Utah teacher Kasey Hansen says carrying a concealed weapon in school is "more of a solution" than hiding in a corner and waiting if an armed intruder enters the classroom. But Texas teacher Tara Bordeaux worries that she lacks "the instincts" of a law enforcement officer and can't easily see herself carrying a gun in class.
Both say carrying a gun in school is a matter of personal preference. But in the aftermath of yet another mass school shooting, the idea of arming teachers continues to divide educators, parents and the public in search of a solution. Lawmakers in several states are wrestling with the contentious idea, including Florida, where the 17 victims of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland are being mourned.
Dramatically escalating the pressure and stakes, special counsel Robert Mueller filed additional criminal charges Thursday against President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman and his business associate.
The filing adds allegations of tax evasion and bank fraud and significantly increases the legal jeopardy facing Paul Manafort, who managed Trump's campaign for several months in 2016, and longtime associate Rick Gates. Both had already faced the prospect of at least a decade in prison if convicted at trial.
The two men were initially charged in a 12-count indictment in October that accused them of a multimillion-dollar money-laundering conspiracy tied to lobbying work for a Russia-friendly Ukrainian political party.
The U.S. vs. Canada women’s hockey rivalry is a rivalry that equals any of the biggest and best rivalries in any sport. Of late, Canada has had the upper hand, having won the last four gold medals in the Olympics. The U.S. avenged that by winning 3-2 in a shootout for the gold medal. The U.S. had to overcome a 2-1 deficit in the third. Monique Lamoureux-Morando tied the score at two with just six minutes to go in the third, forcing overtime. Emily Pfalzer scored in the second round of the shootout, Amanda Kessel scored in the fourth and Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson scored in the sixth. Goalie Maddie Rooney stopped Canada’s Meghan Agosta to clinch the victory. It is the U.S.’ first Olympic gold medal since the inaugural tournament in the 1998 Games. Hilary Knight scored the first goal of the night for Team USA. It was her second goal of the tournament. Canada’s Haley Irwin batted a puck out of midair to tie the game 1-1 with two minutes to go in the period.
One student was teased about being a "brown, bald lesbian." Another was the target of conspiracy theorists who claimed he was really an actor. When a group of teens posed for a photo, they were accused of lapping up attention from the news cameras and "partying like rock stars."
Just days after watching their classmates die, survivors of the Florida school shooting came under a different kind of assault, this time from online trolls who threatened the students as they seek tighter gun laws.
In the face of such attacks, the students have been undeterred, confronting the trolls head-on in television interviews and on social media.
Andrew Pollack, whose daughter was murdered in the Parkland school shooting, gave an emotional plea to President Donald Trump during the listening session Wednesday on public safety.
President Donald Trump says drills that teach students how to respond if an active shooter ever enters the premises "are a very negative thing."
Trump says he wouldn't want to tell his son that he has to go through an active-shooter drill. The youngest of Trump's five children, 11-year-old Barron, attends a private school in Potomac, Maryland.
Trump spoke as he opened a school-safety discussion with state and local officials at the White House Thursday in response to the fatal shooting of 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, last week.
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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has commuted the death sentence for an inmate who had been scheduled for execution Thursday evening.
Thomas "Bart" Whitaker, 38, was convicted in the shooting deaths of his mother and brother at their suburban Houston home in 2003. Whitaker's father, Kent, also was shot in the attack but survived and had worked in the years since his son's conviction to spare his life.
Earlier this week the seven-member Board of Pardons and Paroles made the rare recommendation to commute Whitaker's death sentence, and on Thursday Abbott agreed.
Prior to Abbott's declaration, Whitaker had already been transported to the Huntsville Unit, where the state's executions are carried out.
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Officials are asking that anyone who wants to donate to the victims of Wednesday's deadly school at a South Florida high school use an official account.
The Stoneman Douglas Victims' Fund, named for Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, was created Thursday to "provide relief and financial support to the victims and families of the horrific shooting," according to the GoFundMe page.
It had received just over $250,000 by 2 p.m. ET, about four hours after it was created, with a goal of $350,000.
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A St. Louis grand jury has indicted Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens on a felony invasion of privacy charge for allegedly taking a compromising photo of a woman with whom he had an affair in 2015, the city circuit attorney's office said Thursday.
St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner launched an investigation in January after Greitens admitted to an affair with his St. Louis hairdresser that began in March 2015. He was elected governor in November 2016. Gardner declined comment beyond a brief news release.
Greitens' attorney issued a scathing statement challenging the indictment.
A top FBI official acknowledged Thursday that the nation's top law enforcement agency has lost public trust after the revelation that it failed to investigate a potentially life-saving tip before the Florida school shooting, a mistake he suggested was the result of bad judgment.
David Bowdich, the FBI's acting deputy director, said he personally visited the FBI's West Virginia call center this week as part of a review of why a warning that the suspect, Nikolas Cruz, had access to guns and a "desire to kill" was not referred to agents in Florida for further investigation.
"People make judgments out on the street every day. Every now and then those judgments may not have been the best judgments based on the information they had at the time," Bowdich said, adding that the bureau is still trying to determine exactly what went wrong.
Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel on Thursday said he has suspended, without pay, the school resource officer who was at the Parkland school where 17 people were shot dead.
Israel said school resource officer Scot Peterson took a position outside of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School but "never went in" as the onslaught occurred, citing security footage.
"In the case of Scot Peterson, our school resource deputy, I want to clarify any rumors, conjecture or stories that may have been out there," Israel said.
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A top UNICEF honcho has resigned following revelations that he reportedly peppered female staffers — at the children’s charity that previously employed him — with “unsuitable and thoughtless” messages.
“I want to make clear I am not resigning from UNICEF because of the mistakes I made at Save the Children,” Justin Forsyth, who was a deputy director at the United Nations Children's Fund, wrote in a letter obtained by NBC News. “They were dealt with through a proper process many years ago.”
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Leaders of the National Rifle Association are accusing supporters of gun control of exploiting the mass school shooting in Florida to promote an anti-gun agenda, with the group's CEO saying the solution to ending these shootings is to "immediately harden our schools."
NRA leader Wayne LaPierre spoke at the Conservative Political Action Conference. He said Democrats like House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer are eager to blame the NRA and are calling "for even more government control."
He said opponents of gun rights want to "sweep under the carpet" the failure of school safety, families "and even the unbelievable failure of the FBI" to prevent the shootings.
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Donald Trump's outsider candidacy rattled the conservative movement. But more than a year into his presidency, the onetime Democrat now holds what seems to be a near-total grip.
The largest annual gathering of conservatives has all the looks of a Trump festival, with Republican critics absent from the event outside the nation's capital. Republicans are facing a challenging election season, and the Trump administration wants to motivate conservative activists so they will give endangered Republicans another term.