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Trump says his chief of staff will decide if Kushner keeps his security clearance

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump said his chief of staff, John F. Kelly, will decide if Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, keeps a security clearance that gives him access to highly classified government secrets.

"General Kelly will make that call," Trump told reporters on Friday during a news conference with Australian Prime Minister ...Read more

Leaving Las Vegas? Check your bags, grab your boarding pass and dump that pot

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LAS VEGAS -- Check your bags, dump the weed.

McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas is now offering travelers a chance to dispose of any marijuana they might have on them before hopping onto a flight. So-called "amnesty boxes" have been installed at the airport and soon will be located at smaller airports in North Las Vegas and Henderson -...Read more

Trump says chief of staff will decide on Jared Kushner's security clearance

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump said on Friday that his chief of staff, John Kelly, will be in charge of deciding whether to give a permanent security clearance to Jared Kushner, the president's son-in-law and senior adviser.

"I will let General Kelly make that decision," Trump said at a joint news conference at the White House with ...Read more

Trump administration to open US Embassy in Jerusalem in May

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WASHINGTON -- Accelerating controversial plans, the Trump administration will open a small U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem in May to coincide with the 70th anniversary of Israel's declaration of independence, a State Department official said Friday.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson approved preliminary security plans for a limited contingent, ...Read more

Haley to visit Honduras, Guatemala, which supported Trump in UN vote on Jerusalem

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WASHINGTON -- Apparently as reward for supporting the United States during a United Nations vote on Jerusalem, Ambassador Nikki Haley will visit Honduras and Guatemala next week, her office announced Friday.

The trip to two of the region's most troubled countries follows a lopsided U.N. General Assembly vote in December to condemn President ...Read more

Rick Gates, former top campaign aide to Trump, pleads guilty in Russia investigation

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WASHINGTON -- Richard W. Gates III, who helped lead President Donald Trump's campaign after making millions of dollars advising Ukraine's pro-Kremlin government, pleaded guilty Friday to conspiracy against the United States and lying to the FBI, the latest former Trump aide to admit wrongdoing in the sprawling Russia investigation.

He is ...Read more

Who is Scot Peterson? What we know now about Stoneman Douglas cop

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Far from shrinking in the face of danger, former Broward sheriff's deputy Scot Peterson once characterized himself as a proactive officer who quickly responded to reports of trouble.

Peterson, 54, resigned on Thursday after withering public criticism from Sheriff Scott Israel, who said the deputy should have confronted ...Read more

Trump suggests that officer who failed to act in Florida school shooting was a 'coward'

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump said Friday that the Florida sheriff's deputy who failed to intervene in last week's school shooting may have been a "coward," a strong rebuke from a president toward a local law officer.

"He trained his whole life," Trump told reporters at the White House, referring to Scot Peterson, who resigned after ...Read more

San Diego high school student arrested after making threats, police say

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SAN DIEGO -- A 14-year-old San Diego high school student suspended earlier this week for making verbal and written threats was arrested Thursday, police said.

The teen, who is a freshman at Torrey Pines High School, was taken to Juvenile Hall after investigators determined that he had made criminal threats, Officer Joshua Hodge said in a ...Read more

Rick Gates, former Trump campaign aide, expected to plead guilty in Russia case

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WASHINGTON -- Richard W. Gates III, who helped lead President Donald Trump's campaign after making millions of dollars advising Ukraine's pro-Kremlin government, is expected to plead guilty on Friday, the latest former Trump aide to admit wrongdoing in the sprawling Russia investigation.

A hearing in U.S. District Court in Washington is ...Read more

Trump suggests that officer who failed to act in Florida school shooting was a 'coward'

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump said Friday that the Florida sheriff's deputy who failed to intervene in last week's school shooting may have been a "coward," a strong rebuke from a president toward a local law officer.

"He trained his whole life," Trump told reporters at the White House, referring to Scot Peterson, who resigned after ...Read more

Trump's handling of abuse allegations against ex-staffer cited in lawsuit

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NEW YORK -- President Donald Trump's handling of spousal abuse claims against a former top White House aide has been cited as evidence of the administration's disregard for gender-based violence in a lawsuit over new government guidance on dealing with sexual assault claims at universities.

Nonprofit groups that provide legal services to ...Read more

Al-Shabaab attack in Mogadishu leaves at least 22 dead

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MOGADISHU, Somalia -- At least 22 people were killed in an attack by Islamist militant group al-Shabaab in Mogadishu on Friday, security officials and medical sources said.

Twin car bombs were used in the attack near the Somali capital's presidential palace, which was followed by a fierce gun battle between the attackers and the security forces...Read more

Missouri Republicans attacks prosecutor, linking governor's indictment to New York billionaire

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The Missouri Republican Party linked Gov. Eric Greitens' indictment to New York billionaire George Soros in the party's first public comment on the Republican governor's arrest and arraignment.

Greitens faces a grand jury indictment for felony invasion of privacy after an investigation by St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kimberly Gardner's office ...Read more

Trump: Deputy who stayed outside during Florida shooting a 'coward'

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump dubbed an armed Florida sheriff's deputy who remained outside the Parkland, Florida, high school where 17 people were gunned down last week a "coward."

Scot Peterson, a Broward County sheriff's deputy, was at the high school when a 19-year-old former student entered with an AR-15 assault rifle and began ...Read more

Last fall, they debated gun control in class. Now, they debate lawmakers on TV

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PARKLAND, Fla. -- When students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High debated gun control in class last November, they never imagined they were preparing to lead a national discussion on how to prevent school shootings.

As the debate team filled Google docs with research on state laws, brainstormed arguments for and against universal background ...Read more

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