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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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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.

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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

House Ethics Committee acknowledges investigation of John Duncan Jr.

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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 son, John Duncan III, almost $300,000. The younger Duncan has pleaded ...Read more

H-1B visas: How the Trump administration is 'freaking people out'

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The Trump administration is bringing a new level of scrutiny to a temporary work visa popular among technology firms, costing employers more time and money as they seek to bring foreign workers to the United States.

From January to August 2017, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services sent 85,265 requests for evidence in response to H-1B ...Read more

Supreme Court leaves in place California's 10-day wait for gun buyers, rejects 2nd Amendment challenge

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WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court on Tuesday turned down a 2nd Amendment challenge to California's mandatory 10-day waiting period for new gun purchases.

With only Justice Clarence Thomas in dissent, the justices let stand a ruling of the 9th Circuit Court that called the California law a "reasonable safety precaution" and one that does not ...Read more

Trump re-ups criticism of Obama's handling of Russia

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump kept his foot on the gas on Twitter Tuesday, blaming his predecessor for Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. elections, annexation of Crimea, and swelling influence in Syria.

The Democrats' interest in the Russian affair, Trump alleged, arose only after he won the election.

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Republican Rep. Tom Rooney of Florida not running for re-election

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WASHINGTON -- Florida Rep. Tom Rooney announced Monday he will not seek a sixth term in November.

"After what will be 10 years in the United States Congress representing the good people of Florida's Heartland, it's time to 'hang 'em up,' as my old football coach used to say," the Republican congressman said in a statement.

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Trump backs Romney in Utah Senate race, embracing GOP critic

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump endorsed former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney for a U.S. Senate seat in Utah, setting aside longstanding differences with a GOP critic as the party looks to preserve its narrow majority in the chamber.

"He will make a great Senator and worthy successor to @OrrinHatch, and has my full support ...Read more

White House: Trump 'supportive' of better background checks for gun buyers

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WASHINGTON -- The White House said Monday that President Donald Trump was "supportive" of efforts to improve the system of background checks for people who seek to buy guns in the United States.

In a statement, the White House said Trump spoke to Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) on Friday to discuss a bipartisan bill Cornyn is co-sponsoring that ...Read more

Trump announces support for improved background check system for gun buyers

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President Donald Trump on Monday announced willingness to consider a modest gun-control proposal introduced last year to strengthen the federal background-check system.

The White House said Trump would consider backing a bill, which had not been opposed by the National Rifle Association, that would require states and federal agencies to produce...Read more

Trump says Russia case distracted FBI from stopping Florida school shooter

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WASHINGTON -- Still silent on the role gun access played in last week's Florida school massacre, President Donald Trump lashed out at the FBI and suggested that the Russia election-meddling investigation impeded an opportunity to stop the teenage shooter.

In a series of 15 Twitter posts over 19 hours late Saturday and early Sunday, Trump said ...Read more

FBI miss on Florida school killer is not acceptable, Trump tweets

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump has criticized the FBI after the agency disclosed that it failed to follow up on a detailed warning about the 19-year-old gunman who is charged with killing 17 people and wounding a dozen others at a Florida high school on Wednesday.

"Very sad that the FBI missed all of the many signals sent out by the ...Read more

Trump links Florida shooting to Russia meddling investigation

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump late Saturday suggested that the FBI could have prevented the Florida school shooting had it not been spending so much time on the Russia investigation.

"Very sad that the FBI missed all of the many signals sent out by the Florida school shooter. This is not acceptable," Trump wrote on Twitter.

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Shooter cut himself on Snapchat, but was ruled stable

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Nikolas Cruz had just broken up with his girlfriend, who had been cheating on him, and he'd gotten into a fight with another boy. He'd drawn a "Nazi symbol" on his book bag. And Broward mental health authorities were worried that his chronic depression was worsening.

It was Sept. 28, 2016, and Cruz -- who authorities say has admitted to ...Read more

Indictments deflate Trump's claim that Russian meddling was a hoax

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WASHINGTON –– Donald Trump has insisted for more than a year that Russians didn't try to get him elected. Special counsel Robert Mueller put an end to those claims on Friday, declaring definitively that they did.

A federal grand jury indicted 13 Russian nationals and a "troll farm" in St. Petersburg, Russia, alleging a broad campaign to ...Read more

Trump touts Sen. Tim Scott's anti-poverty plan while communities wait and wonder

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WASHINGTON -- Donald Trump kicked off last week by unveiling a budget that slashed spending for some of the country's major anti-poverty programs.

Days later, he hosted a big White House event to promote a program that its sponsor, Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., touted as "the most consequential policy that we've seen in more than a decade in helping ...Read more

Immigrants' cases put on a fast track

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WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court met Friday to discuss a pair of unusually aggressive appeals from Trump administration lawyers who are trying to leapfrog lower courts by urging justices to rule quickly on the fate of "Dreamers" and on an abortion dispute involving young migrants.

In the one case, they derided the federal judge in San Francisco ...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

Trump-voter turnout in midterm elections could decide who controls Congress

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SPOKANE, Wash.--Dan Karr had little use for politics until Donald Trump came along. He captivated the small business owner with his wrecking-ball candidacy and Karr is even more supportive since Trump became president.

"He's actually doing what he said he would do, which is unusual," said Karr, 57. Things like cutting taxes and rolling back ...Read more