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US has no 'bloody nose strategy' for North Korea, McMaster tells senators

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VIENNA -- President Donald Trump's national security adviser told a group of senators that the U.S. doesn't have a so-called bloody nose policy to strike North Korea.

"We are here to echo that there has not and has never been a bloody nose strategy," said Sheldon Whitehouse, a Democratic senator from Rhode Island. National security adviser H.R....Read more

Petition seeks military funeral for Douglas JROTC cadet who 'died a hero'

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Marjory Stoneman Douglas High student Peter Wang died in his JROTC uniform Wednesday helping others escape the gunfire at the school. Now a move is underway to see that he receives a military funeral for his effort.

A petition has been filed at with a "We the People" request to "Allow for Cadet Peter Wang...Read more

Walkout, march planned to demand action on mass shootings

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PARKLAND, Fla. -- A student walkout and march are being planned for next month as gun-control activists ramp up their efforts amid the political furor over the mass shooting that left 17 dead at a high school in Parkland.

The Women's March Network has called for a national student walkout at 10 a.m. on March 14. It is planned to last 17 minutes...Read more

Students push for stricter gun laws, plan Washington march after school shooting

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PARKLAND, Fla. -- The students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School are using their anger and sorrow as motivation to spark change.

Their message: "Never again."

As the teens gathered Sunday at a park not far from the school where 14 classmates and three educators were killed Wednesday, the picnic tables under the gazebo became their ...Read more

Stoneman Douglas High to remain closed through at least Wednesday — and longer for students

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The campus of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., will remain closed through Wednesday and students won't return at all this week.

Broward County Schools announced that the school will be closed Monday for the Presidents Day holiday, and then Tuesday and Wednesday.

Superintendent Robert Runcie said on CNN interview Sunday ...Read more

Third-graders sell AR-15 raffle tickets in Missouri

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Third-graders in a Missouri community are continuing to sell raffle tickets for an AR-15 to benefit their traveling baseball team after the same type of rifle was used to slaughter and injure dozens at a Florida school.

Levi Patterson, the coach of a 9-and-under baseball team in Neosho, Mo., said the idea was conceived before the shooting in ...Read more

Parkland students to march on Florida Capitol to demand changes to gun laws

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TALAHASSEE, Fla. -- A hundred students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland will travel to Tallahassee for a march on the state Capitol Wednesday in the first organized protest of their #NeverAgain movement.

Their demand: that Florida legislators use the remaining three weeks of their annual session to revise state mental ...Read more

Former Trump aide Gates to plead guilty, agrees to testify against Manafort, sources say

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WASHINGTON -- A former top aide to Donald Trump's presidential campaign will plead guilty to fraud-related charges within days –– and has made it clear to prosecutors that he would testify against Paul Manafort, the lawyer-lobbyist who once managed the campaign.

The change of heart by Trump's former deputy campaign manager, Rick Gates, who ...Read more

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