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Here’s what happened in the Russia investigation this week

A wave of indictments in the federal investigation into the Trump campaign and its relationship with Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election came pouring out this week — and the investigation shows no signs of letting up.<p>So far, special counsel Robert Mueller has charged 19 people …

Donald Trump

Exclusive: The Pentagon hasn’t stopped the military’s revenge porn problem

“It points to how toothless the DoD’s policies are.”<p>“It was the lowest point of my life.”<p>It's “the spiritual reincarnation of Marines United.”

Military

Are the AR-15's days numbered?

Newtown, Connecticut. San Bernardino, California. Orlando, Florida. Las Vegas, Nevada. Sutherland Springs, Texas. Parkland, Florida. All these cities share a tragic history: Gunmen there used versions of the AR-15 semiautomatic rifle to commit some of the deadliest mass shootings in modern U.S. …

Guns

The tech industry is facing its own #MeToo reckoning

<i>It’s been 133 days since Harvey Weinstein was outed as a serial abuser and harasser of women. Nearly every day since that story broke, more men in more professions have been accused of, admitted to, or denied shocking acts of aggression, exploitation, harassment, and prejudice toward women in the</i> …

Silicon Valley

How mothers of young men are handling #MeToo

<i>It’s been 133 days since Harvey Weinstein was outed as a serial abuser and harasser of women. Nearly every day since that story broke, more men in more professions have been accused of, admitted to, or denied shocking acts of aggression, exploitation, harassment, and prejudice toward women in the</i> …

Harvey Weinstein

EPA scientists find that air pollution is worse in poor, black communities

People of color, and black people in particular, are much more likely to be exposed to air pollution, scientists at the Environmental Protection Agency found.<p>Though the findings were published by scientists employed by the EPA on Thursday, the agency is unlikely to take any action to help. Since …

Pollution

Current and former NRA members talk about what to do about mass shootings

Republican pollster Frank Luntz gathered a focus group of current and former NRA members in his California home to discuss the organization, gun regulations, and what the country needs to do to keep students safe in their schools.<p>After the Parkland shooting in Florida, which left 17 dead, there has …

Guns

Facebook expresses "regret" for offering virtual first-person shooting experience at CPAC

Facebook let conservative conference-goers play a virtual reality first-person shooter video game at Conservative Political Action Conference, just days after 17 students were shot dead in Parkland, Florida.<p>The company ultimately pulled the game Friday after it came under scrutiny for showcasing …

Virtual Reality

Mueller just indicted Paul Manafort, again

A indictment filed late Friday from Special Counsel Robert Mueller shows new charges against former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort in the federal investigation into Trump’s ties to Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. election.<p>Charges include making false statements and money laundering in a …

Corruption

Another former Trump aide flipped in the Russia investigation

Former Trump campaign advisor Rick Gates pleaded guilty to conspiracy against the U.S. and lying to the FBI on Friday, entering the latest guilty plea in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian influence in the 2016 U.S. election.<p>Mueller filed a new 32-count indictment against …

Donald Trump

Russian athlete who wore "I DON'T DO DOPING" shirt just tested positive for doping

A Russian bobsledder who once proudly wore a sweatshirt emblazoned with the words “I DON’T DO DOPING” has tested positive for doping at the Winter Olympics.<p>The result for 30-year-old Nadezhda Sergeeva, announced by the Russian Bobsled Federation on its website Friday, is a big setback for Russia, …

Winter Olympics

Trump's "largest ever sanctions" on North Korea may not matter

President Donald Trump announced what he called “the largest-ever set of new sanctions” against North Korea on Friday that target “sources of revenue and fuel that the regime uses to fund its nuclear program and sustain its military.”<p>The sanctions (see PDF below) apply to 56 shipping and trading …

North Korea

Florida inmate screams "murderers" during night of executions that didn't go as planned

Three people sentenced to death were set to be executed in the United States for the first time in eight years on Thursday evening. And, as is so frequently the case, the executions didn’t go as planned.<p>Two of the three prisoners — Doyle Lee Hamm in Alabama and Bart Whitaker in Texas — had their …

Greg Abbott

Gov. Rick Scott moves to ban people under 21 from buying guns in Florida

Florida’s Republican Gov. Rick Scott announced a proposal for new gun control measures in the state amid mounting pressure after last week’s mass shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, the second worst school shooting in U.S. history. Scott’s proposal stops short of implementing …

Guns

Businesses are bailing on the NRA after the Parkland shooting

The National Rifle Association is getting burned by businesses after the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.<p>So far, two business partners have dropped the NRA from its roster. The First National Bank of Omaha said in a tweet on Thursday that because of …

Guns

Trump calls Stoneman Douglas guard a "coward" for not going in

President Donald Trump suggested that the armed school resource officer who was present on Stoneman Douglas High School’s campus during last week’s mass shooting was a “coward.”<p>“He certainly did a poor job. But that’s the case where somebody’s outside, they’re trained, they didn’t react properly …

Donald Trump

Trump’s Justice Department isn’t enforcing civil rights

The Trump administration is pursuing far fewer civil rights cases than its predecessors, a VICE News review of Justice Department records shows. Total activity in the agency’s civil rights division is at a 17-year low, falling well below levels seen in the last two administrations. One DOJ section …

Rights & Freedoms

Assad and the Kremlin knew about Russian mercenary attack on U.S. forces

The man who allegedly ran Russia’s disinformation campaign against the 2016 U.S. election was in close contact with Syrian President Bashar Assad and the Kremlin before his Russian mercenaries attacked U.S. forces earlier this month, according to a Washington Post report out Friday.<p>Yevgeny …

Russia

Argentina used flour to bust huge cocaine-smuggling ring run out of Russian embassy

Police in Argentina have busted a drug-smuggling ring running high-quality cocaine to Europe through the diplomatic courier service of the Russian embassy, Argentina’s government revealed Thursday.<p>Security minister Patricia Bullrich told reporters that 389 kilograms of cocaine had been found in …

Crime

Russia dismisses “rumors” of civilian deaths in Eastern Ghouta ahead of ceasefire vote

The U.N. is due to vote Friday morning on a resolution calling for an urgent halt to Syria’s bombardment of the rebel enclave Eastern Ghouta, but Russia said Thursday it would not support the current draft and dismissed “rumors” of high civilian deaths.<p>As diplomats scrambled to agree to a ceasefire …

Russia

Guantánamo naval base safe after wildfire set off landmines

American and Cuban forces worked together to contain a wildfire that caused landmines to explode around the Guantánamo Bay Naval Base Thursday, threatening the U.S. military outpost and forcing a huge evacuation of its 5,500 residents.<p>The mines, laid around the perimeter of the base decades ago by …

Military

Texas decides not to execute inmate who wanted to kill his entire family

Texas will spare the life of a man who sought to murder his entire family, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced Thursday.<p>Just hours before Thomas Bartlett Whitaker, 38, was set to be executed by lethal injection, Abbott commuted his death sentence to life in prison. Whitaker was sentenced to death for …

Crime

What it's like inside an experimental, veterans-only jail housing unit

In a barracks-style room in Billerica, Massachusetts, 25 veterans wake up each day and divide into squads for physical training and cleaning routines. But they're not on an army base or in a VFW hall — they're in a county jail.<p>This is HUMV, the inmate-named Housing Unit for Military Veterans, at …

Military

Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens was just arrested for secretly photographing a naked woman

Missouri’s governor, Eric Greitens, was arrested by police on charges of felony invasion of privacy Thursday.<p>Greitens stands accused of taking a photo of a woman “in a state of full or partial nudity” without her consent in March 2015, before he was elected governor. The woman, who has not been …

Eric Greitens

The armed school resource officer at Stoneman Douglas waited outside during the shooting

When the gunshots began ringing out across Stoneman Douglas High School’s campus on Feb. 14, there was an armed school resource deputy on the premises. But according to the sheriff, deputy Scott Peterson never actually entered the building to look for the shooter.<p>“I want to clarify any rumors, …

Guns

EXCLUSIVE: Bernie Sanders’ son wants to run for Congress. Not everyone is on board.

Levi Sanders, Sen. Bernie Sanders only biological child, told VICE News in that he is actively considering running for Congress in New Hampshire’s 1st District, an open seat expected to be one of the most contested in the country in 2018.<p>“Oh absolutely, I’m definitely considering it. I’m excited, …

Government

U.S. immigration agency no longer says U.S. is "nation of immigrants"

The United States is no longer a “nation of immigrants.”<p>At least, not in the eyes of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. The government agency, which handles the granting of citizenship, altered its mission statement Thursday to drop a line about “America’s promise as a nation of …

Immigration

Mueller hits Manafort and Gates with new charges in 32-count indictment

Special Counsel Robert Mueller filed new bank and tax fraud charges against former Trump advisors Rick Gates and Paul Manafort in a 32-count indictment revealed Thursday.<p>The new indictment, filed in the Eastern District of Virginia, details a joint Gates-Manafort real estate money laundering scheme …

Donald Trump

Russia is flaunting its fancy new stealth fighter jets

Russia apparently deployed two advanced new stealth fighters to Syria in what analysts called a move by Moscow to signal its support for Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad despite mounting international pressure to halt his brutal onslaught against the rebel enclave of eastern Ghouta.<p>The reputed …

Russia

What you can learn from binge-watching North Korean television

While the world watches North Korea compete in the Olympics, we binge-watched North Korean television in an effort to learn more about daily life in the hermit kingdom under Kim Jong Un.<p>North Korea’s Supreme Leader comes from a long line of movie buffs. His father, Kim Jong Il, was passionate about …

North Korea