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In a rebuke to Feinstein, California Democrats offer no endorsement in U.S. Senate race

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The California Democratic Party decided not to endorse a candidate in the state's U.S. Senate contest, an embarrassing rebuke of veteran Sen. Dianne Feinstein.

Feinstein, who has represented California in the Senate for a quarter-century, is facing an insurgent, state Senate leader Kevin de Leon, in the party primary. Though De Leon did not get...Read more

Trump claimed credit for rising stock prices, and now he owns their fall

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WASHINGTON –– Until its recent downturn, the U.S. stock market had been one of President Donald Trump's favorite topics.

He's tweeted more than 60 times since his election about new highs and frequently touted the gains in public comments.

"The stock market is smashing one record after another, and has added more than $7 trillion in new ...Read more

NRA won't sign on to raising age to 21 for rifle purchases

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WASHINGTON--The National Rifle Association is rejecting President Donald Trump's call for a federal ban on rifle sales to those under 21, but a spokesperson sought to play down the disagreement.

NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch said the gun lobby does not believe the age for purchases should be raised from 18.

Federal law includes several different...Read more

Mexican president's White House visit reportedly scrapped after testy phone call with Trump

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Tentative plans for a trip by Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto to the White House have been scrapped after he and President Donald Trump spoke by phone and tangled once again over Trump's plans to erect a border wall, according to news reports.

The two leaders spoke for about 50 minutes Tuesday and devoted much of the conversation to the ...Read more

China's Xi lays ground to rule for decades

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BEIJING ––China's Communist Party is set to repeal presidential term limits, which will allow Xi Jinping to rule beyond 2023, completing the country's move away from a political system based on collective leadership.

The party's Central Committee announced Sunday that it was seeking to strike a constitutional provision barring the head of ...Read more

How a scrawny misfit turned into Florida's worst school shooter

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MIAMI -- He was chronically depressed, beguiled by firearms and violence, an oddball ostracized by peers and prone to angry outbursts.

He experienced, in rapid succession, blows of the sort that can send a disturbed, isolated young man hurtling into a spiral of instability: Forced to move out of his lifelong home, spurned by a girlfriend, ...Read more

Archiving grief: Museums learn to preserve memorials left at mass shootings

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LAS VEGAS -- Cynthia Sanford sat in a Clark County Museum storage room and fretted over the email she was about to send to Jeff Schwartz, president of the Parkland Historical Society in Florida.

"I'm not sure if I should overwhelm him with tips," Sanford said.

In the quiet, she began typing: "Try to get on the same page as the public works ...Read more

Steve Lopez: It's hard not to be hopeful about the future when you meet Miriam Antonio

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LOS ANGELES--As the father of a teenager, I've got to make myself believe that even in crazy and scary times, it's going to be OK, the world will survive, and today's young folks will lead the way.

That's just the way it is for a parent. You're a worried, cynical mess half the time and naively optimistic half the time. The Florida school ...Read more

California candidates pull out all the stops to woo Democratic delegates for an endorsement

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SAN DIEGO -- Ingrid Gunnel must feel like the most popular voter in Southern California.

Text messages from Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom routinely popped up on her cellphone. Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones, who is running for attorney general, penned her a handwritten letter. Entreaties from dozens of other politicians have appeared in her mailbox ...Read more

Trump calls into Fox News to vent about Democrats and compliment his supporters

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WASHINGTON--In a rare interview, President Donald Trump called into Fox News on Saturday night to rail against Democrats, repeat his suggestion that teachers should be armed to prevent school shootings and to compliment his interviewer on her ratings.

"I did look at your ratings over the last couple of weeks, and you're doing fantastically," ...Read more

As outrage continues over Florida school shooting, NRA loses sponsors and corporate support

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As part of its pitch to prospective members, the National Rifle Association touts a host of benefits for those joining the organization, including "huge savings on car rentals, hotels and travel."

In recent days, however, several travel and hotel companies severed ties with gun lobby group as outrage continues over the shooting that left 14 ...Read more

Bollywood superstar Sridevi dies of cardiac arrest at 54

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NEW DELHI -- Legendary Bollywood actress Sridevi Kapoor died Saturday after going into cardiac arrest, according to Indian media.

Best known as simply Sridevi, the actress died in Dubai while attending a wedding, her brother-in-law Sanjay Kapoor told the Indian Express newspaper. She was 54 years old.

Sridevi appeared in Tamil, Telugu, ...Read more

California Democrats' candidate glut has officials stewing about primaries

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SANTA ANA, Calif.--Democratic activists in Orange County threw an impromptu party with cake, party hats and singing after Republican Rep. Darrell Issa announced he was retiring.

But the exhilaration over the opportunity to capture a Republican congressional seat quickly turned to political panic.

There are so many Democrats running for ...Read more

Democrats wrote a memo on secret surveillance: How does it compare to the Republican memo?

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WASHINGTON--It's a war of the memos.

First came a four-page Republican document released on Feb. 2. Now comes a 10-page Democratic rebuttal.

Both declassified memos focus on how the FBI and Justice Department applied to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court shortly before the 2016 election for a warrant to eavesdrop on Carter Page, an ...Read more

Trump fights complacency at Summit sapped of insurgent energy

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WASHINGTON -- The crowd at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference was lower-key and often sparser than in recent years, when the anger and existential dread generated during eight years of a Democratic presidency electrified the conservative movement.

"There's a different energy here, as opposed to opposition and negativity -- less...Read more

UN Security Council calls for 30-day cease-fire in Syria

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UNITED NATIONS -- The United Nations Security Council voted unanimously Saturday for a resolution demanding a 30-day humanitarian cease-fire in Syria, where government forces have stepped up attacks on the besieged rebel enclave of Eastern Ghouta near Damascus.

Russia went along with the resolution after initial resistance.

The vote came after...Read more

Panelist stuns CPAC by slamming GOP 'hypocrites' on sex misdeeds

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WASHINGTON -- An annual summit of conservative activists and movement leaders faced an extraordinary bit of dissent on Saturday from a columnist who torched "hypocrites" within the Republican Party for overlooking President Donald Trump's alleged sexual misdeeds.

Mona Charen's comments came moments before an annual "straw poll" of attendees ...Read more

Parkland school deputy goes from commended to vilified after shootings

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Branded a coward by the president. Vilified by his ex-boss. Duty-bound to protect Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

Scot R. Peterson, disgraced former Broward sheriff's deputy, once characterized himself to be a strong, proactive law enforcement officer who would not shrink in the face of danger.

Yet the 33-year law enforcement veteran ...Read more

House committee releases Democratic memo defending surveillance of former Trump adviser

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WASHINGTON -- The House Intelligence Committee Saturday released a Democratic memo countering a harsh Republican critique of the FBI and Justice Department, escalating the partisan battle over government surveillance of a former Trump campaign adviser that began three weeks before the 2016 election.

The top Democrat on the committee, Rep. Adam ...Read more

Analysis: When it comes to guns, the Parkland shooting survivors aren't here to play nice

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Since the shooting attack at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., Feb. 14, a student there, Sarah Chadwick, has amassed a Twitter following of more than 150,000 people. On Thursday night, Chadwick decided to share a thought with them.

Was it time for a message calling for thoughts, prayers and privacy?

Hardly. It was time to...Read more