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UN Security Council calls for 30-day cease-fire in Syria

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UNITED NATIONS -- The United Nations Security Council voted unanimously Saturday for a resolution demanding a 30-day humanitarian cease-fire in Syria, where government forces have stepped up attacks on the besieged rebel enclave of Eastern Ghouta near Damascus.

Russia went along with the resolution after initial resistance.

The vote came after...Read more

Panelist stuns CPAC by slamming GOP 'hypocrites' on sex misdeeds

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WASHINGTON -- An annual summit of conservative activists and movement leaders faced an extraordinary bit of dissent on Saturday from a columnist who torched "hypocrites" within the Republican Party for overlooking President Donald Trump's alleged sexual misdeeds.

Mona Charen's comments came moments before an annual "straw poll" of attendees ...Read more

Parkland school deputy goes from commended to vilified after shootings

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Branded a coward by the president. Vilified by his ex-boss. Duty-bound to protect Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

Scot R. Peterson, disgraced former Broward sheriff's deputy, once characterized himself to be a strong, proactive law enforcement officer who would not shrink in the face of danger.

Yet the 33-year law enforcement veteran ...Read more

House committee releases Democratic memo defending surveillance of former Trump adviser

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WASHINGTON -- The House Intelligence Committee Saturday released a Democratic memo countering a harsh Republican critique of the FBI and Justice Department, escalating the partisan battle over government surveillance of a former Trump campaign adviser that began three weeks before the 2016 election.

The top Democrat on the committee, Rep. Adam ...Read more

Analysis: When it comes to guns, the Parkland shooting survivors aren't here to play nice

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Since the shooting attack at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., Feb. 14, a student there, Sarah Chadwick, has amassed a Twitter following of more than 150,000 people. On Thursday night, Chadwick decided to share a thought with them.

Was it time for a message calling for thoughts, prayers and privacy?

Hardly. It was time to...Read more

NAFTA negotiators dig in for the long haul

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MEXICO CITY ––It's looking increasingly likely that NAFTA talks will extend beyond a March target, meaning negotiators will have to deal with the added political uncertainty of a Mexican election campaign.

Negotiators are to meet Sunday through March 5 in Mexico City for the seventh round of talks. When negotiations began six months ago, ...Read more

White House said to consider restraining orders to curb shootings

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WASHINGTON –– The Trump administration House is considering using restraining orders to take guns away from people considered dangerous, two people familiar with the matter said.

Under extreme risk protection orders, firearms can be confiscated from people found to be at risk.

The administration is studying an Indiana version of such a law...Read more

Mystery surrounds disappearance of three Italians in Mexico's Jalisco state

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MEXICO CITY--In a country where tens of thousands of people have gone missing, most presumed killed by gangs, sometimes in cahoots with police, the recent disappearance of three men barely qualified as news except for one fact: they are citizens not of Mexico but of Italy.

The toll of Mexico's escalating violence has fallen almost exclusively ...Read more

AR-15, used in Florida school attack, is a fearsome weapon designed for maximum damage

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The AR-15, the semiautomatic rifle used in Parkland, Fla., in the deadliest high school shooting in U.S. history, uses bullets that can cause softball-size exit wounds, leaving behind a significantly larger trail of mangled tissue compared with handgun bullets.

For trauma surgeons, the injuries are harder to repair. For victims, the chances of ...Read more

Marine general chastised, sergeant's conviction overturned in hazing case

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A military court has reprimanded a Marine two-star general at Camp Pendleton, Calif., for unlawfully meddling in a court-martial case against a noncommissioned officer accused of abusing his troops.

The U.S. Navy-Marine Corps Court of Criminal Appeals in Washington overturned the court-martial conviction of Sgt. Jaime Ortiz. The court found ...Read more

Google 'bro culture' led to violence, sexual harassment against female engineer, lawsuit alleges

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MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. -- As a young, female software engineer at male-dominated Google, Loretta Lee was slapped, groped and even had a co-worker pop up from beneath her desk one night and tell her she'd never know what he'd been doing under there, according to a lawsuit filed against the company.

The lawsuit comes as Silicon Valley's tech ...Read more

Olympics unlikely to spur North, South Korea to cooperate, Republican senator says

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GANGNEUNG, South Korea -- U.S. Sen. James Risch doesn't see the 2018 Winter Olympic as the tonic for the decades-old tension between North and South Korea.

The games, which conclude Sunday, are therapy for the world that "gets people talking and brings people together," the Idaho Republican said. But he couldn't see how the two nations' ...Read more

New charges filed against couple accused of abuse

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LOS ANGELES--The seven adults of the 13 siblings who were found living captive in a Perris home in January want people to know that they are hopeful for the future as they continue recovering from years of alleged abuse at the hands of their parents, an attorney for the siblings said Friday.

"They don't want people to think of them only as ...Read more

Hoax attempts against Miami Herald augur brewing war over fake, real news

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WASHINGTON -- Two incidents hit The Miami Herald in recent days that demonstrate new tactics by those seeking to discredit mainstream media, and they augur what experts said are dark days in the battle between credible news and misinformation.

Both incidents came after the Feb. 14 shootings in Parkland, Fla., when a gunman killed 17 students ...Read more

Texas teachers to turn out for 2018, but for which party?

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FORT WORTH, Texas -- Texas educators face a political choice in next month's primaries: Help their last remaining Republican allies fend off challenges from the right, or support a burgeoning movement of new Democratic candidates?

Educators have often thrown their support behind Republicans who oppose their own party on vouchers and school ...Read more

Greitens case could test definition of 'privacy' in the smartphone era

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ST. LOUIS -- In 1994, officials in Buffalo, Mo., made a discovery that sent shock waves through the tiny town: The owner of a local tanning salon had hidden a camera in the latticework above a dressing area, and had videotaped more than 100 local women and girls in various states of nudity.

Then came the aftershock: Authorities initially said ...Read more

At least 29 killed in insurgent attacks across Afghanistan

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KABUL -- At least 29 people have been killed in four attacks across three Afghan provinces, officials said Saturday.

In the capital Kabul, at least one person was killed and six others were injured after a suicide bombing on Saturday morning, Najib Danish, a spokesman for the Afghan Interior Ministry, told dpa.

The bombing took place near an ...Read more

Trump goes back in campaign mode at CPAC

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump revived some favorite campaign staples in a highly partisan speech to conservative activists Friday -- including an anti-immigrant poem and a "lock her up" chant -- unleashing himself after tense weeks that saw a school massacre, more White House turmoil and fresh indictments against campaign associates.

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D.A. charges Los Angeles-area developer

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LOS ANGELES--The developer of a controversial $72-million apartment project was charged Friday with making illegal campaign contributions to local politicians while seeking a change to the zoning of his property in L.A.'s Harbor Gateway neighborhood.

Prosecutors with L.A. County District Attorney Jackie Lacey's office charged Samuel Leung, ...Read more

Trump's brand is all the rage in India

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GURGAON, India -- Dharmendra Rao, owner of a successful business that manufactures oil pumps, lives with his family in a 6,000-square-foot apartment in one of the many monolithic towers that have sprung up on pastureland in this booming satellite city south of New Delhi.

Thinking that his address lacked a certain panache, Rao came to a luxury ...Read more