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Holocaust row shows world is biased against Poland, premier says

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WARSAW, Poland -- Poland's prime minister defended his country's new Holocaust law and said the international outcry only exposed the rising tide of anti-Polish sentiment that seeks to vilify his compatriots.

In an interview at his office in Warsaw, Mateusz Morawiecki was adamant that nothing will halt his government's efforts to repair the ...Read more

Trump argues for arming teachers to stop school shootings

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WASHINGTON -- President Trump began Thursday on Twitter defending the concept of arming teachers, which he'd floated the day before at a White House session with gun violence survivors held in response to last week's Parkland, Fla., high school killings.

In a series of morning tweets, Trump raised the possibility of raising the minimum age for ...Read more

Despite long odds, some drivers do outrun police pursuits β€” but often at great peril

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LOS ANGELES -- For a few moments Tuesday night, it looked like a pickup driver had finally done what so many other car chase suspects could not: elude police during a high-speed pursuit.

With officers on his tail, the driver veered his truck off the roadway and into a Metro subway tunnel in Boyle Heights, disappearing from view of helicopters ...Read more

In Miami, a unanimous vote that softens the county's stand on banning assault rifles

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MIAMI -- Miami-Dade commissioners on Wednesday managed a unanimous, bipartisan vote on national gun policy. And that came with compromises.

In a 9-0 vote, the commission broke with its prior position endorsing a national ban on assault weapons and instead backed a policy statement with more nuance. The resolution calls for Congress to either ...Read more

Parkland students have a cause and $3.5 million; here's how they're going to spend it

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MIAMI -- To help fund a national gun control movement, a small group of South Florida students who survived the worst high school shooting in U.S. history set up a modest website Sunday and created a GoFundMe account to pursue an ambitious goal: raise $1 million.

They received more than three times that amount. In four days.

In a sign of just ...Read more

Indictments reveal how Russia taps digital tools to stir up discord in US

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Russia has been trolling the United States for decades.

It bankrolled American authors who claimed Lee Harvey Oswald assassinated President John F. Kennedy under the direction of the FBI and CIA; it planted articles arguing Martin Luther King Jr. was not radical enough; and it spread a conspiracy theory that the U.S. manufactured the AIDS virus...Read more

Pablo Escobar is old school; modern global criminal is a hacker

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WASHINGTON -- The amount criminals earn off ID theft, hacking and other forms of cybercrime worldwide is approaching the levels of global drug trafficking, and rising rapidly, experts say.

Hackers display "shocking inventiveness" in leveraging technology for extortion as they cause losses of up to $600 billion a year from cybercrime, said James...Read more

Why statehouse interns are especially vulnerable to sexual harassment

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WASHINGTON -- Near the end of the Colorado legislative session last year, one of Democratic state Rep. Dafna Michaelson Jenet's interns revealed something she had been holding inside for months: A male lawmaker had been harassing her.

According to the then-18-year-old intern, who did not want to be named out of fear it would harm her job ...Read more

Suicide attacker targets US embassy in Montenegro

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BELGRADE, Serbia -- An attacker threw an explosive device at the U.S. embassy in the Montenegrin capital Podgorica early Thursday and then killed himself with another bomb, the Montenegrin government said.

Both devices were probably hand grenades, the first thrown into the embassy yard and the second, which killed the attacker, in the street ...Read more

'Look me in the eyes': Douglas High students press Florida politicians for answers

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- The students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School got a real-life lesson in the perils of high expectations Wednesday as they met with state legislators to discuss their promise of stricter gun laws and left disappointed that the progress that appeared likely would only be incremental.

"We have been to many meetings, ...Read more

Broward County school cops will add firepower: 'Rifles from this point forward'

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MIAMI--While lawmakers and activists in Tallahassee and Washington, D.C., furiously debate gun control, deputies in Broward County will be adding firepower to deal with the threat of school shooters, effective immediately.

Broward's top cop on Wednesday said that deputies assigned to school campuses will now be allowed to carry rifles on school...Read more

Trump suggests arming schools in emotional meeting with gun violence survivors and parents

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump hosted an extraordinarily emotional debate over guns and schools at the White House on Wednesday, listening for more than an hour as student survivors and grieving parents parried ideas to prevent firearms deaths, their gentle disputes hinting at the nation's divisions.

The president offered proposals of his...Read more

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RNC reportedly pays Trump's former personal bodyguard $15,000 a month

President Donald Trump's longtime personal bodyguard has hit pay dirt, thanks to the GOP.

The Republican National Committee is paying former Trump aide Keith Schiller $15,000 a month for "security services," according to a report Wednesday.

A Republican official told CNBC ...Read more

Winner-take-all electoral practice faces voter-rights challenge

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HOUSTON -- Civil rights activists are challenging the legality of four states' winner-take-all method of allocating U.S. presidential electoral college votes, claiming the practice magnifies some votes at the expense of others and violates voters' constitutional rights.

The lawsuits were filed Wednesday in Texas and South Carolina, two states ...Read more

Charges: Minneapolis father raped, chained and beat twin daughters in what authorities called 'torture'

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MINNEAPOLIS--Twin sisters with diminished mental and emotional capacity were subjected to long stretches of captivity in chains by their father in their south Minneapolis home and raped, starved and beaten, charges filed Tuesday against the father assert.

The abuse continued for years until one of them escaped to alert authorities last May.

...Read more

Boy suspended from school after inhaling helium from balloon to get 'squeaky voice'

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LEXINGTON, Ky. -- A Kentucky mother says she's upset because her 13-year-old son was suspended from middle school for three days because he inhaled helium from two Valentine's Day balloons he bought at school.

Robert Rodriguez, an eighth-grader at Simons Middle School in Flemingsburg, told the Lexington Herald-Leader he inhaled the helium from ...Read more

Trump backs arming educators in meeting with school shooting survivors

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump embraced arming educators to stop mass shootings as students and parents from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., pleaded with him to make America's schools safer.

The suggestion, along with others calling for a ban on assault-type weapons and instituting airport-like security perimeters ...Read more

Hundreds mourn Stoneman Douglas athletic director Chris Hixon at funeral

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HOLLYWOOD, Fla. -- Chris Hixon was remembered as a loving father and husband, a veteran who was twice deployed to the Persian Gulf, an athletic director and wrestling coach who worked tirelessly for his athletes and ultimately, as a hero who died trying to save students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

It was at the Parkland school on ...Read more

Kansas can't cut off Medicaid money to Planned Parenthood, appeals court rules

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Kansas acted improperly when it tried to cut off Medicaid dollars to Planned Parenthood under former Gov. Sam Brownback, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday.

Brownback, who has now taken a position in President Donald Trump's administration, sought to block Planned Parenthood from receiving Medicaid funding for breast ...Read more

House arrest, probation for fake nurse who worked in St. Louis hospital

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ST. LOUIS -- A woman who used faked experience and credentials to get a job as a nurse at a St. Louis hospital was sentenced Wednesday to five years of probation and eight months of house arrest.

Samantha Rivera, 36, will also have to repay about $21,500 to the staffing agency that placed her in the intensive care unit at St. Alexius Hospital ...Read more