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Castro rule in Cuba ends as Miguel Diaz-Canel confirmed in leadership change

HAVANA — Cuba’s National Assembly on Thursday officially confirmed 57-year-old Miguel Díaz-Canel as Cuba’s new head of state, ending Castro rule after nearly 60 years and shifting power toward a younger generation born after Cuba’s revolution.<p>Walking next to Raúl Castro — the 86-year old who took …

Cuba

At least 15 killed in bus crash involving Canadian junior hockey team

<b>(CNN) —</b> A small town in Canada's Saskatchewan province mourned Saturday after a bus carrying a junior hockey team collided with a tractor-trailer, leaving 15 people dead and at least 14 injured.<p>"This is a dark moment for our city, our community, our province," Humboldt Mayor Rob Muench said …

Junior Hockey

Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg Will Testify Before Congress On April 10 And 11

<b>Updated at 8:30 p.m. ET</b><p>Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will testify on Capitol Hill on April 10 and 11 before the a joint hearing of the Senate Judiciary and Commerce Committees, followed by one before the House Energy and Commerce Committee, to answer questions about how the company protects its …

From the archive: Dr. King Is Slain in Memphis; Troops Ordered Into City

<i>[Editor’s Note: This is the original story published by The Washington Post about the assassination of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.]</i><p>MEMPHIS, Tenn., April 4 — The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was shot and killed by a sniper today when he strolled alone onto the balcony of his hotel.<p>Gov. Buford …

Tesla says driver's hands weren't on wheel at time of accident

Tesla Inc. confirmed the Model X driver who died in a gruesome crash a week ago was using Autopilot and defended the safety record of its driver-assistance system that's back under scrutiny following a fatality.<p>Computer logs recovered from the Tesla driven by Wei Huang, 38, show he didn't have his …

Tesla

Giancarlo Stanton 1st Yankees Player to Hit 2 Opening Day Home Runs Since 1963

Giancarlo Stanton had a big first game with the New York Yankees, finishing 3-for-5 with two home runs, a double and four RBI in a 6-1 win over the Toronto Blue Jays.<p>The team celebrated his introduction to the team:<p>The designated hitter also put himself in rare territory in franchise …

Baseball

Engineer advised of cracking on bridge two days before collapse

<b>(CNN) —</b> An engineer for the company that designed a pedestrian bridge that collapsed Thursday, killing at least six people, left a voice mail two days earlier for a Florida Department of Transportation employee advising there was "some cracking that's been observed on the north end of the span."<p>The …

Voice Mail

Collapse of bridge built with innovative system kills 4

MIAMI (AP) — A pedestrian bridge that was under construction collapsed onto a busy Miami highway Thursday afternoon, crushing vehicles beneath massive slabs of concrete and steel and killing at least four people, authorities said.<p>Search-and-rescue crews worked into the night, using dogs, search …

Florida International University

Exclusive | Vanessa Trump files for divorce from Donald Trump Jr.

Vanessa Trump filed for divorce against her husband Donald Trump Jr. late Thursday in Manhattan Supreme Court.<p>“After 12 years of marriage, we have …

Students demand action on gun violence with nationwide walkout

PARKLAND, Fla. — They solemnly spilled onto the high school football field, holding signs protesting gun violence and wearing shirts that read "March for our lives." They waved at a crowd of onlookers who had gathered to show support.<p>Exactly one month after 17 people were killed at Marjory Stoneman …

High School

The Latest: FBI details mistakes handling tip line calls

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on a shooting at a Florida high school (all times local):<p>7:15 p.m.<p>The FBI has detailed to Congress a series of mistakes and missed opportunities to intervene before a gunman killed 17 people at a Florida high school last month.<p>FBI Deputy Director David …

High School

Kim Jong Un wants to 'write new history' on South Korea reunification

<b>Seoul, South Korea (CNN) —</b> North Korean leader Kim Jong Un told a high-ranking South Korean government delegation that he wants to "write a new history of national reunification," during an unprecedented meeting between the two sides in Pyongyang Monday.<p>North Korean state media released images and …

North Korea

Police: Parents gunned down by their son on college campus

MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. (AP) — More than 100 police officers, some heavily armed in camouflage uniforms, searched neighborhoods near Central Michigan University on Friday for a 19-year-old student suspected of killing his parents at a dormitory and then running from campus.<p>The shooting at Campbell …

Law Enforcement

US makes Cuba embassy cuts permanent after 'health attacks'

WASHINGTON (AP) — Citing mysterious "health attacks" in Havana, the United States said Friday it is making permanent its withdrawal of 60 percent of its diplomats from Cuba, extending an action that has hurt the island nation's economy and cramped Cubans' ability to visit the U.S.<p>Last October, the …

Cuba

Nadal pulls out of Indian Wells, Miami with injury

(Reuters) - Rafael Nadal has pulled out of the Indian Wells and Miami Open tournaments after aggravating the leg injury that forced him out of the Australian Open in January, the Spanish world number two said on Friday.<p>Nadal, a three-times winner at Indian Wells and five-times finalist at Miami, …

Tennis
John Shuster

Tipster’s Warning to F.B.I. on Florida Shooting Suspect: ‘I Know He’s Going to Explode’

The warnings that law enforcement officials received about Nikolas Cruz were anything but subtle.<p>“I know he’s going to explode,” a woman who knew Mr. Cruz said on the F.B.I.’s tip line on Jan. 5. Her big worry was that he might resort to slipping “into a school and just shooting the place up.” …

Crime

Armed sheriff’s deputy stayed outside Florida school while mass killing took place

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — The armed school resource officer assigned to protect students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School took a defensive position outside the school and did not enter the building while the shooter was killing students and teachers inside with an AR-15 assault-style rifle, …

Guns

Mavs Owner Mark Cuban Fined $600,000 for Tanking Comments

Dallas (AP) -- The NBA fined outspoken Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban $600,000 on Wednesday for comments about tanking during a podcast with Hall …

Basketball

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>…

Guns

In Lindsey Vonn’s Quest for Greatness, Her Body Has Paid a Price

At 33, Vonn has sustained many injuries and made legendary comebacks. All in all, her desire to keep ski racing at highway speeds is unquenchable.

Lindsey Vonn

Sofia Goggia wins Olympic downhill, Lindsey Vonn becomes oldest female medalist

Gold: Sofia Goggia (Italy) Silver: Ragnhild Mowinckel (Norway) Bronze: Lindsey Vonn (USA) JEONGSEON, South Korea (AP) — Lindsey Vonn cast a quick …

Skiing

In Ice Dancing, the Electric Tops the Ethereal

GANGNEUNG, South Korea — In a performance by turns athletic, sensual and expressive, the Canadian ice dancing team of Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir reclaimed the Olympic gold medal on Tuesday.<p>Virtue and Moir, who have been at the top of the sport for a decade, were the 2010 champions, but lost their …

Ice Dancing
Ice Hockey

Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir take back gold, Shibutanis continue U.S. dance tradition with bronze

Canada’s Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir won ice dance gold on Monday, making them the most decorated Olympic figure skaters in history. They won two …

Olympics

The students at Florida’s Douglas High are amazing communicators. That could save lives.

Telegenic and media-savvy is one way to describe David Hogg, a lean and dark-haired senior at Florida’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.<p>But maybe a better way is this: Change agent.<p>And what could be more sorely needed than a change agent right now? Because the mass shootings in America have …

Social Media

School shooting massacre victims torn from community fabric

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.<p>The gunman who opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, on Wednesday, wiped out …

Chinese New Year

FBI’s near-brush with suspect in Florida school shooting draws scrutiny

A tipster alerted the FBI in September to a disturbing comment that had been left beneath an online video. “Im going to be a professional school shooter,” read the comment, posted by YouTube user “nikolas cruz.”<p>Two FBI agents interviewed the caller, Mississippi bail bondsman Ben Bennight, the next …

Nikolas Cruz

Accused South Florida school shooter confessed to rampage that killed 17 people, police say

<i>Follow Friday’s updates here:</i> Grieving families mourn Florida school shooting victims while police search for answers<p>PARKLAND, Fla. — The 19-year-old accused of killing 17 people at his former high school told police after his arrest that he carried out the mass shooting, authorities said Thursday, …

Crime

More than 50 years of U.S. mass shootings: The victims, sites, killers and weapons

The places change, the numbers change, but the choice of weapon remains the same. In the United States, people who want to kill a lot of other people most often do it with guns.<p>Related<p>The number of U.S. mass shootings depends on how you count<p>Public mass shootings account for a tiny fraction of the …

Guns