside Orlando club

‘‘I’m next, I’m dead,” Angel Colon recalled thinking.

In emotional speech, Lady Gaga tearfully pledges solidarity after Orlando

The pop singer gave an emotional speech before reading the names of Orlando victims at a Los Angeles vigil Monday night.

“Whenever anything like this happens . . . everyone reaches out to each other to say, ‘Hey, I’m thinking about you, hope you’re doing OK,’ ” says Rebekah Gregory (right), who lost a leg in the Boston Marathon bombings.

Massacre revives memories, pain for Marathon bombings survivors

Those who endured the 2013 attack in Boston are pledging to help victims of the Orlando shootings.

A fist is raised near an American flag at a vigil in Los Angeles for the mass shooting in Orlando.


After Orlando shooting, it’s time to stop being sick with fear

We are restless, so restless, but we are not scared.

People pay respect at a memorial during a vigil honoring the victims of a mass shooting at Orlando's nightclub Pulse, as they gather at the Dr. P. Phillips Center for the Arts in Orlando, Fla., Monday, June 13, 2016. (Craig Rubadoux/Florida Today via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

FBI looking at whether Orlando gunman had a secret gay life

Authorities are looking into reports of Omar Mateen frequenting the gay club he attacked and reaching out to men on gay dating apps.

Congressman Seth Moulton was interviewed by Globe reporter Josh Miller at Suffolk University in March.

Moulton’s assault rifle tweet lands on New York Daily News cover

“I know assault rifles. I carried one in Iraq,” said Congressman Seth Moulton, a former active-duty Marine.

Anderson Cooper grills Florida’s AG over support for LGBT people

‘‘Do you really think you’re a champion of the gay community?’’ the CNN reporter asked in a heated interview with Republican Pam Bondi.

FILE - In this Jan. 14, 2013 file photo, Jimmy Greene, left, kisses his wife Nelba Marquez-Greene as he holds a portrait of their daughter, Sandy Hook School shooting victim Ana Marquez-Greene, at a news conference in Newtown, Conn. For saxophonist Jimmy Greene, whose daughter died in the 2012 Sandy Hook shooting, earning Grammy nominations for his album inspired by late daughter is

Mother of Sandy Hook victim posts open letter to Orlando

A mother who lost her 6-year-old daughter in 2012 expressed her grief over Sunday’s shooting.

US Representative Seth Moulton, takes concern over a question about the opiate epidemic, during his

Moulton, Clark protest congressional moment of silence for Orlando shooting

Seth Moulton and Katherine Clark were among the Democrats who protested what they say is congressional inaction.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at Saint Anselm College Monday, June 13, 2016, in Manchester, N.H. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

ground game

Is Donald Trump a gay-friendly GOP candidate?

In his N.H. speech after the Orlando shooting, Trump kept coming back to the theme that he’s the better choice for the LGBT community.

President Barack Obama addresses the mass shooting in Orlando, from the White House in Washington, June 12, 2016. Obama condemned the worst mass shooting in the nation's history and vowed to respond forcefully to the devastating act of terror at the gay nightclub. (Stephen Crowley/The New York Times)

After Orlando shooting, Obama offers no simple fixes

In the days after the deadliest shooting in modern US history, President Obama has offered no simple fixes or promises for new action.

Luis Burbano, who survived the Pulse Orlando nightclub massacre, is dealing with a crippling guilt about having made it out alive.

Orlando shooting survivor can’t forgive himself for getting out alive

“Someone told me I got a second chance at life, and . . . I regret it,” said Luis Burbano.

“[R]ight now the White House is using more Kleenex than it is good napkins,” said Trevor Noah, host of “The Daily Show,” on Monday’s episode.

Late-night shows ditch the jokes in wake of Orlando shooting

Returning to work on Monday, the hosts faced a challenge none of them looks forward to.

A vigil for the Orlando shooting victims was held Monday in Ponce, Puerto Rico. At least five people with ties to the city died in the massacre.

In one Puerto Rico city, Orlando shooting really hits home

At least five of the people killed had ties to Ponce, and the island was bracing for more bad news.

A regular patron at Pulse said 29-year-old Omar Mateen would sit and drink by himself, getting loud and belligerent.

Orlando gunman had frequented gay bar, gay dating apps

“He was open with his picture on the sites, he was easy to recognize,” one dating app user said of Omar Mateen.

Donald Trump (left) spoke in Manchester, N.H., on Monday. Hillary Clinton spoke in Cleveland.

Trump, Clinton offer contrasting responses to Orlando shooting

A day after the worst mass shooting in US history, the presidential candidates presented Americans with a stark choice.

A gay Syrian, living in southern Turkey, shows a photo from his laptop, in 2015, of Islamic State group militants allegedly throwing a man off a roof for homosexuality.


Orlando shooting shows how ISIS calls the shots

ISIS has moved away from directing terror to producing it.

An armed police officer stood guard Sunday outside the Stonewall Inn in New York.


How much police protection is too much?

People need to go about their lives without fear, and without clearing endless barriers.

Jermaine Towns (left) and Brandon Shuford waited down the street from the scene of the terrorist attack.


Prayers aren’t enough. The US needs fewer guns.

The common thread in too many mass shootings is the availability of powerful semiautomatic weapons that serve no purpose but to kill.

An evening candlelight vigil in the Castro district of San Francisco to honor victims of the shooting and massacre at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, June 12, 2016. (Jim Wilson/The New York Times)

Vigils held throughout country

Tens of thousands of people took part in rallies and vigils across the country in solidarity against intolerance and hate.

Authorities combed the area near the shooting scene Monday. Police ordered their assault early Sunday out of fears that more killings were imminent.

No sign that Orlando gunman was assisted by a terror group

“So far, we see no indication that this was part of a plot directed from outside the United States,” the FBI’s director said.

Cardinal O’Malley’s statement on Orlando shootings

Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley joined the national outcry for stricter gun control laws.

Couples embraced during a moment of silence for the Orlando shooting victims Sunday afternoon at a Boston Pride party.

After Orlando shooting, gun control advocates plan to continue state-by-state battle

Few believe the mass shooting in Orlando, the deadliest in US history, will have any great impact on federal gun laws.

Law enforcement officials remained at Pulse Orlando nightclub Monday morning.

Five Orlando victims remain in grave condition

Amid national and international mourning, investigators looked into why Omar Mateen carried out the attack.

FBI agents investigated near the damaged rear wall of the Pulse Nightclub Sunday.


After Orlando, will we say ‘enough’?

When we prioritize the proliferation of weapons over the safety of our communities, we signal our peace with the status quo.

People took part in a vigil at City Hall Plaza in Boston on Monday night.

Boston shows love for Orlando shooting victims in vigil

Waving rainbow flags and holding signs, a crowd of about 1,000 people gathered at City Hall Plaza.

After Orlando shooting, Hillary Clinton pushes for unity

The presumptive Democratic nominee vowed to make stopping “lone wolf” attacks a top priority if elected president.

Two women place flowers for the victims of the fatal shootings at Pulse Orlando nightclub at a makeshift memorial Monday, June 13, 2016, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

The latest in Orlando shooting: Gunman’s father calls massacre the ‘act of a terrorist’

Seddique Mir Mateen wouldn’t go into details about any religious or political views his son held, saying he didn’t know.

Live: Hillary Clinton to hold Cleveland rally

The presumptive Democratic presidential nominee is expected to address the Orlando shooting.