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New charges filed against couple accused of abuse

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LOS ANGELES--The seven adults of the 13 siblings who were found living captive in a Perris home in January want people to know that they are hopeful for the future as they continue recovering from years of alleged abuse at the hands of their parents, an attorney for the siblings said Friday.

"They don't want people to think of them only as ...Read more

Hoax attempts against Miami Herald augur brewing war over fake, real news

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WASHINGTON -- Two incidents hit The Miami Herald in recent days that demonstrate new tactics by those seeking to discredit mainstream media, and they augur what experts said are dark days in the battle between credible news and misinformation.

Both incidents came after the Feb. 14 shootings in Parkland, Fla., when a gunman killed 17 students ...Read more

Texas teachers to turn out for 2018, but for which party?

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FORT WORTH, Texas -- Texas educators face a political choice in next month's primaries: Help their last remaining Republican allies fend off challenges from the right, or support a burgeoning movement of new Democratic candidates?

Educators have often thrown their support behind Republicans who oppose their own party on vouchers and school ...Read more

Greitens case could test definition of 'privacy' in the smartphone era

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ST. LOUIS -- In 1994, officials in Buffalo, Mo., made a discovery that sent shock waves through the tiny town: The owner of a local tanning salon had hidden a camera in the latticework above a dressing area, and had videotaped more than 100 local women and girls in various states of nudity.

Then came the aftershock: Authorities initially said ...Read more

At least 29 killed in insurgent attacks across Afghanistan

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KABUL -- At least 29 people have been killed in four attacks across three Afghan provinces, officials said Saturday.

In the capital Kabul, at least one person was killed and six others were injured after a suicide bombing on Saturday morning, Najib Danish, a spokesman for the Afghan Interior Ministry, told dpa.

The bombing took place near an ...Read more

Trump goes back in campaign mode at CPAC

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump revived some favorite campaign staples in a highly partisan speech to conservative activists Friday -- including an anti-immigrant poem and a "lock her up" chant -- unleashing himself after tense weeks that saw a school massacre, more White House turmoil and fresh indictments against campaign associates.

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D.A. charges Los Angeles-area developer

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LOS ANGELES--The developer of a controversial $72-million apartment project was charged Friday with making illegal campaign contributions to local politicians while seeking a change to the zoning of his property in L.A.'s Harbor Gateway neighborhood.

Prosecutors with L.A. County District Attorney Jackie Lacey's office charged Samuel Leung, ...Read more

Trump's brand is all the rage in India

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GURGAON, India -- Dharmendra Rao, owner of a successful business that manufactures oil pumps, lives with his family in a 6,000-square-foot apartment in one of the many monolithic towers that have sprung up on pastureland in this booming satellite city south of New Delhi.

Thinking that his address lacked a certain panache, Rao came to a luxury ...Read more

Steven Ellam remains in critical condition as investigators probe Connecticut hospital crash

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HARTFORD, Conn.--Steven Ellam, the man police said slammed his car through the emergency room entrance of Middlesex Hospital and then set himself on fire amid a politically charged rant he captured on live video, was in critical condition Friday afternoon in the burn unit at Bridgeport Hospital.

Police continued to investigate the incident ...Read more

NRA policy bars foreign donations for politics, group says

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WASHINGTON -- The National Rifle Association's top lawyer, responding to a senator's request for documents about possible financial dealings with Russians during the 2016 election campaign, cited a "long-standing policy" by the powerful gun lobby group not to accept funds from foreign individuals or entities for election purposes.

Democratic ...Read more

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

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...Read more

Surge of suspicious internet posts leave authorities struggling

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LOS ANGELES--Students at the elite prep school Harvard-Westlake got a troubling alert as they headed to class Friday morning -- their campuses had been closed because of a security threat.

A disturbing post on Instagram showing ammunition and a shotgun with the words "#HarvardWestlake" written across the barrel had come to school officials' ...Read more

Hundreds pack funeral for shooting victim Helena Ramsay, who 'died a hero'

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CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. -- Adorned in purple ribbons, about 500 mourners packed Church by the Glades in Coral Springs on Friday afternoon to celebrate the life of 17-year-old Helena Ramsay, one of 17 victims of a mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Feb. 14.

Friends and family, some of whom flew to Coral Springs from Helena's ...Read more

Greitens resigns from national Republican Governors Association leadership post

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WASHINGTON -- Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens, under felony indictment, has resigned his position on the executive committee of the Republican Governors Association.

The announcement Friday came as Greitens told the group that he would not be attending the separate National Governors Association's annual winter meeting this weekend here.

Greitens ...Read more

'He said he was going to gut me,' Nikolas Cruz told police in a November 911 call

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MIAMI -- Nikolas Cruz, the confessed killer of 17 people at a Parkland high school, called police a few months ago to say that someone he was living with was going to "gut me."

In two newly released 911 tapes, Cruz is heard telling the Palm Beach County Sheriff's office about an altercation he had with the son of a family friend, Roxanne ...Read more

Not all students back gun control, young conservatives say

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OXON HILL, Md. -- At Justin Vaughn's Maryland high school, support for curbing guns runs deep, "and I'm on the 'wrong' side," the 17-year-old says.

So it came as a relief for Vaughn to mingle with like-minded conservative students from across the country at this week's Conservative Political Action Conference.

"This is like the only place I've...Read more

AR-15 rifle and ammunition found in student's truck in Tampa Bay-area high school parking lot

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MIAMI -- Staff members at Pasco High School in the Tampa Bay area discovered an AR-15 rifle and ammunition in the bed of a student's truck parked on campus Friday.

Dade City police arrested Dillon Nathanial Xynides, an 18-year-old senior, and charged him with possession of a weapon on school property, a third-degree felony.

"By all accounts, ...Read more

Trump gun proposal meets conservative opposition

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OXON HILL, Md. -- President Donald Trump's gun control proposal is already running into Republican resistance, as conservatives from across the country suggested in interviews Friday that they will not line up behind their leader on this issue.

Trump has outlined a wide-ranging series of proposals to combat gun violence in the wake of a ...Read more

Parkland school cop may not have been only officer who failed to engage shooter

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MIAMI--Almost two decades ago, when Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris went on a murderous rampage at a Colorado high school, the first officers on the scene did exactly as they were trained: They set up a perimeter to control the situation, while contacting SWAT officers.

Many of the more than three dozen killed and injured that day were struck by ...Read more

Judge: Philly man in solitary for 24 years deserves a chance at general population

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PHILADELPHIA -- Darrick Hall, 47, a Philadelphia man who received the death penalty for a 1993 murder, has been in a windowless solitary confinement cell for 24 years -- conditions that continued even after his sentence was vacated in October 2014.

Now, a federal judge has found the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections violated his 14th ...Read more

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