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LA Times National News
Feb 16, 2018

Horrified Florida students beg the adults: Please, do something about guns
The kids in South Florida are fed up. With the adults.

After a mass shooting left 17 students and faculty dead at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in the Fort Lauderdale suburb of Parkland, many area students — instead of withdrawing into the solitude of grief — have thrown themselves into...



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Feb 16, 2018

Of the Florida school shooting's 17 victims, seven of them were just 14 years old
At Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, so many freshmen classes are held in Building 12 that the "1200 building," as it is commonly called, is also known as "the freshmen building."

It's also the building that authorities said Nikolas Cruz, 19, chose to enter this week when he began his rampage.

...

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Feb 16, 2018

Before a school shooting, something usually happens — the shooter tells someone
In the days following the deadly high school shooting in Florida, as Nikolas Cruz's life as a troubled teen began to come into focus, a disturbing truth emerged: People had known where he might be headed.

"Everyone called him ‘the school shooter,' " Rachelle Jean, 16, an 11th-grader at Marjory...



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Feb 16, 2018

Why Trump's Playboy Playmate sex scandal is just another ho-hum day in his presidency
Most politicians would have been swallowed up in scandal after new details emerged Friday of an alleged affair — with a Playboy Playmate, no less — that occurred the same weekend of a reported dalliance with a porn star.

Not Donald Trump.

In eight pages of handwritten notes published by the New...



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Feb 16, 2018

Commerce Department urges Trump to impose tariffs or quotas on steel and aluminum imports
The Commerce Department is urging President Trump to consider hefty tariffs and quotas to limit the import of steel and aluminum, after concluding the rising flow of those foreign-made products constitutes a threat to America's national security.

The recommendations were contained in a report released...



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Feb 16, 2018

FBI says it failed to properly investigate January tip on teen accused in deadly Florida school shooting
A person close to the teenager accused of killing 17 people at a South Florida high school this week called FBI officials in early January to report concerns about the teen, but the agency failed to properly investigate the warning, the FBI said Friday.

The agency said proper "protocols were not...



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Feb 16, 2018

Special counsel Robert Mueller indicts 13 Russians, alleging 2016 election interference
Special counsel Robert S. Mueller III announced charges against 13 Russians and three Russian companies Friday, accusing them of using stolen identities, fake campaign events and hundreds of social media accounts while spending millions of rubles to interfere in the 2016 presidential election in...



LA Times National News
Feb 16, 2018

Special counsel Mueller indicts 13 Russians, alleging 2016 election interference
Special counsel Robert S. Mueller III announced charges against 13 Russians and three Russian companies Friday, accusing them of using stolen identities, fake campaign events and hundreds of social media accounts while spending millions of rubles to interfere in the 2016 presidential election in...



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Feb 16, 2018

Trump's troubles deepen as report offers new details of alleged affair with Playboy Playmate
President Trump's political troubles with alleged extramarital affairs deepened Friday with publication of new details of his reported sexual relationship with a former Playboy model.

In handwritten notes accompanying a Ronan Farrow article in the New Yorker, Karen McDougal, Playboy's 1998 Playmate...



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Feb 16, 2018

Teen accused in Florida school shooting confessed, authorities say; funerals begin
Nikolas Cruz, the teenager accused of killing 17 people at a South Florida high school this week, confessed to stalking the hallways and stashing extra ammunition in his backpack to use during the shooting rampage, according to court documents released by law enforcement officials.

Cruz, who was...



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Feb 16, 2018

FBI says it failed to properly investigate January tip on teen accused in Florida school shooting
A person close to the teenager accused of killing 17 people at a South Florida high school this week called FBI officials in early January to report concerns about the teen, but the agency failed to properly investigate the warning, the FBI said.

"I am committed to getting to the bottom of what...



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Feb 16, 2018

FBI says it failed to investigate teen accused in Florida school shooting
A person close to the teenager accused of killing 17 people at a South Florida high school this week called FBI officials in early January to report concerns about the teen, but the agency failed to properly investigate the warning, the FBI said.

"I am committed to getting to the bottom of what...



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Feb 16, 2018

Mitt Romney launches Utah Senate bid with feel-good video, takes swipes at Washington and Trump
With an ode to his adopted home state of Utah and swipes at Washington and President Trump, Mitt Romney launched a political comeback Friday by announcing his bid for U.S. Senate.

Revealing his intentions in a 2/12 minute video, filled with uplifting images of family and the state's rugged beauty,...



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Feb 16, 2018

Inflation is heating up. What should you do about it?
After years of low inflation, signs that wage and price growth finally are heating up were a major factor in this month's financial market turbulence.

But the recovery from the Great Recession has seen these inflation flirtations before. And despite big January jumps in average hourly earnings...



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Feb 16, 2018

What now for the 'Dreamers' after the Senate failed to act?
The much-awaited Senate debate on immigration produced a flop this week — no legislation, not even any memorable speeches in the manner of Senates past.

Yet the debate did clarify one key point: President Trump, who just last month said he would "take the heat off the Democrats and the Republicans"...



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Feb 16, 2018

Will Trump voters turn out for an election with no Trump? The answer could determine control of Congress
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 has grown even more supportive since Trump became president.

"He's actually doing what he said he would do, which is unusual," the rangy 57-year-old...



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Feb 16, 2018

Mueller deputy Andrew Weissmann has a reputation for hard-charging tactics — and sometimes going too far
When FBI agents raided the northern Virginia home of President Trump's former campaign manager Paul J. Manafort Jr. on July 26, they came with all the subtlety of a sledgehammer.

They arrived before dawn, forced the front door lock and burst in with a no-knock warrant, tactics typically used in...



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Feb 16, 2018

They love Trump, but will they vote in November if he's not running? Control of Congress is at stake
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 has grown even more supportive since Trump became president.

"He's actually doing what he said he would do, which is unusual," the rangy 57-year-old...



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Feb 16, 2018

Trump lawyers press Supreme Court to act fast on 'Dreamers' and abortion dispute
The Supreme Court meets Friday to decide on 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, White House...



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Feb 16, 2018

Amid anti-immigrant and racial clashes, ethnic studies programs blossom in public schools
As public debates swirl around "Dreamers," President Trump's border wall and Black Lives Matter, the study of race and ethnicity is booming in public schools.

Nationwide, states and school systems are refining, expanding or adopting courses that explore history, literature and politics through...



LA Times National News
Feb 15, 2018

Here's how authorities say accused gunman Nikolas Cruz spent several minutes Wednesday in Parkland, Fla.
Nikolas Cruz, 19, is accused of shooting several students and staff Wednesday afternoon at his former high school in Florida, killing at least 17 and injuring at least a dozen in one of the deadliest school shootings in U.S. history.

According to the Broward County Sheriff's Office and other sources,...



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Feb 15, 2018

Victim and hero: Florida football coach ushered his students to safety before the gunman came for him
When the gunfire started, so did the crackle of the school network of walkie-talkies.

Willis May, the head football coach, was hunkered in his office with some players and college recruiters when he heard a familiar voice: that of his trusted assistant coach Aaron Feis.

"No, that is not firecrackers,"...



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Feb 15, 2018

FBI was warned about Florida school shooting suspect 5 months ago
The stranger's message on YouTube couldn't have been clearer.

"Im going to be a professional school shooter," a person identifying himself as Nikolas Cruz wrote in a comment beneath another user's video in September.

The declaration was so alarming — so disturbing — that the video's poster, Ben...



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Feb 15, 2018

South Florida school shooting suspect led a life filled with warning signs
A look at the life of 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz, who authorities say gunned down 17 people at a high school in Parkland, Fla.

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Feb 15, 2018

In the wake of tragedy, Trump struggles to show his empathetic side
There was a moment in President Trump's speech Thursday about the deadly school shooting in Parkland, Fla., when his voice seemed to catch for just a moment as he conjured up a picture of parents kissing their children goodbye, sending them off to school for the last time.

"Each person who was...



LA Times National News
Feb 15, 2018

After the tragedy in Florida, Trump struggles to show his empathetic side
There was a moment in President Trump's speech Thursday about the deadly school shooting in Parkland, Fla., when his voice seemed to catch for just a moment as he conjured up a picture of parents kissing their children goodbye, sending them off to school for the last time.

"Each person who was...



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Feb 15, 2018

Tillerson tries to sooth badly strained relations with Turkey
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson met with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for more than three hours Thursday in what both sides predicted would be two days of difficult talks after months of badly fraying relations between Washington and its NATO ally in Ankara.

An unsmiling Erdogan received...



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Feb 15, 2018

Tillerson tries to soothe badly strained relations with Turkey
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson met with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for more than three hours Thursday in what both sides predicted would be two days of difficult talks after months of badly fraying relations between Washington and its NATO ally in Ankara.

An unsmiling Erdogan received...



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Feb 15, 2018

Florida school shooting suspect visited a Subway and McDonald's after his deadly rampage
Nikolas Cruz, the expelled student accused of killing 17 people at his former South Florida high school, left the scene of his shooting rampage Wednesday and visited a nearby Subway and McDonald's, Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel said Thursday.

Israel said Cruz, 19, bought a drink at the Subway...



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Feb 15, 2018

Bipartisan Senate effort to protect Dreamers collapses after Trump threatens veto
The latest attempt at immigration reform, including protections to prevent "Dreamers" from being deported, collapsed in the Senate on Thursday as a bipartisan bill seen as having the best chance at passage failed to get enough support to advance.

President Trump had threatened to veto the bill...



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Feb 15, 2018

Attorney: Florida shooting suspect is 'sad, mournful, remorseful' and 'a broken human being'
The expelled student accused of killing 17 people at his former South Florida high school is "sad, mournful, remorseful" and "he's just a broken human being," one of his attorneys told reporters Thursday.

After a judge ordered Nikolas Cruz, 19, held without bond as he faces 17 counts of premeditated...



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Feb 15, 2018

Senate fails to advance bipartisan bill to help Dreamers amid strong opposition from Trump
The latest attempt at immigration reform, including protections to prevent "Dreamers" from being deported, collapsed in the Senate Thursday as a bipartisan bill seen as having the best chance at passage failed to get enough support to advance.

President Trump had threatened to veto the bill — which...



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Feb 15, 2018

Florida shooting suspect trained with white nationalist militia that wants to recruit 'suburban young whites'
The expelled student accused of killing 17 people at his former South Florida high school had previously trained with a white nationalist militia in the state, participating in paramilitary drills in Tallahassee, according to new details that emerged Thursday in the investigation into the deadly...



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Feb 15, 2018

Who they were: The victims of the Parkland school shooting
Portraits of those killed in the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School are starting to emerge.

LA Times National News
Feb 15, 2018

Here's what we know about Nikolas Cruz, charged with killing 17 in Florida school shooting
Nikolas Cruz, 19, is suspected of killing 17 students at a South Florida High School on Wednesday. Here is what we know about him.

LA Times National News
Feb 15, 2018

Here's what we know about Nikolas Cruz, the alleged gunman who killed 17 at a Florida school
Nikolas Cruz, 19, is alleged to have killed 17 students at a South Florida High School on Wednesday. Here is what we know about him.

LA Times National News
Feb 15, 2018

Florida shooting suspect trained with white nationalist militia, Anti-Defamation League says
The expelled student accused of killing 17 people at his former South Florida high school had previously trained with a white nationalist militia in the state, participating in paramilitary drills in Tallahassee, according to new details that emerged Thursday in the investigation into the deadly...



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Feb 15, 2018

White House threatens to veto bipartisan immigration bill
President Trump on Thursday threatened to veto a bipartisan Senate immigration plan, all but ensuring the collapse of an effort to protect so-called Dreamers from deportation in exchange for $25 billion for border security.

The veto threat is the first of Trump's presidency, a bold move against...



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Feb 15, 2018

FBI says it investigated YouTube threat but couldn't ID individual; Florida governor says violence 'has to stop'
Florida shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz was charged Thursday with 17 counts of premeditated murder as yet another community grappled with grief and horror in the aftermath of a school gun rampage, the deadliest in more than five years.

With new details emerging about the 19-year-old former student's...



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Feb 15, 2018

FBI says it investigated YouTube threat; Trump decries 'hatred and evil' in Florida school shooting
Florida shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz was charged Thursday with 17 counts of premeditated murder as yet another community grappled with grief and horror in the aftermath of a school gun rampage, the deadliest in more than five years.

With new details emerging about the 19-year-old former student's...



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Feb 15, 2018

Florida teen charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder in high school shooting; Trump calls for public vigilance
Florida shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz was charged Thursday with 17 counts of premeditated murder as yet another community grappled with grief and horror in the aftermath of a school gun rampage, the deadliest in more than five years.

With new details emerging about the 19-year-old former student's...



LA Times National News
Feb 15, 2018

Florida teen charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder in high school shooting
Florida shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz was charged Thursday with 17 counts of premeditated murder as yet another community grappled with grief and horror in the aftermath of a school gun rampage, the deadliest in more than five years.

With new details emerging about the 19-year-old former student's...



LA Times National News
Feb 14, 2018

'We've seen the worst of humanity,' Florida school official says as 17 killed in campus shooting
A former student who had been expelled for disciplinary reasons opened fire at a South Florida high school Wednesday, killing 17 people and wounding at least a dozen others, authorities said.

The suspected gunman, Nikolas Cruz, 19, was quickly arrested "without incident" after the shooting at Marjory...



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Feb 14, 2018

'We've seen the worst of humanity,' school official says as 17 killed in Florida high school shooting
A former student who had been expelled for disciplinary reasons opened fire at a South Florida high school Wednesday, killing 17 people and wounding at least a dozen others, authorities said.

The suspected gunman, Nikolas Cruz, 19, was quickly arrested "without incident" after the shooting at Marjory...



LA Times National News
Feb 14, 2018

Another week, another school shooting
Until Wednesday, there had been one fatal shooting at U.S. schools this year, the Jan. 23 killing of two students at Marshall County High School in Kentucky.

That was before a gunman opened fire inside classrooms at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in the Miami suburb of Parkland, killing 17...



LA Times National News
Feb 14, 2018

Mass shootings are getting deadlier. And the latest ones all have something new in common: The AR-15
When a gunman attacked a high school in Parkland, Fla., on Wednesday, killing 17 people, the event marked a depressingly familiar milestone.

As of this week, seven of the 10 deadliest mass shootings in modern U.S. history have all happened since 2007. The Parkland massacre is now the eighth-deadliest...



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Feb 14, 2018

White House continues to struggle with domestic abuse vetting scandal
President Trump broke his silence on the subject of spousal abuse Wednesday, declaring publicly that he is "totally opposed to it" — but spoke out only as a scandal continued to fester over the White House handling of domestic violence allegations against a former top aide.

For more than a week,...



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Feb 14, 2018

For Trump's national security team, addressing the threats means ignoring the tweets
Sitting side by side at a long, black-draped table, six U.S. intelligence chiefs all sounded the same alarm — Russian meddling in U.S. politics didn't stop after the 2016 presidential race and could get worse in this year's midterm elections.

It was a striking display of unanimity and one that...



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Feb 14, 2018

17 dead in Florida high school shooting; suspect is a former student who was expelled
A former student opened fire at a South Florida high school Wednesday afternoon, killing 17 people and wounding at least a dozen others at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in the city of Parkland, officials said.

The suspected gunman, Nikolas Cruz, 19, was quickly arrested "without incident"...



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Feb 14, 2018

Senators say they are close to a bipartisan immigration plan, but Trump warns against it
President Trump pushed a 500-page immigration bill as the only option in Congress to help "Dreamers," all but issuing a veto threat on alternatives just as a bipartisan coalition of senators appeared close Wednesday to agreeing on a proposal that may draw broader support.

Top Republicans back the...



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Feb 14, 2018

Florida high school shooting suspect was former student; 'multiple' dead, at least 14 injured
A former student opened fire at a South Florida high school Wednesday afternoon, leaving multiple people dead and at least 14 others wounded at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in the city of Parkland, officials said.

The suspected gunman was quickly arrested "without incident" in nearby Coral...



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Feb 14, 2018

A jump in consumer prices renews inflation fears, but investors take it in stride
Consumer prices jumped more than expected last month, the Labor Department said Wednesday, adding to the fear of higher inflation that has roiled financial markets in recent days.

But after being shaken initially by the news, investors took it in stride, and the major U.S. stock indexes closed...



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Feb 14, 2018

Florida high school shooter in custody; officials report fatalities, at least 14 victims
A gunman who attacked a South Florida high school Wednesday afternoon was in custody after SWAT team members and police flooded the area in an attempt to protect students and teachers running for safety, authorities said.

Broward County Public Schools Supt. Robert Runcie told reporters at the school...



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Feb 14, 2018

Sen. Elizabeth Warren presses Wells Fargo on problems with consumer refunds
Sen. Elizabeth Warren is pressing Wells Fargo & Co. to explain reported problems in issuing refunds to customers for who were charged inappropriately for auto insurance and mortgage fees.

In a sharply worded letter to Chief Executive Tim Sloan, Warren called the problems "unacceptable."

"Wells...



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Feb 14, 2018

U.S. healthcare tab to keep rising, led by higher costs for drugs and services, government report says
Driven by rising prices for drugs and medical services, the nation's healthcare tab will continue to outpace economic growth over the next decade, according to a new government report.

And by 2026, healthcare spending will account for almost one-fifth of the U.S. economy, an all-time record.

The...



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Feb 14, 2018

VA chief becomes latest member of Trump Cabinet in trouble for high-priced travel
Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin, traveling on what he said was an "essential" trip to London and Copenhagen, improperly accepted tickets to the Wimbledon tennis tournament and brought his wife at taxpayer expense, according to an inspector general's report released Wednesday.

The scathing...



LA Times National News
Feb 14, 2018

VA chief becomes latest Trump Cabinet member in trouble for high-priced travel
Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin, traveling on what he said was an "essential" trip to London and Copenhagen, improperly accepted Wimbledon tickets and brought along his wife at taxpayer expense, according to a scathing new inspector general's report.

The report says Shulkin and some top...



LA Times National News
Feb 14, 2018

Senators say they are close to a bipartisan immigration plan
As the White House pushed a 500-page immigration bill as the only option in Congress to help Dreamers, a bipartisan coalition of senators appeared close Wednesday to agreeing on an alternative proposal that may draw broader support.

Top Republicans back the administration approach from Sen. Charles...



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Feb 14, 2018

Texas father seeks clemency for son who tried to kill him
In a week, Thomas "Bart" Whitaker, 38, is scheduled to be executed for plotting a 2003 attack that left his mother and brother dead and almost killed his father.

That father, Kent Whitaker, is doing everything he can to halt the execution. Inspired by his Christian faith and his son's repentance,...



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Feb 14, 2018

Inflation fears roil stocks after consumer prices jump
Consumer prices jumped more than expected last month, the Labor Department said Wednesday, adding to the fear of higher inflation that has roiled financial markets in recent days.

The consumer price index increased 0.5% in January, up from 0.2% the previous month and well above analyst estimates....



LA Times National News
Feb 14, 2018

Stocks tumble on opening as consumer prices jump, adding to inflation fears
Consumer prices jumped more than expected last month, the Labor Department said Wednesday, adding to the fear of higher inflation that has roiled financial markets in recent days.

The consumer price index increased 0.5% in January, up from 0.2% the previous month and well above analyst estimates....



LA Times National News
Feb 14, 2018

Consumer prices jump, adding to inflation fears that roiled financial markets
Consumer prices jumped more than expected last month, the Labor Department said Wednesday, adding to the fear of higher inflation that have roiled financial markets in recent days.

The consumer price index increased 0.5% in January, up from 0.2% the previous month and well above analyst estimates....



LA Times National News
Feb 13, 2018

New Jersey man sentenced to life in prison for planting bombs, including one that injured more than 30 people
A New Jersey man who planted a pair of improvised bombs in Manhattan in September 2016, injuring more than 30 people when one exploded, said in federal court Tuesday that he doesn't "harbor hate towards anyone."

But Ahmad Khan Rahimi said he felt targeted by U.S. law enforcement authorities because...



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Feb 13, 2018

Bid to help immigrant 'Dreamers' may bog down over issue of family reunification visas
As the Senate considers protections for "Dreamers," the debate has quickly turned to the question of whether those who achieve legal status should be able to sponsor loved ones to join them in the United States.

The White House, with legislation crafted by GOP leaders, wants to block future immigrants...



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Feb 13, 2018

FBI director contradicts White House account on alleged spousal abuser
The director of the FBI cast new doubt on the White House's version of when officials learned of a key aide's history of domestic violence allegations, saying Tuesday that the bureau completed its security check on Rob Porter, President Trump's staff secretary, last summer.

The issue of who in...



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Feb 13, 2018

Tangled fight in Syria poses new dangers to U.S.
With U.S. goals expanding and Islamic State nearing defeat, the tangled seven-year war in Syria is growing more complicated as Iran gains the upper hand, Turkey launches a military offensive and Israel is increasingly alarmed by threats to its security.

The risk of a dangerous escalation was clear...



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Feb 13, 2018

As foreign hackers plot next attack, Washington struggles to shore up vulnerable voting systems
Even as it is consumed by political fallout from Russia's meddling in the 2016 election, Washington is still struggling to respond to what many officials see as an imminent national security threat: a network of voting systems alarmingly vulnerable to foreign attack.

As hackers abroad plot increasingly...



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Feb 13, 2018

As foreign hackers plot their next attack, Washington struggles to shore up a wheezing batch of voting systems
Even as it is consumed by political fallout from Russia's meddling in the 2016 election, Washington is still struggling to respond to what many officials see as an imminent national security threat: a network of voting systems alarmingly vulnerable to foreign attack.

As hackers abroad plot increasingly...



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Feb 13, 2018

New Jersey man gets life in prison for planting bombs, including one in Manhattan that injured more than 30 people
A New Jersey man who planted a pair of pressure-cooker bombs in Manhattan in September 2016, including one that injured more than 30 people, was sentenced Tuesday to two life sentences plus 30 years.

Ahmad Khan Rahimi, 30, was convicted in October on charges including using weapons of mass destruction,...



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Feb 13, 2018

Will the wild stock market cause the Federal Reserve to slow interest rate hikes? And should it?
Financial markets delivered an unwelcome gift for Jerome H. Powell when he was sworn in last week as chairman of the Federal Reserve — a nosedive.

Triggered by fears of rising inflation and interest rates, the Dow Jones industrial average's record 1,175-point plunge on Feb. 5 kicked off the worst...



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Feb 13, 2018

Love stinks (in a good way), and other lessons of the Valentine's Day sewage tour
Becky Van and Kale Novalis knew exactly when and where they were going to tell each other, "I love you," for the first time.

It would be just before Valentine's Day. They would visit a landmark with a view of the Manhattan skyline. It was a place that fascinated them both but where neither had...



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Feb 13, 2018

Las Vegas homeless community on edge with a killer on the loose
Peter LaPrairie woke up Sunday morning after a night of cold winds whipped through his sleeping bag near the highway. He walked — maybe a mile — toward D Street, where tents and shopping carts were hemmed along a fence like a snowdrift of forgotten humanity.

Being homeless was not the life he planned....



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Feb 12, 2018

A West Virginia police officer lost his job after not shooting a distraught gunman. Then he filed a wrongful-termination lawsuit
When West Virginia Police Officer Stephen Mader responded to a domestic disturbance call at the Weirton home of Ronald Williams in May 2016, he found Williams standing distraught in his driveway.

Williams, 23, gripped a handgun and pleaded with the officer to fire his gun at him.

"Just shoot me,...



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Feb 12, 2018

Baltimore police officers found guilty of racketeering and robbery
A federal jury convicted two Baltimore Police detectives Monday for their roles in one of the biggest police corruption scandals in recent memory.

Detectives Daniel T. Hersl, 48, and Marcus R. Taylor, 31, were found guilty of racketeering conspiracy, racketeering and robbery. Prosecutors said they...



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Feb 12, 2018

Senators begin freewheeling immigration debate, and it's anyone's guess where it will end up
As the Senate opened a much-anticipated immigration debate Monday, lawmakers may be embarking on something rarely attempted anymore in Congress: openly and collaboratively legislating.

Not in several years has there been a freewheeling process to draft and vote on important legislation. In the...



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Feb 12, 2018

Trump proposes huge increase in military spending
The Trump administration on Monday proposed a defense budget of $716 billion for fiscal 2019, part of an ambitious effort to substantially boost Pentagon spending after years of tight budget limits and refocus the military on countering Russia and China.

The budget blueprint, combined with a defense...



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Feb 12, 2018

President's daughter-in-law Vanessa Trump tested after opening envelope of white powder
Vanessa Trump, the wife of Donald Trump, Jr., was taken to a hospital Monday after opening a letter addressed to him that contained an unidentified substance described as a white powder.

Preliminary investigation indicated the substance was not dangerous, the New York Police Department said.

The...



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Feb 12, 2018

White House releases budget, forecasts a decade of mounting debt
The Trump administration proposed a spending plan on Monday that projects deficits as far as the eye can see, giving up the longtime Republican goal of a balanced budget to champion a spending plan replete with cash for a host of military programs and some domestic ones the president's supporters...



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Feb 12, 2018

In eastern Kentucky, a rural county struggles without a steady supply of clean water
Across the steep hills and hollows of this remote Appalachian county, many do not trust what flows out of their faucets — if anything flows at all.

Sometimes they get no water. Other times just a trickle. Often, they say, their water is so discolored it resembles milk or Kool-Aid or beer.

"I haven't...



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Feb 12, 2018

The water runs milky and can feel like fire. In this impoverished county, Trump's $1.5 trillion infrastructure plan may not help
Across the steep hills and hollows of this remote Appalachian county, many do not trust what flows out of their faucets — if anything flows at all.

Sometimes they get no water. Other times just a trickle. Often, they say, their water is so discolored it resembles milk or Kool-Aid or beer.

"I haven't...



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Feb 12, 2018

After Las Vegas massacre, Congress has failed to act on 'bump stocks.' But states and cities are taking the lead
For once, a mass shooting seemed to create a bipartisan consensus — rare in the polarized debate over gun control — that something had to change.

In the days after a gunman killed 58 people at an outdoor country music festival on the Las Vegas Strip in October, members of Congress set their sights...



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Feb 11, 2018

Fate of Trump's chief of staff hangs in balance as White House weathers fallout from spouse abuse scandal
President Trump, who has pushed out a string of senior aides since taking office, is upset with Chief of Staff John F. Kelly and would like to replace him, but Republican congressional leaders and strategists are strongly counseling him against feeding the perception of an inner circle in nonstop...



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Feb 11, 2018

In unaccustomed turn, White House infrastructure plan praises California funding measure
The Trump administration and California officials — particularly local leaders in Los Angeles — have consistently clashed on crucial policy issues from immigration to health care. But now comes an unusual twist.

A senior administration official, speaking in advance of Monday's release of the White...



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Feb 11, 2018

White House defends handling of abuse allegations against aide but is tight-lipped on timeline
The White House on Sunday defended the handling of domestic violence allegations against departed senior aide Rob Porter, but continued to hedge on when and in what detail the allegations of physical abuse made by his two ex-wives were known to his superiors.Three top White House officials — legislative...

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Feb 11, 2018

The road to building a border wall will be long and difficult, and go through the courts
It's not long — just two pages — but a notice recently issued by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is a reminder of the challenges, legal and otherwise, facing President Trump's promised border wall.

The corps issued a notice to contractors Friday saying it might soon accept bids to construct a...



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Feb 11, 2018

Maryland recognizes an Indian tribe, but other Native Americans aren't happy about it
When he needed to clear his head as a boy, Clarence Lone Wolf Tyler would head to the western shore of Smith Island to look for Indian arrowheads.

Tyler, a Native American of the Accohannock tribe, learned the technique from his father: look in the clumps of roots of the marsh reeds after a high...



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Feb 10, 2018

White House floats an offer to keep legal immigration at 1 million per year instead of cutting it
As the Senate prepares to begin a free-wheeling debate over immigration next week, White House officials have begun floating a possible compromise idea — a pledge to maintain legal immigration at current levels, about 1.1 million people a year, for more than a decade.

President Trump has proposed...



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