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Maryland high school on lockdown after shooting

A shooting has been reported at Great Mills High School in Maryland, the St. Mary's County Public Schools said on its website. "The school is on lock down," the school district said, and the incident has been contained. "The Sheriff's office is on the scene; additional information to follow," the statement said.

Illinois primary: What to watch for

The Land of Lincoln heads to the polls today for its primary, the second state to hold a primary this year for the 2018 midterms. While four congressional districts are ranked on CNN's Key Races, the one major House race to watch tonight is a Democratic primary that's turned some of the party's biggest leaders and outside supporters against each other.


Islamic State takes Damascus area after rebels pull out: monitor

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Islamic State fighters holding a small district in Damascus have gained some ground after driving out Syrian army units that moved into a neighboring area that rebels abandoned last week, a war monitor said.


Russia says 79,702 civilians evacuated from Syria's eastern Ghouta

MOSCOW (Reuters) - The total number of civilians, mostly children, who have been evacuated from Syria's besieged eastern Ghouta district since the start of a humanitarian operation has risen to 79,702, Russian defense ministry said on Tuesday.

#MeToo Movement

Cuomo Orders a Review of Vance’s Handling of Weinstein Investigation

The inquiry will focus on the decision by the Manhattan district attorney, Cyrus R. Vance Jr., to not prosecute Harvey Weinstein after a 2015 sexual assault allegation.


Supreme Court upholds Pennsylvania election map in win for Democrats

(Reuters) - In a boost to the Democratic Party's chances of winning back the U.S. Congress this year, both the U.S. Supreme Court and a Pennsylvania panel of federal judges on Monday rejected Republicans' efforts to block the state's new congressional district map from taking effect.

Time's Up calls for investigation into NY DA

Time's Up, the female-led organization formed in the aftermath of the Harvey Weinstein scandal, has called for an investigation into Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance for his failure to prosecute the former movie mogul.


U.S. court refuses to block Pennsylvania congressional redistricting

(Reuters) - A panel of federal judges in Pennsylvania on Monday refused to block the state's new congressional district map from taking effect, rejecting Republican arguments that the Pennsylvania Supreme Court overstepped its authority in issuing new voting lines in February.

Education (K-12)

For New Schools Chancellor, New York City Is a Big Leap

Richard Carranza will lead the country’s biggest school district after a stint in Houston so brief that his record is hard to judge.

4 indicted in LSU frat pledge death

Four suspects in the alleged hazing death of a Louisiana State University student were indicted on Thursday, according to the East Baton Rouge District Attorney's Office.

Analysis: Field is tipping toward Democrats

In the wake of Conor Lamb's near-certain victory in a strongly conservative district in southwestern Pennsylvania on Tuesday, political handicappers are moving a slew of seats in Democrats' direction -- a reflection of a national political environment looking increasingly toxic for Republicans trying to hold their House majority this fall.


Russia says around 2,000 people left Syria's Ghouta on Friday: Ifax

MOSCOW (Reuters) - The Russian Defence Ministry said on Friday around 2,000 people had left Syria's rebel-held eastern Ghouta district on Friday morning, Interfax news agency reported.

Bars and Nightclubs

A Bar Street Falls Quiet as Beijing Puts a Limit on Foreigners

Bars in the Chinese capital’s university district say they were told not to let in more than 10 foreigners at a time.


U.S. judge says AT&T-Time Warner merger trial may last 8 weeks

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. District Judge Richard Leon said on Thursday a trial to decide if AT&T's $85 billion acquisition of Time Warner Inc is legal under U.S. antitrust law may last six to eight weeks, significantly longer than previously forecast.

Midterm Elections (2018)

Op-Ed Contributors: Democrats, Put District Over Party, Pelosi and Washington

The winning formula for 2018 is a relentless local focus, say two prominent observers.

Analysis: Polls are far from perfect. And that's OK.

After watching the polling and results from Pennsylvania's 18th Congressional District special election, I'm worried that our collective conversation about polls hasn't evolved since the 2016 election.


Third court rules Tepco, government liable over Fukushima disaster: media

TOKYO (Reuters) - Kyoto district court on Thursday ruled that Tokyo Electric Power (Tepco) and the Japanese government were liable for damages arising from the Fukushima nuclear disaster of 2011, the Asahi newspaper said

Opinion: Trump's Saccone spin won't work

The White House and Republican leaders are struggling to paper over the failure of their candidate for the special election in Pennsylvania's 18th congressional district, painting the strong showing of his Democratic challenger as a kind of victory for President Donald Trump's agenda.


Game of musical chairs follows Pennsylvania's special election

(Reuters) - The special election in Pennsylvania's 18th Congressional District was still too close to call on Wednesday but the winner could soon have to start campaigning all over again - in a different district against a different opponent for the November congressional elections.

Some students face suspension for walking out

The Atlanta suburb of Cobb County plans to take disciplinary action against protesting students — ranging from Saturday school to five days' suspension per district guidelines.

Georgia school district doesn't support walkouts. The parents do.

The Atlanta suburb of Cobb County plans to take disciplinary action against protesting students — ranging from Saturday school to five days' suspension per district guidelines.

The Point: 7 takeaways from Conor Lamb's huge night in PA

Democrat Conor Lamb appeared to eke out a massive -- and massively important -- special election victory over state Republican Rep. Rick Saccone to claim a southwestern Pennsylvania congressional district that Donald Trump won by 20 points in 2016.

Lamb rejects suggestion that special election was about Trump

Democrat Conor Lamb rejects the idea that his strong showing in the Pennsylvania special election is a referendum on President Donald Trump, who won the district by 20 percentage points in 2016.

Conor Lamb reacts to Trump's dig

Democrat Conor Lamb discusses being locked in a neck and neck battle with Republican Rick Saccone to decide who will represent Pennsylvania's 18th Congressional District.

GOPer: We're in trouble

However the special election for Pennsylvania's Congressional District turns out -- and, at this writing, it remains essentially a tie, while absentee ballots are counted -- it represents a major loss for the GOP. It is the latest canary in the coalmine for the party.


Russia says over 300 people have left Syria's eastern Ghouta: RIA

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Over 300 people have left Syria's eastern Ghouta district since a humanitarian corridor opened there, RIA news agency cited a representative for Russia's ceasefire monitoring centre in Syria as saying on Wednesday.

Pennsylvania special election heads into Day Two. Democrat claims victory. CNN isn't projecting a winner.

Democrat Conor Lamb and Republican Rick Saccone are locked in a neck and neck battle to decide who will represent Pennsylvania's 18th Congressional District.

Message for Republicans? 'The House is on fire'

The race for Pennsylvania's 18th District was a nail-biter. CNN political analysts explain what the special election means for the November midterms.


Pennsylvania House Race, in a District Trump Won by 20 Points, Is Too Close to Call

A special House election in western Pennsylvania ended the night too close to call, with Conor Lamb, a Democrat, and Rick Saccone, a Republican, separated by a few hundred votes.


Republicans scramble to salvage congressional seat in Pennsylvania

CANONSBURG, Pa. (Reuters) - Republicans are scrambling to avoid a political embarrassment in a conservative district of Pennsylvania, where a pro-gun, pro-union Democrat could be about to win a congressional election in one of President Donald Trump's white, working-class strongholds.


Judge rejects U.S. demand to exclude AT&T argument in Time Warner merger trial

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - AT&T Inc can cite a voluntary commitment not to withhold content in licensing talks as a key part of its defense when an antitrust trial begins next week over the fate of the company's planned $85 billion merger with Time Warner Inc , U.S. District Judge Richard Leon said on Tuesday.

Analysis: Yes, the Pennsylvania election is about Donald Trump

Today, voters in southwestern Pennsylvania will head to the polls to choose their new member of Congress. The fight between state Rep. Rick Saccone (R) and veteran Conor Lamb (D) was never expected to be close given that President Donald Trump won the 18th District by 20 points in 2016.

Elections, House of Representatives

Pennsylvania’s Special House Election: What to Watch For

The race for a vacant House seat in a red district near Pittsburgh has evolved into the latest test of whether Democrats can make inroads with Trump voters.

Customs (Tariff)

The Conversation: Storm Over Pennsylvania

President Trump unleashes his charms on Kim Jong-un and the voters of the 18th Congressional District.

PA special election: What to watch

Voters in southwest Pennsylvania are heading to the polls Tuesday for a special election. Democrats, looking to take back the majority in Congress next year, are hoping a high-profile win in Pennsylvania's 18th District will give them a boost in the heart of Trump country. Republicans are hoping to avoid an embarrassing defeat in a district that has voted Republican since 2002.


Republicans struggle to salvage congressional seat in Pennsylvania

CANONSBURG, Pa. (Reuters) - Republicans are scrambling to avoid a political disaster in a conservative district of Pennsylvania, where a pro-gun, pro-union Democrat who opposes abortion could be about to win a congressional election in one of President Donald Trump's white, working-class strongholds.

United States Politics and Government

Editorial: Democrats Can’t Win if They Don’t Run

Tuesday’s special election in Pennsylvania’s 18th congressional district is a reminder of why it’s important to run candidates in every race.

Steel district may flip despite Trump tariffs

The United Steelworkers union is applauding President Trump's move to slap tariffs on steel and aluminum imports. But they're supporting Democrat Conor Lamb over Republican Rick Saccone in Pennsylvania's 18th district special election for congress. CNN's Vanessa Yurkevich explores whether workers will vote with union leadership.

A poll released ahead of Pennsylvania's special election shows the Democratic candidate holding a slight lead

Republicans are in the final hours of their frantic, all-out bid to save a Pennsylvania congressional district in the heart of Trump country from falling into Democratic hands in Tuesday's special election.

Win or lose, PA election likely forecasts bad news for GOP in midterms

Even a victory in Pennsylvania's 18th House District on Tuesday could be bad news for national Republicans.


Taliban take district center in western Afghan province

LASHKAR GAH, Afghanistan (Reuters) - Taliban fighters have captured a district center in Afghanistan's western province of Farah bordering Iran, where they have battled government security forces fiercely in recent months, officials said on Monday.

President boasts of special election wins as he works to avoid an embarrassing loss in a blue-collar district

President Donald Trump on Sunday kept up the drumbeat for Republican Rick Saccone ahead of a special election in Pennsylvania on Tuesday, boasting of his party's "5-0" record in House special elections.

64 outrageous lines in Trump's Pennsylvania speech

President Donald Trump traveled to western Pennsylvania Saturday night on a rescue mission: State Rep. Rick Saccone (R) is fighting for his political life in a House special election on Tuesday and the President's visit was aimed at rallying the GOP base in a district he won by 20 points in 2016.

President Trump mocks being presidential

During a campaign speech for Rick Saccone, the GOP candidate for Pennsylvania's 18th Congressional District, President Trump mocked what "being presidential" would sound like, after recounting criticism on how he speaks.


Trump to rally for endangered Republican in Pennsylvania

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump is set to campaign on Saturday in Pennsylvania steel country for a Republican congressional candidate who is in a tight race in a district that Trump won resoundingly in the 2016 election.


Pennsylvania Republicans make case for scrapping new Congress map

HARRISBURG, Pa. (Reuters) - A panel of three federal judges heard arguments on Friday in the latest attempt by Pennsylvania Republicans to block a court-imposed map of voting districts that could boost Democrats' chances of winning control of the U.S. Congress this year.

Ex-Trump aide shows up for Mueller grand jury after vowing not to

Former Trump campaign aide Sam Nunberg arrived at District Court in Washington, DC, Friday morning, where he is expected to deliver federal grand jury testimony as part of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation.


U.S. court to weigh Republican challenge to Pennsylvania voter redistricting

HARRISBURG, Pa. (Reuters) - A panel of federal judges on Friday will weigh Republicans' latest attempt to block new Pennsylvania district boundaries for voters in congressional elections that could boost Democrats' chances of winning control of Congress this year.

Officer resigns after beating and tasing suspected jaywalker

A western North Carolina police officer who resigned after a body camera video shows him hitting and using a Taser on a man suspected of jaywalking will face preliminary charges of assault, the Buncombe County District Attorney's Office said Thursday.

Elections, House of Representatives

Why G.O.P. Is Spending Millions on a Soon-to-Vanish Seat in Trump Country

If the Democrats win a special House race in Pennsylvania’s 18th District, the alarm bells will be audible across the country.

Teacher tells class not to date African-Americans because they aren't worth it

A Florida teacher has been suspended after his school district concluded he repeatedly used the N-word in class, and told his 7th and 8th graders not to date African Americans "because they are not worth it," among other violations.

One student dead and another wounded in accidental shooting, police say

Two students were involved in a shooting during dismissal time at a high school in Birmingham, Alabama, the city school district said.


Four people seriously hurt in knife attacks in Vienna

VIENNA (Reuters) - Four people were seriously wounded in two knife attacks in a district of the Austrian capital, Vienna, on Wednesday evening, but a motive or any connection between the assaults was unclear, a police spokesman said.


Florida school shooting victim files legal notice to sue local government

(Reuters) - A lawyer for a student wounded in February's mass shooting at a Florida high school on Monday filed a legal notice of intent to sue the county sheriff's office and the school district for failing to protect the students.


Man charged in theft of Frances McDormand's Oscar

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The man accused of stealing Frances McDormand's best actress Oscar from a lavish Academy Awards after-party in Hollywood has been charged with felony theft, the Los Angeles County District Attorney said on Tuesday.

Wounded Parkland student plans to sue school district and sheriff's office

From his hospital room in Florida, a student wounded in the Parkland school massacre plans to sue his school district and the Broward County Sheriff's Office, his attorney said.

Analysis: This small California city symbolizes the new America

If recent population trends continue at their current pace, it's likely that by Election Day this November, minorities will constitute the majority of the population in the Congressional District centered on this prospering small city in Orange County about an hour south of Los Angeles.


Ex-lawyers for rap's 'Suge' Knight accused of witness bribery

(Reuters) - Two former lawyers for rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight were indicted on charges of conspiracy to bribe potential witnesses in his upcoming murder trial, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office said on Monday.


Bulgaria reports outbreak of highly pathogenic H5N8 bird flu

SOFIA (Reuters) - Bulgaria has reported an outbreak of the highly pathogenic H5N8 bird flu virus on a farm in the northeastern district of Dobrich, the national food safety agency said on Monday.

Elections, House of Representatives

House Race in Pennsylvania May Turn on Trump Voters’ Regrets

A special election in what had been a safe G.O.P. district is now a close race, in part because of Trump voters who are now disappointed in his presidency.

Education (K-12)

Trump Wants to Arm Teachers. These Schools Already Do.

Hundreds of school districts across the country have given staff access to guns, seeing the weaponry not as a political statement but a practical response to a potent threat.

Education (K-12)

Miami Superintendent Chosen to Lead New York City Schools

Mayor Bill de Blasio has picked Alberto M. Carvalho, the superintendent of the Miami-Dade Public Schools, the nation’s fourth largest district, as his next schools chancellor.

United States Politics and Government

Contributing Op-Ed Writer: A Certain Party’s Gift for Self-Immolation

If you dream about the Democrats restoring national sanity, my advice is to stay away from the race in the seventh congressional district of Texas.

Judge who was attacked by Trump over his heritage rules for border wall

US District Judge Gonzalo Curiel has cleared one potential obstacle to President Donald Trump's long-promised border wall, ruling Tuesday that the administration has the authority to waive a host of environmental laws and other regulations to begin construction.


Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker sued for not calling special elections

(Reuters) - An pro-Democratic redistricting group headed by former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder sued Wisconsin's Republican governor, Scott Walker, on Monday for declining to hold special elections for two vacant seats in the state legislature.

Building (Construction)

Investigators Eye Possible $100 Million Construction Fraud

The inquiry by the Manhattan district attorney has involved raids on Bloomberg L.P., believed to be an unwitting victim of the interior construction industry fraud.


Chlorine gas symptoms seen after blast near Damascus-opposition health authorities

BEIRUT/AMMAN (Reuters) - Several people suffered symptoms consistent with exposure to chlorine gas in the rebel-held eastern Ghouta district near Damascus on Sunday, and one child was killed, the health authorities in the opposition-held area said in a statement.


Syria's eastern Ghouta bombed again before U.N. ceasefire vote

BEIRUT/UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - A new wave of bombs struck Syria's eastern Ghouta district on Friday, witnesses said, ahead of a U.N. Security Council vote to demand a 30-day ceasefire to end one of the deadliest bombing campaigns of the seven-year-old civil war.

This Texas school district already arms its teachers

While the nation debates whether teachers should carry guns to protect students from armed intruders, the question's already settled in one Texas school district, where educators have had firearms on campus for years.

School allows teachers to carry guns

While the nation debates whether teachers should carry guns to protect students from armed intruders, the question is already settled in one Texas school district, where educators have had firearms on campus for years. CNN's Ed Lavandera reports.


More bombs fall on Syria's eastern Ghouta before U.N. vote

BEIRUT/UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - A new wave of bombs struck Syria's eastern Ghouta district unabated on Friday, witnesses said, ahead of a U.N. Security Council vote to demand a 30-day ceasefire to end one of the deadliest bombing campaigns of the seven-year civil war.


States refile lawsuits to block repeal of U.S. net neutrality

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A coalition of 22 state attorneys general and the District of Columbia on Thursday refiled legal challenges intended to block the Trump administration's repeal of landmark rules designed to ensure a free and open internet from taking effect.

Congresswoman claims most mass shooters are Democrats

Rep. Claudia Tenney, an upstate New York Republican who is up for re-election in one of the most competitive congressional districts in America, told a radio host in Albany that Democrats are more prone to be mass shooters.


Ex-Arkansas judge who bartered in sexual favors sentenced to prison

(Reuters) - A former Arkansas district judge has been sentenced to five years in prison on charges that included granting leniency to defendants in his court if they gave him sexual favors in return, U.S. prosecutors said on Wednesday.


Syria's Ghouta residents 'wait to die' as more bombs fall

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Residents of Syria's eastern Ghouta district said they were waiting their "turn to die" on Wednesday, amid one of the most intense bombardments of the war by pro-government forces on the besieged, rebel-held enclave near Damascus.

Kentucky Democrat wins state House seat in Trump stronghold

Democrats claimed a landslide victory in a special election for a Kentucky House district that voted heavily for Donald Trump in 2016.

KY Dem wins seat in Trump stronghold district

Democrat Linda Belcher has won a state House seat in a Kentucky district where Trump won 72% of the vote in the 2016 presidential elections.

United States Politics and Government

Op-Ed Contributor: Who Needs Congressional Districts?

Requiring candidates for Congress to run statewide could encourage compromise instead of obstruction.


More bombs hit Syria's Ghouta, death toll highest since 2013

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Pro-government forces pounded the rebel-held district of eastern Ghouta district on Tuesday, in a surge of violence which a war monitor said has killed at least 250 people since Sunday night.


Ohio school on lockdown after student apparently shoots self

(Reuters) - A school in Massillon, Ohio, was on lockdown on Tuesday morning after a student suffered an "apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound," the school district said.


Florida school staff members to return this week after mass shooting that killed 17

(Reuters) - Staff members will return to work on Friday at the Florida school where a gunman shot and killed 17 people in the deadliest shooting ever at a U.S. high school, district officials said, with students expected back next week.


Pennsylvania top court redraws voting map in boost to Democrats

(Reuters) - Pennsylvania's top court on Monday unveiled a new map carving out the state's U.S. congressional voting districts, imposing a plan it said was based on "traditional criteria" after rejecting a proposal drawn up by Republican lawmakers as unconstitutional.

Court releases new congressional maps that could help Democrats

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court released new congressional district lines Monday, replacing the old Republican-drawn maps in time for the state's May primary.


Pennsylvania top court releases new U.S. congressional voting map for state

(Reuters) - Pennsylvania's top court published a new map of U.S. congressional voting districts for the state on Monday after Democratic and Republican leaders were unable to come to an agreement on other proposals, in a closely watched action ahead of the November mid-term elections.

Russians accused of creating US social media groups to interfere in election

A federal grand jury in the District of Columbia returned an indictment Friday against 13 Russian nationals and three Russian entities accused of violating US laws to interfere with US elections and political processes.

Read the indictment

A federal grand jury in the District of Columbia returned an indictment Friday against 13 Russian nationals and three Russian entities accused of violating US laws to interfere with US elections and political processes.


Illinois governor takes aim at pensions, healthcare costs in budget

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner proposed a $75 billion fiscal 2019 budget on Wednesday that would be balanced if lawmakers agree to push some big-ticket costs onto local school districts and universities.

Elections, House of Representatives

How an Abundance of Democratic Candidates Could Help the G.O.P. Hold the House

In a lesson in unintended consequences, a voting reform put in place in California could end up keeping Democrats off the ballot in two battleground districts.

Education (K-12)

Months of Searching Still Hasn’t Found New Schools Chancellor

It’s been hard to find a successor to Carmen Fariña with the skills to run the country’s largest district and a mind-set compatible with the mayor’s.

Dems flip 36th GOP-held state legislative seat

Democrats picked off another Republican-held state legislative seat in a special election Tuesday -- this time a suburban, Sarasota-area district in Florida.


Pennsylvania court set to redraw voting maps after governor veto

(Reuters) - Pennsylvania's top court was set to lay out new congressional voting districts for the state after Democratic Governor Tom Wolf on Tuesday rejected a version drawn by Republican legislative leaders as unfairly skewed in their party's favor.


Republican Pennsylvania leaders submit plan for redrawing congressional map

(Reuters) - Republican leaders in Pennsylvania's legislature submitted a plan for redrawing the state's congressional districts just hours before Friday's court-ordered deadline, but Democratic Governor Tom Wolf questioned whether the proposal will pass legal muster.


Los Angeles prosecutors review three sex assault accusations against Weinstein

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Los Angeles prosecutors are reviewing three accusations of sexual assault against Harvey Weinstein, a step toward possible criminal charges for the movie producer, a spokesman for the county District Attorney's office said on Thursday.


'A' is for Armani: public grade school in Tokyo adopts designer uniforms

TOKYO (Reuters) - A public elementary school in Tokyo's upscale shopping district of Ginza has raised parents' eyebrows with a plan to adopt uniforms designed by Italian fashion brand Giorgio Armani for its students, media said on Thursday.

Dems flip deep-red state House seat

Mike Revis won a state House seat in a Missouri district President Trump won by 28 points, making this the 35th legislative seat Democrats have flipped nationally since the inauguration.

Dems win Missouri state House race in district where Trump won big

Democrats on Tuesday picked up a state House seat in a Missouri legislative district that President Donald Trump won easily in 2016.


Democrat wins special election in Trump heartland Missouri

(Reuters) - Democrats won a Missouri special election on Tuesday for a state house seat in a district that President Donald Trump won in a landslide victory during the presidential election.

Redistricting and Reapportionment

Supreme Court Issues Partial Stay in North Carolina Voting Case

In the latest battle in the voting wars in North Carolina, the Supreme Court blocked part of a lower court order revising voting districts there.


Ohio lawmakers approve redistricting reform proposal for voters

(Reuters) - Ohio lawmakers approved redistricting reform on Tuesday aimed at curbing gerrymandering by changing how electoral district boundaries are drawn to ensure they do not favor one political party over another.

Analysis: Democrats' chances of winning back the House just got a major boost

On Monday, the Supreme Court rejected a Republican effort to halt a required redrawing of the state's 18 congressional districts before the year's midterm elections.