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Trump backs effort to improve gun background checks: White House

Mon, 02/19/2018 - 8:24am
PALM BEACH, Fla. (Reuters) - President Donald Trump spoke to Senator John Cornyn about gun legislation on Friday, two days after a shooting at a Florida school killed 17 people, and supports efforts to improve the federal background check system, the White House said on Monday.

Russia looms large as U.S. election officials prep for 2018

Mon, 02/19/2018 - 6:21am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Ten months before the United States votes in its first major election since the 2016 presidential contest, U.S. state election officials huddled in Washington this weekend to swap strategies on dealing with an uninvited guest: Russia.

UberEATS deliveryman wanted in fatal shooting

Mon, 02/19/2018 - 5:46am
(Reuters) - An UberEATS driver was on the run Monday after a man who ordered a meal from the online food delivery service was killed in a late night shooting in Atlanta over the weekend, police told local media.

Kremlin says charges over U.S. election tampering prove nothing

Mon, 02/19/2018 - 5:27am
MOSCOW (Reuters) - The Kremlin said on Monday that U.S. charges against 13 Russians and three Russian companies accused of meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election campaign contained zero proof of Russian state involvement.

Students plan protests, Washington march, to demand gun control after mass shooting

Sun, 02/18/2018 - 9:14pm
PARKLAND, Fla. (Reuters) - Stunned by the deadliest high school shooting in U.S. history, students mobilized across the country on Sunday to organize rallies and a national walkout in support of stronger gun laws, challenging politicians they say have failed to protect them.

Student survivors of Florida shooting slam Trump over FBI tweets

Sun, 02/18/2018 - 4:31pm
PARKLAND, Fla (Reuters) - Student survivors of the deadliest-ever shooting at a U.S. high school reacted angrily on Sunday after U.S. President Donald Trump said the FBI may have been too distracted with a Russia probe to follow leads that could have prevented the massacre.

Stunned by massacre, U.S. students demand tighter gun controls

Sun, 02/18/2018 - 1:55pm
PARKLAND, Fla. (Reuters) - Stunned by last week's bloodiest high school shooting in U.S. history, students across the country were mobilizing on Sunday for stronger gun laws, while Florida officials contemplated when to reopen their badly shaken school.

Trump: FBI missed signs on Florida shooting due to Russia probe

Sun, 02/18/2018 - 1:48pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump attacked the FBI and lawmakers probing alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election and said an excessive focus on Russia led federal investigators to miss signs that could have prevented a deadly mass shooting a Florida high school.

Father who forgave son for family's murder asks Texas to spare his life

Sun, 02/18/2018 - 7:08am
AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - A Texas man who survived a deadly domestic attack hatched by his son is pushing the state to grant clemency to the condemned man, although it has never spared a death row inmate solely at the formal request of the victim's family.

Republicans face first test of tax cuts' power to sway voters

Sun, 02/18/2018 - 12:10am
WASHINGTON, Penn (Reuters) - Mark Marran, an operations manager for a Fortune 500 company, voted for Donald Trump. Two weeks ago he noticed an extra $100 in his bimonthly pay check, courtesy of sweeping tax cuts passed by the Republican Congress late last year.

Florida school massacre suspect on authorities' radar in 2016: media

Sat, 02/17/2018 - 6:13pm
PARKLAND, Fla. (Reuters) - A teenager accused of fatally shooting 17 people at a Florida high school was investigated by police and state officials as far back as 2016 after slashing his arm in a social media video, and saying he wanted to buy a gun, but authorities determined he was receiving sufficient support, newspapers said on Saturday.

Firearms debate rages as Florida rally coincides with gun show

Sat, 02/17/2018 - 4:29pm
MIAMI (Reuters) - Student survivors of a mass shooting that killed 17 people at a Florida high school called for gun restrictions on Saturday during an angry and somber rally, but attendees at a nearby gun show said firearms could not be blamed for the massacre.

Weinstein Company removes president and chief operating officer Glasser

Sat, 02/17/2018 - 3:11pm
(Reuters) - The board of the Weinstein Company has dismissed the beleaguered film studio's president and chief operating officer, less than a week after he was cited for failing to act on employee harassment complaints.

Facebook plans to use U.S. mail to verify IDs of election ad buyers

Sat, 02/17/2018 - 2:53pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Facebook Inc will start using postcards sent by U.S. mail later this year to verify the identities and location of people who want to purchase U.S. election-related advertising on its site, a senior company executive said on Saturday.

Florida school massacre suspect on authorities' radar in 2016: report

Sat, 02/17/2018 - 12:36pm
PARKLAND, Fla. (Reuters) - A teenager accused of shooting to death 17 people at a Florida high school was investigated by police and state officials as far back as 2016 after slashing his arm in a social media video, and saying he wanted to buy a gun, but authorities determined he was receiving sufficient support, a newspaper said on Saturday.

Pressure mounts on FBI director to resign as Florida community reels

Sat, 02/17/2018 - 3:08am
PARKLAND, Fla. (Reuters) - Pressure is mounting on the FBI director to resign after his agency admitted it failed to investigate a warning that the man accused of killing 17 people at a Florida high school possessed a gun and the desire to kill.

FBI admits failure to act on Florida school gunman, drawing anger

Fri, 02/16/2018 - 8:22pm
PARKLAND, Fla. (Reuters) - The Federal Bureau of Investigation said on Friday it had failed to act on a tip warning that the man now accused of killing 17 people at a Florida high school possessed a gun, the desire to kill and the potential to commit a school shooting.

Confluence of crises crashes Trump's 'Infrastructure Week'

Fri, 02/16/2018 - 5:58pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - This was supposed to be “Infrastructure Week” for U.S. President Donald Trump, a time to unveil a long-promised plan to create jobs by revitalizing America's roads and bridges.

U.S. charges three with exporting drone parts to Lebanon's Hezbollah

Fri, 02/16/2018 - 5:46pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Federal authorities have charged three men with illegally exporting drone parts and other material from the United States to Lebanon's militant Hezbollah group, the U.S. Justice Department said on Friday.

Monsanto loses bid to stop Arkansas ban on farm chemical

Fri, 02/16/2018 - 5:22pm
CHICAGO (Reuters) - An Arkansas judge on Friday dismissed a Monsanto Co lawsuit aiming to stop Arkansas from blocking the use of a controversial farm chemical the company makes, dealing a blow to its attempts to increase sales of genetically engineered seeds.