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Citizenship agency removes description of US as 'nation of immigrants'

Citizenship agency removes description of US as 'nation of immigrants' Immigrants become American citizens during a naturalization ceremony. The government agency in charge of granting citizenship to prospective Americans has removed a passage from its mission statement that describes the United States as a nation of immigrants. The move by the US Citizenship and Immigration Services agency was first revealed via an email shared with the Intercept, confirmed by the Guardian Thursday.


Russia's Man In The White House

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University experts to lead Puerto Rico storm death review

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Parkland School Shooting: Tape Delay Blamed for Confusion That Allowed Suspect to Escape

Parkland School Shooting: Tape Delay Blamed for Confusion That Allowed Suspect to Escape Responding police officers viewing surveillance video originally believed they were watching the events in real time.


NRA Chief Wayne LaPierre: FBI, Elitism To Blame For School Shootings

NRA Chief Wayne LaPierre: FBI, Elitism To Blame For School Shootings National 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.


Wild elephant kills two at Rohingya camp in Bangladesh

Wild elephant kills two at Rohingya camp in Bangladesh A wild elephant Thursday trampled to death two people, including a child, as it rampaged through a Rohingya refugee camp in Bangladesh, officials said. The incident occurred at the massive Kutupalong camp in the southeastern border district of Cox's Bazar, where hundreds of thousands of Rohingya have taken refuge after fleeing what UN officials have called ethnic cleansing in Myanmar's Rakhine state. "The wild elephant trampled a Rohingya child to death... and then trampled another Bangladeshi man to death when it was chased by Rohingya refugees and local villagers," Ali Kabir, the district forest department chief, told AFP.


NRA’s Wayne LaPierre: ‘Elites’ don’t care about school safety

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Autopsy confirms Virginia woman was mauled to death by her own pit bulls

Autopsy confirms Virginia woman was mauled to death by her own pit bulls An 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."


NRA's Dana Loesch: 'Many In Legacy Media Love Mass Shootings'

NRA's Dana Loesch: 'Many In Legacy Media Love Mass Shootings' National Rifle Association spokeswoman Dana Loesch said Thursday that the media exploits mass shooting to capitalize on ratings.


New York University issues public apology for 'racially insensitive' meal served during Black History Month

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Prince Harry, Meghan Markle Hit By Anthrax Scare

Prince Harry, Meghan Markle Hit By Anthrax Scare Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have been targeted by an anthrax hoax, reports London’s Evening Standard.


California student arrested with two assault rifles and 90 magazines after security guard overhears shooting threat

California student arrested with two assault rifles and 90 magazines after security guard overhears shooting threat A pair of assault rifles, nearly 100-high-capacity magazines and two handguns were discovered in the home of a 17-year-old who was arrested for threatening to open fire at his school in California.


Redemption time for Romney?

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Florida Sheriff Rebukes NRA Spokeswoman Who Claims She's 'Fighting' For Shooting Survivors

Florida Sheriff Rebukes NRA Spokeswoman Who Claims She's 'Fighting' For Shooting Survivors During a heated CNN-hosted town hall event on Wednesday night, National Rifle Association spokeswoman Dana Loesch told survivors of the Parkland, Florida school shooting that she was “fighting” for them.


New York Daily News Reveals Who Really Silences Trump

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'Pathetically Weak': Father Of Student Slain In Florida Excoriates Marco Rubio

'Pathetically Weak': Father Of Student Slain In Florida Excoriates Marco Rubio Fred Guttenberg, the father of a student killed last week in the massacre at a Florida high school, slammed Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.)


Pennsylvania GOP Pleads With SCOTUS Again To Let Them Use Gerrymandered Map

Pennsylvania GOP Pleads With SCOTUS Again To Let Them Use Gerrymandered Map Pennsylvania Republicans again asked the U.S. Supreme Court to block Pennsylvania’s new, court-ordered congressional map on Wednesday, marking the latest in a series of attempts to halt a plan that would make congressional elections more competitive in the state by reducing the impact of gerrymandering.


Iran’s Intensifying War with Israel

Iran’s Intensifying War with Israel The Trump administration should publicly warn Russia and Iran that the United States will respond forcefully to future threats in Syria. The February 10 military clash between Iran and Israel ushered in a new phase of the Syrian war. Iran for the first time challenged Israel directly instead of attacking indirectly through surrogates, such as Hezbollah.


Who is Dana Loesch? The NRA's chosen defender after the Florida shooting

Who is Dana Loesch? The NRA's chosen defender after the Florida shooting In the days after a mass shooting, the National Rifle Association usually stays completely silent, its social media accounts on lockdown. The move comes as the NRA appears to be attempting to dial down attention to the speech that longtime leader Wayne LaPierre is scheduled to give at CPAC later this week. A longtime conservative talk radio host, Loesch sparked outrage last year for an NRA recruitment ad in which she railed against the left for using “their media to assassinate real news” and said NRA members needed to confront “this violence of lies with the clenched fist of truth”.


'Black Panther' Is Breaking An Insane Number Of Box Office Records

'Black Panther' Is Breaking An Insane Number Of Box Office Records The King of Wakanda is still conquering the box office.


GOP Congresswoman Claims Many Mass Shooters 'End Up Being Democrats'

GOP Congresswoman Claims Many Mass Shooters 'End Up Being Democrats' WASHINGTON ― Rep. Claudia Tenney (R-N.Y.) claimed that people who commit mass shootings are often Democrats during a Wednesday discussion about the Florida school shooting.


Seventh-grader who shot himself in school bathroom dies

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Police: Officer shot, killed intervening in domestic dispute

Police: Officer shot, killed intervening in domestic dispute BRANDYWINE, Md. (AP) — An off-duty police officer who answered a neighbor's request for help in a domestic dispute was shot and killed Wednesday in Maryland, officials said.


The Latest: Sweden, Kuwait call for UN vote on Syria

The Latest: Sweden, Kuwait call for UN vote on Syria BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on the Syrian civil war (all times local):


NRA’s Partners Still Turn A Blind Eye As It Blocks Reasonable Gun Control

NRA’s Partners Still Turn A Blind Eye As It Blocks Reasonable Gun Control Student survivors and others trying to drive reform in the wake of last week’s mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, have passionately denounced the National Rifle Association.


Models Carried Their Own Severed Heads At Gucci's Nightmarish Milan Fashion Show

Models Carried Their Own Severed Heads At Gucci's Nightmarish Milan Fashion Show Things got extra freaky at Gucci’s Milan Fashion Week show on Wednesday when designer Alessandro Michele sent models down the runway carrying replicas of their own heads.


Mississippi Town Rejects 'Historic' LGBTQ Pride Parade Despite Local Support

Mississippi Town Rejects 'Historic' LGBTQ Pride Parade Despite Local Support Local leaders in Starkville, Mississippi, denied a request to host what would have been the town’s first gay pride parade.


Colorado congressman booed as people demand action on guns

Colorado congressman booed as people demand action on guns GREENWOOD VILLAGE, Colo. (AP) — Grumbling and jeers met the request for a moment of silence for the 17 people killed last week in the Florida school shooting.


Police find guns at home of California teen who threatened school shooting

Police find guns at home of California teen who threatened school shooting Police in California found a stash of weapons in the house of a teenage student who had threatened to shoot up his school, the Los Angeles County sheriff's department said Wednesday. Sheriff Jim McDonnell said police had arrested the 17-year-old student, who made the threat during an argument with a teacher on Friday, two days after a teenager killed 17 people in a gun rampage at a school in Florida. Police also found two handguns and 90 high-capacity ammunition magazines, the sheriff said.


More than 100 girls 'missing' after Boko Haram school attack

More than 100 girls 'missing' after Boko Haram school attack More than 100 girls were missing on Wednesday, two days after a Boko Haram attack on their school in northeast Nigeria that has raised fears of a repeat of the 2014 Chibok kidnapping that shocked the world. Islamist militants stormed the Government Girls Science Secondary School in Dapchi, Yobe state, on Monday evening. "We have every reason to suspect that they were taken away by the attackers," said Aisha Yusuf Abdullahi, 16, who returned to her home in Yobe's commercial hub, Potiskum.


Self-Proclaimed Polygamist Prophet Pleads Guilty to Child Rape After Police Discover 4 Girls in Raid

Self-Proclaimed Polygamist Prophet Pleads Guilty to Child Rape After Police Discover 4 Girls in Raid The girls were found hidden in 50-gallon plastic water barrels


Fourth fortune hunter dies looking for Fenn's Treasure

Fourth fortune hunter dies looking for Fenn's Treasure A 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.


Corgi comforts stranger who recently lost his own dog

Corgi comforts stranger who recently lost his own dog Cora, a therapy dog in training sought out a man at the airport who’d lost his own pet the day before.


Democrats want $300 million to fight possible Russia election tampering

Democrats want $300 million to fight possible Russia election tampering By Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Democratic leaders called on Congress on Wednesday to give the Federal Bureau of Investigation $300 million to fight foreign efforts to interfere in congressional and state elections in November, amid growing concerns about potential Russian influence on the polls. Citing warnings from intelligence agencies that Russia is trying to influence the upcoming vote, Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer and House of Representatives Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi asked that the additional funds be included in a bill to fund the government which Congress aims to pass by March 23.


U.S. raps ally Albania for 'careless' words on Kosovo

U.S. raps ally Albania for 'careless' words on Kosovo The United States urged Albania on Wednesday to avoid "careless language" after its prime minister suggested a single president and single security policy for both his country and neighboring Kosovo in a speech that infuriated Serbia. Serbia is sensitive to any talk of unification of its former province of Kosovo, which has a majority ethnic Albanian population, and Albania. Addressing Kosovo's parliament on Sunday on the 10th anniversary of the country's independence from Belgrade, Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama said: "Kosovo and Albania will have a single foreign policy and not just the same embassies and diplomatic representations, but why not one president, a symbol of national unity, and one national security policy." Rama later complained that his comments had been taken out of context, but the European Union said they were "not helpful" and Serbia accused the Albanian premier of seeking to build a "Greater Albania" in the region.


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These Surprising Countries Now Have the Most Powerful Passport in the World

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The 'crisis actors' lie spreads in wake of Florida shooting

The 'crisis actors' lie spreads in wake of Florida shooting In 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.


Alabama Likely To Botch The Execution Of An Already Dying Man

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Congressman Booed at Town Hall as People Demand Action on Guns

Congressman Booed at Town Hall as People Demand Action on Guns A Colorado congressman was met with boos at a town hall on Tuesday night as he repeatedly declined to back an assault-weapons ban.


Columbine High shooting survivor: Social media is giving Parkland students the voice we never had

Columbine High shooting survivor: Social media is giving Parkland students the voice we never had A survivor of the Columbine High School shooting has said the reaction of the Parkland victims has renewed her hope of meaningful action finally happening on gun control. Anne Marie Hochhalter said social media had given survivors of mass shootings a platform to call for change that the teenagers of Columbine never had. In recent days students from the Florida school have held emotive rallies and are planning further marches calling for tighter gun regulations after 17 people were gunned down at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Valentine's Day. Ms Hochhalter was left paralysed when she was shot during the 1999 massacre that killed 13 at the Colorado high school. Yet social media has also provided a breeding ground for a perverse subculture that valorises mass shooters, according to the 36-year-old The Telegraph found numerous posts on Facebook and Tumblr glamorising the shooters of Columbine, with people even sharing tattoos they had of the killers stalking the school’s cafeteria during the massacre. Anne Marie Hochhalter   Credit: Anne Marie Hochhalter   Ms Hochhalter said she fears such social media posts could help inspire other shooters by holding out the prospect of gaining a form of warped fame. Facebook has since deleted a number of pages flagged to it by this paper. 'Social media gives survivors a voice' Ms Hochhalter had long since given up on the idea that the continued mass shootings in the US would lead to meaningful action on gun control. Yet the sight of Parkland students organising rallies and marches calling for legislation has given her renewed optimism. “Seeing these kids - my heart bursts with pride,” she said . “They are speaking up and calling for action from lawmakers and parties. I hope so badly there will be change. David Hogg a senior at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School speaks at a rally calling for more gun control in Fort Lauderdale Credit: Reuters “They can now set the agenda themselves, they have the power and they have a voice. These kids are not going to give up.” President Donald Trump is now preparing to ban bump stock devices that modify semi-automatic rifles and is considering other gun control measures in the wake of the tragedy in Florida. In 1999 the narrative around Columbine quickly coalesced around the two shooters being part of a sinister group called the Trenchcoat Mafia, about whether video games and goth culture had desensitised them to violence and whether the attack was two outcasts taking revenge on more popular 'jocks'. It is a narrative that has been debunked in the years following the attack. For instance the Trenchcoat Mafia was group of computer game enthusiasts who met to play the fantasy tabletop role-playing game Dungeons and Dragons. Members said the shooters, Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris, were rejected from the group for being too strange. The initial explanations for the shooting didn’t tally with the experience of many at the school, but Ms Hochhalter said they did not have a platform to challenge them. She said: “We didn’t have social media. I did some [media] interviews, but they wanted to focus on the shooters. The focus wasn’t on what it should have been.” Infamy motive Ms Hochhalter is clear in her mind as to what motivated the Columbine shooters - notoriety. It is the same conclusion that the FBI working with psychiatrists and psychologists came to five years after the shooting. Columbine was not a rash act by two teenagers with ready access to guns. It was calculated operation, methodically planned over a year and the aim was clear. The pair hoped to inflict "the most deaths in US history", as Klebold boasted in one a video. Mass shootings have become more frequent in the US It wasn’t even planned primarily as a shooting but as a staggered bomb attack that would kill students during the crowded lunch-rush and then later emergency workers rushing to the scene. Only the shooters' ineptitude as bomb-makers stopped Columbine turning into a slaughter in the hundreds. The FBI concluded that pair's motivation was not just want fame, they wanted posthumous infamy. Perverse online subculture If notoriety was their true aim then Klebold and Harris succeeded to some degree. A measure of their success is the perverse subcultures that have sprung up around them on social media. The Telegraph has seen multiple pages on Facebook glamorising the Columbine shooters and praising their actions. One with more than 2,000 likes described its “mission” as to “never forget and always honor these heroes”. The page has shared CCTV stills of the shooters rampaging around the school, as well as fan art of them clutching their sawn-off shotguns, and even tattoos a fan has of them mid-shooting spree. Comments on the page talked of posters “admiring” the shooters, praising their looks, describing them as “idols” and accusing the victims’ families of trying to “bury their memories”. Some Facebook commenters accused the families of the Columbine victims of trying to "bury" the shooters' memory Credit: AP Facebook has since deleted a number of the pages after being alerted to them by the Telegraph. In a statement the company said: “We condemn the terrible tragedy that took place in Florida and our thoughts are with the families of the victims and those who are injured. “There is absolutely no place on our platforms for people who commit such horrendous acts. We thank The Telegraph for bringing these pages to our attention, which have been removed for violating our Community Standards.”  On the social media site, Tumblr, which is popular with teenagers, a quick search turned up scores of posts about the shooters, showing quotes from them, gifs from their homemade videos and even a post advertising T-shirts printed with CCTV stills from the massacre. Tumblr is yet to respond to a request for comment. No Notoriety campaign Ms Hochhalter fears that social media pages and posts that valorise mass shooters could help inspire the next tragedy. She said: “The motivation is different for each shooter but these people are in some sort of emotional pain. They want to inflict that pain on others and they want to go out in a blaze of glory”. As well as calling on social media platforms to ban pages dedicated to lionising mass killers, Ms Hochhalter also backs the No Notoriety campaign, which has been set up by the victims mass shootings. This calls for a media blackout on the names of mass shooters in an effort to dampen down the infamy they seek. CNN anchor Anderson Cooper doesn't name mass shooters when reporting  Credit: Kevin Mazur In the US, CNN anchor Anderson Cooper has backed such an approach by refusing to name shooters on air. Other sections of the US media have argued that journalists have a duty to report the full story when such incidents occur. Yet Ms Hochhalter sees the recent pattern of mass shooters not committing suicide, such as those of Parkland and of the Aurora theatre massacre in 2012, as evidence of them wanting to see the reaction to their crimes. She said: “They are not killing themselves as much now as they want to survive and see the attention afterwards. “So with Parkland with that photo of him being arrested he is looking right at the camera - that is exactly what he wants.” April 20, 1999 As the debate over gun control and how to prevent the next mass shooting continues after Parkland, the small Florida community is just beginning to try and come to terms with what happened. For Ms Hochhalter and dozens of other ex-students of Columbine High, it is a “rough road” they have been treading for nearly two decades. Ms Hochhalter was sitting with her friends and enjoying the sun on a grassy knoll outside the school on April 20, 1999, when the first shots rang out. Initially the 17-year-old Ms Hochhalter assumed it was senior students playing a prank. Columbine students and a police office taking cover behind a car Credit: AP She said: “I was eating outside with friends and I heard the shots behind me. I thought they were paintball guns and as I didn’t want to believe what was happening. “Before I knew what was happening I was shot in the back and that was the bullet that paralysed me. “My friends had run away but came back and dragged me to relative safety then I was hit again. That bullet hit a bunch of internal organs and my friends had to leave me as there were bullets flying around everywhere.” She lay bleeding for 45 minutes before paramedics reached her. They only go to her due to a mix-up in communications with police, who were holding back from the school due to confusion over how many shooters there were. Swat police storming Columbine School Credit: AP Had the paramedics held off with the police Ms Hochhalter would have been the 14th Columbine fatality. Klebold and Harris turned their guns on themselves before the police could reach them. The aftermath After she woke from surgery, Ms Hochhalter’s family tried to shield her from the full scale of the horror of Columbine by not telling how many had died and asking friends not to share details with her when they visited her in hospital. It wasn’t until she was interviewed by the police a month after the shooting that she learned 13 had died, including a close friend. Anne Marie Hochhalter as a teenage student at Columbine High In the weeks that followed she threw herself into her rehabilitation, convincing herself she would one day walk again, despite what the doctors said. But six months after the shooting Ms Hochhalter’s mother, who had a history of depression, committed suicide. With the trauma of the shooting and tragedy of losing her parent, she said she went to "a daze". For two years she had counselling but stopped and described lapsing into a process of repeatedly burying her feelings and the trauma deep down for the next 18-years. Las Vegas Over the years Ms Hochhalter learned to avoid certain sounds and sights that could trigger flashbacks of that day in April 1999. She has since been unable to go to live firework displays and can be traumatised by other loud bangs such as cars backfiring. She also breaks down if she sees young people wearing trench coats - as the shooters wore. When she saw news of other mass shootings she adopted a coping mechanism of suppressing her feelings. The mechanism worked for 18 years until October 2017 when Stephen Paddock opened fire with a modified semi-automatic rifle from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel on a country music festival on the Las Vegas strip, killing killing 59 and wounding over 400. Victims fleeing from the Las Vegas shooting in October  Credit: Getty Hours after the Las Vegas shooting happened smartphone footage was being broadcast around the world showing visceral scenes of the carnage. Ms Hochhalter said: “The metaphor I use for all of us involved at Columbine is we shoved our emotions in a suitcase. With Las Vegas it was like ‘I will do my usual coping mechanism again and shove it in the suitcase’. But the locks broke and everything popped out. “It was the vantage point, the shooter was up high and with Columbine they were up high. It was the screams and the sounds”. Ms Hochhalter wasn’t the only Columbine survivor to be affected badly by Las Vegas, she said it caused a number to have breakdowns and seek counselling. She says Las Vegas was the starting point of her resuming professional help and really starting to deal with the trauma of the shooting. Parkland A week has passed since 17 people were killed and 14 seriously wounded in the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. The quiet Floridan suburb of Parkland remains a focus of national and international attention as the political fallout over gun control continues. But Parkland will still be dealing with the events of last week long after the tragedy has ceased to dominate the headlines. Mourners grieving at a candlelight vigil for victims of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting Credit:  AFP Ms Hochhalter said: “Now it seems that these shootings are becoming more common. People around the world will forget in two weeks and the people of Parkland will be left to pick up the pieces. It will be difficult and they will think ‘why have people stopped caring?’ “But not the people of Columbine. We will always be there, even when the whole world has moved on.” She urged the teenagers now just starting to process the trauma they experienced that day not to take the same approach she and other Columbine survivors did. “I would say to them don’t go through this alone,” said Ms Hochhalter. “It is going to be a rough road but it is imperative that you have a strong support network with friends and family. “My advice would be don’t do what we did and shove it deep down. Don’t delay with counselling.”


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Wife of lawmaker who killed himself loses election bid

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Students Emotional at Florida Capitol as Lawmakers Refuse to Debate Assault Weapons Ban

Students Emotional at Florida Capitol as Lawmakers Refuse to Debate Assault Weapons Ban Florida House members in Tallahassee declined to take up gun legislation as Stoneman Douglas students in the gallery looked on.


Iran teams carry plane crash dead down from mountain

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Report Alleges Rampant Sexual Misconduct At Dallas Mavericks

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Democrat trounces Republican in Kentucky state race where Trump won with 72% of vote

Democrat trounces Republican in Kentucky state race where Trump won with 72% of vote The Democrats have emphatically won a state House seat in a Kentucky district where Donald Trump defeated Hillary Clinton by 49 points in 2016. Linda Belcher’s victory in Bullitt County, where she polled more than two-thirds of the vote, is thought to be the Democrats’ 37th gain since the presidential election and is the latest sign of the party’s momentum ahead of pivotal midterms later this year. Rebecca Johnson had denied the accusations against husband Dan Johnson, claiming he was a victim of “an assault from the left.” However, they were backed up by an on-the-record interview from the victim, plus pages of police documents that were published by the Kentucky Centre for Investigative Reporting.


Malaysia holds Filipinos seeking to set up extremist cell

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