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Published: Sat, 17 Feb 2018 18:59:01 -0500

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After Florida, is the tide finally turning on gun control?

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 22:38:00 -0500

(image) From Governor Rick Scott's suggestion that guns should be kept from the mentally ill to a Florida vigil where chants of "no more guns" erupted, there are signs America may be ready for action.

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Parkland Could've Been Worse. Vegas Could've Been Worse. They Can Always Be Worse.

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 08:00:10 -0500

(image) You’ll find little in the way of silver linings in Parkland, Florida, this week, where a gunman killed 17 people and injured 15 more at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

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Mother of 14-year-old Florida shooting victim to President Trump: 'These kids need safety now'

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 11:25:23 -0500

(image) The mother of a girl who was killed during Wednesday's mass shooting at a Florida high school is demanding change from President Donald Trump in wake of her daughter's tragic death.

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Here are the victims of the Florida school shooting

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 05:33:26 -0500

(image) 17 people were killed after a gunman stormed into Marjory Stoneham Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Here are their names.

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Shepard Smith Is Fed Up After Florida Shooting: 'Forget Your Political Arguments'

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 20:42:40 -0500

(image) Shepard Smith showed his frustration Thursday on Fox News when he discussed the mass shooting at a Florida high school on Wednesday that left 17 students and adults dead.

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American Airlines agent saves 2 teenage girls from human trafficking scheme

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 10:35:52 -0500

(image) Law enforcement officials say that a quick-thinking airline employee, aptly named Denice Miracle, likely saved two teenage girls from a human trafficking plot.

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Needed in Syria: Disengagement

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 12:40:00 -0500

(image) One is the outbreak of another war between Israel and its neighbors.  A reminder of this danger has come from events that began when Israel said it shot down an Iranian drone that had entered its airspace.  Israeli F-16s then attacked a command center in Syria, during which Syrian air defenses downed one of the Israeli warplanes (a rare event for Israel).  Israel subsequently launched a much more widespread set of aerial attacks within Syria.  The Israelis have conducted scores of attacks in Syria over the last five years, but this most recent assault may have been the largest Israeli attack there since the 1980s. A new war involving Israel would surely also involve Lebanese Hezbollah.  There is no indication that Hezbollah seeks such a war.  The group has incurred significant costs by participating in fighting within Syria and has many wounds to lick.  Its leaders still have regrets about the brinksmanship that last got Hezbollah entangled in a war with Israel.  Even though it could get in some hits with cross-border rocket fire, the group’s leaders know that in a new clash it would get badly bloodied by its militarily more capable foe.

New Manafort fraud allegation could be product of flipped witness

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 14:58:19 -0500

(image) Joyce Vance, former U.S. attorney, talks with Rachel Maddow about the possibility of new allegations of bank fraud against Paul Manafort could be a sign of cooperation by Rick Gates or Robert Mueller.

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Dianne Feinstein Wants To Raise Minimum Age For Assault Weapon Purchases To 21

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 02:50:36 -0500

(image) announced Friday that she is introducing legislation to raise the minimum age to purchase rifles — including military-style assault weapons — from 18 to 21.

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Trump Visits Shooting Victims, Local Police En Route To Mar-a-Lago For Long Weekend

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 20:22:01 -0500

(image) President Donald Trump said he called on victims of Wednesday’s high school shooting in Florida, which left 17 dead, on a hospital visit Friday evening.

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Trump again emphasizes 'mental health' over gun control after Florida shooting

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 02:24:04 -0500

(image) It has been observed that there are two Donald Trumps: Twitter Trump and Teleprompter Trump. Early on Thursday, Twitter Trump came dangerously close to blaming the victims of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida.

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Tillerson to N.Korea on talks: 'I'm listening'

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 13:17:38 -0500

(image) US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said in an interview to air Sunday that he is "listening" for signs that North Korea is ready to engage in direct talks. An Olympic-driven thaw in relations between Kim Jong Un's nuclear armed North Korean regime and South Korea has raised speculation that direct talks between Washington and Pyongyang could be on the horizon after months of sharp tension and heated rhetoric.

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Teen to be tried as adult in South Carolina school shooting

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 15:58:16 -0500

(image) ANDERSON, S.C. (AP) — A boy who was 14 when he was charged in the shooting death of his father at their home and a first-grader on a South Carolina elementary school playground will be tried as an adult, a judge ruled Friday.

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FBI Says It Failed To Act After Receiving Tip About Suspected Florida Shooter

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 12:46:54 -0500

(image) The FBI said Friday that it did not follow protocol after a caller submitted a tip about the Florida shooting suspect earlier this year.

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Trump Blasts Dems On DACA. Which He Ended.

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 11:24:26 -0500

(image) President Donald Trump excoriated congressional Democrats on Friday, accusing them of abandoning young people in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

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Flu season shows signs of leveling off

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 12:37:38 -0500

(image) NEW YORK (AP) — This nasty flu season, which has been worsening for months, may finally be leveling off.

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Evidence Linking Alleged Florida Shooter To White Supremacist Group Is Really Thin

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 19:08:21 -0500

(image) WASHINGTON ― Law enforcement officials in Florida have reportedly not yet found ties between the Parkland school shooting suspect and the white supremacist paramilitary group Republic of Florida, despite claims from the group’s leader.

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Meet the Americans skating for South Korea

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 06:39:02 -0500

(image) Just making it to the Olympics is an achievement for these two American ice dancers who got South Korean citizenship for their shot at the games.

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Turkey, US to 'work together' in Syria after crisis

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 16:22:32 -0500

(image) Turkey and United States on Friday agreed to work together in Syria after weeks of tensions over Ankara's latest cross-border operation that raised fears of a military confrontation between the two NATO allies. US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu said after talks in Ankara that the two sides would set up working groups to solve key issues that have bedevilled relations. "We are not going to act alone any longer, not US doing one thing, Turkey doing another," Tillerson said after the talks.

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Olympics Commentator Explains 'They All Look The Same' Remark About Chinese Skiers

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 07:40:18 -0500

(image) An Australian TV commentator caused controversy at the Winter Olympics on Thursday with a remark about Chinese athletes all looking “the same.”

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Florida shooting: Student says suspected gunman Nikolas Cruz spared his life

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 14:49:00 -0500

(image) Fifteen-year-old Chris McKenna told a local paper that he came across suspected gunman Nikolas Cruz in the hallway just minutes before he allegedly started his rampage. “You’d better get out of here,” Mr Cruz said, according to Chris. Chris froze for a minute, he told the Sun-Sentinel, and then ran.

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Israeli military: 4 soldiers wounded in Gaza border blast

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 14:17:54 -0500

(image) JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military said Saturday that four soldiers were wounded, two seriously, in an explosion along the Israeli border with Gaza.

What Does A Sick Bear Really Need? How About A Big Ole Bear Hug

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 02:01:07 -0500

(image) Jim Kowalczik and his 1,400-pound Kodiak bear Jimbo go way back so he thought nothing of giving the creature a bear hug when the big guy was feeling under the weather.

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'President Trump, do something!' Grief turns to anger as Florida victims' relatives plead for gun control measures

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 01:55:22 -0500

Thousands of people mourned the dead at a candlelight vigil following America's latest mass shooting, some chanting "No more guns!" and "Enough is enough!”. Many wept as the names of the 17 victims of the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida were read out in a local park. In tears Fred Guttenberg, whose 14-year-old daughter Jaime was killed, told the crowd of around 8,000 people: "I sent her to school yesterday and she was supposed to be safe. My job is to protect my children. What is unfathomable is that Jaime took a bullet and is dead. "Don't tell me there is no such thing as gun violence. My girl, my 14-year-old baby....for those of you who knew my Jaime, she was the life of the party, she was the energy in the room." Parkdale, an affluent suburb north of Miami, was shattered when Nikolas Cruz, 19, unleashed an attack on Valentine's Day, having previously been expelled from the high school. Thousands gathered for an evening vigil at Pine Trails Park in Parkland, Florida to remember those where were killed and injured in the shooting Credit: Getty He has been charged with 17 counts of murder and is on suicide watch in a nearby jail. His lawyers have said he was mentally ill and had previously sought therapy, but he was still able to legally buy an AR-15-style rifle and numerous ammunition magazines. Before the vigil began one distraught mother demanded action by the White House. Lori Alhadeff, whose 14-year-old daughter Alyssa Alhadeff was among the dead,  screamed into the camera during an emotional plea to President Donald Trump during a live interview on CNN. She shouted: "President Trump, you say what can you do? You can do a lot! Do something! Action. We need it now. "How do we allow a gunman to come into our children’s school? How did they get through security? What security is there? The gunman, the crazy person, just walks right into the school, knocks down the window to my child’s door and starts shooting, shooting her, and killing her. "This is not fair to our families and our children to go to school and have to get killed!” In a sign of the growing anger across the US, The New York Post - which has been supportive of Mr Trump - pleaded for action on its front page. In the park 17 statues of angels were placed in memory of the victims and mourners released 17 lanterns into the night sky. Others gathered and hugged around a white wooden cross. Julia Cordover, a class president at the school, read out the names of the dead, who included two members of its marching band. She said: "This is our home, and this is where we will not be intimidated by evil." Scott Israel, the local sheriff, added: "We are hurting, and hurting bad. No parent should bury their child." Marla Eveillard, age 14, grieves with friends before the start of the community prayer vigil Credit: Getty And Robert Runcie, the local schools superintendent Robert, said: "Now is the time for us to enact some common sense gun laws in this country." Signs held aloft by those in the crowd included "NRA stop killing our kids," aimed at the National Rifle Association. [...]

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There's A New IRS Tax Scam That Comes With A Twist

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 05:45:04 -0500

(image) With so many Social Security numbers hacked last year, most taxpayers are on high alert to make sure cyber-crooks don’t misdirect their tax refunds from the Internal Revenue Service.

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Chloe Kim Is Proof There’s No Definable Way To Be Asian-American

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 18:09:54 -0500

(image) A gold medalist and now everyone’s golden girl to boot, Korean-American Olympic snowboarder Chloe Kim has, all at once, become a lot of different things to a lot of different people.

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Russian mercenaries, a discrete weapon in Syria

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 05:39:45 -0500

(image) The death of Russian citizens in Syria from a US coalition strike last week, which has been played down by both Moscow and Washington, has exposed the role of Russian mercenaries in the multi-front conflict. The incident followed a steady trickle of reports about Russians dying in battle in Syria while employed as guns for hire in a privately-owned outfit whose role may be securing oilfields for President Bashar al-Assad. Russia on Thursday has finally recognised that five Russian citizens, not officially affiliated with the Russian military, were likely killed in the strikes in eastern Syria, in the first admission of non-military combat casualties.

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Austrian Snowboarder Markus Schairer Breaks Neck After Terrifying Crash

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 19:14:00 -0500

(image) Austria’s Markus Schairer suffered a broken neck after a terrifying crash during the men’s snowboardcross quarterfinals at the Winter Olympics on Thursday.

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El Chapo: Mexican drug lord struggling to pay legal fees, says lawyer

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 19:44:00 -0500

(image) Joaquin Guzman is eager to address the court directly in order to tell his family to pay his fees, Eduardo Balarezo told a hearing at a Brooklyn federal court. Mr Balarezo said Guzman wanted to knock down any speculation he might plead guilty and cooperate with American authorities. Mr Balarezo also renewed complaints about conditions at the Manhattan jail where Guzman is being held in solitary confinement.

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Israel slams Polish PM for WWII 'Jewish perpetrators' remark

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 16:45:53 -0500

(image) JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli politicians accused Poland's prime minister of anti-Semitism Saturday for equating the Polish perpetrators in the Holocaust to its supposed "Jewish perpetrators," setting off a new chapter in an angry dispute over Poland's new bill criminalizing the mention of Polish complicity in the Nazi-led genocide.

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Mike Pence's Beliefs Are Clear: Same-Sex Marriage Leads To 'Societal Collapse'

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 15:09:59 -0500

(image) A debate has again ensued in recent days over whether or not Vice President Mike Pence supports conversion therapy ― something that’s come up time and again in the past.

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Russian indictments could set stage for more Mueller charges

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 18:40:39 -0500

(image) Special Counsel Robert Mueller's indictment of 13 Russian individuals and three organizations for allegedly interfering in the 2016 U.S. presidential election sets the stage for the prosecution of Americans who may have helped the Russian effort, some legal experts said. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein told reporters on Friday there was no allegation in the indictment that any American knew about the alleged scheme. It said Russians did contact "unwitting" members of the campaign of now President Donald Trump in a bid to support him while denigrating his opponent, Democrat Hillary Clinton.

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Adam Levine And Behati Prinsloo Welcome Baby Girl Named Geo

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 16:56:44 -0500

(image) Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine and his supermodel wife, Behati Prinsloo, have welcomed their second child together, according to multiple outlets: a baby girl named Geo Grace Levine.

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Casino will check hotel rooms, even with 'Do Not Disturb'

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 14:04:24 -0500

(image) ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — One of the world's largest casino companies will check its guests' hotel rooms every 24 hours, even if they have a "Do Not Disturb" sign hanging on the doorknob.

Zimbabwe arrest over Grace Mugabe's 'fake' PhD

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 14:25:58 -0500

(image) Zimbabwean anti-corruption investigators said Friday they had arrested a university professor over the suspected fraudulent awarding of a doctorate to former first lady Grace Mugabe. Levi Nyagura, the vice chancellor of the University of Zimbabwe, was arrested by the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission following an investigation into the PhD. It emerged that Grace was awarded the degree by the university in 2014 after just months of study.

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Maame Biney's Pioneering Run At The Winter Olympics Is Over

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 06:25:54 -0500

(image) U.S. speedskater Maame Biney finished last in her 1,500 meter short-track heat on Saturday, ending her trailblazing run at the Winter Olympics.

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Guantanamo trial of Cole bombing suspect halted

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 20:47:14 -0500

(image) The Guantanamo trial of the chief suspect in the deadly 2000 bombing of the USS Cole in Yemen was shut down Friday as defense lawyers refused to return to the case, Pentagon officials said. Military commissions judge Air Force Colonel Vance Spath halted the case, which could lead to the death penalty for Abdel Rahim al-Nashiri, in frustration that he could not compel Nashiri's main lawyers to show up in court. "The USS Cole bombing trial ... military judge has abated indefinitely the pre-trial proceedings," Pentagon spokeswoman Commander Sarah Higgins said.

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FBI director facing calls to resign after agency admits it failed to act on tip off about Florida shooter

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 12:57:27 -0500

FBI director Christopher Wray was last night facing calls to quit after the organisation admitted it failed to act on a tip off it received about the suspect in the Florida high school shooting. Rick Scott , the Florida Governor, said Mr Wray "[needed] to resign" over the "unacceptable" failings after the intelligence agency revealed it was warned that the suspect, Nikolas Cruz, had a "desire to kill people" almost six weeks ago The FBI's stunning admission has raised questions over whether it could have prevented Wednesday's shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, which left 17 people dead. Mr Scott hit out at the intelligence agency in highly critical statement, saying the "FBI's failure to take action against this killer is unacceptable". "An apology will never bring these 17 Floridians back to life or comfort the families who are in pain." Florida senator Marco Rubio also criticised the FBI, saying it was "inexcusable" that the bureau did not follow protocols and called for Congress to launch its own investigations into what happened. The FBI said a person close to the 19-year-old Cruz contacted the agency with concerns about his social media posts and his possession of firearms on January 5 but agents neglected to pass the information on to its Florida branch.  "Under established protocols, the information provided by the caller should have been assessed as a potential threat to life," the FBI said.  "The information then should have been forwarded to the FBI Miami field office, where appropriate investigative steps would have been taken. We have determined that these protocols were not followed." The FBI Director needs to resign:— Rick Scott (@FLGovScott) February 16, 2018 On Thursday, it was revealed that the FBI was separately warned in September that a YouTube user with the same name as Cruz had threatened to become a "professional school shooter". Ben Bennight, a 36-year-old YouTube video blogger from Mississippi, told CNN he contacted the agency after a comment by a user with the name Nikolas Cruz left the alarming comment on a video he had posted. Mr Wray, the FBI's director, said the bureau is continuing to investigate how the oversight occurred. "We have spoken with victims and families, and deeply regret the additional pain this causes all those affected by this horrific tragedy," Mr Wray said in the statement.  Read more | Florida school shooting "All of the men and women of the FBI are dedicated to keeping the American people safe, and are relentlessly committed to improving all that we do and how we do it." The massacre in P[...]

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EPA Says Scott Pruitt Flies First Class Because Angry People Yell At Him Too Much

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 23:55:33 -0500

(image) Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt frequently flies in first and business class because he’s regularly confronted by angry members of the public during his travels, according to a report in Politico on Thursday.

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