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Teachers return to Marjory Stoneman Douglas campus for first time since shooting

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PARKLAND, Fla. -- Assistant Principal Denise Reed stood at the entrance to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School's campus in Parkland on Friday and welcomed teachers and staff back for the first time since a gunman killed 17 and wounded 15 on Valentine's Day came back to a wholly different campus.

"It's great to see your smiling faces," she said...Read more

Bernie Sanders' son weighing House run in New Hampshire

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Levi Sanders, son of 2016 presidential candidate and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, is considering a run in New Hampshire's First District.

"Oh, absolutely. I'm definitely considering it. I'm excited, motivated and interested in the race," Sanders told Vice News Thursday. "I'm just dotting my I's and crossing my T's."

Sanders is his father's ...Read more

UN Ambassador Nikki Haley in Chicago: Mystery of Trump's next tweet 'makes it interesting'

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CHICAGO -- You might not have any idea what President Donald Trump is going to tweet next about rival world leaders, but then neither does the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley.

"It makes it interesting," Haley, a Trump confidante, told David Axelrod in an onstage interview Thursday night at the University of Chicago's ...Read more

Administration pushes abstinence promotion

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WASHINGTON -- Recent administrative actions signal a shift from promoting comprehensive sexual health information to abstinence-only education, which concerns reproductive rights advocates who question abstinence promotion's efficacy at preventing teen pregnancy.

The administration already announced last year the discontinuation of a teen ...Read more

More than half of US gun owners store at least one firearm without any locks, survey reveals

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More than half of U.S. gun owners store at least one firearm without any locks or other measures to prevent its theft or use by an unauthorized person, according to the first study in more than two decades to ask owners about weapons storage.

The remaining 46 percent of gun owners who responded to the survey said they kept all their weapons ...Read more

More than half of US gun owners store at least one firearm without any locks, survey reveals

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More than half of U.S. gun owners store at least one firearm without any locks or other measures to prevent its theft or use by an unauthorized person, according to the first study in more than two decades to ask owners about weapons storage.

The remaining 46 percent of gun owners who responded to the survey said they kept all their weapons ...Read more

Teachers return to Stoneman Douglas Friday for first time since shooting

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PARKLAND, Fla. -- Teachers at Marjory Stoneman Douglas were returning to their campus Friday, the first time since a gunman's rampage killed 17 people.

They aren't teaching students or worrying about lesson plans. District officials say this optional work day is to meant to provide any support and counseling they need. A breakfast is also ...Read more

Police: Chicago man killed 2-year-old son because toddler was keeping him awake

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CHICAGO -- A Chicago man slashed his 2-year-old son's neck, nearly decapitating him, because the toddler was making too much noise while the father tried to sleep, according to Chicago police.

Rolando Ortiz, 37, called his sister-in-law and confessed to killing Mateo Garcia Aguayo, then took off in the family SUV Wednesday afternoon. Police ...Read more

Trump uses more lenient requirements for security clearances: Thank Obama

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WASHINGTON -- When President Donald Trump came into office last year he began granting White House security clearances to top aides using more lenient criteria than those of his predecessors.

He can thank -- or blame -- Barack Obama for that.

The Trump White House has been accused of being too generous in doling out access to the nation's ...Read more

A quick political guide to what's next for the 'Dreamers'

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WASHINGTON -- Congress and the White House haven't been able to agree on a plan to give legal status to millions of people brought to the country illegally as children, and the clock is ticking.

When President Donald Trump ended the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program in September, he gave Congress until March 5 to find a solution ...Read more

Does Parkland shooter, a 'broken child,' deserve death? The legal battle looms

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MIAMI--When, just two days after the 17 killings at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, accused school shooter Nikolas Cruz's legal team offered to plead him guilty, right then and there, if prosecutors would waive the death penalty, that giant gasp you heard was the breath of South Florida defense attorneys.

Publicly admitting your client ...Read more

After shooting, 'honor how kids want to deal with their feelings'

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With so much coverage of last week's grisly school shooting in Parkland, Fla., students, parents and others are struggling to cope.

Christine Sylvest, a child psychologist in Rockville, Md., has a unique perspective. She grew up in Coral Springs, Fla., and attended Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, the site of the shooting that left 17 ...Read more

Hepatitis A outbreak continues to simmer in North County

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SAN DIEGO -- Four new cases show that, while it's not as bad as it was in 2017, San Diego County's hepatitis A outbreak is not yet extinguished.

Weekly public health reports this week and last have each added a pair of newly-confirmed cases to the outbreak total. Although that's nowhere near the number of new cases that flooded in every week in...Read more

Myanmar bulldozing Rohingya villages, human rights group claims

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BANGKOK -- Satellite images show that Myanmar's government has been bulldozing the villages of minority Rohingya Muslims who fled a brutal military crackdown last year, Human Rights Watch said Friday.

Nearly 700,000 Rohingya fled northern Rakhine State to Bangladesh after Myanmar launched security operations dogged by accusations of significant...Read more

As gun debate roils on, teachers in this Texas school are already armed

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ARGYLE, Texas -- In the days since a 19-year-old gunman stormed onto his former high school campus in Parkland, Fla., killing 17 people with an AR-15 assault rifle, the nation has been embroiled in a debate over what to do about school violence: How do you make it stop?

Here at Argyle High School, they already have an answer to that question: ...Read more

'School shooter in the making': All the times authorities were warned about Nikolas Cruz

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MIAMI -- Nikolas Cruz's dangerous and disturbing behavior was flagged repeatedly to authorities, both local and federal, over a span of two years starting in February 2016. But no one stopped him before he killed 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland. Here's a time line of incidents where Cruz was reported to law ...Read more

Texas governor spares death row inmate's life, heeding father's plea

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AUSTIN, Texas--Texas Gov. Greg Abbott agreed Thursday evening to spare the life of death row inmate Thomas Whitaker, announcing his decision less than an hour before the Houston-area man's scheduled execution.

Abbott said a number of factors distinguished Whitaker's case from 30 other executions that had taken place under his watch as governor,...Read more

'Communication failure' led to delay in school shooting video, chief says

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CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. -- Poor communication -- not a technical problem -- left police trying to track the Parkland school shooter on video surveillance when he had already left the building, the Coral Springs police chief said Thursday.

Police searching for Nikolas Cruz desperately needed to know his location on the campus of Marjory Stoneman ...Read more

Nation and world news briefs

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Australia and US work to repair relationship after early Trump thrashing

WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump was still settling into the Oval Office early last year when he blasted Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull over the phone for what the president called the "worst deal ever."

At issue was then-President Barack Obama's agreement...Read more

Aaron Feis, coach who died saving students, mourned by Stoneman Douglas community

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CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. -- A beloved assistant football coach and lifelong Stoneman Douglas Eagle who always put the kids first -- up until his final moments when he shielded students from gunfire -- Aaron Feis was remembered as a hero by the 1,000-plus people who attended his funeral Thursday.

Feis was one of the 17 killed in the Parkland shooting...Read more