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  • View in new window Florida school shooting: 'abject breakdown at all lev...
    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) -- The Florida high school where a former student shot and killed 17 people with an assault-type rifle is reopening for teachers Friday as the community grappled with word that the armed officer on campus did nothing to stop the shooter.... Link
  • View in new window Trump bucks NRA, backs raising age for buying assault...
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The nation should keep assault rifles out of the hands of anyone under 21, President Donald Trump says, defying his loyal supporters in the National Rifle Association amid America's public reckoning over gun violence. He also pushed hard for arming security guards and many teachers in U.S. schools.... Link
  • View in new window Myanmar bulldozes what is left of Rohingya Muslim vil...
    BANGKOK (AP) -- First, their villages were burned to the ground. Now, Myanmar's government is using bulldozers to literally erase them from the earth - in a vast operation rights groups say is destroying crucial evidence of mass atrocities against the nation's ethnic Rohingya Muslim minority.... Link
  • View in new window Florida man screams, yells 'murderers!' as he's put t...
    STARKE, Fla. (AP) -- As the execution drugs were being administered, inmate Eric Scott Branch let out a blood-curdling scream. Then he yelled "murderers! murderers! murderers!" as he thrashed on a gurney as he was being put to death for the 1993 rape and slaying of a college student.... Link
  • View in new window Rights group: Turkey not avoiding civilians in Syria ...
    BEIRUT (AP) -- Human Rights Watch is criticizing the way Turkey is conducting its offensive in northern Syria, saying it has failed to take necessary precautions to avoid civilian casualties.... Link
  • View in new window AP EXPLAINS: What's N. Korea up to with provocative v...
    PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) -- It seems a brazen choice, even for North Korea.... Link
  • View in new window Russians get 1st gold thanks to 15-year-old Zagitova
    GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) -- A few years back, Alina Zagitova nearly was sent home from training for not working hard enough.... Link
  • View in new window Ex-Trump campaign associates face more charges
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Dramatically escalating the pressure and stakes, special counsel Robert Mueller filed additional criminal charges Thursday against President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman and his business associate.... Link
  • View in new window Grand jury indicts Missouri governor who admitted aff...
    ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens remains defiant, even amid calls for impeachment or resignation, after a St. Louis grand jury indicted him for felony invasion of privacy, alleging the Republican took a compromising photo of a woman during an extramarital affair the year before he was elected.... Link
  • View in new window AP Exclusive: Medal haul well short of USOC projectio...
    PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) -- It was a sweeping goal, spelled out on a colorful, full-screen slide and presented to leaders of the U.S. Olympic Committee in a meeting last year.... Link
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  • View in new window U.S. gun lobby slams anti-gun 'elites' after Florida ...
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The head of the National Rifle Association lashed out at gun control advocates on Thursday, saying Democratic elites are politicizing the latest mass school shooting in the United States to try to erode constitutionally guaranteed gun rights. Link
  • View in new window Trump to announce new sanctions against North Korea; ...
    SEOUL/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States is due to announce its largest package of sanctions yet against North Korea to further pressure Pyongyang over its nuclear and missile program, as South Korea readies itself for more talks with the North's officials. Link
  • View in new window U.S. shale investors still waiting on payoff from oil...
    HOUSTON (Reuters) - U.S. oil production has topped 10 million barrels per day, approaching a record set in 1970, but many investors in the companies driving the shale oil revolution are still waiting for their payday. Link
  • View in new window China seizes control of Anbang Insurance as chairman ...
    BEIJING/SHANGHAI (Reuters) - The Chinese government on Friday seized control of Anbang Insurance Group Co Ltd and said its chairman had been prosecuted, a dramatic move that highlights Beijing's willingness to curtail big-spending conglomerates as it cracks down on financial risk. Link
  • View in new window Exclusive: U.S. official focused on election security...
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The head of a federal commission who has helped U.S. states protect election systems from possible cyber attacks by Russia or others is being replaced at the behest of Republican House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan and the White House. Link
  • View in new window Exclusive: U.S. tells India to cut tariffs as trade f...
    NEW DELHI (Reuters) - U.S. businesses and diplomats are pressing India to cut tariffs, industry and government sources say, after New Delhi's move to increase customs duties on dozens of products to help its flagship Make-in-India drive aggravated differences over trade. Link
  • View in new window Exclusive: Trump calls meeting on biofuels policy aft...
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump has called a meeting early next week with key senators and Cabinet officials to discuss potential changes to biofuels policy, which is coming under increasing pressure after a Pennsylvania refiner blamed the regulation for its bankruptcy, according to four sources familiar with the matter. Link
  • View in new window Missouri governor indicted on felony invasion of priv...
    (Reuters) - Missouri Governor Eric Greitens was briefly taken into custody on Thursday after being indicted on a felony invasion of privacy charge in connection with an extramarital affair and a blackmail allegation involving the Republican politician, officials said. Link
  • View in new window More bombs fall on Syria's eastern Ghouta ahead of U....
    BEIRUT (Reuters) - A new wave of bombs struck Syria's eastern Ghouta on Friday, which a witness in one town described as the worst yet, ahead of a U.N. Security Council vote to demand a 30-day ceasefire across the country. Link
  • View in new window GM Korea seeks to trim benefits, wages: internal lett...
    SEOUL (Reuters) - General Motors Co will propose a base wage freeze and no bonuses this year along with a suspension of some worker benefits at its money-losing South Korean unit to cut costs, according to an internal letter that Reuters reviewed on Friday. Link
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