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Warning signs may have been missed in school shooting case

PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) — Months before authorities say Nikolas Cruz walked into his former high school and slaughtered 17 people, the troubled teen began showing what may have been warning signs he was bent on violence.<p>"Im going to be a professional school shooter," a YouTube user with the screen name …

Crime

Her Various Symptoms Seemed Unrelated. Then One Doctor Put It All Together.

Her mother had fallen and was too weak to get up, the kind voice on the phone explained. The call from the young woman’s aunt sent her hurrying to her mother’s home, just a town away in rural Alabama. The 68-year-old woman was back in bed by the time her daughter arrived.<p>Although the mother had …

Medicine

Trump pitches plan to replace food stamps with food boxes

The Trump administration is proposing to save billions in the coming years by giving low-income families a box of government-picked, nonperishable foods every month instead of food stamps.<p>White House OMB Director Mick Mulvaney on Monday hailed the idea as one that kept up with the modern era, …

Agriculture

Trump Proves That in His Mind, Only White Men Get the Benefit of the Doubt. Always.

In President Trump’s latest edition of <i>white men are soooo persecuted</i>, more than a few folks clapped back against his seeming raison d’etre …

Donald Trump

Ohio man deported to Jordan after 39 years in U.S.: ‘There was no justification at all’

Amer Adi Othman was deported from the United States after living in the country for 39 years.<p>Othman, a business owner in Ohio whose wife and …

Immigration

This flu season has now reached pandemic levels (but it’s not technically a pandemic)

This flu season is turning out to be so intense that the number of people seeking care at doctors' offices and emergency rooms has surged to levels not reported since the peak of the 2009 swine flu pandemic, federal officials said Friday.<p>For yet another week, the flu continues to get worse. “We …

Public Health

Our Cartoon President review – Stephen Colbert's farce nails Trump drama

The animated show assumes a workplace comedy approach to the Trump White House to hilarious effect<p>Before watching the new animated series Our Cartoon President, I thought I’d come down with a serious case of Trump Satire Fatigue, or TSF. Everywhere we turn the president is getting roasted, …

Brian Kilmeade

Illinois governor denies clemency for veteran facing deportation

<b>(CNN) —</b> Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has denied clemency for a Chicago veteran who is facing deportation after serving two tours in Afghanistan with the US Army, CNN affiliate WLS reported.<p>"It's not appropriate to go into detail on reason for a decision, but we take every review of clemency and …

CNN

Made-up to look beautiful. Sent out to die.

The young women sent into crowds to blow themselves up.<p>By Vladimir Hernandez & Stephanie Hegarty<p>The ‘mission’<p>Falmata was told that if she killed non-believers, she would go straight to paradise.<p>Like other women, her target would be a market or another crowded place.<p>“I was so scared that I started …

Boko Haram

Trump Warns Stock Market Is Making a “Big Mistake”

The president has responded to Monday’s plunge, and all we can say is the “Stock Market” better run and hide.<p>Earlier this week, the Dow Jones Industrial Average plummeted a record-setting 1,597 points, the biggest point decline in history during a single trading session. Unsurprisingly, <b>Donald …

Steve Wynn

Republicans want to use immigration policy to make America whiter. Here’s why they’re destined to fail.

In his State of the Union address, President Trump outlined the immigration reforms to be implemented in exchange for giving recipients of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals a path to citizenship. His plan required appropriations for the border wall, increased border security, an end to …

Immigration

How rising inequality hurts everyone, even the rich

Over the past 40 or so years, the American economy has been funneling wealth and income, reverse Robin Hood-style, from the pockets of the bottom 99 percent to the coffers of the top 1 percent. The total transfer, to the richest from everyone else, amounts to 10 percent of national income and 15 …

Income Inequality

Document shows GSA employees spending at the Trump Hotel in DC

<b>(CNN) —</b> An employee for the federal agency supervising the lease for the Trump hotel in Washington spent more than $900 for a stay there last year, according to a document reviewed by CNN -- the first publicly known movement of federal taxpayer dollars into the highly scrutinized business.<p>The …

Donald Trump

Husband of Trump Household Aide Scores Government Job

“A home improvement contractor married to one of Donald and Melania Trump’s former household staffers is now working as an official at the …

Donald Trump

Customers' opinions of Chipotle have plunged to historic lows in a disturbing 'new normal' for the chain

Customers' opinion of Chipotle has dipped to historic lows, according to a UBS analysis of the restaurant chain's online reviews.<p>In fact, Chipotle gets lower scores from customers today than it did during the 2015 E. coli outbreak that affected its restaurants in 14 states, the analysis found.<p>The …

E.coli

The U.S. government is set to borrow nearly $1 trillion this year, an 84 percent jump from last year

It was another crazy news week, so it's understandable if you missed a small but important announcement from the Treasury Department: The federal government is on track to borrow nearly $1 trillion this fiscal year — Trump's first full year in charge of the budget.<p>That's almost double what the …

Economy

Ghana’s first president accurately predicted what Africa’s former European colonizers would do

Ghana’s president Nana Akufo-Addo has attracted international attention for emphasizing how important it is for Ghana to have a greater degree of sovereignty in its dealings with international partners. Less discussed is how much his impactful critique of aid dependency borrow from the ideas and …

Africa

China “gifted” the African Union a headquarters building and then allegedly bugged it for state secrets

China’s government has denied reports that it spied on the servers at the African Union’s Chinese-built headquarters for more than five years, gaining access to confidential information.<p>In an investigation published by French newspaper <i>Le Monde</i>, China, which also paid and built the computer network …

Africa

Why it costs so much to be poor in America

Sirrea Monroe never expected her electricity to get shut off — she was only $70 behind, and she planned to pay it off after her next paycheck. What happened next shocked her: “I called to get it turned back on, paid the $70 with what was supposed to be my rent money, and then the lady says, ‘Great, …

Finance

Cape Town Is Set to Run Out of Water in Less Than 100 Days

A terrifying scenario.<p>Over the past three years, a lot has changed for the city of Cape Town.<p>Seated in a geologic bowl beneath Table Mountain and …

Patricia de Lille

Unmarried middle-class parents more likely to see their children drop in social status

Middle-class parents who fail to get married are more likely to see their children drop in social status as they get older, a study suggests.<p>Figures show that professional parents who are unmarried are much more likely to have a child who receives state benefits during their lives.<p>And while …

Equality
Medicine

‘The Social Contract Is Broken’: Inequality Becomes Deadly in Mexico

MONTERREY, Mexico — Viewed from above, greater Monterrey, with its corporate headquarters and golf resorts, appears as one city stretching between the mountains that surround it.<p>Closer up, though, it becomes clear that invisible walls enclose Monterrey’s wealthy core, creating a dividing line …

One year in, Trump's environmental agenda is already taking a measurable toll

A massive coal ash spill near Knoxville, Tenn., in 2008 forever changed life for Janie Clark's family and left her husband with crippling health problems. So Clark was astounded late last year when she heard what the Environmental Protection Agency had done.<p>In September, at the behest of power …

Clean Air Act

In Venezuela, money has stopped working

A friend recently sent me a photograph that tells a powerful story about the situation Venezuelans find themselves in now. It’s not a very good picture, really, just a blurry cellphone shot of trash: some wrapping material, an old CD — the detritus left behind after a store was looted last week in …

Venezuela

15-Year-Old Political Activist: Trump Has Done More for Black Folks in One Year Than Obama Did in Eight

The public of opinion of President Donald Trump took a significant hit last week after his alleged controversial comments regarding which nations the …

Fast food stimulates inflammation and triggers long-term changes to immune system

A disturbing new study led by scientists at the University of Bonn suggests that the immune system responds to a fast food-style Western diet in much …

Ibuprofen may increase risk of fertility issues in men, study suggests

High doses of the common painkiller over a long period of time may put men at greater risk of fertility problems and other health issues, research indicates<p>Men who take high doses of ibuprofen for months at a time may be at greater risk of fertility issues and also other health problems, such as …

Ivanka Trump's Tweet About Oprah's Golden Globes Speech Was Not Very Appreciated

On Monday night, Jan. 8, when everyone was least expecting it, Ivanka Trump tweeted about Oprah Winfrey's Golden Globes speech. Mmhmm, that happened. …

Losing Faith in the State, Some Mexican Towns Quietly Break Away

TANCÍTARO, Mexico — The road to this agricultural town winds through the slums and cartel-controlled territory of Michoacán, ground zero for Mexico’s drug war, before arriving at a sight so strange it can seem like a mirage.<p>Fifteen-foot stone turrets are staffed by men whose green uniforms belong …