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Amy Schumer Says No Wedding Gifts, Please Give To Gun Safety Group

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 16:49

Comedian Amy Schumer had a request on Thursday for any friends and followers who might be thinking about sending her wedding gifts: Consider donating to the anti-gun violence organization Everytown for Gun Safety instead.

Gus Kenworthy Has 'No Patience' For Trump, Pence And Other Anti-LGBTQ Lawmakers

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 16:26

For Gus Kenworthy, being one of the first openly gay men to compete for the U.S. in the Winter Olympics is “a bit of a trade-off.”

2019 BMW Z4: Der Supraganger

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 16:25

Will the next Z4 be taken more seriously?

Senate Votes Down Multiple Bills To Help Dreamers After Veto Threat On Bipartisan Proposal

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 16:24

WASHINGTON ― The Senate was supposed to spend the week discovering what it could pass to help undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children.

Russian mother grieves for son killed by US strike in Syria

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 16:18

KEDROVOYE, Russia (AP) — For Russian mother Farkhanur Gavrilova, the blow came a week ago when an acquaintance called her to say that her son was killed in a U.S. airstrike in Syria that pitted Russian and U.S. combatants against each other for the first time in the Syrian war.

Hundreds Of Mourners Attend Vigil For Florida School Shooting Victims

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 15:58

Hundreds of mourners gathered in Florida on Thursday, one day after a mass shooting at a local high school left at least 17 people dead.

Student arrested after posting Snapchat threatening 'Round 2' of Florida shooting 'tomorrow'

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 15:42

A South Carolina student was arrested on Thursday after posting a Snapchat threatening a repeat of Wednesday's deadly mass shooting, which took place at a Florida high school.

ICE arrests dozens in Los Angeles area immigration crackdown

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 15:36

At least 100 people are believed to have been arrested since Sunday as part of a federal immigration crackdown in the Los Angeles area.

Israeli attorney general lauds police probe into Netanyahu

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 15:21

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's attorney general on Thursday praised a police investigation into the prime minister over corruption allegations, saying it was conducted "thoroughly" and "by the book" even as the Israeli leader has shrugged off its conclusions.

Hero geography teacher died protecting group of students from Florida high school shooter

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 13:42

A heroic geography teacher was gunned down as he saved a group of students during Wednesday's mass shooting at a Florida high school.

Violence during Rio carnival 'unacceptable:' minister

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 13:42

Brazilian Defense Minister Raul Jungmann has called violent crime during Rio de Janeiro's carnival "unacceptable" and promised more security. "It is clear to us that the situation in Rio during the carnival was unfortunate," Jungmann said in comments after meeting President Michel Temer late Wednesday. Jungmann was referring to a rash of robberies and assaults during the biggest event of the year in Rio, which saw massive street parties before culminating earlier this week with the samba parades.

Florida shooting: FBI received tip about 'I'm going to be a professional school shooter' YouTube comment

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 13:31

The FBI was tipped off about a YouTube comment from someone using the name “nikolas cruz” who said they were going to "be a professional school shooter” in September - five months before a man with same name allegedly opened fire on pupils in Florida. The bureau had received information about the comment last year, said Robert Lasky, the special agent in charge of the Miami division. It is unclear whether it is the same Nikolas Cruz, who has been charged with 17 counts of murder after the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland.

Venezuela's Maduro to attend Americas summit, defying host Peru

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 13:28

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said Thursday he will attend a summit of Western Hemisphere nations in April despite the host Peru saying he is unwelcome. Peru said on Tuesday that Maduro's "presence will no longer be welcome" after a decision to hold early presidential elections in his crisis-torn country without reaching an agreement with the opposition. Peru's statement followed a meeting of the 14-nation Lima Group, also Tuesday, urging Venezuela to reconsider holding elections on April 22 on the grounds that conditions for a free and fair vote, as demanded by the opposition, did not currently exist.

Russian toll in Syria battle was 300 killed and wounded: sources

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 13:26

By Maria Tsvetkova MOSCOW (Reuters) - About 300 men working for a Kremlin-linked Russian private military firm were either killed or injured in Syria last week, according to three sources familiar with the matter. A Russian military doctor said around 100 had been killed, and a source who knows several of the fighters said the death toll was in excess of 80 men. The timing of the casualties coincided with a battle on Feb. 7 near the Syrian city of Deir al-Zor where, according to U.S. officials and associates of the fighters involved, U.S.-led coalition forces attacked forces aligned with Moscow's ally, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Officials Haven't Found Evidence Linking Florida Shooting Suspect To White Supremacists (UPDATE)

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 13:18

The Republic of Florida, a white nationalist militia, confirmed Thursday that the man charged in Wednesday’s school shooting in Parkland, Florida, was involved in some of its activities.

On eve of investigation, Vatican says pope meets sex abuse victims often

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 12:29

By Philip Pullella VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis regularly meets with victims of sexual abuse, the Vatican said on Thursday, a disclosure that follows intense criticism of his defense of a Chilean bishop accused of covering up abuse. Vatican spokesman Greg Burke confirmed comments the pope made in private during a visit to Peru last month which were reported on Thursday by Civilta Cattolica, a journal of the Jesuit religious order. "The Holy Father meets victims of sexual abuse, either individually or in groups, several times a month," Burke said in a statement, adding that the pope "tries to help them heal the grave wounds caused by the abuses they suffered." Remarks the pope made last month have created one of the greatest image crises of his papacy, which marks its fifth anniversary next month.

Ramaphosa elected president of South Africa, vows anti-corruption fight

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 11:31

By Wendell Roelf CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - Cyril Ramaphosa was elected as South Africa's president in a parliamentary vote on Thursday and pledged to tackle endemic corruption after scandal-ridden Jacob Zuma resigned on orders from the ruling African National Congress. Ramaphosa faces an uphill battle in revitalizing growth, creating jobs and stamping out a culture of graft in a nation still polarized by race and inequality more than two decades after the end of white-minority rule. Ramaphosa, in brief remarks to parliament ahead of his first state of the nation address expected on Friday, said he would work hard "not to disappoint the people of South Africa".

Russia: 5 citizens probably killed by US strike in Syria

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 11:19

MOSCOW (AP) — After a week of unanswered questions, Russia acknowledged Thursday that five of its citizens may have been killed by a U.S. strike in Syria, the first time Russians have died at U.S. hands in Syria's chaotic battlefield.

President Trump addresses 'a nation in grief' on Florida shooting, tells US children they are 'never alone'

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 11:12

President Trump addressed the American public on Thursday following the deadly high school shooting in Parkland, Fla., speaking of unifying bonds and emphasizing mental health in his remarks. "My fellow Americans, today I speak to a nation in grief," Trump said. Suspected 19-year-old gunman Nikolas Cruz killed at least 17 people when he brought an AR-15 semiautomatic rifle to Stoneman Douglas High School on Wednesday and opened fire.

Trump Signs Larry Nassar-Inspired Sexual Assault Bill Behind Closed Doors

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 11:03

President Donald Trump signed a bill into law on Wednesday afternoon that aims to protect amateur athletes from sexual assault in the wake of the Larry Nassar sex abuse scandal.