A student who survived the Parkland school shooting called out the president over his ties to the National Rifle Association during an anti-gun rally.Speech goes viral »
Wednesday’s mass shooting in Parkland, Fla., is the latest tragedy to befall a nation accustomed to headlines of gun deaths and the partisan political response that follows them. Three of the nation’s 10 most deadly mass shootings have happened in the last six months, taking the lives of more than 100 people. Take Florida Gov. Rick Scott, a staunch gun-rights Republican, who on Thursday went against party orthodoxy and suggested that people with mental illness perhaps should not be allowed to purchase firearms.
President Donald Trump excoriated congressional Democrats on Friday, accusing them of abandoning young people in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. “Cannot believe how BADLY DACA recipients have been treated by the Democrats...totally abandoned!” Trump tweeted.
The FBI released a statement acknowledging that proper protocol was not followed regarding a tip about Nikolas Cruz. The Federal Bureau of Investigation said Friday afternoon that it had been alerted to Nikolas Cruz’s troubling behavior and his professed desire to kill, but that it had failed to adequately pursue the lead before Wednesday’s school shooting in Parkland, Fla. According to the FBI, a person close to the shooting suspect called its Public Access Line tip line, to report concerns that Cruz might carry out a school shooting: He owned guns, expressed a desire to commit murder, displayed erratic behavior and posted disturbing content on social media.
Law enforcement officials say that a quick-thinking airline employee, aptly named Denice Miracle, likely saved two teenage girls from a human trafficking plot. Miracle, an American Airlines agent at California's Sacramento International Airport, was working at the ticket desk on Aug. 31 when two girls, aged 15 and 17, approached her counter, according to KOVR.
Shepard Smith showed his frustration Thursday on Fox News when he discussed the mass shooting at a Florida high school on Wednesday that left 17 students and adults dead. The anchor issued a desperate plea, his voice shaking at times, for study and reforms to help prevent these mass shootings.
Footage captured the Carnival Legend ship’s crew and security personnel attempting to break up a chaotic fight between several passengers at around 12.45am on Friday morning. Carnival Cruise Lines confirmed a large family group had been involved “in violent and disruptive acts”, forcing the ship destined for Melbourne to make an unscheduled stop in New South Wales so 23 passengers could be removed. Passengers described it as a “cruise from hell”, with some left afraid to leave their cabins and reports of up to 30 people being injured on board.
In the wake of the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Florida, in which 17 people were murdered, parents are taking additional measures to keep their children safe. One of these safety measures, which reflect a new reality in America, are bulletproof backpacks created for children, which can hold school supplies as well as stop a bullet. According to Sarah Pampillonia, a mum and fifth-grade teacher, who spoke to The Cut, she considered buying one for her four-year-old after seeing a Facebook ad for the backpacks.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) announced Friday that she is introducing legislation to raise the minimum age to purchase rifles — including military-style assault weapons — from 18 to 21. Nikolas Cruz, the suspected gunman in Wednesday’s school shooting in Parkland, Florida, used an AR-15 assault-style rifle, according to police. “Licensed gun dealers cannot sell a handgun to anyone under 21, but they are allowed to sell assault rifles like the AR-15 to anyone over 18.
The U.S. Department of Justice announced charges on Friday against 13 Russians and three Russian entities for allegedly carrying out an elaborate plot to interfere in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. The Russian operatives allegedly used fake social media accounts, created false advertisements and even traveled to the United States in an effort to support Donald Trump’s presidential campaign — and to disparage that of his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton.
When a gunman opened fire with an AR-15 at a large high school in south Florida, the 17 dead included students and school workers, young and old. The team website said Feis spent his entire coaching career at Marjory Stoneman after playing there as a student. The Sun Sentinel reported that Feis, acting as a school security guard, responded to the original call on a school walkie-talkie.
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.
The plan was so detailed, right down to zip-ties "on the door handles so b-----s can't escape," that a very frightened Catherine O'Connor called the police on her own grandson. "He's planning on having a mass shooting at one of the schools," she calmly told the 911 operator in Everett, Wash. Then there was the matter of the rifle she said she found inside a guitar case in her grandson's bedroom. The 18-year old was arrested Wednesday at ACES High School and charged with attempted murder, assault, and armed robbery.
An Australian TV commentator caused controversy at the Winter Olympics on Thursday with a remark about Chinese athletes all looking “the same.” Olympian-turned-analyst Jacqui Cooper said this during Channel 7’s coverage of the women’s aerial freestyle
"It's very sad something like that could happen," Trump said.
Together the signs, which are displayed on the sides of three trucks, read: “Slaughtered in school ... and still no gun control? The signs echo a key plot element in the movie “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.” The billboards in the film, rented by a mother played by Frances McDormand, pose the same kind of question to the local sheriff concerning the unsolved murder of her daughter. Rubio has received $3.3 million in campaign contributions from the National Rifle Association.
This flu season has been particularly grim. More people are dying of the flu than medical professionals would expect at this time of the year. One in 10 people who died during the fourth week of January died of pneumonia and influenza, and 84 children have also died so far this flu season.
Crowds gathered on Mexico City’s central Reforma Avenue as well as on streets in Oaxaca state’s capital, nearer the quake’s epicenter, which was in a rural area close to Mexico’s Pacific coast and the border with Guerrero state. “It was awful,” said Mercedes Rojas Huerta, 57, who was sitting on a bench outside her home in Mexico City’s trendy Condesa district, too frightened to go back inside. Many buildings in Mexico City are still damaged from that quake.
As gun shots rang out at a Florida high school on Wednesday, a call on the school's security radio asked if the loud sounds were firecrackers. It later emerged that as others fled the gunman, Mr Feis had put himself in harm's way, using his own body to shield his students.
It has been observed that there are two Donald Trumps: Twitter Trump and Teleprompter Trump. Early on Thursday, Twitter Trump came dangerously close to blaming the victims of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida.
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.
A grieving Florida mother used the opportunity of a cable news interview to speak directly to President Trump on the issue of gun control. "I just spent the last two hours putting the burial arrangements [together] for my daughter's funeral... President Trump, please do something... action, we need it now!" Lori Alhadeff, whose daughter, Alyssa, was killed in Wednesday's mass shooting, told an HLN reporter Thursday. Alhadeff then took the mic and spoke directly into the camera.
The United States and Turkey pulled back from the brink of a potentially disastrous crisis on Friday, agreeing to normalize badly strained relations over Syria and other issues that had threatened the NATO allies' longstanding ties. After talks in Ankara, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu announced the creation of new "mechanisms" to improve the relationship, starting with the question of American support for Kurdish rebels in northern Syria.
House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) has been arguing against what he calls a “knee-jerk” political response to mass shootings for years. MSNBC’s Chris Hayes presented a video mashup Thursday of the times Ryan has argued against “taking away” America’s gun rights.
A gold medalist and now everyone’s golden girl to boot, Korean-American Olympic snowboarder Chloe Kim has, all at once, become a lot of different things to a lot of different people. My parents are from Korea.