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Brother of Florida school shooting suspect held on $500,000 bail

Tue, 03/20/2018 - 21:08

Zachary Cruz, 18, told deputies he went to the campus of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, to “reflect on the school shooting and to soak it in,” according to the arrest report. "Weeks after his brother murdered, injured and terrorized the school, he is there with no legitimate purpose," Assistant State Attorney Sarahnell Murphy said of Zachary Cruz.

Fifth Texas parcel bomb blast leaves U.S. investigators baffled

Tue, 03/20/2018 - 21:02

By Jon Herskovitz and Jim Forsyth AUSTIN/SCHERTZ, Texas (Reuters) - A package bomb blew up at a FedEx distribution center near San Antonio on Tuesday, the fifth in a series of attacks that have rocked Texas this month and left baffled investigators searching for what they suspect is a serial bomber. The package filled with nails and metal shrapnel was mailed from Austin to another address in Austin and passed through a sorting center in Schertz, about 65 miles (105 km) away, when it exploded on a conveyer belt, knocking a female employee off her feet, officials said. It was the fifth of a series in explosions in Texas in the past 18 days that have killed two people, injured others, and left hundreds of federal and local investigators scrambling to find the perpetrator and a motive.

Federal Judge Rips Kris Kobach For Failing To Fully Comply With Court Order

Tue, 03/20/2018 - 21:01

A federal judge lambasted Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach (R) on Tuesday

US officer charged with murder of unarmed Australian woman

Tue, 03/20/2018 - 20:58

A police officer in the US state of Minnesota who shot dead an unarmed Australian woman last July was charged on Tuesday with murder, in a case that sparked an international outcry. Mohamed Noor shot Justine Damond, a 40-year-old resident of the city of Minneapolis, after she called to report a possible rape in the evening hours, and approached the police car that had arrived to investigate. "From the short time between when Ms Damond Ruszczyk approached the squad car, to the time that Officer Noor fired the fatal shot, there is no evidence that Officer Noor encountered a threat... that justified his decision to use deadly force," Hennepin County prosecutor Mike Freeman said.

Why aren't Western sanctions stopping Putin?

Tue, 03/20/2018 - 20:54

Western countries keep heaping sanctions on Russia and on cronies of President Vladimir Putin, but they haven’t deterred him from military aggression, cyberattacks and assassinations. Why not?

DeVos Finally Agrees Federal Dollars Shouldn't Fund LGBTQ Discrimination In Schools

Tue, 03/20/2018 - 20:54

Questioned by a persistent lawmaker on Tuesday, Education Secretary Betsy

The Latest: FedEx gives "extensive evidence" to authorities

Tue, 03/20/2018 - 20:47

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Latest on serial bombings in Texas (all times local):

Cambridge Analytica Suspends CEO After Alarming Reports On Its Election Maneuvers

Tue, 03/20/2018 - 20:45

Cambridge Analytica, the British political research group linked to President

An Elementary School Teacher Left a 4-Year-Old Alone So She Could Buy Marijuana, Police Say

Tue, 03/20/2018 - 20:43

She was arrested and charged with child neglect and marijuana possession

Another shutdown looms as US Congress haggles over spending

Tue, 03/20/2018 - 20:38

US lawmakers aimed to thread the needle Tuesday on an enormous federal spending bill, rushing to meet a looming deadline before government funding expires, yet again, in three days. House Speaker Paul Ryan said that "some unresolved issues" remained, but that he was hoping it would be finalized and released later in the day. "A few sticking points remain, but we are very close" to a deal, top Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer said.

Nikolas Cruz's Caretaker Claims She Warned Authorities That Parkland Suspect Was 'Ticking Time Bomb'

Tue, 03/20/2018 - 20:34

Rocxanne Deschamps made the claims alongside attorney Gloria Allred.

Congress leaders near deal on government funding bill: senators

Tue, 03/20/2018 - 20:14

By Susan Cornwell and Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. lawmakers neared agreement on Tuesday on a massive government spending bill that Congress hopes to pass by Friday, as congressional leaders worked to narrow their differences on thorny issues such as President Donald Trump's border wall. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican, said he and his counterparts in the House of Representatives and Senate were "moving to completing" work on the $1.3 trillion spending bill that would significantly boost spending for the U.S. military and an array of non-military programs.

Warner: 'A lot more stories to be told' from Cambridge Analytica

Tue, 03/20/2018 - 20:13

Senator Mark Warner, top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, talks with Rachel Maddow about the new revelations regarding Cambridge Analytica and its work for the Donald Trump campaign.

Trump touts weapons deals with Saudi Arabia as peace groups accuse US of fuelling kingdom's war on Yemen

Tue, 03/20/2018 - 20:12

Donald Trump has bragged about how Saudi Arabia is a “big purchaser” of American armaments as peace groups assert that the weapons the US is selling to the kingdom are being used to kill thousands of innocent people in Yemen. “A lot of people are at work” because of Saudi Arabia’s business, Mr Trump said while welcoming Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman to the White House, adding that the kingdom has finalised $12.5bn in purchases of planes, missiles and frigates from US companies. “I would really have to say the relationship was to put it mildly the relationship was very very strained during the Obama administration, and the relationship now is probably as good as it’s really ever been, and think will probably only get better,” Mr Trump said.

Police Officer Who Shot and Killed Justine Damond Charged With Murder

Tue, 03/20/2018 - 20:05

Officer Mohamed Noor turned himself in Tuesday after a warrant was issued for his arrest.

Rebel rocket fire kills 35 in Damascus suburb

Tue, 03/20/2018 - 19:53

A rocket killed 35 people in a Damascus shopping district Tuesday, in one of the deadliest rebel attacks on the Syrian capital, as fire in the other direction left dozens of civilians dead in an opposition stronghold. The rocket attack came as heavy bombardment killed 38 civilians in the shrinking rebel enclave of Eastern Ghouta east of Damascus. State media said the opposition fire hit the area of Jaramana, which residents said was full of shoppers -- including some buying presents ahead of Mother's Day.

Trump, deemed not 'above the law,' must face defamation lawsuit

Tue, 03/20/2018 - 19:50

By Jonathan Stempel and Brendan Pierson NEW YORK (Reuters) - A New York state judge on Tuesday said U.S. President Donald Trump must face a defamation lawsuit by a woman who accused him of sexually harassing her after she appeared on his former reality TV show. The decision by Justice Jennifer Schecter of the New York state court in Manhattan in favor of California restaurateur Summer Zervos, a former contestant on NBC's "The Apprentice," raises the prospect that Trump might have to answer embarrassing questions in court about his behavior toward women. A White House representative was not immediately available for comment on the ruling.

Mississippi's new law restricting abortion blocked by judge for 10 days

Tue, 03/20/2018 - 19:49

A U.S. federal judge on Tuesday temporarily blocked a Mississippi law that enacted the tightest restrictions on abortion in the United States, in a ruling handed down a day after the governor signed the measure. The Mississippi law would prohibit abortion after 15 weeks of gestation, with some exceptions. It went into effect immediately after Republican Governor Phil Bryant signed it on Monday.

The Latest: Governor decries temporary block on abortion law

Tue, 03/20/2018 - 19:47

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Latest on a Mississippi law banning abortions after 15 weeks' gestation — the strictest in the nation (all times local):

Saudi crown prince soaks in Trump's praise as US tour opens

Tue, 03/20/2018 - 19:45

WASHINGTON (AP) — At 32 years old, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman controls a vast fortune, a well-heeled military and the future of a nation in the throes of sweeping economic and social change. His ambitious bid to remake Saudi Arabia received a ringing endorsement Tuesday from President Donald Trump as the future leader opened a marathon tour of the United States.