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Sheriff: School officer never went inside to confront gunman

Brendan Farrington, Gary Fineout and Terry Spencer, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 6:04pm

The armed officer on duty at the Florida school where a shooter killed 17 people never went inside to engage the gunman and has been placed under investigation, officials announced Thursday.

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Trump says raise age for buying assault rifles, defying NRA

Jill Colvin and Matthew Daly, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 6:02pm

The nation should keep assault rifles out of the hands of anyone under 21, President Donald Trump declared Thursday, defying his loyal supporters in the National Rifle Association amid America's public reckoning over gun violence. He also pushed hard for arming security guards and many teachers in U.S. schools.

New charges brought against ex-Trump campaign associates

Eric Tucker and Chad Day, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 5:58pm

Dramatically escalating the pressure and stakes, special counsel Robert Mueller filed additional criminal charges Thursday against President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman and his business associate.

California senator quits as Legislature grapples with #MeToo

Jonathan J. Cooper and Don Thompson, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 5:56pm

A California state senator accused of sexual misconduct resigned Thursday just ahead of a possible vote to expel him, delivering a scathing resignation letter that called the investigation a farce and underscored the Legislature's struggle to respond to the #MeToo movement.

Florida man yells 'murderers!' as he's executed for slaying

Jason Dearen, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 5:54pm

A Florida inmate convicted of raping and killing a college student decades ago screamed and yelled "murderers!" three times, thrashing on a gurney as he was being put to death Thursday.

Texas governor accepts recommendation, spares inmate

Michael Graczyk, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 5:48pm

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Thursday spared the life of a convicted killer shortly before the man's scheduled execution for masterminding the fatal shootings of his mother and brother.

The Latest: Health authorities say 3 men may have overdosed

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 5:42pm

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Indicted Missouri governor had been rising politically

Heather Hollingsworth and John Hanna, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 5:38pm

Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens, a former Navy SEAL whose victory in his first run for public office made him a rising Republican political figure, was indicted Thursday on a felony invasion of privacy charge stemming from an affair he had in 2015.

Drugs likely in deaths of 3 found on San Francisco street

Janie Har, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 5:34pm

Public health authorities are warning against the dangers of buying drugs potentially laced with fentanyl after three men were found dead near a school in San Francisco's historic Haight-Ashbury neighborhood.

Alabama inmate claims he is at risk for 'botched' execution

Kim Chandler, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 5:32pm

Alabama stood ready Thursday to execute an inmate who argued there is an increased risk of a botched execution because of damage to his veins from lymphoma and other illnesses. The U.S. Supreme Court temporarily delayed the execution while it considered a request to block it.

The Latest: Police report: Suspect got in fight at home

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 5:27pm

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New study finds female protagonists decreased in 2017 films

Jake Coyle, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 5:16pm

While 2017 may have been the year of "Wonder Woman," but a new study finds that female protagonists were down 5 percent in the year's 100 top-grossing films.

Florida executes man for 1993 rape and killing of a college student

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 5:11pm

Florida executes man for 1993 rape and killing of a college student.

Supreme Court delays Alabama execution

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 5:09pm

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Church: Cardinal's 'nighty-night, baby' tweet was for sister

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 5:06pm

A New Jersey archbishop raised a few eyebrows when he tweeted "Nighty-night, baby. I love you," but his spokesman says it was an errant message intended for his sister.

Kansas lawmakers cancel debate on NRA-backed gun safety bill

John Hanna, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 5:05pm

Kansas legislators canceled debate Thursday on allowing elementary schools to offer a National Rifle Association-backed firearms safety course, responding to concerns such a step would be inappropriate the week after the mass shooting at a Florida high school.

Gun control bill OK'd by Oregon; 1st since Florida shooting

Andrew Selsky, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 4:46pm

Fueled by anguished voices in the aftermath of the Florida high school shooting, Oregon's Legislature on Thursday banned people convicted of stalking and domestic violence or under restraining orders from buying or owning firearms and ammunition.

Brazilian couple indicted for kidnapping in Texas case

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 4:41pm

A federal grand jury has indicted a Brazilian couple accused of helping their grandson from Texas illegally remain in Brazil after his mother allegedly violated a custody order in a divorce case.

TBI: Nude photo taken on mayor's ex-bodyguard's work phone

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 4:35pm

Court documents say the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has found a nude and partially nude photo of a woman the agency believes were taken with the phone of Nashville Mayor Megan Barry's former bodyguard.

Texas governor agrees with parole board, spares convicted killer from execution

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 4:23pm

Texas governor agrees with parole board, spares convicted killer from execution.