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Sen. Marco Rubio challenged by angry students, teachers and parents at Florida forum on shooting

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 19:15:00 PST

Republican Sen. Marco Rubio was challenged at a town hall Wednesday night by angry students, teachers and parents who were demanding stronger gun control measures after the school shooting that killed 17 people at a Florida high school.

One of those confronting Rubio at a CNN's “Stand Up” town...

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Trump suggests arming schools in emotional meeting with gun violence survivors and parents

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 18:05:00 PST

President Trump hosted an extraordinarily emotional debate over guns and schools at the White House on Wednesday, listening for more than an hour as student survivors and grieving parents parried ideas to prevent firearms deaths, their gentle disputes hinting at the nation’s divisions.

The president...

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Conspiracy theories about Florida school shooting survivors have gone mainstream

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 16:15:00 PST

In a world of senseless chaos and cruelty, there are apparently two ways to comprehend what’s driving the student-led gun control activism spreading across the country:

1. After a gunman killed 17 students and faculty at a high school in Parkland, Fla., last week, the students have launched a movement...

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$1.5-million reward offered to solve 2001 slaying of federal prosecutor and gun control activist

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 15:55:00 PST

Federal investigators have spent 16 years attempting to track down the killer of Thomas C. Wales, 49, the first federal prosecutor in U.S. history to be killed in the line of duty.

FBI and Justice Department officials still can’t say with certainty who stood in the darkness outside the window of...

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Declaring '#NeverAgain,' students remember Florida school shooting victims

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 14:05:00 PST

Survivors of one of the deadliest school shootings in U.S. history took to the Florida state Capitol on Wednesday with a clear message: We will not be silenced.

As hundreds of students, teachers and gun reform advocates gathered outside the legislative building in Tallahassee, students from Marjory...

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Supreme Court limits protections for corporate whistleblowers

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 12:15:00 PST

The Supreme Court sharply limited the legal protections for corporate whistleblowers on Wednesday, ruling they are not shielded from being fired under a federal law unless they have reported a potential fraud to the Securities and Exchange Commission.

The justices conceded their ruling might gut...

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Some Fed officials raised concerns about higher inflation as tax cuts took effect

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 11:00:00 PST

Some Federal Reserve policymakers raised concerns last month about the potential for higher inflation and financial instability because of stronger economic growth triggered by the recently enacted tax cuts, according to an account of the meeting released on Wednesday.

Early signs that the effects...

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Man arrested in killings of two Las Vegas homeless men

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 20:30:00 PST

Federal authorities have made an arrest in connection with the killings of two homeless men in Las Vegas and the shooting of two other people, authorities said Tuesday.

Joshua Castellon, 26, of Las Vegas was arrested Friday by a special agent with the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms...

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Trump 'supportive' of tougher gun law, but his record suggests that may not mean much

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 19:45:00 PST

The deadly school shooting in Florida has moved President Trump to call for a ban on devices that turn legal firearms into deadly automatic assault rifles. But some gun control supporters expressed skepticism: He has promised action before in response to a mass killing, only to drop it when Americans’...

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A spreading movement? How Florida school shooting survivors are inspiring other students to demand gun control

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 19:30:00 PST

It started as a memorial to the 17 dead.

But after students at West Boca Raton Community High School gathered outside Tuesday to mark 17 minutes of silence — one for each person shot to death last week at nearby Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School — it turned into a protest for gun control.

“If...

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Texas board recommends clemency for son who plotted to kill family

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 15:40:00 PST

In a surprising, unanimous vote, the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles has recommended the governor grant clemency to death row inmate Thomas “Bart” Whitaker, fulfilling years of appeals from Whitaker’s father, who survived the attack that killed his wife and younger son.

Kent Whitaker, the father,...

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Russia investigation leads to guilty plea for lawyer linked to Trump's former campaign aides

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 15:25:00 PST

A lawyer linked to two of President Trump’s former campaign aides ensnared in the continuing Russia inquiry has pleaded guilty to lying to investigators for special counsel Robert S. Mueller III.

The lawyer, Alex van der Zwaan, previously worked at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, a prominent...

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Supreme Court leaves in place California's 10-day wait for gun buyers, rejects 2nd Amendment challenge

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 13:45:00 PST

The Supreme Court made clear again Tuesday that the government has broad power to restrict and regulate firearms, dismissing a 2nd Amendment challenge to California’s 10-day waiting period for new gun purchases.

While the court has ruled that the 2nd Amendment protects the right of law-abiding...

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Trump administration takes new steps to loosen health insurance rules

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 11:55:00 PST

The Trump administration took new steps Tuesday to loosen health insurance rules, moving to allow the sale of more short-term health plans that do not need to offer consumers a full range of health protections.

The proposed regulations — which represent the latest in a series of administrative...

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U.S. is separating immigrant parents and children to discourage others, activists say

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 03:00:00 PST

Thousands of parents who crossed illegally into the U.S. in recent years have been held with their children at immigration detention centers. But the case of a Brazilian woman and her son illustrates what migrant advocates call a harsher approach to immigration enforcement that aims to separate...

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New report still can't explain illnesses of U.S. diplomats based in Cuba

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 13:00:00 PST

The mystery surrounding strange symptoms of illness experienced by at least two dozen U.S. diplomats stationed in Havana has still not been resolved.

More than a year after the symptoms were first reported, and the U.S. government blamed them on “attacks” against the diplomats, a new report by...

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Mueller deputy Andrew Weissmann has a reputation for hard-charging tactics — and sometimes going too far

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 11:15:00 PST

When FBI agents raided the northern Virginia home of President Trump’s former campaign manager Paul J. Manafort Jr. on July 26, they came with all the subtlety of a sledgehammer.

They arrived before dawn, forced the front door lock and burst in with a no-knock warrant, tactics typically used in...

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Even as gay rights battles are won, transgender people continue to face obstacles

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 03:00:00 PST

In post-marriage-equality America, where same-sex couples live openly and increasingly are embraced in their communities, those on the conservative right who once pushed back against gay rights now appear to have shifted their focus to the transgender community.

So far this year, 10 states have...

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

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 15:45:00 PST

A former top aide to Donald Trump’s presidential campaign will plead guilty to fraud-related charges within days — and has made 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...

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Mueller's indictments complicate Trump's efforts to dismiss Russia probe as a 'hoax'

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 12:40:00 PST

Before Friday, when special counsel Robert S. Mueller III handed down a damning indictment against Russians for 2016 election meddling, it was much easier for President Trump to dismiss the entire inquiry as a Democratic hoax and witch hunt.

Trump had long sought to discredit claims of Russian...

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Art and teamwork help one Puerto Rican town nearly five months after Hurricane Maria ripped through

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 05:00:00 PST

The Perez family’s guava-colored home stands out in the Cerro Calero section of Aguadilla, in northwestern Puerto Rico.

It’s not only the home’s faint pink exterior, or the roof, temporarily covered with a blue protective sheet, that make this house distinct.

It’s also not the extension cords coming...

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Family of woman killed by Maryland police was awarded $37 million. Will they ever see the money?

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 04:00:00 PST

The verdict of more than $37 million won by the family of Korryn Gaines, who was shot and killed by police two years ago, is one of the largest ever against law enforcement officers in Maryland.

But legal experts question whether her family will actually see all that money. Maryland’s cap on local...

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Nikolas Cruz was investigated after cutting himself on Snapchat, state report shows

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 19:25:00 PST

Nikolas Cruz cut his arms on Snapchat and said he wanted to buy a gun in September 2016, more than a year before he was accused of killing 17 people in a school in Parkland, records show.

The incident on the digital social network prompted an investigation by sheriff’s deputies and adult welfare...

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Trolls on Twitter make false claims of being assaulted at screenings of 'Black Panther'

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 17:30:00 PST

As Marvel’s latest superhero movie, “Black Panther,” draws praise and rakes in millions of dollars at the box office, Twitter trolls have emerged across the country attempting to stoke racial division by spreading false reports about the film’s largely African American fans.

Over the last few days,...

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Why Trump's Playboy Playmate sex scandal is just another ho-hum day in his presidency

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 08:40:00 PST

Most politicians would have been swallowed up in scandal after new details emerged Friday of an alleged affair — with a Playboy Playmate, no less — that occurred the same weekend of a reported dalliance with a porn star.

Not Donald Trump.

In eight pages of handwritten notes published by the New...

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