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Florida teens set up Instagram account for child abuse pictures

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Three young teenagers created a social media account to solicit and post explicit photographs of other children, it has emerged.

Florida police said the Instagram account - with more than 500 followers - led detectives to charge the 12 and 15-year-old boys and the 13-year-old girl with electronic transmission of sexually-explicit child abuse.They said the trio were posting photos of naked Broward County children to the account and then encouraging their followers to do the same.

The postings included the victims' names and other personal information. Police, who began investigating the Instagram account in December, say followers harassed victims by posting insulting comments.

It was not immediately clear how the trio obtained the photos.

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Irish tourist killed by hit-and-run driver in Florida

An Irish tourist has been killed in a hit-and-run car accident in south Florida.

Broward Sheriff's officials said the victim was crossing the street before dawn yesterday after leaving a bar with friends and was hit by a BMW that did not stop.

A friend of driver Richard Jennings saw the damaged BMW and called authorities. Jennings was later found and police charged him with leaving the scene of an accident causing death.

Authorities have not identified the victim and are still notifying next of kin.

Two-year-old boy kills himself with father's gun

A toddler has died after finding his father's handgun in the family's car and shooting himself, officials in the US state of Florida confirmed.

Tarpon Springs in Florida. Credit: Google Maps

The boy opened the glove compartment, where his father kept the gun, before turning it to face his chest and squeezing the trigger, the Tampa Bay Times reported. He was taken to a hospital, but was pronounced dead.

"He probably barely got the trigger pulled," said Sheriff Bob Gualtieri. He described the gun as a lightweight weapon usually carried in a pocket or on a hip.

Mr Gualtieri called the incident a "tragic situation".

The sheriff said the parents will not face criminal charges - no-one could punish them more than they will punish themselves, he said.

"A great little kid was killed today," the child's grandfather a retired police detective also called Kevin Ahles said.

Three students injured in 'senseless' uni shooting

Florida State University has confirmed that three students were injured today when a gunman opened fire in a library on campus.

University President John Thrasher said they were trying to "make sense of a senseless incident".

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Florida gunman shot dead after firing at police

The scene outside Florida State University after the shooting. Credit: RTV

A man was shot dead by police after he wounded three people and then opened fire on officers at a US university.

Officers confronted the attacker outside Florida State University's Strozier Library, ordered him to drop his weapon, then shot him dead when he opened fire on them, Tallahassee police said.

'Area secured' after US university shooting

Florida State University tweeted that the area where a reported shooting incident took place earlier has been "secured".

'Two shot' at US university campus

Two people have been shot at the Florida State University campus in Tallahassee, a local hospital official said.

Campus police said the incident was ongoing but declined to provide more information, while the university urged people to seek shelter and remain indoors.

The Tallahassee Democrat newspaper reported that students said the shooting occurred at a library on campus.

"We have two victims from a shooting that happened on the Florida State University campus," said a nursing supervisor at the Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare hospital.

The supervisor declined to provide additional detail on the condition of the victims. It was not immediately if they were students.

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