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  • Trump aides say U.S. forces can legally stay in Syria, Iraq indefinitely

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    President Trump has all the legal authority he needs to keep U.S. forces in Syria and Iraq indefinitely, the Pentagon and State Department told Sen. Tim Kaine, who has been pushing for a new AUMF.

    Thu, 22 Feb 2018 12:41:49 -0500
  • More Cops In Schools Means More Black Kids In The Criminal Justice System

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    When President Donald Trump held a listening session with survivors of gun violence, their family members and the parents of murdered students on Wednesday, much of the discussion focused on ways to enhance school security.

    Thu, 22 Feb 2018 12:19:28 -0500
  • GOP lawmaker's aide fired over offensive claims on Florida shooting survivors

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    A Florida state representative's aide was fired from his position on Tuesday after he sent an email to a reporter alleging that two outspoken survivors of the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School were "actors."

    Wed, 21 Feb 2018 13:50:08 -0500
  • Prince Harry, Meghan Markle Hit By Anthrax Scare

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    Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have been targeted by an anthrax hoax, reports London’s Evening Standard.

    Thu, 22 Feb 2018 07:34:27 -0500
  • Severe flooding in Midwest

    Shelters were open to assist people forced from their homes by flooding in Indiana and Michigan on Thursday, as rivers swollen by heavy rain and melting snow continue to rise in the Midwest.

    Fri, 23 Feb 2018 08:43:40 -0500
  • NRA’s Wayne LaPierre: ‘Elites’ don’t care about school safety

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    On Thursday, Feb. 22, the National Rifle Association’s executive vice president and CEO Wayne LaPierre spoke at the Conservative Political Action Conference amid the nation’s heated debate about gun control following the Parkland, Fla., school shooting. During his speech, LaPierre said “elites” don’t care about school safety, and he called for more guns in schools.

    Thu, 22 Feb 2018 10:54:52 -0500
  • Autopsy confirms Virginia woman was mauled to death by her own pit bulls

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    An autopsy has confirmed that a Virginia woman believed to have been mauled to death by her own pit bulls in December did indeed die from "trauma due to mauling by animals."

    Thu, 22 Feb 2018 10:42:51 -0500
  • The Real Face of North Korea Is a Prison State

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    Millions around the globe gathered around their TVs beginning Feb. 8 to watch the 2018 Winter Olympics, which are taking place in Pyeongchang, South Korea, a mountainous rural village, 110 miles east of Seoul. As the world turned its gaze to the Korean Peninsula, it witnessed North Korea and South Korea unified, together under one flag, during the opening ceremony. In 2017, the crisis in North Korea was the most underreported humanitarian issue globally.

    Wed, 21 Feb 2018 10:37:00 -0500
  • The 10 Best Beaches In The World In 2018, Revealed

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    Need some travel inspo for your upcoming beach vacation?

    Wed, 21 Feb 2018 09:00:34 -0500
  • Redemption time for Romney?

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    Too often, Mitt Romney has treated principled rhetoric like a stretchy suit he can change into in a phone booth, then throw into a trash can when no one's looking. But if he wins a Utah Senate seat, he could become something he's never managed to be: the most influential figure in the GOP outside of the White House.

    Thu, 22 Feb 2018 05:00:49 -0500
  • New York University issues public apology for 'racially insensitive' meal served during Black History Month

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    New York University has issued a public apology and fired their director of food service after students pointed out the watermelon-flavoured water and collard greens the school was serving during Black History Month were racially insensitive. College of Arts and Science sophomore Nia Harris noticed the offensive meal when she walked into Weinstein Passport Dining Hall - before alerting the deans of the school and NYU’s President Hamilton of the insensitive and “stereotypical” meal. “Not only was this racially insensitive, this was just ignorant.

    Thu, 22 Feb 2018 10:40:00 -0500
  • Shaken but unbowed, Florida survivors recount horrific stories as they lobby for change

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    Untold stories from the high school shooting in Florida a week ago came tumbling out, alongside the anger their horrific experiences had fuelled, as students came to their state capital to lobby for change on Wednesday. Lorenzo Prado, 17, wept as he told how he had at first been mistaken for the shooter during the rampage that killed 14 of his fellow students and three teachers, including his sports coach. “The Swat team came in and I thought they were here to rescue me ... but I find I am wrong.

    Wed, 21 Feb 2018 18:08:39 -0500
  • GOP Doing All It Can To Keep Pennsylvania's Gerrymandered Congressional Map

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    Pennsylvania Republicans took another stab at blocking a court-ordered congressional map on Thursday by filing a new lawsuit that asks a three-judge federal panel to step in.

    Thu, 22 Feb 2018 17:19:26 -0500
  • Police: Officer shot, killed intervening in domestic dispute

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    BRANDYWINE, Md. (AP) — An off-duty police officer who answered a neighbor's request for help in a domestic dispute was shot and killed Wednesday in Maryland, officials said.

    Wed, 21 Feb 2018 17:34:01 -0500
  • NRA's LaPierre blames FBI, mental illness and security 'failures' for Florida shooting — not guns

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    The head of the National Rifle Association denounced lawmakers and the media on Thursday for renewing the debate over U.S. gun laws in the wake of last week’s deadly mass shooting at a Florida high school.

    Thu, 22 Feb 2018 11:59:14 -0500
  • Mississippi Town Rejects 'Historic' LGBTQ Pride Parade Despite Local Support

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    Local leaders in Starkville, Mississippi, denied a request to host what would have been the town’s first gay pride parade.

    Wed, 21 Feb 2018 16:37:50 -0500
  • Fourth fortune hunter dies looking for Fenn's Treasure

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    A fourth fortune hunter has died in the pursuit of a treasure chest containing more than $1 million worth of gold coins and jewels which is reputedly hidden somewhere in the Rocky Mountains. Jeff Murphy, 53, perished in June but the details of his death were only revealed eight months later. He was looking for Fenn's Treasure and died after going hiking up a trail within the boundaries of Yellowstone National Park, and falling 500ft down a rocky slope. Fenn's Treasure is said to have been deposited in 2010 by Forrest Fenn, an eccentric, octogenarian millionaire art dealer and former Vietnam fighter pilot. Mr Fenn, who is still alive, has said he set the task of finding it in order to encourage people to "get off the couch" and see nature. According to him the bounty is inside a 22lb Romanesque bronze chest and includes 265 gold coins, diamonds, emeralds and ancient Chinese figurines. He published a 24-line poem which contains the clues to locating it. Jeff Murphy, 53, perished in June but the details of his death were only revealed eight months later. Over the last eight years tens of thousands of people are believed to have searched for the loot, mostly in New Mexico where clues have pointed. However, Mr Murphy, a vice president of the International Housewares Association, had headed for the Wyoming-Montana border area. When he went missing a huge search operation was launched including rescuers on horseback, others with dogs, and a helicopter. Erica Murphy, his widow, said he had first read about Fenn's Treasure in an airplane magazine. He then read Mr Fenn’s book The Thrill of the Chase, which contains the full 24-line poem. The poem includes lines like "Begin it where warm waters halt. And take it in the canyon down". Mrs Murphy told the Albuquerque Journal: "It was his pastime. He loved anything that caused him to use his brain, and he loved being out in nature." The death was expected to lead to renewed calls to end the controversial treasure hunt. But Mrs Murphy said she did not blame Mr Fenn, and her husband knew the risks. She said he "would not have wanted to hinder" others from searching. As rescuers looked for her husband Mrs Murphy emailed Mr Fenn to say: "I hope your quest won't be adversely affected by these current events." According to a report by Yellowstone National Park into his death Mr Murphy had also emailed Mr Fenn before setting out. When he went missing Mr Fenn then offered to pay for a helicopter to look for him. Mr Fenn also said he had never been to the area where Mr Murphy was searching, so he was looking in the wrong place. Last summer, fortune hunter Paris Wallace, 52, a pastor from Colorado was found dead north of Santa Fe, New Mexico after trying to traverse a river. Separately, Eric Ashby, 31 died after his raft overturned on the Arkansas River. In 2016, Randy Bilyeu, 54, died on the Rio Grande while looking for the treasure. His former wife Linda Bilyeu has called the hunt "madness". Mr Fenn has previously indicated the treasure is hidden somewhere not hard to reach and that, even at his advanced age, he could himself go back to the spot. Supporters of the treasure hunt have argued that it has achieved its aim of getting Americans into the Great Outdoors, and has led to people meeting spouses and parents bonding with their children.

    Wed, 21 Feb 2018 15:34:49 -0500
  • HRW urges Kuwait to agree new worker safeguards with Manila

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    Human Rights Watch called on Kuwait to agree to greater protection for migrant workers as a Philippine delegation was due in the emirate Thursday to discuss an outcry over alleged abuses of Filipinos. President Rodrigo Duterte imposed the ban in response to the murder of a Filipina maid whose body was found stuffed in a freezer in Kuwait earlier this month.

    Thu, 22 Feb 2018 02:29:02 -0500
  • Russia's Man In The White House

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    First, did a presidential candidate compromise our interests in exchange for electoral help from a foreign adversary?

    Thu, 22 Feb 2018 18:07:33 -0500
  • These Surprising Countries Now Have the Most Powerful Passport in the World

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    European countries no longer top the charts

    Wed, 21 Feb 2018 12:53:24 -0500
  • Texas governor accepts recommendation, spares inmate

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    HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Thursday spared the life of a convicted killer shortly before the man's scheduled execution for masterminding the fatal shootings of his mother and brother.

    Thu, 22 Feb 2018 19:46:49 -0500
  • Iran’s Intensifying War with Israel

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    The Trump administration should publicly warn Russia and Iran that the United States will respond forcefully to future threats in Syria. The February 10 military clash between Iran and Israel ushered in a new phase of the Syrian war. Iran for the first time challenged Israel directly instead of attacking indirectly through surrogates, such as Hezbollah.

    Wed, 21 Feb 2018 19:29:00 -0500
  • California student arrested with two assault rifles and 90 magazines after security guard overhears shooting threat

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    A pair of assault rifles, nearly 100-high-capacity magazines and two handguns were discovered in the home of a 17-year-old who was arrested for threatening to open fire at his school in California.

    Thu, 22 Feb 2018 06:31:54 -0500
  • Jimmy Kimmel Shreds Donald Trump Jr. For Perpetuating Florida Shooting Conspiracies

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    Jimmy Kimmel has absolutely no time for people who peddle conspiracy theories, including Donald Trump Jr.

    Thu, 22 Feb 2018 03:58:39 -0500
  • Republican congresswoman: Many mass murderers are Democrats

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    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A Republican congresswoman from upstate New York said Wednesday that "many" people who commit mass murder turn out to be Democrats.

    Wed, 21 Feb 2018 23:17:24 -0500
  • Grand Canyon crash that killed Britons happened on tribal land with fewer aviation regulations

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    Investigators are continuing to probe what caused a helicopter to plunge into the Grand Canyon as it emerged that the crash happened on tribal land where air tours are not as highly regulated as those inside the national park itself. Three British tourists died when the helicopter went down early February. They were in Las Vegas to celebrate a birthday and took a helicopter sightseeing tour on the Hualapai reservation. Becky Dobson, 27, her boyfriend Stuart Hill, 30, and his brother, Jason Hill, 32-year-old lawyer died. Three friends and the pilot are in hospital where investigators want to interview them about what went wrong. Unlike the national park, air tours on the Hualapai reservation are not subject to federal regulations that restrict routes, impose curfews and cap the amount of flights over the Grand Canyon each year. The Federal Aviation Administration granted the Hualapai Tribe an exemption 18 years ago after finding that the regulations would harm the tribe's economy where tourism is a major driver. Most of the flights over the reservation originate from Las Vegas, and air tour operators aggressively market them. The pilots can fly between canyon walls and land at the bottom next to the Colorado River on the reservation, which isn't allowed at the park other than for emergency operations. Quartermaster Canyon locator The National Transportation Safety board says it can't say with any certainty yet what caused Saturday's crash. Gary Robb, an attorney who has represented crash victims for almost 40 years, told the Las Vegas Review-Journal it may take investigators as long as nine months to establish the cause of Saturday’s crash. “It’s too early to speculate, but early indications suggest that perhaps heavy gusts could have been a factor that drove the aircraft to strike a wall of the canyon,” he said. “The other possibility is some sort of in-flight mechanical issue, including an engine problem or main rotor blade fracture or defect. Stuart Hill and Becky Dobson died when a helicopter crashed in the Grand Canyon on Saturday Credit: facebook “You also cannot rule out human error, whether it be some sort of pilot incapacitation or neglect.” Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters said it is co-operating with the investigation and that it abides by flight safety rules and regulations that exceed those required by the Federal Aviation Administration. Saturday’s crash was its fourth fatal accident in the past 20 years, claiming eight lives.

    Fri, 23 Feb 2018 04:29:30 -0500
  • Palestinian attacker dies after shot by Israeli soldiers: army

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    A Palestinian died after attacking Israeli soldiers and being shot during clashes overnight in the occupied West Bank, the army said Thursday. Protests broke out when the Israeli army entered the Palestinian city of Jericho in a bid to arrest suspects. The man was identified by the Palestinian Prisoners' Club as 33-year-old Yassin al-Saradeeh, from Jericho.

    Wed, 21 Feb 2018 19:05:55 -0500
  • The 'crisis actors' lie spreads in wake of Florida shooting

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    In the wake of the mass shooting at a Florida high school last week, it happened again — conspiracy theories circulating claiming that it didn’t really happen, or that it was staged, with actors.

    Wed, 21 Feb 2018 12:01:38 -0500
  • These Photos Of Black Kids Watching 'Black Panther' Highlight Why This Film Was Needed

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    “Black Panther,” which opened last week, has been a hit at the box office and with critics.

    Thu, 22 Feb 2018 12:02:24 -0500
  • Citizenship agency removes description of US as 'nation of immigrants'

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    Immigrants become American citizens during a naturalization ceremony. The government agency in charge of granting citizenship to prospective Americans has removed a passage from its mission statement that describes the United States as a nation of immigrants. The move by the US Citizenship and Immigration Services agency was first revealed via an email shared with the Intercept, confirmed by the Guardian Thursday.

    Thu, 22 Feb 2018 18:34:23 -0500
  • Stakes rise in Turkey's Afrin assault as pro-Assad militia arrive

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    By Ellen Francis and Ece Toksabay BEIRUT/ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey warned on Wednesday that pro-Damascus forces would face "serious consequences" for entering Syria's Afrin region to help Kurdish fighters repel a Turkish offensive. The Syrian Kurdish YPG militia said Turkish planes bombed a town in Afrin and fighting raged on the ground on Wednesday.

    Wed, 21 Feb 2018 15:03:08 -0500
  • Models Carried Their Own Severed Heads At Gucci's Nightmarish Milan Fashion Show

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    Things got extra freaky at Gucci’s Milan Fashion Week show on Wednesday when designer Alessandro Michele sent models down the runway carrying replicas of their own heads.

    Wed, 21 Feb 2018 17:03:32 -0500
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    Thu, 22 Feb 2018 15:41:28 -0500
  • Crews to leave Puerto Rico as $750M Fluor contract nears end

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    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Crews who are helping restore power in Puerto Rico as part of a $750 million federal contract will leave the U.S. territory soon as nearly a quarter of a million customers remain in the dark more than five months after Hurricane Maria, officials said Wednesday.

    Wed, 21 Feb 2018 18:25:23 -0500
  • Wild elephant kills two at Rohingya camp in Bangladesh

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    A wild elephant Thursday trampled to death two people, including a child, as it rampaged through a Rohingya refugee camp in Bangladesh, officials said. The incident occurred at the massive Kutupalong camp in the southeastern border district of Cox's Bazar, where hundreds of thousands of Rohingya have taken refuge after fleeing what UN officials have called ethnic cleansing in Myanmar's Rakhine state. "The wild elephant trampled a Rohingya child to death... and then trampled another Bangladeshi man to death when it was chased by Rohingya refugees and local villagers," Ali Kabir, the district forest department chief, told AFP.

    Thu, 22 Feb 2018 12:27:14 -0500
  • Marco Rubio jeered at CNN town hall on school shootings

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    Sen. Marco Rubio endorsed additional gun control legislation after questions from survivors of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Fla.

    Thu, 22 Feb 2018 08:20:42 -0500
  • 'Walking Dead' Star Admits To That Eye-Opening Mistake

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    At this point in “The Walking Dead” timeline, longtime zombie hunter Carl Grimes (Chandler Riggs) could probably fire a weapon with his eyes closed, so the question is, uh, did he?

    Thu, 22 Feb 2018 12:27:30 -0500
  • Congressman Booed at Town Hall as People Demand Action on Guns

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    A Colorado congressman was met with boos at a town hall on Tuesday night as he repeatedly declined to back an assault-weapons ban.

    Wed, 21 Feb 2018 11:36:09 -0500
  • Supreme Court forbids seizure of ancient Persian artifacts

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    The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled that Americans injured in a 1997 suicide bombing in Jerusalem cannot seize ancient Persian artifacts from a Chicago museum to satisfy a $71.5 million court judgment against Iran, which they had accused of complicity in the attack. The justices, in an 8-0 ruling, upheld a lower court's decision in favor of Iran that had prevented the plaintiffs from collecting on the judgment, which Tehran has not paid, by obtaining antiquities held at the University of Chicago's Oriental Institute.

    Wed, 21 Feb 2018 16:01:08 -0500
  • Columbine High shooting survivor: Social media is giving Parkland students the voice we never had

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    A survivor of the Columbine High School shooting has said the reaction of the Parkland victims has renewed her hope of meaningful action finally happening on gun control. Anne Marie Hochhalter said social media had given survivors of mass shootings a platform to call for change that the teenagers of Columbine never had. In recent days students from the Florida school have held emotive rallies and are planning further marches calling for tighter gun regulations after 17 people were gunned down at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Valentine's Day. Ms Hochhalter was left paralysed when she was shot during the 1999 massacre that killed 13 at the Colorado high school. Yet social media has also provided a breeding ground for a perverse subculture that valorises mass shooters, according to the 36-year-old The Telegraph found numerous posts on Facebook and Tumblr glamorising the shooters of Columbine, with people even sharing tattoos they had of the killers stalking the school’s cafeteria during the massacre. Anne Marie Hochhalter   Credit: Anne Marie Hochhalter   Ms Hochhalter said she fears such social media posts could help inspire other shooters by holding out the prospect of gaining a form of warped fame. Facebook has since deleted a number of pages flagged to it by this paper. 'Social media gives survivors a voice' Ms Hochhalter had long since given up on the idea that the continued mass shootings in the US would lead to meaningful action on gun control. Yet the sight of Parkland students organising rallies and marches calling for legislation has given her renewed optimism. “Seeing these kids - my heart bursts with pride,” she said . “They are speaking up and calling for action from lawmakers and parties. I hope so badly there will be change. David Hogg a senior at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School speaks at a rally calling for more gun control in Fort Lauderdale Credit: Reuters “They can now set the agenda themselves, they have the power and they have a voice. These kids are not going to give up.” President Donald Trump is now preparing to ban bump stock devices that modify semi-automatic rifles and is considering other gun control measures in the wake of the tragedy in Florida. In 1999 the narrative around Columbine quickly coalesced around the two shooters being part of a sinister group called the Trenchcoat Mafia, about whether video games and goth culture had desensitised them to violence and whether the attack was two outcasts taking revenge on more popular 'jocks'. It is a narrative that has been debunked in the years following the attack. For instance the Trenchcoat Mafia was group of computer game enthusiasts who met to play the fantasy tabletop role-playing game Dungeons and Dragons. Members said the shooters, Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris, were rejected from the group for being too strange. The initial explanations for the shooting didn’t tally with the experience of many at the school, but Ms Hochhalter said they did not have a platform to challenge them. She said: “We didn’t have social media. I did some [media] interviews, but they wanted to focus on the shooters. The focus wasn’t on what it should have been.” Infamy motive Ms Hochhalter is clear in her mind as to what motivated the Columbine shooters - notoriety. It is the same conclusion that the FBI working with psychiatrists and psychologists came to five years after the shooting. Columbine was not a rash act by two teenagers with ready access to guns. It was calculated operation, methodically planned over a year and the aim was clear. The pair hoped to inflict "the most deaths in US history", as Klebold boasted in one a video. Mass shootings have become more frequent in the US It wasn’t even planned primarily as a shooting but as a staggered bomb attack that would kill students during the crowded lunch-rush and then later emergency workers rushing to the scene. Only the shooters' ineptitude as bomb-makers stopped Columbine turning into a slaughter in the hundreds. The FBI concluded that pair's motivation was not just want fame, they wanted posthumous infamy. Perverse online subculture If notoriety was their true aim then Klebold and Harris succeeded to some degree. A measure of their success is the perverse subcultures that have sprung up around them on social media. The Telegraph has seen multiple pages on Facebook glamorising the Columbine shooters and praising their actions. One with more than 2,000 likes described its “mission” as to “never forget and always honor these heroes”. The page has shared CCTV stills of the shooters rampaging around the school, as well as fan art of them clutching their sawn-off shotguns, and even tattoos a fan has of them mid-shooting spree. Comments on the page talked of posters “admiring” the shooters, praising their looks, describing them as “idols” and accusing the victims’ families of trying to “bury their memories”. Some Facebook commenters accused the families of the Columbine victims of trying to "bury" the shooters' memory Credit: AP Facebook has since deleted a number of the pages after being alerted to them by the Telegraph. In a statement the company said: “We condemn the terrible tragedy that took place in Florida and our thoughts are with the families of the victims and those who are injured. “There is absolutely no place on our platforms for people who commit such horrendous acts. We thank The Telegraph for bringing these pages to our attention, which have been removed for violating our Community Standards.”  On the social media site, Tumblr, which is popular with teenagers, a quick search turned up scores of posts about the shooters, showing quotes from them, gifs from their homemade videos and even a post advertising T-shirts printed with CCTV stills from the massacre. Tumblr is yet to respond to a request for comment. No Notoriety campaign Ms Hochhalter fears that social media pages and posts that valorise mass shooters could help inspire the next tragedy. She said: “The motivation is different for each shooter but these people are in some sort of emotional pain. They want to inflict that pain on others and they want to go out in a blaze of glory”. As well as calling on social media platforms to ban pages dedicated to lionising mass killers, Ms Hochhalter also backs the No Notoriety campaign, which has been set up by the victims mass shootings. This calls for a media blackout on the names of mass shooters in an effort to dampen down the infamy they seek. CNN anchor Anderson Cooper doesn't name mass shooters when reporting  Credit: Kevin Mazur In the US, CNN anchor Anderson Cooper has backed such an approach by refusing to name shooters on air. Other sections of the US media have argued that journalists have a duty to report the full story when such incidents occur. Yet Ms Hochhalter sees the recent pattern of mass shooters not committing suicide, such as those of Parkland and of the Aurora theatre massacre in 2012, as evidence of them wanting to see the reaction to their crimes. She said: “They are not killing themselves as much now as they want to survive and see the attention afterwards. “So with Parkland with that photo of him being arrested he is looking right at the camera - that is exactly what he wants.” April 20, 1999 As the debate over gun control and how to prevent the next mass shooting continues after Parkland, the small Florida community is just beginning to try and come to terms with what happened. For Ms Hochhalter and dozens of other ex-students of Columbine High, it is a “rough road” they have been treading for nearly two decades. Ms Hochhalter was sitting with her friends and enjoying the sun on a grassy knoll outside the school on April 20, 1999, when the first shots rang out. Initially the 17-year-old Ms Hochhalter assumed it was senior students playing a prank. Columbine students and a police office taking cover behind a car Credit: AP She said: “I was eating outside with friends and I heard the shots behind me. I thought they were paintball guns and as I didn’t want to believe what was happening. “Before I knew what was happening I was shot in the back and that was the bullet that paralysed me. “My friends had run away but came back and dragged me to relative safety then I was hit again. That bullet hit a bunch of internal organs and my friends had to leave me as there were bullets flying around everywhere.” She lay bleeding for 45 minutes before paramedics reached her. They only go to her due to a mix-up in communications with police, who were holding back from the school due to confusion over how many shooters there were. Swat police storming Columbine School Credit: AP Had the paramedics held off with the police Ms Hochhalter would have been the 14th Columbine fatality. Klebold and Harris turned their guns on themselves before the police could reach them. The aftermath After she woke from surgery, Ms Hochhalter’s family tried to shield her from the full scale of the horror of Columbine by not telling how many had died and asking friends not to share details with her when they visited her in hospital. It wasn’t until she was interviewed by the police a month after the shooting that she learned 13 had died, including a close friend. Anne Marie Hochhalter as a teenage student at Columbine High In the weeks that followed she threw herself into her rehabilitation, convincing herself she would one day walk again, despite what the doctors said. But six months after the shooting Ms Hochhalter’s mother, who had a history of depression, committed suicide. With the trauma of the shooting and tragedy of losing her parent, she said she went to "a daze". For two years she had counselling but stopped and described lapsing into a process of repeatedly burying her feelings and the trauma deep down for the next 18-years. Las Vegas Over the years Ms Hochhalter learned to avoid certain sounds and sights that could trigger flashbacks of that day in April 1999. She has since been unable to go to live firework displays and can be traumatised by other loud bangs such as cars backfiring. She also breaks down if she sees young people wearing trench coats - as the shooters wore. When she saw news of other mass shootings she adopted a coping mechanism of suppressing her feelings. The mechanism worked for 18 years until October 2017 when Stephen Paddock opened fire with a modified semi-automatic rifle from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel on a country music festival on the Las Vegas strip, killing killing 59 and wounding over 400. Victims fleeing from the Las Vegas shooting in October  Credit: Getty Hours after the Las Vegas shooting happened smartphone footage was being broadcast around the world showing visceral scenes of the carnage. Ms Hochhalter said: “The metaphor I use for all of us involved at Columbine is we shoved our emotions in a suitcase. With Las Vegas it was like ‘I will do my usual coping mechanism again and shove it in the suitcase’. But the locks broke and everything popped out. “It was the vantage point, the shooter was up high and with Columbine they were up high. It was the screams and the sounds”. Ms Hochhalter wasn’t the only Columbine survivor to be affected badly by Las Vegas, she said it caused a number to have breakdowns and seek counselling. She says Las Vegas was the starting point of her resuming professional help and really starting to deal with the trauma of the shooting. Parkland A week has passed since 17 people were killed and 14 seriously wounded in the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. The quiet Floridan suburb of Parkland remains a focus of national and international attention as the political fallout over gun control continues. But Parkland will still be dealing with the events of last week long after the tragedy has ceased to dominate the headlines. Mourners grieving at a candlelight vigil for victims of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting Credit:  AFP Ms Hochhalter said: “Now it seems that these shootings are becoming more common. People around the world will forget in two weeks and the people of Parkland will be left to pick up the pieces. It will be difficult and they will think ‘why have people stopped caring?’ “But not the people of Columbine. We will always be there, even when the whole world has moved on.” She urged the teenagers now just starting to process the trauma they experienced that day not to take the same approach she and other Columbine survivors did. “I would say to them don’t go through this alone,” said Ms Hochhalter. “It is going to be a rough road but it is imperative that you have a strong support network with friends and family. “My advice would be don’t do what we did and shove it deep down. Don’t delay with counselling.”

    Wed, 21 Feb 2018 11:15:07 -0500
  • Montenegro police: US Embassy attacker ex-soldier

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    PODGORICA, Montenegro (AP) — The man who hurled a bomb into the U.S. Embassy compound in Montenegro's capital, and then killed himself, was an ex-soldier apparently decorated by former Serbian strongman Slobodan Milosevic after NATO's bombing of Serbia and Montenegro in 1999, authorities said Thursday.

    Thu, 22 Feb 2018 15:55:54 -0500
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    Wed, 21 Feb 2018 13:47:00 -0500
  • The Best Meme Of The Winter Olympics Belongs To Scott Moir

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    The Canadian ice dancer and his partner, Tessa Virtue, secured the top spot on the podium in Pyeongchang, South Korea, on Tuesday to become the most decorated figure skaters in Olympic history.

    Fri, 23 Feb 2018 05:36:02 -0500
  • Twitter sets crackdown on automated 'bot' accounts

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    Twitter announced Wednesday a crackdown on accounts powered by software "bots" which can artificially amplify a person or cause and which have been accused of manipulating the social network during the 2016 US election. The San Francisco messaging platform said the move was intended to rid the service of spam-spewing automated accounts, and not aimed at people using the service according to the rules. "These changes are an important step in ensuring we stay ahead of malicious activity targeting the crucial conversations taking place on Twitter -- including elections in the United States and around the world," Twitter developer policy lead Yoel Roth said in a blog post.

    Wed, 21 Feb 2018 18:30:42 -0500
  • Parkland Student Says Arming Teachers With Guns Is A 'Terrible Idea'

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    Alfonso Calderon is not here for President Donald Trump’s idea to arm teachers with guns.

    Thu, 22 Feb 2018 10:10:33 -0500
  • International reaction to the death of Billy Graham

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    International reaction to the death of the Rev. Billy Graham on Wednesday:

    Wed, 21 Feb 2018 10:09:42 -0500
  • Monobrows and green lipstick: beauty looks from day one of Milan Fashion Week

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    Milan Fashion Week is officially underway, and day one of the catwalk extravaganza set the tone for some fairly outlandish beauty looks.

    Thu, 22 Feb 2018 05:02:48 -0500
  • India gives Trudeau list of suspected Sikh separatists in Canada

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    India has handed Canada a list of nine people in Canada who are suspected of trying to revive a Sikh separatist movement in the Indian state of Punjab, a state official said on Thursday. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is visiting India and on Wednesday he traveled to Punjab where he told state leaders his country would not support anyone trying to reignite the movement for an independent Sikh homeland called Khalistan.

    Thu, 22 Feb 2018 07:43:20 -0500
  • 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe: Bolder Looks and an Optional Diesel

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    The fourth-gen Santa Fe is once again offered in two sizes.

    Thu, 22 Feb 2018 17:15:00 -0500
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