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Trump criticizes FBI over handling of shooting suspect tip

Trump criticizes FBI over handling of shooting suspect tip

President Donald Trump lashed out at the FBI Saturday night, saying the agency "missed all of the many signals" sent by the suspect in the Florida school shooting and arguing they are "spending too much time trying to prove Russian collusion with the Trump campaign." Trump said on Twitter: "This is not acceptable. They are spending too much time trying to prove Russian collusion...
Woman wins $100,000 on Valentine’s lottery gift

Woman wins $100,000 on Valentine’s lottery gift

Don Holmes knew the $10 scratch off ticket was a winner when he saw it.  Holmes got the Casino Riches ticket Wednesday as a Valentine’s Day gift for his wife, Cynthia. "I thought it would just be $100 but it turned out to be $100,000," he said.  She didn’t believe she really won. "(The machine) went, 'Woo hoo!' And I'm like -- my hands started shaking...
Calls for gun control grow louder after Florida shooting

Calls for gun control grow louder after Florida shooting

Pressure is growing for tougher gun-control laws after a mass shooting at a Florida high school, with thousands of angry protesters at state rallies demanding immediate action from lawmakers, and more demonstrations planned across the country in the weeks ahead. Organizers behind the Women's March, an anti-Trump and female empowerment protest, called for a 17-minute, nationwide walkout by teachers...
You may be able to better avoid a heart attack with this common snack, study says

You may be able to better avoid a heart attack with this common snack, study says

What’s your go-to snack? If it’s yogurt, you may be in luck because it may help lower your risk for cardiovascular disease, according to a new report.  Researchers from Boston University and Harvard University, recently conducted a trial, published in American Journal of Hypertension, to determine how high intake of the food could be associated with lower cardiovascular disease...
84 children have died so far this flu season, CDC says

84 children have died so far this flu season, CDC says

As of Friday, 84 children in the U.S. have died from in the flu since October, according to the CDC.  In a news conference Thursday, the CDC said that of those who died, three-fourths of them did not receive the flu vaccine.  "We continue to recommend parents get their children vaccinated even though it's late in the season," Dr. Anne Schuchat told CNN.  Health officials...
Jennifer Lawrence to take time off from acting in order to ‘fix our democracy’

Jennifer Lawrence to take time off from acting in order to ‘fix our democracy’

Jennifer Lawrence plans to take the next year off from acting in order to devote time working with a group trying to limit the influence of money in politics.  Lawrence, 27, is a member of the board of Represent.Us, a group working to pass anti-corruption laws which limit the amount of money that can be used to influence politicians. "I'm going to take the next year off. I'm going to...
School walkouts, sit-ins planned after Florida shooting

School walkouts, sit-ins planned after Florida shooting

The mass shooting at a Florida high school that left 17 people dead has sparked calls for walkouts, sit-ins and other actions on school campuses across the United States aimed at pushing lawmakers to pass tougher gun laws. Organizers behind the Women's March, an anti-Trump and female empowerment protest, called for a 17-minute walkout on March 14 to "protest Congress' inaction to do more than...
14-year-old Charlotte girl found 5 months after disappearance

14-year-old Charlotte girl found 5 months after disappearance

A 14-year-old Charlotte girl who disappeared five months ago was found in Georgia this week. Nakia Williams was last seen Sept. 7, 2017, after leaving her home on Wiegon Lane, according to Charlotte-Mecklenburg police. Georgia law enforcement officials were able to confirm Wednesday that she was seen in Emanuel County, Georgia, and that she was possibly staying in Toombs County, Georgia, a neighboring...
Girl, 8, crossing street for bus, dies after she was hit by car

Girl, 8, crossing street for bus, dies after she was hit by car

Charges are pending for a driver who hit and killed a girl while she was walking to the bus stop with her mother. The crash happened at Rays Road and Central Drive in DeKalb County. The mother, Dawt Chin Sung, was holding Tluang Tha Men, 8, in her arms when the car struck them. Friends and relatives said they're still in shock. “Everyone is praying for them,” a friend said, asking not...
Legendary climber Jim Bridwell dies at 73

Legendary climber Jim Bridwell dies at 73

Jim Bridwell, a hard-partying hippie and legendary climber who lived his life vertically on some of the toughest peaks in Yosemite National Park, has died. He was 73. Bridwell died Friday morning at a hospital. He had liver and kidney failure from hepatitis C that he may have contracted in the 1980s when he got a tattoo from a headhunting tribe in Borneo, his wife, Peggy Bridwell of Palm Desert, told...
Biden, in public and private, tiptoes toward a 2020 run

Biden, in public and private, tiptoes toward a 2020 run

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...
Passenger says teen driver panicked, hit the gas outside NSA

Passenger says teen driver panicked, hit the gas outside NSA

A passenger in a vehicle that was fired upon outside the National Security Agency campus says the unlicensed teen driver made a wrong turn, panicked and hit the gas. Passenger Javonte Alhajie Brown told The Washington Post Friday that the 17-year-old driver was following GPS directions to reach a friend's house in a Maryland suburb, but he turned onto a restricted-access road that leads to the top-secret...
Report: Winn-Dixie owner preparing for bankruptcy, up to 200 stores could close

Report: Winn-Dixie owner preparing for bankruptcy, up to 200 stores could close

Winn-Dixie owner Bi-Lo is preparing for bankruptcy, according to a Bloomberg report. >> Read more trending news  Up to 200 stores could close as part of a bankruptcy filing, Bloomberg reported. According to Winn-Dixie's website, the retailer has locations in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi. The bankruptcy filing could come as early as next month, Bloomberg...
The Latest: Trump tweet undercuts McMaster Russia claims

The Latest: Trump tweet undercuts McMaster Russia claims

The Latest on the Russian response to U.S. indictments (all times local): 12:20 p.m. President Donald Trump is undercutting a top aide again — this time national security adviser Gen. H.R. McMaster. McMaster told an international audience that the evidence of Russian meddling in the 2016 American election is beyond dispute. Trump tweeted late Saturday that McMaster left out some details. "...
Minnesota terror case shows challenge of predicting attacks

Minnesota terror case shows challenge of predicting attacks

After Tnuza Jamal Hassan was stopped from flying to Afghanistan last September, she allegedly told FBI agents that she wanted to join al-Qaida and marry a fighter, and that she might even wear a suicide belt. She also said she was angry at U.S. military actions overseas and admitted that she tried to encourage others to "join the jihad in fighting," but she said she had no intention of carrying...

Latvian media say central bank chief's office raided

Latvia's state broadcaster says the national anti-corruption agency has raided the office and a property of the head of the country's central bank, Ilmars Rimsevics. LTV reported on Saturday that the raid took place on Friday. It aired footage that appeared to show Rimsevics arriving at the agency's offices. The agency, called KNAB, couldn't immediately be reached for comment. Its official account...

Weinstein Co. fires president after suit alleges inaction

The movie studio co-founded by Harvey Weinstein has fired its president, whose continued presence at the company was a source of controversy. The Weinstein Co. board said Friday it voted unanimously to dismiss David Glasser. A statement announcing the firing was released to the Los Angeles Times and the New York Times. New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has said Glasser knew of allegations...
Mourners: Slain Chicago officer was 'one of the good guys'

Mourners: Slain Chicago officer was 'one of the good guys'

Mourners remembered a slain Chicago Police commander Saturday as a model officer and "one of the good guys" who was uninterested in self-promotion, even as he moved up the department's ranks. Of all of Commander Paul Bauer's responsibilities, the ones that mattered the most to him were being a good husband to his wife, Erin, and good father to his daughter, Grace, several speakers said during...
Police: Mother accused of giving child hydrochloric acid, chlorine as autism 'cure'

Police: Mother accused of giving child hydrochloric acid, chlorine as autism 'cure'

An Indianapolis mother is accused of feeding her child a dangerous homemade concoction in an attempt to "cure" the child's autism, police said. The woman's husband claims his wife placed drops of hydrochloric acid and a water purifying solution that contained chlorine into their child's beverage, FOX59 reported. The woman reportedly referred to the mixture as the "miracle mineral...
The Latest: Slain Chicago officer remembered as 'model cop'

The Latest: Slain Chicago officer remembered as 'model cop'

The Latest on the funeral for a Chicago Police commander killed in the line of duty (all times local): 12:20 p.m. A Chicago Police commander who was gunned down by a suspect this week is being remembered as a "model cop" who wasn't interested in self-promotion, even as he moved up the department's ranks. Speakers at Commander Paul Bauer's funeral Saturday said he was most proud of his titles...
Florida lawmakers struggle with how to respond to shooting

Florida lawmakers struggle with how to respond to shooting

Stunned by a horrific shooting at a Florida high school that left 17 people dead, the state Legislature is grappling with what to do in the aftermath. Lawmakers have just three weeks left in their annual 60-day session and normally are trying to wrap up work on a new state budget in the final days. But the shooting Wednesday at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland has revived an ongoing...
Trump adviser: Russian meddling 'incontrovertible'

Trump adviser: Russian meddling 'incontrovertible'

President Donald Trump's national security adviser said Saturday there was "incontrovertible" evidence of a Russian plot to disrupt the 2016 U.S. election, a blunt statement that shows how significantly the new criminal charges leveled by an American investigator have upended the political debate over his inquiry. The statement by H.R. McMaster at the Munich Security Conference stood in...
Illinois Democratic congressman faces challenge from left

Illinois Democratic congressman faces challenge from left

A Lipinski has represented what's now Illinois' 3rd congressional district since U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski's father was first elected more than three decades ago. Now the younger Lipinski, a seven-term incumbent known as one of Congress' most conservative Democrats, is facing a tougher-than-usual primary challenge from the left flank of his party. Political newcomer Marie Newman says Lipinski, who opposes...
Woman says she found worm in fish bought at Costco

Woman says she found worm in fish bought at Costco

A Maryland woman says there was a live surprise in a package of fish she purchased at Costco last week. >> Read more trending news  Emily Rhoades Randolph said she purchased a package of fresh cod on Feb. 9 at Costco. On Monday, she recorded video of what appears to be a worm wriggling around a corner of the sealed package and posted it on her Facebook page on Wednesday. The sell-by date...
What does a bear do in the Alaska woods? Disperse seeds

What does a bear do in the Alaska woods? Disperse seeds

Does a bear leave scat in the woods? The answer is obvious but the effects on an ecosystem may not be. A study by Oregon State University researchers concludes that brown and black bears, and not birds, as commonly thought, are primary distributers of small fruit seeds in southeast Alaska, spreading the seeds through their excrement. "Bears are essentially like farmers," said Taal Levi,...
Australian priest reacts to Parkland shooting with swipe at US on church marquee 

Australian priest reacts to Parkland shooting with swipe at US on church marquee 

A rector at a church in Australia sent a pointed message to the United States this week in the wake of the shooting deaths at a high school in Parkland, Florida, on Feb. 14, The Washington Post reported. On the marquee outside the Gosford Anglican Church, the Rev. Rod Bower posted the message, “When will they love their kids more than their guns.” In a Facebook post of a photo of...
A fire alarm sounds, then gunfire erupts: Stay or flee?

A fire alarm sounds, then gunfire erupts: Stay or flee?

Students and teachers responded as trained when the fire alarm sounded, streaming out of the school and toward exits only to run into deadly gunfire. Two boys with stolen guns took aim from a wooded hill, waiting for people to evacuate after one of the boys had triggered a false fire alarm. They killed four children and a teacher. That was 20 years ago at Arkansas' Westside Middle School, before active-shooter...
Study: Common household chore just as damaging as smoking 20 cigarettes a day

Study: Common household chore just as damaging as smoking 20 cigarettes a day

Love to keep a tidy home? The chemicals in common cleaning sprays could be detrimental to your respiratory system, according to a new report.  Researchers from universities in Norway recently conducted a study, published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, to determine how cleaners may contribute to lung decline over time.  "While the short-term...
News of coach killed in Parkland shooting hit former player 'sideways'

News of coach killed in Parkland shooting hit former player 'sideways'

As the investigation into the Parkland High School mass shooting continues in South Florida, more people in the Jacksonville, Florida, area with connections to the school are coming forward to talk about the people they lost, including like assistant football coach Aaron Feis. “Hearing the stories about Coach Feis, it just, it just totally hit me sideways,” Kaden Culpepper said. Feis is...
Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau begins weeklong India visit

Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau begins weeklong India visit

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau arrived in India on Saturday for a weeklong visit aimed at enhancing business ties between the two countries. Trudeau and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi are also expected to focus on areas including civil nuclear cooperation, space, defense, energy and education. Trudeau was received at New Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport by Gajendra Singh Shekhawat...
Tennessee authorities arrest 'King Pin Granny'

Tennessee authorities arrest 'King Pin Granny'

Authorities said they have caught the “King Pin Granny” in Tennessee. A 75-year-old woman was arrested Feb. 9 in a large drug bust in Decatur County, police said. Police raided the home of Betty Jean Jordan in Parsons and allegedly confiscated more than 1,000 prescription pills, including morphine, Xanex and Oxycodone, WZTV reported. Law enforcement officials nicknamed Jordan...
Black History Month: Springfield woman overcame workplace barriers

Black History Month: Springfield woman overcame workplace barriers

In an interview last June after she was honored by the Springfield Foundation’s African-American Community Family of Funds, Springfield Realtor Lula Cosby told News-Sun columnist Tom Stafford she’d considered writing her life’s story down but hadn’t because it seemed too much like Maya Angelou’s “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.” She doubted that anyone would...
Presidents Day 2018: When is it and how did the holiday get started?

Presidents Day 2018: When is it and how did the holiday get started?

To many Americans, Presidents Day means retail sales and discounts or even a day off, if they’re lucky. But what is the holiday really about? Even before then, Washington was revered as one of the most important figures in American history and his birthday became a perennial day of remembrance, according to History.com. Sen. Steven Wallace Dorsey of Arkansas was the first to propose the...
Transgender wrestler will defend state title in Texas

Transgender wrestler will defend state title in Texas

A transgender wrestler from Texas will be defending the Class 6A girls championship at next week’s state tournament, WFAA reported. On Saturday, Mack Beggs, 18, of Euless Trinity will compete for a 6A Region II tournament title, which will determine bracket seeding for the state tournament. The top four finishers in each weight class advance. Last year, a parent filed a lawsuit to...
UK prime minister seeks post-Brexit EU security alliance

UK prime minister seeks post-Brexit EU security alliance

British Prime Minister Theresa May urged her country's European Union partners on Saturday not to let "rigid institutional restrictions" get in the way of a wide-ranging post-Brexit security alliance, warning that there would be "damaging real-world consequences" if none can be agreed. In a speech to the Munich Security Conference, May sought to reassure foreign and security policy...
Kentucky second-grader with Down syndrome qualifies for regional spelling bee

Kentucky second-grader with Down syndrome qualifies for regional spelling bee

A Kentucky girl with Down syndrome qualified for a regional spelling bee, WLKY reported. Sosie Smith, a second-grader at Christian Academy of Louisville's Providence School, qualified after winning the bee in her class, with “joyous” the word that gave her the championship. She will compete in a regional event next week, WLKY reported. Sosie’s mother, Tara Smith, told WLKY that...
Texas school marshals allowed to carry guns on campus

Texas school marshals allowed to carry guns on campus

Officials in two school districts in Texas believe they have a deterrent for incidents like this week’s shooting at Parkland High School in Florida. Selected employees are allowed to carry guns on campus, WFAA reported. The Argyle Independent School District implemented the rule in 2014, and the Keene Independent School District followed suit the following year. Teachers packing heat is...
New York dad emerges from 61-day coma

New York dad emerges from 61-day coma

The last thing Robert Crain remembered was visiting the emergency room to have his nagging cough checked out. That was on Oct. 3, 2017. Sixty-one days later, the 47-year-old woke from a medically induced coma. And on Feb. 14, 2018, he was discharged from Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse, New York. "For me, it just seemed like I woke up from a nap,'' Crain told Syracuse.com. "...
Man who falsely claimed to represent Migos, scammed Emory University indicted

Man who falsely claimed to represent Migos, scammed Emory University indicted

A man who claimed to be a booker for musicians including Migos, Lil Yachty and Lil Uzi Vert is facing federal fraud charges, the U.S. Department of Justice said. Octaveon Woods, 26, of Decatur, Illinois, was indicted on money laundering and wire fraud charges Feb. 6. Woods allegedly operated companies, including Global Talent Agency and GTA Bookings, which claimed to represent “dozens of...
Trump overreaches to claim indictment proves 'no collusion'

Trump overreaches to claim indictment proves 'no collusion'

President Donald Trump has consistently pushed back against the idea of Russia meddling in the election that put him in power, dismissing that claim as a hoax and an affront to the legitimacy of his victory. Now, in a 37-page indictment Friday, special counsel Robert Mueller has laid bare the details of one Russian scheme, designed in part to benefit Trump's election run. It even shows contacts between...
Trump focuses on first responders after Florida shooting

Trump focuses on first responders after Florida shooting

President Donald Trump has made a grim trip to a Florida community reeling from a deadly school shooting, meeting privately with victims and cheering the heroics of first responders. But he extended few public words of consolation to those in deep mourning, nor did Trump address the debate over gun violence that has raged since a 19-year-old gunman killed 17 and injured 14 others. Two days after the...
Romney, favored in Senate bid, could take on outsized role

Romney, favored in Senate bid, could take on outsized role

Mitt Romney's extensive resume has many Republicans looking to him to take on a role in the Senate as a political and moral counterweight to a president many in the GOP see as divisive and undignified. First he has to get elected. The 2012 GOP nominee for president announced Friday he is running for the Utah Senate seat being vacated by GOP Sen. Orrin Hatch. Romney, 70, is among the best-known names...
'Thoughts and prayers' check goes viral on Facebook

'Thoughts and prayers' check goes viral on Facebook

A Facebook post with a picture of a check without any money has gone viral on Facebook. Fern Malila, from Michigan, posted the picture Thursday afternoon. The post is a picture of a letter and the check to Michigan Rep. Jack Bergman -- which has “thoughts and prayers” written where the money amount should be. "Dear Rep. Bergman," the letter begins. "Since...
Indictment: Social media firms got played by Russian agents

Indictment: Social media firms got played by Russian agents

Friday's election-interference indictment brought by Robert Mueller, the U.S. special counsel, underscores how thoroughly social-media companies like Facebook and Twitter were played by Russian propagandists. And it's not clear if the companies have taken sufficient action to prevent something similar from happening again. Thirteen Russians, including a businessman close to Vladimir Putin, were charged...
FBI pressure increases with failure to avert school shooting

FBI pressure increases with failure to avert school shooting

The revelation that the FBI botched a potentially life-saving tip on the Florida school shooting suspect is a devastating blow to America's top law enforcement agency at a time when it is already under extraordinary political pressure. Even before the startling disclosure that the FBI failed to investigate a warning that the suspect, Nikolas Cruz, could be plotting an attack, the bureau was facing...
Key players in the Trump-Russia probe

Key players in the Trump-Russia probe

A look at some of the key players in the Trump-Russia probe after a federal indictment charged 13 Russians in a plot to interfere in the 2016 US presidential election: PUTIN'S CHEF One of the key figures indicted with plotting to interfere in the 2016 U.S. presidential is a Russian restaurateur believed to have ties to President Vladimir Putin. An entrepreneur from St. Petersburg, Yevgeny Prigozhin...
Takeaways from Mueller's Russian meddling indictment

Takeaways from Mueller's Russian meddling indictment

Special counsel Robert Mueller charged 13 Russians and three Russian companies on Friday with interfering in the 2016 election by assuming U.S. identities, sowing discord on social media, communicating with unwitting Americans and even setting up political rallies from afar. President Donald Trump tweeted that the indictment proves there was "no collusion!" with Russia. The White House repeated...
Mueller charges Russians with meddling in 2016 race

Mueller charges Russians with meddling in 2016 race

In an extraordinary indictment, the U.S. special counsel has accused 13 Russians of an elaborate plot to disrupt the 2016 presidential election, charging them with running a huge but hidden social media trolling campaign aimed in part at helping Republican Donald Trump defeat Democrat Hillary Clinton. The federal indictment, brought Friday by special counsel Robert Mueller, represents the most detailed...
Kelly overhauls White House clearance procedure

Kelly overhauls White House clearance procedure

Under pressure over his handling of abuse allegations against a top aide, White House chief of staff John Kelly has ordered sweeping changes in how the White House clears staff members to gain access to classified information, acknowledging that the administration "must do better" in how it handles security clearances. Kelly issued a five-page memo Friday that acknowledged White House mistakes...
Suspect was a 'good shot' on NRA-backed school rifle team

Suspect was a 'good shot' on NRA-backed school rifle team

The troubled teen authorities say killed 17 people at a Florida high school excelled in an air-rifle marksmanship program supported by a grant from the National Rifle Association Foundation, part of a multimillion-dollar effort by the gun group to support youth shooting clubs and other programs. Nikolas Cruz, 19, was wearing a maroon shirt with the logo from the Army Junior Reserve Officer Training...
Shooting survivors become advocates for stronger weapon laws

Shooting survivors become advocates for stronger weapon laws

Dead bodies were still inside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School when survivors of this week's shooting began speaking out about gun violence. It seemed as if the teens had stepped straight from the bullet-scarred school into the nation's gun debate. Rather than retreating back into their private lives, the young people who saw classmates slain at the desks next to them are fast becoming advocates...
Florida, angry and grieving, takes gun protest to streets

Florida, angry and grieving, takes gun protest to streets

Thousands of angry students, parents, teachers and neighbors of a Florida high school where 17 people were killed demanded Saturday that immediate action be taken on gun-control legislation, insisting they would not relent until their demands were met. The rallies in Fort Lauderdale and St. Petersburg gave a political outlet to the growing feelings of rage and mourning sparked by the carnage. Authorities...
Twin babies found dead in suitcase on side of a ditch

Twin babies found dead in suitcase on side of a ditch

Arkansas authorities are investigating the discovery of the bodies of twin babies found in a suitcase in Cross County in the eastern part of the state. >> Read more trending news  The infants were found Friday afternoon around 1:45 p.m. on Crossroad 602. The unidentified bodies were inside a purple suitcase on the side of a ditch.  The investigation is ongoing, and no suspect information...
Chemicals in nonstick pans could be causing weight gain, study says

Chemicals in nonstick pans could be causing weight gain, study says

Nonstick pans were created to make cooking a little easier. However, they may be causing more harm than good, because they have been linked to weight gain, according to a new report.  >> Read more trending news  Researchers from Harvard University recently conducted a study, published in the scientific journal PLOS Medicine, to determine how using the cookware can interfere with...
FBI didn't investigate tip about Nikolas Cruz before deadly school shooting

FBI didn't investigate tip about Nikolas Cruz before deadly school shooting

At least 17 people were killed in a high school shooting Wednesday afternoon in Parkland, Florida and more than a dozen others were injured, according to Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel. The lone gunman, identified as Nikolas Cruz, 19, was a former student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and was taken into custody without incident after the attack, Israel said.
Melania Trump breaks with tradition again after new affair allegations

Melania Trump breaks with tradition again after new affair allegations

Once again, first lady Melania Trump gave off the impression that all is not well in her marriage to President Donald Trump when she broke presidential protocol on Friday following a report alleging the president had an affair with former Playboy Playmate Karen McDougal. As the Trumps headed to Florida to meet with the victims of this week’s mass shooting at a high school, they began...
Houston firm sues ex Venezuelan oil czar Ramirez over bribes

Houston firm sues ex Venezuelan oil czar Ramirez over bribes

Venezuela's former oil czar Rafael Ramirez was sued Friday by a Houston company that alleges he was behind demands for at least $10 million in bribes to sign off on deals to sell its energy assets in the South American country. The civil complaint filed in Houston came just four days after a U.S. official told The Associated Press that Ramirez is suspected by prosecutors of having received bribes...
Records: Washington officials gave activist's info to ICE

Records: Washington officials gave activist's info to ICE

The Washington state Department of Licensing gave information to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement about an undocumented immigrant rights activist now facing deportation, records released Friday confirm. An email obtained by The Associated Press under a public records request shows the state agency sent ICE a copy of the driver's license and license application for activist Maru Mora-Villalpando...
Indictment: Social media firms got played by Russian agents

Indictment: Social media firms got played by Russian agents

Friday's election-interference indictment brought by Robert Mueller, the U.S. special counsel, underscores how thoroughly social-media companies like Facebook and Twitter were played by Russian propagandists. And it's not clear if the companies have taken sufficient action to prevent something similar from happening again. Thirteen Russians, including a businessman close to Vladimir Putin, were charged...
Takeaways from Mueller's Russian meddling indictment

Takeaways from Mueller's Russian meddling indictment

Special counsel Robert Mueller charged 13 Russians and three Russian companies on Friday with interfering in the 2016 election by assuming U.S. identities, sowing discord on social media, communicating with unwitting Americans and even setting up political rallies from afar. President Donald Trump tweeted that the indictment proves there was "no collusion!" with Russia. The White House repeated...
Court upholds surrogacy contracts as enforceable in Iowa

Court upholds surrogacy contracts as enforceable in Iowa

The birth mother of an 18-month-old girl, who agreed to be paid as a surrogate to have the baby, is not legally the child's parent, the Iowa Supreme Court ruled Friday in an emotional case that concluded surrogacy contracts can be enforced in Iowa. The ruling means the girl remains with the Cedar Rapids couple, the only parents she has known since leaving the hospital after birth. It was the first...
Failure to avert school shooting adds to pressure on FBI

Failure to avert school shooting adds to pressure on FBI

The revelation that the FBI botched a potentially life-saving tip on the Florida school shooting suspect is a devastating blow to America's top law enforcement agency at a time when it is already under extraordinary political pressure. Even before the startling disclosure that the FBI failed to investigate a warning that the suspect, Nikolas Cruz, could be plotting an attack, the bureau was facing...
Suspect knocks out partner in crime during attempted break-in

Suspect knocks out partner in crime during attempted break-in

This probably wasn’t quite how these attempted burglars saw their night going. Surveillance video released by police in Shanghai, China, captured a break-in attempt gone horribly wrong. In the video, the men approach a business with what appears to be bricks in their hands. One person throws the brick and hits the door, but the second one’s timing was a little off. The person throws the...
Classmate of Nikolas Cruz says ‘No one has ever been a friend to him’

Classmate of Nikolas Cruz says ‘No one has ever been a friend to him’

A friend of the suspected Parkland high school shooter said Nikolas Cruz's demeanor changed after his father's death in 2005, but he had no one to turn to for help. >> Read more trending news  “We couldn't help him at all. No one had ever been a friend to him,” Ethan Trieu said. “I've known him since sixth grade, I want to start out by saying I'm not rationalizing or justifying...
Key players in the Trump-Russia probe

Key players in the Trump-Russia probe

A look at some of the key players in the Trump-Russia probe after a federal indictment charged 13 Russians in a plot to interfere in the 2016 US presidential election: PUTIN'S CHEF One of the key figures indicted with plotting to interfere in the 2016 U.S. presidential is a Russian restaurateur believed to have ties to President Vladimir Putin. An entrepreneur from St. Petersburg, Yevgeny Prigozhin...
Gibson guitar company, maker of the Les Paul, facing bankruptcy after 116 years in business

Gibson guitar company, maker of the Les Paul, facing bankruptcy after 116 years in business

Gibson guitar company, which has been a staple brand among various musical instruments since 1902, is facing bankruptcy. >> Read more trending news  According to the Nashville Post, Gibson’s chief financial officer, Bill Lawrence, left after six months on the job and just as $375 million in senior secured notes mature and $145 million in bank loans become due, if they aren&rsquo...
She’s Yellow Springs’ most generous book lover

She’s Yellow Springs’ most generous book lover

Countless books of the odd and unexpected varieties are in the hands of many people who have visited Yellow Springs, thanks to Kate Mooneyham. Mooneyham, manager of Dark Star Books in Yellow Springs, has been consistently placing a large box of free books in the alley behind her and her mother’s bookstore for over a year. On almost any day, folks taking a leisurely walk down the colorful back...

Arkansas judge dismisses Monsanto lawsuit on dicamba ban

Arkansas' ban on the use of a weed killer blamed by farmers in several states for crop damage will remain in place after a state judge dismissed a legal challenge by a maker of the herbicide. Pulaski County Circuit Judge Chris Piazza dismissed the lawsuit by St. Louis-based Monsanto seeking to block the state Plant Board's decision to ban dicamba from April 16 through Oct. 31. Arkansas has the toughest...
Lawyer: California man in Russia probe 'has made mistakes'

Lawyer: California man in Russia probe 'has made mistakes'

A California man who pleaded guilty earlier this month to unwittingly selling bank accounts to Russians meddling in U.S. elections made a mistake and is coming to terms with his role in the matter, his attorney told The Associated Press on Friday. Richard "Ricky" Pinedo pleaded guilty to using stolen identities to set up bank accounts that were then used by the Russians. The U.S. government...

GOP director takes sole responsibility for anonymous website

The Maine Republican Party's executive director says he alone was responsible for running an anonymous website that published articles Democrats say slandered their unsuccessful local candidate. The state ethics commission's staff on Friday said GOP Executive Director Jason Savage denied using his party's resources to fund the Maine Examiner website. The staff said it will be up to commissioners to...
'Putin's chef' among Russians indicted by Mueller

'Putin's chef' among Russians indicted by Mueller

He's known as "Putin's chef" — a wealthy Russian businessman and restaurateur who gained favor with Vladimir Putin through his stomach. On Friday, Yevgeny Prigozhin — along with 12 other Russians and three Russian organizations — was charged by the U.S. government as part of a vast and wide-ranging effort to sway political opinion during the 2016 U.S. presidential election...
VA's chief of staff steps down after travel flap

VA's chief of staff steps down after travel flap

The Department of Veterans Affairs announced Friday that the agency's chief of staff has stepped down after an investigation alleged she had doctored emails to justify Secretary David Shulkin's wife accompanying him on a European trip at taxpayer expense. The internal investigation by the department's inspector general found "serious derelictions" by Shulkin and his staff and urged administrative...
Ultra-processed foods like chicken nuggets could cause cancer, researchers say

Ultra-processed foods like chicken nuggets could cause cancer, researchers say

It’s no secret that ultra-processed foods, such as chicken nuggets and meatballs, have been connected to health issues like high blood pressure and heart disease. Now, researchers are adding cancer to the list, according to a new report.  >> Read more trending news  European researchers from universities and health institutions recently conducted a study, published in the ...
Young shooting survivors stepped from school into gun debate

Young shooting survivors stepped from school into gun debate

Dead bodies were still inside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School when survivors of this week's shooting began speaking out about gun violence. It seemed as if the teens had stepped straight from the bullet-scarred school into the nation's gun debate. Rather than retreating back into their private lives, the young people who saw classmates slain at the desks next to them are fast becoming advocates...
EPA head expenses nearly $200,000 in travel over 6 months

EPA head expenses nearly $200,000 in travel over 6 months

Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt and staffers billed taxpayers nearly $200,000 for his trips over six months last year, according to travel vouchers obtained by an environmental organization. Pruitt is one of several Trump administration officials who have drawn attention over travel costs, including Pruitt's frequent travel at first-class rates. Pruitt earlier this week...
‘Frustrations validate changes’: Snapchat CEO excited about redesign despite backlash

‘Frustrations validate changes’: Snapchat CEO excited about redesign despite backlash

Earlier this month, Snapchat rolled out an update full of new designs and features. While many users weren’t too thrilled about the changes, the company seems to be happy about them.  >> Read more trending news  TechCrunch reported that Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel recently responded to the backlash surrounding the platform’s latest layout. Unlike many, he said, he is excited...
Trump seizes on Mueller charge as proof of 'no collusion'

Trump seizes on Mueller charge as proof of 'no collusion'

President Donald Trump on Friday seized on what was wasn't in special counsel Robert Mueller's indictment of Russians as evidence that his campaign didn't collude in Moscow's effort to influence the 2016 election. Mueller's detailed charges against Russian nationals and companies for election meddling aimed in part at trying to boost Trump's candidacy said they cooperated with "unwitting"...
Florida shooting heroes: 3 coaches, teachers gave lives for students

Florida shooting heroes: 3 coaches, teachers gave lives for students

The athletic department at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School lost a big chunk of its coaching staff -- and an even bigger chunk of its heart -- during the Valentine’s Day shooting that claimed the lives of its athletic director, cross country coach and assistant football coach, in addition to 14 students. All three men, Chris Hixon, Scott Beigel and Aaron Feis, have been hailed as heroes...
Trump appeals California judge's curb on birth control rules

Trump appeals California judge's curb on birth control rules

The U.S. Department of Justice is appealing a California judge's decision to temporarily block new Trump administration rules allowing more employers to opt out of providing no-cost birth control to women. Lawyers filed the notice of appeal to the 9th District Court of Appeals on Friday, nearly two months after Oakland-based U.S. District Judge Haywood Gilliam blocked the changes to President Barack...
U.S. may put tarriffs on China, other steel-producing countries

U.S. may put tarriffs on China, other steel-producing countries

U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross on Friday urged President Donald Trump to impose steep tariffs on China and other steel-producing countries, contending they are illegally dumping steel into U.S. markets. In a 262-page report that was praised by many Ohio lawmakers, Ross charged that imported steel products are priced “substantially lower” than steel produced in the United States and...

Pakistan scrambles to avoid terror financing watch list

Pakistan is scrambling to steer clear of a global watch list for terrorism financing, the latest U.S. pressure tactic to get its difficult ally to crack down on militants crossing the border to fight in Afghanistan. The Trump administration already has suspended security money to Pakistan and imposed sanctions on Pakistan-linked militants. Its latest campaign, backed by several European nations, is...
Under fire, Kelly overhauls White House clearance procedure

Under fire, Kelly overhauls White House clearance procedure

Under pressure over his handling of abuse allegations against a top aide, White House chief of staff John Kelly on Friday ordered sweeping changes in how the White House clears staff members to gain access to classified information, acknowledging that the administration "must do better" in how it handles security clearances. Kelly issued a five-page memo that acknowledged White House mistakes...
Apple employees keep walking into glass at the new Apple Park campus

Apple employees keep walking into glass at the new Apple Park campus

The glass walls surrounding Apple’s new Apple Park campus in Cupertino, California, are so clear that employees are actually smacking into them and hurting themselves. According to MarketWatch, the company has even had to call emergency services to help multiple employees, some of whom suffered minor cuts to the head. “While the issue might seem humorous, there are workplace...
I tried the sensory-deprivation float at Gravity Spa in Beavercreek

I tried the sensory-deprivation float at Gravity Spa in Beavercreek

Upon entering the Gravity Spa in Beavercreek, you immediately get the sense you’re in a place of relaxation — and not just because of the comical sign in the window asking for quietness. You’ll see aquatic-inspired artwork, hear soothing instrumental music, and smell a faint scent of essential oils. The employees are either barefoot or in socks, greeting their regulars with a hug...
Statistic claiming there have been 18 school shootings in 2018 is misleading

Statistic claiming there have been 18 school shootings in 2018 is misleading

A statistic that claimed the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, was the 18th this year is a misleading one, according to The Washington Post. The number appears to have originated from a nonprofit gun control group called Everytown for Gun Safety. The group tweeted the statistic Wednesday, the day of the South Florida shooting. >> Read more trending...
The Latest: 13 Russians accused of plot to disrupt election

The Latest: 13 Russians accused of plot to disrupt election

The Latest on the indictments in the special counsel's Russia probe (all times local): 10 p.m. The U.S. special counsel has accused 13 Russians of an elaborate plot to disrupt the 2016 presidential election, charging them with running a huge but hidden social media trolling campaign aimed in part at helping Republican Donald Trump defeat Democrat Hillary Clinton. The federal indictment, brought by...
'Black Panther' scores mighty $25.2 million Thursday debut

'Black Panther' scores mighty $25.2 million Thursday debut

"Black Panther" is well on its way to a record-making weekend at the North American box office. The Walt Disney Co. estimates Friday that the superhero movie earned $25.2 million from its Thursday preview screenings. It's the second biggest for a Marvel Studios film behind "Avengers: Age of Ultron," which earned $27.6 million in previews, and the best for the month of February...

Republican senator charged with video voyeurism, extortion

A Rhode Island state senator under investigation by state police since January was arrested Friday on charges of video voyeurism and extortion. Republican Sen. Nicholas Kettle faces one count of video voyeurism brought by state police for sending pictures of his ex-girlfriend's "private parts," Lt. Col. Joseph Philbin said. He also was indicted on two counts of extortion, but Philbin said...
Who are the top 10 recipients of NRA money?

Who are the top 10 recipients of NRA money?

Following the horrific attack on a Florida high school, a comedy writer decided to call out U.S. House and Senate members who offered prayers and condolences to the families of those who lost loved ones in the shooting. Bess Kalb, a comedy writer, began answering the growing number of tweets from legislators to the victims’ families with cold, hard numbers. Kalb, using information compiled by...

Trump signs bill providing more access to 911 calls

President Donald Trump has signed a bill into law that will provide more direct access to the 911 system for callers using a multi-line telephone in an emergency. The White House says the president signed the "Kari's Law Act of 2017," which ensures that anyone who dials 911 can reach emergency responders, even if the phone typically requires someone to dial "9'' or another digit to...
Former deputy, crime analyst arrested, accused of soliciting prostitute, officials say

Former deputy, crime analyst arrested, accused of soliciting prostitute, officials say

A former Jacksonville Sheriff's Office employee is in the Duval County Jail after being accused of soliciting a prostitute near a convenience store.  According to a JSO report, Gilbert "Gil" Smith, 57, approached an undercover officer and asked them for oral sex in exchange for $20. Smith was taken into custody at 7:22 p.m. on Thursday. He declined to make a statement, JSO officials...
Shooting suspect was on school rifle team that got NRA grant

Shooting suspect was on school rifle team that got NRA grant

The troubled teen authorities say killed 17 people at a Florida high school excelled in an air-rifle marksmanship program supported by a grant from the National Rifle Association Foundation, part of a multimillion-dollar effort by the gun group to support youth shooting clubs and other programs. Nikolas Cruz, 19, was wearing a maroon shirt with the logo from the Army Junior Reserve Officer Training...
Sheriff didn't pursue sex case against Texas church gunman

Sheriff didn't pursue sex case against Texas church gunman

Sheriff's deputies didn't pursue a sexual assault investigation against the gunman in a mass shooting at a Texas church, even though the woman reporting it signed a complaint detailing the alleged attack, according to records released Friday. The records also contradict the reason previously given for why the case stalled against Devin Patrick Kelley, four years before the November 2017 massacre at...
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