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Judd Apatow, the director of "Trainwreck," said in a statement Friday that he was devastated by the shooting that left two dead and others injured while they were watching his movie in a Louisiana theater.

"One of the reasons we make these movies is because the world can be so horrifying and we all need to laugh just to deal with it," Apatow said in a statement Friday, according to CNN. "So to have this happen in a room where people were smiling and laughing devastates me."

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John Russel Houser, the gunman who killed two people in a Louisiana movie theater before taking his own life on Thursday, was the subject of complaints filed to police in Alabama, but was not arrested for the offenses.

Russell County, Ala., Sheriff Heath Taylor told reporters on Friday afternoon that in 2005, Houser's wife filed a domestic violence complaint against her husband. However, Houser was never arrested or prosecuted.

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Senate GOP leadership is moving toward a vote on a bill that would cease federal funding to Planned Parenthood due to concerns about the reproductive health provider raised by heavily-edited videos recently posted online by an anti-abortion group.

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) placed the bill, sponsored by Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), on the Senate calendar as anti-abortion lawmakers had been accusing leadership of blocking a vote on the issue. No date yet has been scheduled for a vote.

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It's not yet clear why a gunman opened fire on Thursday in a Louisiana movie theater, killing two before committing suicide, but the online footprint of the alleged shooter leave a few clues about the man's potential views.

Police on Friday identified the shooter as John Russel Houser, a 59-year-old white man from Phenix City, Ala. Police described Houser as a "drifter" who had been staying at a Motel 6 in Lafayette since early July.

Police have not yet found a motive for the shooting and have not given any indication that Houser carried out the shooting due to political beliefs, but online profiles that appear linked to Houser reveal a man who may have held racist and extreme beliefs.

Louisiana State Police Col. Michael Edmonson told reporters on Friday that police were aware of online messages that many have been posted by Houser and were working to "put those pieces together." But Edmonson also noted that, "just because it’s on the internet doesn’t mean it’s true."

Lafayette Police Chief Jim Craft said that police were "being very cautious with social media" as they try to sort fact from fiction.

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Jeb Bush gave a plea for help in a video recently released by his presidential campaign. He watched "Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!" last night and didn't grasp the film's intricate plot.

"I think I see Ann Coulter as Vice President of the United States. It's
kinda weird. And here are sharks coming out of the sky, people are getting killed," he said. "The White House is being collapsed. The Washington monument is going down. And lo and behold Mark Cuban is President of the United States."

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