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Source: NBC News

Pennsylvania's high court issues a new congressional district map

Today 09:01 GMT

Pennsylvania's high court issued a new congressional district map for the state's 2018 elections on its self-imposed deadline Monday, all but ensuring that Democratic prospects will improve in several seats and that Republican lawmakers challenge it in federal court.

The map of Pennsylvania's 18 congressional districts is to be in effect for the May 15 primary and substantially overhauls a congressional map widely viewed as among the nation's most gerrymandered.

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Source: Washington Post

‘Selfless service’: JROTC remembers three slain in Florida high school shooting

Today 07:01 GMT

Nikolas Cruz was wearing his old, maroon Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps polo shirt when he slipped into his former high school last week carrying an assault-style rifle in a black bag.

Cruz had trained with the U.S. Army JROTC, one of the largest and most-popular groups on the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School campus.

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Source: NBC News

Family who took in Nikolas Cruz said he showed no warning signs

Today 09:56 GMT

He was part of our family," said James Snead, later adding that Cruz told him that his time with the family was the happiest in his life. Snead and wife Kimberly described Cruz as polite and "normal," saying they set rules for the teen, which he followed to the letter.

Related: Nikolas Cruz willing to plead guilty for life sentence, public defender says. "All the friends that have met him they couldn't believe it was him. They were in just as much shock as we were being his personality that they knew of him, they couldn't believe he did it because he was timid and quiet, and socially awkward," Kimberly Snead said.

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Source: Global News

Canadian lumber producers in high spirits as strong demand expected to boost prices

Today 09:56 GMT

Softwood lumber duties aren’t dampening the spirits of Canadian lumber producers as strong demand from rising U.S. housing starts and tight supply is expected to keep prices high throughout 2018.

“With this favourable demand backdrop coupled with duties on Canadian lumber exports to the U.S., we expect lumber prices to remain strong in 2018,” he said during a conference call about its 2017 results.

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Source: Washington Post

D.C.-area forecast: A few showers today give way to remarkable warmth Tuesday and Wednesday

Monday 17:16 GMT

TODAY’S DAILY DIGIT A somewhat subjective rating of the day’s weather, on a scale of 0 to 10.. Today: A few morning showers.

Confidence: Medium. As the front stalls near or just south of the region Thursday night through Friday night, rain showers should become more intermittent and could concentrate more to the south.

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Source: Washington Post

D.C.-area forecast: Rain and snow arrive this afternoon; some accumulation likely into tonight

Saturday 18:12 GMT

What may start as rain in most spots should quickly become snow and potentially turn moderate to heavy in places where the precipitation remains snow.

6/10 (?): Northern and western parts of the area stand a pretty good shot to see snow accumulation Saturday afternoon and evening. I’m already thinking of spending some time outside… Confidence: Medium. SNOW POTENTIAL INDEX A daily assessment of the potential for at least 1 inch of snow in the next week, on a 0-10 scale.

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Source: Washington Post

Funeral after funeral, an emotional marathon for survivors of the Parkland school shooting

Today 01:31 GMT

Under vacation-blue Florida skies, the young mourners have emerged from family SUVs and minivans at funeral after funeral, high school girls in black dresses and heels and teen boys in black shirts and pants.

“This is physically and emotionally the kind of marathon I never want anyone else to have to run,” said Ken Cutler, a city commissioner, following one of the funerals Sunday for victims of last week’s shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

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Source: NBC News

Students seize control of gun debate, plan walkouts and march

Today 01:31 GMT

Students are taking hold of the gun debate in the wake of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, by organizing a series of school walkouts across the country and a march in Washington to protest gun violence.

"I will not feel safe going back to school myself until reasonable mental health care legislation and gun control legislation is passed." In addition to the D.C. protest, several Parkland students are also planning to march in Florida's capital, Tallahassee, this week.

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Source: Washington Post

How two GMU professors teamed up to create high-tech music

Monday 17:16 GMT

Lofaro and Endress are creating a high-tech ensemble at Mason, pieced together with secondhand instruments that could no longer be used for their intended purpose.

Those once-rejected instruments are what Lofaro and Endress now use in work that is not just visually interesting, but also makes music. So several years ago, the academy started to provide their unfixable instruments for art projects.

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Source: CBS News

A wheelchair doesn't keep this athlete from the football field

Monday 21:51 GMT

Before Danny's sophomore year, a teammate had an idea to get him on the field: Danny could get out of his wheelchair, kneel down, and be the player who holds the ball for the team's kicker during extra points and field goals.

On this Super Bowl Sunday, Mark Strassmann has found a high school player who's an MVP in anybody's book:. They're the Moose Lake Rebels, a high school football powerhouse in northern Minnesota where the frozen fields can feel as hard as any tackle.

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Source: NBC News

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

Monday 21:51 GMT

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 Parkland shooter Nikolas Cruz for a psychiatric evaluation, but ultimately decided against hospitalizing him.

Henderson Behavioral Health was called under the Baker Act to temporarily commit Cruz for an involuntary psychiatric exam in November 2016, but its health professionals chose not to do so after visiting with him at the school, according to a 2016 Florida Department of Children and Families investigative report obtained by NBC News.

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Source: Washington Post

D.C.-area forecast: Winter quickly yields to another spring fling, with 70s by midweek

Monday 06:05 GMT

Keep reading for the forecast through midweek…. Tomorrow (Presidents’ Day): A warm front lifts into the region, bringing mostly cloudy skies back to the forecast.

Confidence: Medium. SNOW POTENTIAL INDEX A daily assessment of the potential for at least 1 inch of snow in the next week, on a 0-10 scale.

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Source: ABC News

Trump needs to 'talk to these kids' who survived Florida gun massacre: Democrat

Monday 14:32 GMT

A Democratic congressman who represents the Florida district where a school shooting last week killed 17 students and teachers said President Donald Trump needs to "talk to these kids and their families." Rep. Ted Deutch told ABC News' "This Week" Co-Anchor Martha Raddatz that the reform of gun laws that some survivors of the Feb. 14 shooting are demanding could happen if the president meets directly with teens at the Parkland high school who survived the rampage.

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Source: Common Domain

Tensions Carry to Ice, Too, as Russians Torch U.S. Men 4-0

Monday 06:05 GMT

GANGNEUNG, South Korea—The confrontation of the U.S. and Russian men’s hockey teams in the Winter Games tournament here on Saturday promised to test the Olympic goal of promoting peace through sport.

Several Russian fighters have died in Syria under U.S. air fire in what is regarded as the first combat directly involving Washington and Moscow in decades. And on Friday, U.S. authorities indicted Russian companies and Russian citizens on charges of engaging in a widespread effort to interfere in the 2016 presidential election.

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Source: Fox News

Nikolas Cruz could plead guilty in Florida high school shooting to avert death penalty, lawyer says

Sunday 14:30 GMT

The teenager accused of opening fire on a Florida high school Wednesday killing at least 17 people, reportedly could plead guilty to his crimes to avoid the death penalty, his lawyer said.

FLORIDA TEACHER OF THE YEAR’S GUN VIOLENCE POST GOES VIRAL AFTER SCHOOL SHOOTING. On Friday, the FBI acknowledged the agency failed to investigate a warning from Jan. 5 that Cruz could be plotting an attack. "Under established protocols, the information provided by the caller should have been assessed as a potential threat to life," the FBI statement said.


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