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Trump Visits Shooting Victims, Local Police En Route To Mar-a-Lago For Long Weekend

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 20:22:01 -0500

President Donald Trump said he called on victims of Wednesday‚??s high school shooting in Florida, which left 17 dead, on a hospital visit Friday evening.



Top Designers Revive Marjorie Merriweather Post's Entertaining Style

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 18:08:01 -0500



Pakistani court sentences convicted serial killer to death

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 05:47:27 -0500

LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) ‚?? 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.



Apple 'repeatedly calls emergency services' after multiple employees injured walking into glass panes at new HQ

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 14:33:00 -0500

Apple‚??s new 175-acre headquarters, centred on a glass ring which hosts 12,000 staff, has become an architectural fascination since the first designs were unveiled seven years ago. Apple employees reportedly keep walking into the glass panels which form the walls of the spaceship-like building. The building, in Cupertino, California, is surrounded by 50ft curved glass panels - the largest in the world.



Bulletproof backpacks for children reflect a new reality in America

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 14:20:00 -0500

In the wake of the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Florida, in which 17 people were murdered, parents are taking additional measures to keep their children safe. One of these safety measures, which reflect a new reality in America, are bulletproof backpacks created for children, which can hold school supplies as well as stop a bullet. According to Sarah Pampillonia, a mum and fifth-grade teacher, who spoke to The Cut, she considered buying one for her four-year-old after seeing a Facebook ad for the backpacks.



Google Made A Small Change To Image Search, But It's A Big Deal

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 18:06:17 -0500

On Thursday, Google announced that it plans to remove the ‚??View Image‚?Ě button from its image search results interface.



Florida Gov. Rick Scott Calls on FBI Director Christopher Wray to Resign

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 16:00:27 -0500

The FBI failed to investigate a tip that suspect Nikolas Cruz had a "desire to kill"



GOP Lawmaker On Rob Porter Abuse Allegations: 'Why Are We Still Talking About It?'

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 15:17:44 -0500

A Republican House member seems a bit confused why the public is still discussing the domestic abuse allegations that forced White House staff secretary Rob Porter from his job last week.



Trump Joins Mar-a-Lago Disco Party After Visiting Survivors Of School Shooting

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 22:44:37 -0500

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump attended a party at Mar-a-Lago on Friday just hours after visiting first responders and wounded survivors of the Parkland, Florida, school shooting that killed 17 people.



Public reports 'clearly show' Assad's use of chemical weapons: McMaster

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 09:07:41 -0500

By Idrees Ali and Thomas Escritt MUNICH (Reuters) - U.S. National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster said on Saturday that, despite denials, public reports showed that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was using chemical weapons, and added that it was time for the international community to hold the Syrian government to account. "Public accounts and photos clearly show that Assad's chemical weapons use is continuing," McMaster said at a major international security conference taking place in Munich.



Russian mercenaries, a discrete weapon in Syria

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 05:39:45 -0500

The death of Russian citizens in Syria from a US coalition strike last week, which has been played down by both Moscow and Washington, has exposed the role of Russian mercenaries in the multi-front conflict. The incident followed a steady trickle of reports about Russians dying in battle in Syria while employed as guns for hire in a privately-owned outfit whose role may be securing oilfields for President Bashar al-Assad. Russia on Thursday has finally recognised that five Russian citizens, not officially affiliated with the Russian military, were likely killed in the strikes in eastern Syria, in the first admission of non-military combat casualties.



The Best Of Nordstrom's Winter Sale

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 14:20:18 -0500

Now through Feb. 25, Nordstrom is marking down name brands like UGG, Sam Edelman, Rag & Bone, Free People, Adidas, and even Kate Spade during the their annual Winter Sale.



‚??Lost‚?? ancient Mexican city had as many buildings as Manhattan, laser map shows

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 17:00:00 -0500

A "lost" Mexican city built by rivals to the Aztecs has as many buildings as Manhattan and was home to around 100,000 people, according to new research. The sprawling urban centre of Angamuco which was part of the Purépecha empire that peaked in the 16th century was detected by an aerial laser mapping technique called the Lidar system. An aircraft beamed out laser pulses and experts later examined the signals that bounced back from the ground, which helped them pull together a 3D map of the city near modern day Morelia in the state of Michoacan in western Mexico.



Florida Teacher's Quick Action May Have Saved the Lives of Students During Shooting

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 11:43:23 -0500

She told them they'd have to bust down the door.



Chloe Kim Is Proof There‚??s No Definable Way To Be Asian-American

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 18:09:54 -0500

A gold medalist and now everyone‚??s golden girl to boot, Korean-American Olympic snowboarder Chloe Kim has, all at once, become a lot of different things to a lot of different people.



Zimbabwe arrest over Grace Mugabe's 'fake' PhD

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 14:25:58 -0500

Zimbabwean anti-corruption investigators said Friday they had arrested a university professor over the suspected fraudulent awarding of a doctorate to former first lady Grace Mugabe. Levi Nyagura, the vice chancellor of the University of Zimbabwe, was arrested by the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission following an investigation into the PhD. It emerged that Grace was awarded the degree by the university in 2014 after just months of study.



The Latest: Iran vows to respond if US gives up on nuke deal

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 07:48:14 -0500

MUNICH (AP) ‚?? The Latest from the Munich Security Conference (all times local):



Shooting suspect was on school rifle team that got NRA grant

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 22:28:37 -0500

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.



Brawling family of 23 removed from Australian cruise ship

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 23:43:19 -0500

Twenty-three members of the same family have been removed from a cruise ship near Sydney after a brawl that left several injured, reports said, just days after a separate incident forced another liner to return to port. Police removed the group, which included men, women and children, from the boat on Friday after it docked in Sydney on a 10-day South Pacific cruise. One witness told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation she had seen seven separate fights break out during the trip.



Mike Pence's Beliefs Are Clear: Same-Sex Marriage Leads To 'Societal Collapse'

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 15:09:59 -0500

A debate has again ensued in recent days¬†over whether or not Vice President Mike Pence supports conversion therapy ‚?? something that‚??s come up time and again in the past.



Anchor Invites Her 4-Year-Old 'Mini Me' On Show To Celebrate Natural Hair

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 19:07:01 -0500

North Texas traffic anchor Demetria Obilor gets up in the early hours of the morning to deliver a traffic report for WFAA-TV, rocking her gorgeous natural hair all the while.



‚??Devastating‚?? Videos Show Jokhang Temple, ‚??Heart Of Tibetan Buddhism,‚?? Consumed By Fire

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 05:18:41 -0500

The Jokhang temple, one of Tibet‚??s most sacred sites, reportedly caught on fire on Saturday in the city of Lhasa.



Monsanto loses bid to stop Arkansas ban on farm chemical

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 18:22:39 -0500

By Tom Polansek CHICAGO (Reuters) - An Arkansas judge on Friday dismissed a Monsanto Co lawsuit aiming to stop Arkansas from blocking the use of a controversial farm chemical the company makes, dealing a blow to its attempts to increase sales of genetically engineered seeds. Monsanto, which is being acquired by Bayer AG, filed the lawsuit last year in a bid to halt the state's ban on sprayings of the weed killer known as dicamba from the period spanning April 16 to Oct. 31. St. Louis-based Monsanto, the biggest U.S. seed company, said it was disappointed with the judge's decision and would consider additional legal action.



How woman convicted in fiance's kayak death looks to rebuild her life: Part 6

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 19:04:21 -0500

In her first interview since release, Graswald talks about the kayak incident and her future.



Earthquake measuring 7.2 strikes southern Mexico

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 02:51:37 -0500

A powerful 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck in the southern coastal region of Mexico Friday afternoon.



Powerful 7.2-Magnitude Earthquake Hits Mexico

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 19:01:14 -0500

A powerful 7.5-magnitude earthquake hit Oaxaca, Mexico, on Friday evening, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.



French serial killer 'admits' cold case murder of British girl

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 16:18:24 -0500

Serial killer Michel Fourniret has finally "confessed" to murdering British language student Joanna Parrish in France nearly three decades ago, the family lawyer told AFP on Friday. "It's a new development, a resolution of the affair, it seems, in a remarkable way," he added.



Top GOP Donor Won‚??t Back Candidates Unless They Support Assault Weapons Ban

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 02:52:17 -0500

Following Wednesday‚??s shooting massacre at a Florida high school, a top Republican political donor has taken a stand for gun control ‚?? by tightening his purse strings.



Nikolas Cruz Practiced Shooting While Wearing 'Make America Great Again' Hat, Video Shows

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 14:01:33 -0500

A neighbor took video of Cruz's backyard target practice last year.



American figure skater Vincent Zhou is brilliant, bemusing

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 19:25:55 -0500

GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) ‚?? The personality of American figure skater Vincent Zhou, who made his Olympic debut with a superb short program Friday, was neatly summed up by his social media response to a fan who recently asked what era he would visit if he could travel back in time.



The Flu Shot Doesn‚??t Live Up To Expectations ‚?? And That Keeps Many People Away

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 14:30:35 -0500

More people are dying of the flu than medical professionals would expect at this time of the year.



Guantanamo trial of Cole bombing suspect halted

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 20:47:14 -0500

The Guantanamo trial of the chief suspect in the deadly 2000 bombing of the USS Cole in Yemen was shut down Friday as defense lawyers refused to return to the case, Pentagon officials said. Military commissions judge Air Force Colonel Vance Spath halted the case, which could lead to the death penalty for Abdel Rahim al-Nashiri, in frustration that he could not compel Nashiri's main lawyers to show up in court. "The USS Cole bombing trial ... military judge has abated indefinitely the pre-trial proceedings," Pentagon spokeswoman Commander Sarah Higgins said.



Activists Launch Voter Registration Drive At 'Black Panther' Screenings

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 13:49:32 -0500

The Movement for Black Lives has channeled the energy and excitement surrounding the opening weekend of Marvel‚??s ‚??Black Panther‚?Ě into a voting registration campaign. The movement‚??s Electoral Justice Project is organizing the¬†#WakandaTheVote initiative that encourages moviegoers to register to vote at ‚??Black Panther‚?Ě screenings across the country. ‚??The Movement for Black Lives is an ecosystem of black leaders and organizations fighting every single day for the healthy and happy lives of Black folks,‚?Ě activists Jessica Byrd and Kayla Reed told Blavity in an interview.



Trolls Are Posting Fake Stories About Being Attacked At 'Black Panther' Showings

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 12:51:33 -0500

Audiences for this week‚??s ‚??Black Panther‚?Ě premiere went all-out in celebration, and the film‚??s opening weekend is expected to break records at the box office.



Adam Levine And Behati Prinsloo Welcome Baby Girl Named Geo

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 16:56:44 -0500

Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine and his supermodel wife, Behati Prinsloo, have welcomed their second child together, according to multiple outlets: a baby girl named Geo Grace Levine.



Thousands of demonstrators protest around Munich Security Conference venue, against 'weapons deals'

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 12:36:38 -0500

About 2000 demonstrators gathered to protest against what they say is backdoor weapons dealing at the Munich Security Conference. Rough cut (no reporter narration)



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

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 17:47:31 -0500

LOS ANGELES (AP) ‚?? 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.



The Latest: Trump tweet undercuts McMaster Russia claims

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 00:30:16 -0500

MOSCOW (AP) ‚?? The Latest on the Russian response to U.S. indictments (all times local):



Needed in Syria: Disengagement

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 12:40:00 -0500

One is the outbreak of another war between Israel and its neighbors.¬† A reminder of this danger has come from events that began when Israel said it shot down an Iranian drone that had entered its airspace.¬† Israeli F-16s then attacked a command center in Syria, during which Syrian air defenses downed one of the Israeli warplanes (a rare event for Israel).¬† Israel subsequently launched a much more widespread set of aerial attacks within Syria.¬† The Israelis have conducted scores of attacks in Syria over the last five years, but this most recent assault may have been the largest Israeli attack there since the 1980s. A new war involving Israel would surely also involve Lebanese Hezbollah.¬† There is no indication that Hezbollah seeks such a war.¬† The group has incurred significant costs by participating in fighting within Syria and has many wounds to lick.¬† Its leaders still have regrets about the brinksmanship that last got Hezbollah entangled in a war with Israel.¬† Even though it could get in some hits with cross-border rocket fire, the group‚??s leaders know that in a new clash it would get badly bloodied by its militarily more capable foe.



Lawmakers Will Work To Demolish Site Of Horrific Florida Shooting

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 18:36:26 -0500

Florida lawmakers are hoping the students and teachers of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School will never again have to set foot in the building where a gunman killed 17 of their own.



Gus Kenworthy's Boyfriend Matthew Wilkas on the Meaning of Their Historic Olympics Kiss

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 23:37:27 -0500

"It would be a huge moment for a young gay kid to see an awesome athlete so open and proud of himself"



Ending DACA Has Created A Looming Public Health Crisis

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 19:00:07 -0500

As the president and legislators use DACA recipients as a bargaining chip in their immigration reform debates, the 800,000 DACA recipients like Yvette must attempt to go about their lives wondering if they will again become targets for deportation. Research has highlighted the plethora of negative health consequences that stem from living under the perpetual threat of deportation.



This Is the Real Source of the NRA's Political Power

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 12:56:19 -0500

The NRA's influence lies in its ability to fuse grassroots support wth strong fundraising



Florida shooting: Donald Trump blames FBI's Russia probe for failure to spot suspect's warning signs

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 00:06:54 -0500

Donald Trump said on Saturday that the FBI had missed the warning signs of the suspect in the Florida high school shooting¬†because it¬†had been¬†"spending too much time" investigating his campaign's links with Russia. The Federal Bureau of Investigation has come under pressure in recent days after it¬†admitted it failed to act on a tip off it received about 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz, who is accused of killing 17 people at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. First it was revealed that the¬†FBI¬†failed to delve into a YouTube comment posted by a "Nikolas¬†Cruz" that said, "Im going to be a professional school shooter." The¬†FBI¬†said it could not determine who made it. On Friday, the bureau said it had failed to act on a tip that¬†Cruz¬†had a "desire to kill people," disturbing social media posts and access to a gun. The US President has also faced criticism for not addressing the subject of gun control in the days after the shooting. Survivors of the shooting and relatives of the victims have demanded action after it emerged that Cruz¬†was able to legally buy a semi-automatic firearm despite a history of troubling and violent behaviour. Mr Trump¬†laid the blame at the FBI and the Democrats in a pair of tweets on Saturday. Very sad that the FBI missed all of the many signals sent out by the Florida school shooter. This is not acceptable. They are spending too much time trying to prove Russian collusion with the Trump campaign - there is no collusion. Get back to the basics and make us all proud!‚?? Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 18, 2018 Just like they don‚??t want to solve the DACA problem, why didn‚??t the Democrats pass gun control legislation when they had both the House & Senate during the Obama Administration. Because they didn‚??t want to, and now they just talk!‚?? Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 17, 2018 The president¬†travelled to Florida on Friday to¬†meet privately with victims of the shooting and hailed the heroics of first responders. But he extended few public words of consolation to those in deep mourning, nor did he¬†address the debate over gun violence that has raged since Wednesday's mass shooting. At a rally on Saturday, a survivor attacked him¬†over the multi-million-dollar support his campaign received from the National Rifle Association and for¬†overturning a measure implemented by former President Barack Obama that required extra scrutiny of some gun buyers with a history of mental illness.¬† "We are going to be the last mass shooting... We are going to change the law," Emma Gonzalez vowed. "They say that tougher gun laws do not decrease gun violence. We call BS!" Florida high school shooting survivor Emma Gonzalez calls on President Trump and lawmakers to tighten gun restrictions in impassioned speech at an anti-gun rally in Fort Lauderdale https://t.co/DgnqrrVs9x‚?? CNN (@CNN) February 17, 2018 The¬†FBI's acknowledgment that it mishandled the tip prompted a sharp rebuke from its boss, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, and a call from Florida's Republican Gov. Rick Scott, a¬†Trump¬†ally, for¬†FBI¬†Director Christopher Wray to resign. Mr Trump¬†and other Republicans have heavily criticised the¬†FBI. They are still dissatisfied with its decision not to charge Hillary Clinton with crimes related to her use of a private email server, and they see signs of bias in special counsel Robert Mueller's probe of possible¬†Trump¬†campaign ties to Russia.¬†



Read Mueller's full indictment against 13 Russians charged with election meddling

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 14:10:48 -0500

The U.S. Department of Justice announced charges on Friday against 13 Russians and three Russian entities for allegedly carrying out an elaborate plot to interfere in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.



Florida shooting: Librarian who saved 55 'knew what to do because her friend survived Sandy Hook'

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 07:35:26 -0500

Diana Haneski, a library media specialist at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, jumped into action when she heard the school was under lockdown on her radio. Speaking to Reuters, Ms Haneski, 57, said she knew what to do as her friend, a fellow librarian, had managed to save 22 people during the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in 2012. ‚??She was there that day in Sandy Hook and because of her I knew what to do,‚?Ě she said.



Casino will check hotel rooms, even with 'Do Not Disturb'

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 14:04:24 -0500

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) ‚?? One of the world's largest casino companies will check its guests' hotel rooms every 24 hours, even if they have a "Do Not Disturb" sign hanging on the doorknob.



'Do not test Israel's resolve', Netanyahu warns Iran

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 10:26:53 -0500

Munich (Germany) (AFP) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Tehran on Sunday over aggressions by Iran and its "proxies" in Syria, saying he would not allow them to "put a noose of terror around our neck".



No, Fidel Castro Is Not Justin Trudeau's Father

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 15:03:00 -0500

Despite what the internet seems to think



Maame Biney's Pioneering Run At The Winter Olympics Is Over

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 06:25:54 -0500

U.S. speedskater Maame Biney finished last in her 1,500 meter short-track heat on Saturday, ending her trailblazing run at the Winter Olympics.





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