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Why Schools Are Flooded With Threats After Mass Shootings

Fri, 02/23/2018 - 15:00

In the days since last week’s mass shooting at Florida’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, schools across the country have been receiving an onslaught of copycat threats.

These Companies Are Sticking By The NRA

Fri, 02/23/2018 - 14:11

In what may be a pivotal moment for American gun law reform, the National Rifle Association has become the object of intense pushback from anti-gun activists and survivors of last week’s mass shooting at a Florida high school that left 17 dead.

12 Tweets On Gun Violence And Mental Health Everyone Should Read

Fri, 02/23/2018 - 13:37

If you mapped out the discussion about the major causes of gun violence following every mass shooting in the United States, it would almost certainly lead you to the same destination: mental illness.

Fees case may enable U.S. Supreme Court to curb union power

Fri, 02/23/2018 - 13:04

By Robert Iafolla and Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday will consider for the second time in two years whether to choke off a critical funding stream for public-employee unions, potentially reducing organized labor's influence in the workplace and at the ballot box. The nine justices will hear a challenge backed by anti-union groups to the legality of fees that workers who are not members of unions representing teachers, police, firefighters and certain other government employees must pay to help cover the costs of collective bargaining with state and local governments. Two dozen states require payment of these so-called agency fees, covering roughly 5 million public-sector workers, that provide millions of dollars annually to unions.

5 Reasons to Claim Social Security at Age 70

Fri, 02/23/2018 - 13:03

If you wait until you are 70 to take your Social Security benefit, you will receive monthly payments that are 32 percent higher than the benefits you would have received at 66, which is the retirement age for many Americans. Retirees who wait to claim can get hundreds of dollars more each month than those who take benefits early. Most Americans take Social Security before full retirement age, often because they can't afford not to.

The Latest: Life sentence for man who shot unarmed black man

Fri, 02/23/2018 - 12:09

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on the trial of a man convicted of murder for shooting an unarmed black man (all times local):

How to Make Your Washer and Dryer Last

Fri, 02/23/2018 - 11:51

How long should your new washer and dryer to last? It's a topic of much debate. Given that most machines come with just a 1-year parts and labor warranty, we asked manufacturers what kind of long...

As Ivanka visits South Korea, Trump targets the North

Fri, 02/23/2018 - 11:47

President Trump announced that the U.S. was imposing a new round of sanctions taking aim at North Korea, the latest effort to tighten the economic vise in response to the Stalinist regime’s nuclear and ballistic missile programs. He announced the sanctions as Ivanka visited the Olympic Games in South Korea.

Gus Kenworthy Visits Dog Meat Farm in Korea: 'One of the Saddest Places I've Ever Been'

Fri, 02/23/2018 - 11:34

"I am honestly feeling heartbroken," the 2014 Olympic silver medalist said.

Texas governor issues last-minute reprieve for son who ordered family killed

Fri, 02/23/2018 - 10:51

Two death row inmates have won last minute reprieves, including a man whose father pleaded for his life even though his son had hired a hitman to kill his family, officials say. Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued the rare reprieve for Thomas Bartlett "Bart" Whitaker, 38, who had been sentenced to die Thursday for a 2003 murder-for-hire that took his mother and brother's life and left his father seriously wounded. "Mr Whitaker must spend the remainder of his life behind bars as punishment for this heinous crime," Abbott wrote in a proclamation explaining his decision, shortly before the scheduled execution.

Adam Rippon Will Now 'Totally' Take Mike Pence's Telephone Call

Fri, 02/23/2018 - 10:23

Adam Rippon is now prepared to talk with Vice President Mike Pence.

'How dare you': CNN's Camerota clashes with NRA's Loesch over her claim that media 'love' mass shootings

Fri, 02/23/2018 - 10:17

The national spokeswoman for the National Rifle Association on Friday doubled down on her claim that members of the media “love” mass shootings, like last week’s school massacre in Parkland, Fla., because of the bump in television ratings that some networks experience.

Correction: Obit-Billy Graham story

Fri, 02/23/2018 - 09:53

MONTREAT, N.C. (AP) — In a story Feb. 22 about the burial of Billy Graham, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Graham will be buried at the headquarters of his association in Charlotte. The burial will take place at the Billy Graham Library in Charlotte, a separate location.

Philippines: Suspect in Filipina's freezer death arrested

Fri, 02/23/2018 - 09:35

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — One of two suspects in the gruesome death of a Filipina maid whose body was found stuffed in a freezer in an apartment in Kuwait has been arrested in Lebanon, the Philippine foreign secretary said Friday.

Secret Service: Driver 'apprehended' after hitting barrier near White House

Fri, 02/23/2018 - 07:52

The White House went on lockdown after a driver crashed a vehicle into a barrier outside of the complex. The suspect was later apprehended according to the Secret Service.

Modi hugs Trudeau amid Indo-Canada invitation embarrassment

Fri, 02/23/2018 - 07:51

NEW DELHI (AP) — Prime Minister Narendra Modi greeted his Canadian counterpart Justin Trudeau on Friday with a hug, one day after embarrassed Canadian diplomats had to revoke a party invitation for a man convicted of attempting to kill an Indian politician.

Florida School's Armed Officer Did "Nothing" During Shooting

Fri, 02/23/2018 - 07:29

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The Flu Shot Is More Effective Than We Thought This Year

Fri, 02/23/2018 - 07:02

It's been a bad flu season, but this year's vaccine does offer some protection against the nasty bug, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The Best Meme Of The Winter Olympics Belongs To Scott Moir

Fri, 02/23/2018 - 05:36

The Canadian ice dancer and his partner, Tessa Virtue, secured the top spot on the podium in Pyeongchang, South Korea, on Tuesday to become the most decorated figure skaters in Olympic history.