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  • Russia: 5 dead in church shooting; police kill suspect

    February 19, 2018 5:00 AM 18

    Russian media are reporting that a gunman opened fire with a hunting rifle on churchgoers leaving a service in the Dagestan region, killing five people and wounding four others. Police then killed the assailant. The shooting took place yesterday evening in Kizlyar, a town of about 50,000 people on the border with Chechnya. Four people were reported dead at the scene

  • Florida suspect's red flags weren't enough to stop gun buy

    February 19, 2018 5:00 AM 18

    The warnings around Nikolas Cruz seemed to flash like neon signs: expulsion from school, fighting with classmates, a fascination with weapons and hurting animals, disturbing images and comments posted to social media, previous mental-health treatment. In Florida, that wasn't enough for relatives, authorities, or his school to request a judicial order

  • Georgia school to drug-test students by using hair samples

    February 18, 2018 5:00 AM 17

    A private school in east Georgia intends to start drug-testing its oldest students. The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer reports that Brookstone School in Columbus recently announced that the drug-testing of students in grades 8-12 will be voluntary next school year and then mandatory in succeeding years. Brookstone plans to use students' hair samples which

  • Florida lawmakers struggle with how to respond to shooting

    February 18, 2018 5:00 AM 28

    Stunned by a horrific shooting at a Florida high school that left 17 people dead last week, the state Legislature is grappling with what to do in the aftermath. Lawmakers have just three weeks left in their annual 60-day session and normally are trying to wrap up work on a new state budget in the final days. But the shooting last Wednesday at Marjory

  • Macron's office closes press room, moves reporters off-site

    February 15, 2018 5:00 AM 17

    French President Emmanuel Macron's office is closing the press room inside the presidential palace amid broader efforts by the French leader to control his public image. Advisers for Macron announced yesterday that journalists will be moved to a new site out of the presidential Elysee Palace with less access to presidential activity. Government spokesman

  • Russia: Human error, faulty sensor behind deadly plane crash

    February 14, 2018 4:33 AM 20

    Human error may be to blame for the Russian plane crash that killed 71 people, Russian investigators said yesterday, noting that the plane's pilots failed to turn on the heating unit for its measuring equipment, resulting in flawed speed data. After studying the An-148's flight data recorder, the Interstate Aviation Committee said that Sunday's crash

  • UK judge upholds arrest warrant for WikiLeaks founder

    February 14, 2018 4:33 AM 29

    A judge upheld a British arrest warrant for Julian Assange yesterday, saying the WikiLeaks founder should have the courage to come to court and face justice after more than five years inside Ecuador's London embassy. Judge Emma Arbuthnot rejected arguments by Assange's lawyers that it is no longer in the public interest to arrest him for jumping bail in 2012 and seeking

  • Plane with 71 aboard crashes near Moscow; no survivors seen

    February 11, 2018 3:46 PM 130

    MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian passenger plane believed to be carrying 71 people crashed Sunday afternoon near Moscow, shortly after takeoff from one of the city’s airports. No survivors were immediately reported. The An-148 regional jet disappeared from radar screens a few minutes after departing from Domodedovo Airport en route to the city of Orsk, some 1,500 kilometres

  • Democrats are playing politics with memo says Trump

    February 11, 2018 4:22 AM 26

    UNITEDSTATES President Donald Trump yesterday accused the Democrats of playing politics with classified information, and asserted that their memo countering GOP allegations about the conduct of the FBI's Russia probe was a trap meant to "blame the White House for lack of transparency." Citing national security concerns, the White House notified the House

  • Trump blasts 'stupidity' of US immigration laws

    February 7, 2018 5:00 AM 30

    United States President Donald Trump says the "stupidity" of the nation's immigration laws is allowing violent gangs like MS-13 to flourish in the US.Trump said yesterday that thousands of gang members are arrested and deported but that some come back and that the situation would not improve until the US changes its immigration laws. Trump said: "Not another