Poll Finds Near-Universal Support For Gun Background Checks

Poll Finds Near-Universal Support For Gun Background ChecksA new poll from Quinnipiac University has found the highest support it’s ever surveyed for universal background checks for firearms purchases, with nearly 100 percent of those polled supporting the gun control measure.


Marco Rubio jeered at CNN town hall on school shootings

Marco Rubio jeered at CNN town hall on school shootingsSen. Marco Rubio endorsed additional gun control legislation after questions from survivors of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Fla.


There will never be another Billy Graham, because the world that made him possible is gone

There will never be another Billy Graham, because the world that made him possible is goneThe world that made Bill Graham, the cohesive culture of postwar America, is gone, and no one preacher will ever again unite all strains of evangelical Christianity as he did.


Autopsy confirms Virginia woman was mauled to death by her own pit bulls

Autopsy confirms Virginia woman was mauled to death by her own pit bullsAn autopsy has confirmed that a Virginia woman believed to have been mauled to death by her own pit bulls in December did indeed die from "trauma due to mauling by animals."


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

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


Mississippi Town Rejects 'Historic' LGBTQ Pride Parade Despite Local Support

Mississippi Town Rejects 'Historic' LGBTQ Pride Parade Despite Local SupportLocal leaders in Starkville, Mississippi, denied a request to host what would have been the town’s first gay pride parade.


Man who died in Yellowstone was looking for hidden treasure

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


Hem Is Having a 20% Off Sale and We're Freaking Out

Hem Is Having a 20% Off Sale and We're Freaking Out


Democrat trounces Republican in Kentucky state race where Trump won with 72% of vote

Democrat trounces Republican in Kentucky state race where Trump won with 72% of voteThe Democrats have emphatically won a state House seat in a Kentucky district where Donald Trump defeated Hillary Clinton by 49 points in 2016. Linda Belcher’s victory in Bullitt County, where she polled more than two-thirds of the vote, is thought to be the Democrats’ 37th gain since the presidential election and is the latest sign of the party’s momentum ahead of pivotal midterms later this year. Rebecca Johnson had denied the accusations against husband Dan Johnson, claiming he was a victim of “an assault from the left.” However, they were backed up by an on-the-record interview from the victim, plus pages of police documents that were published by the Kentucky Centre for Investigative Reporting.


Jimmy Kimmel Shreds Donald Trump Jr. For Perpetuating Florida Shooting Conspiracies

Jimmy Kimmel Shreds Donald Trump Jr. For Perpetuating Florida Shooting ConspiraciesJimmy Kimmel has absolutely no time for people who peddle conspiracy theories, including Donald Trump Jr.


Parkland students: 'We will not be silenced' on guns

Parkland students: 'We will not be silenced' on gunsSurvivors of last week’s mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., emerged from meetings with state lawmakers in Tallahassee, Fla., on Wednesday, vowing to continue their movement until U.S. lawmakers enact stricter gun laws.


NRA Head: More Guns Mean Safer Schools, ‘Completely Ridiculous’ To Think Otherwise

NRA Head: More Guns Mean Safer Schools, ‘Completely Ridiculous’ To Think OtherwiseWayne LaPierre, the executive director and CEO of the National Rifle Association, said schools need more people with guns to make them safer.


Dad who survived son's murder plot that killed mom, brother wants his life spared

Dad who survived son's murder plot that killed mom, brother wants his life sparedKent Whitaker said he forgave his son Bart Whitaker, who is on death row and scheduled to be executed this week.


GOP lawmaker's aide fired over offensive claims on Florida shooting survivors

GOP lawmaker's aide fired over offensive claims on Florida shooting survivorsA Florida state representative's aide was fired from his position on Tuesday after he sent an email to a reporter alleging that two outspoken survivors of the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School were "actors."


After teenager's arrest, liberal Vermont ponders gun safety

After teenager's arrest, liberal Vermont ponders gun safetyMONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Last week's deadly Florida high school shooting and a Vermont teenager's arrest in what officials consider a near-miss on a high school shooting are giving a boost to gun control efforts in the state Legislature following years of the otherwise liberal state's steadfast refusal to regulate gun ownership.


White House Press Secretary Dodges Questions On Russia's Election Meddling

White House Press Secretary Dodges Questions On Russia's Election MeddlingWhite House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders evaded reporters’ questions Tuesday about what the president is doing to address Russian meddling in the 2016 elections.


These Surprising Countries Now Have the Most Powerful Passport in the World

These Surprising Countries Now Have the Most Powerful Passport in the WorldEuropean countries no longer top the charts


Malaysia holds Filipinos seeking to set up extremist cell

Malaysia holds Filipinos seeking to set up extremist cellTen suspected Islamic militants who were trying to establish a Malaysian cell of a Philippine kidnap-for-ransom group have been arrested in Borneo island, police said Wednesday. The alleged extremists, mostly Filipinos, are also accused of trying to help fighters linked to the Islamic State (IS) group travel to the Philippines to join up with militants there, they said. The southern Philippines has long been a pocket of Islamic militancy in the largely Catholic country.


The 10 Best Beaches In The World In 2018, Revealed

The 10 Best Beaches In The World In 2018, RevealedNeed some travel inspo for your upcoming beach vacation?


Honors, remembrances for school shooting victims

Honors, remembrances for school shooting victimsHonors and remembrances are continuing for the 17 students and employees who were shot to death at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.


U.S. raps ally Albania for 'careless' words on Kosovo

U.S. raps ally Albania for 'careless' words on KosovoThe United States urged Albania on Wednesday to avoid "careless language" after its prime minister suggested a single president and single security policy for both his country and neighboring Kosovo in a speech that infuriated Serbia. Serbia is sensitive to any talk of unification of its former province of Kosovo, which has a majority ethnic Albanian population, and Albania. Addressing Kosovo's parliament on Sunday on the 10th anniversary of the country's independence from Belgrade, Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama said: "Kosovo and Albania will have a single foreign policy and not just the same embassies and diplomatic representations, but why not one president, a symbol of national unity, and one national security policy." Rama later complained that his comments had been taken out of context, but the European Union said they were "not helpful" and Serbia accused the Albanian premier of seeking to build a "Greater Albania" in the region.


CNN Says It Didn't Ask Florida Shooting Survivor To Read A Scripted Question

CNN Says It Didn't Ask Florida Shooting Survivor To Read A Scripted QuestionCNN is denying reports that it asked a Florida school shooting survivor to read a “scripted” question during a town hall debate on gun violence that aired on the network Wednesday night.


Florida officials can be removed from office and fined $5,000 for attempting to enforce stricter gun controls

Florida officials can be removed from office and fined $5,000 for attempting to enforce stricter gun controlsWhile Florida's lawmakers refuse to consider banning assault weapons following the Parkland school shooting, some local politicians say they want to act. Florida’s statute gives the state sole authority to regulate firearms. Towns, cities and counties have been banned from making their own gun laws since the 1987, but it was only seven years ago that the state’s Republican-controlled House introduced the threat of penalties.


Ex-Arkansas judge sentenced to 5 years in sexual favors case

Ex-Arkansas judge sentenced to 5 years in sexual favors caseLITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A federal judge sentenced a former Arkansas judge Wednesday to five years in prison — a stiffer punishment than prosecutors recommended — after he admitted giving young male defendants lighter sentences in return for personal benefits that included sexual favors.


New York Daily News Reveals Who Really Silences Trump

New York Daily News Reveals Who Really Silences TrumpThe New York Daily News depicted President Donald Trump as being silenced by the National Rifle Association on its Thursday cover.


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

A Conspiracy Theory About A Stoneman Douglas Student Reaches No. 1 On YouTubeA video peddling a conspiracy theory that Stoneman Douglas High School student David Hogg is an actor reached No. 1 on YouTube’s trending page Wednesday morning before the company ultimately removed it.


9 Converted Barn Homes: Beautiful Barn Style Home Inspiration

9 Converted Barn Homes: Beautiful Barn Style Home Inspiration


Twitter sets crackdown on automated 'bot' accounts

Twitter sets crackdown on automated 'bot' accountsTwitter announced Wednesday a crackdown on accounts powered by software "bots" which can artificially amplify a person or cause and which have been accused of manipulating the social network during the 2016 US election. The San Francisco messaging platform said the move was intended to rid the service of spam-spewing automated accounts, and not aimed at people using the service according to the rules. "These changes are an important step in ensuring we stay ahead of malicious activity targeting the crucial conversations taking place on Twitter -- including elections in the United States and around the world," Twitter developer policy lead Yoel Roth said in a blog post.


Crews to leave Puerto Rico as $750M Fluor contract nears end

Crews to leave Puerto Rico as $750M Fluor contract nears endSAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Crews who are helping restore power in Puerto Rico as part of a $750 million federal contract will leave the U.S. territory soon as nearly a quarter of a million customers remain in the dark more than five months after Hurricane Maria, officials said Wednesday.


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

School Shooting's Survivors Cry As Florida House Rejects Talks On Assault Weapon BanSurvivors of last week’s school shooting in Florida were brought to tears as state lawmakers refused to debate a gun control measure in Tallahassee on Tuesday.


North Korea Canceled a Planned Meeting With Mike Pence at the Last Minute, U.S. Says

North Korea Canceled a Planned Meeting With Mike Pence at the Last Minute, U.S. SaysThe vice president's office said that North Korea had "dangled a meeting" in hopes of enticing Pence to ease up on pressure


Corgi comforts stranger who recently lost his own dog

Corgi comforts stranger who recently lost his own dogCora, a therapy dog in training sought out a man at the airport who’d lost his own pet the day before.


Texas governor weighs parole board's advice on inmate's fate

Texas governor weighs parole board's advice on inmate's fateHUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — A condemned Texas inmate set for execution Thursday awaited word on whether Gov. Greg Abbott would accept the state parole board's rare clemency recommendation to spare the prisoner's life at the urging of his father.


Donald Trump Proposes Pay Bonus For Armed Teachers

Donald Trump Proposes Pay Bonus For Armed TeachersPresident Donald Trump doubled down on his suggestion that arming teachers could help prevent school shootings on Thursday, adding that those trained to use firearms could receive extra pay.


Models Carried Their Own Severed Heads At Gucci's Nightmarish Milan Fashion Show

Models Carried Their Own Severed Heads At Gucci's Nightmarish Milan Fashion ShowThings got extra freaky at Gucci’s Milan Fashion Week show on Wednesday when designer Alessandro Michele sent models down the runway carrying replicas of their own heads.


White powder and 'racist' letter sent to Meghan Markle

White powder and 'racist' letter sent to Meghan MarkleA package containing white powder and an allegedly racist message sent to Prince Harry and his fiancee Meghan Markle is being treated as a hate crime, police said on Thursday. Officers from the Metropolitan Police's counter-terrorism command were called in after the package was received on February 12 at a sorting office in St James's Palace in central London. Contacted by AFP, Prince Harry's press service at Kensington Palace declined to comment on the report.


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

The world's best beaches in the world revealed: TripAdvisorThe pristine white sand beaches of Grace Bay in Turks and Caicos top this year's list of TripAdvisor's World's Best Beaches Awards. 


New York University issues public apology for 'racially insensitive' meal served during Black History Month

New York University issues public apology for 'racially insensitive' meal served during Black History MonthNew York University has issued a public apology and fired their director of food service after students pointed out the watermelon-flavoured water and collard greens the school was serving during Black History Month were racially insensitive. College of Arts and Science sophomore Nia Harris noticed the offensive meal when she walked into Weinstein Passport Dining Hall - before alerting the deans of the school and NYU’s President Hamilton of the insensitive and “stereotypical” meal. “Not only was this racially insensitive, this was just ignorant.


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

Syria's Child Death Toll Prompts Scathing 1-Sentence Statement From UN AgencyThe United Nations agency that helps the world’s needy children issued a terse statement on Tuesday about the escalating death toll in Syria as pro-government forces hammer rebel-held areas.


The Latest: Democrats: No basis for GOP to sue over new map

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Iran teams carry plane crash dead down from mountain

Iran teams carry plane crash dead down from mountainEmergency teams on Wednesday began recovering bodies from a plane crash in Iran's Zagros mountains but the operation had to be suspended due to bad weather, officials said. Search helicopters located the crash site after a break in the weather on Tuesday at a height of around 4,000 metres (13,000 feet) in the Dena range. Helicopters were unable to land but officials said a recovery operation had begun on Wednesday, with emergency personnel carrying bodies on their backs to a road at the foot of the mountain.


NRA’s Wayne LaPierre: ‘Elites’ don’t care about school safety

NRA’s Wayne LaPierre: ‘Elites’ don’t care about school safetyOn Thursday, Feb. 22, the National Rifle Association’s executive vice president and CEO Wayne LaPierre spoke at the Conservative Political Action Conference amid the nation’s heated debate about gun control following the Parkland, Fla., school shooting. During his speech, LaPierre said “elites” don’t care about school safety, and he called for more guns in schools.


Parkland Student Says Arming Teachers With Guns Is A 'Terrible Idea'

Parkland Student Says Arming Teachers With Guns Is A 'Terrible Idea'Alfonso Calderon is not here for President Donald Trump’s idea to arm teachers with guns.


Report Alleges Rampant Sexual Misconduct At Dallas Mavericks

Report Alleges Rampant Sexual Misconduct At Dallas MavericksA Sports Illustrated report detailing widespread workplace sexual misconduct in the Dallas Mavericks organization that involved its former CEO is sending shock waves through the league and drawing sharp criticism.


Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny briefly detained before election

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny briefly detained before electionOpposition leader Alexei Navalny has been charged with an administrative offence that could put him in jail when Vladimir Putin stands for re-election on March 18. Mr Navalny said on Twitter on Thursday afternoon that police had taken him into custody as he was coming out of a dentist's office. He posted a photograph of himself in a van with police officers. He later tweeted that he had been charged with illegally organising a public demonstration, an administrative violation that carries a potential 30-day jail sentence for repeat offenders like Mr Navalny, and released. Moscow police said in a statement that they detained Mr Navalny to inform him of the allegations against him, as he had not responded to a previous request to appear.  The anti-corruption activist has been holding campaign rallies and protests around Russia over the past year, but was barred in December from running against Vladimir Putin in the election due to a politicised embezzlement conviction against him.  Since then, he has been calling for a voter boycott on March 18. Although Mr Putin is expected to easily win given his stable popularity, the Kremlin fears an embarrassingly low turnout for the dull election. Vladimir Putin announces he will run for re-election at a car factory in December Credit: Mikhail Metzel/TASS via Getty Images Mr Navalny was detained at a electoral boycott rally on January 28, but police later released him without charges. He has said this was so he could be detained again closer to the election, since the kind of administrative arrest he has been sentenced to in the past can only last 30 days. “If they would jail me on 28 January, I would walk free on 28 February. But Putin wants me to be isolated right before the election, and preferably during the election,” he said.  Alexei Navalny is detained at a 28 January rally calling for an election boycott Credit: Evgeny Feldman/AP Earlier this month, investigators questioned Mr Navalny about allegedly kicking one of the police officers who were filmed tackling him to the ground at the January 28 protest. Mr Navalny's campaign manager Leonid Volkov was detained in a Moscow airport on Thursday morning on his way to speak at a Navalny headquarters in the city of Ufa. He faces similar charges of illegally organising a demonstration, Moscow police said on Thursday.


Prince William Is Looking for Adventure on a Motorcycle Because Future Kings Can Have Fun Too

Prince William Is Looking for Adventure on a Motorcycle Because Future Kings Can Have Fun TooThis week the Duke of Cambridge popped by Triumph Motorcycles to take a photo atop one of the classic rides.


2019 Porsche 911 GT3 RS: First Look

2019 Porsche 911 GT3 RS: First LookOur favorite 911 variant is back, and promises to be sharper than ever.


Chris Cornell's Widow Says Singer Would 'Never Have Ever Left This World'

Chris Cornell's Widow Says Singer Would 'Never Have Ever Left This World'Vicky Cornell, the widow of rock singer Chris Cornell, believes a prescribed medication is the reason her husband of 13 years killed himself in a Detroit hotel room last May.


Government bombing of Damascus suburbs kills more than 100

Government bombing of Damascus suburbs kills more than 100BEIRUT (AP) — Government forces bombed the northeastern suburbs of the Syrian capital for a second straight day on Tuesday, killing more than 100 people and raising the specter of a full-scale offensive that could spell catastrophe for the nearly 400,000 residents trapped under siege.


More than 100 girls 'missing' after Boko Haram school attack

More than 100 girls 'missing' after Boko Haram school attackMore than 100 girls were missing on Wednesday, two days after a Boko Haram attack on their school in northeast Nigeria that has raised fears of a repeat of the 2014 Chibok kidnapping that shocked the world. Islamist militants stormed the Government Girls Science Secondary School in Dapchi, Yobe state, on Monday evening. "We have every reason to suspect that they were taken away by the attackers," said Aisha Yusuf Abdullahi, 16, who returned to her home in Yobe's commercial hub, Potiskum.


Poll Finds Near-Universal Support For Gun Background Checks

Poll Finds Near-Universal Support For Gun Background ChecksA new poll from Quinnipiac University has found the highest support it’s ever surveyed for universal background checks for firearms purchases, with nearly 100 percent of those polled supporting the gun control measure.


Marco Rubio jeered at CNN town hall on school shootings

Marco Rubio jeered at CNN town hall on school shootingsSen. Marco Rubio endorsed additional gun control legislation after questions from survivors of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Fla.


There will never be another Billy Graham, because the world that made him possible is gone

There will never be another Billy Graham, because the world that made him possible is goneThe world that made Bill Graham, the cohesive culture of postwar America, is gone, and no one preacher will ever again unite all strains of evangelical Christianity as he did.


Autopsy confirms Virginia woman was mauled to death by her own pit bulls

Autopsy confirms Virginia woman was mauled to death by her own pit bullsAn autopsy has confirmed that a Virginia woman believed to have been mauled to death by her own pit bulls in December did indeed die from "trauma due to mauling by animals."


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

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


Mississippi Town Rejects 'Historic' LGBTQ Pride Parade Despite Local Support

Mississippi Town Rejects 'Historic' LGBTQ Pride Parade Despite Local SupportLocal leaders in Starkville, Mississippi, denied a request to host what would have been the town’s first gay pride parade.


Man who died in Yellowstone was looking for hidden treasure

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


Hem Is Having a 20% Off Sale and We're Freaking Out

Hem Is Having a 20% Off Sale and We're Freaking Out


Democrat trounces Republican in Kentucky state race where Trump won with 72% of vote

Democrat trounces Republican in Kentucky state race where Trump won with 72% of voteThe Democrats have emphatically won a state House seat in a Kentucky district where Donald Trump defeated Hillary Clinton by 49 points in 2016. Linda Belcher’s victory in Bullitt County, where she polled more than two-thirds of the vote, is thought to be the Democrats’ 37th gain since the presidential election and is the latest sign of the party’s momentum ahead of pivotal midterms later this year. Rebecca Johnson had denied the accusations against husband Dan Johnson, claiming he was a victim of “an assault from the left.” However, they were backed up by an on-the-record interview from the victim, plus pages of police documents that were published by the Kentucky Centre for Investigative Reporting.


Jimmy Kimmel Shreds Donald Trump Jr. For Perpetuating Florida Shooting Conspiracies

Jimmy Kimmel Shreds Donald Trump Jr. For Perpetuating Florida Shooting ConspiraciesJimmy Kimmel has absolutely no time for people who peddle conspiracy theories, including Donald Trump Jr.


Parkland students: 'We will not be silenced' on guns

Parkland students: 'We will not be silenced' on gunsSurvivors of last week’s mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., emerged from meetings with state lawmakers in Tallahassee, Fla., on Wednesday, vowing to continue their movement until U.S. lawmakers enact stricter gun laws.


NRA Head: More Guns Mean Safer Schools, ‘Completely Ridiculous’ To Think Otherwise

NRA Head: More Guns Mean Safer Schools, ‘Completely Ridiculous’ To Think OtherwiseWayne LaPierre, the executive director and CEO of the National Rifle Association, said schools need more people with guns to make them safer.


Dad who survived son's murder plot that killed mom, brother wants his life spared

Dad who survived son's murder plot that killed mom, brother wants his life sparedKent Whitaker said he forgave his son Bart Whitaker, who is on death row and scheduled to be executed this week.


GOP lawmaker's aide fired over offensive claims on Florida shooting survivors

GOP lawmaker's aide fired over offensive claims on Florida shooting survivorsA Florida state representative's aide was fired from his position on Tuesday after he sent an email to a reporter alleging that two outspoken survivors of the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School were "actors."


After teenager's arrest, liberal Vermont ponders gun safety

After teenager's arrest, liberal Vermont ponders gun safetyMONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Last week's deadly Florida high school shooting and a Vermont teenager's arrest in what officials consider a near-miss on a high school shooting are giving a boost to gun control efforts in the state Legislature following years of the otherwise liberal state's steadfast refusal to regulate gun ownership.


White House Press Secretary Dodges Questions On Russia's Election Meddling

White House Press Secretary Dodges Questions On Russia's Election MeddlingWhite House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders evaded reporters’ questions Tuesday about what the president is doing to address Russian meddling in the 2016 elections.


These Surprising Countries Now Have the Most Powerful Passport in the World

These Surprising Countries Now Have the Most Powerful Passport in the WorldEuropean countries no longer top the charts


Malaysia holds Filipinos seeking to set up extremist cell

Malaysia holds Filipinos seeking to set up extremist cellTen suspected Islamic militants who were trying to establish a Malaysian cell of a Philippine kidnap-for-ransom group have been arrested in Borneo island, police said Wednesday. The alleged extremists, mostly Filipinos, are also accused of trying to help fighters linked to the Islamic State (IS) group travel to the Philippines to join up with militants there, they said. The southern Philippines has long been a pocket of Islamic militancy in the largely Catholic country.


The 10 Best Beaches In The World In 2018, Revealed

The 10 Best Beaches In The World In 2018, RevealedNeed some travel inspo for your upcoming beach vacation?


Honors, remembrances for school shooting victims

Honors, remembrances for school shooting victimsHonors and remembrances are continuing for the 17 students and employees who were shot to death at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.


U.S. raps ally Albania for 'careless' words on Kosovo

U.S. raps ally Albania for 'careless' words on KosovoThe United States urged Albania on Wednesday to avoid "careless language" after its prime minister suggested a single president and single security policy for both his country and neighboring Kosovo in a speech that infuriated Serbia. Serbia is sensitive to any talk of unification of its former province of Kosovo, which has a majority ethnic Albanian population, and Albania. Addressing Kosovo's parliament on Sunday on the 10th anniversary of the country's independence from Belgrade, Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama said: "Kosovo and Albania will have a single foreign policy and not just the same embassies and diplomatic representations, but why not one president, a symbol of national unity, and one national security policy." Rama later complained that his comments had been taken out of context, but the European Union said they were "not helpful" and Serbia accused the Albanian premier of seeking to build a "Greater Albania" in the region.


CNN Says It Didn't Ask Florida Shooting Survivor To Read A Scripted Question

CNN Says It Didn't Ask Florida Shooting Survivor To Read A Scripted QuestionCNN is denying reports that it asked a Florida school shooting survivor to read a “scripted” question during a town hall debate on gun violence that aired on the network Wednesday night.


Florida officials can be removed from office and fined $5,000 for attempting to enforce stricter gun controls

Florida officials can be removed from office and fined $5,000 for attempting to enforce stricter gun controlsWhile Florida's lawmakers refuse to consider banning assault weapons following the Parkland school shooting, some local politicians say they want to act. Florida’s statute gives the state sole authority to regulate firearms. Towns, cities and counties have been banned from making their own gun laws since the 1987, but it was only seven years ago that the state’s Republican-controlled House introduced the threat of penalties.


Ex-Arkansas judge sentenced to 5 years in sexual favors case

Ex-Arkansas judge sentenced to 5 years in sexual favors caseLITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A federal judge sentenced a former Arkansas judge Wednesday to five years in prison — a stiffer punishment than prosecutors recommended — after he admitted giving young male defendants lighter sentences in return for personal benefits that included sexual favors.


New York Daily News Reveals Who Really Silences Trump

New York Daily News Reveals Who Really Silences TrumpThe New York Daily News depicted President Donald Trump as being silenced by the National Rifle Association on its Thursday cover.


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

A Conspiracy Theory About A Stoneman Douglas Student Reaches No. 1 On YouTubeA video peddling a conspiracy theory that Stoneman Douglas High School student David Hogg is an actor reached No. 1 on YouTube’s trending page Wednesday morning before the company ultimately removed it.


9 Converted Barn Homes: Beautiful Barn Style Home Inspiration

9 Converted Barn Homes: Beautiful Barn Style Home Inspiration


Twitter sets crackdown on automated 'bot' accounts

Twitter sets crackdown on automated 'bot' accountsTwitter announced Wednesday a crackdown on accounts powered by software "bots" which can artificially amplify a person or cause and which have been accused of manipulating the social network during the 2016 US election. The San Francisco messaging platform said the move was intended to rid the service of spam-spewing automated accounts, and not aimed at people using the service according to the rules. "These changes are an important step in ensuring we stay ahead of malicious activity targeting the crucial conversations taking place on Twitter -- including elections in the United States and around the world," Twitter developer policy lead Yoel Roth said in a blog post.


Crews to leave Puerto Rico as $750M Fluor contract nears end

Crews to leave Puerto Rico as $750M Fluor contract nears endSAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Crews who are helping restore power in Puerto Rico as part of a $750 million federal contract will leave the U.S. territory soon as nearly a quarter of a million customers remain in the dark more than five months after Hurricane Maria, officials said Wednesday.


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

School Shooting's Survivors Cry As Florida House Rejects Talks On Assault Weapon BanSurvivors of last week’s school shooting in Florida were brought to tears as state lawmakers refused to debate a gun control measure in Tallahassee on Tuesday.


North Korea Canceled a Planned Meeting With Mike Pence at the Last Minute, U.S. Says

North Korea Canceled a Planned Meeting With Mike Pence at the Last Minute, U.S. SaysThe vice president's office said that North Korea had "dangled a meeting" in hopes of enticing Pence to ease up on pressure


Corgi comforts stranger who recently lost his own dog

Corgi comforts stranger who recently lost his own dogCora, a therapy dog in training sought out a man at the airport who’d lost his own pet the day before.


Texas governor weighs parole board's advice on inmate's fate

Texas governor weighs parole board's advice on inmate's fateHUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — A condemned Texas inmate set for execution Thursday awaited word on whether Gov. Greg Abbott would accept the state parole board's rare clemency recommendation to spare the prisoner's life at the urging of his father.


Donald Trump Proposes Pay Bonus For Armed Teachers

Donald Trump Proposes Pay Bonus For Armed TeachersPresident Donald Trump doubled down on his suggestion that arming teachers could help prevent school shootings on Thursday, adding that those trained to use firearms could receive extra pay.


Models Carried Their Own Severed Heads At Gucci's Nightmarish Milan Fashion Show

Models Carried Their Own Severed Heads At Gucci's Nightmarish Milan Fashion ShowThings got extra freaky at Gucci’s Milan Fashion Week show on Wednesday when designer Alessandro Michele sent models down the runway carrying replicas of their own heads.


White powder and 'racist' letter sent to Meghan Markle

White powder and 'racist' letter sent to Meghan MarkleA package containing white powder and an allegedly racist message sent to Prince Harry and his fiancee Meghan Markle is being treated as a hate crime, police said on Thursday. Officers from the Metropolitan Police's counter-terrorism command were called in after the package was received on February 12 at a sorting office in St James's Palace in central London. Contacted by AFP, Prince Harry's press service at Kensington Palace declined to comment on the report.


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

The world's best beaches in the world revealed: TripAdvisorThe pristine white sand beaches of Grace Bay in Turks and Caicos top this year's list of TripAdvisor's World's Best Beaches Awards. 


New York University issues public apology for 'racially insensitive' meal served during Black History Month

New York University issues public apology for 'racially insensitive' meal served during Black History MonthNew York University has issued a public apology and fired their director of food service after students pointed out the watermelon-flavoured water and collard greens the school was serving during Black History Month were racially insensitive. College of Arts and Science sophomore Nia Harris noticed the offensive meal when she walked into Weinstein Passport Dining Hall - before alerting the deans of the school and NYU’s President Hamilton of the insensitive and “stereotypical” meal. “Not only was this racially insensitive, this was just ignorant.


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

Syria's Child Death Toll Prompts Scathing 1-Sentence Statement From UN AgencyThe United Nations agency that helps the world’s needy children issued a terse statement on Tuesday about the escalating death toll in Syria as pro-government forces hammer rebel-held areas.


The Latest: Democrats: No basis for GOP to sue over new map

The Latest: Democrats: No basis for GOP to sue over new mapHARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Latest on congressional redistricting in Pennsylvania (all times local):


Iran teams carry plane crash dead down from mountain

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NRA’s Wayne LaPierre: ‘Elites’ don’t care about school safety

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Parkland Student Says Arming Teachers With Guns Is A 'Terrible Idea'

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Report Alleges Rampant Sexual Misconduct At Dallas Mavericks

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Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny briefly detained before election

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Prince William Is Looking for Adventure on a Motorcycle Because Future Kings Can Have Fun Too

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2019 Porsche 911 GT3 RS: First Look

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Chris Cornell's Widow Says Singer Would 'Never Have Ever Left This World'

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Government bombing of Damascus suburbs kills more than 100

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More than 100 girls 'missing' after Boko Haram school attack

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Poll Finds Near-Universal Support For Gun Background Checks

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Marco Rubio jeered at CNN town hall on school shootings

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There will never be another Billy Graham, because the world that made him possible is gone

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Autopsy confirms Virginia woman was mauled to death by her own pit bulls

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

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Mississippi Town Rejects 'Historic' LGBTQ Pride Parade Despite Local Support

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Man who died in Yellowstone was looking for hidden treasure

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Hem Is Having a 20% Off Sale and We're Freaking Out

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Democrat trounces Republican in Kentucky state race where Trump won with 72% of vote

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Jimmy Kimmel Shreds Donald Trump Jr. For Perpetuating Florida Shooting Conspiracies

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Parkland students: 'We will not be silenced' on guns

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NRA Head: More Guns Mean Safer Schools, ‘Completely Ridiculous’ To Think Otherwise

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Dad who survived son's murder plot that killed mom, brother wants his life spared

Dad who survived son's murder plot that killed mom, brother wants his life sparedKent Whitaker said he forgave his son Bart Whitaker, who is on death row and scheduled to be executed this week.


GOP lawmaker's aide fired over offensive claims on Florida shooting survivors

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After teenager's arrest, liberal Vermont ponders gun safety

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White House Press Secretary Dodges Questions On Russia's Election Meddling

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These Surprising Countries Now Have the Most Powerful Passport in the World

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Malaysia holds Filipinos seeking to set up extremist cell

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The 10 Best Beaches In The World In 2018, Revealed

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Honors, remembrances for school shooting victims

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U.S. raps ally Albania for 'careless' words on Kosovo

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CNN Says It Didn't Ask Florida Shooting Survivor To Read A Scripted Question

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Florida officials can be removed from office and fined $5,000 for attempting to enforce stricter gun controls

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Ex-Arkansas judge sentenced to 5 years in sexual favors case

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New York Daily News Reveals Who Really Silences Trump

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

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9 Converted Barn Homes: Beautiful Barn Style Home Inspiration

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Twitter sets crackdown on automated 'bot' accounts

Twitter sets crackdown on automated 'bot' accountsTwitter announced Wednesday a crackdown on accounts powered by software "bots" which can artificially amplify a person or cause and which have been accused of manipulating the social network during the 2016 US election. The San Francisco messaging platform said the move was intended to rid the service of spam-spewing automated accounts, and not aimed at people using the service according to the rules. "These changes are an important step in ensuring we stay ahead of malicious activity targeting the crucial conversations taking place on Twitter -- including elections in the United States and around the world," Twitter developer policy lead Yoel Roth said in a blog post.


Crews to leave Puerto Rico as $750M Fluor contract nears end

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

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North Korea Canceled a Planned Meeting With Mike Pence at the Last Minute, U.S. Says

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Corgi comforts stranger who recently lost his own dog

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Texas governor weighs parole board's advice on inmate's fate

Texas governor weighs parole board's advice on inmate's fateHUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — A condemned Texas inmate set for execution Thursday awaited word on whether Gov. Greg Abbott would accept the state parole board's rare clemency recommendation to spare the prisoner's life at the urging of his father.


Donald Trump Proposes Pay Bonus For Armed Teachers

Donald Trump Proposes Pay Bonus For Armed TeachersPresident Donald Trump doubled down on his suggestion that arming teachers could help prevent school shootings on Thursday, adding that those trained to use firearms could receive extra pay.


Models Carried Their Own Severed Heads At Gucci's Nightmarish Milan Fashion Show

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White powder and 'racist' letter sent to Meghan Markle

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

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New York University issues public apology for 'racially insensitive' meal served during Black History Month

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

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The Latest: Democrats: No basis for GOP to sue over new map

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Iran teams carry plane crash dead down from mountain

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NRA’s Wayne LaPierre: ‘Elites’ don’t care about school safety

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Parkland Student Says Arming Teachers With Guns Is A 'Terrible Idea'

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Report Alleges Rampant Sexual Misconduct At Dallas Mavericks

Report Alleges Rampant Sexual Misconduct At Dallas MavericksA Sports Illustrated report detailing widespread workplace sexual misconduct in the Dallas Mavericks organization that involved its former CEO is sending shock waves through the league and drawing sharp criticism.


Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny briefly detained before election

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Prince William Is Looking for Adventure on a Motorcycle Because Future Kings Can Have Fun Too

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2019 Porsche 911 GT3 RS: First Look

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Chris Cornell's Widow Says Singer Would 'Never Have Ever Left This World'

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Government bombing of Damascus suburbs kills more than 100

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More than 100 girls 'missing' after Boko Haram school attack

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Poll Finds Near-Universal Support For Gun Background Checks

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Marco Rubio jeered at CNN town hall on school shootings

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There will never be another Billy Graham, because the world that made him possible is gone

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Autopsy confirms Virginia woman was mauled to death by her own pit bulls

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

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Mississippi Town Rejects 'Historic' LGBTQ Pride Parade Despite Local Support

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Man who died in Yellowstone was looking for hidden treasure

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Hem Is Having a 20% Off Sale and We're Freaking Out

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Democrat trounces Republican in Kentucky state race where Trump won with 72% of vote

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Jimmy Kimmel Shreds Donald Trump Jr. For Perpetuating Florida Shooting Conspiracies

Jimmy Kimmel Shreds Donald Trump Jr. For Perpetuating Florida Shooting ConspiraciesJimmy Kimmel has absolutely no time for people who peddle conspiracy theories, including Donald Trump Jr.


Parkland students: 'We will not be silenced' on guns

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NRA Head: More Guns Mean Safer Schools, ‘Completely Ridiculous’ To Think Otherwise

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Dad who survived son's murder plot that killed mom, brother wants his life spared

Dad who survived son's murder plot that killed mom, brother wants his life sparedKent Whitaker said he forgave his son Bart Whitaker, who is on death row and scheduled to be executed this week.


GOP lawmaker's aide fired over offensive claims on Florida shooting survivors

GOP lawmaker's aide fired over offensive claims on Florida shooting survivorsA Florida state representative's aide was fired from his position on Tuesday after he sent an email to a reporter alleging that two outspoken survivors of the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School were "actors."


After teenager's arrest, liberal Vermont ponders gun safety

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White House Press Secretary Dodges Questions On Russia's Election Meddling

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These Surprising Countries Now Have the Most Powerful Passport in the World

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Malaysia holds Filipinos seeking to set up extremist cell

Malaysia holds Filipinos seeking to set up extremist cellTen suspected Islamic militants who were trying to establish a Malaysian cell of a Philippine kidnap-for-ransom group have been arrested in Borneo island, police said Wednesday. The alleged extremists, mostly Filipinos, are also accused of trying to help fighters linked to the Islamic State (IS) group travel to the Philippines to join up with militants there, they said. The southern Philippines has long been a pocket of Islamic militancy in the largely Catholic country.


The 10 Best Beaches In The World In 2018, Revealed

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Honors, remembrances for school shooting victims

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U.S. raps ally Albania for 'careless' words on Kosovo

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CNN Says It Didn't Ask Florida Shooting Survivor To Read A Scripted Question

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Florida officials can be removed from office and fined $5,000 for attempting to enforce stricter gun controls

Florida officials can be removed from office and fined $5,000 for attempting to enforce stricter gun controlsWhile Florida's lawmakers refuse to consider banning assault weapons following the Parkland school shooting, some local politicians say they want to act. Florida’s statute gives the state sole authority to regulate firearms. Towns, cities and counties have been banned from making their own gun laws since the 1987, but it was only seven years ago that the state’s Republican-controlled House introduced the threat of penalties.


Ex-Arkansas judge sentenced to 5 years in sexual favors case

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New York Daily News Reveals Who Really Silences Trump

New York Daily News Reveals Who Really Silences TrumpThe New York Daily News depicted President Donald Trump as being silenced by the National Rifle Association on its Thursday cover.


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

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9 Converted Barn Homes: Beautiful Barn Style Home Inspiration

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Twitter sets crackdown on automated 'bot' accounts

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Crews to leave Puerto Rico as $750M Fluor contract nears end

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

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North Korea Canceled a Planned Meeting With Mike Pence at the Last Minute, U.S. Says

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Corgi comforts stranger who recently lost his own dog

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Texas governor weighs parole board's advice on inmate's fate

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Donald Trump Proposes Pay Bonus For Armed Teachers

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Models Carried Their Own Severed Heads At Gucci's Nightmarish Milan Fashion Show

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White powder and 'racist' letter sent to Meghan Markle

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

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New York University issues public apology for 'racially insensitive' meal served during Black History Month

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

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The Latest: Democrats: No basis for GOP to sue over new map

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Iran teams carry plane crash dead down from mountain

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NRA’s Wayne LaPierre: ‘Elites’ don’t care about school safety

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Parkland Student Says Arming Teachers With Guns Is A 'Terrible Idea'

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Report Alleges Rampant Sexual Misconduct At Dallas Mavericks

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Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny briefly detained before election

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Prince William Is Looking for Adventure on a Motorcycle Because Future Kings Can Have Fun Too

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2019 Porsche 911 GT3 RS: First Look

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Chris Cornell's Widow Says Singer Would 'Never Have Ever Left This World'

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Government bombing of Damascus suburbs kills more than 100

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More than 100 girls 'missing' after Boko Haram school attack

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Poll Finds Near-Universal Support For Gun Background Checks

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Marco Rubio jeered at CNN town hall on school shootings

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There will never be another Billy Graham, because the world that made him possible is gone

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Autopsy confirms Virginia woman was mauled to death by her own pit bulls

Autopsy confirms Virginia woman was mauled to death by her own pit bullsAn autopsy has confirmed that a Virginia woman believed to have been mauled to death by her own pit bulls in December did indeed die from "trauma due to mauling by animals."


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

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Mississippi Town Rejects 'Historic' LGBTQ Pride Parade Despite Local Support

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Man who died in Yellowstone was looking for hidden treasure

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Hem Is Having a 20% Off Sale and We're Freaking Out

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Democrat trounces Republican in Kentucky state race where Trump won with 72% of vote

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Jimmy Kimmel Shreds Donald Trump Jr. For Perpetuating Florida Shooting Conspiracies

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Parkland students: 'We will not be silenced' on guns

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NRA Head: More Guns Mean Safer Schools, ‘Completely Ridiculous’ To Think Otherwise

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Dad who survived son's murder plot that killed mom, brother wants his life spared

Dad who survived son's murder plot that killed mom, brother wants his life sparedKent Whitaker said he forgave his son Bart Whitaker, who is on death row and scheduled to be executed this week.


GOP lawmaker's aide fired over offensive claims on Florida shooting survivors

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After teenager's arrest, liberal Vermont ponders gun safety

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White House Press Secretary Dodges Questions On Russia's Election Meddling

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These Surprising Countries Now Have the Most Powerful Passport in the World

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Malaysia holds Filipinos seeking to set up extremist cell

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The 10 Best Beaches In The World In 2018, Revealed

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Honors, remembrances for school shooting victims

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U.S. raps ally Albania for 'careless' words on Kosovo

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CNN Says It Didn't Ask Florida Shooting Survivor To Read A Scripted Question

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Florida officials can be removed from office and fined $5,000 for attempting to enforce stricter gun controls

Florida officials can be removed from office and fined $5,000 for attempting to enforce stricter gun controlsWhile Florida's lawmakers refuse to consider banning assault weapons following the Parkland school shooting, some local politicians say they want to act. Florida’s statute gives the state sole authority to regulate firearms. Towns, cities and counties have been banned from making their own gun laws since the 1987, but it was only seven years ago that the state’s Republican-controlled House introduced the threat of penalties.


Ex-Arkansas judge sentenced to 5 years in sexual favors case

Ex-Arkansas judge sentenced to 5 years in sexual favors caseLITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A federal judge sentenced a former Arkansas judge Wednesday to five years in prison — a stiffer punishment than prosecutors recommended — after he admitted giving young male defendants lighter sentences in return for personal benefits that included sexual favors.


New York Daily News Reveals Who Really Silences Trump

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

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9 Converted Barn Homes: Beautiful Barn Style Home Inspiration

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Twitter sets crackdown on automated 'bot' accounts

Twitter sets crackdown on automated 'bot' accountsTwitter announced Wednesday a crackdown on accounts powered by software "bots" which can artificially amplify a person or cause and which have been accused of manipulating the social network during the 2016 US election. The San Francisco messaging platform said the move was intended to rid the service of spam-spewing automated accounts, and not aimed at people using the service according to the rules. "These changes are an important step in ensuring we stay ahead of malicious activity targeting the crucial conversations taking place on Twitter -- including elections in the United States and around the world," Twitter developer policy lead Yoel Roth said in a blog post.


Crews to leave Puerto Rico as $750M Fluor contract nears end

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

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North Korea Canceled a Planned Meeting With Mike Pence at the Last Minute, U.S. Says

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Corgi comforts stranger who recently lost his own dog

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Texas governor weighs parole board's advice on inmate's fate

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Donald Trump Proposes Pay Bonus For Armed Teachers

Donald Trump Proposes Pay Bonus For Armed TeachersPresident Donald Trump doubled down on his suggestion that arming teachers could help prevent school shootings on Thursday, adding that those trained to use firearms could receive extra pay.


Models Carried Their Own Severed Heads At Gucci's Nightmarish Milan Fashion Show

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White powder and 'racist' letter sent to Meghan Markle

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

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New York University issues public apology for 'racially insensitive' meal served during Black History Month

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

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The Latest: Democrats: No basis for GOP to sue over new map

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Iran teams carry plane crash dead down from mountain

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NRA’s Wayne LaPierre: ‘Elites’ don’t care about school safety

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Parkland Student Says Arming Teachers With Guns Is A 'Terrible Idea'

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Report Alleges Rampant Sexual Misconduct At Dallas Mavericks

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Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny briefly detained before election

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Prince William Is Looking for Adventure on a Motorcycle Because Future Kings Can Have Fun Too

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2019 Porsche 911 GT3 RS: First Look

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Chris Cornell's Widow Says Singer Would 'Never Have Ever Left This World'

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Government bombing of Damascus suburbs kills more than 100

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More than 100 girls 'missing' after Boko Haram school attack

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