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A military helicopter carrying officials assessing damage from a powerful earthquake near Pinotepa Nacional in southern Mexico crashed Friday, killing 13 people and injuring 15, all of them on the ground.
The Oaxaca state prosecutor's office said in a statement that five women, four men and three children were killed at the crash site and another person died later at the hospital.
A state government official who was not authorized to be quoted by name said the chopper crashed into a group of people who had been spending the night in an open field after a powerful 7.2 magnitude earthquake hit the area. Aftershocks had caused people to flee their homes for fear they would collapse.
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Friday's election-interference indictment brought by Robert Mueller, the U.S. special counsel, underscores how thoroughly social-media companies like Facebook and Twitter were played by Russian propagandists.
And it's not clear if the companies have taken sufficient action to prevent something similar from happening again.
Thirteen Russians, including a businessman close to Vladimir Putin, were charged Friday in a plot to interfere in the 2016 U.S. presidential election through social media propaganda. The indictment said the Russians' conspiracy aimed, in part, to help Republican Donald Trump and harm the prospects of his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton.
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The movie studio co-founded by Harvey Weinstein has fired its president, whose continued presence at the company was a source of controversy.
The Weinstein Co. board said Friday it voted unanimously to dismiss David Glasser. A statement announcing the firing was released to the Los Angeles Times and the New York Times.
A passenger in a vehicle that was fired upon outside the National Security Agency campus says the unlicensed teen driver made a wrong turn, panicked and hit the gas.
Passenger Javonte Alhajie Brown told The Washington Post Friday that the 17-year-old driver was following GPS directions to reach a friend's house in a Maryland suburb, but he turned onto a restricted-access road that leads to the top-secret installation.
"I woke up with him slapping me in the face screaming, 'I'm going the wrong way. I don't know how I got here,'"Brown said.
All 17 people killed in Wednesday’s deadly high school shooting have been identified by sheriff's officials.
Officials with the Broward County Sheriff's Office said these people died in the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School: Peter Wang, Nicholas Dworet, Aaron Feis, Luke Hoyer, Alaina Petty, Jamie Guttenberg, Alex Schachter, Martin Duque, Alyssa Alhadeff, Helena Ramsay, Scott J. Beigel, Joaquin Oliver, Cara Loughran, Meadow Pollack, Gina Montalto, Chris Hixon and Carmen Marie Schentrup.
All but three of the victims were students with ages ranging from 14 to 18 years old.
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Pope Francis revived his lapsed sex abuse advisory commission by naming new members Saturday, after coming under fire for his overall handling of the scandal and his support for a Chilean bishop accused by victims of witnessing and ignoring their abuse.
The announcement of the new members of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors came on the same day that a Vatican investigator will take the testimony in New York of one of the main whistleblowers in the Chilean cover-up scandal.
Francis tasked Archbishop Charles Scicluna with the fact-finding mission into Bishop Juan Barros after he came under blistering criticism in Chile for defending Barros and calling the victims' cover-up accusations against him slander.
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After a gunman stormed Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in South Florida Wednesday and killed 17 people, a student who survived the massacre said suspected shooter Nikolas Cruz could have been stopped if a teacher had a firearm as well.
Colton Haab is a junior at Stoneman Douglas and a second lieutenant in the school's JROTC. He told Fox News Saturday morning that training and arming teachers on campus would be a "big beneficial factor into school safety."
Haab specifically mentioned assistant football coach Aaron Feis, who was shot to death while selflessly shielding students from bullets. Feis was also a school security guard.
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Special counsel Robert Mueller charged 13 Russians and three Russian organizations for allegedly interfering in the U.S. 2016 presidential elections with the intention of promoting President Donald Trump’s candidacy by posting as American activists, creating Facebook groups and organizing fake rallies.
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said at a press conference Friday that the Russians "allegedly conducted what they called 'information warfare' against the United States," with the goal of "spreading distrust against candidates and the political system in general."
Charges listed in the 37-page indictment include conspiracy, wire fraud, bank fraud and aggravated identity theft, and they are the most direct allegations of Russian meddling in the 2016 election that put Trump in the White House. It also marks the first criminal charges against Russians believed to have secretly worked to influence the outcome.
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President Donald Trump met with injured victims and first responders from the Parkland school shooting Friday, congratulating the first responders for an "incredible" job but not responding to a question on whether gun laws need to be changed.
Trump and first lady Melania Trump reached Broward Health North Hospital to pay their respects to victims and to thank medical staff helping keep the nine people who were injured, several critically, alive.
Trump's visit comes two days after Nikolas Cruz, who police said confessed, allegedly killed 17 people at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
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Read the indictment that special counsel Robert Mueller brought Friday against 13 Russians and three Russian entities alleging an elaborate plot to "sow discord in the U.S. political system, including the 2016 presidential election."
They are the first criminal charges tied directly to alleged Russian interference in the election, which Mueller has been investigating.
The indictment includes no allegation that an American knew of the scheme, or that the scheme altered the presidential election, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said Friday.
The Czech Republic's Ester Ledecka pulled off an historic upset. She started as the 26th racer in the women's super-G but ultimately finished first. She finished the course in a time of 1 minute, 21.11 seconds. Austria’s Anna Veith, the reigning gold medalist, earned the silver, finishing .01 seconds back. Ledecka is a two-sport athlete, better known as a snowboarder. She was the 26th to ski and beat Veith’s time by one one-hundredth of a second. It was the first gold medal for the Czech Republic in an Alpine event.
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The Chinese New Year began with the traditional lighting of firecrackers on Friday, but the country's military has been working on incendiaries on an entirely different scale, NBC News reported.
Over the past year, the nation that invented gunpowder has been rolling out an array of high-tech weapons that some experts say could threaten the global superiority of the United States.
Those innovations include an electromagnetic railgun that uses electromagnets to fire projectiles as far as 100 nautical miles (115 miles) at seven times the speed of sound. There's also high-tech warships like the 12,000-ton stealth guided-missile destroyer and stealth fighter jets.
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As families began burying their dead, authorities questioned whether they could have prevented the attack on a South Florida high school where a gunman took the lives of 14 students, the athletic director, a coach and a geography teacher.
At funerals and in the streets of Parkland, a suburb on the edge of the Everglades, anger bubbled over at the senselessness of the shooting and at the widespread availability of guns. A rally to support gun-safety legislation was scheduled for Saturday at the federal courthouse in Fort Lauderdale.
During a funeral Friday for 18-year-old Meadow Pollack, her father looked down at his daughter's plain pine coffin and screamed in anguish as Gov. Rick Scott and 1,000 others sat in Temple K'ol Tikvah.
The 13 Russians and three Russian entities mentioned in the indictment revealed Friday by Special Counsel Robert Mueller detailed the alleged strategies used for identity theft, Hillary Clinton impersonators and a small army churning out social media posts, NBC News reported.
According to the federal court records, the Russian group, the Internet Research Agency, had a monthly budget of $1.2 million to fuel what the indictment called "information warfare," NBC News reported.
The indictment also gave specifics on how the operation was divided into departments including, data analysis, graphic designers, finance and an information technology.
According to the indictment, here is how they did it.
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