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Florida lawmakers refuse to debate assault rifles — but say porn is dangerous
Almost a week after 17 students and teachers were gunned down at a Florida high school, the state legislature voted 71-36 Tuesday against a measure to consider a ban on semi-automatic weapons. But they declared pornography to be public health risk. The decision not to consider an assault rifles ban outraged survivors of the massacre. A hundred Stoneman Douglas High School students traveled 400 miles from Parkland to the state…
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It’s Trump’s big chance on changing gun laws — if he wants to take it
Trump could march into the Conservative Political Action Conference, a bulwark of support for the Second Amendment, on Friday and explain why change is needed following the latest mass tragedy last week at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. The timing of the annual conservative jamboree is auspicious because it will offer Trump access to activists on the right, who he must win over to get anything significant…
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Pence was set to meet with North Korean officials, but they canceled
But the North Koreans pulled out of the meeting before it could happen, a move that Pence's office said was a sign their attempts to exert pressure on the regime were working. President Donald Trump had signed off on the decision to meet, with the caveat that the United States wouldn't back off its stated demand that Pyongyang abandon its nuclear weapons. "North Korea dangled a meeting in hopes of…
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North Korean hacking group ‘Reaper’ is spying on multinationals, says FireEye
How to protect yourself from hackers Another group of North Korean hackers is now targeting major international companies, according to a new report. The group, dubbed Reaper, stepped up its efforts to spy on big South Korean conglomerates last year, cybersecurity research firm FireEye said in a report published Tuesday. "We're talking multinationals, they have offices all over the world. Companies like that, any effect can reverberate, because it's global…
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Enclave bombarded by Syrian regime in deadliest day in 3 years
At least 20 children were among those killed by Syrian regime shelling and airstrikes on the besieged Damascus suburb, which rights activists and residents described as being under "constant bombardment." "These are the worst days of our lives in Ghouta," Eastern Ghouta hospital director and pediatrician Amani Ballour told CNN. "We in Ghouta have been getting hit by airstrikes for more than 5 years and this is not new to…
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The mom’s story I could not forget
Here is one such story. It doesn't yet have an ending, but it is no longer where it began. Escaping a war-torn city I met Batoul last summer just outside the Syrian city of Raqqa, the town ISIS called its capital. She fled her city eight months pregnant. Escaping coalition airstrikes aimed at shaking ISIS from its stronghold, and braving ISIS snipers and land mines designed to stop civilians from…
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Dozens of people were killed in Syrian airstrikes, a human rights group says
Sixty-two of the victims were civilians, including nine children and five women. Nine militants were killed, the group said of the attacks near Damascus over a 24-hour period. CNN could not independently verify the claim. The Eastern Ghouta area has been surrounded by Syrian forces for more than four years, with the siege intensifying last May when government forces conducted a large-scale offensive. It was supposed to be one of…