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Feb 25, 2018

Blast destroys shop and home in English city, six taken to hospital
By Darren Staples LEICESTER, England (Reuters) - An explosion destroyed a convenience store and a home in the central English city of Leicester on Sunday, injuring at least six people, officials said. British police said there was no immediate indication that the explosion was linked to terrorism. A local hospital said two patients were in a critical condition and four people had less severe injuries.

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Feb 25, 2018

Florida shooting survivors return to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School for first time since tragedy
Students from a Florida high school where 17 of their classmates and teachers were killed in one of America's worst mass shootings, returned to the school for the first time on Sunday. Thousands of students joined their parents in walking past the three-story building at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School where the massacre took place. The school reopens on Wednesday, but the early opening was organised to ease into the return for students, and to allow some to gather up belongings that had been left in the rush to escape when the school was evacuated.

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Feb 25, 2018

Powerful quake hits central Papua New Guinea, disrupts oil and gas operations
By Charlotte Greenfield and Sonali Paul WELLINGTON/MELBOURNE (Reuters) - A powerful 7.5-magnitude earthquake struck Papua New Guinea's Southern Highlands province early on Monday, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said, disrupting communications and oil and gas operations. There were no immediate reports of damage or casualties, although PNG's disaster management authority did not respond to a request for comment.

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Feb 25, 2018

Blast destroys shop and home in English city, five taken to hospital
By Darren Staples LEICESTER, England (Reuters) - An explosion destroyed a convenience store and a home in the central English city of Leicester on Sunday, injuring at least five people, officials said. A local hospital said four patients were in a critical condition and fifth person had also been brought in for treatment by police. A photograph published by the Leicester Mercury newspaper showed a blaze and the rubble of a destroyed building which the newspaper said housed a convenience store and a flat above it.

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Feb 25, 2018

Nigeria confirms 110 girls missing after Boko Haram school attack
The Nigerian government on Sunday confirmed that 110 girls were missing after a Boko Haram school attack in the northeast, following days of silence on the children's fate. "The Federal Government has confirmed that 110 students of the Government Science and Technical College in Dapchi, Yobe State, are so far unaccounted for, after insurgents believed to be from a faction of Boko Haram invaded their school on Monday", the information ministry said in a statement. On Monday night, terrified pupils fled the boarding school night when heavily armed fighters in military fatigues and turbans stormed the town, shouting "Allahu Akbar" ("God is greatest").

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Feb 25, 2018

Police: Reported explosion in English city a major incident
Police for the English city of Leicester say they are responding to a "major incident" after receiving reports of an explosion.

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Feb 25, 2018

After shooting, students brace for emotional return to Florida school
Students and teachers preparing to return to the Florida school that was the scene of a gruesome mass shooting called the prospect "daunting" and "scary" Sunday as they urged politicians to act swiftly to address gun violence. Some students and teachers went to the school for "orientation." Teachers and staff are to return full time Monday and Tuesday to prepare their classrooms for students coming back on Wednesday. Authorities have charged a 19-year-old former student, Nikolas Cruz, in the assault.

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Feb 25, 2018

Major 7.5-magnitude earthquake strikes Papua New Guinea
A powerful 7.5-magnitude earthquake struck Papua New Guinea early Monday, with unconfirmed reports of blackouts and damage to buildings, officials said. The quake's epicentre was around 90 kilometres (55 miles) south of Porgera in Enga province, according to the US Geological Survey, and hit at a depth of 35 kilometres. Felix Taranu, a seismologist at the Geophysical Observatory in the capital Port Moresby said the quake was felt strongly at Mount Hagen, some 168 kilometres away.

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Feb 25, 2018

Romanians march in support of anti-corruption chief
Thousands of Romanians braved freezing temperatures on Sunday to show their support for the popular head of the country's anti-corruption investigation body, who the left-wing government is trying to oust. Justice Minister Tudorel Toader from the Social Democratic Party (PSD) launched a procedure on Thursday to sack Laura Codruta Kovesi, the chief prosecutor of the DNA anti-corruption body, accusing her of being "authoritarian". About 3,000 protesters gathered near the government building in capital Bucharest, according to news agency Agerpres, chanting "Codruta, don't forget, we are with you", and "Justice not corruption".

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Feb 25, 2018

Florida governor launches inquiry into Broward County sheriffs amid calls for resignation following Parkland shooting failures
The sheriff of Broward County is facing mounting calls for his resignation following a series of failures before and during the Parkland school shooting, with the governor of Florida announcing on Sunday he was launching an inquiry. Rick Scott, the Republican governor of the state, said serious questions had been raised about the sheriff's office's actions. "I have asked for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) to immediately investigate the law enforcement response and will continue to review this matter as more facts come out," he said. "There must be an independent investigation and that is why I asked the FDLE Commissioner to immediately start this process." Last week it emerged that an armed sheriff's deputy, Scot Peterson, was on the campus of Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school when Nikolas Cruz opened fire - but he did not enter the building. "He's the only one with a gun, and a bulletproof vest, and he did nothing," said Brandon Huff, a student at the school. Mr Peterson has resigned. Students evacuated from the school on Valentine's Day Some reports suggested there were three other deputies outside the school when Coral Springs police arrived - but Scott Israel, sheriff of Broward County, denied that. "We will investigate every action of the deputies, and their superiors," said Mr Israel. "It's a voluminous investigation. We're taking hundred

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Feb 25, 2018

Hungary PM's Fidesz party suffers surprise setback at local by-election
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban's ruling Fidesz party suffered an unexpected setback at a local government by-election on Sunday when an opposition-backed independent comfortably beat the Fidesz candidate for mayor weeks before a national election. Orban's rightwing nationalist Fidesz is seeking a third consecutive term in parliamentary elections, campaigning with a fierce anti-immigrant message, coupled with increased spending on wage rises and promising more money to pensioners.

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Feb 25, 2018

Russian hackers pose as North Koreans to launch cyberattack on Winter Olympics, claims US
Russian hackers attacked South Korean government computers during the Winter Olympics, but made it look like the attack was carried out by the North, US intelligence agencies believe. As the Pyeongchang games came to a close on Sunday, watched by US President Donald Trump's daughter Ivanka and North Korea's blacklisted military general Kim Yong-chol, US newspapers reported that Russia had carried out the cyber attack in revenge for being excluded from competing following accusations of doping.  During the Opening Ceremony, Russian hackers operating from the GRU - the Russian military intelligence agency - allegedly masked their IP addresses to make it look like their hack had come from North Korea. Officials in Pyeongchang acknowledged that the games were hit by a cyber attack during the February 9 Opening Ceremonies, but had refused to confirm whether Russia was responsible. There were disruptions to the internet, broadcast systems and the Olympics website. Many attendees were unable to print their tickets for the ceremony, resulting in empty seats. On Sunday, as the games drew to a friendlier end, with a sentimental closing ceremony packed with K-pop and pyrotechnics, the North topped off its weeks-long charm offensive by apparently extending the olive branch to its sworn enemies in the US. After sending athletes, cheerleaders and Kim Jong-un's own sister to Pyeongchang in an unprecedented diplomatic thaw, North Korea's delegation to the Sout

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Feb 25, 2018

Hero Dog Shot Several Times While Protecting Teen Owner During Home Invasion
Rex the German shepherd is expected to make a full recovery.

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Feb 25, 2018

Israeli navy kills Palestinian after boat breaches sailing limit, military says
A Palestinian from the Gaza Strip died on Sunday after the Israeli navy fired on the boat he and two others were sailing in, a military spokeswoman said. The navy opened fire after the boat ignored warnings and strayed from a permitted fishing area in the northern Gaza Strip towards Israel, the spokeswoman said. The union and his family named the dead man as 18-year-old Ismail Saleh Abu Reyala.

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Feb 25, 2018

Michelle Obama To Release 'Deeply Personal' Memoir In November
Former first lady Michelle Obama announced new details Sunday about her much-anticipated memoir.

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Feb 25, 2018

Pita Taufatofua Goes Shirtless One Last Time For Closing Ceremony
Tongan flag bearer and fan favorite Pita Taufatofua helped bring the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, to a close Sunday by baring his oiled torso one last time.

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Feb 25, 2018

Malaysia elephant sanctuary trumpets effort to cut human-animal conflict
The sanctuary in Kuala Gandah, central Malaysia, is an area of secluded rainforest where "mahouts" -- as the keepers are known -- care for a 26-strong group of endangered Asian elephants. A handful were rescued after suffering injuries or being orphaned, but most of them have been domesticated and trained to aid the National Elephant Conservation Centre's effort to help elephants who become embroiled in conflicts with humans. Since the centre started operations about 30 years ago, its staff have relocated more than 700 wild elephants, taking them away from inhabited areas and deep into the jungle.

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Feb 25, 2018

When nature takes over: Abandoned America overgrown
Photographer Johnny Joo has travelled the United States photographing overgrown derelict sites from fairgrounds to shopping malls.

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Feb 25, 2018

Holiest church in Christianity closed in Israel tax dispute
Christian leaders took the rare step on Sunday of closing Jerusalem's Church of the Holy Sepulchre, built where tradition holds Jesus was buried, in protest at Israeli tax measures and a proposed property law. It was not clear how long the closure of the church, announced by Christian officials at a news conference from around noon (1000 GMT), would last. Church officials said only that it would be until further notice.

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Feb 25, 2018

Jefferson's 'tree of liberty' and the blood of schoolchildren
Why do we need assault rifles? According to some on the right, to fight off government tyranny, because you can't beat the U.S. Army with just handguns.

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Feb 25, 2018

Jake Tapper Skewers Florida Sheriff Over Failure To Act On Shooter Red Flags
CNN's Jake Tapper tore into a Florida sheriff Sunday about his office's handling of over a dozen warnings from people about Nikolas Cruz, the 19-year-old who police say confessed to the deadly mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida, earlier this month.

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Feb 25, 2018

California Democrats Decline To Endorse Dianne Feinstein For Re-Election
The California Democratic Party rebuked its senior senator early Sunday by declining to make an endorsement in the state's U.S. Senate race.

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Feb 25, 2018

UN faces rival drafts on Iran missiles to Yemen
The UN Security Council on Sunday was considering two draft resolutions on Yemen after Russia put forward a rival text aimed at blocking action against Iran over missiles sent to the country's Huthi rebels. The council is set to vote on Monday on renewing sanctions on Yemen for a year, but a British-drafted text also calls for "additional measures" in response to a UN report which found that Iran had violated the arms embargo on Yemen.

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Feb 25, 2018

Iran says Damascus suburbs assault to continue as fighting rages
Iran said pro-Damascus forces would press ahead with attacks on an insurgent enclave near the Syrian capital, as ground fighting raged on there in defiance of a U.N. resolution demanding a 30-day truce across the country. Turkey, too, said its military operations in another theater of war in the north of Syria would not be affected by the unanimous Security Council vote demanding the truce to allow for aid access and medical evacuations. Anti-government rebels said they clashed with pro-government forces near Damascus on Sunday, as rescuers and residents said warplanes struck some towns in the eastern Ghouta pocket.

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Feb 25, 2018

NRA spokeswoman becomes new face of gun rights movement
CHICAGO (AP) — Dana Loesch is the new public face of the National Rifle Association, an organization long associated with older white men.

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Feb 25, 2018

Church at Jesus's traditional burial site closed in tax dispute
Christian leaders took the rare step on Sunday of closing Jerusalem's Church of the Holy Sepulchre, built where tradition holds Jesus was buried, in protest at Israeli tax measures and a proposed property law. It was not clear how long the closure of the church, announced by Christian officials at a news conference and which began at around noon (1000 GMT), would last. Church officials said only that it would be until further notice.

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Feb 25, 2018

Iran says Damascus suburbs assault to continue after U.N. ceasefire call
Iran said pro-Damascus forces would press ahead with attacks on an insurgent enclave near the Syrian capital, as ground fighting raged on there after a U.N. resolution demanding a 30-day truce across the country. Rebels said they clashed with pro-government forces on Sunday, as rescuers and residents said warplanes struck some towns in the eastern Ghouta pocket. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said air strikes and artillery killed nine people and injured 31 in the eastern suburbs.

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Feb 25, 2018

British skier dies in French Alps while skiing off-piste
A British skier has died in the French Alps after he and two friends plunged hundreds of feet from a ridge while skiing off piste. In a separate incident, a 13-year-old boy died when both he and his brother fell off a cliff after they got lost while skiing with their family. The Briton, who has not been named, was with two friends in the resort of Oz-en-Oisans on Saturday when they decided to leave the marked slopes. Police said that all three men were in their 20s and were experienced skiers. "They were following ski tracks but they got lost when the tracks came to an end," a spokesman for the gendarme mountain rescue unit, based in nearby Grenoble, told the Telegraph. "They saw a marked slope in the distance and were trying to get to that. But the area they had to go through was very unstable, made up of ridges and a mixture of snow and rocks," he said. All three ended up falling, but not at the same time. The man who died fell somewhere between 100 and 200 metres, said the officer. "It looks like he died instantly. His body rolled down the ridge, bashing off rocks several times before it came to a halt," said the spokesman. One of two other skiiers emerged unscathed from his fall, while the other suffered minor injuries. They were later taken to safety by a gendarme mountain rescue team. Police did not give the men's names. In a separate incident, a 13-year-old French boy was found dead at the foot of a cliff after both he and his brother - who survived - fell from the precipice the night before after getting

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Feb 25, 2018

Florida shooting survivor tells NRA supporters: 'We will outlive you'
A survivor of the Florida school shooting has told National Rifle Association supporters attempting to discredit witnesses that they should give up as he and classmates "are going to outlive" them. David Hogg has emerged as a powerful advocate for gun control after the Valentine's Day attack at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, which left 17 people dead. The 18-year-old and his classmates have been described as "pawns" who are being "coached" by activists aiming to restrict firearm ownership in the US.

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Feb 25, 2018

The Supreme Court Should Honor Dr. King's Legacy On Labor Rights
In the early days of April 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. traveled to Memphis, Tennessee, to join in a protest with 1,300 city sanitation workers who had gone on strike after two of their colleagues were killed on the job.

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Feb 25, 2018

Airstrikes on Syria's Ghouta enclave continue despite UN ceasefire deal
The UN's ceasefire in Syria's rebel-held enclave of Eastern Ghouta was cast into doubt less than 24 hours after the Security Council voted to uphold it, as residents woke to regime airstrikes and Iran vowed to carry on fighting in areas it deems held by terrorists.  Iranian General Mohammad Baqeri said both Tehran and Damascus would respect the 30-day ceasefire, but he also said the truce did not cover parts of the Damascus suburbs "held by terrorists". "Clean-up [operations] will continue there," he said. Syrian president Bashar al-Assad and his allies have long used the term "terrorist" as a catch-all for those on the receiving end of airstrikes, barrel bombs and shelling. Syrians rescue a child following a reported regime air strike in the rebel-held town of Hamouria, in Eastern Ghouta  Credit: ABDULMONAM EASSA/AFP/Getty Images While Sunday was calmer than the days preceding it, the Syrian Civil Defense, known as the White Helmets, said six people died in shelling on Sunday, while another watchdog put the death toll at eight.  Following days holed up in dark basements, some locals said they crept outside for the first time, only to be sent scrambling for cover at the sound of warplanes, rockets and shelling. On Saturday, after intense diplomatic wrangling, the Security Council adopted a resolution calling for the ceasefire in Syria "without delay", to allow for aid deliveries and medical evacuations.  In Eastern Ghouta, a suburb of Damascus just 15km east of Mr Assad's palac

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Feb 25, 2018

Health officials: Tourist infected with measles visited Met, attractions in Manhattan, Brooklyn, upstate
Health officials warn that an Australian tourist, who is confirmed to have measles, visited several areas throughout New York, potentially exposing the illness to others in the area.

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Feb 25, 2018

Christians shutter famous Jerusalem church to protest taxes
JERUSALEM (AP) — The leaders of the major Christian sects in Jerusalem closed the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, built on the traditional site of Jesus' crucifixion and resurrection, for several hours on Sunday to protest an Israeli plan to tax their properties.

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Feb 25, 2018

Syrian Kurd leader arrested in Prague on Turkish warrant: parties
One of the most prominent leaders of Syria's Kurdish community has been arrested in Prague on a Turkish warrant, Kurdish political parties said Sunday. Saleh Muslim, the former co-chair of the Democratic Union Party (PYD), was arrested late on Saturday in the Czech capital, according to a statement by a coalition of political parties that includes the PYD. Turkish state news agency Anadolu reported that Saleh was detained based on an Interpol red notice issued by Turkish authorities.

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Feb 25, 2018

Greek anarchist group smashes windows at Novartis office in Athens
Greek self-proclaimed anarchists threw paint and smashed windows at the entrance of the Athens headquarters of Swiss drugmaker Novartis on Sunday, police said. About 30 people were involved in the attack at 0515 local time (0315 GMT), a police official said. In a statement published on the Internet, the Rouvikonas group said the attack was linked to a probe into allegations of bribery by the drugmaker to doctors and public officials.

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Feb 25, 2018

Rohingya exodus still growing, six months into crisis
Hundreds of desperate Rohingya Muslims are still pouring over the Myanmar border into Bangladesh every week, bringing harrowing accounts of torture and murder, six months after a military crackdown sparked the massive refugee crisis. One of the recent arrivals, Nur Mohammad, said his village in Myanmar's Rakhine state was surrounded by Buddhist vigilantes for days before they were allowed to leave. Thirty-year-old Enayetullah was among the 200 Rohingya who crossed the Naf river into Bangladesh on Friday.

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Feb 25, 2018

Florida shooting a result of 'abdication of duty': NRA
NRA national spokesperson Dana Loesch tells ABC News' George Stephanopoulos the focus in the aftermath of the Parkland shooting should be local and FBI authorities.

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Feb 25, 2018

Trump Egregiously Misquotes Fox News To Attack Rival
At first, the tweet seemed like standard criticism from President Donald Trump of one of his least favorite Democrats: Rep. Adam Schiff (Calif.)

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Feb 25, 2018

Iran says attacks on 'terrorists' in Damascus suburbs to continue: agency
Iran said on Sunday that attacks will continue on Damascus suburbs held by "terrorists", but elsewhere Iran and Syria will respect a U.N. resolution demanding a 30-day truce to allow aid access and medical evacuation, Iranian news agencies reported. "We will adhere to the ceasefire resolution, Syria will also adhere. Parts of the suburbs of Damascus, which are held by the terrorists, are not covered by the ceasefire and clean-up (operations) will continue there," the semi-official news agency Tasnim quoted Iran's military chief of staff General Mohammad Baqeri as saying.

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Feb 25, 2018

Oakland Mayor Warns City Of Upcoming Immigration Raids After Receiving Intel
The mayor of Oakland on Saturday night warned the city's residents of potential raids being conducted by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

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Feb 25, 2018

All The Best Moments From The 2018 Winter Olympics Closing Ceremony
The 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, end on Sunday.

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Feb 25, 2018

Intoxicating, with film star looks and a voice to match: The day I attended Billy Graham's last sermon
More than any other person in the 20th century, Billy Graham, who died this week aged 99, was the voice of America. And what a voice! When I saw him give his last sermon in New York in his last ‘crusade' in 2005, he was 86 and suffering from fluid on the brain, prostate cancer, a pelvic fracture and Parkinson's disease. Yet you wouldn't have known it: he looked film-star terrific with his flowing mane of snow-white hair, sober dark suit and crisp, white shirt. And then there was the voice - resonant and thick with the southern accent of his native Charlotte, North Carolina. Graham was no sweet-talking huckster like Jim Bakker, the televangelist jailed in 1988 for embezzling money from his South Carolina Christian theme park. That evening in New York, he did have the backing of a 1,200-strong choir, belting out Amazing Grace behind him. But really, that 80,000-strong crowd in Flushing Meadow, Queens, were entranced by the voice of one man alone. He spoke slowly but intelligently, with no showbiz schmaltz, hectoring or wild, rhetorical flourishes. In his youth, he talked much more quickly - he was nicknamed ‘God's machine gun' for the speed and volume of his delivery. By 2005, he had slowed down, to great effect, and cut out the Bible-thumping of his younger days. In three sermons over that weekend in 2005, he preached to 200,000 people - a drop in the ocean compared to the 210 million he'd addressed around the world, in

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Feb 25, 2018

Samuel L. Jackson Shreds 'Mothaf***a' Donald Trump Over Armed Teachers Idea
Hollywood actor Samuel L. Jackson has torn apart President Donald Trump's idea to arm some teachers in a bid to prevent school shootings.

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Feb 25, 2018

Klobuchar: Fines for Social Media? 'Great idea'
Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) tells Chuck Todd that she would be open to fines on Facebook and Twitter.

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Feb 25, 2018

Toomey: 'Not Going to Solve All Problems' to Pass Toomey-Manchin Gun Bill
Republican Senator Pat Toomey (Pa.) tells Chuck Todd that his gun legislation wouldn't have stopped the Parkland, Florida shooting, during an exclusive interview on Meet the Press.

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Feb 25, 2018

Beijing protests US sanctions on Chinese firms over N. Korea ties
Beijing has protested against Washington's decision to impose sanctions against Chinese companies accused of conducting illicit economic deals with North Korea, the foreign ministry said. US President Donald Trump on Friday announced measures targeting more than 50 North Korea-linked shipping companies, vessels and trade businesses, hailing the package as the "heaviest sanctions ever" levied on the nuclear-armed regime. The measures, which the US says are aimed at forcing Pyongyang to roll back its banned nuclear and weapons programmes, apply to companies located or registered in North Korea, China, Singapore, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Marshall Islands, Tanzania, Panama and Comoros.

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Feb 25, 2018

Controversial North Korean general met with protests ahead of Olympics closing ceremony
Protesters attempted to block vehicles carrying a controversial North Korean delegation to the closing ceremony of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games as they crossed the Demilitarised Zone into South Korea on Sunday morning. Around 100 conservative politicians and activists staged a sit-in demonstration at the Tongil Bridge, according to local broadcaster YTN, accusing the delegation's leader of being behind a deadly 2010 attack on a South Korean warship. South Korean authorities deployed more than 2.500 police officers to control the protests. To avoid a clash, the motorcade took an alternative route via Jeonjin bridge, which is a military crossing, according to the Chosun Ilbo. The opposition Korea Liberty Party accused the government of "abuse of power and an act of treason" for shielding the North Korean vehicles from the protest. The protesters were furious that the South Korean government had permitted the North's delegation to be headed by Kim Young-chol, head of the Workers' Party United Front Department and the man accused by Seoul's intelligence agency of having masterminded the sinking of the corvette Cheonan in March 2010 and the artillery attack on the island of Yeonpyengdo eight months later. The delegation travelled to the South for Winter Olympics closing ceremony, which will also be attended by the US president's daughter Ivanka Trump. Both sides have said they do not expect to meet face-to-face.  South Korean people attend a

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Feb 25, 2018

From News to Shoes: How big is big tech?
In a world where modern communications technology is ubiquitous, Google, Apple, Facebook and Amazon play an enormous role in every facet of American life.

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Feb 25, 2018

UN backs Syria ceasefire as death toll in rebel enclave tops 500
The UN Security Council has unanimously demanded a 30-day ceasefire in Syria, as new air strikes on the rebel enclave of Eastern Ghouta took the civilian death toll from seven days of bombing to more than 500. After the council vote on Saturday, Syrian warplanes backed by Russian air power launched new raids on a town in Eastern Ghouta, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

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Feb 25, 2018

Bank of America takes aim at gun-making clients
Bank of America, the second-biggest U.S. bank by assets, said its request to makers of the military-style weapons was in line with those taken by other financial industry companies to help prevent deadly gun rampages. "An immediate step we're taking is to engage the limited number of clients we have that manufacture assault weapons for non-military use to understand what they can contribute to this shared responsibility," the Charlotte, North Carolina-based bank said in a statement. It did not name the clients who make assault rifles.

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Feb 25, 2018

Mexican President Cancels Trip To Washington After Heated Call With Donald Trump
The president of Mexico halted upcoming plans to visit the White House after a reportedly tense phone conversation with President Donald Trump, according to the Washington Post.

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Feb 24, 2018

Donald Trump Fundraises Off Parkland Shooting Tragedy, Touts His 'Safer Schools'
A Donald Trump and Mike Pence "weekly newsletter" laments the horror of the Parkland school shooting that killed 17 people, then ends with a "contribute" button so people can give money ... to Trump and Pence.

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Feb 24, 2018

Mexican president's visit to White House postponed after testy Trump call
U.S. President Donald Trump and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto postponed plans for the Mexican leader's first visit to the White House, after a testy phone call involving Trump's push for a border wall, a senior U.S. official said on Saturday. Mexican officials had been talking about a summit between Trump and Pena Nieto in the next few weeks, without specifying when.

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Feb 24, 2018

The Latest: Sheriff: Lawmaker's letter 'riddled' with errors
NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the backlash against the National Rifle Association after a deadly school shooting in Florida (all times local):

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Feb 24, 2018

Ivanka Trump: Visit to Olympics 'so incredibly inspiring'
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — The U.S. president's daughter and adviser said Sunday that her visit to the Olympics was "so incredibly inspiring" and expressed gratitude at the chance to watch competition and — in a subtle nod to Korean Peninsula politics — "be here with our allies in South Korea."

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Feb 24, 2018

The Latest: No California Democratic Party nod in key race
SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Latest on the California Democratic Party's convention (all times local):

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Feb 24, 2018

Facebook Finally Yanks Virtual Reality Shooting Game At CPAC, Apologizes
A tone-deaf Facebook finally pulled a controversial shooting virtual reality game demonstration from the Conservative Political Action Conference.

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Feb 24, 2018

New US tax law brings Buffett's firm $29 billion
Berkshire Hathaway, the holding company of US billionaire investor Warren Buffett, received a stunning $29 billion last year from the US government, thanks to a new tax law that massively lowered corporate tax rates. In his much-anticipated annual letter to shareholders, Buffett explained that the company's net gain of $65.3 billion in 2017 was only partly due to his employees' efforts. "Only $36 billion came from Berkshire's operations," he wrote.

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Feb 24, 2018

Manafort asks U.S. court for release to attend New York funeral
In a filing in federal court in Washington, Manafort said his father-in-law died on Saturday and that he would like to travel from his Virginia home to Long Island, New York, to attend the wake, funeral and burial services. Manafort has been charged with conspiring to launder money, lying on his tax returns and failing to register as a foreign agent for lobbying work for a pro-Russian political party in Ukraine, among other charges.

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Feb 24, 2018

Panelist Stuns CPAC by Slamming GOP 'Hypocrites' on Sex Misdeeds
An annual summit of conservative activists and movement leaders faced an extraordinary bit of dissent

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Feb 24, 2018

NRA Blasts 'Cowardice' Of Corporate Partners Turning Away From Gun Group
The list of companies choosing to sever ties with the National Rifle Association kept growing this week as young anti-gun activists captured national attention with impassioned calls for gun law reform after a Florida school shooting left 17 dead.

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Feb 24, 2018

Woman Stabbed to Death With Hunting Knife at Public Library, Police Say
A man attacked a woman from behind at a public library near Boston on Saturday and stabbed her repeatedly with a hunting knife

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Feb 24, 2018

Colleges: Student protesters shouldn't worry about admission
As some high school students face the threat of disciplinary action for participating in gun control demonstrations, dozens of colleges and universities are sending them a reassuring message: It won't affect their chances of getting into their schools.

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Feb 24, 2018

UN unanimously demands a 30-day cease-fire across Syria
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council unanimously approved a resolution Saturday demanding a 30-day cease-fire across Syria "without delay" to deliver humanitarian aid to millions and evacuate the critically ill and wounded.

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Feb 24, 2018

Four police arrested in Mexico over disappearance of Italian men
Four police officers in western Mexico have been arrested on suspicion of abducting three missing Italian men for local gangsters, state prosecutors said on Saturday. The three men reportedly went missing on Jan. 31 after being detained by police at a gasoline station in the municipality of Tecalitlan in southern Jalisco state, the home of Mexico's second biggest city, Guadalajara. The Jalisco attorney general's office said four Tecalitlan police officers, three men and a woman, had been held on suspicion of carrying out the forced disappearance of the Naples natives Raffaele Russo, Antonio Russo and Vincenzo Cimmino.

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Feb 24, 2018

Delta, United Airlines become latest companies to cut NRA ties
Delta Air Lines and United Airlines on Saturday became the latest major corporations to sever marketing ties with the National Rifle Association as the fallout from last week's massacre at a Florida high school took its toll on the gun advocacy group. The exodus of corporate names, ranging from a major insurer to car rental brands and a household moving company, began after the NRA launched a counter-offensive against a student-led campaign for tighter U.S. gun laws. The NRA responded by saying its members were being punished, but would not be intimidated, by what it called "a shameful display of political and civic cowardice" from some corporations.

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Feb 24, 2018

U.N. Security Council demands truce as air strikes batter Syria's Ghouta
By Ellen Francis and Michelle Nichols BEIRUT/UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The U.N. Security Council on Saturday demanded a 30-day truce across Syria as rescuers in the country's eastern Ghouta region said bombing had not let up long enough for them to count bodies during one of the bloodiest air assaults of the seven-year war. Shortly after the unanimous vote by the 15-member council, warplanes struck a town in eastern Ghouta, the last rebel enclave near Syria's capital, an emergency service and a war monitoring group said. U.N. chief Antonio Guterres appealed on Wednesday for an immediate end to "war activities" in eastern Ghouta, where nearly 400,000 people have lived under government siege since 2013, without enough food or medicine.

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Feb 24, 2018

CPAC 2018 straw poll results revealed
How do conservatives rate Trump's first year in office? CPAC officials break down their straw poll findings.

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Feb 24, 2018

Mother-daughter duo shoot would-be robber in their liquor store
A mother and daughter took matters into their own hands and shot a would-be robber at their liquor store in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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Feb 24, 2018

Canadian Skier Arrested for Allegedly Driving the Wrong Car While Drunk Near Olympic Village
The three allegedly got into a car by a bar while intoxicated

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Feb 24, 2018

Florida nabs more teens for making school shooting threats
BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Florida authorities arrested two teenagers Friday for making shooting threats against two separate schools, days after the mass bloodshed in Parkland.

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Feb 24, 2018

Woman Sentenced to 16 Years in Prison After Shopping With Dead Baby in Her Bag
The woman, who was 17 at the time, callously referred to the child in messages

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Feb 24, 2018

Colleges Assure Prospective Students That Protesting for Gun Control Will Not Affect Their Admission
They won't face admissions consequences

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Feb 24, 2018

UN approves 30-day ceasefire to end deadly bombing in Syria's Ghouta
The United Nations on Saturday passed a resolution calling for a 30-day ceasefire across Syria, but Western diplomats said they were sceptical the Syrian regime would actually end its ferocious assault on the rebel-held suburb of Eastern Ghouta.  After days of intense negotiations, Russia agreed not use its veto to scuttle the UN security council resolution, which calls for a halt to fighting as well as the delivery of humanitarian aid and the evacuation of the wounded from besieged areas.  The unanimous passage of the resolution was hailed by Western diplomats, who had pushed hard for a deal amid a week of intense Syrian regime bombing of Eastern Ghouta. Hours before the vote, the civilian death toll climbed above 500.   Nikki Haley, the US ambassador to the UN, castigated Russia for days of delays which slowed the passage of the resolution. "In the three days it took us to adopt this resolution how many mothers lost their kids to the bombing and the shelling?" A picture taken on February 20 shows smoke plumes rising following a reported regime air strike in the rebel-held town of Hamouria, in the besieged Eastern Ghouta region Credit: ABDULMONAM EASSA/AFP/Getty Images It remains to be seen what impact the deal crafted in meeting rooms at the UN's New York headquarters in New York will have on the ash-filled streets of Eastern Ghouta. Mrs Haley said the US was "deeply sceptical the regime will comply" with the ceasefire and called on Russia to pressure Assad's forces to respect it. Russia d

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Feb 24, 2018

New US tax law brings Warren Buffett a nice check: $29 billion
Berkshire Hathaway, the holding company of US billionaire investor Warren Buffett, received a stunning $29 billion check last year from the US government, thanks to a new tax law that massively lowered corporate tax rates. In his much-anticipated annual letter to shareholders, Buffett explained that the company's net gain of $65.3 billion in 2017 was only partly due to his employees' efforts. "Only $36 billion came from Berkshire's operations," he wrote.

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Feb 24, 2018

NRA Faces Increasing Backlash After Florida School Shooting
The National Rifle Association, and now the State of Florida, faced a growing backlash as companies cut ties to the gun industry

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Feb 24, 2018

Former RNC Chair Fires Back At Claim He Was Only Hired Because He Was Black
Former Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele blasted Friday a leading conservative's speech that claimed that he had only been hired because he is black as "painfully stupid."

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Feb 24, 2018

Red Cross: 21 Staffers Resigned or Fired in Sexual Misconduct Cases Since 2015
The Red Cross joins the list of charities that have uncovered sexual misconduct

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Feb 24, 2018

Both suspects in Kuwait murder of Filipina held
The employers of a Filipina maid found dead in a freezer in Kuwait were both arrested in the Syrian capital Damascus, Lebanese and Philippine officials said Saturday. Syrian authorities surrendered Nader Essam Assaf to Beirut on Friday because of his Lebanese citizenship but his Syrian wife Mona remains in custody in Damascus, a Lebanese judicial official said. The murder of Joanna Demafelis sparked outrage in the Philippines and prompted President Rodrigo Duterte to impose a departure ban on Filipinos planning to work in Kuwait.

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Feb 24, 2018

United Airlines, Hertz and MetLife Among Companies Cutting Ties With the NRA
The announcements come following Twitter's trending hashtag, #BoycottNRA.

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Feb 24, 2018

Armed Woman Who Drove Into White House Barrier Had Previous Encounters With the Secret Service
The Secret Service said they "had previous encounters" with the woman.

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Feb 24, 2018

CDC Wants $400 Million to Build a New Lab for the World's Deadliest Germs
The agency disclosed its plans for a new lab on Friday

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Feb 24, 2018

What does Gates' guilty plea mean for Manafort?
Former Trump campaign members Paul Manafort and Rick Gates were indicted on tax and bank fraud charges; 'America's News HQ' political panel weighs in.

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Feb 24, 2018

Florida shooting: Two more officers investigated over claim they were outside school but failed to intervene
A local sheriff's office is investigating claims that three deputies on patrol at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School failed to intervene when a gunman entered the Florida school and killed 17 people. Coral Springs police officers who responded to the shooting that day said two deputies from Broward County were standing outside the building when they arrived, according to the South Florida Sun Sentinel. Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel said the department was investigating the claims.

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Feb 24, 2018

Cow Who Escaped Slaughter And Swam To Island Dies After Recapture
A cow in Poland celebrated as an icon of freedom for her dramatic escape from slaughter has died from stress after being recaptured.

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Feb 24, 2018

With $116 billion cash, Buffett says Berkshire needs 'huge' deals
By Trevor Hunnicutt and Jonathan Stempel NEW YORK (Reuters) - Warren Buffett on Saturday lamented his inability to find big companies to buy and said his goal is to make "one or more huge acquisitions" of non-insurance businesses to bolster results at his conglomerate Berkshire Hathaway Inc. In his annual letter to Berkshire shareholders, Buffett said finding things to buy at a "sensible purchase price" has become a challenge and is a major reason Berkshire is awash with $116 billion of low-yielding cash and government bonds. Buffett said a "purchasing frenzy" binge by deal-hungry chief executives employing cheap debt has made that task difficult.

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Feb 24, 2018

Gay parade permit sparks major debate in Mississippi
STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — At first, the plan to hold a gay-pride parade here didn't seem like such a big deal. Such festivals aren't that unusual even in the traditionally conservative Deep South, and Starkville, "Mississippi's College Town," made a name for itself as the first community in the state to pass a resolution denouncing discrimination against people for sexual orientation.

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Feb 24, 2018

UN diplomats locked in talks on Syria ceasefire
A UN Security Council meeting to vote on a 30-day ceasefire in Syria failed to start as scheduled at 1700 GMT on Saturday as negotiations continued in an effort to avert a Russian veto, diplomats said. It was not immediately known if the vote would be postponed on a draft resolution demanding a truce to allow humanitarian aid deliveries and the evacuation of the sick and wounded. Russia is supporting the Syrian government, and the UN negotiations have stumbled over Russian demands that rebel groups fighting government forces comply with the truce.

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Feb 24, 2018

NRA Corporate Partners Are Feeling the Heat as Boycott Calls Increase
A call to boycott the NRA became the top trend on Twitter as users of the platform demanded that a variety of companies sever their ties

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Feb 24, 2018

Delta and United Airlines Cut Ties With NRA Amid Call to Boycott
Delta Air Lines Inc. and United Continental Holdings Inc. became the latest companies to cut ties with the National Rifle Association

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Feb 24, 2018

Prestigious U.S. colleges won't reject students who protest guns
Many school districts officials have threatened to suspend high school students who take part in nationwide gun control walkouts and other demonstrations called by survivors of the mass shooting that killed 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland. Such disciplinary action can sometimes hurt a student's chances of getting into a preferred college.

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Feb 24, 2018

Artist Ai Weiwei's journey following refugees takes him to Puerto Rico
Artist and activist, Ai Weiwei bears witness to what occurred in the island after Hurricane Maria.

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Feb 24, 2018

Olympian Gus Kenworthy Is Bringing Home a Dog From PyeongChang
Kenworthy also brought stray dogs to the United States when he was in Sochi

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Feb 24, 2018

FBI carries out largest coordinated sweep of elder abuse in history
The Justice Department announced a roundup of 200 people nationwide charged with targeting older Americans, cheating them out of a total of more than half a billion dollars.

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Feb 24, 2018

Democratic memo made public as rebuttal to Republican claims
The declassified ten-page memo challenges Republican allegations of partisan bias and abuse of power by the FBI and the FISA court in the Russia Investigation.

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Feb 24, 2018

Sheriff's deputies remained outside Stoneman Douglas High School
Law enforcement sources tell NBC News that three Broward County Sheriff's Deputies stayed outside the freshman building where most of the shooting took place.

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Feb 24, 2018

American in Custody After Severed Head Is Found in Japan
Police found footage of him entering a building with a missing Japanese woman

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Feb 24, 2018

Mueller investigation: Manafort accused of secretly funding European pro-Russia group
Paul Manafort released a statement defending himself against ‘untrule piled up charges'. The investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 US election by the special counsel Robert Mueller has brought to light a secretly financed pro-Russian lobbying effort that employed former senior European politicians. According to new charges filed in a Virginia court on Friday, the Europeans known as the "Hapsburg Group" were led by a "former European chancellor" and allegedly covertly paid by Paul Manafort, Donald Trump's former campaign manager.

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Feb 24, 2018

Thousands in North Carolina bid farewell to Rev. Billy Graham
The funeral procession of Billy Graham made its way through North Carolina to his hometown of Charlotte as thousands came out to say goodbye to "America's Pastor."

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Feb 24, 2018

United Airlines ends NRA partnership and tells group to remove airline's details from website, as anger mounts over gun laws
United Airlines has ended a discount agreement with the National Rifle Association, as companies across the US cut ties with the pro-guns group in the wake of the school shooting in Florida. "United is notifying the NRA that we will no longer offer a discounted rate to their annual meeting and we are asking that the NRA remove our information from their website," the airline said on Twitter. The move came shortly after rival airline Delta announced a similar move, ending the NRA's contract for discounted rates through their group travel programme.

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