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  • Florida student describes hearing her favorite teacher being shot dead

    A Florida teen recounted the harrowing moment she heard the shot that ended her favorite teacher’s life, describing it as the “worst experience in the world.” Kasey Friend, a student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, on Thursday said she was one of the last people to see her geography teacher, Scott Beigel, before he was shot. Friend said he saved her life by directing her into an open classroom. “I walked up to my teacher, Mr. […]

  • Pot-users want judge to declare marijuana safe under US law

    NEW YORK — Army veteran Jose Belen says the horrors of the Iraq War left him with post-traumatic stress disorder, and the drug that helped him cope best with the symptoms was one his Veterans Affairs doctors could not legally prescribe: marijuana. “Once I did use cannabis, immediately I felt the relief,” said Belen, who is now working with other medical marijuana users to mount a long-shot court challenge to federal laws criminalizing the drug. The 35-year-old, married father of […]

  • Turnstile jumpers won’t be taken to jail anymore in Manhattan

    MANHATTAN — Fare beaters who hopped over grimy subway turnstiles back in the early 1990s were the first targets of a policing strategy that went after the smallest offenses and was credited with helping to drive crime down to record lows. So now, a new policy to halt the prosecution of turnstile jumpers in Manhattan has some city officials and riders questioning it as a foolhardy turning back of the clock. “The New York transit system is facing major problems […]

  • Lucky penny win: Retired bookkeeper among New Yorkers to split $15 million in lottery prices

    NEW YORK — A retired bookkeeper in Queens is $5 million richer after winning big with a Lottery scratch-off ticket from a Queens pharmacy. Ruth Tritremmel is one of several lottery winners from the Bronx, Manhattan and Queens splitting $15 million in prizes, lottery officials said. She bought the scratch-off card in Artis Drugs after she spotted another woman with one. “I walked up to the clerk and asked her for one of those tickets,” Tritremmel said. “She told me it […]

  • Pilot who bought Filipino children as young as 7 for sex gets life in prison

    SACRAMENTO – A Sacramento-area pilot has been sentenced to life in prison after he was convicted of traveling to the Philippines to have sex with girls as young as seven years old. The 57-year-old man, Michael Carel Clemans, was found guilty of buying children, attempted travel and travel with intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct, and conspiracy to travel with intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct. “The salacious details of his email exchanges with his procurer are absolutely shocking,” […]

  • Kids pick up their favorite book for Read Across America

    New York expands dual-language pre-K program

    NEW YORK — Pre-K students at dozens of schools throughout New York will have the opportunity to learn a second language. The Education Department is more than doubling the number of existing bilingual programs. Spanish, Russian, Mandarin, Italian and Bengali will be taught at locations throughout the city. “Being able to speak and read in a different language, and understand a different culture, is a game-changer for our kids,” Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña said. “That’s why we are more than doubling the number […]

  • The US clergyman and civil rights leader Martin Lu

    Here’s how you can make a difference this MLK Day

    Martin Luther King Jr. Day is not just a federal holiday where you take off work, it’s also meant to be a national day of service — a time for action. “You can have a person in your own house that needs help. Your neighbor needs help. That is the whole premise,” said Carmen Coya van-Duijn with the King Center in Atlanta. Here are some ways you can make a difference on this day — and all year long. Donate […]

  • Trump declares ‘I am not a racist’

    President Donald Trump says in the wake of his recent comments about Haiti and African countries that “I am not a racist.” Trump has been accused of using a vulgar word to describe African countries during an Oval Office meeting last week with a bipartisan group of six senators. People briefed on the conversation also say that during the meeting the president also questioned the need to admit more Haitians to the U.S. The individuals spoke on condition of anonymity […]

  • Police arrest 2 more in suspected MS-13 killing; victim was stabbed 100 times

    ROCKVILLE, Md. — Police in Maryland say they have arrested two more people in the death of a man stabbed more than 100 times in an apparent MS-13 gang slaying. Montgomery County police say 24-year-old Doris Giron-Jimenez and 22-year-old Albaro Rosa-Moreno were arrested Thursday. They are each charged with first-degree murder. Last month, 19-year-old Miguel Angel Lopez-Abrego was charged in the death of a man whose body was discovered buried in a park in Wheaton in September. Police say the […]

  • Nurse who recorded nude female patients gets 2-4 years

    PHILADELPHIA — A nurse who secretly recorded videos of naked female patents was sentenced to two to four years in prison Wednesday. James Close, 45, said sex addiction caused him to record his patients, aged 17 to 70. “I don’t know what I was thinking,” Close said, according to the Bucks County Prosecutor’s Office. “I wish I would have sought help before I brought so many people such pain.” His youngest victim noticed Close recording her and reported him. Close had […]