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Entrance of Syrian forces into Afrin to have serious consequences - Erdogan spokesman

ANKARA (Reuters) - Pro-Syrian government forces which tried to enter the Afrin region on Tuesday retreated after artillery fire by Turkish forces fighting a Kurdish militia there, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan's spokesman said on Wednesday.

Accuser fires back: He should be afraid

Trump accuser Rachel Crooks responds after President Donald Trump directs a tweet at her.


Philippines 'concerned' as U.S. intelligence tags Duterte a threat to democracy

MANILA (Reuters) - Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte is taking seriously the U.S. Intelligence Community's report tagging the firebrand leader a threat to democracy in Southeast Asia, his spokesman said on Wednesday.


TCW claims it fired female fund manager for compliance violations

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Portfolio manager Sara Tirschwell, who claims she was fired from TCW Group Inc in retaliation for complaining about sexual harassment, was terminated for violating company compliance policies, the asset management firm said in court papers on Tuesday.


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.

Defense and Military Forces

Fact Check: Is Israel a Model When It Comes to Guns, as Mike Huckabee Says?

Israel has compulsory military service and firearms are a common sight, but personal gun ownership is tightly restricted.

The President says he has asked the attorney general to propose ways to ban the devices, which make it easier to fire rounds more quickly

President Donald Trump said on Tuesday he has directed his attorney general to propose changes that would ban so-called bump stocks, which make it easier to fire rounds more quickly.


Trump orders regulations drawn up to ban bump stocks

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Tuesday he had signed a memorandum directing the attorney general to draw up regulations banning devices that turn firearms into machine guns, like the bump stock used in October's mass shooting in Las Vegas.


Supreme Court snubs challenge to California gun waiting period

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - In a blow to gun rights activists, the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday turned away a challenge to California's 10-day waiting period for firearms purchases that is intended to guard against impulsive violence and suicides.


Top court snubs challenge to California gun waiting period

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - In a blow to gun rights activists, the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday turned away a challenge to California's 10-day waiting period for firearms purchases that is intended to guard against impulsive violence and suicides.

Little Italy (Manhattan, NY)

Little Italy Is Very Little, and Not Very Italian

A fire at the oldest Italian restaurant in the neighborhood further erodes the authenticity of an area that’s now better known for its souvenir shops.

Trump motorcade driver had gun in bag

A driver in President Donald Trump's motorcade inadvertently brought a firearm near the President's beachfront estate on Monday, prompting questioning from the Secret Service and local law enforcement officials.

Law and Legislation

Op-Ed Contributors: A Better Way to Protect Mueller

Robert Bork, criticized for his role in the Saturday Night Massacre, also made sure the president couldn’t easily fire another special prosecutor.

Fire damages Tibet's hallowed temple

Fire appears to have engulfed the gilded roof of Tibetan Buddhism's holiest temple, though details on the extent of the damage are scarce even two days later.

Go inside one of China's largest factories

For centuries, fireworks have been used to mark major events around the world: the births of nations, weddings, birthdays, funerals and New Year's celebrations.

Immigration and Emigration

For Taiwanese, Tests of Loyalty to China Bring Trouble in Workplace

Chinese employers in Australia, mirroring Beijing’s strong-arm tactics, have fired workers who do not recognize Taiwan as part of China.


Israel strikes Gaza after soldiers hurt, two Palestinians dead

GAZA (Reuters) - Israeli fire killed two Palestinian teenagers in Gaza, local health officials said on Sunday, after Israel launched attacks against 18 targets belonging to militant groups in the enclave in response to an explosion that wounded four Israeli soldiers.


Firearms debate rages as Florida rally coincides with gun show

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.


4 Israelis Hurt by Bomb Set in Flag at Gaza Fence, Igniting Night of Fighting

Israel responded with airstrikes on an attack tunnel and five other targets across Gaza. A rocket fired at Israel struck the roof of a home but did not explode.

Mensah, Emmanuel (1991-2017)

Soldier Who Died Saving People From Bronx Fire Is Hailed at His Funeral

Pfc. Emmanuel Mensah’s funeral was the last for the 13 victims of the December fire, the deadliest in New York City in over 25 years.

Fires and Firefighters

Fire Strikes Hallowed Site in Tibet, the Jokhang Temple in Lhasa

It was unclear how much damage the blaze did to the ancient Buddhist temple. But to many Tibetans, any harm to the site would be a harsh blow.

How LeBron responded to TV host's swipe

NBA star LeBron James fired back at TV host Laura Ingraham after she told him to "shut up and dribble" after he criticized President Trump. CNN's Andy Scholes reports.

These are the heroes of the Florida shooting

He died shielding students from gunfire. He captured the gunman. She hid students in a closet.


Ukraine progress should soften sanctions on Russia: Germany's Gabriel

MUNICH (Reuters) - German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel on Saturday said he favored easing some sanctions imposed on Russia if a ceasefire could be implemented in eastern Ukraine with the help of U.N. peacekeepers.

Weinstein Co

Weinstein Company Fires David Glasser, Its President

The move to get rid of the man the Weinsteins called their “third brother” comes at an urgent moment for the troubled company.

Big business tells Trump that tariffs could backfire


South Carolina teen who fatally shot two charged as adult

CHARLESTON, S.C. (Reuters) - A 15-year-old accused of killing his father and driving to a South Carolina elementary school playground in 2016 where he opened fire and fatally wounded a 6-year-old student, will be tried as an adult, a South Carolina judge ruled on Friday.

Kelly changes security clearance process in wake of Porter scandal

White House chief of staff John Kelly, under fire over the White House's handling of domestic abuse allegations against a senior aide, ordered an overhaul of the security clearance process for current and incoming top administration officials.


Gunfire rumors prompt brief lockdown at Washington state college

(Reuters) - A college near Seattle locked down its campus for about two hours on Friday, prompting police to respond to reports of gunfire that turned out to be unfounded, according to the college and police.


Fear of federal law may prevent gun retailers from storing firearms

(Reuters Health) - What if someone who lived with the young man who unleashed one of the deadliest school shootings in U.S. history this week had been concerned that he might harm himself or others and removed his AR-15 rifle from his home?

College in Washington state on lockdown after reports of gunfire

Highline College in Washington state is on lockdown after reports of gunfire on the campus south of Seattle, the college said Friday morning in Facebook posts and automated phone recordings. "Lockdown. This is not a drill. Close doors, close windows. Police are responding to campus," one post reads.

School Shootings and Armed Attacks

Gunfire Erupts at a School. Leaders Offer Prayers. Children Are Buried. Repeat.

Deadly shootings in schools have become a sad and distinct American ritual, with familiar images and a familiar response.

How Columbine changed the way police respond to mass shootings

They rush straight to the gunfire.

Radio host fired for sexual comments about Olympian Chloe Kim


Gunman in Florida high school shooting held on 17 murder counts

PARKLAND, Fla. (Reuters) - A 19-year-old man who had been expelled from his Florida high school was held on 17 counts of murder on Thursday, the morning after authorities say he opened fire at the school, unleashing one of the deadliest school shootings in U.S. history.

Timeline: What happened, moment by moment

In a matter of minutes, thousands of students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School went from thinking they were part of a fire drill to hiding inside closets and bathrooms to escape gunfire.


Ex-student arrested after 17 shot dead at Florida high school

PARKLAND, Fla. (Reuters) - A 19-year-old gunman returning to a Florida high school where he had once been expelled opened fire with an assault rifle on Wednesday, killing 17 people and wounding more than a dozen others before he was arrested, authorities said.


Ex-student kills 17 in shooting spree at Florida high school

PARKLAND, Fla. (Reuters) - A 19-year-old gunman returned to a Florida high school where he had once been expelled for disciplinary reasons and opened fire with an assault-style rifle on Wednesday, killing 17 people and injuring more than a dozen others before he was arrested, authorities said.

Video shows students hiding as shots are fired

A student took this video of classmates hiding in a classroom at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, as a gunman opens fire.

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Nikolas Cruz, Shooting Suspect, Had Been Expelled From School, Authorities Say

Students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., remember him as a quiet student who nonetheless alarmed others with his affinity for firearms.

The fire alarm blared. Then the gunshots began.

The day was almost over and students were puzzled because the fire alarm was going off a second time Wednesday.

Parkland, Fla, Shooting (2018)

Florida School Shooting: ‘Kids Were Freaking Out’

A gunman opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. The victims included students and adults.


'Numerous' fatalities after shooting at Florida high school

PARKLAND, Fla. (Reuters) - A shooter opened fire in a Florida high school on Wednesday morning, killing multiple people and sending hundreds of panicked students fleeing into the streets while others huddled in classrooms as police hunted for the gunman.


Wrong turn could have sparked security scare at U.S. spy agency: FBI

FORT MEADE, Md. (Reuters) - A wrong turn may have led three men to drive onto the campus of the U.S. National Security Agency near Washington on Wednesday, sparking a scare that drew gunfire from guards and sent three to the hospital, FBI officials said.


The Carpetbagger: The Agony, Absurdity and Ecstasy of the Oscar for Best Song

The first-time nominees Sufjan Stevens and Mary J. Blige join repeat nominees in a category that has always been a mash-up of hits, snoozers and misfires.


Doctors Without Borders fired 19 people for sexual abuse last year

PARIS (Reuters) - International aid group Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders) said on Wednesday it had dealt with 24 cases of sexual harassment or abuse among its 40,000 staff last year, and dismissed 19 people as a result.


Several hurt when motorist tries to enter U.S. spy agency

FORT MEADE, Md (Reuters) - Several people were injured on Wednesday when an unauthorized motorist tried to drive onto the campus of the U.S. National Security Agency near Washington, prompting guards to open fire on the vehicle, officials said.


China expects to see heavy air pollution during Lunar New Year

BEIJING (Reuters) - Some regions of China could suffer heavy pollution because of fireworks and unfavorable weather conditions during Lunar New Year celebrations, despite a ban on firecrackers in more than 400 cities, the Ministry of Environmental Protection warned.

Couple who lost home in wildfire wins million-dollar lotto

Bill Pendergast has spent the last two years rebuilding his home, which burnt down when a wildfire raged through Fort McMurray, Alberta. Now, he is $1 million richer and able to finish restoring his family home thanks to the Atlantic Lotto.

Gun lobbyist helped write ATF official's deregulation proposal

Behind the scenes, a gun industry lobbyist provided comments that were directly incorporated into an internal memo at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, according to newly disclosed documents -- a white paper that suggested the agency peel back a number of gun regulations.


White powder sent to Washington building, housing Obama office: reports

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Washington police and fire officials on Tuesday removed a white powdery substance sent to the office building where former President Barack Obama leases space, but the material was found to be harmless, according to media reports.

Man catches pants on fire with e-cig

A man suffered first and second degree burns when his e-cigarette unexpectedly exploded in his pocket and caught his pants on fire.

Analysis: Trump's culture war is running into the gender gap

With his sharp words in recent days defending men accused of sexual harassment and spousal abuse, President Donald Trump launched another firebomb into the cultural chasm running through his presidency.

Supreme Court still feeling the impact of Antonin Scalia's death

Conservative firebrand Antonin Scalia died two years ago Tuesday and thrust the US Supreme Court into months of tumult with only eight justices.

Suits and Litigation (Civil)

DealBook: Does a Lawsuit Now Help the Weinstein Victims?

New York’s attorney general has sued the Weinstein Company, delaying a sale, to ensure that victims of abuse are compensated. Will his tactic backfire?

Officer was fired after he chose not to shoot a man. He's getting $175,000 settlement

A West Virginia city has agreed to pay a former police officer $175,000 to settle a wrongful-termination lawsuit after he was fired following his decision not to shoot a distraught suspect who was holding a gun.


West Virginia policeman fired after refusing to shoot suspect settles suit

(Reuters) - A former police officer who said he was fired after not shooting a man wielding an unloaded gun during a domestic dispute agreed to drop his lawsuit against the West Virginia city he worked in after reaching a settlement, his lawyers said on Monday.

Duterte, Rodrigo

Duterte Draws Fire for Crude Threat to Female Rebels in Philippines

President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines made the remarks in a speech to former rebels, expressing exasperation that some women preferred joining the militants to raising children.


Merkel, SPD under renewed fire over German coalition deal

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel and the leader of the Social Democrats (SPD) faced further criticism on Monday from within their own parties over a new coalition deal that must still be approved by disgruntled SPD rank-and-file members.

Armed forces rushed more than 4,000 people onto FBI's gun ban list after an ex-airman killed dozens in Texas

Since an ex-US airman shot more than two dozen people in a Texas church in November, the US military has added more than 4,000 names to the nation's list of dishonorably discharged military personnel banned from owning firearms -- a sign of what has been a massive hole in the nation's gun buying background check system.


Northern Puerto Rico hit by blackout due to fire at power substation: CNN

(Reuters) - Parts of northern Puerto Rico on Sunday were left in the dark after a mechanical failure caused a fire at a power substation, CNN reported, citing authorities.

Tipped truck sets highway ablaze

A fire erupts after a truck tips over on a highway in Hebei Province, China.

Explosion cuts power in Puerto Rico

An explosion and fire at a power substation caused a blackout in parts of northern Puerto Rico on Sunday, according to authorities.


China's millennium-old fireworks hub grapples with bans and shifting traditions

LIUYANG, China (Reuters) - From the concrete bunkers carved into the hillside, where workers gingerly handle piles of explosive black powder, to the shopfronts selling colorful boxes of pyrotechnics,...

The US role in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process is under fire since Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital

US President Donald Trump declined to give a timeline for releasing the US plan for peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians, telling an Israeli newspaper that he is not convinced that either party is committed to the process.


Netanyahu says Israel undeterred after Syria shoots down F-16

JERUSALEM/BEIRUT (Reuters) - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday that Israeli forces would press ahead with Syria operations despite their loss of an advanced warplane to enemy fire for the first time in 36 years.

'I love this s***... I thrive on it,' sheriff says after deadly pursuit

Shortly after Tennessee law enforcement shot and killed a man during a two-county vehicle chase in April, White County Sheriff Oddie Shoupe seemed fired up as he recalled his conversations with dispatchers.

Pirro, Jeanine

‘No Fire, No Fury?’ Trump Is on Board With a Jeanine Pirro Book to Rebut Michael Wolff

Ms. Pirro, the Fox News personality, met with President Trump on Wednesday in the White House, where he agreed to be interviewed for the book.

September 11 (2001)

Fired Official Was Exploring Resolution to 9/11 Case Precluding Death Penalty

A tribunal official fired without explanation last week had been in talks that could have ended in plea deals and foreclosed any possibility of execution.


Carnival lights up Rio despite crime wave, yellow fever scare

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Carnival festivities took over Rio de Janeiro on Saturday, as revelers danced and drank at block parties with names like "fire in the underpants," despite an extended crime...


Italians march against racism after shooting spree against migrants

MACERATA, Italy (Reuters) - Thousands of Italians marched against racism on Saturday in the city of Macerata where a man opened fire on African migrants a week ago, injuring six people in what police said was a racially motivated attack.


Israeli jet shot down after bombing Iranian site in Syria

JERUSALEM/BEIRUT (Reuters) - Anti-aircraft fire downed an Israeli warplane returning from a bombing raid on Iran-backed positions in Syria on Saturday in the most serious confrontations yet between Israel and Iranian-backed forces based across the border.


Sure-fire Dahlmeier takes first Olympic gold

PYEONGCHANG (Reuters) - After setting alight the biathlon world with her five golds at the 2017 World Championships, German Laura Dahlmeier used her sure-fire marksmanship to win her first Olympic title in tough conditions in Pyeongchang on Saturday.


Oxfam, British Charity, Admits Sexual Misconduct by Workers in Haiti

A newspaper reported that Oxfam officials hired prostitutes and held sex parties in 2011. The group fired four people and three quit under scrutiny.

Israeli F-16 jet crashes after Syrian fire

An Israeli F-16 fighter jet crashed Saturday in northern Israel due to "massive anti-aircraft fire" from Syrian forces, according to the Israeli army.

Woodward and Bernstein: Trump's response to Russia investigation is eerily familiar

We're here again. A powerful and determined President is squaring off against an independent investigator operating inside the Justice Department. Special counsel Robert Mueller's mission is a comprehensive look at Russian meddling in the 2016 election -- and any other crimes he uncovers in the process. President Donald Trump insists it's all a "witch hunt" and an unfair examination of his family's personal finances. He constantly complains about the investigation in private and reportedly asked his White House counsel to have Mueller fired. No wonder many people are making comparisons to the Saturday Night Massacre of 1973, when President Richard Nixon fired special prosecutor Archibald Cox, and Attorney General Elliot Richardson and Deputy Attorney General William Ruckelshaus resigned.


Michigan State University to fire dean after Nassar scandal

(Reuters) - Michigan State University is moving to fire a dean who it said had failed to enforce 2014 guidelines created for sports doctor Larry Nassar in treating young athletes after complaints of sexual misconduct against him.

Source: Kelly tells aides it was he who secured Porter's resignation

White House chief of staff John Kelly, who has come under fire for his handling of domestic abuse allegations leveled against the White House staff secretary Rob Porter, told aides on Friday that he was responsible for securing Porter's resignation after the allegations became public.

Boy gets stuck in claw machine

Florida firefighters help rescue a boy who got stuck in a claw machine for 11 minutes after he crawled inside for a stuffed toy.


Awkward diplomacy on show as 'peace' Games begin

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) - The Winter Olympics sparked to life in a vivid, colorful ceremony of fire and ice in South Korea on Friday, though the diplomacy was tougher to choreograph in the stadium where leaders from nations that are sworn enemies sat close together.

Ex-SEAL who says he shot bin Laden rips Trump's parade idea as 'third-world bullsh--'

The former Navy SEAL who claims he fired the shot that killed Osama bin Laden is blasting President Donald Trump's desire for a military parade down Pennsylvania Avenue.


Awkward diplomacy on show as 'peace' Games get underway

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) - The Winter Olympics sparked to life in a vivid, colorful ceremony of fire and ice in South Korea on Friday, though the diplomacy was tougher to choreograph in the stadium where leaders from nations that are sworn enemies sat close together.


Trump tells Israel peace means compromise; U.S. envoy under fire

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump told Israel on Friday that it too would need to make "significant compromises" for peace with the Palestinians, even as they accused one of his Middle East envoys of bogging down diplomacy with what they see as pro-Israel bias.

Pediatrician: 'Flu just spread like wildfire'

From coast to coast, pediatricians in the United States say this year's flu season ranks among the toughest they've seen.

Gullah Geechee

About That Song You’ve Heard, Kumbaya

The old spiritual sung around campfires will be performed plenty during Black History Month, especially in the Georgia community that claims it as its own.


Alpine skiing: Taking risks could backfire in Pyeongchang - Milller

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) - Pyeongchang's relatively benign downhill and super-G courses will favour skiers with natural ability and punish those trying to make up time with risky maneuvers, former Olympic champion Bode Miller told Reuters this week.


Exclusive: U.S. gunmaker Remington seeks financing to file for bankruptcy: sources

(Reuters) - Remington Outdoor Company Inc, one of the largest U.S. makers of firearms, has reached out to banks and credit investment funds in search of financing that will allow it to file for bankruptcy, people familiar with the matter said on Thursday.


FireEye reports first-ever adjusted quarterly profit, shares jump

(Reuters) - Cyber security firm FireEye Inc on Thursday reported its first-ever quarterly adjusted profit since going public in 2013, highlighting gains from the company's shift to a subscription model and its cost-cutting efforts.


FireEye reports first-ever adjusted quarterly profit

(Reuters) - Cyber security firm FireEye Inc on Thursday reported its first-ever quarterly adjusted profit since going public in 2013, helped by cost cutting and shift to a subscription-based model.


U.S.-led coalition, pro-Assad forces clash in east Syria

WASHINGTON/BEIRUT (Reuters) - A U.S.-led coalition and its local allies in Syria struck pro-government forces with deadly air and artillery fire overnight to repel "an unprovoked attack" near the Euphrates, the coalition said on Thursday.


Unholy war of words breaks out over Vatican rapprochement with China

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - An unholy war of words has broken out among Vatican and Catholic officials over the Holy See's rapprochement with Communist China, with cardinals, archbishops and priests caught in an undiplomatic crossfire.


Exclusive: 'We are in a war' - Cameroon unrest confronted by army offensive

(Reuters) - Daniel was in his home in the village of Bole in Southwest Cameroon on Feb. 2 when he heard gunfire and a commotion. Moments later, his house was ablaze, flames licking the walls. 


Dollars, data support record number of transgender U.S. election candidates

(Reuters) - Alexandra Chandler was a U.S. Navy intelligence analyst when she came out as a transgender woman in 2006. She could have been fired, but instead she said the conservative Republicans in her chain of command promoted her to division chief.


Merkel under fire from own ranks over German coalition deal

BERLIN (Reuters) - Chancellor Angela Merkel faced criticism from within the ranks of her own conservatives on Thursday for making concessions to her center-left Social Democrat (SPD) coalition partners to seal a governing alliance a day earlier.


Olympics: Fire breaks out near Media Village

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) - Emergency services scrambled on Thursday to deal with a fire which broke out near the Winter Olympics Media Village.

How to protect Americans from government spying

Democrats and Republicans are recharging their hyperbole to open fire again over the Nunes memo. But there is a second part of this story we should not ignore. America's secret surveillance of its own citizens has been abused and the Nunes memo gives us a chance to ask ourselves: "What power should any administration -- whether it's Democrat or Republican -- have to spy on Americans? Shouldn't judges protect us from this abuse?"


One hippopotamus... London Zoo counts its animals in delayed census

LONDON (Reuters) - Keepers started counting the animals in London Zoo on Wednesday, in an annual stock take that was delayed by a fire in December.

Panel erupts over Kelly's immigration comments

CNN political commentator Ana Navarro fires back at CNN legal commentator Ken Cuccinelli after defending White House Chief of Staff John Kelly's comments about some Dreamers being "too lazy" to sign up for the DACA program.


Las Vegas hotel re-numbers floor where gunman opened fire on music festival

(Reuters) - The Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, where a gunman converted a suite to a sniper's nest in October and opened fire on an outdoor country music concert, killing 58 people, will rename several floors of the guest tower, the company said.


U.N. demands Syria ceasefire as air strikes pound rebel areas

BEIRUT (Reuters) - The United Nations called on Tuesday for an immediate humanitarian ceasefire in Syria of at least a month, as heavy air strikes were reported to have killed scores of people in the last major rebel stronghold near Damascus.