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President Trump Orders Federal Ban on Bump Stocks

Posted on 21 February 2018

President Donald Trump on Feb. 20 signed a directive ordering Attorney General Jeff Sessions to craft regulations banning so-called bump stocks, which add a rapid fire function to semi-automatic rifles. Besides bump stocks, the directive also calls for the ban of other devices that turn semi-automatic firearms into automatic weapons. Trump told Sessions he wants the new federal guideline ...

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Special Counsel Mueller Unveils New Indictment in Russia Probe

Posted on 21 February 2018

Special Counsel Robert Mueller charged an attorney formerly employed by a prominent law firm on Tuesday with making false statements to federal authorities, according to Bloomberg. The indictment, unsealed in federal court in Washington on Feb. 16, accuses Alex Van Der Zwaan with lying to investigators about work he performed for Skadden, Arps, Slate Meagher & Flom in 2012.  ...

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Secret Service Detains Driver of Press Van After Gun Discovered

Posted on 20 February 2018

The Secret Service briefly detained a contracted driver of one of the vans carrying press, after a gun was found in his bag, outside of the Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida, where President Donald Trump was staying. The driver, as well as two other contracted drivers, were immediately replaced following the incident. The vans carrying press reporters are normally part of th ...

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Trump Says Collusion Investigations Play Into Russia’s Hands

Posted on 20 February 2018

President Donald Trump on Feb. 18 responded to the revelation that Russian nationals had used fake social media accounts to sow discord in the United States. On Friday, the office of Special Counsel Robert Mueller indicted 13 Russian nationals for using fake social media accounts to sow discord in the United States and undermine confidence in the electoral systems. The Russian nationals ...

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After Oxfam Haiti Sexual Misconduct Scandal, Actress Minnie Driver Withdraws Support for the Charity

Posted on 15 February 2018

British actress Minnie Driver has left her role as a celebrity ambassador for Oxfam, after a leaked internal report sunk the charity in a sexual misconduct scandal. “All I can tell you about this awful revelation about Oxfam is that I am devastated,” Driver tweeted on Tuesday, Feb. 13. “Devastated for the women who were used by people sent there to help them, devastated by the response ...

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Every 15 Minutes, a Baby Is Born Addicted to Opioids

Posted on 15 February 2018

WASHINGTON—The opioid crisis is ravaging the ranks of the tiniest Americans every day. Thousands of babies are being born addicted to opioids and suffering withdrawal after birth, known as neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS). By 2014, one infant was born almost every 15 minutes with signs of drug withdrawal, according to Dr. Stephen Patrick, pediatrician and neonatologist at the Monroe Care ...

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UK Judge Refuses to Stop Legal Action Against WikiLeaks’ Assange

Posted on 14 February 2018

LONDON—A British judge refused on Tuesday to halt legal proceedings against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange for jumping bail and fleeing to the Ecuadorean embassy in London in June 2012. The ruling leaves Assange, 46, in a legal and diplomatic impasse, with no way out of the embassy where he has lived for almost six years, unless he decides to face the prospect of arrest by British pol ...

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Obama Had Secret Meeting With Comey to Discuss Trump-Russia Investigation, Email Shows

Posted on 14 February 2018

An email sent by former National Security Adviser Susan Rice reveals that President Barack Obama had a meeting with FBI Director James Comey and incoming Acting Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates in the Oval Office to discuss the Trump-Russia investigation on Jan. 5, 2017, just weeks before Trump was inaugurated as president. The email stands in sharp contrast with public statemen ...

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Couple who avoided plane crash changed their tickets last-minute

Posted on 12 February 2018

A couple who were supposed to be on Sunday’s doomed Russian plane crash changed their tickets at the last minute — because a car they planned to buy wasn’t ready on time, according to a new report. Maxim Kolomeytsev, who turned 35 on Sunday, was going to be on fatal flight 6W703 with his 25-year-old girlfriend Nazezha so they could spend his birthday with family in the city or Orsk, Eas ...

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First American woman lands triple axel in the Olympics

Posted on 12 February 2018

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — Mirai Nagasu has become the first American woman — and third overall — to land a triple axel in the Olympics, accomplishing the rare feat in the women’s free skate at the team competition in Pyeongchang. The 24-year-old from Montebello, California, skated first of the five women and led off her routine with the triple axel just 21 seconds in. The feat ...