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Republican congresswoman: Many mass murderers are Democrats
Republican congresswoman: Many mass murderers are Democrats

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - A Republican congresswoman from upstate New York said Wednesday that "many" people who commit mass murder turn out to be Democrats.

Twitter sets crackdown on automated
Twitter sets crackdown on automated 'bot' accounts

Twitter announced Wednesday a crackdown on accounts powered by software "bots" which can artificially amplify a person or cause and which have been accused of manipulating the social network during the 2016 US election. The San Francisco messaging platform said the move was intended to rid the service of spam-spewing automated accounts, and not aimed at people using the service according to the rules. "These changes are an important step in ensuring we stay ahead of malicious activity targeting the crucial conversations taking place on Twitter -- including elections in the United States and around the world," Twitter developer policy lead Yoel Roth said in a blog post.

Christians Wrestle With Billy Graham's Legacy
Christians Wrestle With Billy Graham's Legacy

Rev. Billy Graham, the famous evangelist who died on Wednesday, was a charismatic preacher, a counselor to presidents, and a leading figure in American evangelicalism.

Police: Officer shot, killed intervening in domestic dispute
Police: Officer shot, killed intervening in domestic dispute

BRANDYWINE, Md. (AP) - An off-duty police officer who answered a neighbor's request for help in a domestic dispute was shot and killed Wednesday in Maryland, officials said.

Raj Nair Leaves Ford Over "Inappropriate Behavior"
Raj Nair Leaves Ford Over "Inappropriate Behavior"

The man behind the return of the Ford GT departs after an internal investigation into unspecified complaints.

Police find guns at home of California teen who threatened school shooting
Police find guns at home of California teen who threatened school shooting

Police in California found a stash of weapons in the house of a teenage student who had threatened to shoot up his school, the Los Angeles County sheriff's department said Wednesday. Sheriff Jim McDonnell said police had arrested the 17-year-old student, who made the threat during an argument with a teacher on Friday, two days after a teenager killed 17 people in a gun rampage at a school in Florida. Police also found two handguns and 90 high-capacity ammunition magazines, the sheriff said.

9 Converted Barn Homes: Beautiful Barn Style Home Inspiration
9 Converted Barn Homes: Beautiful Barn Style Home Inspiration

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Syria's Ghouta residents "wait to die" as more bombs fall

Residents of Syria's eastern Ghouta district said they were waiting their "turn to die" on Wednesday, amid one of the most intense bombardments of the war by pro-government forces on the besieged, rebel-held enclave near Damascus. Emily Wither reports.

Congressman Booed at Town Hall as People Demand Action on Guns
Congressman Booed at Town Hall as People Demand Action on Guns

A Colorado congressman was met with boos at a town hall on Tuesday night as he repeatedly declined to back an assault-weapons ban.

Columbine High shooting survivor: Social media is giving Parkland students the voice we never had
Columbine High shooting survivor: Social media is giving Parkland students the voice we never had

A survivor of the Columbine High School shooting has said the reaction of the Parkland victims has renewed her hope of meaningful action finally happening on gun control. Anne Marie Hochhalter said social media had given survivors of mass shootings a platform to call for change that the teenagers of Columbine never had. In recent days students from the Florida school have held emotive rallies and are planning further marches calling for tighter gun regulations after 17 people were gunned down at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Valentine's Day. Ms Hochhalter was left paralysed when she was shot during the 1999 massacre that killed 13 at the Colorado high school. Yet social...

Billy Graham, Evangelist Known as 'America's Pastor,' Dead at 99
Billy Graham, Evangelist Known as 'America's Pastor,' Dead at 99

Graham died at his home Wednesday morning, his family said.

Students Emotional at Florida Capitol as Lawmakers Refuse to Debate Assault Weapons Ban
Students Emotional at Florida Capitol as Lawmakers Refuse to Debate Assault Weapons Ban

Florida House members in Tallahassee declined to take up gun legislation as Stoneman Douglas students in the gallery looked on.

North Korea cancelled meeting with Mike Pence: officials
North Korea cancelled meeting with Mike Pence: officials

North Korea cancels meeting with Mike Pence at the Winter Games at the last minute, according to Pence's office. No reporter narration.

Poll Finds Near-Universal Support For Gun Background Checks
Poll Finds Near-Universal Support For Gun Background Checks

A new poll from Quinnipiac University has found the highest support it's ever surveyed for universal background checks for firearms purchases, with nearly 100 percent of those polled supporting the gun control measure.

More bombs hit Syria
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.

Pakistan given three-month reprieve over terrorist financing watchlist: minister
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.

Iran TV airs images of site of airplane crash that killed 65
Iran TV airs images of site of airplane crash that killed 65

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - Iranian search-and-rescue teams on Tuesday offered the first images of the site of an airplane crash in southern Iran that killed 65 people, with officials hoping to reach the aircraft's "black boxes" to learn exactly what downed the flight.

Man: Defending son from
Man: Defending son from 'hoodlums' outside led to fatal shot

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - A white homeowner who shot an unarmed black man after complaining of "hoodlums" in the neighborhood said Tuesday he thought the loud, armed people in the street were friends of his own troubled, drug-taking son until he expressed fear about them.

New Wynn Resorts CEO denies knowing of claims against mogul
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.

At Least 5 People Have Been Charged With Copycat Threats Since the Florida School Shooting
At Least 5 People Have Been Charged With Copycat Threats Since the Florida School Shooting

Many of those arrested are high school students

Adoptive parents charged with murder in death of Rowan County girl
Adoptive parents charged with murder in death of Rowan County girl

On Tuesday, Rowan County Sheriff Kevin Auten announced that Casey and Sandy Parsons, the adoptive parents of Erica Parsons, will be charged with murder in the death of Erica.

13-Year-Old Boy Dies After Shooting Himself in School Bathroom, Police Say
13-Year-Old Boy Dies After Shooting Himself in School Bathroom, Police Say

He had fireworks and extra ammunition in his backpack, police said

Hazardous effort to recover bodies from plane crash in Iran mountains
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.

Florida Survivors Push Back After GOP Activist Says They're 'Hijacked By Left-Wing Groups'
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.

Security Brief: U.S. Officials Reassure Allies in Munich; Mueller Indicts 13 Russians
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.

The One Scandal The Trump White House Can't Lie Its Way Out Of
The One Scandal The Trump White House Can't Lie Its Way Out Of

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Dallas Politician Tells NRA To Get Lost Unless It's Ready To Talk Reform
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.

In photos: Sweden
In photos: Sweden's first three Michelin-starred restaurant Frantzen

Chelsea Clinton Throws Subtle Shade At Donald Trump Jr. Over India Foreign Policy Speech
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.

Thai court grants custody to Japanese father of 13 surrogate children
Thai court grants custody to Japanese father of 13 surrogate children

A Thai court on Tuesday said it ruled in favor of a wealthy Japanese man who had fathered 13 surrogate children in Thailand, naming him their legal parent and sole guardian. The case harks back to late 2014, when police said they had found 13 babies fathered by a Japanese national with nine Thai surrogate mothers. The children were taken to foster homes and the father has petitioned for custody since early 2015.

Ex-workers at Russian
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.

1 killed, 4 injured when carjacking suspect slams into family vehicle in Palmdale
1 killed, 4 injured when carjacking suspect slams into family vehicle in Palmdale

A woman was killed and four people were injured after a teen carjacking suspect slammed into a family's vehicle in Palmdale.

Florida Principal Posts Emotional Video Message For Students: 'I Will Hold You As Long as You Need'
Florida Principal Posts Emotional Video Message For Students: 'I Will Hold You As Long as You Need'

Principal Ty Thompson posted the message online three days after 17 of his students and staff were killed.

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Issues New Congressional Map To Replace Gerrymandered One
Pennsylvania Supreme Court Issues New Congressional Map To Replace Gerrymandered One

Pennsylvania's Supreme Court on Monday issued a new congressional map to replace the state's current one, which the court said is so partisan it violates the state's Constitution.

Melania Affectionately Rests Hand on Trump's Arm at Mar-a-Lago Party
Melania Affectionately Rests Hand on Trump's Arm at Mar-a-Lago Party

But the moment of serenity didn't last.

British model Chloe Ayling shows Italian police farmhouse where she shared a bed with 'kidnapper', in Milan trial video
British model Chloe Ayling shows Italian police farmhouse where she shared a bed with 'kidnapper', in Milan trial video

Video footage of British glamour model Chloe Ayling retracing her movements from a city studio where she was allegedly grabbed to a farmhouse where she was held for six days was played on Monday at the trial of a Polish man charged with her kidnapping. The 20-year-old model was allegedly snatched by a group calling itself Black Death after being lured to a fake modelling shoot at a studio in Milan in July.  According to prosecutors, Ms Ayling was drugged at the studio, zipped inside a canvas bag and transported to a farmhouse near Turin, where she was held captive and drugged with the tranquilizer Ketamine. A 30-year-old Polish man, Lukasz Herba, is being tried for the kidnapping. He was...

High School Students Lead Protest Against Gun Violence In Front Of White House
High School Students Lead Protest Against Gun Violence In Front Of White House

Dozens of students gathered in front of the White House on Monday to demand changes to gun laws, just days after a deadly mass shooting at a Florida high school left 17 people dead.

Woman falls out window to her death while violating protective order
Woman falls out window to her death while violating protective order

Police say a woman is dead after falling five stories from the window of an apartment where she wasn't supposed to be.

IS ambushes Iraqi Shiite-led force, killing 27 fighters
IS ambushes Iraqi Shiite-led force, killing 27 fighters

BAGHDAD (AP) - Islamic State militants ambushed a group of Iraq's Shiite-led paramilitary fighters, killing at least 27 more than two months after Baghdad declared victory over the extremist group, officials said Monday

Turkey renames US Embassy street after Syria offensive
Turkey renames US Embassy street after Syria offensive

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) - Turkish authorities on Monday renamed a street where the U.S. Embassy is located with the name of Turkey's military offensive in Syria that had led to tensions between the allies.

The Latest: Turkish, Russian leaders speak on Syria
The Latest: Turkish, Russian leaders speak on Syria

BEIRUT (AP) - The Latest on the conflict in Syria (all times local):

Carnival investigates "cruise from hell"
Carnival investigates "cruise from hell"

Carnival has launched an investigation into a wild brawl off the Australian coast, that saw 23 passengers kicked off a cruise. Some on board accuse security of being heavy handed. Joel Labi reports.

Indonesia raises aviation warnings after Sumatra volcano emits ash cloud
Indonesia raises aviation warnings after Sumatra volcano emits ash cloud

Indonesia on Monday raised flight warnings around the Mount Sinabung volcano on Sumatra island to their highest level after it sent a towering plume of ash more than 7 kilometers (4.4 miles) into the air, its biggest eruption this year. Areas around the crater of the volcano, located about 1,900 km (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.

Orrin Hatch Reportedly Apologizes To Rob Porter's Ex-Wives
Orrin Hatch Reportedly Apologizes To Rob Porter's Ex-Wives

Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) has reportedly apologized for defending his former chief of staff Rob Porter, who recently resigned from President Donald Trump's administration following allegations that he abused his two ex-wives.

Philippines says suspect Islamist militant recruiter arrested
Philippines says suspect Islamist militant recruiter arrested

Philippine security forces have arrested a foreigner suspected of recruiting domestic fighters for pro-Islamic State militant groups, including an alliance that occupied a southern city for five months last year, police said on Monday. Director-General Ronald dela Rosa paraded before the media Fehmi Lassoued and his Filipino girlfriend, Anabel Salipada, three days after they were arrested in a rented apartment a few blocks away from the U.S. embassy in Manila, the capital. "A thorough investigation is now underway to determine the extent of their involvement with international and domestic threat groups," dela Rosa said, adding that an undisclosed foreign intelligence ally gave details...

Medium intensity earthquake shakes SW Mexico, scaring residents
Medium intensity earthquake shakes SW Mexico, scaring residents

Mexico City (AFP) - A medium intensity earthquake struck southwestern Mexico early Monday morning, scaring residents already shaken by a powerful quake two days earlier, though there were no immediate reports of casualties or damage.

Trump Spent His Sunday Night Watching
Trump Spent His Sunday Night Watching '60 Minutes' And Hate-Tweeting About Oprah

President Donald Trump capped a long weekend of hate-tweeting by taunting an "insecure" Oprah Winfrey over her latest appearance on "60 Minutes."

LeBron James Wears Sneakers With Pointed Message To All-Star Game
LeBron James Wears Sneakers With Pointed Message To All-Star Game

LeBron James, who has refused to heed Fox News host Laura Ingraham's advice to "shut up and dribble," had a pointed message for the watching world on Sunday - and he wore it proudly on his shoes.

Capitals forward calls fans racial taunts
Capitals forward calls fans racial taunts 'disgusting'

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - This wasn't the first time Devante Smith-Pelly has had racial taunts directed at him during a hockey game.

ROTC leader shocked that accused school shooter 1 of his own
ROTC leader shocked that accused school shooter 1 of his own

PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) - The sound of gunfire still ringing in his ears after his mad half-mile sprint, Jack Ciaramello was standing with friends in a grocery store parking lot when a sheriff's deputy approached. He asked the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High senior if he knew a former student named Nikolas Cruz.

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