Utah teacher Kasey Hansen says carrying a concealed weapon in school is "more of a solution" than hiding in a corner and waiting if an armed intruder enters the classroom. But Texas teacher Tara Bordeaux worries that she lacks "the instincts" of a law enforcement officer and can't easily see herself carrying a gun in class.
Both say carrying a gun in school is a matter of personal preference. But in the aftermath of yet another mass school shooting, the idea of arming teachers continues to divide educators, parents and the public in search of a solution. Lawmakers in several states are wrestling with the contentious idea, including Florida, where the 17 victims of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland are being mourned.
Dramatically escalating the pressure and stakes, special counsel Robert Mueller filed additional criminal charges Thursday against President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman and his business associate.
The filing adds allegations of tax evasion and bank fraud and significantly increases the legal jeopardy facing Paul Manafort, who managed Trump's campaign for several months in 2016, and longtime associate Rick Gates. Both had already faced the prospect of at least a decade in prison if convicted at trial.
The two men were initially charged in a 12-count indictment in October that accused them of a multimillion-dollar money-laundering conspiracy tied to lobbying work for a Russia-friendly Ukrainian political party.
The U.S. vs. Canada women’s hockey rivalry is a rivalry that equals any of the biggest and best rivalries in any sport. Of late, Canada has had the upper hand, having won the last four gold medals in the Olympics. The U.S. avenged that by winning 3-2 in a shootout for the gold medal. The U.S. had to overcome a 2-1 deficit in the third. Monique Lamoureux-Morando tied the score at two with just six minutes to go in the third, forcing overtime. Emily Pfalzer scored in the second round of the shootout, Amanda Kessel scored in the fourth and Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson scored in the sixth. Goalie Maddie Rooney stopped Canada’s Meghan Agosta to clinch the victory. It is the U.S.’ first Olympic gold medal since the inaugural tournament in the 1998 Games. Hilary Knight scored the first goal of the night for Team USA. It was her second goal of the tournament. Canada’s Haley Irwin batted a puck out of midair to tie the game 1-1 with two minutes to go in the period.
One student was teased about being a "brown, bald lesbian." Another was the target of conspiracy theorists who claimed he was really an actor. When a group of teens posed for a photo, they were accused of lapping up attention from the news cameras and "partying like rock stars."
Just days after watching their classmates die, survivors of the Florida school shooting came under a different kind of assault, this time from online trolls who threatened the students as they seek tighter gun laws.
In the face of such attacks, the students have been undeterred, confronting the trolls head-on in television interviews and on social media.
Andrew Pollack, whose daughter was murdered in the Parkland school shooting, gave an emotional plea to President Donald Trump during the listening session Wednesday on public safety.
President Donald Trump says drills that teach students how to respond if an active shooter ever enters the premises "are a very negative thing."
Trump says he wouldn't want to tell his son that he has to go through an active-shooter drill. The youngest of Trump's five children, 11-year-old Barron, attends a private school in Potomac, Maryland.
Trump spoke as he opened a school-safety discussion with state and local officials at the White House Thursday in response to the fatal shooting of 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, last week.
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If your Instant Pot is too hot it might be time to return what you've got.
An Instant Pot company announced that it received a "small number" of Gem 65 8-1 Multicooker pots that have melted as a result of overheating.
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Officials are asking that anyone who wants to donate to the victims of Wednesday's deadly school at a South Florida high school use an official account.
The Stoneman Douglas Victims' Fund, named for Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, was created Thursday to "provide relief and financial support to the victims and families of the horrific shooting," according to the GoFundMe page.
It had received just over $250,000 by 2 p.m. ET, about four hours after it was created, with a goal of $350,000.
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A California state senator accused of sexual misconduct resigned Thursday just ahead of a possible vote to expel him, delivering a scathing resignation letter that called the investigation a farce and underscored the Legislature's struggle to respond to the #MeToo movement.
Democratic Sen. Tony Mendoza of the Los Angeles area said he may still run for the seat this fall, putting his party in an uncomfortable spot. His resignation letter takes aim at the leader of the Senate, a fellow Democrat and his former roommate in Sacramento who was leading the effort to kick him out.
"It is clear that Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon will not rest until he has my head on a platter to convince the MeToo movement of his 'sincerity' in supporting the MeToo cause," Mendoza wrote as he resigned.
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It's pretty extraordinary for people in their 80s and 90s to keep the same sharp memory as someone several decades younger, and now scientists are peeking into the brains of these "superagers" to uncover their secret.
The work is the flip side of the disappointing hunt for new drugs to fight or prevent Alzheimer's disease.
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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has commuted the death sentence for an inmate who had been scheduled for execution Thursday evening.
Thomas "Bart" Whitaker, 38, was convicted in the shooting deaths of his mother and brother at their suburban Houston home in 2003. Whitaker's father, Kent, also was shot in the attack but survived and had worked in the years since his son's conviction to spare his life.
Earlier this week the seven-member Board of Pardons and Paroles made the rare recommendation to commute Whitaker's death sentence, and on Thursday Abbott agreed.
Prior to Abbott's declaration, Whitaker had already been transported to the Huntsville Unit, where the state's executions are carried out.
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A St. Louis grand jury on Thursday indicted Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens on a felony invasion of privacy charge for allegedly taking a compromising photo of a woman with whom he had an affair in 2015. The Republican governor responded that he made a mistake but committed no crime.
St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner launched an investigation in January after Greitens admitted to an affair with his St. Louis hairdresser that began in March 2015. He was elected governor in November 2016. Gardner, a Democrat, declined comment beyond a brief news release.
In a statement following the indictment, Greitens was defiant and attacked the prosecutor who brought the charge.
A top FBI official acknowledged Thursday that the nation's top law enforcement agency has lost public trust after the revelation that it failed to investigate a potentially life-saving tip before the Florida school shooting, a mistake he suggested was the result of bad judgment.
David Bowdich, the FBI's acting deputy director, said he personally visited the FBI's West Virginia call center this week as part of a review of why a warning that the suspect, Nikolas Cruz, had access to guns and a "desire to kill" was not referred to agents in Florida for further investigation.
"People make judgments out on the street every day. Every now and then those judgments may not have been the best judgments based on the information they had at the time," Bowdich said, adding that the bureau is still trying to determine exactly what went wrong.
Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel on Thursday said he has suspended, without pay, the school resource officer who was at the Parkland school where 17 people were shot dead.
Israel said school resource officer Scot Peterson took a position outside of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School but "never went in" as the onslaught occurred, citing security footage.
"In the case of Scot Peterson, our school resource deputy, I want to clarify any rumors, conjecture or stories that may have been out there," Israel said.