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Passenger plane crashes in Iran, killing all 65 aboard

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TEHRAN, Iran -- An Iranian passenger plane crashed in the mountains of southern Iran on Sunday, killing all 65 people on board, officials said.

Aseman Airlines Flight 3704 was flying from Tehran's Mehrabad International Airport to the southern city of Yasuj and crashed near the 14,000-foot Dena mountains, airline officials said.

The ATR-72, a ...Read more

Netanyahu, in Munich speech, urges West not to appease Iran

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu used the annual security conference in Munich to warn of Iran's alleged attempts to dominate the Middle East, and Israel's resolve to prevent it.

Iranian aggression "is in my judgment the greatest threat to our world," Netanyahu said Sunday, urging leaders not to repeat the mistakes of Munich ...Read more

Khamenei apologizes, says Iran must be more just

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Iran's supreme leader extended a rare apology on behalf of the Islamic Republic after signs of public discontent in recent months, saying that authorities need to work harder at establishing justice in the country.

"People have complaints about some of the country's existing issues" and officials "well aware," Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Sunday...Read more

The last critically injured Parkland shooting patient has improved, hospital says

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PARKLAND, Fla. -- A patient from the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting who had life-threatening injuries has recovered and is now in fair condition, hospital officials said.

"This is an important milestone for this patient and our care team," said Igor Nichiporenko, medical director of trauma services at Broward Health North ...Read more

FDA commissioner says he'll go after high drug prices

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Food and Drugs Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said he will do everything he can to fight high drug prices and that he sees drug companies "gaming the system to try to block competition."

Gottlieb also said he wants to speed up the U.S. approval process for generic and "biosimilar" versions of biologic drugs, which are drugs comprised of living ...Read more

Maryland family, awarded $37 million in police shooting, may not get the full amount

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BALTIMORE -- The verdict of more than $37 million won by the family of Korryn Gaines, who was shot and killed by police two years ago, is one of the largest ever against law enforcement officers in Maryland.

But legal experts question whether her family will get all that money. Maryland's cap on local governments' liabilities in such cases -- ...Read more

Trump says Russia case distracted FBI from stopping Florida school shooter

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WASHINGTON -- Still silent on the role gun access played in last week's Florida school massacre, President Donald Trump lashed out at the FBI and suggested that the Russia election-meddling investigation impeded an opportunity to stop the teenage shooter.

In a series of 15 Twitter posts over 19 hours late Saturday and early Sunday, Trump said ...Read more

Steve Lopez: Yes, gun control: But here's another critical measure to keep us safe

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The day after the Florida school massacre, I was on a plane and kept hearing the faint sounds of gunfire.

I flinched the first couple of times, then calmed down when I realized the noise was coming from young folks shooting up virtual enemies in video games.

If I try really hard, I guess I can see how those games might be fun for about five ...Read more

FBI miss on Florida school killer is not acceptable, Trump tweets

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump has criticized the FBI after the agency disclosed that it failed to follow up on a detailed warning about the 19-year-old gunman who is charged with killing 17 people and wounding a dozen others at a Florida high school on Wednesday.

"Very sad that the FBI missed all of the many signals sent out by the ...Read more

Trump links Florida shooting to Russia meddling investigation

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump late Saturday suggested that the FBI could have prevented the Florida school shooting had it not been spending so much time on the Russia investigation.

"Very sad that the FBI missed all of the many signals sent out by the Florida school shooter. This is not acceptable," Trump wrote on Twitter.

"They are ...Read more

Nikolas Cruz: 'We had this monster living under our roof and we didn't know'

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PARKLAND, Fla.--Nikolas Cruz was immature, quirky and depressed when James and Kimberly Snead took him into their Parkland home. But he was pleasant and seemed to be growing happier, they said.

How the 19-year-old turned into a killer still baffles them.

"We had this monster living under our roof and we didn't know," Kimberly Snead told the ...Read more

Israeli fighter jets raid Gaza after troops injured in explosion

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TEL AVIV, Israel -- Israeli fighter jets raided Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip late Saturday after four soldiers were injured in an explosion on the border with the Palestinian enclave.

The Israel Defense Forces, or IDF, said it had "targeted six military targets in Gaza belonging to Hamas, including: a terror tunnel in the Zaytun area and ...Read more

To neighbor, school shooter Nikolas Cruz was lonely, volatile, ostracized

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MIAMI--Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School is the jewel of Parkland, graduating top-notch students and athletes who grow up in a dignified affluence far removed from the gritty urban sprawl of Miami.

Many live in vast gated communities enveloped by horse pastures and pristine nature trails. Rated among the best high schools in Florida, ...Read more

Horrified Florida students beg the adults: Please, do something about guns

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PARKLAND, Fla. -- The kids in South Florida are fed up. With the adults.

After a mass shooting left 17 students and faculty dead at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in the Fort Lauderdale suburb of Parkland, many area students -- instead of withdrawing into the solitude of grief -- have thrown themselves into the spotlight in anger and ...Read more

Florida school shooter's survival doesn't ensure understanding of motive

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The carnage at Douglas Stoneman High School shared all of the horror of America's worst mass shootings.

But one scene was unusual -- the shooter Nikolas Cruz being led away alive in handcuffs.

Among the 10 deadliest mass shootings in modern history, 19-year-old Cruz is the only shooter to survive. Gunmen in Orlando, Virginia Tech, Las Vegas ...Read more

Emotional crowd rallies in Fort Lauderdale to demand gun restrictions

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.--A large, emotional and loud crowd packed the courtyard at the Federal Courthouse in Fort Lauderdale Saturday to demand action to restrict guns after the Stoneman Douglas High School massacre.

The crowd, which organizers said attracted 4,000 to 5,000 participants, cheered calls for restrictions on sales of assault weapons ...Read more

US security adviser calls Russian meddling charges indisputable

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MUNICH –– President Donald Trump's national security adviser said Saturday that the U.S. indictment against Russian nationals showed "incontrovertible" evidence of cyber attacks, a rebuff to Vladimir Putin's foreign minister who dismissed the allegations as "blather."

H.R. McMaster told an audience at the Munich Security Conference that ...Read more

In Florida school shooting, state attorney says now isn't the time to discuss plea deal

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Broward County, Fla., State Attorney Mike Satz said Saturday that now is not the time to discuss whether his office would seek the death penalty or make a plea deal with Nikolas Cruz, the 19-year-old accused of shooting and killing 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland Wednesday.

But he left little doubt that he thinks ...Read more

Shooter cut himself on Snapchat, but was ruled stable

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Nikolas Cruz had just broken up with his girlfriend, who had been cheating on him, and he'd gotten into a fight with another boy. He'd drawn a "Nazi symbol" on his book bag. And Broward mental health authorities were worried that his chronic depression was worsening.

It was Sept. 28, 2016, and Cruz -- who authorities say has admitted to ...Read more

Helicopter crashes into earthquake survivors in Mexico, killing 13

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MEXICO CITY--After a powerful earthquake struck Mexico Friday afternoon, survivors near the quake's epicenter gathered in a field, planning to spend the night sleeping under the stars or in vehicles instead of in damaged homes vulnerable to aftershocks.

And then, a second crisis hit. This time, it fell from the sky.

A military helicopter ...Read more