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Handguns turned in from the public as part of the "Gun Turn-in" event where a gift card is given for every firearm turned over to Chicago Police are seen in a box at Universal Missionary Baptist Church in Chicago, Illinois, U.S. May 28, 2016. REUTERS/Jim Young

Lax Texas Gun Laws Enabled Sutherland Massacre

The mass shooting taking place just a month after the deadly Las Vegas shooting, where 58 were killed and 500 more injured, joining a long list of mass shootings in the United States each year. According to the Gun Violence Archive database, the Sutherland shooting marks the 307th mass shooting so far in 2017.

November 8, 2017
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Will Texas Massacre Finally Get Military To Improve Its Criminal Reporting System?

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott had an urgent question Monday about Devin Patrick Kelley, the former U.S. Air Force airman who is accused of killing 26 people worshipping at a church service yesterday: How was it that Kelley, convicted of domestic violence and discharged for bad conduct, was still able to get a gun?”

November 8, 2017

Sutherland Springs: NRA-Backed Republicans Blasted For Offering ‘Prayers’ Over Action

In the minutes and hours immediately following the Sutherland Springs, Texas, church shooting that has left more than 27 dead, NRA-endorsed Republicans are being roundly criticized for offering “thoughts and prayers” in lieu of legal or preventative measures for mass shootings.

November 6, 2017
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A Defiant New York Flocks To The Streets For Marathon

Five days after an attacker killed eight people and injured 12 others in lower Manhattan, the annual New York City Marathon ran without a hitch Sunday, as New Yorkers expressed determination to go about their lives — though under a heavy blanket of security.

November 6, 2017
Smoke and flames from the wildfires erupt behind a car on the highway near Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada, May 7, 2016. REUTERS/Mark Blinch TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

Federal Study: Climate Change Sucks Moisture From The West, Adding To Droughts, Fires

Scientists have uncovered little evidence that climate change is a driver of reduced rainfall and snowfall in the region, including during the drought of 2001-15. But studies have found strong links that higher temperatures, caused by climate change, have reduced soil moisture in California and other states. That in turn has affected farm operations and dried out vegetation, creating fuel for wildfires.

November 4, 2017
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Hurricane Refugees In Florida Could Tip Electoral Balance

The exodus of tens of thousands of voting-age Puerto Ricans to the U.S. mainland following Hurricane Maria is likely to change the political complexion of several states, but nowhere more than Florida, where the refugees expected are equal to more than half of Donald Trump’s margin over Hillary Clinton last November.

October 29, 2017

Tennessee Prepares For ‘White Lives Matter’ Rally

More than a hundred Tennessee interfaith leaders have joined forces to condemn a white supremacy movement they say “cloaks itself with Christianity” in the wake of “White Lives Matter” rallies expected for the weekend in Shelbyville and Murfreesboro.

October 28, 2017
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FEMA Had A Plan For Responding To A Hurricane In Puerto Rico — But It Doesn’t Want You To See It

The Federal Emergency Management Agency, citing unspecified “potentially sensitive information,” is declining to release a document it drafted several years ago that details how it would respond to a major hurricane in Puerto Rico.

October 28, 2017
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Immigration Agents Target Kid In Hospital

Maria Rosa Hernandez, brought illegally into the United States at three months of age by her mother, was taken to Driscoll Children’s Hospital in Corpus Christi, Texas, by her cousin. En route to the hospital, they were stopped at a Customs and Border Patrol checkpoint. Immigration agents then proceeded to follow the two to the hospital and remained there throughout the night.

October 26, 2017
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Contrary To Spin, Stronger Gun Laws Do Reduce Gun Violence

In an interview with Media Matters, Dr. Daniel Webster, who serves as the director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research, pointed to research showing significant reductions in gun violence associated with permit-to-purchase laws, and explained how the Post erred…

October 25, 2017
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Bill O’Reilly Reached $32-Million Settlement Shortly Before Fox News Raise, Firing: Report

Bill O’Reilly agreed to pay $32 million to resolve sexual harassment claims lodged by a frequent guest of his former Fox News program, The New York Times reported Saturday – an enormous, previously undisclosed settlement reached weeks before the disgraced pundit received a pay raise from the network’s parent company.

October 22, 2017

It Happens All The Time: Hollywood, Washington, The Old South

The free-fall from movie pharaoh to industry pariah brought a breeze of vindication. Weinstein’s life crumbled in such cinematic style that a plot point was born: a flood named #MeToo. The hashtag sprang up for legions of women who vividly reported sexual assault and harassment. They voiced their experiences online, breaking silences on social media.

October 22, 2017
Khizr Khan, who's son Humayun (L) was killed serving in the U.S. Army, speaks at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S. July 28, 2016. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Gold Star Father Khizr Khan, Who Clashed With Trump During The Election, Goes After Him In California

Calif.—Khizr Khan, the father of a Muslim Army captain killed in Iraq who feuded with Donald Trump during the 2016 presidential campaign, on Saturday criticized the Trump White House for its clash with a widow of a fallen solider earlier this week.

October 22, 2017

The Trump Effect? 9 Eruptions Of White Nationalist Terror

Webster’s Dictionary defines terrorism as the “calculated use of violence (or threat of violence) against civilians in order to attain goals that are political or religious or ideological in nature.” To hear neocons, Republicans, the Christian right and the so-called alt-right tell it, such violence is exercised primarily by Muslims and people of color.

October 22, 2017
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Another Way To Banish The Bump Stock

The killer in the Las Vegas massacre did something no previous mass shooter is known to have done: He equipped semiautomatic rifles with a “bump stock,” which allowed them to fire roughly as fast as a machine gun. Even some Republicans in Congress are willing to consider banning the device.

October 20, 2017

Trump Boasts About Federal Wildfire Response

“We have FEMA there. We have military there. We have first responders there,” he said. “It’s a tragic situation. We are working very closely from the representatives from California and we’re doing a good job.”

October 17, 2017
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California Wildfires Are ‘All Combining Into One’

Wildfires raging in California’s wine country are “all combining into one,” Napa County’s fire chief said Friday as firefighters faced more dry, windy conditions. Fire Chief Barry Biermann said he’s teaming up with the state’s fire protection agency to set up containment lines in “priority spots” in order to keep the fires from spreading.

October 14, 2017
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Is The Trump Administration Letting Americans Die?

An elderly woman in Puerto Rico is helpless as her husband’s body becomes a patchwork of ulcers and sores from Parkinson’s disease. Another woman risks respiratory disease from a mold-infested bedroom and destroyed roof.

October 14, 2017
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Desperate Puerto Ricans Seeking Water At Toxic Sites

As Donald Trump waffles between cruelly threatening to pull aid from Puerto Rico and pathetically whining about criticism of his terrible relief efforts there, the island continues to deal with ongoing devastation. According to a FEMA report, nearly 40 percent of Puerto Ricans have no access to clean drinking water.

October 13, 2017

Death Toll Reaches At Least 23 As Wildfires Spread To 170,000 Acres

As the death toll from 16 wildfires raging in Northern California climbed Wednesday, thousands more residents in Calistoga and elsewhere were ordered to flee their homes and firefighters raced against the setting sun to douse smoldering hot spots before devilish winds returned to breathe new life into the blazes.

October 13, 2017
AR-15 rifles line a shelf in the gun library at the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms National Tracing Center in Martinsburg, West Virginia December 15, 2015. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Why America Is Desperately Trying to Understand The Vegas Shooter’s Motives

In Las Vegas, the forensic postmortem on the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history stands at two out of three. Means? Check. Opportunity? Check. But unless new evidence turns up, the killer’s motive is a black box.

October 12, 2017

Conspiracy Theorists Struggle To Explain Vegas Horror

Hardly anybody today believes that once unsettling events like solar eclipses are caused by wolves or demons eating the sun. But when it comes to all-too-frequent eruptions of what Philip Roth calls “the indigenous American berserk,” many retreat into superstition, or worse. Worse because we don’t blame mythological creatures for increasingly common mass shooting events like Stephen Paddock’s murder of 58 concertgoers in Las Vegas. Instead, we blame each other.

October 11, 2017

It’s Not Just The Shooters Who Are Insane

Yet, here in the most powerful and wealthiest nation on Earth, here in the land of incredible technology, of Nobel laureates and first-rate universities, of a constitutional democracy revered the world over, we do nothing to combat this strange malady.

October 11, 2017

Las Vegas Mass Killer Acted Out Violent Rape Fantasies, According To Sex Worker

The Las Vegas gunman who committed the worst mass murder in modern U.S. history repeatedly paid a sex worker to indulge his fetish for violent sex and rape fantasies. That’s according to an escort who spoke with the Sun newspaper.

October 10, 2017

Stop Saying Columbus ‘Discovered’ The Americas—It Erases Indigenous History

Just over a hundred years ago in Peru, a tall history professor from Yale University left his camp in a valley northwest of Cusco, and walked through cloud forest to a mountain ridge more than 7,500 feet above sea level. There, high above the roaring Urubamba river, he found an ancient stone citadel; sculpted terraces of temples and tombs, granite buildings and polished walls that were covered in centuries of vines and vegetation.

October 9, 2017