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Parkland school shooter can keep publicly funded defense team

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MIAMI -- Faced with a massive criminal case against him and the possibility of the death penalty, mass shooter Nikolas Cruz can keep his taxpayer-funded defense team, a judge ruled this week.

That means the Broward Public Defender's Office will continue in its quest to keep the 19-year-old off Florida's death row for the Feb. 14 massacre at ...Read more

Rep. Duncan Hunter sets up legal fund amid criminal investigation

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WASHINGTON -- Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., has filed paperwork to establish a legal expense fund amid an ongoing federal criminal investigation into whether he misused campaign cash.

Hunter filed the required paperwork March 27, seeking a rarely granted "Legal Expense Fund" through which members of Congress under investigation or being sued in...Read more

3 missing Mexican students were slain, their bodies dissolved in acid

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MEXICO CITY -- Three Mexican film students whose disappearance last month sparked large-scale protests in the city of Guadalajara were beaten, killed and their bodies dissolved in acid, Mexican authorities said Monday.

Two suspects have been arrested in connection with the gruesome crime, said officials of the attorney general's office in ...Read more

Pence, once a Greitens ally, postpones Missouri trip on eve of governor's criminal trial

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WASHINGTON -- Vice President Mike Pence's office says it has canceled a Missouri rally and fundraiser next month because of a scheduling conflict -- and not out of concern that the trip would too closely coincide with the upcoming felony trial of Gov. Eric Greitens, with whom Pence has had some close political ties.

Pence won't attend a ...Read more

Officials release causes of death for 7 inmates killed in S. Carolina prison riot

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COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Officials Tuesday released more information about how seven inmates were killed during a riot at Lee Correctional Institution earlier this month.

According to Lee County Coroner Larry Logan, all seven died from exsanguination, or severe blood loss, due to multiple sharp force injuries due to stab wounds and incised wounds.

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Trump's EPA proposes to block regulators from considering a wide range of scientific studies

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WASHINGTON -- The Trump administration launched an attack on the science behind many of the nation's clean air and clean water rules, announcing a proposal Tuesday that would effectively prevent regulators from considering a wide range of health studies when they look at new regulations.

The plan by Environmental Protection Agency Administrator...Read more

Veterans Affairs nominee may withdraw, Trump suggests

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump suggested Tuesday that he was nudging aside Dr. Ronny Jackson, his nominee to head the Veterans Affairs Department, after senators canceled his nomination hearing to investigate allegations of inappropriate behavior.

"I told Admiral Jackson just a little while ago ... I said, 'What do you need this for?'" ...Read more

Parkland shooter researched Columbine as he planned attack, state commission reveals

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MIAMI -- Radios were so badly jammed as police responded to the worst school shooting in Florida history that sheriff's deputies and Coral Springs police clearing buildings at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School had to communicate by hand.

Teachers tasked with locking their students inside their rooms to protect them during the six-minute ...Read more

The NRA just broke a 15-year fundraising record

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WASHINGTON -- As the student-led March for Our Lives movement captured the nation's attention in the weeks after the Parkland shooting, the other side of the gun control debate enjoyed a banner month of its own.

The National Rifle Association's Political Victory Fund raised $2.4 million from March 1 to March 31, the group's first full month of ...Read more

Toronto suspect charged with 10 counts of murder, remanded to custody

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MONTREAL -- The man suspected of deliberately driving a van into pedestrians along a busy street in Toronto was charged Tuesday with 10 counts of first-degree murder and 13 counts of attempted murder, the Toronto Star and other media reported.

Alek Minassian, arrested on Monday, made a brief appearance at a Toronto court and has been remanded ...Read more

How hackers could cause chaos on America's roads and railways

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WASHINGTON -- When hackers struck the Colorado Department of Transportation in a ransomware attack in February and again eight days later, they disrupted the agency's operations for weeks.

State officials had to shut down 2,000 computers, and transportation employees were forced to use pen and paper or their personal devices instead of their ...Read more

Trump is pushing hard to reach NAFTA agreement, both with trading partners and with Congress

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WASHINGTON -- With critical political deadlines fast approaching, the Trump administration is racing to strike a deal on a revamped North American Free Trade Agreement by early May -- with an eye toward forcing a congressional vote on a new pact by the end of the year.

After months of making little progress, recent statements from high-level ...Read more

Sessions declines to recuse himself from probe into Trump lawyer

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WASHINTON-- Attorney General Jeff Sessions has decided against recusing himself from the investigation into President Donald Trump's personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, but will consider stepping back from specific questions tied to the probe, according to a person familiar with the matter.

By contrast, Sessions recused himself from the ...Read more

After racial slurs in Miami McDonald's line, a shot is fired. Was it self-defense?

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MIAMI -- Devin Gibbs just wanted McDonald's.

But the visit to the North Miami-Dade Golden Arches unraveled when another patron accused him of cutting in line to order. That customer, an older white man, suddenly began spouting racial slurs and threats at Gibbs, a young black man. The episode ended with Gibbs in jail -- for firing a shot at the ...Read more

Trump says he will consider keeping Iran deal but stresses that it's 'a disaster'

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump said Tuesday he promised French President Emmanuel Macron that he would reconsider his pledge to blow up the multinational Iran nuclear deal, but spent much of his time in their joint appearance explaining why he thinks it is "a disaster."

"It's insane. It's ridiculous. It should never have been made. But we...Read more

Deputies took cover during Parkland massacre, cop says — and one knew where shooter was

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MIAMI -- Broward Sheriff's Office deputies were taking cover behind cars and a tree as they responded to the worst school shooting in Florida history -- and one of them thought he knew where the shooter was, according to an officer report released Tuesday by Coral Springs Police Department.

But the BSO deputies didn't immediately attempt to ...Read more

After black student celebrates Harvard acceptance on Twitter, former Texas education official asks, 'Were you admitted on merit or quota?'

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When Drake Johnson, a black high school student from northern California, tweeted his excitement about being accepted into Harvard on April 20, he received thousands of congratulatory tweets.

But one former Texas education official gave what some viewed as a backhanded compliment that bewildered the student and his followers.

"Congrats. Were ...Read more

A regular day is hard enough for Parkland students. Now they face standardized tests.

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PARKLAND, Fla. -- Shannon Fest has a modest goal for her 15-year-old daughter this semester: to make it through a full day of school.

Two months after a gunman killed 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High, going to class is still a struggle for freshman Lauren Fest. She arrives late every morning and skips lunch because the crowds and loud...Read more

YETI cuts ties with NRA ahead of convention in Dallas

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FORT WORTH, Texas -- The Texas-based YETI cooler company is known for putting the chill on things, and they've frozen their financial relationship with America's largest gun lobbying organization in the midst of the heated national debate about guns.

On April 22, YETI cut ties with the National Rifle Association, which came as a breath of fresh...Read more

Robbers shot and killed woman after she showed off money on social media, court records say

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Authorities say a woman who displayed money on social media from an injury settlement was shot and killed during a home invasion last month by two men who went to the home to rob her of the money.

One suspect has since been taken into custody and held in lieu of $3 million bail.

Zavian D. Wells, 25, whose last known address was in the 1900 ...Read more