Former student opens fire at Florida high school, killing 17

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A former student opened fire at a Florida high school Wednesday, killing “numerous”...


Today in History

Today in History Today is Sunday, Feb. 18, the 49th day of 2018. There are 316 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Feb. 18, 1678, the first part of “The Pilgrim’s Progress,” a Christian allegory by English author John Bunyan, was published in London. On this date: In 1546,...


Want kids to really achieve? Focus on nerdy clubs, team sports instead of tests

(c) 2018, The Washington Post. Yong Zhao of the University of Kansas is an imaginative and resourceful scholar. His new book, “Reach for Greatness: Personalizable Education for All Children,” inspired me. So why did I scrawl so many angry comments on it? I liked the way Zhao blew off the usual...


How some presidents spent their birthdays

(c) 2018, The Washington Post. What’s the deal with Presidents’ Day? It started as a celebration of George Washington’s birthday on Feb. 22. But in the 1970s, the holiday was moved to the third Monday in February to create more three-day weekends. Now we use it to honor all U.S. presidents. To help...


Legend holds that monks domesticated rabbits for food, but the truth is more complex

(c) 2018, The Washington Post. The story of how rabbits supposedly became domesticated animals is a strange one. Around the year 600, the tale goes, Pope Gregory the Great issued a papal edict declaring that fetal rabbits were not meat. Because fluid-filledamniotic sacs surrounded rabbit fetuses,...


For school shooting suspect, main question is life or death

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The evidence against the Florida school shooting suspect is so overwhelming, the only question left for the courts if he is convicted is whether he will be sentenced to death or spend the rest of his life in prison. The fate of 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz, who faces 17...


Facebook to verify ads with postcards after Russian meddling

Facebook-Post Office

MENLO PARK, Calif. (AP) — Facebook will soon rely on centuries-old technology to try to prevent foreign meddling in U.S. elections: the post office. Baffled in 2016 by Russian agents who bought ads to sway the U.S. presidential campaign, Facebook’s global politics and government outreach director,...


'Black Panther' blows away box office with $192M weekend

Film Box Office

NEW YORK (AP) — A wave of feverish anticipation, fawning critical acclaim and groundbreaking cultural meaning pushed “Black Panther” to a record-setting $192 million debut in U.S. and Canada theaters, firmly establishing the superhero sensation as a box-office landmark. The Marvel film from the...


The Latest: Florida gun show displays AR-15s to children

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PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on the deadly Florida high school shooting (all times local): 3:30 p.m. A gun show went on as scheduled this weekend, a short drive from the school where a teenager used his own legally purchased AR-15 assault weapon to kill 17 people and wound more than a dozen...


Rare copy of Declaration of Independence survived Civil War hidden behind wallpaper

(c) 2018, The Washington Post. During the Civil War, the precious document was hidden behind wallpaper in a home in Virginia to keep Union soldiers from finding it. Later, it sat in a closet in Kentucky, in a broken frame, unappreciated and stored in a cardboard box. And later still it was stuck...


Survivors of deadly school shooting lash out at Trump

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PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) — Students who escaped the deadly school shooting in Florida focused their anger Sunday at President Donald Trump, contending that his response to the attack has been needlessly divisive. “You’re the president. You’re supposed to bring this nation together, not divide us,” said...

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