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White House reverses decision, will allow half-staff American flags in honor of Capital Gazette victims

Mourners gathered in Annapolis to honor the five employees who were killed Thursday in a shooting at the Capital Gazette newsroom. Their names are Gerald Fischman, Rob Hiaasen, John McNamara, Rebecca Smith and Wendi Winters. (Karl Merton Ferron/Baltimore Sun video)

The White House has reversed its decision and will permit Annapolis mayor Gavin Buckley to lower U.S. flags to half-staff in remembrance of the mass shooting last week.

Press secretary Sarah Huckabee-Sanders called Buckley this morning to inform him of the decision.

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Buckley has already ordered the Annapolis flags lowered. Gov. Larry Hogan had ordered Maryland state flags to be lowered to half-staff from Friday through sunset on Monday.

This post will be updated.

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