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Austin residents are being told to be vigilant about unexpected or suspicious packages at their door after a series of package bombs killed two people and critically injured a woman. [Source]

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(Reuters) - The 23-year-old Texan blamed for a deadly Austin bombing spree described himself as a psychopath and showed no remorse in a confession he taped before blowing himself up as police closed in to arrest him, a U.S. congressman said on Saturday.


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Austin Bomber Had a List of Other Potential Targets

Mark Conditt, the suspect in a series of deadly bombings in Austin, left behind evidence of potential future targets before he killed himself.


British police investigate suspicious package in London near the Gherkin

LONDON (Reuters) - British police said they were investigating reports of a suspicious package in the City of London on Friday and had put cordons in place near the building known as the Gherkin.


Investigators seek clues whether Austin bomber worked alone

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Federal investigators were on Friday seeking clues about what motivated the 23-year-old man they say was responsible for the deadly Texas bombing spree and whether he had help building or planting his bombs.

An ex-Playboy model told CNN she had a sexual relationship with Donald Trump. Next up is a '60 Minutes' interview with Stormy Daniels

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In Austin, a Bomber’s Rampage Exposes Racial Fault Lines Long Buried

The bombs planted by a 23-year-old white man have raised lingering questions about race, geography and class in one of Texas’ most liberal cities.

It's too early to say whether 'troubled young man' is the wrong term for Austin bomber

The Austin, Texas, serial bomber, 23-year-old Mark Anthony Conditt, was, according to Austin Police Chief Brian Manley, a "very troubled young man."

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Were the Austin Bombings Acts of Terrorism? Why Law Enforcement Says No

A police chief’s comment about the suspected bomber ignited a debate about who should be considered a terrorist.

Bombs and Explosives

In Austin Bombings, Investigators Sift Through Clues, Looking for the Why

Investigators tried to determine what had motivated Mark Conditt to go on a bombing spree that killed two and terrorized Austin for weeks.

The Austin bombings weren't labeled 'terrorism.' Here's why

A man terrifies a city for weeks, detonating explosive devices that kill two people. Then, when cornered by police, he blows himself up with one of his bombs. The acts of a terrorist in some Middle Eastern nation? No, the acts of a "very challenged young man" in Texas.

Bombs and Explosives

Austin Bombing Victims Included a Father and a 17-Year-Old Musician

A finance professional and a teenage bass player were killed in a series of bombings that left five others injured and Texas’ capital city on edge.


Op-Ed Contributor: What It’s Like to Be Black in Austin

Years before the bomb attacks, I felt fear and isolation even in this progressive haven.

Pink gloves and receipts led police to the Austin bomber

Mark Anthony Conditt recorded a confession and killed himself in a final explosion, ending a wave of package bombings that terrorized Austin for weeks.

In Austin, 19 days of terror end with a bomber's final explosion

For 19 days, exploding packages left Austin residents terrorized and police frantically searching for the elusive bomber.

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Best of Late Night: Trevor Noah Attacks Facebook and Urges Users to ‘Be Vigilant’

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UPDATE 3-FBI reminds couriers on suspicious package protocols after Texas bombings

March 21 (Reuters) - The FBI has reminded parcel delivery companies in the United States to follow "established protocols" for handling suspicious packages following a bomb blast at a FedEx Corp sorting facility in Texas, an agency spokeswoman said on Wednesday.

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France's Sarkozy told he suspected of taking Gaddafi election money

NANTERRE, France (Reuters) - French former president Nicolas Sarkozy was told after two days in custody on Wednesday that he is being formally treated as a suspect as magistrates investigate claims his 2007 election campaign got funding from late Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.

Analysis: It's not just that Trump was told DO NOT CONGRATULATE, it's that everyone else was too

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Austin killer used pipe bombs, source says

The devices used in the Austin and San Antonio-area explosions were pipe bombs with batteries and smokeless powder and were constructed with materials found in a hardware or sporting goods store, a law enforcement source with knowledge of the investigation told CNN.

Bombs and Explosives

Who Is Mark Conditt, the Austin Bombing Suspect?

The 23-year-old is believed to be linked to six bombs that killed at least two people and injured five.


Federal prosecutors told to seek death penalty in drug cases

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions instructed federal prosecutors on Wednesday to seek the death penalty in drug-related cases whenever it is "appropriate," saying the Justice Department must boost efforts to counter America's epidemic of opioid abuse.


Trump on Twitter (March 21): Austin bombing, Mueller

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Bombs and Explosives

Austin Bombing Suspect Blew Himself Up, Police Say

The 24-year-old, who has not been identified, is believed to have been involved in the attacks that left at least two people dead.

Since March 2, a serial bomber has terrorized Texas's capital, leaving explosive packages around the city

While police still don't know the identity or exact motive of the Austin bomber, one thing is clear: their motive is to cause "mayhem and death," a federal law enforcement official said late Tuesday.

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The Austin bomber is changing tactics and people are scared

Austin is on edge after a series of package bombs were found around the city in recent weeks, and investigators are still scrambling to catch the perpetrator.


Pension fund CalSTRS opposes Tesla's compensation package for Musk

(Reuters) - U.S. public pension fund CalSTRS said on Wednesday it is opposed to Tesla Inc's recommendation to support Chief Executive Elon Musk's compensation arrangement at the electric car maker's shareholder meeting.


Explosion in Austin, Texas, injures man: officials

(Reuters) - An explosion injured a man in his 30s on Tuesday evening in Austin, Texas, the same day law officials said all six previous explosive devices found in the city are connected.

Analysis: Trump is being sued by an 'Apprentice,' a porn star and a Playboy model

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Polygraph: Stormy Daniels was being truthful

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UPDATE 5-Fifth package bomb strikes Texas, at FedEx facility near San Antonio

AUSTIN/SCHERTZ, Texas, March 20 (Reuters) - A package bomb blew up at a FedEx Corp distribution center near San Antonio on Tuesday, officials said, and the FBI was investigating whether it was linked to a series of four homemade bombs that hit the Texas capital of Austin this month.


Fifth package bomb strikes Texas, at FedEx facility near San Antonio

AUSTIN/SCHERTZ, Texas (Reuters) - A homemade bomb blew up at a FedEx Corp distribution center near San Antonio early on Tuesday, officials said, and the FBI was investigating whether it was linked to a series of four homemade bombs that struck capital city Austin this month.

Bombs and Explosives

Package Explodes at FedEx Center Near San Antonio

The explosion comes amid heightened concern after a series of bombings in the nearby city of Austin, Tex.

Police in Austin hunt for serial bomber

Police in Austin, aided by federal and state forces, are combing for clues to find the serial bomber behind four explosions.

Black caucus lawmakers want Austin bombings classified as 'ongoing terrorist attacks'

Three members of the Congressional Black Caucus called Monday for the bombings in Austin, Texas, to be classified as "ongoing terrorist attacks."

Austin police fear a serial bomber is on the loose

For the fourth time this month, an explosion struck the capital of Texas -- elevating fears of a serial bomber.

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Austin on edge: Police fear serial bomber behind Texas blasts

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Police in Texas fear a serial bomber planted four powerful explosive devices that have killed two people and injured four others this month, raising fears in the state capital Austin of another attack.

Bombs and Explosives

‘Serial Bomber’ Is Suspected in Explosions That Have Put Austin on Edge

A fourth bomb triggered by a tripwire suggests a higher level of sophistication in the wave of bomb attacks that have unnerved the residents of Austin.


Woman dies in Arizona after being hit by Uber self-driving car

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A woman died of her injuries after being struck by a Uber self-driving vehicle in Arizona, police said on Monday, and the ride hailing company said it had suspended its autonomous vehicle program across the United States and Canada.


Serial bomber suspected in deadly Austin explosions: police

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - A serial bomber is suspected of planting four bombs detonated this month around Austin, Texas, that have killed two people and injured four others and unnerved residents of the Texas capital.


UPDATE 1-Woman dies in Arizona after being hit by Uber self-driving car

SAN FRANCISCO, March 19 (Reuters) - A woman died of her injuries after being struck by a Uber self-driving vehicle in Arizona, police said on Monday, and the ride hailing company said it had suspended its autonomous vehicle program across the United States and Canada.


Trip wire may have set off latest bomb in Austin, wounding two

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Two men on bicycles were wounded after a bomb exploded, possibly detonated by a trip wire, police said on Monday, as authorities continued to investigate three parcel bombs that killed two people earlier this month in the Texas capital.

Trip wire may have triggered Austin blast

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Trip wire may have set off bomb in Austin, wounding two men: police

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Two men on bicycles were wounded in an explosion of a bomb that may have been detonated by a trip wire, police said on Monday in the Texas capital, where earlier this month three parcel bombs killed two people.

2 men injured after explosion in Austin

Austin police and EMS on Sunday evening confirmed a reported explosion on Dawn Song Drive. Two males in their 20s were transported to a hospital with serious, but non-life threatening injuries, Austin EMS said via Twitter.


Explosion in Austin wounds two men, FBI on scene

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - An explosion in Austin on Sunday wounded two men, thought to be in their 20s, authorities said, as Federal Bureau of Investigation agents rushed to the scene in the Texas capital, where earlier this month three parcel bombs killed two people.


Turkish embassy in Denmark attacked with petrol bombs, no injuries: police

COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - At least two people attacked Turkey's embassy in Copenhagen with petrol bombs early on Monday causing some minor damage to the exterior of the building but no injuries, police in the Danish capital said.


Deadly Austin parcel bomber was trying to send message: police

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - The person, or people, responsible for three parcel bombs that killed two people in the Texas capital this month was trying to send a message and should contact authorities to explain any motive, Austin police said on Sunday.

Bombs and Explosives

Police Plea to Austin Bomber: ‘We Want to Listen to You’

The authorities made an unusual public appeal on Sunday to hear directly from whoever has been planting deadly package bombs on doorsteps in Austin, Tex.

Austin bombs were 'meant to send a message,' authorities believe

Authorities continue to chase hundreds of leads in an effort to find the person responsible for three package bombs that have rocked Austin, Texas, this month, killing two and injuring two others.

Attorney John Dowd told CNN he's speaking for himself, but earlier said he was speaking for the President

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Former FBI No.2 McCabe fired; claims he is being targeted

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions fired the FBI's former No.2 official Andrew McCabe Friday, prompting McCabe to say he is being targeted because he is a crucial witness into whether President Donald Trump tried to obstruct the Russia investigation.


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2 killed, 2 hurt in series of explosions in Austin, Texas

These Austin residents fear explosions may be racially motivated

Parade watchers told to stop smooching soldiers

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US diplomats told not to share details on Tillerson firing

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'This is a wake-up call,' Republicans are told

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What the bombs tell us about their maker

Details about the deadly bombings in Austin remain scarce, but one thing is clear, experts say: whoever made the bomb knew what they were doing.

These are the victims of the Austin package bombings

Two lives were cut short when explosive packages arrived on their doorsteps in Austin, Texas.


Two victims of Texas package bomb were son and mother

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Two victims of a parcel bomb that exploded on Monday at a house in Austin, Texas, were identified as 17-year-old Draylen Mason and his mother, the city's police chief said on Tuesday.

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Explosions Rattle Austin as Calls About Suspicious Packages Mount

The police, who believe the blasts were linked, said they had received 265 calls from residents about packages.

His neighbor got a deadly package. 'Most traumatic thing in my life'

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3 bombs, many questions: Here's what we know

In these attacks, it's unclear if the victims were targeted or picked at random.

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Package explosions in Austin leave 2 dead

Austin, Texas, police are investigating three package explosions that have left two dead and one injured.


Suspicious package reports surge after deadly Texas parcel bombs: police

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Police have received more than 150 calls about suspicious packages after three parcel bombs left outside homes in Austin, Texas, exploded this month in related attacks that killed two people and injured two others, officials said on Tuesday.

Austin on edge after package bombs

Austin residents are being told to be vigilant about unexpected or suspicious packages at their door after a series of package bombs killed two people and critically injured a woman.

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Police link two deadly package bombs in Austin, Texas, to earlier attack

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Two package bombs left outside homes in Austin, Texas, exploded on Monday, killing a teenager and injuring two women in attacks that police linked to a deadly blast earlier this month.


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Impax broke U.S. antitrust law by delaying generic drug, jury told

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3 Austin Package Explosions, 2 of Them Deadly, Appear to Be Linked

The Austin interim police chief warned residents not to touch any unexpected or suspicious packages. “Call 911,” he said.


Central banks told to think twice before boarding Bitcoin bandwagon

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Police respond to a reported explosion in Austin, Texas

The pair of explosions that left two people dead in Austin, Texas, over the last 10 days share similarities and authorities suspect they are connected, police said.


Teen killed, woman injured in Austin package bomb explosion

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - A 17-year-old boy was killed and a woman injured in a package bomb explosion on Monday at a home in Austin in an incident similar to another fatal blast in the Texas state capital earlier this month, authorities said.


Colorado investigator relents after being jailed for refusing to testify in death-row case

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UK officials told that Aramco IPO unlikely until 2019 -FT

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Almost 2,500 GM Korea workers apply for voluntary redundancy package

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Senator says Kushner has no business being in White House

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Putin shows Florida being hit in nuke strike

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Trump: I told NRA, 'It's time. We're gonna stop this nonsense.'

President Donald Trump called on a bipartisan group of lawmakers at the White House on Wednesday to "turn our grief into action" and move in a bipartisan way "to end this senseless violence" of mass shootings.

Analysis: Are Trump supporters being dishonest with pollsters? Probably not.

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Interior secretary's NRA visit among trips being questioned

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Cyber chief: Trump hasn't told me to confront Russia threat

US Cyber Command chief Adm. Mike Rogers told lawmakers on Tuesday that he has not been granted the authority by President Donald Trump to disrupt Russian election hacking operations where they originate.


Key U.S. lawmakers want to boost Israel's $38 billion defense aid package

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. senators who just returned from a trip to Israel called on Tuesday for an increase in the $38 billion in military aid the United States is currently providing Israel, signaling support for more funds for Israeli missile systems.

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With Olympics Over, Team Korea Goes Back to Being 2 Countries

Athletes from North and South Korea waved the flags of their own countries as they arrived for the closing ceremony. Only time will tell whether Olympic diplomacy has had a lasting effect.

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European Ex-Officials Deny Being Paid by Manafort to Lobby for Ukraine

Mr. Manafort paid 2 million euros to former European officials to lobby for Ukraine’s then pro-Russian government, a new indictment says.


Geely says won't buy more Daimler shares 'for the time being'

FRANKFURT, Feb 24 (Reuters) - China's Zhejiang Geely Holding does not plan to buy more Daimler shares "for the time being," it said on Saturday, after its chairman Li Shufu disclosed he had a 9.69 percent stake in the German carmaker.


Three bombs rock Myanmar's northwestern city Sittwe, policeman injured

YANGON (Reuters) - Three bombs rocked the capital of Myanmar's restive Rakhine State, Sittwe, early on Saturday, police said, adding that a policeman was slightly injured and the authorities were still working to determine who was behind the bombings.

'Something's going to happen,' caller told FBI tip line weeks before 17 people were killed at Florida school

When a woman close to the Parkland, Florida, school shooter called an FBI tip line in early January, she described a young man with an arsenal of knives and guns who was "going to explode" and said she feared him "getting into a school and just shooting the place up."


Two car bombs explode in Somali capital and kill 18 people

MOGADISHU (Reuters) - Twin car bombs killed 18 people in Somalia's capital Mogadishu on Friday in an attack by the Islamist militant group al Shabaab, but security forces shot dead five assailants, officials said.


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.


Ask Well: Can Being Cold Make You Sick?

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

BEIRUT (Reuters) - A new wave of bombs struck Syria's eastern Ghouta on Friday, which a witness in one town described as the worst yet, ahead of a U.N. Security Council vote to demand a 30-day ceasefire across the country.


With Easy Ride trial, Nissan takes new step toward being Uber competitor

YOKOHAMA (Reuters) - Facing a future in which self-driving cars may curb vehicle ownership, Nissan Motor Co is taking its first steps to becoming an operator of autonomous transportation services, hoping to break into a segment set to be dominated by Uber Technologies and other technology firms.


With Easy Ride trial, Nissan takes new step towards being Uber competitor

YOKOHAMA, Feb 23 (Reuters) - Facing a future in which self-driving cars may curb vehicle ownership, Nissan Motor Co is taking its first steps to becoming an operator of autonomous transportation services, hoping to break into a segment set to be dominated by Uber Technologies and other technology firms.


Exclusive: U.S. official focused on election security being replaced

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The head of a federal commission who has helped U.S. states protect election systems from possible cyber attacks by Russia or others is being replaced at the behest of Republican House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan and the White House.


Exclusive: U.S. official focused on election security being shoved aside

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The head of a federal agency who has helped U.S. states protect election systems from possible cyber attacks by Russia or others is being removed from his post by Republican House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan and the White House.

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As Donald Trump Jr. Drums Up Business in India, Some Ask What’s Being Sold

The president’s son is in India on behalf of the family business, but word that he planned a speech on foreign policy took the controversy to a new level.

Think those conversations in your head are exhausting, try being Aaron Sorkin

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Suspicious package sent to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

Police launched an investigation after suspicions were raised about a package sent to a royal residence in London, reportedly addressed to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

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A Tune Heard Often at These Olympics Gets to the Heart of Being Korean

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School shooter threatened others with a gun, first host family told police

Just months before Nikolas Cruz killed 17 at his former high school in South Florida, the host family who had taken him in immediately after his mother's death warned local law enforcement that the 19-year-old had "used a gun against people before" and "has put the gun to others' heads in the past," according to records obtained by CNN.

Drama erupts at CPAC after panel told to drop speaker who attacked Florida shooting survivor


Hirscher bombs out in first leg of men's slalom

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) - Austria's Marcel Hirscher failed in his quest for a third gold medal at the Pyeongchang Olympics with a catastrophic mistake in the first leg of his favored slalom event on Thursday.


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.


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

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Residents of Syria's eastern Ghouta said they were "waiting their turn to die" early on Wednesday, after more pro-government rockets and barrel bombs fell on the besieged rebel enclave.


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.

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More bombs hit Syria's Ghouta after heaviest death toll in years

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Pro-government forces pounded Syria's eastern Ghouta on Tuesday, killing at least 66 people after the enclave's heaviest one-day death toll in three years, a monitoring group said.


More bombs fall on Syria's Ghouta after heaviest toll in years

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Pro-government forces bombarded Syria's eastern Ghouta on Tuesday, killing at least 49 people, after the heaviest one-day death toll there in three years on Monday, a war monitoring group said.

US assault rifles being sold on jihadist online forums in Syria

US-supplied weapons originally intended for moderate allies in Syria have ended up for sale on jihadist online forums in the country's northern al Qaeda heartland.


Bombs still fall on Syria's Ghouta after heaviest toll in years

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Pro-government forces carried air raids in Syria's eastern Ghouta rebel-held enclave overnight on Monday and early on Tuesday after the heaviest one-day death toll from bombardment there in three years, a war monitor said.

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State Officials Say They Are Told Too Little About Election Threats

Federal officials are slow to share with them the specifics they need to guard against Russian hacking and other attacks on voting integrity, state election officials say.

Marches are being planned around the US to pressure Congress to pass gun reform and make schools safer

As survivors of Wednesday's school shooting demand that it be the last such massacre, marches are being planned around the country to amplify the students' message that action must be taken to end gun violence.

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At Daytona, Austin Dillon and Darrell Wallace Jr. Break Through Behind Familiar Numbers

Driving the well-known No. 3 and No. 43 cars, Dillon and Wallace finished in the top two spots in a race that was packed with tantalizing story lines.

Florida student: They told us: 'Hands up. Drop anything in your hands.'

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While Loading Gun at Florida School, Shooting Suspect Told Student ‘Better Get Out of Here’

A freshman at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School said he encountered Nikolas Cruz, the suspect in shooting that left 17 dead, on school grounds loading a gun.

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Intrigue at V.A. as Secretary Says He Is Being Forced Out

David Shulkin, the lone Obama administration holdover in President Trump’s cabinet, said that political appointees were trying to oust him from the department he leads.

American being held as ISIS fighter sought media access

An American citizen being held by the United States in Iraq for allegedly fighting for ISIS said he traveled to Syria to work as a journalist and chronicle what life was like under the terror group, according to newly released court documents.

Opinion: Michael Cohen may want to rethink being Trump's martyr

Most lawyers aren't willing to sacrifice themselves for their clients. That is, it seems, except in the case of Michael Cohen. Known to the world as "President Trump's personal lawyer," Cohen claims to have taken a $130,000 financial hit to protect his client from a scandal: allegations that Donald Trump had an affair with porn star Stephanie Clifford, aka "Stormy Daniels," in 2006. On Tuesday, Cohen said in a statement that he used personal funds in 2016 to "facilitate a payment" to Clifford and that no one in the Trump Organization or campaign "reimbursed me for the payment, either directly or indirectly."

Mom: My daughter told me to call 911

The mother of a student at Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida recounts the conversation she had with her daughter during the reported school shooting.


U.N. says bombs will litter Mosul for more than a decade

GENEVA (Reuters) - The Iraqi city of Mosul will remain strewn with unexploded bombs for a decade, endangering a million or more civilians who want to return home following the end of three years of Islamic State occupation, a U.N. demining expert said on Wednesday.


Woods signals days of being warm and cuddly Tiger are over

(Reuters) - It will be no more mister nice guy when Tiger Woods tees up at the Genesis Open starting at Riviera on Thursday, the 14-times major champion said.

What Stormy Daniels told Jimmy Kimmel

Stormy Daniels makes an appearance on ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" following Donald Trump's State of the Union address.


Vigilant adherence to celiac diet linked with lower quality of life

(Reuters Health) - People with celiac disease who are extremely vigilant about not ingesting gluten may perceive that their quality of life is reduced, according to a new study.

'Bachelor' contestant explains being 'missing'

Her fans are sure to be "missing" Bekah Martinez from "The Bachelor."

Inmate died after being denied water for 7 days. Now 3 jail officials face charges

Three jail officials were charged Monday in the case of a Milwaukee inmate who died of dehydration in his cell after being denied water for seven days.

The world's most progressive democracy is being born. Don't let it die

Report: Rob Porter claims WH told him to 'stay and fight'

Former White House staff secretary Rob Porter told associates that officials at the White House encouraged him to "stay and fight" rather than resign after a report detailed allegations of domestic abuse, Axios reported Sunday.

Trump laments lives 'being shattered by ... a mere allegation'

President Donald Trump took to Twitter Saturday to lament "lives are being shattered" by a mere allegation in the wake of the resignations of former White House staff secretary Rob Porter and speechwriter David Sorensen following allegations of domestic abuse.

300 people told us what they will do with their bigger paychecks


Bond vigilantes awaken counterparts in the stock market

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Bond vigilantes could be finding allies in the stock market.


‘Bug bombs’ used by consumers continue to cause sickness

(Reuters Health) - Insecticide foggers, also known as “bug bombs,” are still causing illnesses in the U.S., even after manufacturers were ordered to change the products' labels to make them safer, researchers say.

Watch a baby octopus being born

The miracle of life is a wondrous thing and this video of a baby octopus being born is nothing short of awe-inspiring.

Rand says he told Trump bill is 'too much money'

Republican Sen. Rand Paul said Thursday that he told President Donald Trump the bipartisan spending agreement will saddle the nation with too much debt.

Couple receiving mystery Amazon packages

A Massachusetts couple has received mystery packages from Amazon, but doesn't know who is sending them.


Anti-China bill being softened after U.S. companies complain

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Proposed legislation in Congress aimed at preventing China from acquiring sensitive technology is being softened after protests by big U.S. companies who fear a loss in sales, four people with knowledge of the matter said this week.

Police: Ex-US gymnastics coach being investigated

John Geddert, a US Olympic coach in 2012 and onetime owner of an elite Michigan gymnastics club, is the subject of a police investigation, Eaton County Undersheriff Jeffrey Cook said this week.

Trump says bombshell, Cooper calls bunk

Anderson Cooper discusses newly released FBI text messages that President Donald Trump claims are "bombshells."

Records show Mueller acted to preserve transition documents weeks after being named special counsel

Special counsel Robert Mueller asked a government agency last June to preserve documents relating to Donald Trump's transition to the presidency, according to records obtained by CNN -- an indication of how he expanded the investigation soon after his appointment.

Ryan Seacrest calls being accused 'gut-wrenching'

Days after an investigation found no evidence to support a claim of inappropriate behavior made against Ryan Seacrest by a former colleague, the long-time host has written about the experience in an op-ed.


BRIEF-UPS Announces Development Of New Package Operations Center


Cleveland Indians

First Words: The Cost of Being ‘Savage’ in a Supposedly Civilized World

Even in its new incarnation as a boast, it can’t shed its dehumanizing past.

United States Economy

News Analysis: Trump, Running Alongside the Market’s Bulls, Risks Being Trampled

No president in modern times has connected his political fortunes to the stock market as much as Mr. Trump. But as shares swooned Monday, he avoided any mention of it.


Oscars chief says Hollywood abuses being 'jack-hammered into oblivion'

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The president of the group that hands out the annual Oscars declared on Monday that some of the worst abuses in the movie industry were finally being "jack-hammered into oblivion."

Homeless men are being gunned down on the street in Las Vegas

The video is chilling. James Edgar Lewis is sleeping under a Las Vegas freeway when a dark-colored SUV passes by. Seconds later, a man wearing a dark top emerges from the vehicle and shoots Lewis twice in the head before fleeing.

Report: Dementia patients are being drugged in nursing homes

Children complained about parents who were robbed of their personalities and turned into zombies. Residents remembered slurring their words and being unable to think or stay awake. Former administrators admitted doling out drugs without having appropriate diagnoses, securing informed consent or divulging risks.

Politician tries to resign for being late

A British member of the House of Lords quit his government post after turning up late to answer questions, before later un-resigning after the prime minister rejected his exit as "unnecessary."

Fired for being pregnant

In June, Whitney Tomlinson felt nauseated at work. She was pregnant at the time and was experiencing the condition commonly, and misleadingly, known as morning sickness. Hormone-induced nausea doesn't know what time of day it is.

Virtual Currency

Worries Grow That the Price of Bitcoin Is Being Propped Up

When the price of Bitcoin goes down, activity on an influential exchange pumps it back up. That has investors and regulators asking questions.

Bahia (Brazil)

They Told the Women in Bahia They Couldn’t Drum. Try Telling That to Banda Didá.

Meet the all-female Brazilian drum group that is challenging gender norms.

Here's what Amtrak engineer told NTSB about deadly derailment

The Amtrak engineer on the train that derailed last month in Washington state told investigators he mistook a signal and braked moments before the deadly crash, according to the National Transportation Safety Board.

Conan: It's exhausting to keep up with Trump

Conan O'Brien weighs in on the difficulties of being a comedian during the era of President Donald Trump, claiming "it's hard to find a joke that's more absurd than what's actually happening."


BRIEF-Lithium Energi Exploration Inc. Secures $16 Mln Funding Package From Leading Institutional Investor


When internet trolls told this teen explorer to 'make a sandwich,' she did just that

She's only 16 but, Jade Hameister has accomplished way more than people twice her age.

Spector, Nancy

Museum Told White House: No Van Gogh, but Here’s a Gold Toilet

Officials at the Guggenheim Museum are being tight-lipped about a report in the The Washington Post that describes a strange email sent by the museum’s chief curator.

Flu diagnosis ends up being flesh-eating disease

An Arizona woman who originally thought she had the flu had instead a rare flesh-eating disease.


Twin car bombs kill more than 30 in Libya's Benghazi: officials

BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) - A double car bombing in the east Libyan city of Benghazi on Tuesday left at least 33 people dead and dozens more wounded, including senior security figures and civilians, officials said.

77% favor presidential exams for mental well-being

Americans continue to broadly support annual checkups for their commander in chief, according to a new CNN poll conducted by SSRS, but they are divided about how much information about his or her health a president ought to make public.


UPDATE 1-Drug companies told to do more to tackle 'superbug' crisis

* GSK and J&J lead among large drugmakers in analysis (Adds Wellcome Trust comment, detail on R&D projects)


Drug companies told to do more to tackle 'superbug' crisis

LONDON (Reuters) - Drugmakers' response to the threat posed by "superbugs" remains patchy even after years of warnings, according to the first analysis of individual companies' efforts to tackle the antibiotic resistance crisis.

'Flu' ends up being flesh-eating disease

An Arizona woman who originally thought she had the flu had instead a rare flesh-eating disease.

Told not to drum, this woman is breaking a taboo

Cold War Era

Opinion: When Americans Were Afraid of Being Brainwashed

What a forgotten episode of Cold War history can tell us about today’s election-hacking fears.

Sex Crimes

McKayla Maroney, Describing Sexual Abuse, Calls Larry Nassar a ‘Monster of a Human Being’

The Olympic gymnast is one of over 100 victims who submitted impact statements about abuse by Dr. Lawrence G. Nassar, the former gymnastics team doctor.

Immigration and Emigration

Op-Ed Contributor: ICE Detained My Husband for Being an Immigrant Activist

Ravi Ragbir, the director of the New Sanctuary coalition in New York City, was detained last week after speaking out for immigrant rights.


Being around natural greenery may cheer up even adolescents

(Reuters Health) - - Exposure to trees and other greenery has been shown to stave off depression in adults, and a new U.S. study finds the same may be true for teenagers.


Macedonia told to resolve Greece dispute and implement reforms to join NATO

BELGRADE (Reuters) - Macedonia's must resolve a decades-long dispute over its name, implement judicial reform and build good relations with neighboring countries to join NATO, the Western military alliance's Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said on Thursday.

Sabbaticals and Career Breaks

Fixes: When Being Unproductive Saves a Career

With high levels of pressure and tension on the job, burnout rates among nonprofit staffers are rising. The antidote? Sabbaticals.

Actress linked to Trump told story in 2011

Some media outlets shelved a story that detailed an alleged sexual relationship between porn actress Stormy Daniels and President Donald Trump before the 2016 election. CNN's Brian Todd reports.


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Trilobites: Being Antisocial Leads to a Longer Life. For Marmots.

Unlike most mammals, yellow-bellied marmots with more active social lives died younger than those that kept to themselves, scientists found after tracking them for 13 years.

Females with bombs kill at least 10

Preliminary reports indicate at least 10 people were killed after four female suicide bombers detonated explosives in the Nigerian city of Maiduguri, according to a spokesman for the National Emergency Management Agency.


'Just Hit Budget!' bankers at RBS restructuring unit told during crisis: memo

LONDON (Reuters) - Royal Bank of Scotland staff helping small firms to restructure debt during the financial crisis were given a list of ways to squeeze more money from struggling clients and told to "Just Hit Budget!", a memo released on Wednesday showed.

Immigration and Emigration

‘Your Visa Is Approved,’ They Were Told. And Then It Wasn’t.

The State Department notified hundreds of Yemenis they could enter the United States, but when the travel ban went into effect, they were rejected.


California siblings being treated after 'horrific' ordeal

PERRIS, Calif. (Reuters) - The 13 California siblings kept in "horrific" conditions by their parents, including some who were shackled to furniture, others who were starved, were being treated after an ordeal that could leave them scarred for years, authorities said on Tuesday.