Hundreds of thousands of students and adults across Florida and beyond bowed their heads in a moment of silence Thursday to mark the first anniversary of the shooting rampage at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland that left 17 people dead.
The massacre on Feb. 14, 2018, inflamed the national debate over guns, turned young people into political activists and gave rise to some of the biggest youth demonstrations since the Vietnam era.
The moment of silence at more than 1,000 Florida schools was held at 10:17 a.m., though the shooting actually began around 2:20 p.m. School officials picked a different time because Stoneman Douglas students were being dismissed early to avoid being on campus at the hour of the attack. The time 10:17 was selected to denote the 17 slain.
The Senate passed a spending bill to fund the government through September Thursday 83-16. President Trump indicated that he would sign the bill and also declare a national emergency at the southern border...
Attorney Michael Avenatti said his office has been “quietly” investigating allegations made against embattled singer R. Kelly and has turned over “significant new evidence conclusively establishing Mr. Kelly’s illegal sexual assault of young girls.”
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President Donald Trump has put on some pounds and is now officially considered obese.
The White House on Thursday released results of his most recent physical, revealing that his Body Mass Index is now 30.4. That's based on the fact that he's now carrying 243 pounds on his 6-foot, 3-inch frame. That's up from 236 pounds in September 2016 before he became president.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says President Donald Trump has indicated he's prepared to sign the government funding bill to avert another government shutdown and issue a national emergency on...
The nine companies and organizations tasked with servicing the accounts of the nation's 30 million student loan borrowers repeatedly failed to do their jobs properly over a period of years and their regulator neglected to hold them responsible, a new report finds.
The report released Thursday by the Department of Education's independent inspector general's office shows some borrowers weren't getting the guidance and protection they needed as they sought the best plan for paying off their student loans. The nation's student loan debt now stands at $1.5 trillion.
The Inspector General's report focused on the operations of Federal Student Aid, a part of the Department of Education that oversees student loans, from January 2015 to September 2017.
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The shooting last Valentine's Day at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, prompted a wave of student and parent activism for stricter gun laws not seen after previous massacres.
Here's a look at how the Never Again movement gained momentum after the massacre:
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The flu vaccine is doing a relatively good job this season, protecting about half the people who got it, U.S. health officials said Thursday.
Preliminary figures suggest the vaccine is 47 percent effective in preventing flu illness severe enough to send someone to the doctor's office. Health officials are generally pleased if a flu vaccine works in 40 to 60 percent of people.
"These are early estimates, but they are encouraging," said Dr. Alicia Fry of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
After a teenaged gunman killed 17 students and adults in Parkland, Florida, Jai Patel helped to organize Jersey City, New Jersey's, March for Our Lives, the demonstrations against gun violence that burst out across the country last year, spurred by the survivors of the Valentine's Day shooting.
The 19-year-old Patel said that the children who lived through the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, in 2012 were too young to demand justice but that his generation was not. He became even more determined last month when he and his friends found themselves running from bullets after a fight broke out at a mall in Jersey City.
Amazon reversed course on plans for a new headquarters in New York City, citing the opposition of state and local politicians. The Seattle-based company said it isn’t pursuing another location for...
William Barr, President Donald Trump’s nominee for attorney general, was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on Thursday to serve in the role for a second time.
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U.S. officials are hailing the conviction of Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman as a victory for the Mexican people, but in the drug lord's home state of Sinaloa, cradle to his powerful cartel, many residents say they don't expect violence and trafficking to abate.
As news that the Sinaloa Cartel kingpin will likely spend the rest of his life in a U.S. prison headlined Wednesday's newspapers in the state capital of Culiacan, most people took it in stride — though Guzman's family members in the mountains were said to be angered by the verdict.
"For the crimes he committed, life in prison seems pretty fair. ... I mean, it's not going to end the problem of narco-trafficking," said Mario Rodriguez, adding that he feels "very unsafe" in his city.
Denver teachers ended a three-day walkout Thursday and returned to their classrooms after their union reached a tentative deal raising their pay as much as 11 percent.
The deal was worked out in talks that lasted through the night and signed shortly before classes started, giving the teachers short notice and little time to get to their schools.
They were encouraged to return to their classrooms if they felt ready, even though the deal awaits ratification by the full union membership. It was not immediately clear how many chose to return to work.
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A purse missing for more than 65 years was found in an Indiana elementary school during renovations, NBC affiliate WAVE 3 reports.
The small black purse was found in part of the old Jeffersonville High School building on Court Avenue in Jeffersonville, the news outlet reported.
An ID for Martha Ina Ingham was found inside the purse. A Jeffersonville High School basketball schedule from 1954, lipstick and a letter asking her to prom were also found inside the bag.