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Feb 21, 2018

Dallas Politician Tells NRA To Get Lost Unless It's Ready To Talk Reform
A gun-owning Dallas politician said he won't support the National Rifle Association holding its annual convention in his city this year after last week's Florida school shooting unless the group will discuss gun law reform.

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Feb 21, 2018

Ethiopia says state of emergency will last six months
(This Feb. 17 story is refiled to reflect latest update) By Aaron Maasho ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - A state of emergency imposed in Ethiopia a day after the prime minister resigned will last for six months, the defense minister said on Saturday, as authorities sought to tamp down unrest in Africa's second most populous nation. Outbreaks of violence had continued in parts of the country and the government was banning protests, along with the preparation and dissemination of publications "that could incite and sow discord", Defence Minister Siraj Fegessa told reporters. "The government has previously made several efforts to curtail violence, but lives have continued to be lost, many have been displaced and economic infrastructure has been damaged," he said.

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Feb 21, 2018

Florida Survivors Push Back After GOP Activist Says They're 'Hijacked By Left-Wing Groups'
Student survivors of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School who are taking the fight for gun control to the state and national level don't appreciate seeing their organizing efforts being labeled as a left-wing conspiracy.

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Feb 21, 2018

How rightwing media is already attacking Florida teens speaking out
Emma González, 18, a senior at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, gave an impassioned speech at an anti-gun rally in Fort Lauderdale. Students are speaking out, demanding that politicians act. Many found their voice on Twitter and directly attacked Donald Trump's strange and distracted online response to the massacre.

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Feb 21, 2018

More bombs hit Syria's Ghouta, death toll highest since 2013
By Ellen Francis and Angus McDowall BEIRUT (Reuters) - Pro-government forces pounded the rebel-held district of eastern Ghouta outside the Syrian capital Damascus on Tuesday, in a surge of violence that a war monitor said had killed at least 250 people since Sunday night. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said it was the highest 48-hour death toll in the Syria conflict since a 2013 chemical attack on eastern Ghouta, the last major rebel bastion located near the capital. Damascus says it only targets militants.

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Feb 21, 2018

Parkland School Shooting: Student Says She Was Stalked by Nikolas Cruz Prior to Attack
Ariana Lopez claims Cruz sent her and her friends messages saying he was "going to be the next school shooter."

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Feb 21, 2018

The One Scandal The Trump White House Can't Lie Its Way Out Of
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Feb 21, 2018

US 'deeply concerned' about attacks on Syria rebel enclave
The United States said Tuesday it was "deeply concerned" about the escalating Syrian and Russian attacks on the rebel-held enclave of Eastern Ghouta, which have left more than 250 civilians dead in two days. State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert blamed the Assad regime's "siege and starve tactics" for adding to the humanitarian disaster in the Damascus district, and endorsed the United Nations' call for a monthlong halt to violence. "The United States is deeply concerned by the escalating violence in the Damascus suburb of Eastern Ghouta," Nauert told reporters.

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Feb 21, 2018

Volcano in Indonesia unleashes massive explosion
Mount Sinabung in Indonesia has been erupting for about the past five years now, displacing tens of thousands as it sends debris flows toward populated areas. On Feb. 19, the volcano unleashed a far more explosive eruption that vaulted smoke and ash more than 25,000 feet into the air, prompting aviation alerts for aircraft to steer clear of the area.  The eruption, which occurred on the island of North Sumatra, was caught on video by residents of Berestagi, which is about 15 miles to the west of the mountain, as well as residents of towns further away. Areas under the ash cloud saw the sky turn from day into night, while a layer of volcanic dust fell onto the ground. #february #19th #2018 #sinabung #sinabungmountain #gunungsinabung #sinabungerupsi A post shared by Agnes (@agnezdiann) on Feb 18, 2018 at 6:18pm PST According to the Smithsonian's Global Volcanism Program, the 8,000-foot volcano is thought to have erupted in 1881 as well as 1912, followed by explosive eruptions in 2010 and more recent activity beginning in 2013.  View of Mt. Sinabung this morning from my office ???????????? #sinabungmountain #sinabung #berastagi #northsumatera #volcano #erruption #wedusgembel #mountain #indonesia A post shared by Dinda (@dindasurel26) on Feb 18, 2018 at 6:01pm PST Major volcanic eruptions, particularly those that loft large amounts of ash high into the atmosphere — at least 40,000 feet high — can actually alter the planet's climate. History is full of examples of temporary cooling periods f

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Feb 21, 2018

Woman who pleaded guilty over fiance's kayaking death now argues she was ‘in the wrong place at the wrong time'
A woman who pleaded guilty over her fiance's kayaking death has argued that she was in "the wrong place at the wrong time" when he drowned in rough waters after plunging overboard. "I was in danger, too, just as much as he was.

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Feb 21, 2018

Florida Republican's aide sacked after suggesting shooting survivors are actors
A Florida congressman's aide has been fired after spreading a conspiracy theory that some of the Flordia school shooting victims calling for gun control were actors. Benjamin Kelly, an aide to Republican state representative Shawn Harrison, sent an email to a Tampa Bay Times journalist claiming that two survivors of the Parkland tragedy, speaking up after 17 of their classmates were killed in a school shooting, were not real students. The 61-year-old wrote: "Both kids in the picture are not students [at Stoneman Douglas] but actors that travel to various crisis when they happen." The newspaper reported that after it asked for evidence for this allegation, the aide sent a YouTube conspiracy video targeting one of the students. After publication of  Kelly's claims, he was fired. Harrison said he was "appalled at and strongly denounce his comments", adding that he was "sorry for any pain this has caused the grieving families of this tragedy". He tweeted: "I do not share his opinion and he did so without my knowledge." Here's the email. I asked for more information to back up the claim and was sent another email that linked to a YouTube conspiracy video. pic.twitter.com/VRSVOcjj3E— Alex Leary (@learyreports) February 20, 2018 Kelly apologised for his actions, saying that he "made a mistake whereas I tried to inform a reporter of information relating to his story regarding a school shooting". He added: "This was not my responsibility. I meant no disrespect to the stud

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Feb 21, 2018

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Feb 21, 2018

Canada women beat Russia 5-0, will meet US in hockey final
GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — It's part of the routine now, as much a staple of the Winter Games as the medal ceremonies, the doping scandals or the sequins on the figure skating costumes.

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Feb 21, 2018

Trump Unleashes Tweetstorm Blasting Rachel Crooks, Who Accuses Him of Forcibly Kissing Her
He also ripped "The Washington Post," which featured Crooks on its cover Tuesday morning.

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Feb 21, 2018

Turkey vows to lay siege to Syria's Afrin 'in coming days'
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday said Turkish forces would soon lay siege to Syria's Afrin as a cross-border offensive targeting a Kurdish militia entered its second month. On January 20, Ankara launched an air and ground operation supporting Syrian rebels against the People's Protection Units (YPG) in the Afrin region of northern Syria.

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Feb 21, 2018

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Feb 21, 2018

Syria's Child Death Toll Prompts Scathing 1-Sentence Statement From UN Agency
The United Nations agency that helps the world's needy children issued a terse statement on Tuesday about the escalating death toll in Syria as pro-government forces hammer rebel-held areas.

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Feb 21, 2018

Teens hold a 'lie-in' at White House calling for gun control
A group of Washington, D.C., teenagers staged a "lie-in" outside of the White House on Monday to show their support for the victims of last week's mass shooting at a Florida high school — and to demand action from President Trump on gun control.

"We have organized this protest in solidarity with all of those who were affected by the horrific school shooting in Florida," the organization said in a statement posted on its Facebook page. "We call on President Trump and leaders from both parties to finally act in the interest of America's youth and end these tragic mass shootings!"

Dozens of teenagers participated in Monday's lie-in. More than 700 people RSVP'd for the event on Facebook.

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Feb 21, 2018

Philippines' Duterte plays down China military facilities in disputed sea
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte sought on Monday to allay fears about China's construction of military bases on manmade islands in the South China Sea, saying these were built to defend against America rather than confront neighboring states. Duterte also blamed past governments for not building up the country's defenses in the Spratly archipelago at a time when Beijing was only starting to build its artificial islands and turning them into military bases. On China's construction, he added: "It's not intended for us.

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Feb 21, 2018

Photos: Indonesia's Mount Sinabung erupts, spews towering ash cloud
Mount Sinabung erupted on Monday morning, sending an ash cloud more than 5,000 meters (16,000 feet) towering into the atmosphere. No fatalities or injuries have been reported.

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Feb 21, 2018

Rep. Tom Rooney Is the Latest Republican Who Isn't Seeking Reelection in 2018
The Florida Republican will retire at the end of his term.

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Feb 21, 2018

Chris Cornell's Widow Says Singer Would 'Never Have Ever Left This World'
Vicky Cornell, the widow of rock singer Chris Cornell, believes a prescribed medication is the reason her husband of 13 years killed himself in a Detroit hotel room last May.

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Feb 21, 2018

'Black Panther' Marks A New Kind Of Black Superhero Movie
We have never seen a black superhero movie quite like "Black Panther."

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Feb 21, 2018

In honor of Rihanna's birthday, we're sharing our favorite Fenty Beauty products
It's hard to believe that it was over 10 years ago when we first heard 'Pon de Replay' on the radio by an 'unknown' Rihanna at the time.

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Feb 21, 2018

Florida students, thrust in new role after shooting, find a powerful voice: 'we can't waste this chance'
‘This right now is the biggest issue in our country,' said a student who survived the Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school shooting Cameron Kasky spoke on Saturday at a rally for gun control at the Broward County Federal Courthouse in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Photograph: Rhona Wise/AFP/Getty Images

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Feb 21, 2018

Wife of lawmaker who killed himself loses election bid
SHEPHERDSVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The wife of a former Kentucky Republican lawmaker who killed himself last year after facing sexual assault allegations has lost her attempt to fill the remainder of her husband's term in a special election that ended up being a referendum of sorts on the #metoo movement.

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Feb 21, 2018

Duterte slammed for barring Philippine news site from his events
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's move to ban a critical news website from covering the presidential palace is a threat to press freedom, rights and media groups said on Wednesday. Rappler, set up in 2012, is among a clutch of Philippine news organisations that have sparred with Duterte over their critical coverage of his drug war which the government says has claimed the lives of nearly 4,000 suspects. Human rights groups charge that thousands more have been killed by shadowy vigilantes.

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Feb 20, 2018

Syria's Child Death Toll Prompts Scathing 1-Sentence Statement From UN Agency
The United Nations agency that helps the world's needy children issued a terse statement on Tuesday about the escalating death toll in Syria as pro-government forces hammer rebel-held areas.

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Feb 20, 2018

Democrats Flip Kentucky State House Seat Where Trump Won Overwhelmingly
Democrats flipped a GOP-held Kentucky state House seat on Tuesday, handing the party its 37th state legislative pickup nationwide since Donald Trump won the presidency.

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Feb 20, 2018

Florida Republican's aide fired for false suggestion shooting survivors are actors
David Hogg, a senior at Marjory Stoneman Douglas, has been the target of conspiracy videos spreading on YouTube. An aide to a Florida lawmaker was fired after falsely suggesting that student survivors of the mass shooting in Parkland were "actors", repeating a conspiracy theory that has been used to harass victims.

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Feb 20, 2018

Republicans push to ban death penalty in conservative Utah
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Republican leader of the Utah House of Representatives backed an effort Tuesday to ban the death penalty in the conservative state, coming three years after lawmakers voted to reinstate the firing squad as a backup method for executions.

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Feb 20, 2018

Chris Cornell's Widow Says Singer Would 'Never Have Ever Left This World'
Vicky Cornell, the widow of rock singer Chris Cornell, believes a prescribed medication is the reason her husband of 13 years killed himself in a Detroit hotel room last May.

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Feb 20, 2018

Trump's compromise on gun control: explaining the president's (tiny) offer
On Tuesday Donald Trump offered a ban on bump stock devices and a new law to enforce background check laws. A day after high school students lay on the ground in the streets in front of the White House, asking "Am I next?" the White House has signaled support for two of the smallest possible steps forward on gun control. Newly-activist students who survived the mass shooting in a Florida high school last week are asking for a fresh ban on assault weapons.

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Feb 20, 2018

AP FACT CHECK: Where are Trump's 'tougher' steps on Russia?
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says he's been "much tougher" on Russia than his predecessor — but his evidence remains scant at best.

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Feb 20, 2018

2019 Porsche 911 GT3 RS: First Look
Our favorite 911 variant is back, and promises to be sharper than ever.

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Feb 20, 2018

Trump's Attempt to Strike "Ultimate" Middle East Deal Faces New Setback
Mahmoud Abbas challenges American leadership of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process at the United Nations.

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Feb 20, 2018

7th-grader with distraction device shoots himself at school
MASSILLON, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio seventh-grader who brought a gun to school and shot himself inside a restroom just before classes began on Tuesday also had a device in his backpack meant to cause a distraction, police said.

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Feb 20, 2018

Pakistan given three-month reprieve over terrorist financing watchlist: minister
By Asif Shahzad ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistan has been given a three-month reprieve by a global watchdog over a U.S.-led motion to put the South Asian country on a terrorist financing watchlist, Pakistan's Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif said late on Tuesday. Pakistan has been scrambling in recent months to avoid being added to a list of countries deemed non-compliant with anti-money laundering and terrorist financing regulations by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), a measure that officials fear could hurt its economy.

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Feb 20, 2018

'Black Panther' Actress Letitia Wright Hopes Shuri Inspires More Girls To Pursue STEM
The younger sister to T'Challa (aka the Black Panther) is an Afrofuturistic engineer who can build technologically advanced societies and fully heal spinal bullet wounds in less than 24 hours.

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Feb 20, 2018

The Latest: Group says Syria death toll tops 100 for the day
BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on the conflict in Syria (all times local):

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Feb 20, 2018

Florida lawmakers refuse to consider assault weapons ban despite call for tougher gun control laws
Florida state lawmakers have rejected a bill that would ban assault rifles, less than a week after 17 people were killed in a shooting at a Florida high school. The Florida House voted 36-71 against a motion to consider legislation to outlaw assault rifles and large capacity magazines, effectively killing the bill for the time-being, according to the Associated Press. The vote came as members of Congress, state legislators, governors and student survivors of the Parkland shooting called for tougher gun control laws.

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Feb 20, 2018

Syria pro-government forces enter Afrin to aid Kurds against Turkey
By Gulsen Solaker and Ellen Francis ANKARA/BEIRUT (Reuters) - Pro-Syrian government forces entered Syria's northwestern Afrin region on Tuesday to help a Kurdish militia there fend off a Turkish assault, raising the prospect of a wider escalation of the conflict. Soon after the convoy of militia fighters - waving Syrian flags and brandishing weapons - entered Afrin, Syrian state media reported that Turkey had targeted them with shellfire. The confrontation pits the Turkish army and allied Syrian rebel groups directly against the military alliance backing the government of President Bashar al-Assad, further scrambling northwest Syria's already messy battlefield.

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Feb 20, 2018

Dad Arrested for Impregnating Daughter Granted Bond; She Remains Jailed
A father who impregnated and married his biological, adult daughter was granted bond Tuesday in Henrico County, Virginia.

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Feb 20, 2018

Adam Rippon Loved Sally Field's 'Bold' Matchmaking Attempt
Olympic figure skater Adam Rippon responded to actress Sally Field's earnest effort to make him her future son-in-law with surprise and admiration.

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Feb 20, 2018

Struck by Parkland Shooting Tragedy, Gun Owner Saws His AR-15 in Half
Scott Pappalardo's Facebook video has been viewed nearly 18 million times.

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Feb 20, 2018

Florida Students March To Stoneman Douglas High To Show Solidarity Over School Shooting
Hundreds of students walked out of classes at a Florida high school on Tuesday morning and were marching nearly 11 miles to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where a mass shooting left 17 students and staff members dead last week.

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Feb 20, 2018

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Feb 20, 2018

Army Awards Heroism Medal To 3 Junior ROTC Cadets Killed In Florida Shooting
Three Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps cadets killed during last week's mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida have been awarded the Medal of Heroism by the U.S. Army.

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Feb 20, 2018

Idaho lawmaker yells 'abortion is murder' at students
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A Republican Idaho state senator yelled "abortion is murder" at a group of students who were pushing for birth control legislation at the Statehouse and now faces an ethics complaint after a post from an unverified Twitter account told them to discuss "killing babies" with a Democratic lawmaker.

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Feb 20, 2018

Some Conservatives Are Trying To Discredit Outspoken Florida Shooting Survivors
WASHINGTON ? After what seems like a never-ending stream of deadly mass shootings, many gun reform proponents fear that Americans have become too desensitized to bloodshed to demand action to end gun violence.

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Feb 20, 2018

In honor of Rihanna's birthday, we're sharing our favorite Fenty Beauty products
It's hard to believe that it was over 10 years ago when we first heard 'Pon de Replay' on the radio by an 'unknown' Rihanna at the time.

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Feb 20, 2018

Donald Trump is flailing like never before thanks to Robert Mueller - and a coalition of angry high school students
The high school shooting in South Florida which left 17 students and adults dead was reportedly greeted by the White House as a handy distraction from all the messes it had been struggling to contain, ranging from claims by yet another woman that she'd had an extramarital affair with the president to the bungled firing of a top aide accused of physical abuse by two former wives. Then the next day he lambasted the FBI, saying it had dropped the ball in Florida because it spent too much time probing Russian influence in the 2016 election. If the kids at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School weren't livid enough, that really set them off.

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Feb 20, 2018

Turkey 'opens fire on Syrian regime forces' coming to the aid of Kurds in Afrin
Turkish forces shelled a column of pro-Assad regime fighters as they tried to join with Kurdish forces resisting a Turkish incursion into northern Syria, Turkey's resident Recep Tayyip Erdogan said. The regime has been saying for days that it would dispatch fighters to support the Kurds as they battle to keep Turkey from taking control of the Kurdish-held pocket of Afrin. The confrontation pits the Turkish army and allied Syrian rebel groups directly against the military alliance backing the government of President Bashar al-Assad, further scrambling northwest Syria's already messy battlefield. Mr Erdogan described the convoy as being made up of "terrorists" acting independently. He said Turkish artillery fire had forced it to turn back, although the Kurdish militia denied this. "Unfortunately, these kind of terror organisations take wrong steps with the decisions they take. It is not possible for us to allow this. They will pay a heavy price," he said.  Syrian television had earlier shown the group of fighters passing through a checkpoint that bore the insignia of the Kurdish security force, some chanting "one Syria, one Syria", and driving further into Afrin. Pro-regime fighters drive past a banner of the Kurdish leader Abdullah Ocalan Credit: GEORGE OURFALIAN/AFP/Getty Images Ankara's month-old offensive is aimed at driving the Kurdish YPG militia, which it sees as a big security threat on its border, from Afrin. The YPG hailed the arrival of the pro-government forc

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Feb 20, 2018

Russia blamed as key clinic in Syria enclave bombed out of service
A key hospital in Syria's rebel-held Eastern Ghouta was put out of service on Tuesday, a medical group said, with a monitor blaming Russian air strikes. "The Arbin hospital was hit twice today and is now out of service," said Moussa Naffa, country director in Jordan for the Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS), which supported the clinic. The news came as the United Nations said six hospitals had been hit in Eastern Ghouta in the past 48 hours, in addition to the one reported by SAMS.

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Feb 20, 2018

Man Assaults Gas Station Cashier With Hot Dogs After Refusing to Let Him Buy Beer: Cops
A corn dog stick was allegedly also involved.

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Feb 20, 2018

What Does the Second Amendment Say? A History of the Oft-Debated Constitutional Article
Those against gun control argue that regulating firearms infringes on an individual's "right to bear arms."

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Feb 20, 2018

President Trump Tweeted He's Been Tougher on Russia Than Obama. That's Not True
President Donald Trump took to Twitter Tuesday to argue that he's been tougher on Russia than his predecessor Barack Obama. That's not true.

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Feb 20, 2018

New Wynn Resorts CEO denies knowing of claims against mogul
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The new CEO of Las Vegas-based Wynn Resorts said he was not aware of any of the sexual misconduct accusations against casino mogul Steve Wynn before they surfaced last month.

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Feb 20, 2018

'Black Panther' Marks A New Kind Of Black Superhero Movie
We have never seen a black superhero movie quite like "Black Panther."

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Feb 20, 2018

Students shaken by shooting focus on stopping gun violence
PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) — Chris Grady was a theater kid counting down the days until he reported for duty in the U.S. Army this summer when a gunman opened fire at his Florida school. As he huddled in his classroom at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School last Wednesday listening to shots nearby, what he felt wasn't fear, but anger.

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Feb 20, 2018

R. Kelly Evicted From Atlanta Homes For Unpaid Rent
We're not tryin' to be rude, but ... singer R. Kelly has been evicted from two Atlanta homes for unpaid rent.

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Feb 20, 2018

Police say student shoots self in Ohio middle school, no one else hurt
Police in Ohio say a 7th-grader apparently brought a gun to school and shot himself inside a bathroom.

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Feb 20, 2018

The Latest: Erdogan: Pro-Syrian forces pushed back in Afrin
BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on the conflict in Syria (all times local):

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Feb 20, 2018

FBI charge British engineer with murdering wife on yacht in Caribbean
  A British engineer has been charged by the FBI with murdering his wife after she disappeared at sea as they cruised around the Caribbean on a belated honeymoon. Lewis Bennett, 41, who holds dual British and Australian citizenship and is originally from Poole, Dorset, was accused of second-degree murder over the death of Isabella Hellmann, 41, on May 15 last year. He was charged in a Miami court where, according to local television station WPTV, he was also sentenced to seven months in jail for transporting valuable rare coins. After his wife's disappearance Bennett told investigators she was lost at sea when their 37ft catamaran, Surf into Summer, was struck by an unknown object near the Bahamas. According to to the FBI Bennett said he had gone below deck and left Ms Hellmann above to keep watch. He described being woken up at 1am by a jolt and the vessel was taking on water. Bennett told investigators he could not find his wife and had to abandon ship on a life raft. In an affidavit FBI special agent James Kelley said the bureau now believed Bennett "knowingly and unlawfully killed" Ms Hellmann. The FBI affidavit ?claimed ?Bennett? ??had damaged the inside of the boat causing it to flood. Isabella Hellman and her British husband Lewis Bennett. She went missing during a honeymoon sailing trip. When Ms Hellmann disappeared the couple, who had a daughter now aged 17 months, were sailing back from Havana, Cuba to their home in Delray Beach, Florida. The daughter was not on the boat

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Feb 20, 2018

Top court rejects challenge to California gun waiting period
By Andrew Chung WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday turned away a constitutional challenge brought by gun rights activists to a California law imposing a 10-day waiting period for the purchase of firearms, intended to guard against impulsive violence and suicides. Signaling its continued reluctance to step into the growing national debate over gun control, the nine justices left in place a lower court ruling that upheld the waiting period put in place in the Democratic-governed state that has some of the broadest U.S. firearms restrictions. Conservative Justice Clarence Thomas dissented from the court's decision not to hear the case.

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Feb 20, 2018

Aurora borealis turns the sky greener than the ground
These Northern Light ‘rainbows' have turned the sky greener than the Earth below. Vitaly Istomin, 26, spent several nights in freezing conditions under the stars in northern Russia's Khibiny Mountains to capture the Aurora's ‘rainbows' overhead. (Caters News)

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Feb 20, 2018

Trump presidency is ‘code red' level threat to US democracy, says Thomas Friedman
Thomas Friedman of the New York Times wrote that "the biggest threat to the integrity of our democracy today is in the Oval Office". The column discussed the influence of Russia on US politics in light of the recent indictment in the FBI investigation into possible collusion between Mr Trump's campaign team and Russian officials. "Donald, if you are so innocent, why do you go to such extraordinary lengths to try to shut [special prosecutor Robert] Mueller down?" Mr Friedman asked.

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Feb 20, 2018

More than 100 killed in Syria assault on Damascus suburb
BEIRUT (AP) — Intense Syrian government shelling and airstrikes on rebel-held Damascus suburbs killed nearly 130 people in two days, marking some of the deadliest bombardment of the rebellious region in three years, a monitoring group and paramedics said Tuesday.

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Feb 20, 2018

Abbas, in rare UN speech, calls for Mideast peace conference
Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas on Tuesday called for an international conference to be held by mid-2018 to pave the way for recognition of Palestinian statehood as part of a wider Middle East peace process. In a rare address to the UN Security Council, Abbas said he would step up efforts to achieve full UN membership for Palestine and urged countries that have yet to recognize it to do so.

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Feb 20, 2018

Ice dancing pair overcomes costume issue, nabs the silver medal
Ice dancing pair Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron brought home a silver medal for France, despite an unexpected setback during Monday's short program.  At the start of the pair's short dance performance at the Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Papadakis suffered a costume issue when a clasp at the nape of her neck came undone, forcing her to balance holding her top in place with skating a difficult program. SEE ALSO: How to calm your nerves while watching the Olympics Papadakis and Cizeron perform their short dance program on Monday in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Early in the performance, Papadakis experienced an unexpected setback when a clasp on her costume came undone.Image: Getty ImagesNBC Sports has video of the challenging performance here. During a presser after the performance, Papadakis addressed the incident.  But on Tuesday in Pyeongchang, Papadakis and Cizeron managed to secure the silver medal after an excellent free dance performance. The couple came in second behind Canada's Scott Moir and Tessa Virtue, the maybe-couple of everyone's Olympic dreams. As the Associated Press reported, Papadakis wasn't the first skater to experience a costume issue at this year's Winter Games. Yura Min of South Korea also had an issue with a clasp during a performance earlier this week. WATCH: This is how Margot Robbie looked like a master figure skater on 'I, Tonya'

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Feb 20, 2018

U.S. to extend skimpy health insurance outside of Obamacare
WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. government on Tuesday proposed extending the availability of skimpy health insurance plans to millions of Americans in another Trump administration move aimed at undercutting the requirements of the Affordable Care Act, often called Obamacare. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services issued a proposed rule that such plans, now available only for periods of three months or less, will be available for up to 12 months. The plans will not include the benefits that define the insurance created under Democratic former President Barack Obama, including required health benefits such as maternity coverage and the guarantee of insurance regardless of health.

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Feb 20, 2018

Seas to rise about a meter even if climate goals are met - study
By Alister Doyle OSLO (Reuters) - Sea levels will rise between 0.7 and 1.2 meters (27-47 inches) in the next two centuries even if governments end the fossil fuel era as promised under the Paris climate agreement, scientists said on Tuesday. Early action to cut greenhouse gas emissions would limit the long-term rise, driven by a thaw of ice from Greenland to Antarctica that will re-draw global coastlines, a German-led team wrote in the journal Nature Communications. Sea level rise is a threat to cities from Shanghai to London, to low-lying swathes of Florida or Bangladesh, and to entire nations such as the Maldives in the Indian Ocean or Kiribati in the Pacific.

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Feb 20, 2018

Mueller charges lawyer with false statements in Russia probe
The U.S. special counsel who is investigating alleged Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election has charged an attorney with lying about his communications with Rick Gates, a former aide to Donald Trump's campaign. Special Counsel Robert Mueller unsealed criminal charges on Tuesday against lawyer Alex van der Zwaan for allegedly lying to the FBI last November about work his law firm performed in 2012 related to Ukraine. The charge likely puts pressure on Gates and Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort, who are both facing criminal charges including conspiracy to launder money and failure to register as foreign agents in connection with their political work for a pro-Russia Ukrainian party.

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Feb 20, 2018

Venezuela begins selling oil-backed cryptocurrency
Venezuela formally launched its new oil-backed cryptocurrency on Tuesday in an unconventional bid to haul itself out of a deepening economic crisis. The leftist Caracas government put 38.4 million units of the world's first state-backed digital currency, the Petro, on private pre-sale from the early hours. The Latin American country has the world's largest proven oil reserves but is facing a crippling economic and political crisis.

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Feb 20, 2018

James and Kimberly Snead Say Nikolas Cruz Had a 'Right to Own' AR-15
Cruz is accused of using an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle to kill 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in the deadliest school shooting in Florida's history.

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Feb 20, 2018

Florida school shooting survivors are demanding gun control from legislators at the state capital
The survivors of the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School want to be the last students to live through a school shooting - and they have a plan to make that happen. One hundred students from the Florida high school, where a lone gunman killed 17 students and staff members last week, have travelled to the state capital of Tallahassee to meet with legislators and hold a march for gun safety reform. "It really needs to be recognised that they need to stop fighting each other and starting working together,'' Jaclyn Corin, the student and junior class president who conceived of the trip, told the Tampa Bay Times.

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Feb 20, 2018

Trump, inexplicably, says he has 'been much tougher on Russia than Obama'
President Trump declared on Tuesday that he has been "much tougher on Russia" than President Barack Obama, despite evidence that the opposite is true.

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Feb 20, 2018

No survivors as Iran finds wreckage of plane on mountain
By Bozorgmehr Sharafedin LONDON (Reuters) - There were no survivors among the 65 passengers and crew on an Iranian plane that ploughed into a mountain top, where most of the bodies lie buried under snow, the first rescue team to reach the wreckage said on Tuesday. Iranian military located the wreckage in the central province of Isfahan on Tuesday morning. "Only parts of the airplane are visible and the rest is deeply buried... The rescue team have seen 30 bodies on the ground," an official from Iran's Red Crescent was quoted as saying by Tasnim news agency.

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Feb 20, 2018

Ohio school on lockdown after student shoots self: police
A school in Massillon, Ohio, was on lockdown on Tuesday morning after a student suffered an "apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound," the school district said. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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Feb 20, 2018

House Republicans launch phase 2 of the dossier probe
House Intelligence Committee threatens to subpoena top officials in the dirty dossier investigation.

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Feb 20, 2018

Hazardous effort to recover bodies from plane crash in Iran mountains
"Deep and dangerous crevices in the area of the crash have made it impossible for helicopters to land," Ghafoor Rastinrooz, director of the regional medical centre, told official news agency IRNA. Aseman Airlines flight EP3704 disappeared from radar as it flew over the Zagros mountain range on Sunday morning, around 45 minutes after taking off from Tehran on a domestic flight.

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Feb 20, 2018

Hero Teacher Killed in Florida Gave Fiancée Funeral Instructions in Case He Died in School Shooting
Scott Biegel's partner, Gwen Gossler, followed his wishes.

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Feb 20, 2018

Turkey vows to lay siege to Syria's Afrin 'in coming days'
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday said Turkish forces would soon lay siege to Syria's Afrin as a cross-border offensive targeting a Kurdish militia entered its second month. On January 20, Ankara launched an air and ground operation supporting Syrian rebels against the People's Protection Units (YPG) in the Afrin region of northern Syria.

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Feb 20, 2018

Robert Mueller charges lawyer with lying in Russia election meddling probe
Robert Mueller, the man leading the Russian election meddling investigation, has charged a lawyer with making false statements to his team.  Alex Van Der Zwaan was charged with "willfully and knowingly making materially false, fictitious and fraudulent statements" to investigators.  Mr Van Der Zwaan was an attorney with a law firm which worked with Ukraine's justice ministry in a case against the politician Yulia Tymoshenko.  The lawyer had communications with Robert Gates, a Donald Trump campaign aide who was charged alongside colleague Paul Manafort by Mr Mueller's team last year.  There have been reports over the weekend that Mr Gates has struck a bargain with investigators and is prepared to plead guilty - though nothing has been announced.  Mr Van Der Zwaan was charged on February 16 in federal court in Washington and news of the move emerged on Tuesday.  It is unclear exactly how Mr Van Der Zwaan fits into Mr Mueller's wider investigation, which is looking into how Russia interfered in the US election of 2016.  More to follow.

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Feb 20, 2018

Florida Survivors Push Back After GOP Activist Says They're 'Hijacked By Left-Wing Groups'
Student survivors of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School who are taking the fight for gun control to the state and national level don't appreciate seeing their organizing efforts being labeled as a left-wing conspiracy.

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Feb 20, 2018

The Latest: State TV says Turkey shells entrance to Afrin
BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on the conflict in Syria (all times local):

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Feb 20, 2018

Trump Administration Takes Another Step To Roll Back Obamacare
Republican efforts to roll back the Affordable Care Act's insurance reforms continued Tuesday, when the Trump administration proposed regulations that would make it easier for health insurers to sell cheap, short-term policies that leave out key benefits and are available only to people in good health.

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Feb 20, 2018

Fergie Apologizes For National Anthem, Saying She 'Tried Her Best'
Fergie says she tried her best in her ill-received performance of the national anthem before the NBA All-Star Game on Sunday night.

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Feb 20, 2018

Russia investigation: Mueller levels new charges against lawyer for lying to FBI about Rick Gates talks
Special Counsel Robert Mueller has accused Dutch lawyer Alex Van Der Zwaan of making false statements about his contact with ex-Trump campaign aide Rick Gates. The allegations are the latest charges in Mr Mueller's investigation into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election. Mr Van Der Zwann is expected to plead guilty during a hearing on Tuesday afternoon.

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Feb 20, 2018

Florida Shooter's Former Friend Says She Reported Him To School 'Multiple' Times
A former friend of Nikolas Cruz, the 19-year-old who confessed to opening fire on a Florida high school last week, says she told school officials that she was concerned about his behavior "multiple" times over the last several years.

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Feb 20, 2018

Security Brief: U.S. Officials Reassure Allies in Munich; Mueller Indicts 13 Russians
Trump administration officials spent the weekend in Munich telling their European counterparts to please ignore President Donald Trump's tweets and to focus on their more sober-minded statements.

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Feb 20, 2018

Several dozen Russian, ex-Soviet fighters wounded in Syria clash: Russia
The Russian Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday that several dozen Russian citizens and citizens of other countries in the former Soviet space had been wounded in recent clashes in Syria and were being treated in Russian hospitals. Sources told Reuters last week that as many as 300 men working for a Kremlin-linked private military contractor had been either killed or injured fighting in Syria earlier in February in a clash with the U.S.-led coalition. The incident showed Moscow was more deeply involved in Syria militarily than it has said, and risked being drawn into direct confrontation with the United States there.

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Feb 20, 2018

Harley-Davidson to Close Down Kansas Plant Despite Pleas from Congress
Harley-Davidson to Close Down Kansas Plant Despite Pleas from Missouri Congressional Leaders US Senators and Congressman's last-ditch-effort to keep H-D's Kansas plant open, to no avail   Over the last year or so we've reported on Harley-Davidson's

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Feb 20, 2018

Factbox: Trump on Twitter (Feb 20) - Obama administration, America's elections, taxes
The following statements were posted to the verified Twitter accounts of U.S. President Donald Trump, @realDonaldTrump and @POTUS. @realDonaldTrump : - Thank you to @foxandfriends for the great timeline on all of the failures the Obama Administration had against Russia, including Crimea, Syria and so much more.

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Feb 20, 2018

Nigeria And Jamaica Just Made Winter Olympics History
Bobsledders from Nigeria and Jamaica made history at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, on Tuesday.

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Feb 20, 2018

Warren Jeffs: Child bride reveals horrors of life under fundamentalist Mormon sect leader
A former child bride who fled a fundamentalist Mormon cult has told how the sect's leader reminded her she was "the property" of her husband after she begged him to free her from the forced marriage. Elissa Wall suffered multiple miscarriages after being made to marry her cousin at the age of 14 under the polygamous Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Jeffs, said to have had 78 wives and more than 50 children in the Utah church, was jailed for life in 2011 after being convicted of sexually assaulting two girls aged 12 and 15.

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Feb 20, 2018

Idaho Senator Rants At Students Who Drove 300 Miles To Meet Him
An Idaho Republican state senator has been labeled a "bully" after ranting at college students who traveled hundreds of miles to discuss a birth control bill with lawmakers.

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Feb 20, 2018

The One Scandal The Trump White House Can't Lie Its Way Out Of
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Feb 20, 2018

Netanyahu confidants named as suspects in new corruption probe
By Jeffrey Heller and Tova Cohen JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli police revealed on Tuesday they had arrested the controlling shareholder and CEO of the country's biggest telecoms company, as well as two former officials with close ties to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in a corruption case. The arrests in the investigation dubbed "Case 4000" came just days after police recommended Netanyahu himself be indicted for bribery and fraud in other cases, known as "1000" and "2000". Shaul Elovitch, a family friend of Netanyahu's who controls telecoms firm Bezeq through his Eurocom holding company, was arrested along with his wife, his son and Bezeq's CEO Stella Handler.

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Feb 20, 2018

Dallas Politician Tells NRA To Get Lost Unless It's Ready To Talk Reform
A gun-owning Dallas politician said he won't support the National Rifle Association holding its annual convention in his city this year after last week's Florida school shooting unless the group will discuss gun law reform.

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