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LA Times National News
Feb 24, 2018

Democrats wrote a memo on secret surveillance. How does it compare to the Republican memo?
Democrats and Republicans wrote dueling memos on secret surveillance during the 2016 campaign that are starkly at odds with each other. We explain the differences here.

LA Times National News
Feb 24, 2018

House panel releases Democratic memo that counters Republican critique of surveillance during the 2016 campaign
The House Intelligence Committee on Saturday released a Democratic memo countering a harsh Republican critique of the FBI and Justice Department, escalating the partisan battle over government surveillance of a former Trump campaign advisor that began three weeks before the 2016 election.

The top...



LA Times National News
Feb 24, 2018

As outrage continues over Florida school shooting, NRA loses sponsors and corporate support
As the nation continues to mourn the lives of 17 students and staff killed Feb. 14 at a Florida high school by a gunman armed with an AR-15 rifle, companies have started to end business relationships with the National Rifle Assn.

On Friday afternoon, rental car company Hertz tweeted that it had...



LA Times National News
Feb 23, 2018

When it comes to guns, the Parkland shooting survivors aren't here to play nice
Since the shooting massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School last week, a student there named Sarah Chadwick has amassed a Twitter following of more than 150,000 people. On Thursday night, Chadwick decided to share a thought with them.

Was it time for a message calling for thoughts, prayers...



LA Times National News
Feb 23, 2018

Richard Gates, former top campaign aide to Trump, pleads guilty in Russia investigation
Richard W. Gates III, who helped manage Donald Trump's presidential campaign after making millions of dollars advising Ukraine's pro-Kremlin government, pleaded guilty Friday to conspiracy against the United States and lying to federal agents, becoming the latest former Trump aide to cooperate...



LA Times National News
Feb 23, 2018

World powers press for cease-fire in Syria, but U.N. doesn't act
As Syrian warplanes continued to bombard a civilian enclave outside Damascus, killing hundreds, key European leaders demanded a cease-fire Friday while the United Nations struggled to bring Russia on board with the plan to end the carnage.

The U.N. Security Council scheduled, then postponed, then...



LA Times National News
Feb 23, 2018

Trump administration hits North Korea with more sanctions
Seeking to further isolate North Korea, the Trump administration on Friday announced a broad new raft of economic sanctions against 56 companies, ships and people around the world that allegedly aid the government in Pyongyang in pursuing its nuclear ambitions.

President Trump, who was supposed...



LA Times National News
Feb 23, 2018

Leaving Las Vegas? Check your bags, grab your boarding pass and dump that pot
Check your bags, dump the weed.

McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas is now offering travelers a chance to dispose of any marijuana they might have on them before hopping onto a flight. So-called "amnesty boxes" have been installed at the airport and soon will be located at smaller airports...



LA Times National News
Feb 23, 2018

Everything you need to know about who's been charged in the Russia case
Here's a guide to who's been charged, how they're connected to President Trump, what they're accused of doing and who's cooperating with prosecutors.

LA Times National News
Feb 23, 2018

Members of the first generation to grow up with social media at its fingertips launch a gun-control movement
After a gunman killed 14 of their peers and three school staff members on the grounds of their Parkland, Fla., school last week, the reaction to share facts, questions and outrage on social media was immediate.

LA Times National News
Feb 23, 2018

Rick Gates, former top campaign aide to Trump, pleads guilty in Russia investigation
Richard W. Gates III, who helped lead President Trump's campaign after making millions of dollars advising Ukraine's pro-Kremlin government, pleaded guilty Friday to conspiracy against the United States and lying to the FBI, the latest former Trump aide to admit wrongdoing in the sprawling Russia...



LA Times National News
Feb 23, 2018

Trump unleashes on gun policy, immigrants and Democrats in rambling campaign-style speech
President Trump revived some favorite campaign staples in a highly partisan speech to conservative activists Friday — including an anti-immigrant poem and a "lock her up" chant — unleashing himself after tense weeks that saw a school massacre, more White House turmoil and fresh indictments against...



LA Times National News
Feb 23, 2018

Wages are finally starting to rise, but not for the middle class
Jorge Hunzelmann was pleased enough when his employer bumped up his pay this year by $2.50 an hour to $19.50.

Hunzelmann, a truck driver, is a beneficiary of a tightening labor market. But he does not have company-provided health benefits, and thankful as he was for the raise, the 52-year-old father...



LA Times National News
Feb 23, 2018

Florida governor breaks with NRA, backs tighter gun restrictions
As teachers returned Friday to the Florida high school where a teenage shooter killed 17 students and instructors, the state' governor announced sweeping plans to tighten gun laws and bar anyone younger than 21 from purchasing a firearm.

The proposal marked a dramatic break with the National Rifle...



LA Times National News
Feb 23, 2018

Rick Gates, former Trump campaign aide, expected to plead guilty in Russia case
Richard W. Gates III, who helped lead President Trump's campaign after making millions of dollars advising Ukraine's pro-Kremlin government, is expected to plead guilty Friday, the latest former Trump aide to admit wrongdoing in the sprawling Russia investigation.

A hearing in U.S. District Court...



LA Times National News
Feb 23, 2018

These are the Florida students behind the movement to end gun violence
In the White House, in town halls and on social media, many students have become activists and national voices after the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. This is who they are.

LA Times National News
Feb 23, 2018

Rick Gates, former top campaign aide to Trump, pleads guilty in Russia case
Richard W. Gates III, who helped lead President Trump's campaign after making millions of dollars advising Ukraine's pro-Kremlin government, pleaded guilty Friday to conspiracy against the United States and lying to the FBI, the latest former Trump aide to admit wrongdoing in the sprawling Russia...



LA Times National News
Feb 23, 2018

Trump's four positions on gun control in one week
President Trump has offered four responses to the killings of 17 students and staff at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida: banning sales of guns to people younger than 21; expanding background checks; new regulations to ban so-called bump stocks, which were used in the previous horrific...



LA Times National News
Feb 22, 2018

Texas governor spares death row inmate who plotted murder of his mother and brother
Half an hour before he was scheduled to be executed, a man convicted of masterminding the murder of his mother and younger brother was granted clemency Thursday by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott.

Abbott, a former state attorney general and Texas Supreme Court judge, noted that he has presided over 30 executions...



LA Times National News
Feb 22, 2018

As gun debate roils on, teachers in this Texas school are already armed
In the days since a 19-year-old gunman stormed onto his former high school campus in Parkland, Fla., killing 17 people with an AR-15 assault rifle, the nation has been embroiled in a debate over what to do about school violence: How do you make it stop?

Here at Argyle High School, they already...



LA Times National News
Feb 22, 2018

This is why the mayor of Los Angeles is visiting an early presidential primary state
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti is not well known in this rural Southern town of 2,882 residents.

So there were lots of questions when the dapper 47-year-old Democrat, who presides over a city of nearly 4 million, strolled into a local health and fitness center Wednesday evening, grinning broadly...



LA Times National News
Feb 22, 2018

Trump intensifies his push for arming teachers amid bipartisan criticism
President Trump on Thursday pressed his case for arming teachers to fight school shooters, despite widespread criticism, and for the first time suggested bonus payments for those who carry concealed firearms.

The president also called for making 21 the minimum age for buying long guns. Gun rights...



LA Times National News
Feb 22, 2018

Mueller more than doubles criminal charges against Manafort and Gates
For years, Ukraine was a lucrative source of income for Paul Manafort and Richard Gates, two high-powered American political consultants who made tens of millions of dollars wielding their talents on behalf of the pro-Moscow government in Kiev.

But the cash dried up when political unrest forced...



LA Times National News
Feb 22, 2018

An armed deputy remained outside Florida high school as a shooting massacre proceeded inside
An armed sheriff's deputy tasked with protecting students at a Florida high school waited outside during last week's shooting massacre that killed 17 people inside, law enforcement officials said Thursday.

Scot Peterson, who was assigned to the school as a resource office, did not enter Marjory...



LA Times National News
Feb 22, 2018

An armed deputy was outside Florida school when rampage took place but chose not to confront the shooter
An armed sheriff's deputy tasked with protecting students at a Florida high school waited outside during last week's shooting massacre that killed 17 people inside, law enforcement officials said Thursday.

Scot Peterson, who was assigned to the school as a resource office, did not enter Marjory...



LA Times National News
Feb 22, 2018

Australia and U.S. work to repair relationship after early Trump thrashing
President Trump was still settling into the Oval Office early last year when he blasted Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull over the phone for what the president called the "worst deal ever."

At issue was then-President Obama's agreement to accept about 1,250 economic refugees who had fled...



LA Times National News
Feb 22, 2018

Missouri governor indicted in connection with nude photo he purportedly took of woman
Embattled Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens was indicted Thursday on felony invasion of privacy charges in connection with a nude photo he allegedly took of a woman with whom he was having an affair, St. Louis prosecutors said.

Greitens, a Republican who was elected in 2016, has faced a barrage of questions...



LA Times National News
Feb 22, 2018

It's been a generation since Congress passed a gun control law. Will young protesters change that?
For days now, the airwaves and social media have been filled with the voices of young people, thick with righteousness and anger, vowing never again.

But will the student-led protests against gun violence dramatically change the politics and lead the president and Congress to act in a way that...



LA Times National News
Feb 22, 2018

A lasting movement or passing moment: Will a burst of new, young energy break an old impasse over gun laws?
For days now, the airwaves and social media have been filled with the voices of young people, thick with righteousness and anger, vowing never again.

But will the student-led protests against gun violence dramatically change the politics and lead the president and Congress to act in a way that...



LA Times National News
Feb 22, 2018

Will a burst of new, young energy break an old impasse over gun laws? It's far from clear
For days now, the airwaves and social media have been filled with the voices of young people, thick with righteousness and anger, vowing never again.

But will the student-led protests against gun violence dramatically change the politics and lead the president and Congress to act in a way that...



LA Times National News
Feb 22, 2018

GOP rattled by Pennsylvania congressional race in the heart of Trump country
The dismayed laborers from shuttered coal yards and steel mills didn't have to shift political allegiances to vote for President Trump in this part of the Rust Belt. They had been electing Republicans long before he showed up on the ballot.

That explains why party leaders in a congressional district...



LA Times National News
Feb 21, 2018

Rubio challenged by angry students, teachers and parents at Florida forum on shooting
Republican Sen. Marco Rubio was challenged at a town hall Wednesday night by angry students, teachers and parents who were demanding stronger gun-control measures after the school shooting that killed 17 people at a Florida high school.

One of those confronting Rubio at a CNN's "Stand Up" town...



LA Times National News
Feb 21, 2018

Sen. Marco Rubio challenged by angry students, teachers and parents at Florida forum on shooting
Republican Sen. Marco Rubio was challenged at a town hall Wednesday night by angry students, teachers and parents who were demanding stronger gun control measures after the school shooting that killed 17 people at a Florida high school.

One of those confronting Rubio at a CNN's "Stand Up" town...



LA Times National News
Feb 21, 2018

Trump suggests arming schools in emotional meeting with gun violence survivors and parents
President Trump hosted an extraordinarily emotional debate over guns and schools at the White House on Wednesday, listening for more than an hour as student survivors and grieving parents parried ideas to prevent firearms deaths, their gentle disputes hinting at the nation's divisions.

The president...



LA Times National News
Feb 21, 2018

Conspiracy theories about Florida school shooting survivors have gone mainstream
In a world of senseless chaos and cruelty, there are apparently two ways to comprehend what's driving the student-led gun control activism spreading across the country:

1. After a gunman killed 17 students and faculty at a high school in Parkland, Fla., last week, the students have launched a movement...



LA Times National News
Feb 21, 2018

$1.5-million reward offered to solve 2001 slaying of federal prosecutor and gun control activist
FBI and Justice Department officials still aren't sure who ambushed federal prosecutor Thomas C. Wales from outside his home office in Seattle on Oct. 11, 2001, but they'e hoping the new reward of over $1.5 million will loosen some lips.

LA Times National News
Feb 21, 2018

Declaring '#NeverAgain,' students remember Florida school shooting victims
Survivors of one of the deadliest school shootings in U.S. history took to the Florida state Capitol on Wednesday with a clear message: We will not be silenced.

As hundreds of students, teachers and gun reform advocates gathered outside the legislative building in Tallahassee, students from Marjory...



LA Times National News
Feb 21, 2018

Some Fed officials raised concerns about higher inflation as tax cuts took effect
Some Federal Reserve policymakers raised concerns last month about the potential for higher inflation and financial instability because of stronger economic growth triggered by the recently enacted tax cuts, according to an account of the meeting released on Wednesday.

Early signs that the effects...



LA Times National News
Feb 21, 2018

Supreme Court limits protections for corporate whistleblowers
The Supreme Court sharply limited the legal protections for corporate whistleblowers on Wednesday, ruling they are not shielded from being fired under a federal law unless they have reported a potential fraud to the Securities and Exchange Commission.

The justices conceded their ruling might "gut"...



LA Times National News
Feb 20, 2018

A spreading movement? How Florida school shooting survivors are inspiring other students to demand gun control
It started as a memorial to the 17 dead.

But after students at West Boca Raton Community High School gathered outside Tuesday to mark 17 minutes of silence — one for each person shot to death last week at nearby Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School — it turned into a protest for gun control.

"If...



LA Times National News
Feb 20, 2018

Pence was set to meet with North Korean officials during Olympics before last-minute cancellation
Vice President Mike Pence departed for a five-day, two-country swing through Asia earlier this month having agreed to a secret meeting with North Korean officials while in South Korea at the 2018 Winter Olympics.

But on Feb. 10, less than two hours before Pence and his team were set to meet with...



LA Times National News
Feb 20, 2018

Man arrested in killings of two Las Vegas homeless men
Federal authorities have arrested a man in connection with the killings of two homeless men in Las Vegas and the shooting of two other people, authorities said Tuesday.

Joshua Castellon, 26, of Las Vegas is being held in custody by federal authorities on a weapons charge, and the Las Vegas Metropolitan...



LA Times National News
Feb 20, 2018

Texas board recommends clemency for son who plotted to kill family
In a surprising, unanimous vote, the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles has recommended the governor grant clemency to death row inmate Thomas "Bart" Whitaker, fulfilling years of appeals from Whitaker's father, who survived the attack that killed his wife and younger son.

Kent Whitaker, the father,...



LA Times National News
Feb 20, 2018

Russia investigation leads to guilty plea for lawyer linked to Trump's former campaign aides
A lawyer linked to two of President Trump's former campaign aides ensnared in the continuing Russia inquiry has pleaded guilty to lying to investigators for special counsel Robert S. Mueller III.

The lawyer, Alex van der Zwaan, previously worked at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, a prominent...



LA Times National News
Feb 20, 2018

Trump 'supportive' of tougher gun law, but his record suggests that may not mean much
The deadly school shooting in Florida has moved President Trump to call for a ban on devices that turn legal firearms into deadly automatic assault rifles. But some gun control supporters expressed skepticism: He has promised action before in response to a mass killing, only to drop it when Americans'...



LA Times National News
Feb 20, 2018

Supreme Court leaves in place California's 10-day wait for gun buyers, rejects 2nd Amendment challenge
The Supreme Court on Tuesday turned down a 2nd Amendment challenge to California's mandatory 10-day waiting period for new gun purchases.

With only Justice Clarence Thomas in dissent, the justices let stand a ruling of the 9th Circuit Court that called the California law a "reasonable safety precaution"...



LA Times National News
Feb 20, 2018

Trump administration takes new steps to loosen health insurance rules
The Trump administration took new steps Tuesday to loosen health insurance rules, moving to allow the sale of more short-term health plans that do not need to offer consumers a full range of health protections.

The proposed regulations - which represent the latest in a series of administrative...



LA Times National News
Feb 20, 2018

U.S. is separating immigrant parents and children to discourage others, activists say
Thousands of parents who crossed illegally into the U.S. in recent years have been held with their children at immigration detention centers. But the case of a Brazilian woman and her son illustrates what migrant advocates call a harsher approach to immigration enforcement that aims to separate...



LA Times National News
Feb 20, 2018

Migrant advocates say U.S. is separating parents from children to discourage illegal immigration and asylum requests
Thousands of parents who crossed illegally into the U.S. in recent years have been held with their children at immigration detention centers. But the case of a Brazilian woman and her son illustrates what migrant advocates call a harsher approach to immigration enforcement that aims to separate...



LA Times National News
Feb 19, 2018

New report still can't explain illnesses of U.S. diplomats based in Cuba
The mystery surrounding strange symptoms of illness experienced by at least two dozen U.S. diplomats stationed in Havana has still not been resolved.

More than a year after the symptoms were first reported, and the U.S. government blamed them on "attacks" against the diplomats, a new report by...



LA Times National News
Feb 19, 2018

Even as gay rights battles are won, transgender people continue to face obstacles
In post-marriage-equality America, where same-sex couples live openly and increasingly are embraced in their communities, those on the conservative right who once pushed back against gay rights now appear to have shifted their focus to the transgender community.

So far this year, 10 states have...



LA Times National News
Feb 18, 2018

Former Trump aide Richard Gates to plead guilty; agrees to testify against Manafort, sources say
A former top aide to Donald Trump's presidential campaign will plead guilty to fraud-related charges within days — and has made clear to prosecutors that he would testify against Paul Manafort, the lawyer-lobbyist who once managed the campaign.

The change of heart by Trump's former deputy campaign...



LA Times National News
Feb 18, 2018

Mueller's indictments complicate Trump's efforts to dismiss Russia probe as a 'hoax'
Before Friday, when special counsel Robert S. Mueller III handed down a damning indictment against Russians for 2016 election meddling, it was much easier for President Trump to dismiss the entire inquiry as a Democratic hoax and witch hunt.

Trump had long sought to discredit claims of Russian...



LA Times National News
Feb 18, 2018

Former Trump aide Rick Gates to plead guilty; agrees to testify against Manafort, sources say
A former top aide to Donald Trump's presidential campaign will plead guilty to fraud-related charges within days - and has made clear to prosecutors that he would testify against Paul J. Manafort Jr., the lawyer-lobbyist who once managed the campaign.

The change of heart by Trump's former deputy...



LA Times National News
Feb 18, 2018

Trump lashes out at FBI over Florida shooting, says agency spent 'too much time' on Russia probe
Still silent on the role gun access played in last week's Florida school massacre, President Trump lashed out at the FBI and suggested the investigation into Russian election-meddling impeded an opportunity to stop the teen-age suspect in the shooting.

In a series of 15 tweets over a 19-hour period...



LA Times National News
Feb 18, 2018

Art and teamwork help one Puerto Rican town nearly five months after Hurricane Maria ripped through
The Perez family's guava-colored home stands out in the Cerro Calero section of Aguadilla, in northwestern Puerto Rico.

It's not only the home's faint pink exterior, or the roof, temporarily covered with a blue protective sheet, that make this house distinct.

It's also not the extension cords coming...



LA Times National News
Feb 18, 2018

Family of woman killed by Maryland police was awarded $37 million. Will they ever see the money?
The verdict of more than $37 million won by the family of Korryn Gaines, who was shot and killed by police two years ago, is one of the largest ever against law enforcement officers in Maryland.

But legal experts question whether her family will actually see all that money. Maryland's cap on local...



LA Times National News
Feb 17, 2018

Nikolas Cruz was investigated after cutting himself on Snapchat, state report shows
Nikolas Cruz cut his arms on Snapchat and said he wanted to buy a gun in September 2016, more than a year before he was accused of killing 17 people in a school in Parkland, records show.

The incident on the digital social network prompted an investigation by sheriff's deputies and adult welfare...



LA Times National News
Feb 17, 2018

Trolls on Twitter make false claims of being assaulted at screenings of 'Black Panther'
As Marvel's latest superhero movie, "Black Panther," draws praise and rakes in millions of dollars at the box office, Twitter trolls have emerged across the country attempting to stoke racial division by spreading false reports about the film's largely African American fans.

Over the last few days,...



LA Times National News
Feb 17, 2018

Trolls on Twitter make false claims of being assaulted while seeing 'Black Panther'
As Marvel's latest superhero movie, "Black Panther," draws praise and rakes in millions of dollars at the box office, Twitter trolls have emerged across the country attempting to stoke racial division by spreading false reports about the film's largely African American fans.

Over the last few days,...



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