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Former student opens fire at Florida high school, killing 17

APTOPIX School Shooting Florida-2

A former student opened fire at a Florida high school Wednesday, killing “numerous”...

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Today in History

Today in History Today is Saturday, Feb. 17, the 48th day of 2018. There are 317 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Feb. 17, 1968, the original Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, located on the campus of Springfield College in Massachusetts, was opened to the public. On...


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Conundrum of a fire alarm with gunfire: Flee, or lock down?

School Shooting Florida Security

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...


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Florida, angry and grieving, takes gun protest to streets

APTOPIX School Shooting Florida-8

PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) — Thousands of angry students, parents and residents demanded stricter gun control laws Saturday as new details were revealed about the suspect accused of shooting and killed 17 people in a Florida high school. The rally, held in downtown Fort Lauderdale, was attended by scores...


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A Carnival cruise in the South Pacific descended into a violent mess

(c) 2018, The Washington Post. A Carnival cruise devolved into near-anarchy during its 10 days in the South Pacific, with some passengers locking themselves inside their cabins, others kicked off the ship and security guards brawling with vacationers in a bare-knuckles melee. Carnival said it would...


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Danica Patrick speeding toward NASCAR's exit ramp

NASCAR Daytona Patrick Auto Racing

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Danica Patrick was annoyed with herself. She had trained most of her life for moments like these, but she couldn’t fix the inadvertent mess she had just made. On the first leg of the “Danica Double,” Patrick was in a scrum of reporters — the last place she wanted to be —...


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States consider protecting benefits for DACA, TPS immigrants facing loss of status

(c) 2018, The Washington Post. State lawmakers across the country are weighing a host of bills aimed at preserving driver’s licenses and other benefits for undocumented immigrants who may lose the protected status long afforded them by the federal government. Immigrants from Central America, Haiti...


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FBI, already under scrutiny, faces new criticism for failure to act before Florida

(c) 2018, The Washington Post. The FBI - already facing congressional investigations over its handling of the Russia probe and other political matters - was hit this week with a new batch of inquiries from lawmakers about its failure to act on tips that might have prevented the massacre at a high...


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Rodchenkov: Gov't order to protect doped Russian footballers

Cyprus World Cup 2018

Russian soccer players were protected from being caught doping under direct government orders that laboratory director Grigory Rodchenkov said he followed to ensure cheating was covered up as part of a far-reaching conspiracy. Outlining his involvement in soccer for the first time to The Associated...


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Minnesota terror case shows challenge of predicting attacks

Campus Fires Terrorism Charge

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — 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...


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Trump administration assault on bipartisan immigration plan ensured its demise

(c) 2018, The Washington Post. As much of the country was gripped Wednesday by horrific images from the mass shooting at a Florida high school, two dozen senior Trump administration officials worked frantically into the night to thwart what they considered a different national security threat. The...


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