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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...

The Latest: US says unlikely Turkey used chemical weapons

The Latest on Turkey's attack on a Kurdish-controlled enclave in Syria (all times local): 1 a.m. A White House official says the United States thinks it is "extremely unlikely" Turkey used chemical weapons against the Kurds. The official says that they are aware of the reports, but cannot confirm them and called for the protection of civilians. Local doctors and Syria's state-run news agency...
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...
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...
UK party sacks leader in fallout from racist Markle texts

UK party sacks leader in fallout from racist Markle texts

The troubled U.K. Independence Party ousted its leader Saturday after a scandal over racist text messages sent by his girlfriend, leaving the future of the right-wing party that played a key role in Brexit once more uncertain. A majority of party members backed a motion of no confidence in UKIP Leader Henry Bolton, who had faced growing pressure to resign since a newspaper in mid-January published...

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...
Israel slams Polish PM for WWII 'Jewish perpetrators' remark

Israel slams Polish PM for WWII 'Jewish perpetrators' remark

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. Yair Lapid, head of the centrist opposition Yesh Atid party, said Israel should...

Jordan's military says it foiled smuggling plot: report

The state news agency Petra reports that Jordan's military says it has foiled a plot to smuggle in weapons, drugs and terrorists by using an old pipeline linking the kingdom with Syria and Iraq. Saturday's report says smugglers used a house near Jordan's northern border and dug tunnels for smuggling and carrying out terrorist attacks. Petra says the Royal Engineering Corps has been instructed to destroy...
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...

Israeli military: 4 soldiers wounded in Gaza border blast

The Israeli military said Saturday that four soldiers were wounded, two seriously, in an explosion along the Israeli border with Gaza. The military said all four were evacuated for medical treatment. In response, the military said one of its tanks struck an observation post in the southern Gaza Strip. Palestinian officials said the target belonged to the Islamic Jihad militant group and that there...
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...
Danes start to bid farewell to late Denmark prince

Danes start to bid farewell to late Denmark prince

Thousands of Danes have bid farewell to Denmark's late Prince Henrik, husband of Queen Margrethe, whose casket is on public display in a downtown Copenhagen chapel until a private funeral next week. Draped in a Danish flag with his personal coat of arms, the coffin stood on a catafalque surrounded by a guard of honor — eight military officers — inside the chapel of the Christiansborg Palace...

German police rescue men tangled up with mannequin, toy car

Police in western Germany have freed two men who became entangled with a mannequin and a large, remote controlled car. Officers were called after cries were heard from an apartment in the city of Mainz in the early hours of Saturday. Police found the 58-year-old tenant and a 61-year-old visitor "hopelessly locked together" with the toy car and the mannequin — which was dressed in a...
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...
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...
Merkel calls for progress on common EU asylum system

Merkel calls for progress on common EU asylum system

German Chancellor Angela Merkel wants the European Union to make progress on a common asylum system, warning that member states who expect financial support from the bloc need to show solidarity when it comes to migrants too. Merkel said in a video address Saturday before next week's informal meeting of EU leaders that the issue is one of her priorities and she hopes it can be advanced by June. Germany...
The Latest: Ex-Russian diplomat calls US charges 'fantasies'

The Latest: Ex-Russian diplomat calls US charges 'fantasies'

The Latest on the Russian response to U.S. indictments (all times local): 6:15 p.m. Russia's former ambassador to the United States is dismissing detailed allegations of attempted Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election as "fantasies" rooted in domestic politics. Former Ambassador Sergei Kislyak said at the Munich Security Conference on Saturday: "I'm not sure that I...
Chinese giant pandas unveiled to public in Finland

Chinese giant pandas unveiled to public in Finland

Two giant pandas on loan from China have been unveiled at a zoo in central Finland and they have frolicked, galloped, climbed trees and played in the snow after a month-long quarantine. Hua Bao, a 4-year-old male, and 3-year-old female Jin Baobao arrived in Finland on Jan. 18 and were immediately renamed Pyry ("Snowfall") and Lumi ("Snow") in Finnish. The Ahtari Zoo, 330 kilometers...
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...
Italian police clashes with anti-fascists leaves 7 injured

Italian police clashes with anti-fascists leaves 7 injured

Italian police have clashed with hundreds of anti-fascist demonstrators in Bologna who were trying to disrupt a planned campaign appearance by the head of the neo-fascist Forza Nuova. The news agency ANSA said six demonstrators and one police officer were injured. Police used tear gas, water cannons and batons on demonstrators who tried to breach cordons to reach a square where the far-right campaign...
Pope revives lapsed sex abuse commission amid skepticism

Pope revives lapsed sex abuse commission amid skepticism

Pope Francis revived his lapsed sex abuse advisory commission by naming new members Saturday, after coming under fire for his overall handling of the scandal and his support for a Chilean bishop accused by victims of witnessing and ignoring their abuse. The announcement of the new members of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors came on the same day that a Vatican investigator will...

Ethiopia vows no military takeover amid latest emergency

Ethiopia's defense minister on Saturday ruled out a military takeover a day after the East African nation declared a new state of emergency amid the worst anti-government protests in a quarter-century. The United States said it "strongly disagrees" with the new declaration that effectively bans protests, with a U.S. Embassy statement saying the answer to Ethiopia's sometimes violent unrest...
Stars to wear black at UK film awards: Will Kate join them?

Stars to wear black at UK film awards: Will Kate join them?

The red carpet will be a sea of black as the movement against sexual misconduct takes center stage at the British Academy Film Awards . Many female stars and other guests are expected to dress in monochrome for Sunday's ceremony as a statement of solidarity with victims of sexual harassment and abuse. Will royalty join them? The Duchess of Cambridge is due to attend the Royal Albert Hall ceremony...
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...
US Navy says China's military buildup won't stop patrols

US Navy says China's military buildup won't stop patrols

U.S. forces are undeterred by China's military buildup on man-made islands in the South China Sea and will continue patrolling the strategic, disputed waters wherever "international law allows us," said a Navy officer aboard a mammoth U.S. aircraft carrier brimming with F-18 fighter jets. Lt. Cmdr. Tim Hawkins told The Associated Press on board the USS Carl Vinson that the Navy has carried...
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...
Moon won't discuss possible summit with North Korea's Kim

Moon won't discuss possible summit with North Korea's Kim

South Korean President Moon Jae-in said Saturday that he hopes his efforts to engage rival North Korea at the Olympics will also lead to better ties between the North and its other major rival, Washington, as well as help set up talks on ridding the North of its nuclear bombs. But Moon wouldn't answer a question from The Associated Press about what needs to happen before he'll take North Korean dictator...
The Latest: Kosovo president laments EU disunity on status

The Latest: Kosovo president laments EU disunity on status

The Latest on the Munich Security Conference (all times local): 8:00 p.m. Kosovo's president says his country's 10-year history is "a story of success," but he laments the European Union's lack of unity over its status as a membership candidate. Hashim Thaci said at the Munich Security Conference on Saturday — the anniversary of Kosovo's 2008 independence declaration from Serbia &mdash...
Pakistani court sentences convicted serial killer to death

Pakistani court sentences convicted serial killer to death

A Pakistani court on Saturday sentenced a serial killer to death after finding him guilty of killing eight children, including a 7-year-old girl whose rape and murder drew nationwide condemnation and triggered violent protests, a public prosecutor said. The court announced the decision in the presence of Mohammad Imran, 24, who had pleaded guilty during the five-day trial, the public prosecutor Ehtesham...
Kosovo celebrates decade of independence, challenges ahead

Kosovo celebrates decade of independence, challenges ahead

Kosovo is celebrating 10 years of independence from Serbia in two-day festivities that started Saturday amid reminders of the obstacles to the country's full acceptance. President Hashim Thaci said during a panel at the Munich Security Conference that his country's decade-long history was "a story of success," but he lamented the European Union's lack of unity over Kosovo's status as a membership...

Kurdish doctors report suspected Turkish gas attack in Syria

Six civilians suffered breathing difficulties and other symptoms indicative of poison gas inhalation after an attack launched by Turkey on the Kurdish-controlled enclave of Afrin, local doctors and Syria's state-run news agency reported Saturday. Jiwan Mohammed, a doctor at Afrin's main hospital, said the facility was treating six people who had been poisoned who arrived Friday night from the village...
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...
Top German diplomat: 'We no longer recognize our America'

Top German diplomat: 'We no longer recognize our America'

Germany's foreign minister slammed the "America first" approach of President Donald Trump's administration Saturday, saying that close U.S. ties with a strong European Union are as much in Washington's interest as they are in Europe's. German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel told world leaders and defense officials at the Munich Security Conference that with the United States no longer the...
South Korea joins US, Thailand in military landing drill

South Korea joins US, Thailand in military landing drill

Troops from South Korea joined their Thai and U.S counterparts on Saturday in an amphibious vehicle landing drill as part of Southeast Asia's largest multinational military exercise. The 300 soldiers from South Korea who joined 2,000 U.S. Marines and Thai soldiers in eastern Thailand marked the highest numbers participating from the East Asian country since it joined the Cobra Gold exercise in 2010...
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. "...

Trio of suicide bombers kill 20 at crowded market in Nigeria

A trio of suicide bombers detonated at a crowded fish market in northern Nigeria, killing at least 20 people, police said Saturday. Borno state police spokesman Joseph Kwaji confirmed the Friday night attack to The Associated Press. Hospital officials said two patients later died from their injuries. The bombers, all believed to be female, left dozens wounded at the fish market in Konduga, just outside...
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...
7.2 quake damages homes, but Mexico avoids major destruction

7.2 quake damages homes, but Mexico avoids major destruction

Mexico escaped major destruction from a magnitude 7.2 earthquake that jolted southern and central parts of the country, authorities said Saturday, though 13 people were killed in the crash of a helicopter sent to assess the damage. A national emergency committee that convened after Friday's quake adjourned in the afternoon after reporting 200 homes had been damaged, primarily in the southern state...
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 rally in downtown Fort Lauderdale gave a political outlet to the growing feelings of rage and mourning sparked by the carnage at Marjory Stoneman...
Rain, maybe a heavy dose, headed for region early next week

Rain, maybe a heavy dose, headed for region early next week

Look for rain, perhaps heavy, beginning Monday that is expected to last through at least Wednesday, Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell said. After a brief break, an active weather pattern will resume across the Miami Valley next week. High pressure will move off the southeastern United States and stall.  The clockwise surface wind flow around that high pressure will pump moisture-laden...
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...
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...
Magnitude-7.2 earthquake slams south, central Mexico

Magnitude-7.2 earthquake slams south, central Mexico

A powerful magnitude-7.2 earthquake shook south and central Mexico Friday, causing people to flee swaying buildings and office towers in the country's capital, where residents were still jittery after a deadly quake five months ago. Crowds gathered on Mexico City's central Reforma Avenue as well as on streets in Oaxaca state's capital, nearer the quake's epicenter, which was in a rural area close...
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...
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...
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