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Feb 21, 2018

Report Alleges Rampant Sexual Misconduct At Dallas Mavericks
A Sports Illustrated report detailing widespread workplace sexual misconduct in the Dallas Mavericks organization that involved its former CEO is sending shock waves through the league and drawing sharp criticism.

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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

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

After teenager's arrest, liberal Vermont ponders gun safety
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Last week's deadly Florida high school shooting and a Vermont teenager's arrest in what officials consider a near-miss on a high school shooting are giving a boost to gun control efforts in the state Legislature following years of the otherwise liberal state's steadfast refusal to regulate gun ownership.

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Feb 20, 2018

Republicans will sue to block court-drawn Pennsylvania congressional map
State and national Republican officials will file a federal lawsuit as soon as Wednesday seeking to block a new Pennsylvania congressional map released on Monday by the state's high court, the party's congressional campaign arm said on Tuesday. The new map would give Democrats better odds of capturing as many as half a dozen U.S. House of Representatives seats in Pennsylvania, where Republicans currently hold 13 of the 18 seats. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court drew a new map for the state's 18 congressional districts after previously invalidating the existing lines as an unconstitutional gerrymander, finding the Republican-controlled legislature drew them to marginalize Democratic voters.

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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

Trump (Keeps) Struggling With This Russia Thing
President Trump says he never doubted that Russia meddled in the 2016 election, despite repeatedly casting doubt on allegations of Russian meddling.

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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

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

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 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

White House says Trump son-in-law Kushner can do job without security clearance
U.S. President Donald Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, can continue in his role as a senior White House adviser even if he does not obtain a security clearance, the White House said on Tuesday. Kushner has been operating under a temporary clearance for the past year while the Federal Bureau of Investigation conducts a background investigation. Under an order issued on Friday by White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, Kushner will lose the temporary clearance in less than a week.

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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

Trump Hit Florida Golf Course Amid Funerals Of Shooting Victims
President Donald Trump visited his Trump International Golf Course in West Palm Beach, Florida, while funerals for victims of the Parkland, Florida, school shooting were going on just miles away. His apparent leisure time in the wake of this tragedy is raising some eyebrows.

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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

The Latest: Envoy says US extends hand to Palestinians
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Latest on the U.N. Security Council meeting on Mideast issues (all times local):

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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

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 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

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

Trump claims he 'never met' the woman who says he forcibly kissed her at Trump Tower
President Trump turned his Twitter attention Tuesday to previously disclosed claims by Rachel Crooks, who says he forced himself on her at Trump Tower in 2006.

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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

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

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

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

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

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

The Latest: Report: Shells push back Syria forces in Afrin
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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 Claims He 'Never Met' Woman Accusing Him Of Sexually Assaulting Her In Trump Tower
President Donald Trump lashed out Tuesday at a woman accusing him of sexually assaulting her in Trump Tower, tweeting that he had "never met" her.

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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

Seized, but not ceased: Banned charities pose challenge for Pakistan
By Asif Shahzad and Mubasher Bukhari RAWALPINDI/MURIDKE, Pakistan (Reuters) - The vast network of Islamist charities taken over last week by Pakistan's government includes a horse-breeding stable, a fleet of 4x4 trucks, a swimming academy, martial arts classes and tens of thousands of staff and volunteers. Islamabad hopes that by seizing control of the Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) and Falah-e-Insaniat Foundation (FIF) charities, which the United States says are terrorist fronts, it can stave off being included this week on a global watchlist of country's deemed to be doing too little to curb militant financing.

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Feb 20, 2018

Mueller charges lawyer with making false statements
Judge Napolitano analyzes the latest developments in special counsel Mueller's investigation.

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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

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.  Alex Van Der Zwaan arrives at Federal District Court in Washington Credit: AP Photo/Susan Walsh 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.  Mr Van Der Zwaan, 33, worked in London with the New York law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom. 

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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

U.S. to extend skimpy health insurance outside of Obamacare
By Yasmeen Abutaleb and Caroline Humer 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

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

Profiles in expediency: 'Dumb' Romney welcomes endorsement of 'con man' Trump
The relationship between Donald Trump and Mitt Romney — who has been criticized for having particularly malleable positions — has followed a long and tortuous path, and more twists and turns likely lie ahead. Here is a timeline of the more head-snapping reversals in recent years.

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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

The Latest: Turkish forces advance in Syria's Afrin
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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

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

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 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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Feb 20, 2018

Man who says he could have been 'school shooter' tells his story
MSNBC's Katy Turn interviews Aaron Stark, who says he could have been a school shooter in 1996 if he had access to guns.

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Feb 20, 2018

Gus Kenworthy Shuts Down Homophobic Twitter Troll In Olympic Medal-Worthy Style
U.S. skier Gus Kenworthy is taking no garbage from homophobic internet trolls.

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Feb 20, 2018

Sheet Pan Chicken Recipes For Everyone Who Hates Doing Cleanup
Some people are just not emotionally equipped to handle kitchen cleanup with any level of chill.

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Feb 20, 2018

Japanese 'baby factory' dad wins custody of 13 Thai surrogate children
A Bangkok court has awarded a wealthy Japanese man "sole parent" rights to 13 children he fathered through surrogate mothers, paving the way for him to take custody of them all after dismissing fears he was involved in human trafficking. Mitsutoki Shigeta, 28, the son of a rich IT tycoon, became the focus of a "baby factory" scandal in 2014 after the Thai police discovered he had fathered nine infants, aged between two weeks and two years old, who were being cared for by nannies in an upmarket Bangkok apartment. The children, along with four others also fathered by Mr Shigeta, were placed under the care of the Thai state while Interpol investigated whether it was a case of human trafficking. The police said at the time that he paid the surrogates between $9,300 and $12,500 each to carry his children. Mr Shigeta left the country as the potential scandal unfolded, but took Thailand's Ministry of Social Development and Human Security to court to fight for custody of the children. Through his lawyer, he maintained that he simply wanted to have a large family and that he had the financial means to look after them. The Bangkok court dismissed fears of human trafficking over the surrogacy case, instead ruling that Mitsutoki Shigeta just wanted a big family. Credit: Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP Mr Shigeta "was born in a big family and wanted the children to grow up together," the lawyer argued, adding that he also wanted his offspring to help run the family business. Bangkok's Central Juvenile Cour

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Feb 20, 2018

'Suck Up' Mitt Romney Is Called Out For Flip-Flopping On Trump's Endorsement
Mitt Romney thanked President Donald Trump on Monday night for the ringing endorsement in the Utah Senate seat race.

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Feb 20, 2018

How Pennsylvania's new districts could impact Congress
After a lengthy court battle over gerrymandering, Pennsylvania's Supreme Court redrew the state's districts . MSNBC's Steve Kornacki explains how the new map could prove to be a big win for Democrats.

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Feb 20, 2018

Florida shooting: Man with Second Amendment tattoo destroys his AR-15 rifle in online video - 'It's a gun like this that takes away lives'
A Second Amendment supporter has posted a video in which he destroys his AR-15 rifle in response to the Florida school shooting. Scott Pappalardo said he said he could not live with the idea the child of its next owner might get hold of it and use it to hurt others. The post has been shared hundreds of thousands of times, and the video has been watched some 15 million times.

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Feb 20, 2018

New York Daily News Rips Donald Trump For Visiting Golf Course During Florida Funerals
The New York Daily News tore into President Donald Trump for visiting his Florida golf course while funerals for the Parkland school massacre victims were taking place "just miles away."

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Feb 20, 2018

5 officers killed in overnight Sufi protests in Iran
Iranian police said Tuesday the number of security officers killed in overnight protests by a Sufi sect had risen to five, with around 300 people arrested. Footage on state television showed a bus ploughing into a group of policemen in northern Tehran, which police said led to three deaths. On Tuesday, police spokesman Saeed Montazer Almehdi said two members of the hardline Basij militia, which is linked to the Revolutionary Guards, were also killed.

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Feb 20, 2018

Volcanic blast reshaped summit of Indonesia's Mount Sinabung
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — The eruption of Indonesia's Mount Sinabung that shot ash 5 kilometers (3 miles) high also blew away much of the mountain's summit.

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Feb 20, 2018

Chelsea Clinton Throws Subtle Shade At Donald Trump Jr. Over India Foreign Policy Speech
Chelsea Clinton joined in the criticism of Donald Trump Jr.'s trip to India, with the throwing of some wonderfully subtle shade.

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Feb 20, 2018

Sedan of missing man Joshua Thiede found in Los Angeles neighborhood
The vehicle of missing man Joshua Thiede, who is an Uber and Lyft driver, was found in an area of Los Angeles just east of Hollywood Monday.

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Feb 20, 2018

Swiss Skier Joel Gisler Plunges 15 Feet In Brutal Crash During Olympic Halfpipe
There was a scary moment during the halfpipe event at the Winter Olympics on Tuesday when a Swiss skier crashed into the wall hard enough to knock the skis off his feet.

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Feb 20, 2018

Ex-workers at Russian 'troll factory' trust US indictment
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — While Russian officials scoff at a U.S. indictment charging 13 Russians with meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, several people who worked at the same St. Petersburg "troll factory" say they think the criminal charges are well-founded.

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Feb 20, 2018

French Ice Dance Duo Overcome ‘Nightmare' Wardrobe Malfunction To Win Silver Medal
A wardrobe malfunction may have cast a shadow on the first of their two Olympic performances this week, but French ice dance duo Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron refused to let the costume snafu dash their medal hopes.

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Feb 20, 2018

Clear skies raise hopes in Iran's hunt for missing plane
The hunt for a plane that went missing in Iran's Zagros mountains resumed for a third day on Tuesday with better weather raising hopes for the search and rescue teams. "Given the good weather conditions, clear skies and less wind, there is a good visibility today for continuing the search," Mojtaba Khaledi, spokesman for the emergency services, told the official IRNA news agency. Aseman Airlines flight EP3704 disappeared on Sunday morning in the Zagros mountains with 66 people on board.

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Feb 20, 2018

Funerals: Grieving teens, raw emotions after school shooting
PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) — Each funeral for the victims of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High massacre is different, yet the same: the mourning relatives, teens walking in clutches wearing black, politicians paying their respects, media cameras pointing at the entrance from across the parking lot.

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Feb 20, 2018

Californian Falls To His Death From Cliff Trying To Rescue His Dog
A California man died Monday after plunging from an ocean cliff south of San Francisco while trying to save his dog.

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Feb 20, 2018

US fighter jet drops fuel tanks in Japan accident
Japan's defence ministry demanded explanations Tuesday from the US military after a fighter jet experiencing an engine fire dropped two fuel tanks into a lake in the country's north. The incident, which caused no injuries, is the latest in a string of accidents involving the US military that have prompted concern from Japanese officials and renewed criticism of the US military presence in the country. "We are asking the US side to explain what happened and its cause, and we fully demand the US side take prevention measures," Japan's Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera told a press conference.

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Feb 20, 2018

Canadian Ice Dancers Make History, Winning Gold In Pyeongchang
Canadian ice dancers Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir won the gold medal in the ice dancing competition at the 2018 Winter Olympics on Tuesday, becoming the most decorated figure skaters in Olympic history.

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Feb 20, 2018

Day turns into night as Indonesia's Mount Sinabung spews towering ash cloud in biggest eruption this year
Mount Sinabung in Indonesia has erupted once again shooting plumes of smoke and hot ash over 23,000 feet into the air. The volcano had not been active for four centuries until 2010 and since then it has displaced 30,000 people.  Indonesia on Monday raised flight warnings around the volcano on Sumatra island to their highest level after its biggest eruption this year. Mount Sinabung erupts thick volcanic ash in Karo on Sumatra island on February 19, 2018. Credit: TIBTA PANGIN/Source: AFP Areas around the crater of the volcano, located about 1,181 miles northwest of the capital, Jakarta, have been off-limits for several years because of frequent volcanic activity. The Bureau of Meteorology's Volcanic Ash Advisory Centre (VACC), in Australia's northern city of Darwin, issued maps on Monday showing an ash cloud heading in three directions from Sinabung, to the north, northwest and south-southeast. Indonesia also upgraded its Volcano Observatory Notice for Aviation (VONA) to red, its highest warning, and said the ash-cloud top had reached 23,872 feet, according to a ground observer. An Indonesian man takes picture of Mount Sinabung volcano as it spews thick volcanic ash into the air in Karo, North Sumatra, on February 19, 2018 Credit:  ENDRO RUSHARYANTO/AFP Sinabung is about 47 miles southwest of Kualanamu International Airport in Medan. Nur Isnin Istianto, head of the regional airport authority, said Kutacane airport in A

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Feb 20, 2018

Anderson Cooper Shreds Trump: ‘He Went To Play Golf While They Held Funerals'
CNN's Anderson Cooper took Donald Trump to task on Monday for a weekend in which the president fired off angry messages on Twitter about Democrats, the Russia investigation, Oprah Winfrey and more.

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Feb 20, 2018

New CEO denies prior knowledge of sex claims against founder
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

'It's Very Clear that Russia Meddled in the Election': White House Press Secretary
President Trump has never called for punishing Russia and has not fully implemented sanctions.

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Feb 19, 2018

U.S. Ice Dancing Team Breaks Down After 'Heartbreaking' Mistake
The dream of an Olympic medal came to a crashing end Tuesday for U.S. ice dancing team Madison Chock and Evan Bates.

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