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6 GOP talking points that show why the gun control debate isn't changing anytime soon

<b>(CNN) —</b> If you want to understand why the idea of any sort of major -- or, really, minor -- change in gun laws in the wake of yet another school shooting is a pipe dream, all you needed to do is listen to Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick.<p>In a series of media appearances on Sunday, Patrick, a Republican, …

Guns

Muslim comedian sits next to Eric Trump on trans-Atlantic flight

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Mo Amer, an Arab American stand-up comedian, received an unbelievable gift of comic material when he found himself seated next to Eric Trump on a flight to Scotland on Thursday.<p>Amer, on his way to a leg of a comedy tour, shared a picture he took with Trump on Instagram, and …

Eric Trump

Rubio criticizes timing of McCabe firing

Attorney General Jeff Sessions should not have fired Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe, Sen. Marco Rubio said Sunday morning, casting doubt on a decision that has been celebrated by President Donald Trump.<p>McCabe, long a target of criticism from Trump, was fired late Friday over a yet-to-be-released …

Donald Trump

Bipartisan group reaches deal on immigration, fulfilling some Trump demands

A bipartisan group of senators reached a deal on immigration Wednesday as President Trump attempted to preemptively undercut the proposal by delivering an ultimatum: Pass my plan or risk a veto.<p>The self-dubbed “Common Sense Caucus” of senators late Wednesday circulated legislation that would …

Florida gunman had extra ammo at school, fired for 3 minutes

PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) — The teenager accused of using a semi-automatic rifle to kill 17 people at a Florida high school confessed to carrying out one …

Florida shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz: Guns, depression and a life in trouble

When the Cruzes first moved into this affluent neighborhood in Parkland, Fla., they seemed like a model family — an older couple raising two adopted young boys.<p>Then the father, Roger, died. And the boys began a reign of terror on the neighborhood that lasted years.<p>Nikolas Cruz, the older brother, …

Crime

Report of shots fired, suspect in custody at Belmont High School, police say

A 12-year-old girl was booked on suspicion of negligent discharge of a firearm Thursday after a shooting at Sal Castro Middle School left four students injured, authorities said.<p>Los Angeles police do not believe that the shooting was intentional, spokesman Josh Rubenstein said Thursday evening.<p>"At …

Crime

The Latest: 40-year commitment for girl in Slender Man case

WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) — The Latest on the sentencing hearing for one of two Wisconsin girls who stabbed a classmate to win favor with fictional horror character Slender Man (all times local):<p>3:55 p.m.<p>A judge has sentenced a Wisconsin girl to the maximum 40 years in a mental hospital for stabbing a …

Crime

GOP retreat train collides with truck; no serious injuries reported

CROZET, Va. — One person was killed, and six were injured when an Amtrak train carrying Republican lawmakers to an annual party conference in West Virginia hit a truck here Wednesday morning.<p>None of the dozens of members of Congress aboard the train, or their accompanying family members and aides, …

FRA

Women’s March 2018: Protesters Take to the Streets for the Second Straight Year

A year after millions of people turned out for the Women’s March and took to the streets en masse to protest President Trump’s inauguration, demonstrators gathered on Saturday in cities across the United States, galvanized by their disdain for Mr. Trump and his administration’s policies.<p>A deluge of …

Donald Trump

House Republicans pass spending bill to avoid shutdown, prospects dim in Senate

WASHINGTON — House Republicans overcame a major obstacle late Thursday when the most conservative wing of the conference announced its support for a short-term spending measure to avoid a government shutdown. The measure passed the House on a mostly party line vote, 230-197.<p>But the fate of the …

Supreme Court blocks redraw of North Carolina congressional maps

(Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday blocked a lower court's order for North Carolina to rework its congressional map because Republicans violated the Constitution by drawing electoral districts intended to maximize their party's chances of winning.<p>The conservative-majority court granted …

North Carolina

Trump Alarms Lawmakers With Disparaging Words for Haiti and Africa

WASHINGTON — President Trump on Thursday balked at an immigration deal that would include protections for people from Haiti and some nations in Africa, demanding to know at a White House meeting why he should accept immigrants from “shithole countries” rather than from places like Norway, according …

Immigration

Police comb through filthy California home where starving siblings found

PERRIS, Calif. (Reuters) - Investigators on Wednesday conducted an exhaustive search of the foul-smelling, filthy tract home east of Los Angeles where a California couple are accused of keeping captive and nearly starving their 13 minor and adult children, police said.<p>David Turpin, 57, and Louise …

Riverside County

A Walmart executive who sold his first startup for $6 million, 2nd for $550 million, and 3rd for $3 billion, reveals how he became wildly successful

• <b>Marc Lore is the president and CEO of Walmart eCommerce in the US.</b>• <b><br>He founded Quidsi and sold it to Amazon in 2011 for over $500 million. Then he founded Jet.com and sold that to Walmart in 2016 for $3 billion and stock. His first startup was acquired for $6 million.</b>• <b><br>Lore says radical transparency,</b> …

Las Vegas Shooting: Unsealed documents reveal new details

<b>(CNN) —</b> Hundreds of pages of court documents unsealed Friday in the case of Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock offer a blueprint of investigators' pursuits in determining how and why the reclusive high-stakes gambler carried out the deadliest shooting in modern US history.<p>A federal judge on Friday …

Corruption

A $1 billion glass cube: The embassy that Trump thinks is a 'bad deal'

<b>(CNN) —</b> With a price tag of $1 billion, the new US embassy in London is one of the most expensive buildings of its kind in the world. After US President Donald Trump said he was canceling his visit to London in part because of his proclaimed outrage over the cost, it is now one of the most …

Shutdown watch: What Trump's DACA moves mean

<b>(CNN) —</b> Put Thursday in the proper perspective: President Donald Trump, who said definitively he would sign what Congress sends him, flatly rejected the lone (serious) bipartisan effort to reach a resolution on the expiring Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.<p>And he did it by:<p>A. …

Immigration

Immigration agents raid 7-Eleven stores nationwide, arrest 21 people in biggest crackdown of Trump era

U.S. immigration agents raided dozens of 7-Eleven stores before dawn Wednesday and arrested 21 people in the biggest crackdown on a company suspected of hiring undocumented workers since President Donald Trump took office.<p>Some 98 of the convenience stores nationwide — from Los Angeles to New York — …

Immigration

Federal judge says DACA can't end while lawsuit is pending

A federal judge's decision to block Trump administration plans to phase out protections for so-called undocumented "dreamers" brought sharp backlash Wednesday from the White House, calling the injunction "outrageous."<p>The order by U.S. District Judge William Alsup issued Tuesday says safeguards …

Immigration

SpaceX's Jaw-Dropping Rocket Launch Wows Spectators Across Southern California

<b>Update:</b> Check out more amazing SpaceX launch photos by our readers here: UFO? No, It's a SpaceX Rocket! These Falcon 9 Launch Photos Are Just …

Space Travel

Koch Political Network to Spend Millions Selling Tax Overhaul

The political network backed by billionaire industrialists Charles and David Koch is planning a “multi-million dollar” effort in 2018 to promote the …

What Is Burning Coal Suicide? K-Pop’s Jonghyun Possible Cause Of Death Explained

New details about K-Pop superstar Jonghyun’s possible cause of death have surfaced after the singer apparently died by suicide Monday. It seems …

Ian McKellen says actresses offered sex with directors for roles

Sir Ian McKellen condemned the recent wave of sexual misconduct allegations that have taken over Hollywood, and revealed that it was common earlier in his career for actresses to have sex with directors for movie roles.<p>The Academy Award-nominated actor spoke at Oxford Union earlier this month and …

Starbucks Customer Demands Asian Student Stop Speaking Korean

A video shows the woman saying, “... Oriental. I hate it.”<p>A woman was thrown out of a Starbucks in Walnut Creek, California, earlier this month after she berated two Asian customers with racist insults.<p>The patron verbally attacked Annie An, a Korean international college student, after she heard An …

First Gene Therapy For Inherited Disease Gets FDA Approval

The Food and Drug Administration Tuesday approved the first gene therapy to treat an inherited disease.<p>The treatment is called Luxturna, a genetically modified virus that ferries a healthy gene into the eyes of patients born with retinal dystrophy, a rare condition that destroys cells in the retina …

FDA

Cardinal Bernard Law, symbol of church sex abuse scandal, dead at 86

<b>(CNN) —</b> Cardinal Bernard Law, the former Boston archbishop who resigned in disgrace during the Catholic Church's sex abuse scandal, has died, the Vatican confirmed. He was 86.<p>Law died early Wednesday in Rome following a long illness, the Vatican said. Law moved to Italy to serve as archpriest of …

Justice

Amtrak traveled 80 mph before it derailed, NTSB says

<b>DuPont, Washington (CNN) —</b> Two of the three passengers who died when an Amtrak train derailed while traveling along a route for the first time were enthusiastic advocates for travel by trains, the Rail Passengers Association said Tuesday.<p>The Washington, D.C. -based organization identified the men …

Trains

Here Are All the Public Figures Who’ve Been Accused of Sexual Misconduct After Harvey Weinstein

Since the New York <i>Times</i> and <i>The New Yorker</i> first published allegations of sexual harassment and rape against Harvey Weinstein by Rose McGowan, Gwyneth …

Sexual Harassment