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Florida sheriff defends his leadership after shooting

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ORLANDO, Fla. -- Florida Gov. Rick Scott on Sunday asked the state Department of Law Enforcement to investigate the response to the Parkland school massacre, as questions mounted over the Broward County Sheriff's Office's handling of the shooting.

The announcement came just hours after Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel appeared on CNN and ...Read more

Stormy Daniels brings her whirlwind tour to LA

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LOS ANGELES -- The promotion on the Deja Vu strip club's Instagram said it all.

"No Hush Money Required here. SEE THE PORN STAR WORTH $130,000 BUT WILL ONLY COST YOU THE PRICE OF ADMISSION."

Stormy Daniels, who vaulted into the national spotlight as a result of her reported affair with Donald Trump, would be writhing -- live on stage -- at the...Read more

South Korea's Moon faces 2 big decisions to keep Olympic peace

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SEOUL, South Korea ––With a two-hour spectacle of drones and K-Pop on Sunday, South Korean President Moon Jae-in celebrated the end of a Winter Olympic Games that fostered a fragile peace with North Korea. Now, he's got to make it last.

Even before North Korean athletes started returning across their fortified border, Moon was juggling two ...Read more

Parkland students make emotional return to school campus

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PARKLAND, Fla.--Liam Kiernan's first stop when he re-entered Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Sunday afternoon was the band room.

The 15-year-old took his dad to the closet where he hid during the shooting.

"I walked in and showed him, that's where I was," Liam said.

Seeing the spot where his terrified son was while a gunman killed 17 ...Read more

At Parkland's final funeral, student is remembered for helping others 'feel loved'

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When Martin Duque was in middle school and saw a classmate struggling to fit in, the "always smiling" teenager tried to make him feel welcomed.

"He quickly became one of my greatest friends -- no question," Jose Hoyos said Sunday. Hoyos had moved to Parkland from Mexico nearly three years ago and attended Westglades Middle School with Duque, ...Read more

Republicans urge Florida governor to suspend Broward sheriff

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Florida Republicans increased pressure on Broward County's elected sheriff Sunday, with dozens of state representatives calling on the governor to suspend Scott Israel from office. Meanwhile, the governor called on state law enforcement to investigate the local police response to the Feb. 14 school shootings in Parkland.

After the revelation ...Read more

Senator supports fining social media that don't purge bots

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WASHINGTON –– Social media companies should be fined if they don't weed out automated accounts, or bots, trying to influence U.S. public opinion, Sen. Amy Klobuchar said Sunday.

"I think that would be a great idea," Klobuchar, D-Minn., said on NBC's "Meet the Press" when asked whether the companies should be fined if they do not act after ...Read more

In a rebuke to Feinstein, California Democrats offer no endorsement in U.S. Senate race

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The California Democratic Party decided not to endorse a candidate in the state's U.S. Senate contest, an embarrassing rebuke of veteran Sen. Dianne Feinstein.

Feinstein, who has represented California in the Senate for a quarter-century, is facing an insurgent, state Senate leader Kevin de Leon, in the party primary. Though De Leon did not get...Read more

Trump claimed credit for rising stock prices, and now he owns their fall

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WASHINGTON –– Until its recent downturn, the U.S. stock market had been one of President Donald Trump's favorite topics.

He's tweeted more than 60 times since his election about new highs and frequently touted the gains in public comments.

"The stock market is smashing one record after another, and has added more than $7 trillion in new ...Read more

NRA won't sign on to raising age to 21 for rifle purchases

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WASHINGTON--The National Rifle Association is rejecting President Donald Trump's call for a federal ban on rifle sales to those under 21, but a spokesperson sought to play down the disagreement.

NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch said the gun lobby does not believe the age for purchases should be raised from 18.

Federal law includes several different...Read more

Mexican president's White House visit reportedly scrapped after testy phone call with Trump

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Tentative plans for a trip by Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto to the White House have been scrapped after he and President Donald Trump spoke by phone and tangled once again over Trump's plans to erect a border wall, according to news reports.

The two leaders spoke for about 50 minutes Tuesday and devoted much of the conversation to the ...Read more

China's Xi lays ground to rule for decades

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BEIJING ––China's Communist Party is set to repeal presidential term limits, which will allow Xi Jinping to rule beyond 2023, completing the country's move away from a political system based on collective leadership.

The party's Central Committee announced Sunday that it was seeking to strike a constitutional provision barring the head of ...Read more

How a scrawny misfit turned into Florida's worst school shooter

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MIAMI -- He was chronically depressed, beguiled by firearms and violence, an oddball ostracized by peers and prone to angry outbursts.

He experienced, in rapid succession, blows of the sort that can send a disturbed, isolated young man hurtling into a spiral of instability: Forced to move out of his lifelong home, spurned by a girlfriend, ...Read more

Archiving grief: Museums learn to preserve memorials left at mass shootings

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LAS VEGAS -- Cynthia Sanford sat in a Clark County Museum storage room and fretted over the email she was about to send to Jeff Schwartz, president of the Parkland Historical Society in Florida.

"I'm not sure if I should overwhelm him with tips," Sanford said.

In the quiet, she began typing: "Try to get on the same page as the public works ...Read more

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