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Peter Wang, with hero's medal and posthumous West Point acceptance, is laid to rest

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CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. -- Peter Wang's final act of heroism -- holding the door so his classmates could escape the former student shooting up their school -- inspired people from around the world.

His friends and family said the bravery during the attack on Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School last week was a natural act for the 15-year-old U.S. ...Read more

School shooter may get inheritance — and be ordered to spend it on legal bills

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MIAMI -- Parkland school shooter Nikolas Cruz appears to have been in line for a sizable inheritance. He'll never get to spend it -- except perhaps on defense attorneys.

The amount could be enough to compel a judge to order him to hire a private lawyer rather than be represented by the taxpayer-funded Broward County Public Defender's Office.

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Loved ones say they'll mourn Carmen Schentrup, 16, and then act

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CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. -- Her family had chosen the church for its size. But even the vast St. Andrew Catholic Church in Coral Springs couldn't hold the hundreds of mourners attending the funeral of Carmen Schentrup, 16, who died in the Feb 14. shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

Outside the church, cars overflowed into neighboring ...Read more

California can't force IMDb to stop publishing actors' ages, judge rules

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A federal judge has handed IMDb a victory in its ongoing feud with the state of California and SAG-AFTRA over whether the Amazon-owned web site can publish the ages of actors.

Judge Vince Chhabria of the Northern District of California ruled in his decision Tuesday that California cannot enforce a law that would compel IMDb to remove the age of...Read more

Florida teachers' pension fund invested in maker of school massacre gun

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As Florida teachers grieve over the mass shooting that left 17 students and colleagues dead last week, some of them may be surprised to learn they've been helping fund the firearms industry--including the company that made the gun used that bloody Wednesday.

A state pension plan for Florida teachers held 41,129 shares in American Outdoor Brands...Read more

North Korea pulled out of Olympic meeting with Pence, US says

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WASHINGTON -- Vice President Mike Pence was willing to meet with Kim Jong Un's envoys earlier this month during the Winter Olympics in South Korea, but the North Koreans backed out, the Trump administration said.

"North Korea dangled a meeting in hopes of the vice president softening his message, which would have ceded the world stage for their...Read more

Man arrested in killings of two Las Vegas homeless men

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LAS VEGAS -- Federal authorities have arrested a man in connection with the killings of two homeless men in Las Vegas and the shooting of two other people, authorities said Tuesday.

Joshua Castellon, 26, of Las Vegas is being held in custody by federal authorities on a weapons charge, and the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department issued a ...Read more

Texas board recommends clemency for son who plotted to kill family

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HOUSTON -- In a surprising, unanimous vote, the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles has recommended the governor grant clemency to death row inmate Thomas "Bart" Whitaker, fulfilling years of appeals from Whitaker's father, who survived the attack that killed his wife and younger son.

Kent Whitaker, the father, said after the 7-0 vote that "God ...Read more

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House Ethics Committee acknowledges investigation of John Duncan Jr.

WASHINGTON -- The House Ethics Committee on Tuesday acknowledged an investigation of Rep. John Duncan Jr., a scion of a Tennessee political dynasty who announced his retirement in July.

Duncan, a Republican, came under fire that month after reports that his campaign paid his ...Read more

Some Florida Republicans begin push for stricter gun measures

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MIAMI -- In what could signal the start of a shift in Republican politics, some GOP donors and officials in Florida are urging their political networks to consider some gun control measures and buck their party's longstanding refusal to even engage in the debate.

"I already have impressed upon people I talk to, the way the law is now is ...Read more

Ghost Ship fire defendants enter pleas, trial expected this summer

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- Former Ghost Ship tenants Derick Almena and Max Harris, each facing 36 counts of involuntary manslaughter, entered not-guilty pleas Tuesday morning in Alameda County Superior Court and could have a jury trial in July.

The pair are charged in the deaths of 36 people attending a dance party on Dec. 2, 2016 at the East Oakland ...Read more

Weinstein Co. seeks to dismiss lawsuit, saying Weinstein was solely responsible for his action

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LOS ANGELES -- Weinstein Co. sought to toss out a lawsuit by alleged victims of Harvey Weinstein, arguing that former colleagues were not aware of his "predatory" behavior toward actresses, assistants and models at the studio he co-founded.

Attorneys for Weinstein Co. on Tuesday filed the motion to dismiss a potential federal class-action ...Read more

As students watch, Fla. lawmakers debate porn but refuse to take up assault weapons ban

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- A move to push a bill banning assault weapons and high-capacity magazines directly to the Florida House floor Tuesday afternoon was rejected on mostly party lines, six days after a gunman killed 17 people and injured several more at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland.

Rep. Kionne McGhee, of Miami, the incoming...Read more

Almost 200 killed in multiday bombardment of Syrian suburb

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BEIRUT -- A rebel-held suburb just outside the Syrian capital of Damascus witnessed some of the deadliest fighting of the country's long-running civil war Tuesday, even as the United Nations issued a plea to end the "senseless human suffering" in the enclave.

The bombardment, believed to be a prelude to a large-scale assault aimed at routing ...Read more

Wife of slain police commander writes letter thanking Chicago for 'outpouring of love and support'

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CHICAGO -- The wife of Chicago police Cmdr. Paul Bauer on Tuesday released a letter thanking Chicagoans for their "outpouring of love and support."

Bauer was shot and killed Feb. 13 outside the Thompson Center in downtown Chicago.

"I want to thank those of you (who) waited for hours in the cold to attend his wake and funeral. You have no idea ...Read more

Trump 'supportive' of tougher gun law, but his record suggests that may not mean much

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WASHINGTON -- The deadly school shooting in Florida has moved President Donald Trump to call for a ban on devices that turn legal firearms into deadly automatic assault rifles. But some gun control supporters expressed skepticism: He has promised action before in response to a mass killing, only to drop it when Americans' attention wanes.

Trump...Read more

Spanish rapper gets prison sentence for lyrics glamorizing terrorism

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MADRID -- A rapper from the Balearic island of Mallorca has to spend 3 1/2 years in prison because his songs glamorized terrorism, threatened and insulted the Spanish crown, and called for the death of politicians.

The Supreme Court in Madrid confirmed the guilty verdict and prison sentence on Tuesday for Josep Miquel Arenas, 24, who performs ...Read more

Clooneys donate $500,000 to March for Our Lives, will join students at DC rally

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Celebrities are lining up with their wallets to help protect American kids from gun violence in the wake of another deadly school shooting.

Inspired by "the courage and eloquence" of the survivors of the recent shooting in Parkland, Fla., philanthropic duo George Clooney and Amal Clooney have donated $500,000 to help the students organize the ...Read more

Trump to discuss school safety with students from Parkland, Newtown, Columbine

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump on Wednesday will meet with students, parents and teachers impacted by mass shootings in Parkland, Fla., Newtown, Conn., and Columbine, Colo., as he begins to searching for policies to keep America's schools safe.

Trump will hold a "listening session" that may address mental health, gun laws and other ...Read more

Missouri governor mostly forbids text-deleting app use. His office says that was always the policy

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Amid an investigation and lawsuit, Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens' administration last month altered its records retention policy, forbidding use of the text message-deleting app Confide when discussing public business.

According to the policy, obtained by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch through an open records request, "no ...Read more