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Democrats Flip Kentucky State House Seat Where Trump Won Overwhelmingly
Tue, 20 Feb 2018 20:30:55 -0500

Democrats Flip Kentucky State House Seat Where Trump Won OverwhelminglyDemocrats flipped a GOP-held Kentucky state House seat on Tuesday, handing the party its 37th state legislative pickup nationwide since Donald Trump won the presidency.


Parkland students: 'We will not be silenced' on guns
Wed, 21 Feb 2018 15:31:45 -0500

Parkland students: 'We will not be silenced' on gunsSurvivors of last week’s mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., emerged from meetings with state lawmakers in Tallahassee, Fla., on Wednesday, vowing to continue their movement until U.S. lawmakers enact stricter gun laws.


Autopsy confirms Virginia woman was mauled to death by her own pit bulls
Thu, 22 Feb 2018 10:42:51 -0500

Autopsy confirms Virginia woman was mauled to death by her own pit bullsAn autopsy has confirmed that a Virginia woman believed to have been mauled to death by her own pit bulls in December did indeed die from "trauma due to mauling by animals."


Poll Finds Near-Universal Support For Gun Background Checks
Tue, 20 Feb 2018 20:07:39 -0500

Poll Finds Near-Universal Support For Gun Background ChecksA new poll from Quinnipiac University has found the highest support it’s ever surveyed for universal background checks for firearms purchases, with nearly 100 percent of those polled supporting the gun control measure.


Billy Graham, 'America's Pastor' And Noted Evangelist, Dead At 99
Wed, 21 Feb 2018 08:23:51 -0500

Billy Graham, 'America's Pastor' And Noted Evangelist, Dead At 99Billy Graham, the famed televangelist who became known as “America’s Pastor,” has died at the age of 99, MSNBC and CBS reported.


New York University issues public apology for 'racially insensitive' meal served during Black History Month
Thu, 22 Feb 2018 10:40:00 -0500

New York University issues public apology for 'racially insensitive' meal served during Black History MonthNew York University has issued a public apology and fired their director of food service after students pointed out the watermelon-flavoured water and collard greens the school was serving during Black History Month were racially insensitive. College of Arts and Science sophomore Nia Harris noticed the offensive meal when she walked into Weinstein Passport Dining Hall - before alerting the deans of the school and NYU’s President Hamilton of the insensitive and “stereotypical” meal. “Not only was this racially insensitive, this was just ignorant.


Truck was on tracks despite gates when struck by Amtrak train: U.S. report
Wed, 21 Feb 2018 13:03:58 -0500

Truck was on tracks despite gates when struck by Amtrak train: U.S. reportA garbage truck was on the tracks despite lowered safety gates when it was struck by a train carrying Republican lawmakers in a fatal crash last month in rural Virginia, the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board said on Wednesday. Data from a camera mounted on the front of the chartered Amtrak train showed the gates were down at the crossing at the time of the crash, according to a preliminary NTSB report on the Jan. 31 accident. A passenger on the garbage truck was killed and two others on the truck were injured.


NRA Chief Wayne LaPierre: FBI, Elitism To Blame For School Shootings
Thu, 22 Feb 2018 13:35:40 -0500

NRA Chief Wayne LaPierre: FBI, Elitism To Blame For School ShootingsNational Rifle Association CEO Wayne LaPierre took the stage at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Thursday to defend his organization one week after a gunman used an assault-style rifle to kill 17 people at a high school in Parkland, Florida.


Crews to leave Puerto Rico as $750M Fluor contract nears end
Wed, 21 Feb 2018 18:25:23 -0500

Crews to leave Puerto Rico as $750M Fluor contract nears endSAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Crews who are helping restore power in Puerto Rico as part of a $750 million federal contract will leave the U.S. territory soon as nearly a quarter of a million customers remain in the dark more than five months after Hurricane Maria, officials said Wednesday.


Hem Is Having a 20% Off Sale and We're Freaking Out
Thu, 22 Feb 2018 15:41:28 -0500

Hem Is Having a 20% Off Sale and We're Freaking Out


The 'crisis actors' lie spreads in wake of Florida shooting
Wed, 21 Feb 2018 12:01:38 -0500

The 'crisis actors' lie spreads in wake of Florida shootingIn the wake of the mass shooting at a Florida high school last week, it happened again — conspiracy theories circulating claiming that it didn’t really happen, or that it was staged, with actors.


Syria's Eastern Ghouta: five deadly days of bombing
Thu, 22 Feb 2018 08:05:17 -0500

Syria's Eastern Ghouta: five deadly days of bombingSyria's army launched a new deadly aerial campaign on Damascus's rebel-held Eastern Ghouta region on February 18, with daily bombardments since then turning it into "hell on Earth". The enclave, controlled by Islamists and besieged by government forces for five years, was already subjected to a ferocious five-day air assault this month that left around 250 civilians dead and hundreds wounded. The new round of strikes by the regime of President Bashar al-Assad has killed more than 360 civilians and wounded 1,700 others since Sunday.


School Shooting's Survivors Cry As Florida House Rejects Talks On Assault Weapon Ban
Tue, 20 Feb 2018 19:21:26 -0500

School Shooting's Survivors Cry As Florida House Rejects Talks On Assault Weapon BanSurvivors of last week’s school shooting in Florida were brought to tears as state lawmakers refused to debate a gun control measure in Tallahassee on Tuesday.


Christians Wrestle With Billy Graham's Legacy
Wed, 21 Feb 2018 17:52:20 -0500

Christians Wrestle With Billy Graham's LegacyRev. Billy Graham, the famous evangelist who died on Wednesday, was a charismatic preacher, a counselor to presidents, and a leading figure in American evangelicalism.


Dad who survived son's murder plot that killed mom, brother wants his life spared
Thu, 22 Feb 2018 08:13:07 -0500

Dad who survived son's murder plot that killed mom, brother wants his life sparedKent Whitaker said he forgave his son Bart Whitaker, who is on death row and scheduled to be executed this week.


Police officer shot dead by murder suspect during standoff
Wed, 21 Feb 2018 10:44:00 -0500

Police officer shot dead by murder suspect during standoffOfficer Justin Billa, a former officer of the month, was fatally injured in the city of Mobile, after trying to detain a man wanted in connection with a murder. The dead officer joined the force in January 2016 and won the Mobile Police Department’s Officer of the Month award in June 2016, Mobile Police Department Chief Lawrence Battiste told reporters, according to the Associated Press. The suspect was identified as Robert Hollie.


The 10 Best Beaches In The World In 2018, Revealed
Wed, 21 Feb 2018 09:00:34 -0500

The 10 Best Beaches In The World In 2018, RevealedNeed some travel inspo for your upcoming beach vacation?


Fourth fortune hunter dies looking for Fenn's Treasure
Wed, 21 Feb 2018 15:34:49 -0500

Fourth fortune hunter dies looking for Fenn's TreasureA fourth fortune hunter has died in the pursuit of a treasure chest containing more than $1 million worth of gold coins and jewels which is reputedly hidden somewhere in the Rocky Mountains. Jeff Murphy, 53, perished in June but the details of his death were only revealed eight months later. He was looking for Fenn's Treasure and died after going hiking up a trail within the boundaries of Yellowstone National Park, and falling 500ft down a rocky slope. Fenn's Treasure is said to have been deposited in 2010 by Forrest Fenn, an eccentric, octogenarian millionaire art dealer and former Vietnam fighter pilot. Mr Fenn, who is still alive, has said he set the task of finding it in order to encourage people to "get off the couch" and see nature. According to him the bounty is inside a 22lb Romanesque bronze chest and includes 265 gold coins, diamonds, emeralds and ancient Chinese figurines. He published a 24-line poem which contains the clues to locating it. Jeff Murphy, 53, perished in June but the details of his death were only revealed eight months later. Over the last eight years tens of thousands of people are believed to have searched for the loot, mostly in New Mexico where clues have pointed. However, Mr Murphy, a vice president of the International Housewares Association, had headed for the Wyoming-Montana border area. When he went missing a huge search operation was launched including rescuers on horseback, others with dogs, and a helicopter. Erica Murphy, his widow, said he had first read about Fenn's Treasure in an airplane magazine. He then read Mr Fenn’s book The Thrill of the Chase, which contains the full 24-line poem. The poem includes lines like "Begin it where warm waters halt. And take it in the canyon down". Mrs Murphy told the Albuquerque Journal: "It was his pastime. He loved anything that caused him to use his brain, and he loved being out in nature." The death was expected to lead to renewed calls to end the controversial treasure hunt. But Mrs Murphy said she did not blame Mr Fenn, and her husband knew the risks. She said he "would not have wanted to hinder" others from searching. As rescuers looked for her husband Mrs Murphy emailed Mr Fenn to say: "I hope your quest won't be adversely affected by these current events." According to a report by Yellowstone National Park into his death Mr Murphy had also emailed Mr Fenn before setting out. When he went missing Mr Fenn then offered to pay for a helicopter to look for him. Mr Fenn also said he had never been to the area where Mr Murphy was searching, so he was looking in the wrong place. Last summer, fortune hunter Paris Wallace, 52, a pastor from Colorado was found dead north of Santa Fe, New Mexico after trying to traverse a river. Separately, Eric Ashby, 31 died after his raft overturned on the Arkansas River. In 2016, Randy Bilyeu, 54, died on the Rio Grande while looking for the treasure. His former wife Linda Bilyeu has called the hunt "madness". Mr Fenn has previously indicated the treasure is hidden somewhere not hard to reach and that, even at his advanced age, he could himself go back to the spot. Supporters of the treasure hunt have argued that it has achieved its aim of getting Americans into the Great Outdoors, and has led to people meeting spouses and parents bonding with their children.


These Surprising Countries Now Have the Most Powerful Passport in the World
Wed, 21 Feb 2018 12:53:24 -0500

These Surprising Countries Now Have the Most Powerful Passport in the WorldEuropean countries no longer top the charts


At 'listening session' on school shootings, Trump urges giving teachers guns
Wed, 21 Feb 2018 18:55:54 -0500

At 'listening session' on school shootings, Trump urges giving teachers gunsIn a White House "listening session," President Trump said his administration would look "very strongly" at allowing concealed carry weapons in schools, even though he knew "a lot of people are going to be opposed to it."



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