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States could face severe flooding, other problems in Midwest

Several states could see severe flooding and other weather-related problems amid a storm system that has brought rain, ice and snow to the Midwest and Great Plains. The weather already was blamed for several fatalities, including the deaths of four people in a crash in Nebraska. Melting snow and heavy rain prompted the National Weather Service to issue flood warnings for parts of northern Illinois...


PolitiFact: Trump misstates Brits’ angst on health system

PolitiFact: Trump misstates Brits’ angst on health system

As thousands marched in the streets of London recently to protest funding cuts to the British National Health Service, President Donald Trump took to Twitter to criticize the idea of universal health care. We looked at the origins of the march and recent polling statistics about British public opinion on the National Health Service, commonly called the NHS. We also looked at the current funding situation...
15-year-old shot 5 times protecting classmates from gunfire

15-year-old shot 5 times protecting classmates from gunfire

A 15-year-old student who was shot five times during last week's massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School is credited with saving the lives of at least 20 other students. A fundraising site says Anthony Borges was shot in both legs and his back while attempting to close and lock a classroom door last Wednesday. Seventeen people were killed. Borges' friend Carlos Rodriguez told ABC's "...
Wife of lawmaker who killed himself loses election bid

Wife of lawmaker who killed himself loses election bid

The wife of a former Kentucky Republican lawmaker who killed himself last year after facing sexual assault allegations has lost her attempt to fill the remainder of her husband's term in a special election that ended up being a referendum of sorts on the #metoo movement. Rebecca Johnson denied the allegations against Dan Johnson, claiming he was a victim of "an assault from the left." But...
Investigation of California senator finds 6 misconduct cases

Investigation of California senator finds 6 misconduct cases

A California senator likely engaged in unwanted flirtatious or sexually suggestive behavior with six women he worked with, including four subordinates, according to an independent investigation released Tuesday. The investigation, which was conducted by outside lawyers at the Senate's request, found Democratic Sen. Tony Mendoza "more likely than not" engaged in behavior such as offering...
VP Mike Pence ready for secret meeting with North Korea, but North backs out

VP Mike Pence ready for secret meeting with North Korea, but North backs out

Vice President Mike Pence was ready for a secret meeting with North Korean officials at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, earlier this month, but the North backed out, according to news outlets. >> Read more trending news  Pence attended the Olympics Opening Ceremony on Feb. 9 as part of a five-day trip to Asia and was seated near Kim Jong-un’s sister, but did...
Week of reckoning on White House aides' access to secrets

Week of reckoning on White House aides' access to secrets

It's a week of reckoning for White House senior adviser Jared Kushner and dozens of other officials who have been working without permanent security clearances for the better part of a year. Those who have been operating with interim access to top secret information since before June are set to see that access halted Friday under a new policy enacted last week by chief of staff John Kelly. Some officials...
Australian PM heading to US for talks with Trump, governors

Australian PM heading to US for talks with Trump, governors

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull heads to the United States on Wednesday accompanied by the largest Australian political and business delegation ever to visit the U.S. President Donald Trump's softening opposition to joining the Trans-Pacific Partnership will be up for discussion when he meets Turnbull at the White House on Friday. The trade deal among 11 countries includes Australia, which also has...
Kansas lawmakers split on response to teen governor hopefuls

Kansas lawmakers split on response to teen governor hopefuls

In a Kansas governor's race that's already wild and crowded, more than half a dozen of the prospective candidates are teenagers, and legislators are divided over whether to try to prevent having such young hopefuls in the field in the future. The Kansas House on a 73-43 vote advanced a bill Tuesday that would require candidates for governor and other statewide offices to be voters in the state, starting...
US: North Korea canceled meeting with Pence at last minute

US: North Korea canceled meeting with Pence at last minute

Vice President Mike Pence was all set to hold a history-making meeting with North Korean officials during the Winter Olympics in South Korea, but Kim Jong Un's government canceled at the last minute, the Trump administration said Tuesday. A potential meeting between Pence and the North Koreans had been the most highly anticipated moment of the vice president's visit to Pyeongchang, South Korea, where...
After teenager's arrest, liberal Vermont ponders gun safety

After teenager's arrest, liberal Vermont ponders gun safety

Last week's deadly Florida high school shooting and a Vermont teenager's arrest in what officials consider a near-miss on a high school shooting are giving a boost to gun control efforts in the state Legislature following years of the otherwise liberal state's steadfast refusal to regulate gun ownership. On Tuesday, several hundred gun control advocates rallied on the Statehouse steps in Montpelier...
Gun owner destroys AR-15 after Florida school shooting: ‘This weapon will never be able to take a life’

Gun owner destroys AR-15 after Florida school shooting: ‘This weapon will never be able to take a life’

A New York gun owner is attracting millions of views for a video he posted of himself destroying his AR-15 assault weapon, similar to the one used in the recent Florida school shooting, following the tragedy that claimed 17 lives. » RELATED: WATCH: Florida school shooting survivor Emma Gonzalez slams politicians, NRA in emotional speech "I've decided today, I'm going to make...
Trump sends memo to DOJ asking for bump stock ban after Parkland massacre 

Trump sends memo to DOJ asking for bump stock ban after Parkland massacre 

In a newly-signed memorandum less than a week after a teenage gunman killed 17 people inside a Florida high school not too far from President Donald Trump’s Palm Beach estate, Trump has ordered the Department of Justice to propose regulations to ban “all devices that turn legal weapons into machine guns,” like bump stocks. >> Read more trending news  “I expect that...
Storm system brings flooding, freezing rain, snow to Midwest

Storm system brings flooding, freezing rain, snow to Midwest

A storm system that's brought rain, ice and snow to the Midwest and Great Plains was blamed for fatal crashes in three states, including an accident that left four people dead in Nebraska. The storm system stretched from Texas, where National Weather Service officials say three tornadoes hit, to the Great Lakes states and forced some schools to close. The weather service issued winter weather advisories...
Report: Hawaii wasn't ready to handle missile threat alert

Report: Hawaii wasn't ready to handle missile threat alert

Hawaii's nuclear missile scare showed that the state began testing alerts before fully developing a plan to address the ballistic missile threat and that a public outreach campaign months earlier wasn't effective, said a report released Tuesday. The state Department of Defense, the agency that oversees Hawaii's emergency management, released the internal review after an alert was sent to cellphones...
Trump awards Medal of Valor to 12 public safety officers

Trump awards Medal of Valor to 12 public safety officers

A dozen public safety officers received the nation's highest honor for bravery from President Donald Trump on Tuesday, including six individuals who responded after a married couple shot and killed 14 people in San Bernardino, California, more than two years ago. "Through your service and sacrifice we are reminded that America's greatest treasure is her people," Trump said at a White House...
Shulkin intends to stay in VA post with White House support

Shulkin intends to stay in VA post with White House support

Campaigning to keep his job, Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin said Tuesday he had no intention of quitting despite blistering findings of travel abuses connected to his 11-day trip to Europe. He issued an extraordinary warning to VA staff rebelling against him: Get back in line or get out. Speaking after a Tuesday meeting at the White House, Shulkin told The Associated Press that White House...
Ethics Committee confirms review of Tennessee lawmaker

Ethics Committee confirms review of Tennessee lawmaker

The House Ethics Committee confirmed Tuesday that it is investigating Republican Rep. John Duncan Jr., of Tennessee over unspecified allegations, after media reports last year that he had paid his son for campaign work. Duncan Jr., who is serving his 16th term in the House and had previously announced he won't seek re-election, dismissed the complaint against him as "obviously very political"...
Groups want details on Trump's approval of Keystone pipeline

Groups want details on Trump's approval of Keystone pipeline

Opponents of the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada are asking a judge to force the U.S. government to turn over emails and other documents related to President Donald Trump's approval of the project. Environmentalists who sued to stop the 1,179-mile (1,800-kilometer) pipeline said the documents could bolster their case that Trump's decision was arbitrary and should be overturned by the...
The Latest: Stoneman Douglas students greeted in Tallahassee

The Latest: Stoneman Douglas students greeted in Tallahassee

The Latest on the deadly Florida high school shooting (all times local): 10:20 p.m. About 500 Leon High School students and parents waited for the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students to arrive and applauded as they got off the bus from Broward County. Stoneman Douglas senior Diego Pfeiffer was one of the students to address the crowd Tuesday night. He thanked his Tallahassee counterparts...
School shooting videos could scar kids _ or galvanize them

School shooting videos could scar kids _ or galvanize them

When two teenagers slaughtered 12 students and a teacher at Columbine High School in Colorado 19 years ago, young people across the country learned the news the old-fashioned way: largely on television and in newspapers. It took days, if not weeks, to process the information and discover the full, horrific story. When a gunman killed 17 people at a Florida high school last week, youngsters around...
Judge approves shutdown of large California homeless camp

Judge approves shutdown of large California homeless camp

Southern California authorities took steps Tuesday toward shutting down a large homeless encampment and relocating hundreds of tent-dwellers to motel rooms under a court-supervised deal with lawyers who sued to protect their rights. Scores of people hauling suitcases and pet dogs lined up in the encampment Santa Ana River to speak with county workers tasked with placing the homeless in motel rooms...
Insiders: Russia troll farm even zanier than indictment says

Insiders: Russia troll farm even zanier than indictment says

A Clinton-Obama sex tape using body doubles. A Facebook page promoting Texas independence riddled with grammatical mistakes. Islamic State anthems blasting out during the nightshift. The U.S. indictment centered on a Russian troll farm only scratches the surface of the St. Petersburg agency that allegedly produced online content to sway the 2016 presidential election — and glosses over how unconvincing...
Coldilocks, the oldest captive polar bear in the US, dies

Coldilocks, the oldest captive polar bear in the US, dies

The oldest captive polar bear in the U.S. has died. The Philadelphia Zoo on Tuesday said that the 37-year-old bear, Coldilocks, was in declining health and was euthanized. Zoo officials said Coldilocks had a variety of age-related medical issues, including problems with her kidneys and eyesight, but that visitors wouldn't have been able to tell as the bear pounced playfully on toys, pulling them deep...
Oklahoma man gets life without parole for hate crime killing

Oklahoma man gets life without parole for hate crime killing

A 63-year-old Oklahoma man convicted of murder and a hate crime in the fatal shooting of his Lebanese neighbor was sentenced Tuesday to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Stanley Vernon Majors was convicted earlier this month of gunning down 37-year-old Khalid Jabara outside of his Tulsa home in August 2016. The murder charge carried a life sentence, and the jury recommended that Majors...
Carbs, fat, DNA? Weight loss is finicky, new study shows

Carbs, fat, DNA? Weight loss is finicky, new study shows

A precision nutrition approach to weight loss didn't hold up in a study testing low fat versus low carb depending on dieters' DNA profiles. Previous research has suggested that a person's insulin levels or certain genes could interact with different types of diets to influence weight loss. Stanford University researchers examined this idea with 600 overweight adults who underwent genetic and insulin...
Rhode Island marks 15 years since 100 killed in club fire

Rhode Island marks 15 years since 100 killed in club fire

Rhode Island is marking the 15th anniversary of a nightclub fire that killed 100 people and injured more than 200 others. The Feb. 20, 2003, fire at The Station nightclub in West Warwick started when pyrotechnics for the rock band Great White set fire to flammable foam installed as soundproofing. The site of the fire is now a memorial park. On Tuesday, some survivors, victims' relatives, fire officials...
7 things to know about the Little Rock Nine

7 things to know about the Little Rock Nine

On Sept. 25, 1957, nine black students had to be escorted by federal troops through an angry mob of white people as they walked toward the doors of an all-white high school in Little Rock, Arkansas, for their first full day of classes. » RELATED: Battling bullies with lessons from Little Rock Central High And on Sunday, more than 60 years later, members of the Little Rock Nine were...
Preventive treatment for peanut allergies succeeds in study

Preventive treatment for peanut allergies succeeds in study

The first treatment to help prevent serious allergic reactions to peanuts may be on the way. A company said Tuesday that its daily capsules of peanut powder helped children build tolerance in a major study. Millions of children are allergic to peanuts, and some may have life-threatening reactions if accidentally exposed to them. Doctors have been testing daily doses of peanut, contained in a capsule...
The Latest: Attorney pleads guilty to lying

The Latest: Attorney pleads guilty to lying

The Latest on the Russia probe (all times local): 3:25 p.m. An attorney for a prominent law firm is pleading guilty to lying to federal authorities about his interactions with a former Trump campaign associate. Alex van der Zwaan is entering the plea in federal court in Washington where he is admitting to lying to special counsel Robert Mueller's investigators about his interactions with Rick Gates...
7th-grader with distraction device shoots himself at school

7th-grader with distraction device shoots himself at school

An Ohio seventh-grader who brought a gun to school and shot himself inside a restroom just before classes began on Tuesday also had a device in his backpack meant to cause a distraction, police said. While investigators said the device was not an explosive that would have harmed anyone, they also would not describe it in detail. The student, who suffered a self-inflicted gunshot wound, was being treated...
Rob Porter’s charisma and ambition disguised flare-ups of anger

Rob Porter’s charisma and ambition disguised flare-ups of anger

People who crossed paths with Rob Porter in Harvard classrooms or the hallways of Capitol Hill describe him in glowing terms: He was articulate enough to be secretary of state. Intelligent enough to be a Supreme Court justice. Driven enough to be president.  Until Porter resigned as a White House aide amid domestic abuse accusations, plunging the Trump administration into a scandal over the vetting...
Trump plan: Less health insurance for lower premiums

Trump plan: Less health insurance for lower premiums

The Trump administration Tuesday spelled out a plan to lower the cost of health insurance: give consumers the option of buying less coverage in exchange for reduced premiums. The proposed regulations would expand an alternative to the comprehensive medical plans required under former President Barack Obama's health law. Individuals could buy so-called "short-term" policies for up to 12 months...
Why Parkland students have emerged as a powerful political voice

Why Parkland students have emerged as a powerful political voice

The boldest voices to emerge in the wake of last week's mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. have been unexpected ones. Surviving students at the school quickly spoke out on social media and to news cameras both about the incident and, more broadly, about political leadership which they saw as having let them down.  In the days since, those voices have only...
The Latest: Justice Dept to step up review of bump stocks

The Latest: Justice Dept to step up review of bump stocks

The Latest on President Donald Trump (all times local): 5:05 p.m. The Justice Department says it is moving quickly with its review of "bump stock" devices after President Donald Trump directed the agency to propose regulations banning them. The devices allow semi-automatic rifles to fire faster and were used in last year's Las Vegas massacre. The Justice Department in December announced...
Attorney admits he lied to Mueller's federal agents

Attorney admits he lied to Mueller's federal agents

A 33-year-old attorney fired last year by a prominent international law firm became the fourth person to plead guilty in special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation, admitting Tuesday that he lied to federal investigators about his contacts with a Trump campaign official. Alex van der Zwaan, who worked at the law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, admitted in Washington's federal...
Trump Jr. to give foreign policy speech while on ‘unofficial’ business trip to India

Trump Jr. to give foreign policy speech while on ‘unofficial’ business trip to India

The president's eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., is making what's been dubbed an unofficial visit to India to promote his family's real estate projects. But he's also planning to deliver a foreign policy speech on Indo-Pacific relations at an event with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.  Beginning Tuesday, the junior Trump will have a full schedule of meet-and-greets with investors and business...
Suspect in slaying of 2 police officers jailed without bail

Suspect in slaying of 2 police officers jailed without bail

The suspect in the fatal shooting of two Ohio police officers is being held without bail as the potential death penalty case proceeds. Thirty-year-old Quentin Smith is charged with aggravated murder in the Feb. 10 shootings of Westerville officers Eric Joering and Anthony Morelli. They were responding to a 911 hang-up call at Smith's home in the Columbus suburb. Prosecutors requested that the court...
The story behind the story: How two publications broke the Rob Porter scandal

The story behind the story: How two publications broke the Rob Porter scandal

The story seemed to begin innocuously - a tale of a White House romance, delivered in gossipy style, with the help of paparazzi who caught the attractive staffers canoodling around town.  But it gave only a hint of a darker intrigue that was percolating - as reporters for strikingly different publications chased a story about domestic abuse allegations against the male half of the couple, Rob...
The Political Playbook for 2018: Get angry, then get elected

The Political Playbook for 2018: Get angry, then get elected

Mallory Hagan's Christmas was rather intense. Days before the holiday, emails about the former Miss America were made public, illuminating the abuse Hagan had absorbed at the hands of pageant officials. One email discussed her sexual partners, another ridiculed her body, saying she was preparing "for her new career . . . as a blimp in the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade."  Eight weeks later...
Trump takes last place in 'presidential greatness' survey

Trump takes last place in 'presidential greatness' survey

President Donald Trump took last place in a new survey that aims to measure "presidential greatness." According to the results posted Monday by Boise State University, 170 political scientists participated in the 2018 Presidents and Executive Politics Presidential Greatness Survey. More than 57 percent of the respondents – current and recent members of the Presidents and Executive...
For the weary White House, Florida shooting offered a ‘reprieve’ from scandals

For the weary White House, Florida shooting offered a ‘reprieve’ from scandals

The White House was under siege.   Domestic abuse allegations against a senior aide were ignored, pointing to a potential high-level coverup. Two Cabinet secretaries were caught charging taxpayers for luxury travel. A Playboy centerfold alleged an extramarital affair with the president. And the special counsel's Russia investigation was intensifying. The tumult was so intense that there...
Trump accuser keeps telling her story, hoping someone will finally listen

Trump accuser keeps telling her story, hoping someone will finally listen

She believed her best chance to be heard was through sheer repetition, so Rachel Crooks took her seat at the dining table and prepared to tell the story again. She was used to difficult audiences, to skeptics and Internet trolls who flooded her Facebook page with threats, but this was a generous crowd: a dozen women, all friends of her aunt, gathered for a casual dinner party on a Friday night. The...
Trump endorses Romney for U.S. Senate seat

Trump endorses Romney for U.S. Senate seat

President Donald Trump on Monday night threw his full support behind Mitt Romney's bid to be the next U.S. senator from Utah, writing on Twitter that he would be a "worthy successor" to retiring Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah.  The endorsement is significant because Trump had previously encouraged Hatch to seek another term, and Romney had been among the most vocal Republican critics of Trump's...
Most Americans say Trump, Congress not doing enough to stop mass shootings, Post-ABC poll finds

Most Americans say Trump, Congress not doing enough to stop mass shootings, Post-ABC poll finds

More than 6 in 10 Americans fault Congress and President Donald Trump for not doing enough to prevent mass shootings, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll, with most Americans continuing to say these incidents are more reflective of problems identifying and addressing mental health issues than inadequate gun laws.    In the poll conducted after a gunman killed 17 people at a...
Idaho lawmaker not sorry for yelling 'abortion is murder'

Idaho lawmaker not sorry for yelling 'abortion is murder'

A Republican Idaho state senator yelled "abortion is murder" at a group of students who were pushing for birth control legislation at the Statehouse and now faces an ethics complaint after a post from an unverified Twitter account told them to discuss "killing babies" with a Democratic lawmaker. Sen. Dan Foreman told The Associated Press on Tuesday that he has no plans to apologize...
Students shaken by shooting focus on stopping gun violence

Students shaken by shooting focus on stopping gun violence

Chris Grady was a theater kid counting down the days until he reported for duty in the U.S. Army this summer when a gunman opened fire at his Florida school. As he huddled in his classroom at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School last Wednesday listening to shots nearby, what he felt wasn't fear, but anger. "Full-on anger," the thin, curly haired 19-year-old said. Grady's anger deepened the...
Trump urges ban on gun devices like bump stocks

Trump urges ban on gun devices like bump stocks

As a grieving Florida community demanded action on guns, President Donald Trump on Tuesday directed the Justice Department to move to ban devices like the rapid-fire bump stocks used in last year's Las Vegas massacre. It was a small sign of movement on the gun violence issue that has long tied Washington in knots. "We must do more to protect our children," Trump said, adding that his administration...
New Wynn Resorts CEO denies knowing of claims against mogul

New Wynn Resorts CEO denies knowing of claims against mogul

The new CEO of Las Vegas-based Wynn Resorts said he was not aware of any of the sexual misconduct accusations against casino mogul Steve Wynn before they surfaced last month. Matt Maddox, who was appointed CEO on Feb. 6 after Wynn resigned, said in an interview Monday that people should "hold off making any judgment until the investigations into the accusations are complete." Wynn Resorts...
Trump endorses Romney's Senate bid _ and Romney accepts

Trump endorses Romney's Senate bid _ and Romney accepts

President Donald Trump is endorsing Mitt Romney in Utah's Senate race, another sign that the two Republicans are burying the hatchet after a fraught relationship. The GOP's presidential nominee in 2012, Romney announced last week he would seek the nomination to replace retiring Sen. Orrin Hatch. In a tweet Monday night, Trump wrote, "He will make a great Senator and worthy successor to @OrrinHatch...
Some fear California drought cuts could erase water rights

Some fear California drought cuts could erase water rights

A proposal to make California's drought-era water restrictions permanent could allow the state to chip away at long-held water rights in an unprecedented power grab, representatives from water districts and other users told regulators Tuesday. Members of the state Water Resources Control Board delayed a decision about whether to bring back what had been temporary water bans from California's drought...
Stuck in an opioids crisis, officials turn to acupuncture

Stuck in an opioids crisis, officials turn to acupuncture

Marine veteran Jeff Harris was among the first to sign up when the Providence VA hospital started offering acupuncture for chronic pain. "I don't like taking pain medication. I don't like the way it makes me feel," he said. Harris also didn't want to risk getting addicted to heavy-duty prescription painkillers. Although long derided as pseudoscience and still questioned by many medical experts...
Luxury property ad blitz heralds Trump son's visit to India

Luxury property ad blitz heralds Trump son's visit to India

"Trump has arrived. Have you?" shout the barrage of glossy front-page advertisements in almost every major Indian newspaper. The ads, which have run repeatedly in the past few days, herald the arrival not of the American president but of his eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., who is in New Delhi to sell luxury apartments and lavish attention on wealthy Indians who have already bought units in...
Urged on by Trump, GOP to fight Pennsylvania's district map

Urged on by Trump, GOP to fight Pennsylvania's district map

Encouraged by President Donald Trump, Republicans vowed Tuesday to fight Pennsylvania's new court-imposed map of congressional districts as dozens of candidates assessed their chances under newly formed districts and the odds that a federal court could block them. Republican members of Congress and Pennsylvania Republican lawmakers planned to sue in federal court as early as Wednesday in a bid to...
Florida survivors, lawmakers on collision course over guns

Florida survivors, lawmakers on collision course over guns

Students who survived the Florida school shooting began a journey Tuesday to the state Capitol to urge lawmakers to prevent another massacre, but within hours the gun-friendly Legislature had effectively halted any possibility of banning assault-style rifles like the one used in the attack. The legislative action further energized the teens as they prepared to confront legislators who have quashed...
Trump endorses Romney for Senate bid in Utah

Trump endorses Romney for Senate bid in Utah

President Donald Trump is endorsing Mitt Romney in Utah's Senate race, another sign that the two Republicans are burying the hatchet after a fraught relationship. The GOP's presidential nominee in 2012, Romney announced last week he would seek the nomination to replace retiring Sen. Orrin Hatch. In a tweet Monday night, Trump wrote, "He will make a great Senator and worthy successor to @OrrinHatch...
Idaho senator shouts at students lobbying for birth control

Idaho senator shouts at students lobbying for birth control

A Republican state senator who shouted at University of Idaho students in the Capitol to lobby for a birth control bill on Monday now faces an ethics complaint after a tweet from an account presenting as the lawmaker's directed students to discuss "killing babies" with a Democratic colleague. State Sen. Maryanne Jordan filed the complaint against Republican state Sen. Dan Foreman. "...
Confederate statue toppling cases start with dismissals

Confederate statue toppling cases start with dismissals

Problems identifying protesters on video hindered North Carolina prosecutors on Monday as they sought to hold demonstrators responsible for toppling a Confederate statue last summer. A judge dismissed the criminal cases against the first two defendants to appear in a series of individual trials, and he found a third not guilty. Trials for five others are to be held at a later date. Prosecutors showed...
Funerals: Grieving teens, raw emotions after school shooting

Funerals: Grieving teens, raw emotions after school shooting

Each funeral for the victims of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High massacre is different, yet the same: the mourning relatives, teens walking in clutches wearing black, politicians paying their respects, media cameras pointing at the entrance from across the parking lot. And each service takes its toll on the young mourners, many of them attending more friends' funerals in a span of days than many...
Candidates in Pennsylvania House race oppose weapons ban

Candidates in Pennsylvania House race oppose weapons ban

In the year's first congressional race, Republican and Democratic candidates in suburban Pittsburgh said Monday they oppose banning weapons like the semi-automatic rifle used in Florida last week to kill 17 students and teachers at a high school. Conor Lamb, a 33-year-old Democratic former prosecutor, said background checks need to be improved. Most of the crimes he has seen have been committed with...
Californians can go home but told to keep watch on wildfire

Californians can go home but told to keep watch on wildfire

A wind-driven wildfire in rural central California threatened hundreds of buildings Monday, including a historic railroad station, but officials said they made some gains after the flames exploded in size. The blaze scorched 3½ square miles (9 square kilometers) of chaparral bush and shrub oak in the small town of Bishop on the eastern slopes of the Sierra Nevada that is popular for hiking...
Inmate in landmark Supreme Court case denied parole

Inmate in landmark Supreme Court case denied parole

A 71-year-old Louisiana inmate whose case led to a landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision on juvenile-offender sentences was denied parole Monday, more than a half-century after he killed a sheriff's deputy at age 17. A three-member panel from the state parole board voted 2 to 1 to keep Henry Montgomery imprisoned. The hearing was his first chance at freedom since his conviction decades ago and a vote...
The Latest: Suspect legally purchased at least 7 long guns

The Latest: Suspect legally purchased at least 7 long guns

The Latest on the deadly Florida high school shooting (all times local): 11 p.m. A law enforcement official says the man charged with killing 17 people at a Florida high school legally purchased at least seven long guns, including an AK-47-style rifle he bought less than a month ago. The official is familiar with the investigation but isn't authorized to discuss it and spoke on condition of anonymity...
New exhibit examines Native American imagery in US culture

New exhibit examines Native American imagery in US culture

Bold. Visionary. A spectacular success. The words in an online promotion for a new museum exhibit in Washington, D.C., describe an 1830 U.S. law that forced thousands of American Indians from their lands in the South to areas west of the Mississippi River. Provocative, yes, says the co-curator of the exhibit "Americans" that opened last month at the National Museum of the American Indian...
Trump focus on mental health after school shooting denounced

Trump focus on mental health after school shooting denounced

Frustration is mounting in the medical community as the Trump administration again points to mental illness in response to yet another mass shooting. "The concept that mental illness is a precursor to violent behavior is nonsense," said Dr. Louis Kraus, forensic psychiatry chief at Chicago's Rush University Medical College. "The vast majority of gun violence is not attributable to mental...
Trump revives push for limits on immigrants bringing family

Trump revives push for limits on immigrants bringing family

When the U.S. government approved Ricardo Magpantay, his wife and young children to immigrate to America from the Philippines, it was 1991. By the time a visa was available, it was 2005, and his children could not come with him because they were now adults. More than a decade later, his children are still waiting. Magpantay gets worried when he hears the White House is aiming to limit the relatives...
The Latest: Trump again attacks Obama on Twitter

The Latest: Trump again attacks Obama on Twitter

The Latest on President Donald Trump (all times local): 3:20 p.m. President Donald Trump is again attacking his predecessor on Twitter, asking why he didn't do more to prevent Russian election meddling. Trump's tweet on Monday says: "Obama was President up to, and beyond, the 2016 Election. So why didn't he do something about Russian meddling?" Trump raised similar questions over the weekend...
The Latest: Trump again attacks Obama on Twitter

The Latest: Trump again attacks Obama on Twitter

The Latest on President Donald Trump (all times local): 3:20 p.m. President Donald Trump is again attacking his predecessor on Twitter, asking why he didn't do more to prevent Russian election meddling. Trump's tweet on Monday says: "Obama was President up to, and beyond, the 2016 Election. So why didn't he do something about Russian meddling?" Trump raised similar questions over the weekend...
Former AP photographer Max Desfor dies at 104

Former AP photographer Max Desfor dies at 104

Former Associated Press photographer Max Desfor, whose photo of hundreds of Korean War refugees crawling across a damaged bridge in 1950 helped win him a Pulitzer Prize, died Monday. He was 104. Desfor died at his apartment in Silver Spring, Maryland, where he'd been living in his retirement, said his son, Barry. Desfor volunteered to cover the Korean War for the news service when the North invaded...
APNewsBreak: Consumers Energy to stop burning coal by 2040

APNewsBreak: Consumers Energy to stop burning coal by 2040

Consumers Energy will phase out electricity production from coal by 2040 to slash emissions of heat-trapping gases that cause global warming, the Michigan utility's president and CEO told The Associated Press. The utility plans to generate 40 percent of its power from renewable sources such as wind and solar energy by then, Patti Poppe said in an interview ahead of the public announcement Monday....
Gorsuch deciding vote in key labor union funding case

Gorsuch deciding vote in key labor union funding case

America's union leaders are about to find out if they were right to fiercely oppose Neil Gorsuch's nomination to the Supreme Court as a pivotal, potentially devastating vote against organized labor. The newest justice holds the deciding vote in a case to be argued Feb. 26 that could affect the financial viability of unions that are major supporters of Democratic candidates and causes. The unions represent...
65 dead in Iran plane crash, airline says

65 dead in Iran plane crash, airline says

A commercial aircraft carrying 65 people crashed in Iran on Sunday, killing everyone on board, an airline spokesman told state media.  >> Read more trending news 
Ex-workers at Russian 'troll factory' trust US indictment

Ex-workers at Russian 'troll factory' trust US indictment

While Russian officials scoff at a U.S. indictment charging 13 Russians with meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, several people who worked at the same St. Petersburg "troll factory" say they think the criminal charges are well-founded. Marat Mindiyarov, a former commenter at the innocuously named Internet Research Agency, says the organization's Facebook department hired people...
BAFTA Film Awards 2018: See the complete winners list

BAFTA Film Awards 2018: See the complete winners list

Check out which films, stars and directors won big Sunday at the 2018 British Academy Film Awards in London.  Best film: "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" Outstanding British film: "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" Outstanding debut by a British writer, director or producer: "I Am Not a Witch," Rungano Nyoni (writer/director), Emily Morgan...
Turmoil shakes up agency in charge of vast US lands

Turmoil shakes up agency in charge of vast US lands

A year of upheaval at the U.S. Interior Department has seen dozens of senior staff members reassigned and key leadership positions left unfilled, rules considered burdensome to industry shelved, and a sweeping reorganization proposed for its 70,000 employees. The evolving status quo at the agency responsible for more than 780,000 square miles (2 million square kilometers) of public lands, mostly in...
What to wear at polls? High court will have a say on that

What to wear at polls? High court will have a say on that

A "Make America Great Again" hat. A tea party T-shirt. A MoveOn.org button. Wear any one of those items to vote in Minnesota, and a poll worker will probably ask you to remove it or cover it up. Like a number of states, Minnesota bars voters from wearing political items to the polls to reduce the potential for confrontations or voter intimidation. But that could change. The Supreme Court...
Trump offers support for limited effort on background checks

Trump offers support for limited effort on background checks

From the confines of his golf club, President Donald Trump offered support for a limited strengthening of federal background checks on gun purchases Monday while staying largely mum in the last few days about the victims of the Florida school massacre and the escalating debate about controls on weapons. One side of that debate was represented outside the White House as dozens of teens spread their...
Former VP Biden mulling another run for presidency

Former VP Biden mulling another run for presidency

Former Vice President Joe Biden is tiptoeing toward a potential presidential run in 2020, even broaching the possibility during a recent gathering of longtime foreign policy aides. Huddled in his newly opened office steps from the U.S. Capitol, Biden began a planning meeting for his new diplomacy center by addressing the elephant in the room. He said he was keeping his 2020 options open, considering...
Pennsylvania's new congressional map could boost Democrats

Pennsylvania's new congressional map could boost Democrats

Pennsylvania's high court imposed a new congressional district map for the state's 2018 elections on Monday, potentially giving Democrats a boost in their quest to capture control of the U.S. House unless Republicans can stop it in federal court. The map of Pennsylvania's 18 congressional districts is to be in effect for the May 15 primary and substantially overhauls a Republican-drawn congressional...
Was pirate Black Sam Bellamy found? DNA test could tell

Was pirate Black Sam Bellamy found? DNA test could tell

Researchers are working to use DNA to identify whether a human bone recovered from a Cape Cod shipwreck belongs to the infamous pirate Samuel "Black Sam" Bellamy. The Whydah (WIH'-duh) Pirate Museum in Yarmouth, Massachusetts, publicly displayed the bone Monday. It was found near what's believed to be Bellamy's pistol. The objects were pulled from the Whydah Gally (GAH'-lee) shipwreck several...
Ex-wife of former White House aide says Hatch has apologized

Ex-wife of former White House aide says Hatch has apologized

An ex-wife of former White House staff secretary Rob Porter says she has received a letter of apology from Sen. Orrin Hatch, the Utah Republican who defended his former aide from "a vile attack" after two ex-wives accused Porter of domestic abuse. Porter resigned Feb. 7 after the accusations from Colbie Holderness and Jennie Willoughby became public, though he denied them. Porter had been...
Former Trump aide Gates to plead guilty, agrees to testify against Manafort, sources say

Former Trump aide Gates to plead guilty, agrees to testify against Manafort, sources say

WASHINGTON — A former top aide to Donald Trump’s presidential campaign will plead guilty to fraud-related charges within days –– and has made it clear to prosecutors that he would testify against Paul Manafort, the lawyer-lobbyist who once managed the campaign. The change of heart by Trump’s former deputy campaign manager, Rick Gates, who had pleaded not guilty after...
ROTC leader shocked that accused school shooter 1 of his own

ROTC leader shocked that accused school shooter 1 of his own

The sound of gunfire still ringing in his ears after his mad half-mile sprint, Jack Ciaramello was standing with friends in a grocery store parking lot when a sheriff's deputy approached. He asked the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High senior if he knew a former student named Nikolas Cruz. Of course he did: Cruz had been one of Ciaramello's cadets in the school's tight-knit Junior Reserve Officers' Training...
Facebook to verify ads with postcards after Russian meddling

Facebook to verify ads with postcards after Russian meddling

Facebook will soon rely on centuries-old technology to try to prevent foreign meddling in U.S. elections: the post office. Baffled in 2016 by Russian agents who bought ads to sway the U.S. presidential campaign, Facebook's global politics and government outreach director, Katie Harbath, told a meeting of the National Association of Secretaries of State in Washington on Saturday that the company would...
'Black Panther' blows away box office with $192M weekend

'Black Panther' blows away box office with $192M weekend

A wave of feverish anticipation, fawning critical acclaim and groundbreaking cultural meaning pushed "Black Panther" to a record-setting $192 million debut in U.S. and Canada theaters, firmly establishing the superhero sensation as a box-office landmark. The Marvel film from the Walt Disney Co. blew past expectations to become the fifth-highest-grossing debut ever, not adjusting for inflation...
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