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Survivors of deadly school shooting lash out at Trump

Feb. 18, 2018 1:34 PM EST

PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) — Students who escaped the deadly school shooting in Florida focused their anger Sunday at President Donald Trump, contending that his response to the attack has been needlessly divisive. "You're the president. You're supposed to bring this nation together, not divide us," said David...

Life or death main decision for school shooting suspect

Feb. 18, 2018 11:19 AM EST

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The evidence against the Florida school shooting suspect is so overwhelming, the only question left for the courts if he is convicted is whether he will be sentenced to death or spend the rest of his life in prison. The fate of 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz, who faces 17 counts of...

All 65 aboard plane feared dead in crash in southern Iran

Feb. 18, 2018 10:15 AM EST

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — An Iranian commercial airplane brought back into service only months ago after being grounded for seven years crashed Sunday in a foggy, mountainous region of southern Iran, and officials said they feared all 65 people on board were killed. The crash of the Aseman Airlines ATR-72 marks...

The Latest: Trump to meet with high school students

Feb. 18, 2018 1:33 PM EST

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump (all times local): 12:45 p.m. President Donald Trump will hold a listening session with high school students this week following the deadly school shooting in Florida. A White House schedule says Trump will host students and teachers...

Iraqi victories remain fragile as US reduces troops

Feb. 18, 2018 12:03 PM EST

QAIM, Iraq (AP) — From their outpost on Iraq's westernmost edge, U.S. 1st Lt. Kyle Hagerty and his troops watched civilians trickle into the area after American and Iraqi forces drove out the Islamic State group. They were, he believed, families returning to liberated homes, a hopeful sign of increasing...

American men in danger of being shut out of Alpine medals

Feb. 18, 2018 8:38 AM EST

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — For about 20 minutes during the Olympic giant slalom, Ryan Cochran-Siegle was in the leader's box, soaking up the spotlight. By the end of the race Sunday, he had slipped into a tie for 11th. That's just about par on the icy course for the U.S. men's Alpine skiing team at...

Democrats, Rubio want 'red flags' to enable gun seizures

Feb. 18, 2018 2:01 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The warnings around Nikolas Cruz seemed to flash like neon signs: expelled 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...

Facebook to verify ads with postcards after Russian meddling

Feb. 18, 2018 2:23 PM EST

MENLO PARK, Calif. (AP) — Facebook will soon rely on centuries-old technology to try to prevent foreign meddling in U.S. elections: the post office. Baffled in 2016 by Russian agents who bought ads to sway the U.S. presidential campaign, Facebook's global politics and government outreach director, Katie...

Sen. Duckworth still breaking barriers, and she likes it

Feb. 18, 2018 1:51 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Breaking down barriers is nothing new for Sen. Tammy Duckworth, and that's the way she likes it. The decorated Iraq War veteran who lost both legs when her helicopter was shot down is an Asian-American woman in the mostly white, mostly male and very fusty Senate. And now, with a baby due...

What will Meghan wear? Royal wedding dress a top UK secret

Feb. 18, 2018 6:58 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Where does one shop for a wedding gown set to be the dress of the year — an outfit chic enough for a fashion-loving bride but suitable for a church so regal it's the burial place of monarchs? Everyone at London Fashion Week — and elsewhere — is dying to know. With only...

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The Latest: Iran says 65 killed in airplane crash

Feb. 18, 2018 2:44 PM EST

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The Latest on the crash of an Iranian passenger plane in southern Iran (all times local): 6:10 p.m. Iran's state-run IRNA news agency is saying that the death toll in a commercial airplane crash is 65. IRNA reported Sunday night that one passenger did not make the flight. That puts the...

7 women at Austin Opera come forward after director's firing

Feb. 18, 2018 2:43 PM EST

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Seven women at the Austin Opera have come forward to describe a culture of permissiveness that allowed the opera's artistic director and conductor to inappropriately touch women and make crass comments without consequence. The women told the Austin American-Statesman that opera...

School shooting massacre victims torn from community fabric

Feb. 18, 2018 2:43 PM EST

Two of the victims were coaches. One was a student who played trombone in the school band. Another proudly wore his ROTC uniform. Still another loved soccer. And most were so very young. The gunman who opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, on Wednesday, wiped out lives and left...

Cabela's headquarters employees receive buyout offers

Feb. 18, 2018 2:40 PM EST

SIDNEY, Neb. (AP) — The remaining employees at Cabela's former headquarters in western Nebraska have received buyout offers. The Omaha World-Herald reports Bass Pro Shops delivered the offers to Cabela's employees in Sidney, Nebraska, last week, but it's not clear how many positions will be eliminated....

Bill proposes mental health exception in felony battery law

Feb. 18, 2018 2:39 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — An Idaho lawmaker has proposed inserting a mental health exception in a 2014 felony battery law that protects health care workers. The Idaho Statesman reports Republican State Rep. Christy Perry last week introduced a bill that would amend the law so that it cannot be used to charge...

The Latest: 'Three Billboards' wins outstanding British film

Feb. 18, 2018 2:31 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — The Latest on the British Academy Film Awards (all times local): 7:25 p.m. Revenge comedy "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" has been named outstanding British film at the British Academy Film Awards. The film — which has a U.S cast, but a British producer and director...

Texas teen arrested on charges of bringing firearm to school

Feb. 18, 2018 2:28 PM EST

MIDLAND, Texas (AP) — A Midland, Texas, high school student arrested on felony charges of having a firearm on school grounds has bonded out of jail. Midland County court records show Ostyn Jacob Williams was being held on a $10,000 bond for a third-degree felony weapons charge and a $10,000 bond for a...

Russia: 5 dead in church shooting; police kill suspect

Feb. 18, 2018 2:27 PM EST

MAKHACHKALA, Russia (AP) — A gunman opened fire with a hunting rifle on churchgoers leaving a service in Russia's Dagestan region, killing five people and wounding four others, then was shot and killed by police, authorities say. The shootings took place Sunday evening in Kizlyar, a town of about 50,000...

Man struck, killed in Detroit by vehicle that drove off

Feb. 18, 2018 2:23 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — Authorities say a man has been killed in Detroit after a vehicle struck him and drove away. Detroit police say the man, believed to be in his 50s, was struck early Sunday on Eight Mile Road on the city's northwest side. Emergency responders pronounced him dead at the scene. Investigators say...

Facebook to verify ads with postcards after Russian meddling

Feb. 18, 2018 2:23 PM EST

MENLO PARK, Calif. (AP) — Facebook will soon rely on centuries-old technology to try to prevent foreign meddling in U.S. elections: the post office. Baffled in 2016 by Russian agents who bought ads to sway the U.S. presidential campaign, Facebook's global politics and government outreach director, Katie...