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NAACP Calls for Full Investigation and Transparency on Russian Involvement in Presidential Election

February 20, 2018

BALTIMORE—(February 20, 2018) The NAACP issued the following statement in regards to Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s indictment of 13 Russian nationals for alleged interference in the 2016 U.S. Presidential election: “The NAACP calls for a complete investigation into the alleged election tampering by Russian nationals in the 2016 presidential election. As important, we also call…

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Teens protest at White House for gun control

February 20, 2018

Photo: Shutterstock Dozens of teenage students spread their bodies Monday on the pavement in front of the White House to demand presidential action on gun control and symbolize the 17 killed in a school shooting in Florida. The teenagers were also joined by parents and educators. The protesters held their arms crossed at their chests….

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Students head to Florida capital to press for gun law change

February 20, 2018

Photo: Shutterstock PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) — A hundred Stoneman Douglas High School students are busing 400 miles to Florida’s capital Tuesday to urge lawmakers to act to prevent a repeat of the massacre that killed 17 students and faculty last week. The students plan to hold a rally Wednesday in hopes that it will put…

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Activists: 98 dead in assault on rebel-held Damascus suburb

February 20, 2018

Photo: Sadik Gulek/Shutterstock By BASSEM MROUE BEIRUT (AP) — Intense Syrian government shelling and airstrikes on rebel-held Damascus suburbs killed at least 98 people in what was the deadliest day in the area in three years, a monitoring group and paramedics said Tuesday. A day after Monday’s government barrage, retaliatory shells rained down on the…

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Romney makes it official: He’s running for Utah Senate seat

February 17, 2018

By MICHELLE PRICE and BILL BARROW SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Republican Mitt Romney is trying for a political comeback as he launches a Senate campaign in Utah. The former presidential nominee confirmed his widely anticipated plans Friday in an online video. The announcement features his leadership of the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake…

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Magnitude-7.2 earthquake slams south, central Mexico

February 17, 2018

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A powerful magnitude-7.2 earthquake shook south and central Mexico Friday, causing people to flee swaying buildings and office towers in the country’s capital, where residents were still jittery after a deadly quake five months ago. Crowds of people gathered on Mexico City’s central Reforma Avenue as well as on streets in…

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Russians charged with meddling in 2016 presidential race

February 16, 2018

By ERIC TUCKER WASHINGTON (AP) — In an extraordinary indictment, the U.S. special counsel accused 13 Russians Friday of an elaborate plot to disrupt the 2016 presidential election, charging them with running a huge but hidden social media trolling campaign aimed in part at helping Republican Donald Trump defeat Democrat Hillary Clinton. The federal indictment,…

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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Talks Mentors in New Show

February 16, 2018

Basketball legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar announced that he will embark on a cross-country tour this fall with sports broadcaster Roy Firestone as part of a stage show in which he’ll talk about key mentors in his life. Among them: Martin Luther King and John Wooden. -AP

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BuzzFeed: FBI Was Warned About A School Shooting Threat From A YouTube User Named Nikolas Cruz In September

February 16, 2018

📷Twitter @thecaptainaidan From Buzzfeed: “Last fall, a Mississippi bail bondsman and frequent YouTube vlogger noticed an alarming comment left on one of his videos. “I’m going to be a professional school shooter,” said a user named Nikolas Cruz. The YouTuber, 36-year-old Ben Bennight, alerted the FBI, emailing a screenshot of the comment and calling the…

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At least 14 victims in shooting at Florida high school, suspect in custody

February 14, 2018

Photos: Twitter.com/thecaptainaidan 4:10 p.m. Authorities say the shooter at a South Florida high school is now in custody. The Broward County Sheriff’s Office gave no details in briefly tweeting that development. It did not identify the shooting suspect nor say how the person was taken into custody. Television footage showed police putting a person in…

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