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A Passenger Sued Southwest Airlines for Exactly $74,999, and It's Totally Brilliant. Here's Why

People asked: "Why not just round it off to $75,000?"<p>Perhaps you've read about the 24-year-old Harvard dropout who sued Equifax in small claims court over last year's mammoth data breach--and won--and whose company started funding other people's cases against the credit reporting giant.<p>Now, a …

With Snap ‘Yes’ in Oval Office, Trump Gambles on North Korea

WASHINGTON — Summoned to the Oval Office on the spur of the moment, the South Korean envoy found himself face to face with President Trump one afternoon last week at what he thought might be a hinge moment in history.<p>Chung Eui-yong had come to the White House bearing an invitation. But he opened …

North Korea

Parkland Shooting Survivor Calls Out Melania Trump For Allowing Her Stepson To Cyberbully Victims

The students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, the site of last week's deadly school shooting, have had enough with the government's hypocrisy. And that goes for the first lady, too.<p>On Friday, 14-year-old Lauren Hogg, who survived the shooting and has become a vocal member of the #NeverAgain …

Armed deputy who failed to confront gunman at Florida school resigns

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (Reuters) - The armed sheriff's deputy assigned to the Florida high school where 17 people were shot dead has resigned rather than face suspension after an internal investigation showed he failed to enter the school to confront the gunman during the attack, the county sheriff …

Guns

Trump proposes bonuses for teachers who get gun training

<b>(CNN) —</b> President Donald Trump spent Thursday grappling with how to prevent more school massacres and address the gun debate gripping the country, offering solutions such as giving bonuses to teachers who undergo gun training.<p>"These people are cowards. They're not going to walk into a school if 20% …

Guns

UN secretary-general demands suspension of fighting in eastern Ghouta, which he says is ‘hell on earth’<p>Aid agencies, including the Red Cross and World Food Programme, are calling for an urgent ceasefire to allow them to reach the besieged Syrian enclave of eastern Ghouta, as rockets and barrel …

Middle East

Angry teens swarm into Florida Capitol; demand new gun laws

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A week after a shooter slaughtered 17 people in a Florida high school, thousands of protesters, including many angry teenagers, swarmed into the state Capitol on Wednesday, calling for changes to gun laws, a ban on assault-type weapons and improved care for the mentally ill.<p>…

High School

Trump taking tougher stance on Russia nuclear threat

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Friday announced it will continue much of the Obama administration's nuclear weapons policy, but take a more aggressive stance toward Russia. It said Russia must be convinced it would face "unacceptably dire costs" if it were to threaten even a limited …

North Korea

Winners and losers from Trump's State of the Union address

President Trump delivered his second address to Congress and his first official State of the Union address Tuesday night. And a year after that address earned plenty of praise, Trump did his best to re-create its aspirational, highflying tone. At least for most of the speech.<p>So what were the big …

U.S. Politics

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's claims in his State of Union address

WASHINGTON (AP) — The AP is fact-checking remarks from President Donald Trump's State of the Union speech. Here's a look at some of the claims we've examined (quotations from the speech as delivered or as released by the White House before delivery):<p>WAGE GAINS<p>TRUMP: "After years and years of wage …

Immigration

2 dead, 18 wounded in shooting at Kentucky high school; suspect in custody

Two teenagers have died and 18 other people are wounded after a shooting at a Kentucky high school this morning, Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin said.<p>The …

Consider That Trump Might Just Be Dumb

Donald Trump has spent the entire first year of his presidency doing the opposite of learning on the job. Nowhere is this more plainly obvious than …

Trump Signed 96 Laws In 2017. Here Is What They Do And How They Measure Up

<b>Updated at 11:02 p.m. ET</b><p>When President Trump signed the $1.5 trillion tax cut bill on Friday at the White House, he made a bold claim — that his "legislative approvals" were off the charts. "No. 1 in the history of our country," he said, citing 88 as the number of bills he had signed into law.<p>The …

U.S. Dept. of Defense

Trump reportedly told friends at Mar-a-Lago 'you all just got a lot richer' hours after signing tax bill

Hours after signing the GOP's massive tax bill on Friday, President Donald Trump told friends at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida that they "all just got a lot richer," CBS News reported.<p>In addition to regularly receiving Trump, his family members, and foreign diplomats, the swanky resort plays …

Sen. Flake dangles possibility of running against Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona says President Donald Trump is certain to face an independent challenge in the next …

TRUMP tells people at Mar-a-Lago that they just got ‘a lot richer’ from tax bill -- FLAKE: An independent and Republican will challenge Trump -- NYT's VICE harassment story -- CHRIS HANSEN engaged

Driving the Day<p><b>Good Sunday morning,</b> and merry Christmas eve. <b>PRESIDENT TRUMP</b> did a video teleconference with members of the military this morning. He and first lady Melania will also participate in NORAD Santa tracker phone calls.<p><b>-- POOL REPORT:</b> “President Trump complimented the military on ‘how …

Natural Gas

North Korea Calls U.N. Sanctions an ‘Act of War’

North Korea on Sunday called the latest round of punishing United Nations sanctions an “act of war,” and reminded the United States that the North’s rapid development of missiles and atomic bombs meant it posed a “substantial nuclear threat to the U.S. mainland.”<p>In a statement released by the …

Poll: Dianne Feinstein Vulnerable to Insurgent Democrats in 2018

Less than half of California voters back longtime senator<p>Sen. Dianne Feinstein could face a stiff series of obstacles as she vies for re-election in …

Elections

Senate approves GOP tax plan, House to revote Wednesday

<b>(CNN) —</b> In a vote in the early Wednesday morning hours, the Senate approved the final version of the first overhaul of the US tax code in more than 30 years, handing President Donald Trump and congressional Republicans their most significant legislative victory of 2017.<p>The bill passed along party …

If you wondered why Republicans never confronted Trump over his disgraceful behaviour, here's your answer

The moment is almost upon us: seated at a grand desk in the White House a beaming Donald Trump will shortly wield his pen to sign the first major …

The real reason Trump allies are attacking Mueller

Sowing public doubt about the special counsel's Russia investigation can give the president cover for pardons, even if the investigation is allowed to proceed.<p>President Donald Trump insists he’s not going to fire Robert Mueller, but that’s not stopping Republicans and others close to the president …

Donald Trump

Atlanta Airport Blackout Sends Message to Terrorists: America Is Unprepared

A single-point failure makes the world’s busiest airport go dark for hours and traps thousands of passengers. It’s what phase one of an attack could …

Donald Trump’s Golf Habit Could Land Him in Court

Lawyers for one of the president’s sexual assault accusers say his course time illustrates his flexible schedule.<p>Between Thursday, November 23, and Sunday, November 26, every single initial report from the White House press pool went something like this: “Trump’s motorcade arrived at the Trump …

Players Criticize N.F.L. Over Donation Proposal

Three N.F.L. players who have been kneeling during the national anthem have questioned a tentative plan negotiated this week by the N.F.L. to donate millions of dollars to groups that aid African-American communities, calling it an effort by the league to get them to stop their protests.<p>Two of the …

An 84-year-old doctor who refuses to use a computer has lost her medical license

Aside from a fax machine and landline telephone, there isn't much technology in the office of physician Anna Konopka, 84.<p>Instead, her patients' records are tucked into two file cabinets, which sit in a tiny office next door to her 160-year-old clapboard house in New London, N.H. Records are …

Medicine

Angela Lansbury Ignites Backlash With Comments on Sexual Harassment

There are pretty much two reasons why a 92-year-old celebrity would trend on Twitter. Either that celebrity said something that sparked public …

Angela Lansbury

Trump on North Korea missile launch: 'We will take care of it'

President Trump on Tuesday vowed to “take care of it” after North Korea fired its highest-ever intercontinental ballistic missile.<p>“A missile was launched a little while ago from North Korea,” the president told reporters at the White House, alongside the Republican leaders in Congress. “I will only …

Thousands march to protest violence against women

Collusion question remains after first Mueller indictments

WASHINGTON (AP) — For months, commentators and officials describing special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into ties between the Trump campaign and Russia have used words such as "collusion" and "coordination" to summarize the complicated federal probe.<p>President Donald Trump himself has …

Donald Trump

The Latest: President Donald Trump warns North Korea

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on U.S. President Donald Trump at the United Nations (all times local):<p>6:30 p.m.<p>President Donald Trump will be returning …