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Why statehouse interns are especially vulnerable to sexual harassment

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WASHINGTON -- Near the end of the Colorado legislative session last year, one of Democratic state Rep. Dafna Michaelson Jenet's interns revealed something she had been holding inside for months: A male lawmaker had been harassing her.

According to the then-18-year-old intern, who did not want to be named out of fear it would harm her job ...Read more

Suicide attacker targets US embassy in Montenegro

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BELGRADE, Serbia -- An attacker threw an explosive device at the U.S. embassy in the Montenegrin capital Podgorica early Thursday and then killed himself with another bomb, the Montenegrin government said.

Both devices were probably hand grenades, the first thrown into the embassy yard and the second, which killed the attacker, in the street ...Read more

'Look me in the eyes': Douglas High students press Florida politicians for answers

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- The students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School got a real-life lesson in the perils of high expectations Wednesday as they met with state legislators to discuss their promise of stricter gun laws and left disappointed that the progress that appeared likely would only be incremental.

"We have been to many meetings, ...Read more

Broward County school cops will add firepower: 'Rifles from this point forward'

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MIAMI--While lawmakers and activists in Tallahassee and Washington, D.C., furiously debate gun control, deputies in Broward County will be adding firepower to deal with the threat of school shooters, effective immediately.

Broward's top cop on Wednesday said that deputies assigned to school campuses will now be allowed to carry rifles on school...Read more

Trump suggests arming schools in emotional meeting with gun violence survivors and parents

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump hosted an extraordinarily emotional debate over guns and schools at the White House on Wednesday, listening for more than an hour as student survivors and grieving parents parried ideas to prevent firearms deaths, their gentle disputes hinting at the nation's divisions.

The president offered proposals of his...Read more

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RNC reportedly pays Trump's former personal bodyguard $15,000 a month

President Donald Trump's longtime personal bodyguard has hit pay dirt, thanks to the GOP.

The Republican National Committee is paying former Trump aide Keith Schiller $15,000 a month for "security services," according to a report Wednesday.

A Republican official told CNBC ...Read more

Winner-take-all electoral practice faces voter-rights challenge

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HOUSTON -- Civil rights activists are challenging the legality of four states' winner-take-all method of allocating U.S. presidential electoral college votes, claiming the practice magnifies some votes at the expense of others and violates voters' constitutional rights.

The lawsuits were filed Wednesday in Texas and South Carolina, two states ...Read more

Charges: Minneapolis father raped, chained and beat twin daughters in what authorities called 'torture'

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MINNEAPOLIS--Twin sisters with diminished mental and emotional capacity were subjected to long stretches of captivity in chains by their father in their south Minneapolis home and raped, starved and beaten, charges filed Tuesday against the father assert.

The abuse continued for years until one of them escaped to alert authorities last May.

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Boy suspended from school after inhaling helium from balloon to get 'squeaky voice'

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LEXINGTON, Ky. -- A Kentucky mother says she's upset because her 13-year-old son was suspended from middle school for three days because he inhaled helium from two Valentine's Day balloons he bought at school.

Robert Rodriguez, an eighth-grader at Simons Middle School in Flemingsburg, told the Lexington Herald-Leader he inhaled the helium from ...Read more

Trump backs arming educators in meeting with school shooting survivors

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump embraced arming educators to stop mass shootings as students and parents from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., pleaded with him to make America's schools safer.

The suggestion, along with others calling for a ban on assault-type weapons and instituting airport-like security perimeters ...Read more

Hundreds mourn Stoneman Douglas athletic director Chris Hixon at funeral

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HOLLYWOOD, Fla. -- Chris Hixon was remembered as a loving father and husband, a veteran who was twice deployed to the Persian Gulf, an athletic director and wrestling coach who worked tirelessly for his athletes and ultimately, as a hero who died trying to save students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

It was at the Parkland school on ...Read more

Kansas can't cut off Medicaid money to Planned Parenthood, appeals court rules

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Kansas acted improperly when it tried to cut off Medicaid dollars to Planned Parenthood under former Gov. Sam Brownback, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday.

Brownback, who has now taken a position in President Donald Trump's administration, sought to block Planned Parenthood from receiving Medicaid funding for breast ...Read more

House arrest, probation for fake nurse who worked in St. Louis hospital

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ST. LOUIS -- A woman who used faked experience and credentials to get a job as a nurse at a St. Louis hospital was sentenced Wednesday to five years of probation and eight months of house arrest.

Samantha Rivera, 36, will also have to repay about $21,500 to the staffing agency that placed her in the intensive care unit at St. Alexius Hospital ...Read more

Conspiracy theories about Florida school shooting survivors have gone mainstream

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In a world of senseless chaos and cruelty, there are apparently two ways to comprehend what's driving the student-led gun control activism spreading across the country:

1. After a gunman killed 17 students and faculty at a high school in Parkland, Fla., last week, the students have launched a movement that began in their liberal enclave and ...Read more

GOP Rep. Tenney: Mass murderers often 'end up being Democrats'

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WASHINGTON--Many mass murders are perpetrated by Democrats, New York Republican Rep. Claudia Tenney said Wednesday in a radio discussion on gun control following the recent mass shooting at a Florida high school.

"Obviously, there's a lot of politics in it," the congresswoman told the "Focus on the State Capitol" podcast hosted by Fred Dicker. ...Read more

Instead of nagging your spouse to lose weight, try going on a diet yourself

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Tired of nagging your spouse to lose a few pounds? You might get better results by going on a diet yourself.

Health experts have seen that the weight status of couples tends to move in sync. It is often similar when they get married, and if one partner gains weight over time, the other does as well. In fact, researchers have found that if one ...Read more

New Pa. congressional map could be challenged on civil rights grounds

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PHILADELPHIA -- Common Cause helped bring down Pennsylvania's old congressional district map. Now, in a twist, the good government group may undo the new map that replaced it.

Micah Sims, executive director of Common Cause Pennsylvania, said his organization and the state NAACP are considering filing suit in federal court to challenge the new ...Read more

Venezuelan opposition parties to boycott 'fraudulent' presidential election

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BOGOTA, Colombia -- Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro may be running virtually unopposed in the April 22 presidential race.

On Wednesday, the coalition of opposition parties known as the MUD said it wouldn't be fielding a candidate in the snap elections it considers fraudulent.

In a statement, the group said the April vote was "simply a show...Read more

In wake of Florida school shooting, conservatives stay on message about guns

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WASHINGTON -- As conservatives prepare to gather Thursday for their closely watched national summit, the strategy for talking about guns seems deceptively simple: Don't shy away from discussing the issue. Be compassionate. And don't let anti-gun activists hijack the debate.

"No matter what your viewpoint on the constitutional words of the ...Read more

Athletic director Chris Hixon mourned as a hero in Florida school shooting

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HOLLYWOOD, Fla. -- Chris Hixon was as devoted to his students as he was to his own children up to the last minute of his life, said those who honored the slain Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School athletic director at his funeral Wednesday.

Hixon, 49, was among the first responders when gunfire erupted Feb. 14 in the freshman building, and he ...Read more