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Father of Parkland massacre victim slams gun control inaction as Texas shooting 'pulls me back to a moment that is unfathomable'

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Tuesday’s massacre in a Texas elementary school pierced parents such as Fred Guttenberg, father of Parkland shooting victim Jaime Guttenberg.

Like Nicole Hockley, whose 6-year-old son Dylan was gunned down at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., in 2012, Guttenberg found himself thrown back in time.

Jaime, 14, was shot down as she...Read more

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3 indicted in triple killing at Georgia golf course

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ATLANTA — A Cobb County grand jury has issued an 18-count indictment against three people charged in connection with a triple homicide last summer at a Kennesaw-area golf course.

Bryan Anthony Rhoden, Justin Caleb Pruitt and Taylor Nicole Cameron were all indicted, with Rhoden facing 17 charges, including three counts of malice murder, seven ...Read more

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Biden calls for stricter gun restrictions in wake of Texas school shooting

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President Joe Biden on Tuesday called for legislation to restrict access to firearms in the wake of the school shooting in Texas that left at least 20 dead.

An 18-year-old gunman, Salvador Rolando Ramos, went into Robb Elementary School in Uvalde on Tuesday and killed at least 18 students and a teacher before he was killed by law enforcement. ...Read more

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Greg Abbott and Ted Cruz slated to speak at Texas NRA rally days after grade school massacre

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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and Sen. Ted Cruz are slated to speak to the National Rifle Association on Friday, just days after a teen gunman in the city of Uvalde, Texas, allegedly killed 18 children and one adult in a horrific massacre.

The gunman was killed after the shooting in Robb Elementary School.

Former president Donald Trump is also ...Read more

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As hearing on 'deputy gangs' opens, testimony adds to years of allegations

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LOS ANGELES — When Sgt. Jefferson Chow started investigating a fight between deputies assigned to the East L.A. sheriff’s station, he was instructed by a supervisor to question witnesses about groups of deputies that behaved something like street gangs.

But, within a few weeks, that instruction changed. The sergeant was told questions about...Read more

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19 children, 2 adults killed in mass shooting at Texas elementary school

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HOUSTON — A gunman walked into a Texas school Tuesday and killed at least 21 people, including 19 children, in another mass shooting in an America that daily buries victims of gun violence amid divisive political debates over Second Amendment rights and the gaze of disbelief from the outside world.

The killings in the predominately Latino ...Read more

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'Like living in a concentration camp': Haitian prisons run out of food and water

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Prison inmates in Haiti were already facing horrendous conditions: overcrowding, prolonged pretrial detention, poor sanitation and shuttered courtrooms due to an ongoing strike by court clerks that began on April 12 over poor pay and working conditions.

Now they can add one more thing: lack of food and water.

“The situation is alarming,” ...Read more

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California bans watering 'non-functional' grass in some areas, strengthening drought rules

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LOS ANGELES — California's top water regulators adopted emergency drought rules Tuesday that scale up conservation requirements for water suppliers throughout the state and prohibit watering grass that is purely decorative at businesses and in common areas of subdivisions and homeowners associations.

The regulations outlaw the use of potable ...Read more

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'How do you even sleep at night?': Texas Sen. Ted Cruz faces backlash after Uvalde shooting

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FORT WORTH, Texas — Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas is taking heat to his response to the shooting in Uvalde that left more than 20 dead, including at least 18 elementary school students.

Police say an 18-year-old gunman acted alone and is also dead.

Uvalde is a town of 15,000 about 80 miles west of San Antonio.

“Heidi & I are fervently lifting up...Read more

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Russian troops move to encircle strategic city in eastern Ukraine

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KYIV, Ukraine — As the conflict in Ukraine enters its fourth month, Russian troops appeared Tuesday to be on the cusp of a breakthrough in the disputed Donbas region, with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy warning of difficult weeks ahead.

Russian forces have launched a campaign to encircle Severodonetsk — the easternmost point of the...Read more

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Russian troops move to encircle strategic city in eastern Ukraine

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KYIV, Ukraine — As the conflict in Ukraine enters its fourth month, Russian troops appeared Tuesday to be on the cusp of a breakthrough in the disputed Donbas region, with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy warning of difficult weeks ahead.

Russian forces have launched a campaign to encircle Severodonetsk — the easternmost point of the...Read more

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18 children, teacher killed in mass shooting at Texas elementary school

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HOUSTON — A gunman walked into a Texas school Tuesday and killed at least 19 people, including 18 children, in another mass shooting in an America that daily buries victims of gun violence amid divisive political debates over Second Amendment rights and the gaze of disbelief from the outside world.

The killings in the predominately Latino ...Read more

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Long COVID symptoms lasted a median of 15 months, study finds

CHICAGO — People with long COVID-19 who visited a Northwestern Medicine clinic were still experiencing symptoms such as headaches, dizziness, fatigue and brain fog for a median of 15 months after first falling ill, despite never needing hospitalization, according to a new ...Read more

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18 children, 1 adult killed in mass shooting at Texas elementary school

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HOUSTON — A gunman killed 19 people, including 18 children, in a shooting Tuesday at an elementary school in a predominantly Latino Texas town.

“He shot and killed — horrifically, incomprehensibly,” Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said.

Abbott said at a news conference that the shooter — whom he identified as Salvador Ramos, 18 — had a ...Read more

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Pelosi hits back at San Francisco archbishop for banning her from Communion over pro-choice stance

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A “prayerful” Nancy Pelosi Tuesday hit back at the Catholic archbishop who banned her from receiving Holy Communion over her pro-choice stance.

The powerful House speaker said the archbishop of her hometown of San Francisco has no business imposing his conservative views on her or the nation’s tens of millions of Catholics.

“We just ...Read more

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Chihuahua found in Southern California with arrow through its neck is expected to survive

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LOS ANGELES — A 4-month-old Chihuahua shot with an arrow as nearly long as its body is expected to survive after Riverside County veterinarians removed the arrow from its neck. Veterinarians say the dog is barking and wagging its tail less than two days after having the arrow removed from her neck.

The unnamed dog was found in the 15500 block...Read more

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18 children, 1 teacher killed in shooting at Texas elementary school, teen gunman also dead

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A teenage gunman fatally shot at least 18 children and one teacher at a Texas elementary school Tuesday, the latest carnage in America’s classrooms.

Tuesday’s slaughter of innocents took place at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, about 80 miles west of San Antonio.

State Sen. Roland Gutierrez, who represents the largely Latino town, said ...Read more

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'Another Sandy Hook:' Connecticut lawmakers, officials respond to hauntingly familiar shooting in Texas

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HARTFORD, Conn. — Connecticut’s lawmakers said they were heartbroken Tuesday at the news of a deadly Texas elementary school shooting that is hauntingly familiar to the elementary school massacre that took 26 lives in Newtown 10 years ago.

“We have another Sandy Hook on our hands,” U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy said on the Senate floor Tuesday...Read more

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California Gov. Gavin Newsom calls inaction on gun violence a 'choice' after Texas school shooting

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Gov. Gavin Newsom called out Republicans Tuesday for inaction on the issue of gun control, saying the party “won’t do a damn thing” in a series of tweets hours after a shooting at a Texas elementary school that left 18 children and one teacher dead.

“Who the hell are we if we cannot keep our kids safe,” Newsom ...Read more

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'Active shooter' incidents rose 52% in 2021, FBI says

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The United States had a 52% increase in “active shooter” incidents during 2021, according to FBI data.

The report was released this week, nine days after a white nationalist targeted Black shoppers at a grocery store in Buffalo, N.Y. and killed 10 and a day before 14 students and a teacher were killed at an elementary school in Uvalde, ...Read more