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Feb 16, 2019

Back in the Bronx, Ocasio-Cortez says to keep up the fight
NEW YORK (AP) — Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez returned to her home district in the New York City borough of the Bronx on Saturday to encourage her supporters to keep up the kind of activism that resulted in Amazon rescinding its plan to build a campus in the city.

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Feb 16, 2019

Potential privacy lapse found in Americans' 2010 census data
WASHINGTON (AP) — An internal team at the Census Bureau found that basic personal information collected from more than 100 million Americans during the 2010 head count could be reconstructed from obscured data, but with lots of mistakes, a top agency official disclosed Saturday.

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Feb 16, 2019

Ann Coulter after Trump's order: ‘The only national emergency is that our president is an idiot'
President Donald Trump's announcement Friday that he was declaring a national emergency wasn't received well by all Republicans, none more vocal than Ann Coulter.

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Feb 16, 2019

The Latest: Diocese says McCarrick to stay at friary for now
VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Latest on the defrocking of former U.S. cardinal Theodore McCarrick (all times local):

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Feb 16, 2019

Illinois factory gunman killed five victims after being fired
The gunman who killed five co-workers and wounded five police officers at an Illinois factory was a violent felon who had just been fired, and the plant manager and a young intern were among his victims, authorities said on Saturday. Gary Martin, 45, armed himself with a handgun, which he owned illegally, before reporting for a meeting on Friday at the Henry Pratt Company where his employment was terminated, Aurora Police Chief Kristen Ziman told reporters. Martin had bought the gun he used, a .40 caliber Smith & Wesson handgun with a laser sight, in 2014 before authorities realized he had a prior felony conviction, Ziman said.

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Feb 16, 2019

Amazon pays zero federal taxes for second year in succession despite doubling profits, says new report
Amazon has paid zero federal taxes for the second year in succession, despite a doubling of its profits, according to a new report. Although the tech giant founded by Jeff Bezos saw its profits grow from $5.6bn (£4.3bn) in 2017 to $11.2bn (£8.7bn) in 2018, it will actually receive a tax rebate of $129m (£100m). "The company's newest corporate filing reveals that, far from paying the statutory 21 per cent income tax rate on its US income in 2018, Amazon reported a federal income tax rebate of $129m," said the report by the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP), which describes itself as a "non-partisan, non-profit think thank", based in Washington DC.

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Feb 16, 2019

Gone in a New York minute: How the Amazon deal fell apart
NEW YORK (AP) — In early November, word began to leak that Amazon was serious about choosing New York to build a giant new campus. The city was eager to lure the company and its thousands of high-paying tech jobs, offering billions in tax incentives and lighting the Empire State Building in Amazon orange.

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Feb 16, 2019

Email Address Given to Ocasio-Cortez Beau Sparks Heated Exchange
"While you were having a nice Valentine's Day, @AOC decided to put her boyfriend on staff -- drawing a salary on the taxpayer's dime. Nice to see her adapting to the swamp so quickly," the conservative magazine's Luke Thompson said on his Twitter feed. Other conservative voices piled on, with Katrina Pierson, an adviser to President Donald Trump's re-election campaign, who suggested that "her jobs for everyone starts with her boyfriend.

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Feb 16, 2019

US-backed Syria force says IS territorial defeat is near
BAGHOUZ, Syria (AP) — The sound of mortar shelling and fighter jets whizzing by filled the air.

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Feb 16, 2019

US ‘tells India it respects its right to self-defence' after cross-border militant attack kills 44 paramilitary police
The US has supported India's right to "self defence" against cross-border terrorism after an attack claimed by Pakistan-based militants killed at least 44 police officers in the disputed territory of Kashmir. In comments that will please Indian hawks but also raise fears that tensions between India and Pakistan could escalate yet further, US national security advisor John Bolton reportedly told his counterpart in Delhi, that America "offered all assistance to India" to bring the perpetrators of the attack to justice. Mr Bolton and Ajit Doval also "resolved to hold Pakistan to account for its obligations under UN resolutions", India's foreign ministry said in a statement.

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Feb 16, 2019

Retired Indian general urges caution against Pakistan strike
SRINAGAR, India (AP) — As India considers its response to the suicide car bombing of a paramilitary convoy in the disputed region of Kashmir that killed dozens of soldiers, a retired military commander who oversaw a much-lauded military strike against neighboring Pakistan in 2016 has urged caution.

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Feb 16, 2019

Illinois factory gunman killed victims after being fired
Gary Martin, 45, armed himself with a .40 caliber handgun, which he owned illegally, before reporting for a meeting where he was told he was fired, Aurora Police Chief Kristen Ziman told a news conference. Most of the workers killed in the shooting on Friday at the Henry Pratt Company plant, 40 miles (65 km) west of Chicago, were in the room where Martin was terminated, Ziman said. Five police officers were wounded by gunfire before Martin was killed in a shootout with police.

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Feb 16, 2019

Vatican defrocks ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick after finding him guilty of sexual crimes
Former U.S. Cardinal Theodore McCarrick has been defrocked by Pope Francis after Vatican officials found him guilty of sexual crimes against minors and adults, the Vatican said Saturday.

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Feb 16, 2019

Islamic State's 'caliphate' on brink of defeat in Syria
Jiya Furat said the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) had cornered the remaining militants in a neighborhood of Baghouz village near the Iraqi border, under fire from all sides. "In the coming few days, in a very short time, we will spread the good tidings to the world of the military end of Daesh," he said, using the Arabic acronym for Islamic State. Trump has sworn to pull U.S. forces from Syria after Islamic State's territorial defeat, raising questions over the fate of Washington's Kurdish allies and Turkish involvement in northeast Syria.

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Feb 16, 2019

The Latest: Extremist attack in Nigeria kills 4 civilians
YOLA, Nigeria (AP) — The Latest on Nigeria's postponed presidential election (all times local):

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Feb 16, 2019

Former U.S. Cardinal McCarrick defrocked for sex crimes
Pope Francis has decided that the ruling, which followed an appeal by McCarrick, a power-broker as Archbishop of Washington, D.C. from 2001 to 2006, was now final. A Vatican statement said his crimes were made more serious by "the aggravating factor of the abuse of power". The 88-year-old, who in July became the first Roman Catholic prelate in nearly 100 years to lose the title of cardinal, has now become the highest profile church figure to be dismissed from the priesthood in modern times.

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Feb 16, 2019

Who was Gary Martin? Alleged Illinois gunman seemed fine hours before killing co-workers
Gary Martin began a gun battle with police officers who arrived within minutes after frantic calls came from where he worked, according to authorities.

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Feb 16, 2019

Iran rejects anti-Semitism allegation by Pence
Iran on Saturday rejected accusations of anti-Semitism leveled against it by U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, saying it respected Judaism but opposed Israel, which Tehran said was acting like a "killing machine against the Palestinians". Pence accused Iran of Nazi-like anti-Semitism on Friday after visiting the Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland, maintaining his harsh rhetoric just a day after attacking European powers for trying to undermine U.S. sanctions on the Islamic Republic. "Iran's historic and cultural record of coexistence and respect for divine religions, particularly Judaism, is recorded in reliable historic documents of various nations," Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qasemi said.

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Feb 16, 2019

Thousands in Iran attend funeral for slain Guard members
ISFAHAN, Iran (AP) — Dozens of comrades circled caskets on the back of trucks on Saturday as thousands of mourners attended a mass funeral for 27 elite Revolutionary Guard soldiers killed in a suicide car bombing this week in Iran's Sistan and Baluchistan province.

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Feb 16, 2019

Iranians cry 'revenge' at funeral of suicide bomb victims
Tens of thousands of Iranians called for "revenge" Saturday at the funeral of 27 Revolutionary Guards killed in a suicide attack perpetrated by jihadists that Tehran accuses Pakistan of supporting. "The government of Pakistan must pay the price of harbouring these terrorist groups and this price will undoubtedly be very high," said Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari, referring to jihadist outfit Jaish al-Adl ("Army of Justice"). "The Islamic Republic of Iran will no longer observe the previous reservations and will directly act to counter such acts," Jafari told mourners gathered at the city of Isfahan's Bozorgmehr Square.

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Feb 16, 2019

Iran says Pakistan to 'pay high price' over attack, warns Saudi
Iran warned neighboring Pakistan on Saturday it would "pay a heavy price" for allegedly harboring militants who killed 27 of its elite Revolutionary Guards in a suicide bombing near the border earlier this week, state television reported. Revolutionary Guards chief Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari also accused Tehran's regional rival Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates of supporting militant Sunni groups that attack Iranian forces, saying they could face "reprisal operations." Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and the UAE deny backing such militants.

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Feb 16, 2019

India mourns dead soldiers amid calls for revenge
Thousands of mourners across India attended funerals on Saturday for some of the 41 soldiers killed in a suicide bombing in Indian-administered Kashmir as a round-the-clock curfew remained in force in part of the restive region. The paramilitary troops were killed on Thursday as explosives packed in a van ripped through a convoy transporting 2,500 soldiers in the disputed Himalayan region, the deadliest attack in a 30-year-old armed conflict. TV stations showed coffins wrapped in Indian flags being carried by thousands of people across their hometowns, after the bodies were flown to New Delhi late Friday for a ceremony attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

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Feb 16, 2019

U.S. backs India's right to defend itself after Kashmir attack
Tensions between nuclear-armed India and Pakistan have risen again after New Delhi, incensed by the deadliest attack in Kashmir in decades, demanded that Pakistan act against the Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) militant group behind the bombing. Pakistan condemned Thursday's attack in which 44 paramilitary police were killed when the bomber slammed into a military convoy and denied any complicity. "The two NSAs vowed to work together to ensure that Pakistan cease to be a safe haven for JeM and terrorist groups that target India, the U.S. and others in the region," the foreign ministry said.

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Feb 16, 2019

Nigeria delays its election; candidates rush back to capital
YOLA, Nigeria (AP) — Nigerians awakened on Saturday to find the presidential election delayed a week until Feb. 23 because of what the electoral commission called unspecified "challenges."

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Feb 16, 2019

Iran asks Pakistan to move against attackers, warns Saudi
Iran urged neighbouring Pakistan on Saturday to crack down on militants who killed 27 of its Revolutionary Guards in an attack near the border or expect military action by Tehran "to punish the terrorists", state media reported. Revolutionary Guards commander Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari also warned Iran's regional rival Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) that they could face "retaliatory measures" for supporting militant Sunni groups that have attacked Iran's security forces.

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Feb 16, 2019

Top US cardinal expelled from Catholic priesthood over allegations he abused teenager and solicited sex during Confession
A disgraced former US cardinal has been expelled from the Roman Catholic priesthood over allegations he abused a teenage boy and solicited sex during Confession. The Vatican announced the defrocking of Theodore McCarrick on Saturday days before the Pope leads an extraordinary gathering of bishops from around the world to discuss the sex abuse crisis engulfing the church. The once-powerful prelate and former Archbishop of Washington is the highest profile church figure to be dismissed from the priesthood in modern times.

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Feb 16, 2019

North Koreans pay tribute to Kim's father in freezing cold
The Day of the Shining Star dawned bitterly cold in Pyongyang. Kim, the son of the isolated North's founder Kim Il Sung and the father and predecessor of current leader Kim Jong Un, was born on February 16. According to Pyongyang's orthodoxy, he came into the world in 1942, in a snow-covered hut at a secret camp on the slopes of Mount Paektu, the spiritual birthplace of the Korean people, where his father was fighting occupying Japanese forces.

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Feb 16, 2019

Iran general says Pakistan backs group behind suicide bomb
Iran's Revolutionary Guards accused "Pakistan's security forces" of supporting the perpetrators of a suicide bombing that killed 27 troops on Wednesday, in remarks state TV aired Saturday. "Pakistan's government, who has housed these anti-revolutionaries and threats to Islam, knows where they are and they are supported by Pakistan's security forces," said Revolutionary Commander Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari, referring to jihadist group Jaish al-Adl ("Army of Justice").

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Feb 16, 2019

Trump's Emergency Risks Touching Off New Battle With Congress
House Democrats may pass a resolution disapproving the emergency declaration, which the White House says allows him to take $3.6 billion from military construction projects to instead build a wall on the U.S. border with Mexico. Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer could force a vote on the resolution after it passes the House, and there are indications that several Republicans would support it. In the political worst case for the president, he'd have to veto the resolution.

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Feb 16, 2019

Venezuela's Exit From U.S. Sanctions? Show Maduro the Door
The Treasury Department said Friday it would "consider lifting sanctions" on those who take concrete steps to "restore democratic order" in the country, as it imposed fresh penalties on five of Maduro's close associates, including Venezuelan Oil Minister and PDVSA Chairman Manuel Quevedo. The move is the latest in a series of steps the U.S. has taken to chip away at Maduro's inner circle.

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Feb 16, 2019

Officials say Aurora gunman might have been fired on day of shooting
Aurora police chief Kristen Ziman said the information they have points to gunman Gary Martin being terminated from his job on the same day he killed five people. Rough cut (no reporter narration).

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Feb 16, 2019

U.S. backs India's right to self-defense over Kashmir attack: Indian government
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has promised a strong response after a Pakistan-based militant group claimed responsibility for the suicide attack on a military convoy on Thursday that killed 44 paramilitary policemen. India's government said it had evidence the group, Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM), had the backing of Pakistan and demanded Islamabad take action. Pakistan has condemned the attack and rejected India's allegations.

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Feb 15, 2019

Employee being fired fatally shoots 5 co-workers with 'laser-sighted pistol' in Illinois
A 15-year employee being fired from a suburban Chicago manufacturing company opened fire with a laser-sighted pistol on Friday, killing five co-workers and wounding five police officers before he was killed by police, authorities said. Aurora, Illinois, Police Chief Kristen Ziman said 45-year-old Gary Martin "was being terminated" before he started shooting at the Henry Pratt Co. - which makes valves for industrial purposes - in the city about 40 miles west of Chicago. She told a news conference that in addition to the five employees killed, a sixth worker was taken to a hospital with injuries that were not life threatening. A sixth police officer suffered a knee injury while officers were searching the building. Ziman said officers arrived within four minutes of receiving reports of the shooting and were fired upon as soon as they entered the 29,000-square-foot manufacturing warehouse. Police said they did not know the gunman's motive. John Probst, a worker who was in the factory, said the gunman had arrived for his regular shift, working in assembly, and opened fire several hours later. Mr Probst told local television: "I saw a gunman running down the aisle with a pistol, I recognised him as a co-worker and he was shooting everybody. "As soon as we heard shots, as soon as I saw the green laser thing, we took off out the back door." Mr Probst said the plant was "huge" and the man worked about 80 yards from him. First responders and emergency vehicles are g

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Feb 15, 2019

`Going Away Party` for School Shutting Down Because of Student`s Death Causes Controversy
Some parents are outraged a California school for kids with special needs is holding a "going away party" after one of its own students died after being restrained by staff.

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Feb 15, 2019

U.S. Weighs New PDVSA Sanctions as Next Step Against Maduro
The move is one of several options the administration is considering to help the country through a "major" political transition, according to Representative Michael McCaul of Texas, the top Republican on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and two people familiar with the matter. "I know the White House and the Treasury Department are focused on the best path forward, but the main goal is to ensure that we preserve the assets and resources that rightfully belong to the Venezuelan people and block the Maduro regime from using them for personal gain and repression," McCaul said in an emailed statement.

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Feb 15, 2019

The Latest: Chicago police release men held in Smollett case
CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on the attack on "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett (all times local):

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Feb 15, 2019

Mueller seeks tough sentence for ex-Trump campaign chairman Manafort
In their sentencing memo filed in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, prosecutors said Manafort, who is 69, deserves between 19.6 and 24.4 years in prison and a fine of between $50,000 and $24 million. "While some of these offenses are commonly prosecuted, there was nothing ordinary about the millions of dollars involved in the defendant's crimes, the duration of his criminal conduct or the sophistication of his schemes," prosecutors said in the memo. "Manafort did not commit these crimes out of necessity or hardship," they said.

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Feb 15, 2019

Woman charged with attempted murder in San Jose standoff, hostage situation
Joanna Mae Macy-Rogers faces several charges after she and another suspect, who was later shot and killed, allegedly hijacked a UPS truck, held the driver hostage, and forced a police chase and standoff.

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Feb 15, 2019

Southwest declares operations 'emergency' amid labor dispute with mechanics
The airline sent a strongly worded memo to mechanics ordering all hands on deck in response to a higher than usual number of planes out of service.

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Feb 15, 2019

Court filing: Manafort faces more than 19 years in prison
WASHINGTON (AP) — Paul Manafort, the one-time chairman of Donald Trump's presidential campaign, could spend more than 19 years in prison on tax and bank fraud charges, prosecutors said Friday.

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Feb 15, 2019

India, Pakistan in UN court for death row 'spy' case
India will ask the UN's top court Monday to order Pakistan to take an alleged Indian spy off death row, in a case that could stoke fresh tensions after a deadly attack in Kashmir. Kulbhushan Sudhir Jadhav was arrested in the restive southwestern Pakistani province of Baluchistan in March 2016 on charges of espionage and sentenced to death by a military court. The International Court of Justice urgently ordered Pakistan in 2017 to stay the execution of Jadhav, pending hearings on the broader Indian case that take place this week in The Hague.

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Feb 15, 2019

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders questioned by investigators probing Russian election meddling
Robert Mueller‘s team has questioned Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the White House press secretary has confirmed. In a statement to CNN, Ms Sanders, 36, said she had been questioned last year by the special counsel probing Russia's alleged interference in the 2016 election, and possible collusion with the Trump campaign. "The president urged me, like he has everyone in the administration, to fully cooperate with the special counsel," she said.

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Feb 15, 2019

Judge limits public comments in Trump confidant Stone's case
WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge on Friday placed some limits on what President Donald Trump's longtime confidant Roger Stone and his lawyers can say publicly about his criminal case in the special counsel's Russia probe.

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Feb 15, 2019

Global stocks surge on hopeful signs from US-China trade talks
New York (AFP) - European and US stock markets leapt on Friday as positive signs emerged from US-China trade talks aimed at averting an escalation of a tariff war between the world's top two economies.

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Feb 15, 2019

LAPD release bodycam footage of New Year's Day fatal officer-involved shooting in Van Nuys
Los Angeles police released bodycam footage of an officer-involved shooting that happened early New Year's Day in Van Nuys.

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Feb 15, 2019

At least five dead, six officers injured as gunman opens fire at Aurora, Ill., plant
Heavily armed police swarm to industrial valve company in southwest Chicago suburb of Aurora.

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Feb 15, 2019

Bronx Woman Killed in Hit-and-Run Involving School Bus
Investigators in the Bronx are trying to determine if a woman fatally struck by a school bus was a hit-and-run or a tragic accident.

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Feb 15, 2019

At least five dead in Aurora, Illinois, workplace shooting: Here's what we know now
Five people are dead including a gunman after a shooting at an industrial plant in Aurora, Illinois, authorities said. Here's what we know now.

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Feb 15, 2019

5 killed as gunman opens fire at Illinois warehouse
A gunman opened fire in an industrial warehouse in Aurora, Ill., on Friday, killing five people and wounding five police officers before he was slain.

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Feb 15, 2019

Dash Cam Footage Shows Utah Police Chief`s DUI Arrest
The Utah Highway Patrol has released dash camera video from a DUI stop that led to the arrest of the Mantua Police Chief.

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Feb 15, 2019

Five killed as gunman opens fire at Illinois warehouse
A gunman opened fire in an industrial warehouse in Aurora, Illinois, on Friday, killing five people and wounding five police officers before he was slain, law enforcement officials said. Aurora Police Chief Kristen Ziman said the gunman, identified as Gary Martin, 45, was an employee at the industrial complex. Please avoid the area," the Aurora Police Department said in a tweet shortly after 2 p.m. CST, adding that additional details would be forthcoming.

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Feb 15, 2019

Multiple wounded, at least one dead in US shooting
At least one person was killed and several others, including police officers, were wounded on Friday when a gunman opened fire in an industrial area on the outskirts of Chicago. US media reported that the suspected gunman was killed soon after police and federal agents flooded a manufacturing complex in Aurora, Illinois -- 40 miles (65 kilometers) west of central Chicago. Witnesses said they had locked themselves into nearby buildings as a man in his 30s or 40s began firing off rounds.

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Feb 15, 2019

Sasse Warns Trump That National Emergency Could Set Dangerous Precedent
Senator Ben Sasse (R., Neb.) on Friday warned President Trump that his national emergency declaration may set a dangerous precedent that will be exploited by a future Democratic administration.In a statement provided to National Review, Sasse endorsed President Trump's claim that a lack of attention to security has created a "crisis" at the southern border, but warned that resolving the issue through a national-emergency declaration would prove counterproductive for conservatives in the future."We absolutely have a crisis at the border, but as a Constitutional conservative I don't want a future Democratic President unilaterally rewriting gun laws or climate policy," Sasse said in the statement. "If we get used to presidents just declaring an emergency any time they can't get what they want from Congress, it will be almost impossible to go back to a Constitutional system of checks and balances. Over the past decades, the legislative branch has given away too much power and the executive branch has taken too much power."On Thursday, Sasse joined ten fellow conservative senators in voting against the Department of Homeland Security spending bill, which provided just $1.375 billion for the construction of new barriers on the southern border, prompting Trump to declare a national emergency on Friday. In doing so, he moved to secure $3.6 billion in discretionary military funds to construct additional barriers but, as Trump acknowledged during his address, it is sure to be challenged in co

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Feb 15, 2019

It Looks Like the Land Rover Discovery SVX Is Dead
This looks like another miss from Jaguar Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations.

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Feb 15, 2019

Trump declares emergency for border wall, House panel launches probe
The Republican president's move to circumvent Congress represented an escalation in his efforts to make good on a 2016 presidential campaign pledge to build a wall to halt the flow into the country of illegal immigrants, who Trump says bring crime and drugs. Hours after Trump's announcement, the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives' Judiciary Committee said it had launched an investigation into the emergency declaration. In a letter to Trump, committee Democrats asked him to make available for a hearing White House and Justice Department officials involved in the action.

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Feb 15, 2019

Dunkin' Donuts store manager fatally shot by boyfriend in murder-suicide, police say
Police say the man went inside the Dunkin' Donuts with a gun and fired several shots, killing his girlfriend before turning gun on himself.

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Feb 15, 2019

Sarah Huckabee Sanders Interviewed by Special Counsel's Team
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders sat for an interview with Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigators, she revealed Friday."The president urged me, like he has everyone in the administration, to fully cooperate with the special counsel. I was happy to voluntarily sit down with them," Sanders said.While the details of the interview are not public, one area investigators are interested in is how Trump crafted his public statements on the investigation, a matter Sanders would have knowledge of. As a public face of the administration, Sanders has made numerous statements defending the president's conduct as it pertains to the investigation.Former White House chief of staff John Kelly, former White House communications director Hope Hicks, former press secretary Sean Spicer, and other White House officials have also answered questions from Mueller's team.Mueller is expected to soon wrap up his investigation into Russia's efforts to influence the 2016 election. Then-acting attorney general Matthew Whitaker said in January that the investigation is "close to being completed."

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Feb 15, 2019

Five dead as gunman opens fire with 'laser-sighted pistol' at Illinois factory
Five people were confirmed dead after a gunman  used a laser-sighted pistol in a shooting at a factory in Illinois Those injured included five police officers who responded to the attack. Donald Trump was being kept informed about the incident, the White House said. The gunman was identified by police as Gary Martin, 45, who worked at the valve factory in the city of Aurora.  Police officers at the scene Credit: Chicago Tribune John Probst, a worker who was in the  in the city of Aurora, said the gunman had arrived for his regular shift, working in assembly, and opened fire several hours later. Mr Probst told local television: "I saw a gunman running down the aisle with a pistol, I recognised him as a co-worker and he was shooting everybody. "As soon as we heard shots, as soon as I saw the green laser thing, we took off out the back door." Mr Probst said the plant was "huge" and the man worked about 80 yards from him. The shooter has been apprehended, police said Credit: Chicago Tribune Before the shooting the gunman walked past him and went upstairs to the office, he said. Aurora, a city of 200,000 people, is 40 miles west of Chicago. In a statement Sarah Sanders, the White House press secretary, said: "The President has been briefed and is monitoring the ongoing situation in Aurora,

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Feb 15, 2019

U.S. judge issues gag order in trial of former Trump adviser Stone
U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson said she was issuing the modified gag order to "maintain the dignity and seriousness of the courthouse" in a case that has generated a carnival-like atmosphere since Stone's arrest in Florida on Jan. 25. The order prohibits lawyers involved in the case from speaking with news media outlets and prohibits other participants, like Stone himself, from making statements that may affect the case when they are near the courthouse. It does not stop Stone from talking about his case when he is not near the courthouse.

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Feb 15, 2019

Officials: Suspect caught in Illinois shooting
Police arrested a suspect in a shooting on Friday at a manufacturing plant in Aurora, Illinois, but the area remained under lockdown, officials said.

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Feb 15, 2019

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week
A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these is legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked these out. Here are the real facts:

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Feb 15, 2019

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Feb 15, 2019

Family of IS teen appeals to UK to help bring her home
LONDON (AP) — The family of a pregnant British teenager who ran away to join the Islamic State group urged the government Friday to help bring her home.

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Feb 15, 2019

White House Press Secretary says she was interviewed by investigators working for Robert Mueller
The White House press secretary is among a series of people linked to President Donald Trump who have been questioned by special counsel Robert Mueller.

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Feb 15, 2019

Airlines to begin adding new gender option for 'non-binary' flyers
Some U.S. airlines are on track to add a new gender option for "non-binary" passengers amid evolving best-practices suggestions for the industry.

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Feb 15, 2019

Sarah Sanders says she was interviewed in Russia probe
The White House press secretary said she had been interviewed by the special counsel investigating Russia's alleged interference in the 2016 election.

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Feb 15, 2019

Maduro reveals secret Venezuela meetings with US
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has admitted one of his top officials held two meetings with a prominent US diplomat. Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza, a harsh critic of the United States, traveled recently to New York to meet with the US special envoy for Venezuela, Elliott Abrams. The first meeting lasted "two hours and the second three hours, a day later," Maduro told news agency Associated Press in a video released on Thursday.

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Feb 15, 2019

Washington state snow plow rage: 2 plow drivers threatened
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Unusually heavy snow in the Spokane area has caused snow plow rage: Two plow drivers clearing streets this week were threatened by people infuriated when their driveways ended up blocked with mounds of snow.

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Feb 15, 2019

US military aircraft to deliver more aid to Venezuela border
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The Trump administration is sending another large shipment of humanitarian aid to the Venezuelan border in Colombia, for the first time using U.S. military aircraft as it increases pressure on Nicolas Maduro to give up power, according to a State Department email sent to Congress.

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Feb 15, 2019

Airlines to give customers 'nonbinary' choice under gender
DALLAS (AP) — Major U.S. airlines say they will soon change their ticketing process to give passengers an option to identifying themselves as male or female.

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Feb 15, 2019

The Latest: Police: Men arrested in Smollett case are black
CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on the attack on "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett (all times local):

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Feb 15, 2019

US police arrest two 'potential suspects' in TV actor attack probe
Two "potential suspects" were under arrest and being interrogated in the probe of a black, openly gay US television actor's report that he was assaulted in a hate crime, police said Friday. Actor Jussie Smollett, of the television program "Empire," reported the late night incident to police on January 29. The 36-year-old said two men beat him while he was walking on the streets of downtown Chicago at around 2:00 am, and yelled racial and homophobic slurs.

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Feb 15, 2019

Supreme Court will rule on Trump administration's effort to add question on citizenship to 2020 Census
The Trump administration's controversial effort to add a question on citizenship to the 2020 Census will be decided by the Supreme Court.

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Feb 15, 2019

More rain, snow expected in storm-battered California, following days of mudslides and floods
Californians were in clean-up mode Friday as the state slowly recovers from an onslaught of rain, wind and snow, which brought widespread flooding and mudslides.

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Feb 15, 2019

After Auschwitz visit, Pence accuses Iran of Nazi-like anti-Semitism
After visiting the Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland, Pence said the Nazi death camp had made him more determined to confront Tehran, saying it was "breathing out murderous threats, with the same vile anti-Semitic hatred that animated the Nazis in Europe." Iran's ancient Jewish community has slumped to an estimated 10,000 to 20,000 from 85,000 at the time of the 1979 Islamic Revolution, but is believed to be the biggest in the Middle East outside Israel. Pence, who said he was deeply moved by his Auschwitz visit, cited Iran's stated desire to destroy Israel as justification for singling out the country, rather than focusing on anti-Semitism across the Middle East. Iranian Brigadier General Hossein Salami, deputy head of the elite Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, said in January Iran's strategy was to wipe "the Zionist regime" (Israel) off the political map, Iran's state TV reported.

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Amazon invests in electric vehicle startup Rivian
Electric vehicle startup Rivian on Friday announced a $700 million investment round led by Amazon, which recently pumped money into a young self-driving car technology firm. Details of Amazon's stake in US-based Rivian were not disclosed, but the company said it will remain independent. The potential Tesla rival late last year unveiled an electric pickup truck and an electric sport utility vehicle at an auto show in Los Angeles.

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Feb 15, 2019

Paul Manafort: Trump's ex-campaign manager should serve at least 20 years, special counsel Robert Mueller recommends
Donald Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort should serve at least 20 years in prison, Robert Mueller has recommended. In requesting what will effectively be a life sentence for the 69-year-old, Mr Mueller also asked a judge that he push ahead with sentencing for the man who served as Mr Trump's campaign manager for just a few months in the summer of 2016. "Manafort acted for more than a decade as if he were above the law, and deprived the federal government and various financial institutions of millions of dollars," prosecutors wrote in a court filing on Friday night.

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What Trump's Declaration of a National Emergency Means for 2020
It is a last-ditch gamble instead of the deal Trump really wanted.

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Feb 15, 2019

Honda Ridgeline Recalled for Carwash Sensitivity
The mid-size pickup truck's fuel pump could be damaged by carwash soap.

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Feb 15, 2019

Trump news: President begrudgingly signs border bill and declares national emergency at US-Mexico border
Donald Trump has declared a national emergency in a bid to fund his promised wall at the US-Mexico border without congressional approval, an action Democrats vowed to challenge as a violation of the US Constitution. The Republican president's move to circumvent Congress represented a new approach to making good on a 2016 presidential campaign pledge to halt the flow of undocumented immigrants into the country, whom the president says bring crime and drugs. Mr Trump made no direct mention in rambling Rose Garden comments of the funding bill.

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Democrats vow to fight Donald Trump's 'unlawful' national emergency as he reveals $8bn border wall plan
Democrats and campaign groups have vowed to fight Donald Trump's "unlawful" national emergency declaration as he revealed plans to raid existing government funds to build his Mexico border wall.  The US president hopes to gather $8 billion through various means to construct barriers along America's southern border, declaring at a White House press conference that "walls work 100 per cent".  Most controversial is the $3.6 billion Mr Trump wants to redirect from existing military construction projects by using a power only available to him after declaring a national emergency. He also plans to take $2.5 billion from the Pentagon's anti-drugs fund and $600 million from money forfeited to the Treasury. A further $1.375 billion comes from legislation agreed by Congress in a compromise spending deal.    "We're going to confront the national security crisis on our southern border and we're going to do it one way or the other," Mr Trump said. He added: "We have an invasion of drugs and criminals coming into our country."   Donald Trump will no doubt face legal challenges  Credit: AP However there was a fierce backlash from political opponents, advocacy groups and even some Republican senators who believe the move amounts to constitutional overreach and could be defeated in the courts.  Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer, the Democrat leaders in the House of Representatives and Senate respectively, issued a statement condemning the ann

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Rep. Ocasio-Cortez celebrates Amazon's decision to pull the plug on planned NYC headquarters
Democratic Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez strongly advocated against Amazon's plans to drop anchor in Queens; Laura Ingle reports.

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NASA mulls buying new rides to space from Russia amid program delays
The U.S. space agency has since had to rely on Russia's Roscosmos program to ferry astronauts to the orbital space station at a cost of roughly $80 million per seat, NASA has said. After 2019 there are no seats available on the spacecraft for U.S. crew, and a NASA advisory panel recommended on Friday that the U.S. space program develop a contingency plan to guarantee access to the station in case technical problems delay Boeing and SpaceX any further. A NASA spokesman on Friday characterized a solicitation request NASA filed on Wednesday as a contingency plan.

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India vows 'heavy price' after deadly Kashmir attack
India and Pakistan's troubled ties risked taking a dangerous new turn on Friday as New Delhi accused Islamabad of harbouring militants behind one of the deadliest attacks in three decades of bloodshed in Indian-administered Kashmir. At least 41 paramilitary troops were killed on Thursday as explosives packed in a van ripped through a convoy bringing 2,500 troopers back from leave not far from the main city Srinagar, police said. Local media reported that the Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed Islamist group claimed responsibility, with the vehicle driven by a known local militant, Aadil Ahmad alias Waqas Commando.

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Stacey Abrams calls voter suppression 'the crisis of our day'
Georgia Democrat Stacey Abrams said Friday that "voter suppression … has to be considered the crisis of our day," a clear rebuke to Trump's declaration of a national emergency on the U.S.-Mexico border.

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Push on last IS enclave blunted by discovery of civilians
AL-OMAR OIL FIELD BASE, Syria (AP) — The offensive on the last enclave held by the Islamic State group in eastern Syria has been blunted by the discovery of hundreds of civilians still living there, a commander with the Kurdish-led force fighting the extremists said Friday.

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BofA Says a ‘Real' Trade Deal Could Vault S&P 500 to Record High
The firm's model on corporate earnings and equity valuations suggests that the market has priced in "a partial deal," one where only some of the issues get resolved in favor of corporate America, according to strategists led by Savita Subramanian. In a best-case scenario, the S&P 500 could climb 5 percent to 10 percent when a "real deal" is struck. Companies from 3M Co. to Stanley Black & Decker Inc. have slashed their guidance this year, citing either trade tensions or weakening demand in China.

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Hannity, Limbaugh, Coulter "don't decide policy"
President Donald Trump told a reporter during a Rose Garden news conference on Friday that Sean Hannity and Rush Limbaugh were among the conservative "voices" that influenced his decision to declare national emergency to fund his promised border wall. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to introduce bill blocking Trump's ‘fake national emergency'
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Joaquin Castro have announced new legislation they intend to introduce as part of an effort to block Donald Trump's national emergency declaration over the US-Mexico border. The Democratic politicians pointed to the National Emergencies Act that provides Congress the ability to "terminate the President's emergency declaration", according to Mr Castro.

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During a school lockdown, 7-year-old writes note on her arm in case she dies
A second-grader wrote a chilling note to her parents on her arm during school lockdown.

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Major storm to drench West Coast through the weekend
Southern California is experiencing 10 to 12 inches of rain, which could cause flash floods and mudslides.

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Honda's pickup trucks recalled because they can catch fire from car wash soap
The Honda pickup is subject to a new recall to fix faulty fuel pumps that can crack when exposed to acids in car-wash detergents.

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IS teen's wish to return stirs UK debate over jihadi brides
A pregnant London schoolgirl's wish to return home after joining the Islamic State group in Syria splintered Britain on Friday as reports emerged of more UK women fleeing the war zone. Shamima Begum's fate has prompted soul searching in Britain since she and two friends created international headlines by running away to join the terror network in 2015. Home Secretary Sajid Javid told The Times newspaper that people like Begum "were full of hate for our country".

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Modi says Pakistan will pay 'huge price' for Kashmir bombing
India's prime minister yesterday accused Pakistan of involvement in the suicide bombing that killed 44 paramilitary police in Kashmir on Thursday, and warned of a dire response. Narendra Modi said the neighbouring country had made a "huge mistake" for which it will pay a "huge price". Speaking after a meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Security, Mr Modi declared that India's security forces had been given "full freedom" to respond to the attack. "If our neighbour thinks it can destabilise India, then it is making a big mistake," he said.  Mr Modi was reacting to claims from the Pakistan-based Islamist militant group, Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM), that it carried out the attack on a paramilitary convoy on the outskirts of Kashmir's summer capital, Srinagar. India's foreign office demanded that Islamabad take "immediate and verifiable action" against the JeM. New Delhi has also withdrawn trade privileges extended to Pakistan under their long-standing Most Favoured Nation (MFN) agreement as part of "diplomatically isolating" Islamabad, said senior federal minister Arun Jaitley. Pakistan, however, has dismissed all Indian charges of any involvement in the bombing, which it said was a "matter of grave concern".  Police detain a demonstrator during a protest against the attack on a bus that killed 44 CRPF personnel in south Kashmir on Thursday Credit: Reuters Over 2,700 Central Reserve Police Force paramilitary personnel were travelling to Srinagar in a 78-vehicle convoy when a 22-year old suicide bomber, identified as Adil Ahmad

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India's PM Modi warns Pakistan of strong response to Kashmir attack
The car bomb attack on a security convoy on Thursday was the worst in decades of insurgency in the disputed region. India said it had "incontrovertible evidence" of Pakistani involvement, a statement quickly rejected by Islamabad. The attack comes months before national elections in India.

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Feb 15, 2019

Jerome Corsi Sues Roger Stone for Defamation
The suit follows Corsi's request this week for the judge overseeing Stone's case to issue an order barring Stone from talking to the news media. Corsi says in his complaint that Stone's campaign of defamation began in the weeks leading up to his arrest on Jan. 25, when the self-proclaimed political dirty trickster appeared on several videos produced by InfoWars, a website known for promoting conspiracy theories.

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Trevor Noah on Trump's weird, waffling national border emergency
Isn't an emergency something that's usually called quickly? The comics discuss this odd declaration in Best of Late Night.

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20 Palestinians wounded in border clashes: Gaza ministry
Palestinian medical officials said that 20 Gazans were wounded Friday by Israeli fire during weekly clashes on the border, while Israeli police said one officer was hurt by an explosive device. "Twenty injuries by the Israeli occupation forces with live ammunition," the Hamas-controlled Gaza health ministry said in a statement. The Israeli army said that 11,000 "rioters and demonstrators" gathered at several points along the border barrier, with people throwing rocks at soldiers and the fence, as well as "several explosive devices and grenades" aimed at the troops.

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France plans to impose stricter regulations on social media platforms
France is to impose stricter regulation of abusive posts on social media to end "online impunity" and compel platforms such as Facebook and Twitter to take down hateful posts. The move follows a scandal over a macho "boys' club" of male media executives who trolled female colleagues online. Eight journalists and public relations executives have have resigned or been suspended this week after they admitted anonymously hounding feminists and minority colleagues online. All eight belonged to a closed Facebook group called "The League of LOL". More than 20 others faced calls to resign after they were also accused of bullying women with pornographic memes and off-colour jokes about rape. Mounir Mahjoubi, the digital affairs minister, said the government was considering changing the legal status of social networks to make them more accountable for user-generated content.  They could be reclassified in somewhere between social media platforms and publishers, making them liable to heavier fines and tighter regulation, which is already the case in Germany. At a glance | Facebook's moderation rules The current status of networks such as Facebook and Twitter as content-sharing platforms "significantly limits their responsibility" for online abuse and harassment, Mr Mahjoubi said. A bill which is to be presented to the French parliament by the end of June will be partly inspired by existing German legislation, said Marlène Schiappa, the minister for gender equality. The bill will also aim to speed up

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