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Florida Republican's aide sacked after suggesting shooting survivors are actors
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...

Florida shooting survivors are fighting back. Here's what they need to know about gun control
Florida shooting survivors are fighting back. Here's what they need to know about gun control

The current battle to reshape gun laws can feel like a stalemate, but there have been victories too. The students who survived a shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school are aiming to reshape America's gun control debate. Many people see the American gun control debate as a helpless stalemate dominated by the intransigence of the National Rifle Association (NRA).

US fighter jet drops fuel tanks in Japan accident
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.

Tara Lipinski And Johnny Weir Have The Cutest Olympics Pre-Show Ritual
Tara Lipinski And Johnny Weir Have The Cutest Olympics Pre-Show Ritual

Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir deserve top marks for their pre-show ritual at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

France says Turkey, Iran violating international law in Syria
France says Turkey, Iran violating international law in Syria

By John Irish and Sophie Louet PARIS (Reuters) - France's foreign minister said on Wednesday that Turkey and Iran were both violating international law through their actions in Syria, France's toughest comments yet on Turkish involvement in the Syrian conflict. Speaking on BFM television, Jean-Yves Le Drian also said there were indications Syrian government forces were using toxic gas against civilians. Asked whether he wanted Turkish armed forces to withdraw from Syria, Le Drian replied that he wanted "the withdrawal of all of those who ought not to be in Syria, including Iranian militia, including Hezbollah." While not specifically calling for Turkey to pull back from an offensive...

End game looms for South Africa
End game looms for South Africa's Zuma

By Mfuneko Toyana and Alexander Winning JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - African National Congress (ANC) leader Cyril Ramaphosa said on Wednesday that he was holding direct talks with Jacob Zuma over a transition of power, the strongest indication to date that the South African president will step down after years of scandal. Zuma, in power since 2009 and beset by corruption allegations, has been in a weakened position since Deputy President Ramaphosa replaced him as ANC leader in December. The 75-year-old Zuma has been South Africa's most controversial president since the end of white-minority rule in 1994, overseeing a tumultuous nine years marked by economic decline and numerous allegations...

GlaxoSmithKline profits soar despite US tax change
GlaxoSmithKline profits soar despite US tax change

British drugs giant GlaxoSmithKline said Wednesday that net profits jumped 70 percent last year on bumper sales, despite a fourth-quarter loss that was partly sparked by US tax changes. The annual performance was lifted by sales growth across its three main businesses, which comprise pharmaceuticals, vaccines and consumer healthcare. Revenues rose eight percent to £30.2 billion over the course of 2017.

Elon Musk's outer space Tesla will overshoot Mars and land somewhere in the asteroid belt
Elon Musk's outer space Tesla will overshoot Mars and land somewhere in the asteroid belt

After spending six hours orbiting Earth, Elon Musk's outer space Tesla rocketed deeper into space. SpaceX originally planned for the vehicle to land in a solar system orbit that would at times bring the Roadster near Mars, but it appears the Tesla will overshoot these expectations and travel well beyond the red planet, and into the asteroid belt. Elon Musk announced last night on Twitter that the cherry red payload and its Starman passenger "exceeded Mars orbit." This doesn't mean that vehicle is already there, as it will take months for the Roadster to travel some 600,000 miles into space. Rather, this is the vehicle's estimated trajectory. Third burn...

France says Turkey, Iran violating international law in Syria
France says Turkey, Iran violating international law in Syria

France's foreign minister said on Wednesday that Turkey and Iran were among those violating international law by their actions in Syria and warned that Ankara should not add "war to war". In a dangerous situation in Syria, (Turkey) should not add war to war," Jean-Yves Le Drian told BFM TV.

'Dear Leader' Trump Gets Brutally Mocked On Twitter Over Military Parade Plan
'Dear Leader' Trump Gets Brutally Mocked On Twitter Over Military Parade Plan

President Donald Trump reportedly wants a big military parade in Washington.

Cops: Woman says Voodoo ritual led her to kill sons, 5 and 8
Cops: Woman says Voodoo ritual led her to kill sons, 5 and 8

BROCKTON, Mass. (AP) - A Massachusetts woman used a kitchen knife to stab two of her children to death and later told police it was part of a Voodoo ritual, authorities said Tuesday.

Lebanon looks to block Israeli frontier wall
Lebanon looks to block Israeli frontier wall

Lebanon on Tuesday pledged a diplomatic push to prevent neighbouring Israel's construction of a dividing wall between the two countries as tensions mount over off-shore exploration for oil and gas. President Michel Aoun, Prime Minister Saad Hariri and parliament speaker Nabih Berri pledged to "pursue efforts to mobilise at the regional and international level to block building of the wall by Israel", a statement said after a meeting. Israel has been building a wall since 2012 on its volatile frontier with Lebanon -- with the two countries still technically in a state of war.

College Student Stabbed 13-Year-Old Girl to Death Because He Thought He Got Her Pregnant, Alleged Accomplice Says
College Student Stabbed 13-Year-Old Girl to Death Because He Thought He Got Her Pregnant, Alleged Accomplice Says

David Eisenhauer, 20, is charged in the 2016 stabbing death of Nicole Lovell

BP says annual profit rockets on higher oil prices
BP says annual profit rockets on higher oil prices

British energy major BP said Tuesday that 2017 net profits rocketed to almost $3.4 billion (2.7 billion euros), boosted mostly by a recovery in the crude oil market. "The results primarily reflected higher oil prices," the London-listed giant said. The news comes one week after Anglo-Dutch rival Royal Dutch Shell announced an annual profit of $13 billion, also energised by rising oil and gas prices.

Woman with $559M Powerball ticket wants to stay anonymous
Woman with $559M Powerball ticket wants to stay anonymous

A New Hampshire woman who says she has a Powerball ticket that won a $559.7 million jackpot wants a court order allowing her to stay anonymous.

Melania Trump visits children, gets briefed on opioid crisis at Ohio hospital
Melania Trump visits children, gets briefed on opioid crisis at Ohio hospital

First lady Melania Trump kept with tradition on Monday when she stopped by a children's hospital during a trip with President Trump to Cincinnati, Ohio.

Eagles Fans Get Engaged Amid Philly's Super Bowl Street Revelry
Eagles Fans Get Engaged Amid Philly's Super Bowl Street Revelry

And we thought being a Philadelphia Eagles fan was commitment enough.

Rome bans protests ahead of Erdogan talks with pope
Rome bans protests ahead of Erdogan talks with pope

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will meet Pope Francis on Monday, with a protest ban imposed in central Rome as feelings run high over Turkey's offensive against Kurdish militia inside Syria. For the first such visit by a Turkish leader for 59 years, the Italian authorities have imposed a 24-hour ban on demonstrations which will cover Erdogan's arrival late Sunday to his departure on Monday evening. Turkey on January 20 launched its "Olive Branch" operation against Syrian Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) militia which Ankara sees as a terror group and a threat to Turkish territory.

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The Latest: 'Screams and crying' followed Amtrak train crash

CAYCE, S.C. (AP) - The Latest on a deadly Amtrak train crash in South Carolina (all times local):

Top Democrat in House Intelligence Committee weighs in on GOP memo release
Top Democrat in House Intelligence Committee weighs in on GOP memo release

California Congressman Adam Schiff, ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, goes one-on-one with George Stephanopoulos on "This Week."

Bodies of around 20 migrants recovered from sea: Spanish official
Bodies of around 20 migrants recovered from sea: Spanish official

Moroccan rescue services have recovered the bodies of around 20 migrants in the Mediterranean, a spokeswoman for the Spanish enclave of Melilla said Sunday. The bodies of the migrants, from sub-Saharan Africa, were spotted Saturday by a Spanish ship, which alerted the rescue services of both countries, the spokeswoman said. Late Saturday, a Spanish police patrol boat found one more body, which was taken to Melilla, a Spanish enclave bordering Morocco.

Head of US marines Osprey unit in Pacific sacked
Head of US marines Osprey unit in Pacific sacked

The US Marines have sacked the commander of its Japan-based Osprey squadron "due to loss of trust," US officials said Friday, following a series of accidents involving the hybrid aircraft in recent months. Bryan Swenson was relieved of his duties last week "due to loss of trust and confidence in his ability to lead his command," III Marine Expeditionary Force told AFP in a statement. Christopher Denver, executive officer for the Okinawa-based tilt rotor squadron, has been assigned as interim commanding officer, the statement said, without further details.

Las Vegas Massacre's Forgotten Victims: The Horrific Injuries and How They're Moving Forward
Las Vegas Massacre's Forgotten Victims: The Horrific Injuries and How They're Moving Forward

Rachel Sheppard has a deep scar that runs down her chest.

Ericsson rings up huge losses in 2017
Ericsson rings up huge losses in 2017

Swedish telecoms giant Ericsson said Wednesday that it rang up huge losses last year as network competition, restructuring costs and investment in lightning-fast 5G technology pushed it deeply into the red. Ericsson said in a statement it booked net loss of 35.1 billion kronor (3.6 billion euros, $4.4 billion) in 2017, compared with profit of 1.9 billion kronor the year before.

Trump Mentioned the Pledge of Allegiance Pose in His State of the Union. Here's the Real Reason for the Hand-on-Heart Gesture
Trump Mentioned the Pledge of Allegiance Pose in His State of the Union. Here's the Real Reason for the Hand-on-Heart Gesture

Patriotism is "why we put our hands on our hearts for the Pledge of Allegiance," Trump said-but there's a specific reason behind that pose

Broadcasters shut as Kenyan opposition leader takes symbolic oath of office
Broadcasters shut as Kenyan opposition leader takes symbolic oath of office

By George Obulutsa NAIROBI (Reuters) - Kenyan authorities shut down television and radio stations on Tuesday as supporters of opposition leader Raila Odinga watched him take a symbolic presidential oath on the Bible in a Nairobi park in a direct challenge to President Uhuru Kenyatta. Odinga's supporters insist that he, not Kenyatta, is Kenya's legitimate leader, and that Kenyatta's election was neither free nor fair. Kenyatta's election victory in August was annulled by the Supreme Court over irregularities, but he then won a re-run, which Odinga boycotted over a failure to revamp the electoral commission, and was sworn in for a second term in November.

Mike Huckabee Skewered Over 'Despicable' Joke About Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Mike Huckabee Skewered Over 'Despicable' Joke About Ruth Bader Ginsburg

People on Twitter have Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's back.

State Of The Union Tickets Feature Major Misspelling: 'Uniom'
State Of The Union Tickets Feature Major Misspelling: 'Uniom'

Whoever printed out the tickets for Donald Trump's first State of the Union speech must be feeling very "covfefe" right now.

Time Running Out for ID Protection Freebie From Equifax
Time Running Out for ID Protection Freebie From Equifax

In response to last year's massive data breach at Equifax, the credit bureau, which is based in Atlanta, offered free TrustedID Premier identity protection services to victims and anyone else in ...

7 Frugal, Alternative Valentine's Day Gifts

If you're thinking about what to give your sweetheart for Valentine's Day, it pays to think outside the chocolate box. Demand for Valentine's Day staples (red roses, chocolate-covered strawberries and other traditional gifts) is sky-high right now, elevating the prices -- and costs will only increase as Feb. 14 creeps closer. If you'd like to dodge the expense of pricey Valentine's Day gifts, consider these alternative money-saving presents.

Hong Kong democracy candidate cleared to run in fraught vote
Hong Kong democracy candidate cleared to run in fraught vote

A Hong Kong pro-democracy candidate has been given last-minute clearance to stand for election after public anger at government meddling in vote nominations, as Beijing increases pressure on the city's activists. The decision to approve the nomination of Edward Yiu on Monday, hours before the deadline, came two days after fellow pro-democracy candidate Agnes Chow, 21, was barred from standing because her party supports self-determination for Hong Kong. Around 2,000 people gathered outside government headquarters Sunday night to protest at Chow's disqualification.

Trump Boasts The Ice Caps Are
Trump Boasts The Ice Caps Are 'Setting Records.' But It's For Melting.

President Donald Trump seemed to be in a fog about the facts of climate change during his British TV sit-down with Piers Morgan, which aired Sunday night.

Israeli leader says he expects Polish WWII bill to be fixed
Israeli leader says he expects Polish WWII bill to be fixed

JERUSALEM (AP) - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday said he expects Poland will amend proposed legislation that would outlaw the blaming of the Polish nation for crimes committed during the Holocaust, as Israel's Foreign Ministry summoned a Polish envoy to express its displeasure.

Q&A: Why Afghanistan suffers unrelenting attacks
Q&A: Why Afghanistan suffers unrelenting attacks

ISLAMABAD (AP) - Afghanistan has endured a month of relentless attacks claimed by the Taliban and a rival Islamic State affiliate, capped by Saturday's assault, in which a Taliban suicide bomber driving an ambulance filled with explosives struck in the heart of Kabul, killing more than 100 people.

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Argentina 'will not recognise Venezuela election': Macri

Argentina will not recognise the results of upcoming elections in Venezuela, President Mauricio Macri has told AFP, accusing strongman Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro of running a "dictatorship". Venezuela's top court last week excluded the main opposition coalition from contesting the presidential election, smoothing the way for Maduro to be returned as leader of a once prosperous country mired in political and economic chaos. The court's decision is the latest twist in a months-long standoff between Maduro -- late socialist leader's Hugo Chavez's handpicked successor -- and the opposition.

Holocaust remembered as warning amid far-right resurgence
Holocaust remembered as warning amid far-right resurgence

WARSAW, Poland (AP) - Holocaust survivors wearing striped scarves that recalled their uniforms as prisoners of Nazi Germany placed candles on the train tracks carried people to their deaths at Auschwitz on Saturday, exactly 73 years after the Soviet army liberated the death camp in occupied Poland.

Saudi prince freed amid corruption probe veiled in secrecy
Saudi prince freed amid corruption probe veiled in secrecy

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) - Billionaire Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, who had been held in a luxury hotel since November in a wide-reaching anti-corruption probe that has been shrouded in secrecy and intrigue, was released on Saturday, according to three of his associates.

Trump 'Likes' Tweet On Sexual Misconduct Claims Against 'Great Friend' Steve Wynn
Trump 'Likes' Tweet On Sexual Misconduct Claims Against 'Great Friend' Steve Wynn

President Donald Trump seldom "likes" other account's tweets on Twitter, so it becomes newsworthy when he does.

Betsy DeVos Sued For Weakening Sexual Assault Reporting Protections For Students
Betsy DeVos Sued For Weakening Sexual Assault Reporting Protections For Students

Three civil rights organizations have filed a lawsuit against Education Secretary Betsy DeVos for rolling back protections for students who report sexual assault.

4 Reasons to File Taxes Early
4 Reasons to File Taxes Early

Don't panic about how the new tax law could affect you this tax filing season. The giant Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, passed late last year, doesn't apply to your 2017 taxes in most cases. The new law ...

Dr. James Kauffman Dead: Doctor Accused of Hiring Hit Man to Kill Wife Kills Self in Jail
Dr. James Kauffman Dead: Doctor Accused of Hiring Hit Man to Kill Wife Kills Self in Jail

Kauffman's body was found Friday morning in his cell at the Hudson County Jail.

Rep. Joe Kennedy Picked To Give Democratic Response To Trump's State Of The Union
Rep. Joe Kennedy Picked To Give Democratic Response To Trump's State Of The Union

Rep. Joseph Kennedy III (D-Mass.) has been picked to respond to President Donald Trump's State of the Union address next week.

Doomsday: Why a War with Russia Would Go Nuclear (And Kill Billions of People)
Doomsday: Why a War with Russia Would Go Nuclear (And Kill Billions of People)

A NATO counter-offensive would be bloody and fraught with escalatory risk-but it's one of the probable outcomes of a Russian invasion. In that eventuality, Russian conventional forces-of which only a portion are well trained and well equipped-would likely be severely damaged or even destroyed. After all, Moscow has expressed concerns in the past that regime change by the West is an all too real danger.

EXCLUSIVE: Bill Richardson quits Myanmar crisis panel
EXCLUSIVE: Bill Richardson quits Myanmar crisis panel

Veteran U.S. diplomat Bill Richardson resigns from an international panel set up by Myanmar to advise on the Rohingya crisis, saying it was conducting a "whitewash" and that Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi lacks "moral leadership." Sareena Dayaram reports.

I haz wins: Grumpy Cat in $710,000 court payout
I haz wins: Grumpy Cat in $710,000 court payout

It won't put a smile on her notoriously pouty face but Grumpy Cat, the feline who became an internet meme and a hugely lucrative brand, has just won $710,000 in court. The famously moody-looking moggy was at the centre of a copyright infringement case in a California federal court which culminated with the jury ruling in favour of her human pet Tabatha Bundse. The dispute was sparked by a deal signed between Granade Beverage and Bundsen over the use of Grumpy Cat (real name Tardar Sauce) in a line of iced coffee drinks.

Bernie Sanders
Bernie Sanders' 'Medicare For All' Online Town Hall Draws Over 1 Million Live Viewers

Sen. Bernie Sanders' televised town hall on Tuesday night to promote single-payer health care, or "Medicare for all," drew a live audience of about 1 million people ― all of whom viewed the event exclusively online.

Kentucky school shooting leaves two students dead
Kentucky school shooting leaves two students dead

A teenage boy opened fire with a handgun at a Kentucky high school early Tuesday, killing two fellow students and wounding more than a dozen people in the latest mass shooting to hit the United States. The unnamed 15-year-old student, now in custody, is alleged to have carried out the attack at Marshall County High School in Benton, a small town in western Kentucky. Two students of the same age died of gunshot wounds, while 13 other people were shot and five suffered other injuries during the shooting, Kentucky State Police said, adding that those hurt ranged in age from 14 to 18 years old.

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