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Steve Lopez: It's hard not to be hopeful about the future when you meet Miriam Antonio

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LOS ANGELES--As the father of a teenager, I've got to make myself believe that even in crazy and scary times, it's going to be OK, the world will survive, and today's young folks will lead the way.

That's just the way it is for a parent. You're a worried, cynical mess half the time and naively optimistic half the time. The Florida school ...Read more

California candidates pull out all the stops to woo Democratic delegates for an endorsement

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SAN DIEGO -- Ingrid Gunnel must feel like the most popular voter in Southern California.

Text messages from Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom routinely popped up on her cellphone. Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones, who is running for attorney general, penned her a handwritten letter. Entreaties from dozens of other politicians have appeared in her mailbox ...Read more

Trump calls into Fox News to vent about Democrats and compliment his supporters

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WASHINGTON--In a rare interview, President Donald Trump called into Fox News on Saturday night to rail against Democrats, repeat his suggestion that teachers should be armed to prevent school shootings and to compliment his interviewer on her ratings.

"I did look at your ratings over the last couple of weeks, and you're doing fantastically," ...Read more

As outrage continues over Florida school shooting, NRA loses sponsors and corporate support

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As part of its pitch to prospective members, the National Rifle Association touts a host of benefits for those joining the organization, including "huge savings on car rentals, hotels and travel."

In recent days, however, several travel and hotel companies severed ties with gun lobby group as outrage continues over the shooting that left 14 ...Read more

Bollywood superstar Sridevi dies of cardiac arrest at 54

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NEW DELHI -- Legendary Bollywood actress Sridevi Kapoor died Saturday after going into cardiac arrest, according to Indian media.

Best known as simply Sridevi, the actress died in Dubai while attending a wedding, her brother-in-law Sanjay Kapoor told the Indian Express newspaper. She was 54 years old.

Sridevi appeared in Tamil, Telugu, ...Read more

California Democrats' candidate glut has officials stewing about primaries

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SANTA ANA, Calif.--Democratic activists in Orange County threw an impromptu party with cake, party hats and singing after Republican Rep. Darrell Issa announced he was retiring.

But the exhilaration over the opportunity to capture a Republican congressional seat quickly turned to political panic.

There are so many Democrats running for ...Read more

Democrats wrote a memo on secret surveillance: How does it compare to the Republican memo?

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WASHINGTON--It's a war of the memos.

First came a four-page Republican document released on Feb. 2. Now comes a 10-page Democratic rebuttal.

Both declassified memos focus on how the FBI and Justice Department applied to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court shortly before the 2016 election for a warrant to eavesdrop on Carter Page, an ...Read more

Trump fights complacency at Summit sapped of insurgent energy

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WASHINGTON -- The crowd at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference was lower-key and often sparser than in recent years, when the anger and existential dread generated during eight years of a Democratic presidency electrified the conservative movement.

"There's a different energy here, as opposed to opposition and negativity -- less...Read more

UN Security Council calls for 30-day cease-fire in Syria

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UNITED NATIONS -- The United Nations Security Council voted unanimously Saturday for a resolution demanding a 30-day humanitarian cease-fire in Syria, where government forces have stepped up attacks on the besieged rebel enclave of Eastern Ghouta near Damascus.

Russia went along with the resolution after initial resistance.

The vote came after...Read more

Panelist stuns CPAC by slamming GOP 'hypocrites' on sex misdeeds

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WASHINGTON -- An annual summit of conservative activists and movement leaders faced an extraordinary bit of dissent on Saturday from a columnist who torched "hypocrites" within the Republican Party for overlooking President Donald Trump's alleged sexual misdeeds.

Mona Charen's comments came moments before an annual "straw poll" of attendees ...Read more

Parkland school deputy goes from commended to vilified after shootings

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Branded a coward by the president. Vilified by his ex-boss. Duty-bound to protect Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

Scot R. Peterson, disgraced former Broward sheriff's deputy, once characterized himself to be a strong, proactive law enforcement officer who would not shrink in the face of danger.

Yet the 33-year law enforcement veteran ...Read more

House committee releases Democratic memo defending surveillance of former Trump adviser

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WASHINGTON -- The House Intelligence Committee Saturday released a Democratic memo countering a harsh Republican critique of the FBI and Justice Department, escalating the partisan battle over government surveillance of a former Trump campaign adviser that began three weeks before the 2016 election.

The top Democrat on the committee, Rep. Adam ...Read more

Analysis: When it comes to guns, the Parkland shooting survivors aren't here to play nice

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Since the shooting attack at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., Feb. 14, a student there, Sarah Chadwick, has amassed a Twitter following of more than 150,000 people. On Thursday night, Chadwick decided to share a thought with them.

Was it time for a message calling for thoughts, prayers and privacy?

Hardly. It was time to...Read more

NAFTA negotiators dig in for the long haul

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MEXICO CITY ––It's looking increasingly likely that NAFTA talks will extend beyond a March target, meaning negotiators will have to deal with the added political uncertainty of a Mexican election campaign.

Negotiators are to meet Sunday through March 5 in Mexico City for the seventh round of talks. When negotiations began six months ago, ...Read more

White House said to consider restraining orders to curb shootings

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WASHINGTON –– The Trump administration House is considering using restraining orders to take guns away from people considered dangerous, two people familiar with the matter said.

Under extreme risk protection orders, firearms can be confiscated from people found to be at risk.

The administration is studying an Indiana version of such a law...Read more

Mystery surrounds disappearance of three Italians in Mexico's Jalisco state

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MEXICO CITY--In a country where tens of thousands of people have gone missing, most presumed killed by gangs, sometimes in cahoots with police, the recent disappearance of three men barely qualified as news except for one fact: they are citizens not of Mexico but of Italy.

The toll of Mexico's escalating violence has fallen almost exclusively ...Read more

AR-15, used in Florida school attack, is a fearsome weapon designed for maximum damage

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The AR-15, the semiautomatic rifle used in Parkland, Fla., in the deadliest high school shooting in U.S. history, uses bullets that can cause softball-size exit wounds, leaving behind a significantly larger trail of mangled tissue compared with handgun bullets.

For trauma surgeons, the injuries are harder to repair. For victims, the chances of ...Read more

Marine general chastised, sergeant's conviction overturned in hazing case

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A military court has reprimanded a Marine two-star general at Camp Pendleton, Calif., for unlawfully meddling in a court-martial case against a noncommissioned officer accused of abusing his troops.

The U.S. Navy-Marine Corps Court of Criminal Appeals in Washington overturned the court-martial conviction of Sgt. Jaime Ortiz. The court found ...Read more

Google 'bro culture' led to violence, sexual harassment against female engineer, lawsuit alleges

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MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. -- As a young, female software engineer at male-dominated Google, Loretta Lee was slapped, groped and even had a co-worker pop up from beneath her desk one night and tell her she'd never know what he'd been doing under there, according to a lawsuit filed against the company.

The lawsuit comes as Silicon Valley's tech ...Read more

Olympics unlikely to spur North, South Korea to cooperate, Republican senator says

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GANGNEUNG, South Korea -- U.S. Sen. James Risch doesn't see the 2018 Winter Olympic as the tonic for the decades-old tension between North and South Korea.

The games, which conclude Sunday, are therapy for the world that "gets people talking and brings people together," the Idaho Republican said. But he couldn't see how the two nations' ...Read more