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Updated: February 27, 2015, 10:45 AM

Nine people were found dead overnight at multiple shooting locations in rural southern Missouri, a spokesperson for the Missouri State Highway Patrol said at a Friday morning press conference.

Sgt. Jeff Kinder said there were several confirmed crime scenes in the town of Tyrone, Mo. as well as a possible crime scene in a different county.

Kinder noted that the investigation was very preliminary and described the events that had unfurled after the Texas County (Missouri) Sheriff's Department received a call at about 10:15 p.m. on Thursday.

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The second day of the Conservative Political Action Conference kicks off Friday with a full slate of potential 2016 presidential contenders on the docket.

Among the GOP heavyweights scheduled to speak are Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), former Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R), Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), Donald Trump, former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA), and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R).

Watch live below via NBC:

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I knew something was changing when I started waking up each day laughing. It was not a delirious nuthouse cackling, but a steady full-bodied laughter. I had never before awoken to this ethereal joy.

I was in my seventh month of celibacy.

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Former Arizona county sheriff Richard Mack, a fierce opponent of Obamacare and a leader in the "constitutional sheriff" movement, is struggling to pay his medical bills after he and his wife each faced serious illnesses. The former sheriff and his wife do not have health insurance and started a GoFundMe campaign to solicit donations from family and friends to cover the costs of their medical care.

"Because they are self-employed, they have no medical insurance and are in desperate need of our assistance," reads a note on Mack's personal website.

Mack, the founder of the Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association, suffered a heart attack in January and is in recovery. His wife fell ill late last year. Mack is on the board of Oath Keepers, a right-wing fringe group made up of police and military veterans, and is known for supporting Cliven Bundy in his standoff against the federal government. He is also an ardent opponent of Obamacare.

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Officials at Arizona State University probably weren't expecting the full Stormfront treatment when its English department advertised a spring semester class exploring the "problem of whiteness."

But that's exactly what the university got. The floodgates opened in late January after an ASU journalism student complained on Fox News that the class singled out white people as "the root cause of social injustices for this country." Neo-Nazi types and white supremacists then reportedly threatened the white professor who was teaching the course, Lee Bebout. They publicly shared his personal contact information and flooded message boards with menacing rants against him.

TPM recently spoke with the leader of a white nationalist group that's leading the charge against the "problem of whiteness" class, an effort they have dubbed "Operation Bad Teacher." The leader of the group, Angelo John Gage, argued that Bebout’s course was “racist” and a sign of what he said was the increasing oppression of white people in the U.S. He insisted on speaking to TPM via Skype because he said he wasn't comfortable giving his phone number to people he didn't know.

He also insisted that his group was not the one behind the threats to the professor.

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Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) on Thursday said that the U.S. has a "responsibility" to insist that those who immigrate to America "assimilate" and "integrate."

"There is nothing wrong with saying, 'If you want to come to America, you should want to be an American,'" he said in a speech to the annual Conservative Political Action Conference outside of Washington, D.C. "There is nothing wrong with saying that English is our language, and we’re going to teach American exceptionalism to our children in civics."

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