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- Floridians Tell Politicians Who Do The NRA’s Bidding Their Time Is Up
- Russians say evidence of election interference is ‘blabber’
- Parkland Could've Been Worse. Vegas Could've Been Worse. They Can Always Be Worse.
- Immediately After Interviewing Parkland Students, Fox News Invites Criticism Of Them
Minutes after interviewing a group of Parkland, Florida, students organizing marches in response to the mass shooting at their school, “Fox News Sunday” put conservative pundit Rush Limbaugh on the air to dismiss their plans and condemn them for trying to advance a “political agenda.”
- Trump Says Russian Meddling Indictment Proves 'No Collusion'
- Teachers are being priced out of high-rent cities, but a solution could be on the way
- 7.2 quake damages homes, but Mexico avoids major destruction
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico escaped major destruction from a magnitude 7.2 earthquake that jolted southern and central parts of the country, authorities said Saturday, though 13 people were killed in the crash of a helicopter sent to assess the damage.
- Dianne Feinstein Wants To Raise Minimum Age For Assault Weapon Purchases To 21
- Russian mercenaries, a discrete weapon in Syria
The death of Russian citizens in Syria from a US coalition strike last week, which has been played down by both Moscow and Washington, has exposed the role of Russian mercenaries in the multi-front conflict. The incident followed a steady trickle of reports about Russians dying in battle in Syria while employed as guns for hire in a privately-owned outfit whose role may be securing oilfields for President Bashar al-Assad. Russia on Thursday has finally recognised that five Russian citizens, not officially affiliated with the Russian military, were likely killed in the strikes in eastern Syria, in the first admission of non-military combat casualties.
- Days after school shooting in Parkland, Florida, a gun show in Miami
- ‘One Day At A Time’s’ Justina Machado: ‘It’s a universal story about family, told through the Latino lens’
- Teen Survivors Of Florida Shooting To March On Washington For Gun Law Reform
- Trolls Are Posting Fake Stories About Being Attacked At 'Black Panther' Showings
- Florida legislators struggle with how to respond to shooting
- This dog's heartwarming rescue from a New York subway tunnel will bring you happy tears
One lucky pup found compassiom in a most unlikely place: The New York City subway. Dakota, aka Loppy the dog, was playing with her dog walker at a park in Brooklyn on Friday when the pooch managed to escape. Frightened, the poor pup ran to a place that she knew — the Jay St. station — and ended up inside the dangerous subway tunnel. SEE ALSO: How this startup is trying to bring dog toys into the 21st century "It’s a familiar place for her, we commute together every day. She entered, ran across the platform, and at some point either fell or jumped in," Dakota's owner, Caroline Francis, posted to her Facebook. The NYC subway runs off of an electrified third rail, so once notified, workers shut the trains down and cut power to the subway in order to save the dog. A/C/F train riders, apologies for the delay- Dakota escaped from the dog park and- you guessed it- onto the tracks. Thank @MTA NYCT for the assist on the rescue, job well done by all, service back up & dog on the way to the vet for a minor injury- Appreciate everyone’s patience! pic.twitter.com/gSA5ynPgGX — NYPD Transit (@NYPDTransit) February 16, 2018 After over an hour of searching, Francis says that things were looking "devastatingly bleak." She begged the MTA to let her onto the tracks to help search the miles of subway tunnels. "Then a miracle happened," Francis wrote. "An MTA officer took it upon herself to explore the tracks several stations away. And, against all odds, she found Loppy." Francis says the pup was bloodied, cold, dirty, and terrified, but miraculously OK. "The joy I felt when the police officer showed me a photo and said 'is this her?' was all-consuming," she wrote. "Being reunited with this little creature is something more powerful than I can explain." The dog suffered some lung damage, lost a few teeth, and fractured her jaw, according to the New York Daily News. She is currently being treated at Pearl Blue hospital, but is expected to make a speedy recovery. MTA Supervisor Sanya Hill, who found the pup about a mile away from where she entered the subway, says she spotted Loppy curled up at the back of the subway platform. “I had my flashlight out and I was looking and then I saw the dog,” Hill told the News. “I didn't want her to bite me, I didn't want to scare her any more than she was. She was already shaking and already curled up all the way to the back of the platform.” Francis ended her Facebook post with a heartwarming message to all of the New Yorkers who likely complained for hours about how their commute was interrupted. "New York can feel like a cold, hard city," Francis wrote. "But this city—the NYPD and MTA in particular—rallied around me at my darkest hour. They saved my best friend. That warmth and support moves me in a way I can’t explain. To all the commuters who got stuck for 60+ minutes, know that your sacrifice saved her life—thank you. I've been so touched by all who have reached out with kind words." WATCH: Your cat can achieve ultimate chill with this portable hammock
- Media, Democrats Have Created 'More Chaos' Than Russians, Says White House Spokesman
- Thirteen killed in Mexican quake zone helicopter crash
Thirteen people were killed in southern Mexico when a minister's helicopter crash-landed on its way to the epicenter of a powerful earthquake that rattled the region, officials said Saturday. The 7.2 magnitude quake caused only material damage when it struck late Friday, but it triggered a tragedy in the town of Santiago Jamiltepec in Oaxaca state, where the chopper landed on its side, crushing a van. On board the UH-60 Black Hawk military helicopter were Interior Minister Alfonso Navarrete and Oaxaca state Governor Alejandro Murat, who were unharmed.
- The Latest: Slain Chicago officer remembered as 'model cop'
- LeBron James Speaks Out on Laura Ingraham's 'Shut Up and Dribble' Comments
- Top GOP Donor Won’t Back Candidates Unless They Support Assault Weapons Ban
- No, Fidel Castro Is Not Justin Trudeau's Father
- Nigeria frees 475 Boko Haram suspects for lack of evidence
Nigeria has freed another 475 Boko Haram suspects following a series of mass trials in which most cases were dropped for lack of evidence, the justice ministry said Sunday. Over the course of the week, hundreds of suspected Boko Haram extremists have appeared before a court at the Kainji military base in central Niger state. The release order was issued on Friday, with the 475 suspects to be returned to their home states for "proper rehabilitation" before being sent back to their families, ministry spokesman Salihu Othman Isah said.
- Florida Gubernatorial Candidate Calls On Governor To Halt AR-15 Sales
In the wake of Florida’s horrific school shooting, Gwen Graham, a Democratic candidate in the state’s gubernatorial race, called on Gov. Rick Scott to immediately suspend sales and permits of AR-15s and assault-style weapons.
- Passenger says teen driver panicked, hit the gas outside NSA
- Activists Launch Voter Registration Drive At 'Black Panther' Screenings
The Movement for Black Lives has channeled the energy and excitement surrounding the opening weekend of Marvel’s “Black Panther” into a voting registration campaign. The movement’s Electoral Justice Project is organizing the #WakandaTheVote initiative that encourages moviegoers to register to vote at “Black Panther” screenings across the country. “The Movement for Black Lives is an ecosystem of black leaders and organizations fighting every single day for the healthy and happy lives of Black folks,” activists Jessica Byrd and Kayla Reed told Blavity in an interview.
- Scientists discover painting hidden behind Picasso masterpiece
Scientists examining a work by Pablo Picasso using x-ray technology have discovered that he painted it over a landscape painting by an unknown artist. It was painted during Picasso's Blue Period, when he mainly used monochromatic shades of blue and blue-green. The researchers' technique allowed them to study the painting in-depth in just 24 hours, and revealed the horizontal landscape created by a different Barcelona painter, whose identity remains unknown, under the visible surface of Picasso's painting.
- Tabloid, Trump and a Playmate
- Pakistani court sentences convicted serial killer to death
LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) — A Pakistani court on Saturday sentenced a serial killer to death after finding him guilty of killing eight children, including a 7-year-old girl whose rape and murder drew nationwide condemnation and triggered violent protests, a public prosecutor said.
- Needed in Syria: Disengagement
One is the outbreak of another war between Israel and its neighbors. A reminder of this danger has come from events that began when Israel said it shot down an Iranian drone that had entered its airspace. Israeli F-16s then attacked a command center in Syria, during which Syrian air defenses downed one of the Israeli warplanes (a rare event for Israel). Israel subsequently launched a much more widespread set of aerial attacks within Syria. The Israelis have conducted scores of attacks in Syria over the last five years, but this most recent assault may have been the largest Israeli attack there since the 1980s. A new war involving Israel would surely also involve Lebanese Hezbollah. There is no indication that Hezbollah seeks such a war. The group has incurred significant costs by participating in fighting within Syria and has many wounds to lick. Its leaders still have regrets about the brinksmanship that last got Hezbollah entangled in a war with Israel. Even though it could get in some hits with cross-border rocket fire, the group’s leaders know that in a new clash it would get badly bloodied by its militarily more capable foe.
- Trump Blames Democrats For Lack Of Gun Control Laws
As gun violence survivors and others demand stricter gun control laws in wake of Wednesday’s mass shooting at a Florida high school, President Donald Trump has found a scapegoat to blame for the lack of reform: the Democrats.
- Pope revives sexual abuse panel
The Vatican said Saturday it has renewed its anti-paedophile panel as Pope Francis acts to quell the global scandal over the sexual abuse of children by priests. The panel had come under fire from two high-profile members, former sex abuse victims who quit at what they saw as a lack of reform and obstruction at the highest level of the Catholic Church. Victims have come forward from across the world over the past two decades accusing priests of sex crimes, unleashing one of the biggest crises faced by the Catholic Church.
- Olympic Skier Ted Ligety’s Son 'Could Give 2 S***s That Daddy Sucked At Work'
- Pacific cruise liner brawl sends guests fleeing to cabins
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — A South Pacific cruise was interrupted by brawls apparently caused by a 23-member family who threw punches at other passengers, some of whom said they locked themselves in cabins to escape three days of violence.
- Saudi Arabia welcomes push for U.N. action against Iran on missiles
By Andrea Shalal MUNICH (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia on Sunday welcomed a draft United Nations resolution offered by Britain, the United States and France that would condemn Iran for failing to stop its ballistic missiles from falling into the hands of Yemen’s Houthi group. Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir told Reuters the measure, if passed, would help hold Iran accountable for what he described as its "exports of ballistic missiles" to the Iran-backed Houthi rebels, and "radical and aggressive" behavior in the region, including support for terrorist groups.
- The 2018 Flu Season Might Finally Be Leveling Off
- Government urges councils to waive road closure charges for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding
The government is urging councils to waive their charges for road closures on May 19, in the hopes of encouraging Britain to celebrate the Royal wedding with thousands of street parties. The wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will fall on a Saturday, the same day as the FA Cup final, with leaders hoping the mood of celebration will buoy the public. They today launch a “handy guide” to throwing a street party, reminding keen organisers to get in touch with local councils in good time to plan road closures and insurance. Information from the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government States: “Many councils, from Bromley to Salford, have already announced that they are waiving charges for street party road closures, making it easier and cheaper than ever to hold celebrations. “The government is urging other councils to follow suit.” The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding in 2011 saw bank holiday street parties held throughout Britain, including on Downing Street. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle visit Cardiff, in pictures There will be no extra day off for the marriage of Prince Harry, fifth-in-Line to the throne, and Meghan Markle, who wed at Windsor Castle on May 19 before taking a carriage ride around the town to greet those who have turned up to see them. Chris Gittins, who runs streetparty.org.uk, said the celebrations will show a “fantastic part of British culture", adding: “It's a rare excuse to meet neighbours really, a traditional excuse to meet neighbours in a relaxed atmosphere.” Guy Oliver, from the Old Barn Inn in Glooston, said they would be throwing a street party to encourage people to “come together in a community”. "It'll be a few union jacks and we're going to serve food to everyone's taste,” he said. Sandra Hastings, founder of Newcastle-based charity Silverline Memories which helps those with dementia, said she is planning a “good old-fashioned party with bunting, and red white and blue balloons, and trestle tables with tonnes of homemade food". "At our charity we provide people with the opportunity to do things they wouldn't have done otherwise, and take any excuse for a knees up,” she said. Jake Berry MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State said: “We’ve made it easier than ever for local residents from all backgrounds to come together to celebrate the royalwedding and we hope councils will get into the spirit by helping people wishing to organise street parties. “With the FA Cup final taking place on the same day, there's never been a better reason to hold a street party and our updated guidance makes clear the steps residents need to take to ensure an enjoyable and safe day is had by all.”
- Apple 'repeatedly calls emergency services' after multiple employees injured walking into glass panes at new HQ
Apple’s new 175-acre headquarters, centred on a glass ring which hosts 12,000 staff, has become an architectural fascination since the first designs were unveiled seven years ago. Apple employees reportedly keep walking into the glass panels which form the walls of the spaceship-like building. The building, in Cupertino, California, is surrounded by 50ft curved glass panels - the largest in the world.
- Israel's Netanyahu: A singular leader with a divisive legacy
A serial survivor of scandals, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appears to be in trouble once more after police recommended a range of bribery and other charges against him in two separate investigations. Yet the law doesn't require him to step down until convicted, the process could drag on for months, and the determined, loquacious leader is digging in his heels.
- Why Donald Trump Fears Women
Multiple allegations of domestic abuse against former White House staff secretary Rob Porter appeared to provoke President Donald Trump to fire off this tweet last weekend: Peoples lives are being shattered and destroyed by a mere allegation.
- Tillerson to N.Korea on talks: 'I'm listening'
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said in an interview to air Sunday that he is "listening" for signs that North Korea is ready to engage in direct talks. An Olympic-driven thaw in relations between Kim Jong Un's nuclear armed North Korean regime and South Korea has raised speculation that direct talks between Washington and Pyongyang could be on the horizon after months of sharp tension and heated rhetoric.
- Olympic Analyst Laments Hockey Player's 'Unfortunate' Domestic Abuse Incident
NHL analyst Mike Milbury referred to one hockey player’s domestic abuse conviction as an “unfortunate incident,” as he offered commentary for NBC’s coverage of the men’s match between Team USA and the Olympics Athletes from Russia on Saturday.
- Family of woman killed by police may not see full $37M award
- Three suicide bombers kill 18 in Nigeria's Maiduguri -police
By Lanre Ola and Ahmed Kingimi MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (Reuters) - Three suicide bombers killed 18 people in the northeast Nigerian city of Maiduguri, capital of the state worst hit by the Boko Haram insurgency, its police commissioner said on Saturday. Nobody has claimed responsibility for the attack but the use of suicide bombers in crowded areas is a hallmark of the Islamist militant group, which has killed more that 20,000 people since 2009 and forced over two million to flee their homes. Damian Chukwu, police commissioner for Borno state, said the attack took place at a fish market around 20 kilometres (12 miles) from the centre of Maiduguri at about 8:00 p.m. (1900 GMT) on Friday.
- Palmreaders? Japan team builds second skin message display
Palmreading could take on a whole new meaning thanks to a new invention from Japan: an ultra-thin display and monitor that can be stuck directly to the body. Takao Someya, the University of Tokyo professor who developed the device, envisions it as a boon for medical professionals with bed-ridden or far-flung patients, as well as family living far from their relatives.
- Gus Kenworthy and His Boyfriend Kissed on TV at the Olympics and Fans Are Ecstatic
- Duchess of Cambridge wears green with black sash in nod to Time's Up movement as Bafta stars turn out in black
The Duchess of Cambridge has given just a nod to the Time’s Up movement in a sombre dark green dress with black sash, as she eschews an unofficial all-black dress code for this year’s Bafta ceremony. The Duchess has been presented with a difficult dilemma ahead of the awards, after actresses and industry leaders circulated a letter asking attendees to wear black. Members of the Royal Family are supposed to avoid all political statements, leaving the Duchess with a stark choice between being accused of overstepping her position or being the only woman wearing colour. In the event, she took the middle ground, wearing a dark green Jenny Packham gown with a black sash to blend in with the dark dress code. Neither the Duke or the Duchess appeared to be wearing the Time’s Up lapel pin, which many others had donned to walk the the red carpet. A spokesman for Kensington Palace did not comment on the choice. The Duchess of Cambridge opted for a dark green gown and a black sash at the Baftas this evening Credit: James Whatling Amanda Berry, Catherine Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William Credit: James Gourley/BAFTA//REX/Shutterstock It comes after nearly 200 women in the film industry have already signed an open letter demanding the eradication of sexual harassment from across all industries, using Bafta as a moment to "celebrate this tremendous moment of solidarity and unity”. Signatories including Emma Watson, Gemma Arterton, Olivia Colman, Emma Thompson, Naomie Harris, and Jodie Whittaker called on women to use their “collective power” to propel the Time’s Up movement, arguing high-profile stars "need to use our power as communicators and connectors to shift the way society sees and treats us". The letter reads: "In the very near past, we lived in a world where sexual harassment was an uncomfortable joke; an unavoidable awkward part of being a girl or a woman. The Royal couple arrived shortly after 6.30pm this evening Credit: Yui Mok/PA "It was certainly not to be discussed, let alone addressed. In 2018, we seem to have woken up in a world ripe for change. If we truly embrace this moment, a line in the sand will turn to stone." A letter circulated to female nominees weeks ahead of the awards show urged stars to follow the example of the Golden Globes, to leave a room full of women in all-black as a “strong, unifying and simple statement". The protest was not reserved for dresses alone: in a move mirroring the Golden Globes last month, actresses including Arterton, Harris, Andrea Riseborough, Gemma Chan, and Tessa Thompson were accompanied by campaigners. Gemma Arterton is one of the many actresses who signed the letter Credit: Joel C Ryan/Invision Their guests include Laura Bates who founded the Everyday Sexism project, Phyll Opoku-Gyimah, co-founder of UK Black Pride, and Eileen Pullen and Gwen Davis, two of the 'Dagenham Girls' who walked out of a Ford Motor Company plant after learning they were being paid less than their male counterparts in 1968. The evening is expected to be highly politicised, with award winners using their speeches to campaign for their favourite causes. Gary Oldman is nominated for a Bafta Credit: Yui Mok/PA Kristin Scott Thomas, nominated for her portrayal of Clementine Churchill in Darkest Hour, said of Time’s Up: “We need equality now - I think their slogan is absolutely right. I haven’t stopped talking about this since it all started. Now it’s a question of moving it from conversation to action. "I think I'll be optimistic once this is over and the conversation keeps going and the conversation gets bigger and bigger and bigger and actions start happening, words turn into actions, that kind of thing. Then I'll be allowed to be optimistic." She added that, looking back over her career: “I pinch myself, looking back. Why did I let myself do that? I get cross and angry, retrospectively.” Andrea Riseborough, who walked the red carpet with activist Phyll Opoku-Gyimah, said those backing the Time's Up movement hope to get across "the idea that when all of this stops we all remember that this is an important cause and that we should carry on the conversation". She added: "From my perspective, when we get to do anything like this it kind of makes these things worthwhile. I'm here tonight to stand in solidarity with every woman, every person in the world who has suffered sexual abuse in the workplace." Angelina Jolie wore a black gown to the event Credit: Mike Marsland/WireImage Gemma Arterton walked the red carpet with Eileen Pullen and Gwen Davis, two of the 187 "Dagenham Girls" who walked out of the Ford Motor Company's Dagenham plant in June 1968 after learning their work was classified as unskilled - leaving their pay 15 per cent below that of their male counterparts. Arterton, who starred in a musical version of their story, said: "They're amazing because they really started the equal pay movement in the UK. "I thought it was really fitting and I'm really happy and proud that I'm with Gwen and Eileen because they represent a normal person speaking up for what is actually right. The main thing we want to say tonight is we're here, we're here for you and we will listen." Pippa Harris, the vice chair of Bafta, said the ceremony would be different this year, thanks to the unofficial black dress code and Joanna Lumley, its first solo female presenter in more than 20 years. Harris, who signed the open letter herself, said: “I'm personally delighted that they have used the ceremony to bring more attention to what we're doing, it's entirely laudable that they're doing that.” Amanda Berry, CEO of Bafta, has previously indicated that awards organisers are braced for speeches about the Hollywood harassment scandal. "It often has [been used as a platform] in the past, I think in different years there have been different issues,” she said after nominations were announced. “People obviously feel it's a very powerful platform. The film awards go out globally so that makes it even more powerful, so we never say to people don't say anything, please just thank the crew or whatever it is. “Because if somebody feels passionately about it, they are going to say it. "There has been a lot of conversation to date and obviously that conversation continues, awards season shines a very bright spotlight on that conversation."
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- Parents Outraged After Learning About School Threat Months Later
A letter from a New Jersey school district regarding school safety in the wake of the recent shooting in Florida was sent out Friday, saying there was a threat made against Ramapo Ridge Middle School months earlier.
- Trump visits Florida shooting survivors, FBI admits it missed tip
US President Donald Trump on Friday visited a Florida hospital to offer comfort to those wounded in a mass school shooting, after the FBI admitted it mishandled a tip about the troubled teen behind the massacre that left 17 dead. The arrival of Trump and his wife Melania came at the end of a difficult day for the families of those killed in Wednesday's rampage at a high school in Parkland, Florida, who learned that the carnage could perhaps have been averted. The FBI admitted it had received a chilling warning in January from a tipster who said the 19-year-old gunman, Nikolas Cruz, could be planning a mass shooting, but that agents had failed to follow up.