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Independents swell ranks of California voter rolls; they may outnumber Republicans soon

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- As California's June 5 primary election approaches, Democrats still dominate the state's voting rolls and the percentage of independent voters continues to rise, according to new figures provided by the secretary of state's office.

Just shy of a quarter of the state's voters now forgo any party label, registering as "no ...Read more

Donald Trump visits shooting survivors at hospital

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PARKLAND, Fla. -- President Donald Trump on Friday night visited doctors and nurses who treated victims of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting.

The president traveled directly to North Broward Hospital from the Palm Beach International Airport, where he landed onboard Air Force One, along with U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, White House ...Read more

During discussion on Florida mass shooting, Pennsylvania student threatens to kill classmates, police say

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ALLENTOWN, Pa. -- Like many schools across the country likely did on Thursday, a Dieruff High School class in Allentown, Pa., discussed the mass shooting in Florida that claimed the lives of 17 high school students and staff.

Teacher Reina Garcia asked her Dieruff students how the shooting made them feel, and they took turns expressing their ...Read more

The goal was espionage; the tactics were Social Media 101

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If a brand today wants to promote a new product, it would order its social media team to tailor posts that resonate with its audience, buy targeted ads to reach impressionable eyeballs, and closely monitor the performance of its messaging to ensure it reaches, and influences, as many viewers as possible.

If a Russian troll farm wanted to ...Read more

Nikolas Cruz was investigated after cutting himself on Snapchat, state report shows

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Nikolas Cruz cut his arms on Snapchat and said he wanted to buy a gun in September 2016, more than a year before he was accused of killing 17 people in a school in Parkland, Florida, records obtained by the South Florida Sun Sentinel show.

The incident on the digital social network prompted an investigation by sheriff's...Read more

FBI was warned — twice — about Florida shooter's deadly threats. It bungled the case

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PARKLAND, Fla. -- The FBI received two alarming tips about Nikolas Cruz in the past six months: Someone who knew him well believed he was capable of murdering teachers and students. And an online commenter using the handle "nikolas cruz" professed his desire to become a "professional school shooter."

But somehow no one at the FBI connected the ...Read more

Jury awards more than $37 million to family of woman killed by police after standoff that was partially broadcast on social media

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BALTIMORE -- A Baltimore County jury has ruled in favor of the family of Korryn Gaines -- awarding more than $37 million in damages in the civil lawsuit regarding the Randallstown, Md., woman who was shot and killed by police after a six-hour standoff that was partially broadcast on social media in 2016.

The jury of six women found that the ...Read more

How teachers and students became first responders — and heroes — in school shooting

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PARKLAND, Fla. -- Scott Beigel had a choice as gunfire exploded around him: keep the deadbolt on his third-floor geography class locked, or open up and usher terrified students to safety.

With a gunman on a murderous rampage, there was little time to act and less to think. There were no police officers in the halls to protect them, no ...Read more

Chief of staff John Kelly admits missteps with White House aides' clearances

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WASHINGTON -- White House chief of staff John F. Kelly, under fire after a former staffer's domestic abuse scandal, has admitted that the Trump team mishandled aides' background investigations, and ordered new steps in how the West Wing handles security clearances.

In a five-page memo to staffers released Friday afternoon by the White House, ...Read more

Parents of Sandy Hook and Virginia Tech shooting victims to Parkland: 'Be there for each other'

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- The questions are endless, and relentless.

How am I going to survive this? Will my family, my husband, my wife, my mother, my father, my sister, my brother ever be OK again? Should I get out of bed? Should we sell the house and move? What will happen when school reopens? Should it reopen? Will the reporters ever stop ...Read more

Man who accused ex-mayor of Seattle of sexual abuse found dead in motel

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SEATTLE -- Delvonn Heckard, the Kent, Wash., man who sued Seattle Mayor Ed Murray last year on allegations of sexual abuse decades ago -- prompting other accusations to come to light, leading to Murray's resignation -- was found dead early Friday of an apparent drug overdose in an Auburn, Wash., motel.

"In my opinion, a hero died today," ...Read more

She loved to dance, and dancers across the U.S. will honor her with orange ribbons

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PARKLAND, Fla. -- The life of the party. The energy in the room. A girl who always made her presence felt.

This is how a despondent Fred Guttenberg described his late 14-year-old daughter Jaime during a candlelight vigil in Parkland held Thursday night in honor of the victims of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School massacre.

Jaime, one of ...Read more

Lawmakers agree to destroy site of school carnage: 'This building has to come down'

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MIAMI -- Students will never be returning to Building 12 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School again.

Florida legislators said Thursday they will provide the resources to help the Broward School District tear down Building 12, the site of the massacre that killed 17 students and teachers. They want to build a new classroom space and replace ...Read more

Sheriff's Office to investigate earlier calls about confessed school shooter Nikolas Cruz

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PARKLAND, Fla. -- Parkland, Florida, school shooter Nikolas Cruz had been known to local authorities, including law enforcement and the school district, before he committed the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, according to Broward Sheriff Scott Israel.

About 20 calls about Cruz came to the Broward Sheriff's Office over the past...Read more

After mass shooting, school threats in Miami skyrocket from 1 a week — to 50 a day

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MIAMI -- Tensions are so high at schools in Miami-Dade following the mass shooting in Broward that school officials have gone as far as organizing robo calls to parents after dealing with more than 50 violent threats on social media in less than a day.

The robo calls emphasized that there will not only be legal consequences for students that ...Read more

Tillerson offers working group on disputes with Turkey

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WASHINGTON -- In an effort to stem fast-worsening ties, Turkey and the United States agreed Friday to set up a diplomatic working group to defuse a bitter dispute over Kurdish militias operating in Syria.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, ending two days of talks with top Turkish officials, conceded that serious disagreements continue to haunt ...Read more

Here's how to separate the fundraisers from frauds among gofundme pages

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MIAMI -- Gofundme.com pages proliferated almost as soon as cops took Nikolas Cruz into custody after Wednesday's 17-death massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland. Donors must parse the funding pages from the fraudulent.

Start with the official gofundme page created by Broward County Public Schools' official fund-raising ...Read more

Blood and bullets won't stop teacher's passion for classroom

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PARKLAND, Fla. -- Social studies teacher Ivy Schamis was wrapping up a lesson on the Holocaust for her 30 students when death left the pages of their work and confronted the class at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

"We heard 'Boom! Boom! Boom! Boom! Boom!,' right outside of the door," Schamis said Friday about her first floor classroom at...Read more

Hundreds mourn Alyssa Alhadeff, 14, one of the youngest victims of school shooting

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Hundreds of mourners flooded the Star of David Funeral Chapel in North Lauderdale, spilling into the lobby and outside the building Friday for the funeral of 14-year-old Alyssa Alhadeff, the first of 17 goodbyes in a devastated community after Wednesday's shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

"I wish I could...Read more

Her grandpa once hid in a closet to escape a mass murderer. This week, she did too

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MIAMI -- As Carly Novell concealed herself inside her school newspaper's closet at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Wednesday, it was not just terrifying -- it was also hauntingly familiar.

A mass shooter was roaming the hallways, and panicked students were stuffing themselves into tiny spaces to evade him.

History was repeating itself....Read more