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Australia and US work to repair relationship after early Trump thrashing

WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump was still settling into the Oval Office early last year when he blasted Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull over the phone for what the president called the "worst deal ever."

At issue was then-President Barack Obama's agreement...Read more

Aaron Feis, coach who died saving students, mourned by Stoneman Douglas community

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CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. -- A beloved assistant football coach and lifelong Stoneman Douglas Eagle who always put the kids first -- up until his final moments when he shielded students from gunfire -- Aaron Feis was remembered as a hero by the 1,000-plus people who attended his funeral Thursday.

Feis was one of the 17 killed in the Parkland shooting...Read more

Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens indicted on felony invasion of privacy charge

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ST. LOUIS -- Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens, who was swept into office in 2016 with a vow to clean up a corrupt state government, was indicted and booked Thursday on a felony invasion of privacy charge for allegedly taking and transmitting a non-consensual photo of his partly nude lover shortly before that campaign started.

It stems from a scandal...Read more

Aaron Feis remembered as the hero who shielded students during the massacre at Douglas

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CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. -- Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School was Aaron Feis' second home. He was guardian of the gates as longtime security monitor at his alma mater, and although he did not know every single one of the 3,200 students, he tried to connect with as many as possible, greeting them as they arrived on campus and saying goodbye in the ...Read more

More than half of gun owners don't safely store their firearms, survey finds

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BALTIMORE -- More than half of American gun owners do not store their weapons safely, increasing the risk that their firearms will be used unintentionally, a new survey by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health has found.

The Hopkins researchers surveyed 1,444 gun owners in the United States about their storage practices and found ...Read more

Florida developing social media app to help thwart next school shooting

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WASHINGTON -- Florida officials are teaming up with student software developers to create a new social media application aimed at thwarting the next Parkland-like shooting.

Florida Attorney General Pamela Bondi told President Donald Trump Thursday that she is working with a group of Florida students on an app making it easy for kids on social ...Read more

Australia and US work to repair relationship after early Trump thrashing

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump was still settling into the Oval Office early last year when he blasted Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull over the phone for what the president called the "worst deal ever."

At issue was then-President Barack Obama's agreement to accept about 1,250 economic refugees who had fled to Australia, mostly...Read more

A change in US agency's mission: No longer serving a 'nation of immigrants'

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WASHINGTON -- America is no longer a "nation of immigrants," at least in the mission statement of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

Director L. Francis Cissna announced the rewrite of the statement Thursday, scrapping the more immigration-friendly language that said the agency "secures America's promise as a nation of immigrants by ...Read more

Hawley blames McCaskill for campaign's high legal spending

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WASHINGTON -- Top GOP Senate recruit Josh Hawley has spent more than $110,000 on lawyers since he launched his campaign four months ago --about 20 percent of his total spending so far in the race, and a sum that experts say is unusually high.

His campaign blames Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill, the Democrat Hawley hopes to oust in November, for ...Read more

A familiar pattern? Russian trolls on Twitter 'rile' Americans on gun violence

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WASHINGTON -- An organization that monitors Russian trolling has spotted a peculiar similarity between certain types of social media postings that went up immediately after the Oct. 1 Las Vegas festival shootings and again after last week's shootings at a school in Parkland, Fla.

The pattern: A day after the tragedy, the trolls tweet on all ...Read more

On gun issue, Trump and Rubio elicit different reactions from conservatives

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OXON HILL, Md. -- President Donald Trump has political capital to spend on limited gun regulation. But not Sen. Marco Rubio.

In the aftermath of last week's deadly shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., both Trump and Rubio -- rivals for the GOP nomination in 2016 -- have emerged as two of the most prominent faces ...Read more

Mueller more than doubles criminal charges against Manafort and Gates

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WASHINGTON -- Special counsel Robert S. Mueller III filed a vastly expanded criminal indictment against President Donald Trump's former campaign manager and his partner Thursday, more than doubling the number of charges they face.

Paul W. Manafort Jr. and Richard J. Gates III were first charged with 12 counts on Oct. 30. Both pleaded not guilty...Read more

Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens indicted on felony invasion of privacy

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens was indicted Thursday afternoon by a St. Louis grand jury on felony invasion of privacy.

The charges stem from a 2015 affair and allegations that he threatened to release a nude photograph of the woman, taken while she was blindfolded and her hands were bound, if she ever spoke publicly about ...Read more

Trump denies break with NRA, says lobby group 'wants to do what's right'

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump on Thursday doubled down on arming school teachers while defending the National Rifle Association -- even as he broke ranks with the powerful gun rights organization on a key gun ownership proposal.

Trump defended the NRA and its CEO, Wayne LaPierre, who have come under intense pressure from Parkland, Fla., ...Read more

School cop resigns after shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- The police officer assigned to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School has resigned after a shooting rampage that left 17 people dead.

Scot Peterson, a deputy for the Broward Sheriff's Office, came under scrutiny after 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz entered the school with an AR-15 rifle and killed 14 students and three ...Read more

School cop who 'never went in' after shooting has resigned

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MIAMI -- Broward Sheriff Scott Israel said Thursday the school resource officer stationed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School was suspended without pay after he learned the deputy never went into the building when the shooting began.

Scott Peterson chose to resign and retire Thursday morning, Israel said.

A review of surveillance video ...Read more

Wildfires at Guantanamo Navy base force evacuation of some housing areas

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MIAMI -- A wildfire that broke out on the Cuban side of Guantanamo Bay jumped the fence line Thursday, threatening U.S. Navy base buildings and forcing evacuations of four neighborhoods, including one where prison guards live.

"Right now everyone is safe," base spokeswoman Julie Ann Ripley said Thursday afternoon. Base workers were "doing a ...Read more

Immigrants group sees trump as racist in ending refugee program

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NEW YORK -- Haitian and Salvadoran refugees sued President Donald Trump, claiming his administration's decision to end protections that allowed them to stay in the U.S. was "tainted by racial animus."

The lawsuit, filed in Boston federal court, seeks to block the administration from ending the Temporary Protected Status program that allowed ...Read more

Bodies of 3 men discovered in San Francisco

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Police are investigating after the bodies of three men were discovered Thursday on the street near a high school in the city's Haight-Ashbury neighborhood, authorities said.

A person who works in the area found the three men on the sidewalk around 4:30 a.m. on Page Street near Urban School of San Francisco, police said.

The ...Read more

GOP rattled by Pennsylvania congressional race in the heart of Trump country

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CARNEGIE, Pa. -- The dismayed laborers from shuttered coal yards and steel mills didn't have to shift political allegiances to vote for Donald Trump in this part of the Rust Belt. They had been electing Republicans long before he showed up on the ballot.

That explains why party leaders in a congressional district stretching from the Pittsburgh ...Read more