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    Mass shooters use loopholes, lapses in checks to get guns

    Nikolas Cruz is just the latest U.S. mass shooter to legally obtain and own guns because of limited firearms laws, lapses in the background check process or law enforcement’s failure to heed warnings of concerning behavior. The 19-year-old had made threats and was expelled from school, bragged about killing animals, posed with guns on social […]
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    Recalls this week: bicycles, children’s rompers

    A line of children’s rompers with snaps that pose a choking hazard to young children are among this week’s recalled consumer products. Others include glass tables and hair dryers. Here’s a more detailed look: CHILDREN’S ROMPERS DETAILS: Two styles of children’s rompers sold in sizes 0-3 months and 18-24 months. They are Vermillion Painted OPP […]
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    Parents adopting children to see higher fees, new rules

    NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. government has raised fees and made a series of regulatory changes recently for American families adopting children overseas, fueling resentment toward the State Department among agencies who fear further reductions in the already dwindling number of foreign adoptions. The number of foreign children adopted by U.S. parents has plummeted […]
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    Dozen day care workers say parent’s cookies made them high

    BANGOR, Maine (AP) — The director of a Maine day care says cookies dropped off by a parent as a Valentine’s Day treat left about dozen staff members feeling high. Police were called to the Watch Me Shine day care in Bangor on Wednesday and seized the cookies for testing. Day care director Tiffany Nowicki […]
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    Report: Ex-employee source of Garrison Keillor allegations

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The person who first accused the creator of “A Prairie Home Companion” of inappropriate conduct with a female employee was a disgruntled male staffer who spoke up after he was fired from the show last summer, according to a report published Friday. The Star Tribune reported that the informant was Dan Rowles, […]
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    Applebee’s closes restaurant in Missouri profiling incident

    INDEPENDENCE, Mo. (AP) — Applebee’s has closed a Kansas City-area restaurant where two black women said they were falsely accused of not paying for meals in an earlier visit. The Kansas City Star reports that it’s unclear whether if the closure was directly related to the racial profiling incident because the Independence Center Mall where […]
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    Facebook forges ahead with kids app despite expert criticism

    NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook is forging ahead with its messaging app for kids, despite child experts who have pressed the company to shut it down and others who question Facebook’s financial support of some advisers who approved of the app. Messenger Kids lets kids under 13 chat with friends and family. It displays no […]
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    Flu season shows signs of leveling off

    NEW YORK (AP) — This nasty flu season, which has been worsening for months, may finally be leveling off. Health officials on Friday said about 1 of every 13 visits to the doctor last week was for fever, cough and other symptoms of the flu. That’s no reason for health officials to celebrate yet: That […]
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    Study of ‘Alcohol czar’ idea pushed after vote canceled

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — It appears to be closing time, at least for now, on creating a powerful “alcohol czar” to enforce Wisconsin beer and liquor laws and regulations. The Republican chairman of the state Senate’s economic development committee called Friday for more study of the idea after he canceled an earlier scheduled vote to […]
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    Investigation clears former NYC Ballet leader Peter Martins

    A two-month investigation has found no verifiable sexual harassment or physical abuse by former New York City Ballet leader Peter Martins. The New York Times reports that the ballet and its school also have announced new policies to assure that dancers “feel safe, respected” and able to freely voice their concerns. Martins says he is […]