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Published: Wed, 21 Feb 2018 15:14:01 -0500

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Syria's Child Death Toll Prompts Scathing 1-Sentence Statement From UN Agency

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 22:12:58 -0500

(image) The United Nations agency that helps the world’s needy children issued a terse statement on Tuesday about the escalating death toll in Syria as pro-government forces hammer rebel-held areas.



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Trump, inexplicably, says he has 'been much tougher on Russia than Obama'

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 10:39:36 -0500

(image) President Trump declared on Tuesday that he has been “much tougher on Russia” than President Barack Obama, despite evidence that the opposite is true.



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Army Awards Heroism Medal To 3 Junior ROTC Cadets Killed In Florida Shooting

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 14:43:27 -0500

(image) Three Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps cadets killed during last week’s mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida have been awarded the Medal of Heroism by the U.S. Army.



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Aurora borealis turns the sky greener than the ground

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 11:56:00 -0500

(image) These Northern Lights “rainbows” have turned the sky greener than the Earth below. Vitaly Istomin, 26, spent several nights in freezing conditions under the stars in northern Russia’s Khibiny Mountains to capture the aurora’s “rainbows.” (Caters News)





Truck was on tracks despite gates when struck by Amtrak train: U.S. report

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 13:03:58 -0500

(image) A garbage truck was on the tracks despite lowered safety gates when it was struck by a train carrying Republican lawmakers in a fatal crash last month in rural Virginia, the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board said on Wednesday. Data from a camera mounted on the front of the chartered Amtrak train showed the gates were down at the crossing at the time of the crash, according to a preliminary NTSB report on the Jan. 31 accident. A passenger on the garbage truck was killed and two others on the truck were injured.



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The Latest: Wife loses bid to replace lawmaker who shot self

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 20:00:03 -0500

(image) SHEPHERDSVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The Latest on a special election to complete the remaining term of a Kentucky lawmaker who killed himself last year (all times local):



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Photos: Indonesia's Mount Sinabung erupts, spews towering ash cloud

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 08:04:07 -0500

(image) Mount Sinabung erupted on Monday morning, sending an ash cloud more than 5,000 meters (16,000 feet) towering into the atmosphere. No fatalities or injuries have been reported.



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Florida Shooter's Former Friend Says She Reported Him To School 'Multiple' Times

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 09:15:41 -0500

(image) A former friend of Nikolas Cruz, the 19-year-old who confessed to opening fire on a Florida high school last week, says she told school officials “multiple” times over the last several years that she was concerned about his behavior.



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Iranian official threatens to flatten Tel Aviv if Israel attacks 

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 23:21:34 -0500

(image) Iran issued a fiery warning to Israel on Monday threatening to raze Tel Aviv if Benjamin Netanyahu followed through on his recent threat to act against it. "About Netanyahu's unwise words, I should say that if they carry out the slightest unwise move against Iran, we will level Tel Aviv to the ground and will not give any opportunity to Netanyahu to flee,” said Mohsen Rezaie, Iran’s expediency council secretary, according to the semi-official Fars News Agency. With tensions increasing in the Middle East over Iran’s role in Syria and Yemen and as US President Donald Trump presses for a tougher approach on Tehran, Israel is seeking wider support to contain its regional nemesis. The two countries traded harsh words during the Munich Security Conference at the weekend. Mr Netanyahu brandished a piece of what he said was an Iranian drone after its incursion into Israeli airspace earlier this month and said: "Israel will not allow the regime to put a noose of terror around our neck. "We will act if necessary not just against Iran's proxies but against Iran itself.” He also urged his audience to help contain Iran and made his point with a map which he said illustrated Iran’s growing influence across the Middle East. But Mr Rezaie played down the remarks as a theatrical move and a childish game, according to Fars, and added: "The US and Israeli leaders don’t know Iran and don’t understand the power of resistance and therefore, they continuously face defeat." At a glance | Islamic Republic of Iran The tough words on both sides at the international event come as Israel is increasingly seeking to cooperate with Sunni Arab states that share its worries about Shia Iran. For months, Mr Netanyahu has touted what he describes as unprecedented levels of behind-the-scenes cooperation. Among Israel's main concerns is Lebanon, where the heavily armed Iran-backed Shi'ite militia Hezbollah is part of a coalition government. Telegraph view: The theatre of war Israel last fought a war against Hezbollah in 2006. Tension between Israel and Lebanon has increased as Hezbollah has gained strength fighting in Syria, and the two countries also have a maritime border dispute. Israel has carried out air strikes in Syria against suspected Iranian arms shipments to Hezbollah and has accused Tehran of planning to build missile factories in Lebanon.



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Trump claims he 'never met' the woman who says he forcibly kissed her at Trump Tower

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 12:46:24 -0500

(image) President Trump turned his Twitter attention Tuesday to previously disclosed claims by Rachel Crooks, who says he forced himself on her at Trump Tower in 2006.



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Duterte slammed for barring Philippine news site from his events

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 00:01:57 -0500

(image) Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's move to ban a critical news website from covering the presidential palace is a threat to press freedom, rights and media groups said on Wednesday. Rappler, set up in 2012, is among a clutch of Philippine news organisations that have sparred with Duterte over their critical coverage of his drug war which the government says has claimed the lives of nearly 4,000 suspects. Human rights groups charge that thousands more have been killed by shadowy vigilantes.



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Sedan of missing man Joshua Thiede found in Los Angeles neighborhood

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 03:27:56 -0500

(image) The vehicle of missing man Joshua Thiede, who is an Uber and Lyft driver, was found in an area of Los Angeles just east of Hollywood Monday.



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Man who died in Yellowstone was looking for hidden treasure

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 18:31:06 -0500

(image) BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A 53-year-old Illinois man who fell to his death in Yellowstone National Park last year was looking for a supposed hidden cache of gold and jewels that has inspired thousands to hunt in vain across remote corners of the Western U.S., according to a report by park authorities.



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Some Conservatives Are Trying To Discredit Outspoken Florida Shooting Survivors

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 14:30:46 -0500

(image) WASHINGTON ― After what seems like a never-ending stream of deadly mass shootings, many gun reform proponents fear that Americans have become too desensitized to bloodshed to demand action to end gun violence.



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Trump presidency is ‘code red’ level threat to US democracy, says Thomas Friedman

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 11:45:00 -0500

(image) Thomas Friedman of the New York Times wrote that “the biggest threat to the integrity of our democracy today is in the Oval Office”. The column discussed the influence of Russia on US politics in light of the recent indictment in the FBI investigation into possible collusion between Mr Trump’s campaign team and Russian officials. “Donald, if you are so innocent, why do you go to such extraordinary lengths to try to shut [special prosecutor Robert] Mueller down?” Mr Friedman asked.



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Columbine High shooting survivor: Social media is giving Parkland students the voice we never had

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 11:15:07 -0500

A survivor of the Columbine High School shooting has said the reaction of the Parkland victims has renewed her hope of meaningful action finally happening on gun control. Anne Marie Hochhalter said social media had given survivors of mass shootings a platform to call for change that the teenagers of Columbine never had. In recent days students from the Florida school have held emotive rallies and are planning further marches calling for tighter gun regulations after 17 people were gunned down at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Valentine's Day. Ms Hochhalter was left paralysed when she was shot during the 1999 massacre that killed 13 at the Colorado high school. Yet social media has also provided a breeding ground for a perverse subculture that valorises mass shooters, according to the 36-year-old The Telegraph found numerous posts on Facebook and Tumblr glamorising the shooters of Columbine, with people even sharing tattoos they had of the killers stalking the school’s cafeteria during the massacre. Anne Marie Hochhalter   Credit: Anne Marie Hochhalter   Ms Hochhalter said she fears such social media posts could help inspire other shooters by holding out the prospect of gaining a form of warped fame. Facebook has since deleted a number of pages flagged to it by this paper. 'Social media gives survivors a voice' Ms Hochhalter had long since given up on the idea that the continued mass shootings in the US would lead to meaningful action on gun control. Yet the sight of Parkland students organising rallies and marches calling for legislation has given her renewed optimism. “Seeing these kids - my heart bursts with pride,” she said . “They are speaking up and calling for action from lawmakers and parties. I hope so badly there will be change. David Hogg a senior at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School speaks at a rally calling for more gun control in Fort Lauderdale Credit: Reuters “They can now set the agenda themselves, they have the power and they have a voice. These kids are not going to give up.” President Donald Trump is now preparing to ban bump stock devices that modify semi-automatic rifles and is considering other gun control measures in the wake of the tragedy in Florida. In 1999 the narrative around Columbine quickly coalesced around the two shooters being part of a sinister group called the Trenchcoat Mafia, about whether video games and goth culture had desensitised them to violence and whether the attack was two outcasts taking revenge on more popular 'jocks'. It is a narrative that has been debunked in the years following the attack. For instance the Trenchcoat Mafia was group of computer game enthusiasts who met to play the fantasy tabletop role-playing game Dungeons and Dragons. Members said the shooters, Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris, were rejected from the group for being too strange. The initial explanations for the shooting didn’t tally with the experience of many at the school, but Ms Hochhalter said they did not have a platform to challenge them. She said: “We didn’t have social media. I did some [media] interviews, but they wanted to focus on the shooters. The focus wasn’t on what it should have been.” Infamy motive Ms Hochhalter is clear in her mind as to what motivated the Columbine shooters - notoriety. It is the same conclusion that the FBI working with psychiatrists and psychologists came to five years after the shooting. Columbine was not a rash act by two teenagers with ready access to guns. I[...]


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Netanyahu confidants named as suspects in new corruption probe

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 07:18:58 -0500

(image) By Jeffrey Heller and Tova Cohen JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli police revealed on Tuesday they had arrested the controlling shareholder and CEO of the country's biggest telecoms company, as well as two former officials with close ties to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in a corruption case. The arrests in the investigation dubbed "Case 4000" came just days after police recommended Netanyahu himself be indicted for bribery and fraud in other cases, known as "1000" and "2000". Shaul Elovitch, a family friend of Netanyahu's who controls telecoms firm Bezeq through his Eurocom holding company, was arrested along with his wife, his son and Bezeq's CEO Stella Handler.



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School Shooting's Survivors Cry As Florida House Rejects Talks On Assault Weapon Ban

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 19:21:26 -0500

(image) Survivors of last week’s school shooting in Florida were brought to tears as state lawmakers refused to debate a gun control measure in Tallahassee on Tuesday.



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The world's best beaches in the world revealed: TripAdvisor

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 08:53:07 -0500

(image) The pristine white sand beaches of Grace Bay in Turks and Caicos top this year's list of TripAdvisor's World's Best Beaches Awards. 



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North Korea’s Tunnel Network Is Impressive (But Not Invulnerable)

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 11:20:00 -0500

(image) Here is how America could even the fight with Pyongyang. A recent article described a newly noted but apparently abandoned railroad tunnel in North Korea, located near Dancheon on the east coast roughly midway between Hamhung and Chongjin. The lack of information regarding military usage cries out for discussion, for North Korea has used tunnels and other underground structures for a multitude of military and civil-defense purposes for decades.



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Trump Administration Takes Another Step To Roll Back Obamacare

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 09:52:51 -0500

(image) Republican efforts to roll back the Affordable Care Act’s insurance reforms continued Tuesday, when the Trump administration proposed regulations that would make it easier for health insurers to sell cheap, short-term policies that leave out key benefits and are available only to people in good health.



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Dallas Politician Tells NRA To Get Lost Unless It's Ready To Talk Reform

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 06:58:36 -0500

(image) A gun-owning Dallas politician said he won’t support the National Rifle Association holding its annual convention in his city this year after last week’s Florida school shooting unless the group will discuss gun law reform.



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Donald Trump Jr. Loves India's 'Poorest Of The Poor' Because They Smile

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 07:13:30 -0500

(image) Donald Trump Jr. is catching heat on social media over a tone-deaf comment he made about India’s poorest citizens during his visit to the country to promote Trump-branded luxury real estate.



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Supreme Court asked to review 'Making a Murderer' confession

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 18:23:23 -0500

(image) MILWAUKEE (AP) — Lawyers for a Wisconsin inmate featured in the "Making a Murderer" series on Netflix asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday to review a federal appeals court decision that held his confession was voluntary.



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Florida School Shooting Suspect Obtained 10 Rifles In Roughly The Past Year

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 18:43:54 -0500

(image) The suspect in last week’s mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida, obtained 10 rifles in the past year or so, an unnamed law enforcement source told CNN Monday.



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US-Russia ties will be hard to repair: Moscow

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 03:39:30 -0500

(image) Moscow on Wednesday said it would be "very difficult" to improve US-Russia relations, which have plummeted to Cold War lows on accusations of election meddling and crises in Syria and Ukraine. Deputy foreign minister Sergei Ryabkov accused the US of trying to meddle in Russia's internal affairs ahead of a presidential election next month, after Washington indicted 13 Russians for an alleged covert effort to interfere in 2016 US polls. "Paradoxically, the Americans are taking steps towards meddling in our internal affairs and exacerbating tensions in bilateral relations ahead of the presidential election" in Russia on March 18, Ryabkov told the news agency Interfax.



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Harley-Davidson to Close Down Kansas Plant Despite Pleas from Congress

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 08:33:45 -0500

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Seas to rise about a meter even if climate goals are met - study

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 11:07:54 -0500

(image) By Alister Doyle OSLO (Reuters) - Sea levels will rise between 0.7 and 1.2 meters (27-47 inches) in the next two centuries even if governments end the fossil fuel era as promised under the Paris climate agreement, scientists said on Tuesday. Early action to cut greenhouse gas emissions would limit the long-term rise, driven by a thaw of ice from Greenland to Antarctica that will re-draw global coastlines, a German-led team wrote in the journal Nature Communications. Sea level rise is a threat to cities from Shanghai to London, to low-lying swathes of Florida or Bangladesh, and to entire nations such as the Maldives in the Indian Ocean or Kiribati in the Pacific.



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Trump (Keeps) Struggling With This Russia Thing

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 18:08:18 -0500

(image) President Trump says he never doubted that Russia meddled in the 2016 election, despite repeatedly casting doubt on allegations of Russian meddling.



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Democrats Flip Kentucky State House Seat Where Trump Won Overwhelmingly

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 20:30:55 -0500

(image) Democrats flipped a GOP-held Kentucky state House seat on Tuesday, handing the party its 37th state legislative pickup nationwide since Donald Trump won the presidency.



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In honor of Rihanna's birthday, we're sharing our favorite Fenty Beauty products

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 14:30:00 -0500

(image) It's hard to believe that it was over 10 years ago when we first heard 'Pon de Replay' on the radio by an 'unknown' Rihanna at the time.



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7th-grader with distraction device shoots himself at school

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 17:15:51 -0500

(image) MASSILLON, Ohio (AP) — 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.



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FBI charge British engineer with murdering wife on yacht in Caribbean

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 12:14:25 -0500

  A British engineer has been charged by the FBI with murdering his wife after she disappeared at sea as they cruised around the Caribbean on a belated honeymoon. Lewis Bennett, 41, who holds dual British and Australian citizenship and is originally from Poole, Dorset, was accused of second-degree murder over the death of Isabella Hellmann, 41, on May 15 last year. He was charged in a Miami court where, according to local television station WPTV, he was also sentenced to seven months in jail for transporting valuable rare coins. After his wife's disappearance Bennett told investigators she was lost at sea when their 37ft catamaran, Surf into Summer, was struck by an unknown object near the Bahamas. According to to the FBI Bennett said he had gone below deck and left Ms Hellmann above to keep watch. He described being woken up at 1am by a jolt and the vessel was taking on water. Bennett told investigators he could not find his wife and had to abandon ship on a life raft. In an affidavit FBI special agent James Kelley said the bureau now believed Bennett "knowingly and unlawfully killed" Ms Hellmann. The FBI affidavit ​claimed ​Bennett​ ​​had damaged the inside of the boat causing it to flood. Isabella Hellman and her British husband Lewis Bennett. She went missing during a honeymoon sailing trip. When Ms Hellmann disappeared the couple, who had a daughter now aged 17 months, were sailing back from Havana, Cuba to their home in Delray Beach, Florida. The daughter was not on the boat. Bennett made an SOS call in the early hours and was later spotted by a US Coast Guard helicopter. He was rescued alone from the life raft. The search for Ms Hellmann was called off three days later and her body was never found. When Bennett was rescued nine plastic tubes of silver coins were found in the life raft. They included 158 English “Year of the Horse” one-ounce silver coins and 77 Canadian Maple Leaf coins, worth about £3,200. The coins were among a batch that had been reported stolen from another boat in St Martin the previous year. Bennett had been a crew member on that boat. According to the owner of the boat the total value of the coins stolen in 2016 was around $100,000. After he was rescued Bennett said of his wife: "She is my soulmate. I thought we were going to be together forever. "I understand why they have to investigate and that is fair enough. I have got nothing to hide. They have to do what they have to do.”​[...]


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A Conspiracy Theory About A Stoneman Douglas Student Reaches No. 1 On YouTube

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 13:00:24 -0500

(image) A video peddling a conspiracy theory that Stoneman Douglas High School student David Hogg is an actor reached No. 1 on YouTube’s trending page Wednesday morning before the company ultimately removed it.



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Swiss Skier Joel Gisler Plunges 15 Feet In Brutal Crash During Olympic Halfpipe

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 02:37:19 -0500

(image) There was a scary moment during the halfpipe event at the Winter Olympics on Tuesday when a Swiss skier crashed into the wall hard enough to knock the skis off his feet.



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Trudeau "assures" India Canada won't support Sikh separatists

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 08:10:20 -0500

(image) By Malini Menon NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau traveled to the holiest site of Sikhism in northern India on Wednesday where government leaders said he assured them his country won't support anyone trying to revive a separatist movement in India. Canada is home to an influential Sikh community and Indian leaders say there are some fringe groups there that are still sympathetic to the cause of an independent Sikh state called Khalistan, carved out of India. Trudeau visited the Golden Temple in Amritsar, the holiest Sikh shrine, and later met Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh and addressed the concerns of his hosts, the state leader said.



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Shepard Smith Flames Trump For Not Condemning Russia — Ever

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 20:08:04 -0500

(image) President Donald Trump blasted the FBI, his own Justice Department and national security adviser H.R. McMaster, the previous Congress, Democrats, Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and Oprah Winfrey in a Twitter tirade in the wake of indictments against 13 Russians in the investigation of interference in the 2016 presidential election.



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Trump Administration Makes Move to Offer Cheaper Health Insurance Plans

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 21:48:52 -0500

(image) In its latest move to roll back Obama-era health insurance rules, the Trump administration announced a plan that would make it easier for consumers to buy cheaper insurance that offers fewer bene...



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