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Amid a growing call for action on guns, the White House said Sunday the president will host a "listening session" with students and teachers this week, but offered no details on who would attend or what would be discussed.
On Monday, 17 Washington students plan a "lie-in" by the White House to advocate for tougher gun laws. Students who survived the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland are planning a march on Washington next month to pressure politicians to take action on gun violence.
Some lawmakers said it would take a powerful movement to motivate Congress.
When a gunman tore through Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Wednesday, killing 17 people and injuring several others, a student named Peter Wang is said to have selflessly held open doors for classmates and teachers to escape the building as gunshots rang through the air.
During the courageous act, he was fatally shot, and now people want him to be posthumously honored.
Wang was one of 14 beloved students killed in the Feb. 14 shooting rampage. The 15-year-old student was a JROTC cadet, last seen in uniform holding a door open so others could escape the attack. Wang’s noble actions during those harrowing moments have been shared far and wide on social media, and many people have signed a White House petition is calling for a full honors military burial for the fallen cadet.
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President Donald Trump lashed out at the FBI Saturday night, saying the agency "missed all of the many signals" sent by the suspect in the Florida school shooting and arguing they are "spending too much time trying to prove Russian collusion with the Trump campaign."
Trump said on Twitter: "This is not acceptable. They are spending too much time trying to prove Russian collusion with the Trump campaign - there is no collusion. Get back to the basics and make us all proud!"
The FBI received a tip last month that the suspect in the Florida school shooting had a "desire to kill" and access to guns and could be plotting an attack. But the agency said Friday that agents failed to investigate.
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Chanting "enough is enough" and waving signs emblazoned with messages like "No more silence, end gun violence," hundreds of demonstrators gathered outside the Federal Courthouse in Fort Lauderdale Saturday to rally for stronger gun control laws in the aftermath of the deadly Stoneman Douglas High School shooting.
The protest, which aimed to improve firearm safety legislation, called on the Florida Legislature to act in the name of gun regulation.
Survivors of the shooting that killed 17 people spoke with passion during Saturday's rally in front of the federal courthouse, and pleaded with lawmakers to change the nation's gun laws.
An Iranian commercial plane crashed on Sunday in a foggy, mountainous region of southern Iran, likely killing all 65 people on board, state media reported.
An Aseman Airlines ATR-72, a twin-engine turboprop used for short-distance regional flying, went down near its destination of the southern Iranian city of Yasuj, some 780 kilometers (485 miles) south of the Iranian capital, Tehran.
Aseman Airlines spokesman Mohammad Taghi Tabatabai told state TV that all on Flight No. EP3704 were killed.
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Facebook will soon rely on centuries-old technology to try to prevent foreign meddling in U.S. elections: the post office.
Baffled in 2016 by Russian agents who bought ads to sway the U.S. presidential campaign, Facebook's global politics and government outreach director, Katie Harbath, told the National Association of Secretaries of State on Saturday that the company would send postcards to potential buyers of political ads to confirm they reside in the U.S.
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Every culture has a number considered unlucky because of superstitions. In the United States it's 13. In South Korea, it's four. The reason behind the fear of the number four, known as tetraphobia, lies in the way it sounds. The Korean word for "four" sounds much like the word for "death." Americans competing in Pyeongchang are learning that you don't need to believe in the "curse of four" to be doomed by the single-digit menace. And given these Team USA athletes' results at the 2018 Winter Games, they may leave South Korea with their own fear of four.
Japanese speed skater Nao Kodaira breaks an Olympic record, Alpine skier Marcel Hirscher continues to dominate and Norway is on top in the medal count. Here is the Pyeongchang Games by the numbers
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Justin, a nine-day-old southern white rhino at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, isn’t afraid of much – as long as his mom is nearby. The 125-pound rhino recently went toe-to-toe (hoof-to-hoof?) with a cape buffalo while mom watched from a safe distance, but mostly the newborn likes to check out his new surroundings and nap (a lot).
Justin was born on Feb. 7 to mom Kacy in the 60-acre East African Plains enclosure. He is 125 pounds now, but his keepers say he should gain 100 pounds each month his first year. When he’s full-grown he’ll way between 4,000 and 5,000 pounds.
"Justin is very cute, and he's beginning to show lots of personality," says Matt Gelvin, lead keeper, San Diego Zoo Safari Park.
The principal of Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland delivered an emotional message of strength and hope Saturday.
Ty Thompson, named one of six semifinalists for the 2017 Principal of the Year for Broward County Public Schools, posted a video on YouTube in response to the shooting that took place on his school’s campus Wednesday afternoon that left 17 people dead.
American Nick Goepper won silver in the men’s slopestyle event. He delivered a crucial third run to go from the bottom of the standings to silver. Teammate Gus Kenworthy had three disappointing runs in the final. He couldn’t land a run cleanly resulting in a 12th place finish. In Sochi, the Americans swept the event. Austrian Marcel Hirscher continued his dominance in the men’s giant slalom. He finished a full 1.27 seconds ahead of the next skier. It was his second gold medal of the games, after already winning the super combined. Hirscher will have a chance to go for a third gold medal in his best event, the slalom, on Tuesday. American Ted Ligety likely skied in his last race in the men’s giant slalom. He finished a disappointing 15th. His first run was too slow to overcome. Countryman Ryan Cochran-Siegle finished in 11th.
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Former Vice President Joe Biden is tiptoeing toward a potential run in 2020, even broaching the possibility during a recent gathering of longtime foreign policy aides.
Huddled in his newly opened office steps from the U.S. Capitol, Biden began a planning meeting for his new diplomacy center by addressing the elephant in the room. He said he was keeping his 2020 options open, considering it a real possibility. He insisted he had made no decision, and didn't need to yet, according to five people who either attended the meeting or were briefed on it by those who did.
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