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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

Several Camp Pendleton Marines convicted on sex assault, child porn charges

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SAN DIEGO -- Several Camp Pendleton-based Marines have been found guilty in recent weeks of crimes including rape and child pornography, with other similar cases still pending in the military criminal justice system, records show.

The cases are coming to light after a series of Freedom of Information Act requests filed by the San Diego Union-...Read more

Fire alarm put students, staff in gunman's way in Florida school massacre

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Between classes at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High in Broward County, Fla., near the sharp, straight line where suburban Parkland meets the Everglades, students exchanged chocolates, flowers and cards on Wednesday, Valentine's Day.

It was another full, demanding day at the A-plus public school, which at 3,200 students is larger than many colleges...Read more

Pope reactivates Vatican panel on child sex abuse

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VATICAN CITY –– Pope Francis has reactivated a panel of experts on child sexual abuse in the Catholic Church assigned to look into prevention and care for victims, the Vatican said Saturday.

Francis is under fire over his handling of the decades-old worldwide scandal of pedophile priests, including for not immediately renewing the panel's ...Read more

Helicopter crashes while assessing Mexico quake damage, killing 13 on the ground

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MEXICO CITY –– A military helicopter carrying Mexico's interior minister crashed while surveying the damage from a 7.2-magnitude earthquake, killing 13 people on the ground, prosecutors said Saturday.

Twelve people died at the scene of the crash in the southern state of Oaxaca and another person later died in hospital, the state prosecution...Read more

Trump's top security adviser says Russian meddling is 'incontrovertible'

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National security adviser H.R. McMaster said Saturday that evidence of Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election was "now really incontrovertible" after indictment of 13 Russian individuals and three companies.

Speaking at an international security conference in Munich, Germany, McMaster lent credence to a widening scandal that President ...Read more

Indictments deflate Trump's claim that Russian meddling was a hoax

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WASHINGTON –– Donald Trump has insisted for more than a year that Russians didn't try to get him elected. Special counsel Robert Mueller put an end to those claims on Friday, declaring definitively that they did.

A federal grand jury indicted 13 Russian nationals and a "troll farm" in St. Petersburg, Russia, alleging a broad campaign to ...Read more

Turpin abuse case prompts California bill to tighten regulation of home schools

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California lawmakers are pushing to increase regulation of home schools after a dozen siblings were discovered locked in a dirty, dark house in Riverside County.

The house in Perris had been registered as a private school called Sandcastle Day School.

Last month, after a malnourished 17-year-old escaped and alerted authorities to the abuse she...Read more

Model's case may be the strongest against Weinstein

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LOS ANGELES --In the months since a long list of famous women across the globe began accusing producer Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault, one Los Angeles case is emerging as the most likely to result in criminal charges.

It involves an Italian model-actress who alleges that Weinstein raped her in a Beverly Hills hotel room five years ago. ...Read more

Ethiopia in disarray as leader quits

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JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- Ethiopia, an opaque authoritarian country where protesters, bloggers and journalists often are jailed, faces uncertainty after the unexpected resignation of Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn.

Desalegn's announcement Thursday came after several years of growing instability and protests in the Oromia and Amhara ...Read more

Citing fraud, Mueller opposes Manafort request to change bail

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WASHINGTON -- The U.S. special counsel rejected Paul Manafort's proposed new bail package, in part because of alleged additional criminal conduct that the U.S. has learned since the initial terms were set.

Manafort and longtime associate Rick Gates were indicted in October by Mueller for failing to register as agents in the U.S. for political ...Read more

California man linked to probe by Mueller

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SANTA PAULA, Calif. -- A California man who pleaded guilty to identity theft as part of the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election was a self-described digital marketing strategist who once ran a web site that helped people get around security measures for online marketplaces such as Amazon and eBay.

Richard ...Read more

 

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