Mental health agency examined Nikolas Cruz in 2016, didn’t hospitalize him

A 2016 mental health report said that crisis workers from a South Florida mental health facility were called to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School to hold alleged gunman Nikolas Cruz for a psychiatric evaluation, but ultimately decided against hospitalizing him. According to the report, an individual alerted Henderson Behavioral Health to come to the school to evaluate Cruz for possible detainment under the Baker Act, which allows authorities to hold individuals

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Opioid makers gave $10 million to drug advocacy groups

WASHINGTON — Companies selling some of the most lucrative prescription painkillers funneled millions of dollars to advocacy groups that in turn promoted the medications’ use, according to a report released this past week by a U.S. senator. The investigation by Missouri’s Sen. Claire McCaskill shed light Monday on the opioid industry’s ability to shape public opinion and raises questions about its role in an overdose epidemic that has claimed hundreds of thousands of

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Trump denies collusion again, sparks lawmakers’ concerns

This weekend, President Donald Trump’s fired off on a range of topics, including the Obama administration’s dealings with Iran and his belief that hackers are responsible for election interference. His latest salvo on Twitter began Friday and rolled out in a series of 16 posts, peaking early Sunday morning with a tweet about Russia. “I never said Russia did not meddle in the election, I said ‘it may be Russia

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Iranian foreign minister responds to Netanyahu comments

MUNICH, Germany — Iran’s foreign minister told NBC News that the recent shooting down of an Israeli fighter jet had destroyed the “myth of invincibility” that surrounded Israel’s military for decades. After “30 years the Syrians were able to down one of its planes,” Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif told NBC News in an exclusive interview on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference on Sunday. “And so the myth of invincibility of Israel, of the Israeli

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Opioid makers gave $10M to drug advocacy groups

WASHINGTON — Companies selling some of the most lucrative prescription painkillers funneled millions of dollars to advocacy groups that in turn promoted the medications’ use, according to a report released this past week by a U.S. senator. The investigation by Missouri’s Sen. Claire McCaskill shed light Monday on the opioid industry’s ability to shape public opinion and raises questions about its role in an overdose epidemic that has claimed hundreds of thousands of

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Russian curler’s doping tests return positive

A Russian athlete has failed a doping test at the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang and now faces investigation by the group overseeing the Olympic Athletes from Russia. Curler Alexander Krushelnitskiy tested positive for traces of meldonium, a medicine that increases circulation in the brain and aids with heart failure and chest pain, The New York Times reported Sunday. The World Anti-Doping Agency decided to ban the substance in September 2015, stating that it is

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Suspect charged in woman’s rape, second man sought

Police arrested one man and are looking for the second person who raped a woman in the bathroom of a Manhattan apartment party. George Ballo, 26, was busted on Wednesday night for sexually assaulting the 25-year-old woman at a party at the Fulton Houses on West 17th Street near Ninth Avenue in Chelsea, cops said. Ballo, of Manhattan, was one of two men who allegedly followed the woman into the bathroom around 4:30 a.m. on Feb. 3 and raped her, police said. The pair then left the apartment

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Sen. Lankford has ‘no issue’ with stronger gun background checks

WASHINGTON — Republican Sen. James Lankford said Sunday he is open to stronger background checks for gun sales but resisted calls to ban assault weapons after another mass school shooting. “I have no issue with more extensive background checks, I have no issue for slowing down purchases for people that show all the basic warning signs,” Lankford said in an exclusive interview on “Meet The Press.” Lankford, who represents deep-red

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Is there a peanut farmer from Plains in the field of 2020 Dems?

The signs are everywhere that the 2020 Democratic presidential field will be much larger than usual — maybe larger than ever. Barely a year into Donald Trump’s presidency, one declared candidate, Rep. John Delaney, D-Md., is already running ads in Iowa. Julian Castro, the former HUD secretary, is telling reporters to consider him a White House prospect as he travels to New Hampshire. And former Attorney General Eric Holder is hinting he might be interested. These

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