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School walkouts, sit-ins planned after Florida shooting

By SUDHIN S. THANAWALAAssociated Press The mass shooting at a Florida high school that left 17 people dead has sparked calls for walkouts, sit-ins and other actions on school campuses across the United States aimed at pushing lawmakers to pass tougher gun laws. Organizers behind the Women’s March, an anti-Trump …

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Florida legislators struggle with how to respond to shooting

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) – Stunned by a horrific shooting at a Florida high school that left 17 people dead, the Florida Legislature is grappling with what to do in the aftermath. Legislators have just three weeks left in their annual 60-day session. Normally, lawmakers are trying to wrap up work …

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Passenger says teen driver panicked, hit the gas outside NSA

FORT MEADE, Md. (AP) – 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 …

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Minnesota terror case shows challenge of predicting attacks

By AMY FORLITIAssociated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – After Tnuza Jamal Hassan was stopped from flying to Afghanistan last September, she allegedly told FBI agents that she wanted to join al-Qaida and marry a fighter, and that she might even wear a suicide belt. She also said she was angry at …

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School shooting massacre victims torn from community fabric

By JAY REEVESAssociated Press Two of the victims were coaches. One was a student who played trombone in the school band. Another proudly wore his ROTC uniform. Still another loved soccer. And most were so very young. The gunman who opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, …

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Florida, angry and grieving, takes gun protest to streets

By JASON DEAREN, ALLEN BREED and TAMARA LUSHAssociated Press PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) – Thousands of angry students, parents, teachers and neighbors of a Florida high school where 17 people were killed demanded on Saturday that immediate action be taken on gun-control legislation, insisting they would not relent until their demands …

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What does a bear do in the Alaska woods? Disperse seeds

By DAN JOLINGAssociated Press ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) – Does a bear leave scat in the woods? The answer is obvious but the effects on an ecosystem may not be. A study by Oregon State University researchers concludes that brown and black bears, and not birds, as commonly thought, are primary …

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Legendary climber Jim Bridwell dies at 73

PALM DESERT, Calif. (AP) – Jim Bridwell, a hard-partying hippie and legendary climber who lived his life vertically on some of the toughest peaks in Yosemite National Park, has died. He was 73. Bridwell died Friday morning at a hospital. He had liver and kidney failure from hepatitis C that …

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Mourners: Slain Chicago officer was ‘one of the good guys’

CHICAGO (AP) – Mourners remembered a slain Chicago Police commander Saturday as a model officer and “one of the good guys” who was uninterested in self-promotion, even as he moved up the department’s ranks. Of all of Commander Paul Bauer’s responsibilities, the ones that mattered the most to him were …

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A fire alarm sounds, then gunfire erupts: Stay or flee?

By KANTELE FRANKO and JOCELYN GECKERAssociated Press Students and teachers responded as trained when the fire alarm sounded, streaming out of the school and toward exits only to run into deadly gunfire. Two boys with stolen guns took aim from a wooded hill, waiting for people to evacuate after one …

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