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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

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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

Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens indicted on felony invasion of privacy charge

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ST. LOUIS -- Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens, who was swept into office in 2016 with a vow to clean up a corrupt state government, was indicted and booked Thursday on a felony invasion of privacy charge for allegedly taking and transmitting a non-consensual photo of his partly nude lover shortly before that campaign started.

It stems from a scandal...Read more

Aaron Feis remembered as the hero who shielded students during the massacre at Douglas

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CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. -- Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School was Aaron Feis' second home. He was guardian of the gates as longtime security monitor at his alma mater, and although he did not know every single one of the 3,200 students, he tried to connect with as many as possible, greeting them as they arrived on campus and saying goodbye in the ...Read more

More than half of gun owners don't safely store their firearms, survey finds

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BALTIMORE -- More than half of American gun owners do not store their weapons safely, increasing the risk that their firearms will be used unintentionally, a new survey by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health has found.

The Hopkins researchers surveyed 1,444 gun owners in the United States about their storage practices and found ...Read more

Florida developing social media app to help thwart next school shooting

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WASHINGTON -- Florida officials are teaming up with student software developers to create a new social media application aimed at thwarting the next Parkland-like shooting.

Florida Attorney General Pamela Bondi told President Donald Trump Thursday that she is working with a group of Florida students on an app making it easy for kids on social ...Read more

Australia and US work to repair relationship after early Trump thrashing

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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 to accept about 1,250 economic refugees who had fled to Australia, mostly...Read more

A change in US agency's mission: No longer serving a 'nation of immigrants'

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WASHINGTON -- America is no longer a "nation of immigrants," at least in the mission statement of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

Director L. Francis Cissna announced the rewrite of the statement Thursday, scrapping the more immigration-friendly language that said the agency "secures America's promise as a nation of immigrants by ...Read more

Hawley blames McCaskill for campaign's high legal spending

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WASHINGTON -- Top GOP Senate recruit Josh Hawley has spent more than $110,000 on lawyers since he launched his campaign four months ago --about 20 percent of his total spending so far in the race, and a sum that experts say is unusually high.

His campaign blames Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill, the Democrat Hawley hopes to oust in November, for ...Read more

A familiar pattern? Russian trolls on Twitter 'rile' Americans on gun violence

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WASHINGTON -- An organization that monitors Russian trolling has spotted a peculiar similarity between certain types of social media postings that went up immediately after the Oct. 1 Las Vegas festival shootings and again after last week's shootings at a school in Parkland, Fla.

The pattern: A day after the tragedy, the trolls tweet on all ...Read more

On gun issue, Trump and Rubio elicit different reactions from conservatives

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OXON HILL, Md. -- President Donald Trump has political capital to spend on limited gun regulation. But not Sen. Marco Rubio.

In the aftermath of last week's deadly shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., both Trump and Rubio -- rivals for the GOP nomination in 2016 -- have emerged as two of the most prominent faces ...Read more

Mueller more than doubles criminal charges against Manafort and Gates

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WASHINGTON -- Special counsel Robert S. Mueller III filed a vastly expanded criminal indictment against President Donald Trump's former campaign manager and his partner Thursday, more than doubling the number of charges they face.

Paul W. Manafort Jr. and Richard J. Gates III were first charged with 12 counts on Oct. 30. Both pleaded not guilty...Read more

Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens indicted on felony invasion of privacy

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens was indicted Thursday afternoon by a St. Louis grand jury on felony invasion of privacy.

The charges stem from a 2015 affair and allegations that he threatened to release a nude photograph of the woman, taken while she was blindfolded and her hands were bound, if she ever spoke publicly about ...Read more

Trump denies break with NRA, says lobby group 'wants to do what's right'

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump on Thursday doubled down on arming school teachers while defending the National Rifle Association -- even as he broke ranks with the powerful gun rights organization on a key gun ownership proposal.

Trump defended the NRA and its CEO, Wayne LaPierre, who have come under intense pressure from Parkland, Fla., ...Read more