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USA Today names Baltimore 'the nation's most dangerous city'

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BALTIMORE -- Baltimore's highest-ever per capita homicide rate in 2017 also made it the deadliest big city in the country, USA Today reported Monday.

Though official data from the FBI won't be available until later in the year, USA Today reviewed the homicide rates in the nation's 50 largest cities and Baltimore came out on top. The 342 ...Read more

Supreme Court leaves in place California's 10-day wait for gun buyers, rejects 2nd Amendment challenge

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WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court on Tuesday turned down a 2nd Amendment challenge to California's mandatory 10-day waiting period for new gun purchases.

With only Justice Clarence Thomas in dissent, the justices let stand a ruling of the 9th Circuit Court that called the California law a "reasonable safety precaution" and one that does not ...Read more

Blood and bullet holes remain but schools chief doesn't want lawmakers to look away

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MIAMI -- For the past week, Broward Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie has become a grim tour guide to the deadliest high school shooting in American history.

Between funerals, press conferences and around-the-clock meetings in a makeshift "war room" set up in the principal's office at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Runcie has ...Read more

Broward school district announces plan for 'phased reopening' of Douglas High School

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MIAMI -- Broward County Public Schools announced an updated plan late Monday for reopening Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School after the mass shooting last week that left 17 people dead.

Teachers and staff will return to the school at 8 a.m. Friday.

"The day is dedicated to meeting staff members' needs, with a variety of support services ...Read more

Stoneman Douglas to re-open to students Feb. 27

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Marjory Stoneman Douglas High is scheduled to re-open to students on Tuesday, Feb. 27, the school district said Monday night.

Teachers and staff will return to the school at 8 a.m. on Friday.

After the Feb. 14 mass shooting that left 17 dead, a voluntary campus orientation will be held for students and their parents or...Read more

Missing Uber driver found in Los Angeles hospital

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LOS ANGELES -- A 29-year-old Uber and Lyft driver who went missing in downtown Los Angeles more than a week ago has been found in a nearby hospital, authorities said.

Joshua Thiede, who was last seen driving his black Nissan Altima in the 1000 block of Wilshire Boulevard near the 110 Freeway on Feb. 11, was found less than a mile away at Good ...Read more

Trump re-ups criticism of Obama's handling of Russia

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump kept his foot on the gas on Twitter Tuesday, blaming his predecessor for Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. elections, annexation of Crimea, and swelling influence in Syria.

The Democrats' interest in the Russian affair, Trump alleged, arose only after he won the election.

"Thank you to @foxandfriends ...Read more

US is separating immigrant families to discourage others, activists say

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EL PASO, Texas -- Thousands of parents who crossed illegally into the U.S. in recent years have been held with their children at immigration detention centers. But the case of a Brazilian woman and her son illustrates what migrant advocates call a harsher approach to immigration enforcement that aims to separate parents and children.

She's ...Read more

Bannon sold his stake in Cambridge Analytica, and was fined for late ethics report

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WASHINGTON -- An enduring ethics question of the Trump White House has been answered.

Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon sold his stake in Cambridge Analytica -- the controversial data firm Donald Trump's campaign employed to reach voters with hypertargeted online messaging -- in April, as required by his ethics requirement.

But ...Read more

Mueller deputy has a reputation for hard-charging tactics, and sometimes going too far

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WASHINGTON -- When FBI agents raided the northern Virginia home of President Donald Trump's former campaign manager Paul J. Manafort Jr. on July 26, they came with all the subtlety of a sledgehammer.

They arrived before dawn, forced the front door lock and burst in with a no-knock warrant, tactics typically used in a major drug bust. The agents...Read more

Republican Rep. Tom Rooney of Florida not running for re-election

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WASHINGTON -- Florida Rep. Tom Rooney announced Monday he will not seek a sixth term in November.

"After what will be 10 years in the United States Congress representing the good people of Florida's Heartland, it's time to 'hang 'em up,' as my old football coach used to say," the Republican congressman said in a statement.

First elected in ...Read more

Trump backs Romney in Utah Senate race, embracing GOP critic

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump endorsed former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney for a U.S. Senate seat in Utah, setting aside longstanding differences with a GOP critic as the party looks to preserve its narrow majority in the chamber.

"He will make a great Senator and worthy successor to @OrrinHatch, and has my full support ...Read more

Mourners flock to vigils, Stoneman Douglas campus to pay respects to those killed

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CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. -- They held candles to remember the victims of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas and pledged to do what they could to try to prevent another tragedy.

Rain occasionally poured down on the vigil at Betti Stradling Park in Coral Springs Monday evening, with one rabbi saying, "God is crying with us."

Local elected ...Read more

Ex-Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori to be tried over 1992 massacre

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LIMA, Peru -- Peru's recently pardoned ex-President Alberto Fujimori must stand trial over the 1992 massacre of six farmers, a court ruled Monday.

The ruling comes just weeks after Fujimori was controversially pardoned and released from a 25-year prison sentence for human rights abuses committed during his 1990-2000 term in office.

But the ...Read more

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Pa. gerrymandering case: State Supreme Court releases new congressional map for 2018 elections

PHILADELPHIA -- The Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Monday released a new congressional district map, upending familiar boundaries, renumbering districts across the state and giving a potential boost to Democrats in the 2018 House elections.

Its plan ...Read more

Pa. gerrymandering case: State Supreme Court releases new congressional map for 2018 elections

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PHILADELPHIA -- The Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Monday released a new congressional district map, upending familiar boundaries, renumbering districts across the state and giving a potential boost to Democrats in the 2018 House elections.

Its plan splits only 13 counties. Of those, four counties are split into three districts and nine are ...Read more

Loved ones remember Luke Hoyer, the Parkland victim who loved basketball and chicken nuggets

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CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. -- On the last day of his life, Luke Hoyer found a Valentine's Day card and some of his favorite chocolates sitting by his bathroom sink. He called downstairs, "Thanks, Mom."

When his mother, Gena Hoyer, dropped her 15-year-old son off at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that morning, she told him, "I love you, Lukey ...Read more

'Devastated' Kansas chemist arrested by ICE can only see family through jail windows

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The day had finally arrived that jailed Syed Ahmed Jamal thought he'd get to talk to his wife and three children after nearly a month of being shuffled around the country by the U.S. immigration enforcement system.

But another snag left him and his family "devastated" Sunday afternoon.

His family was not aware of the Platte...Read more

Alaina Petty 'just wanted to be your friend,' dad says at funeral

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CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. -- Alaina Petty surprised her family when she joined the JROTC at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School because she had not expressed much interest in it.

But she was a natural at it, just as she was at volunteering to help families in Everglades City dig out of Hurricane Irma.

On Monday morning, about 1,500 people attended ...Read more

Judge OKs release of social services file on school shooter Cruz

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MIAMI -- In an unusual move, the Florida Department of Children & Families will release 22 documents, generally kept confidential due to privacy concerns, pertaining to a 2016 case involving Nikolas Cruz, the 19-year-old school shooter charged with 17 counts of first-degree murder.

DCF attorney John Jackson successfully petitioned a court to ...Read more