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Questions swirl as Melania Trump’s parents obtain green cards

The parents of the first lady, Melania Trump, have obtained lawful permanent residency in the United States, a lawyer for the couple confirmed Wednesday, but it remains unclear how or when the couple received their green cards. Read More

White nationalist is latest to sue over social media ban

A prominent white nationalist is suing Twitter for banning his accounts at a time when social networks are trying to crack down on hateful and abusive content without appearing to censor unpopular opinions. Read More

Students across U.S. walk out of class to protest gun violence

In a wave of demonstrations reaching from Arizona to Maine, students at dozens of U.S. high schools walked out of class today to protest gun violence and honor the victims of last week’s deadly shooting in Florida. Read More

Much-touted MS-13 sweep keeps even most basic details secret

It was a tally so impressive that President Donald Trump touted it at his State of the Union address: Since May, agents cracking down on the violent gangs terrorizing the working-class suburbs of Long Island had swept up 428 gang suspects, including 220 members of the notorious MS-13. Read More

School shooting survivors head to Florida’s legislature

A group of students who survived the shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School planned to travel 400 miles to Florida’s capital today to urge lawmakers to act to prevent a repeat of the massacre that killed 17 students and faculty last week. Read More

Trump urges GOP to fight Pennsylvania’s congressional map

President Donald Trump today encouraged Republicans to fight Pennsylvania’s new court-imposed map of congressional districts, issued a day earlier in a move expected to improve Democrats’ chances at chipping away at the GOP’s U.S. House majority. Read More

Was pirate Black Sam Bellamy found? DNA test could tell

Researchers are working to use DNA to identify whether a human bone recovered from a Cape Cod shipwreck belongs to the infamous pirate Samuel “Black Sam” Bellamy. Read More

Idaho senator yells at students lobbying for birth control

Updated on  February 19, 2018 at 3:19 pm
A state senator shouted at University of Idaho students affiliated with Planned Parenthood trying to schedule a meeting with him to discuss birth control and sex education. Read More

Astronomers’ dark energy hopes fade to gray

A star-crossed mission nearly 20 years in the making that was intended to seek an answer to the most burning, baffling question in astronomy — and perhaps elucidate the fate of the universe — is in danger of being canceled. Read More

Candidates in Pennsylvania House race oppose weapons ban

In the year’s first congressional race, Republican and Democratic candidates in suburban Pittsburgh said Monday they oppose banning weapons like the semi-automatic rifle used in Florida last week to kill 17 students and teachers at a high school. Read More

Californians can go home but told to keep watch on wildfire

A wind-driven wildfire in rural central California threatened hundreds of buildings Monday, including a historic railroad station, but officials said they made some gains after the flames exploded in size. Read More

Pennsylvania’s new congressional map could boost Democrats

Pennsylvania’s high court issued a new congressional district map for the state’s 2018 elections on Monday, potentially giving Democrats a boost in their quest to capture control of the U.S. House unless Republicans are able to stop it in federal court. Read More

Jesse Jackson: LeBron’s ‘slam dunk for justice is needed’

The Rev. Jesse Jackson said today he’s deeply insulted by a Fox News host’s “attack” on Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James and thanked the basketball All-Star for standing up for what he believes in. Read More

School shooting puts pressure on Florida lawmakers to act

The deadly shooting at a Florida high school has put pressure on the state’s Republican-controlled Legislature to consider a sweeping package of gun-control laws in a state that has resisted restrictions on firearms for decades, lawmakers said Monday. Read More