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  • Colorado congressman booed as people demand action on guns

    GREENWOOD VILLAGE, Colo. (AP) - Grumbling and jeers met the request for a moment of silence for the 17 people killed last week in the Florida school shooting. "Let's do something for them!" one man yelled at the beginning of Republican Rep. Mike Coffman's town hall Tuesday night. Another participant ...

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  • Trump says more must be done to protect children

    WASHINGTON (AP) - As a grieving Florida community demanded action on guns, President Donald Trump on Tuesday directed the Justice Department to move to ban devices like the rapid-fire bump stocks used in last year's Las Vegas massacre. It was a small sign of movement on the gun violence issue ...

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  • US doing little to combat Russia meddling in next elections

    WASHINGTON (AP) - The Russians are going to try it again. Even President Donald Trump's intelligence chiefs say so. But with congressional primaries just two weeks away, the U.S. has done little to aggressively combat the kinds of Russian election meddling that was recently unmasked in federal court. Special counsel ...

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  • North Korea cancelled planned meeting with U.S. VP Pence

    WASHINGTON/SEOUL (Reuters) - U.S. Vice President Mike Pence was scheduled to meet with North Korean officials, including leader Kim Jong Un's sister, while in South Korea for the Winter Olympics this month but the North Koreans cancelled at the last minute, U.S. officials said on Tuesday.

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  • NYT: Kushner pushing back on access to classified info

    White House officials Jared Kushner and John Kelly are privately feuding over Kushner's access to classified information despite having only an interim security clearance, according to a report in The New York Times. The report said Kushner is concerned that Kelly, the chief of staff, had targeted him specifically with a recent directive to overhaul the White House clearance system. Citing White House officials and others briefed on the matter, the Times reported Tuesday that Kushner is pushing...

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  • Growth of AI could expand security threats if no action taken, report warns

    Artificial intelligence tech could lead to new forms of cybercrime, political disruption and physical attacks within five years say experts Wanton proliferation of artificial intelligence technologies could enable new forms of cybercrime, political disruption and even physical attacks within five years, a group of 26 experts from around the world have warned. In a new report, the academic, industry and the charitable sector experts, describe AI as a “dual use technology” with potential military...

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  • Westminster is using Brexit to put devolution at risk. Scotland will not stand for it

    The EU withdrawal bill contains a power grab of critical devolved areas such as fishing and farming – and even aspects of our independent justice system• John Swinney is Scotland’s deputy first minister and Michael Russell is Scotland’s Brexit minister The next few weeks are likely to be as important for Scotland’s future as any in our recent history. In the negotiations between the UK government and the European Union, the future of our economy and our rights and the prospects for future...

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  • Can chickpeas prolong orgasm? Yes – but only in LiarTown

    It’s the satirical powerhouse for the fake news era. LiarTown’s creator Sean Tejaratchi tells us how he dreamt up cooking with tears, angry cow stamps – and that old Smiths classic Lovely Gary Rodward Manshawl’s crosswords are not easy. Here’s 47 down: “Cockney rhyming slang for excessive banking fees” (six letters). Now try 46 across: “Carbonated urine” (four letters). What can the answers be? We will never know. Why? Because the clues were made up by graphic designer and ex-photo-retoucher...

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  • 'Making of a Murderer' case may go to Supreme Court

    (Reuters) - A Wisconsin man convicted of murder in the case that was chronicled in the Netflix documentary, "Making of a Murderer," on Tuesday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to toss out his 2005 confession that his attorneys claim was coerced by investigators, the Washington Post reported.

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  • Human rights groups say Mexico not investigating spyware claims

    MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - A group of human and digital rights activists said on Tuesday that the Mexican government had failed to properly investigate allegations their smartphones were infected with spying software. They have asked for an independent investigation.

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  • Trump moves to outlaw 'bump stocks,' considers other steps after Florida shooting

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump said on Tuesday his administration would take steps to ban an accessory that enables a rifle to shoot hundreds of rounds a minute as he considers additional firearms restrictions after last week's school shooting in Florida.

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  • Human rights groups say Mexico not investigating spyware claims

    MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - A group of human and digital rights activists said on Tuesday that the Mexican government had failed to properly investigate allegations their smartphones were infected with spying software. They have asked for an independent investigation.

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  • Human rights groups say Mexico not investigating spyware claims

    MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - A group of human and digital rights activists said on Tuesday that the Mexican government had failed to properly investigate allegations their smartphones were infected with spying software. They have asked for an independent investigation.

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  • Judge says IMDb can show Hollywood actors' ages under First Amendment

    (Reuters) - A federal judge on Tuesday declared unconstitutional a California law requiring IMDb, the movie and television information website, to remove actors' ages at their request.

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  • Oprah, Clooneys donate $1M to school shooting survivors' movement

    Oprah Winfrey said she will match George and Amal Clooney’s $500,000 donation to students organizing marches against gun violence after a mass shooting in Florida. The media mogul tweeted from her verified account Tuesday night that the student organizers remind her of civil rights activists in the 1960s “who also said we’ve had ENOUGH and our voices will be heard.” In a statement earlier Tuesday, the Clooneys say they’re inspired by the “courage and eloquence” of the survivors-turned-activists...

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  • Japan donates ballot boxes worth $7.5 million for Cambodia election

    PHNOM PENH (Reuters) - Japan donated over 10,000 ballot boxes for Cambodia's 2018 election on Wednesday, the first international aid for the vote after European Union and the United States withdrew their support following the dissolution of the main opposition party.

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  • Venezuela says launch of 'petro' cryptocurrency raised $735 million

    CARACAS (Reuters) - President Nicolas Maduro said Tuesday that Venezuela had received $735 million in the first day of a pre-sale of the country's “petro” cryptocurrency, aimed at pulling the country out of an economic tailspin.

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  • Japan donates 10,000 ballot boxes worth $7.5 million for Cambodia’s 2018 election, the first international aid for the vote after E.U. and the U.S. withdrew their support following the dissolution of the main opposition party.

    Japan donated over 10,000 ballot boxes for Cambodia's 2018 election on Wednesday, the first international aid for the vote after European Union and the United States withdrew their support following the dissolution of the main opposition party.

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  • Japan donates ballot boxes worth $7.5 million for Cambodia election

    PHNOM PENH (Reuters) - Japan donated over 10,000 ballot boxes for Cambodia's 2018 election on Wednesday, the first international aid for the vote after European Union and the United States withdrew their support following the dissolution of the main opposition party.

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  • 'Making of a Murderer' case may go to Supreme Court: report

    (Reuters) - A Wisconsin man convicted of murder in the case that was chronicled in the Netflix documentary, "Making of a Murderer," on Tuesday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to toss out his 2005 confession that his attorneys claim was coerced by investigators, the Washington Post reported.

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  • Trump accuser says she's 'not surprised' he called her a liar

    Rachel Crooks says she is "not surprised" that President Donald Trump called her a liar. "I mean, that's not the first time," Crooks said in an interview that aired Tuesday on "CNN Tonight." Crooks says Trump kissed her without her consent when she was working as a receptionist in Trump Tower. Now, more than a decade later, she has decided to run for state office in Ohio. Trump denied Crooks' accusation in a tweet on Tuesday, following a story in The Washington Post that detailed her account. "A...

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  • Charles Krauthammer: Recovery from surgery 'progressing steadily slower than I would like, but steadily'

    KRAUTHAMMER: Recovery from surgery 'progressing steadily slower than I would like'... (First column, 13th story, link)

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  • Final version of Trans-Pacific trade deal released, rules pushed by U.S. on ice

    WELLINGTON/SYDNEY (Reuters) - The final version of a landmark deal aimed at cutting trade barriers in some of the Asia-Pacific's fastest-growing economies was released on Wednesday, signaling the pact was a step closer to reality even without its star member the United States.

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  • Mexico asks Rome for criminal background check on missing Italians

    MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexican authorities said on Tuesday they had asked Rome for a criminal background check on six Italian citizens, after three of them went missing in the western Mexican state of Jalisco at the end of January, allegedly at the hands of local police.

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