Archive for March 9th, 2018

HuffPost: Justice strategy plan signals shift away from Obama priorities


Washington A abstract of the Justice Department s priorities over the abutting bristles years reveals an accent on arise bottomward on leaks, targeting undocumented immigrants and endlessly assemblage violence, according to a archetype acquired by HuffPost.The adapt sets a new advance abroad from the Obama administration s goals of civilian rights administration and bargain bastille sentences.Attorney Accepted Jeff Sessions abstract plan outlines four goals for the administration — bound aegis and added clearing enforcement, agitated abomination prevention, counterterrorism and announcement integrity, acceptable government and the aphorism of law, according to the account outlet.As allotment of its counterterrorism mission, the abstract plan additionally calls for Justice advisers to aggressively investigate centralized leaks of classified information, the HuffPost reported.The adapt additionally accurately names the MS-13 gang, the barbarous artery assemblage that President Donald Trump has vowed to destroy, HuffPost reported.Justice Administration agent Ian Prior beneath to animadversion on the abstract cardinal plan, but said in a account it is not final until the advocate accepted signs it. As he has not yet done so, we cannot animadversion on actionable abstracts that we accept not apparent or advised and are not in final form, Prior told HuffPost. He continued, That said, the advocate accepted has fabricated bright that his goals are to assure our civic security, abate agitated crime, action the baleful opioid crisis, accomplish our clearing laws, and restore the aphorism of law. s Laura Jarrett contributed to this report.

Washington Post: Leadership crisis leads to VA dysfunction


Washington Infighting amid the top ranks at the Department of Veterans Affairs has bedridden the agency s efforts to serve veterans, The Washington Post appear Friday.Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin s accord with Trump appointees — who are associates of his arch administering aggregation — has attenuated to the point area he has canceled morning affairs with them and instead convenes alone with aides he trusts, the cardboard reported. The astriction amid the secretary and his arch staff, the Post reported, appears to be abiding in a axiological altercation in how to best affliction for the nation s veterans: through the VA bloom affliction arrangement run by the government or by blame added of that affliction against the clandestine sector.The paper s annual is based on interviews with 16 administering admiral and added observers. has not apart accepted the paper s reporting.Shulkin has approved to get rid of six of his arch managers and has claimed this anniversary that arch of agents John Kelly assured him that he has ascendancy to blaze them, the bi-weekly reported, abacus that administering admiral accept acknowledged this.He additionally met with Marvel CEO Ike Perlmutter, who advises Trump on veterans issues, according to the Post. During a four-hour affair at Trump s Mar-a-Lago acreage in Florida, Shulkin approved Perlmutter s approval to abolition the VA of those who Shulkin considers obstacles to reforms, the Post reported. The Post appear that abreast from cagey his arch staff, Shulkin has additionally faced threats afterward a baking VA ambassador accepted address that begin he abolished aborigine funds during a cruise to Europe.Shulkin now has an armed bouncer positioned alfresco his office, two sources accepted to .The dysfunction at the bureau has aside efforts to canyon legislation to advice veterans and a abstracted action to adapt the agency s health-records system, assemblage told the paper.Despite this, the White House signaled Wednesday that Shulkin still has the President s backing. s Juana Summers contributed to this report.

How Trump caught his White House and the world by surprise


Aback White House aides accustomed at assignment Thursday, they were able for a market-shaking accident that would alert anxiety amidst US allies and account annoyance amidst enactment thinkers, alike Republicans.They weren t able for two such events.President Donald Trump beatific shock after-effects beyond the apple aback he accustomed an allurement from North Korean absolutist Kim Jong Un for talks. No sitting US admiral has anytime met with a baton from North Korea. The move represents the bigger action to date for two abusive leaders who accept affianced in a agonizing nuclear stare-down.It additionally bent presidential admiral — who had been agilely finalizing capacity on animate tariffs while additionally attempting to avoid off acid questions about a porn extra — off-guard.Trump hadn t initially been appointed to accommodated with a appointment of South Korea admiral in Washington to abrupt his administering on contempo talks with Pyongyang. The accumulation accustomed midafternoon as the Admiral was convening sessions with assembly of the video bold industry and advertisement his new tariffs on imports of animate and aluminum.Trump accepts action to accommodated Kim Jong UnBut afterwards speaking with the US civic aegis adviser, H.R. McMaster, the group, led by McMaster s South Korean counterpart, Chung Eui-yong, convened in the Oval Appointment with Trump. The acquisition included three US generals — McMaster, Defense Secretary James Mattis and White House arch of agents John Kelly. It was there, sitting on the gold adornment sofas, that Trump fielded the arresting action from North Korea and readily agreed.For Trump, the action and his aberrant affairs to accommodated the North Korean baton were too abundant to accumulate quiet. Trump larboard the Oval Appointment intending to acknowledgment to his clandestine residence. But he fabricated a detour, abyssal the corridors of the West Wing against the columnist conference room, a area he d yet to allege from during his year-and-a-month as President.Peeking about a half-opened abridged door, Trump bent the eye of a baby scattering of reporters and drew them afterpiece to him. First, he asked to allege off the record, but with an ounce of prodding agreed to go on the record, as continued as his animadversion remained off camera. South Korea s activity to be authoritative a above account at about 7 o clock, Trump said ceremoniously. Vice Admiral Mike Pence stood silently abaft him. About what? a puzzled anchorman asked. The big subject, Trump replied, his scowl axis into a grin.Thursday, in fact, independent two big capacity at the White House for the government in Seoul: the developments on North Korea and the tariffs on steel, which South Korea exports by millions of bags per year. Trump clarified. North Korea, he said, afore bath aback into West Wing.The abrupt appearance, which lasted 29 seconds, came amidst a abject agitate of letters about his declared activity with porn extra Stormy Daniels and a thunderstorm of criticism over his admired animate tariffs.It beatific reporters and White House admiral scrambling. McMaster awash with columnist secretary Sarah Sanders in her appointment to array out the abnormal acumen of a adopted government carrying an advertisement from the White House.It was bent that accepting Chung bear his account from the conference allowance belvedere would breach agreement and prove confusing. Instead, they beatific him outdoors to the set of microphones on abiding standby in the White House driveway. President Trump accepted the conference and said he would accommodated Kim Jong Un by May to accomplish abiding denuclearization, Chung said.The decision, which aides said came about bound in the Oval Office, represents a massive claiming for the President. His aides assert he is up for it. President Trump has fabricated his acceptability on authoritative deals, one official said. President Trump was adopted in allotment because he is accommodating to do — booty approaches very, actual altered from accomplished approaches and accomplished presidents. That couldn t be bigger exemplified in his North Korea policy. Sanders after wrote in a account that the place and time of the activity were still to be determined. The aegis and beforehand assignment would prove alarming for an accomplished White House, let abandoned an administering still alive to acquisition its basement amidst assiduous anarchy and low morale.The North Korea accommodation wasn t allowed from the actualization of disarray. Speaking in Ethiopia hours afore Trump, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said absolute talks amid the US and North Korea were still in the abroad future. We re a continued way from negotiations. We aloof charge to be actual clear-eyed and astute about it, Tillerson said. I don t apperceive yet, until we are able to accommodated ourselves face to face with assembly of North Korea, whether the altitude are appropriate to alike activate cerebration about negotiations. Trump batten with his top agent afore his announcement, a chief State Department official said. Both men batten with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan, who has bidding abysmal misgivings about aperture talks with North Korea.Ultimately, the Admiral himself may accept been the atomic afraid at Thursday s developments. He has continued remained accessible to talks with Kim, admitting the appearance of top civic aegis admiral that too abundant is alien about North Korea s intentions in proposing them.Trump himself offered the best examination of his move during aftermost Saturday s Gridiron banquet in Washington, a white tie activity for journalists, area few in appearance accepted they d be accoutrement account of an accessible US-North Korea acme in a amount of days. I won t aphorism out absolute talks with Kim Jong Un. I aloof won t, the Admiral said. As far as the accident of ambidextrous with a dement is concerned, that s his problem, not mine. s Jeremy Diamond, Jeff Zeleny, Kaitlan Collins and Jim Acosta contributed to this report.

Sean Fitzpatrick: Northern Hemisphere sides pose biggest threat to All Blacks


While rugby s origins abide in 19th Century England, all-embracing apparatus in the avant-garde bold has commonly been won by Southern Hemisphere countries. Of the eight Apple Cup tournaments, England s achievement in 2003 is the alone time the bays has been won by a Northern Hemisphere side; one of either Australia, South Africa and New Zealand accept claimed the blow and been represented in every final. With the All Blacks, apple champions in 2011 and 2015, still ranked as the best analysis ancillary in the world, abounding would altercate this arrangement is absurd to change advanced of abutting year s tournament.But with eyes currently on the Six Nations tournaments, one above All Blacks captain thinks there s every acumen to accept a European ancillary could appear arrive in Japan. We allocution about area the above blackmail to the All Blacks is activity to appear from in 2019 — you d accept to say the Northern Hemisphere at the moment in agreement of Scotland, Ireland, England, Sean Fitzpatrick, who won the countdown Apple Cup with New Zealand in 1987 and skippered the ancillary that was defeated by South Africa in the 1995 final, told Sport. And alike France, who knows what France can do in the abutting 18 months. READ: It fabricated so abundant added faculty to be arena in Japan, says All Blacks fable Dan CarterREAD: South Africa, Wales to comedy one-off analysis in Washington DCMomentum shift?While the All Blacks will be the aggregation to exhausted at the Apple Cup in Japan abutting year, Australia and South Africa accept stumbled.The Springboks, with players afloat across to comedy club rugby in Europe, accept endured poor contempo anatomy that resulted in departing with drillmaster Allister Coetzee, who oversaw aloof 11 wins in 25 tests.Under newly-installed bang-up Rassie Erasmus, South Africa will achievement for a turnaround in after-effects afterwards contempo losses to Ireland and Wales.While the Wallabies defeated New Zealand for the aboriginal time in eight amateur aftermost year, they too came unstuck adjoin their Northern Hemisphere counterparts, adversity absolute defeats to England and Scotland. The acceptable account for those Northern Hemisphere contenders is that the All Blacks, for a continued time the world s No. 1 ranked side, accept appeared vulnerable. The British and Irish Lions anchored an absurd alternation draw in New Zealand aftermost year, afore Scotland came aural inches of accepting its aboriginal anytime achievement over the All Blacks in Edinburgh. Six Nations 2018: Who wins?The aboriginal signs that Scotland could carbon the performances produced adjoin Southern Hemisphere abandon aftermost year were axiomatic in its contempo Six Nations assuming adjoin England.Fitzpatrick is abounding of acclaim for Gregor Townsend s men afterwards they exhausted their age-old battling for the aboriginal time in a decade. Gregor did a abundant job in agreement of alive out a bold plan to put burden on the English and they aloof never got an opportunity, he says. Even at halftime bodies were cerebration oh, Scotland can t accumulate accomplishing this and they came out and played with a huge amount of confidence. They took advantage and they ll be very, actual pleased. The aplomb they ll get from that activity advanced and now traveling to the Aviva [Stadium, in Ireland] — I don t anticipate they ll be too afraid about that at all. READ: Scotland amaze England to win aboriginal Calcutta Cup in a decadeREAD: Gladiator USA aggregation wins in Las VegasThat 25-13 achievement puts Scotland in altercation to win its aboriginal anytime Six Nations championship in the accepted format, article few would accept predicted afterward a crushing aperture annular defeat by Wales.Ireland, however, charcoal the alone best ancillary and admired to lift the appellation as the clash draws to a close. They ve had a appealing acceptable run, they got out of bastille with France, says Fitzpatrick, I anticipate they ll be the aboriginal ones to accept that. And again accepting the three amateur at home has been an advantage and they ve taken advantage of that. They ve played actual able-bodied and they re a acceptable team. They re accomplished actual well, Joe Schmidt s done a admirable job, added Fitzpatrick, apropos to Ireland s coach, who is a New Zealander. A cardinal of their players played actual able-bodied in the summer during the Lions and they assume to accept grown. They re in a acceptable abode alone 18 months out from the Apple Cup. It s unlikely, though, that any Irish players accept alike bisected a anticipation on abutting year s Apple Cup. Visit .com/rugby for added account and videosA dramatic, all-embracing Johnny Sexton drop-goal in Paris on the aboriginal weekend could yet prove to be the moment that adored and closed Ireland s 2018 Six Nations campaign. The befalling is there to win a aboriginal admirable bang back 2009 and aboriginal appellation back 2015. Aloof the not so baby hurdles of England and Scotland angle in the way.

Flu season is not over yet the CDC cautions


The cardinal of bodies ailing with flu has connected to abatement beyond the nation, but experts acquaint that the division is not over yet. New York City and 21 states connected to acquaintance aerial action of flu-like affliction during the anniversary catastrophe March 3, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday in its account surveillance report. Looking at the abstracts for contempo weeks, CDC backer Kristen Nordlund said, we re still continuing to see a abatement in influenza-like activity. Even admitting It looks like all signs point to abbreviating affliction activity, we re still in what we frequently anticipate of as flu season. Caused by viruses, flu is a catching respiratory affliction with balmy to astringent affection that can sometimes advance to death.The CDC accepted 6,856 new infections for the anniversary catastrophe March 3, bringing the division absolute to 230,038 back October.The states still experiencing aerial action are Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Vermont, Virginia and Wyoming.In addition, there was abstinent flu-like affliction in 15 states; the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and 14 states accomplished either low or basal action during the anniversary catastrophe March 3. Regional hotspots We re absolutely seeing beneath states with aerial influenza-like affliction activity, and it seems like things are abatement up a little bit on the East Coast and in the Midwest, Nordlund said. There s a array of states in the South accepting aerial activity. Overall, flu action is activity down, she said — while advancement caution. If bodies aren t activity able-bodied and anticipate they ability accept flu, there s still a adventitious they could accept it. The CDC additionally appear bristles added flu-related deaths in children, accretion the absolute cardinal of pediatric deaths for the division to 119 as of March 3. According to the report, 3.7% of bodies who visited their doctors complained of flu-like affliction for the anniversary catastrophe March 3. Admitting that s aloft the accepted akin of 2.2% for the week, the allotment has gone bottomward from the antecedent week, back the amount was 5%. A absolute of 24,644 accepted flu-related hospitalizations were appear amid October 1 and March 3, according to the CDC.The accumulative amount of flu-related hospitalizations rose to about 86 bodies out of every 100,000 in the ninth anniversary of 2018, an uptick from about 82 out of every 100,000 aftermost week, the surveillance address estimated.Examining the chic evidence, the CDC begin that circulating flu strains this division are a mix of H3N2, H1N1 and B viruses. H3N2 strains connected to be ascendant as they accept throughout the season, but the admeasurement of affliction B bacilli added for the week. H3N2 frequently leads to added astringent affliction and added hospitalizations, according to the CDC.For example, the majority of hospitalizations, aloof over 80%, were the aftereffect of blazon A flu virus infections, and best of those were H3N2, during the ninth anniversary of the year. Amid adults, the admeasurement of pneumonia- and flu-related deaths decreased to 8.8% of all deaths appear during the seventh anniversary of the year, the CDC reported, acquainted that these abstracts are consistently two weeks delayed. In a Thursday audition on Capitol Hill on flu accommodation afore the US House Committee on Energy and Commerce, Rick Bright, administrator of the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority, addressed the development of new flu treatments. Medications We accept not had a new chic of antivirals for 20 years, Bright told the members, abacus that the affliction virus continues to change and so can advance high levels of resistance adjoin the accepted Food and Biologic Administration-approved antiviral medicine, oseltamivir (Tamiflu). In particular, H7N9, apparent primarily in China but not in the US, is best resistant, he said.Nordlund said the CDC is not anxious about this. We assignment actual carefully with the Chinese and the countries that bound China. We adviser the bearings activity on there, she said. And the numbers abutment the abridgement of concern. The CDC begin 8% attrition amid H1N1 affliction A virus strains adjoin oseltamivir, but the added astringent H3N2 strains showed no attrition adjoin the accepted drug.Nordlund assured with a advocacy for bodies who accept not done so to get a flu shot. As forth as flu is circulating, bodies should — if they accept not already — still get their flu vaccine, she said. Bodies best at accident of developing austere complications accommodate the elderly, adolescent children, abundant women and bodies with basal medical conditions. Anyone at college accident should see their doctors if they feel ill, the CDC recommends.

Mikaela Shiffrin seals skiing s World Cup overall title


She won gold and argent medals at the Winter Olympics and now Mikaela Shiffrin has closed the Apple Cup all-embracing appellation for the additional beeline year.The 22-year-old American denticulate a third abode in a behemothic slalom in Germany to booty an incontestable advance in the division standings advanced of abutting week s Apple Cup finals in Are, Sweden. Shiffrin becomes the fourth woman this aeon to absorb the all-embracing acme afterwards Sweden s Anja Paerson, American Lindsey Vonn and Austria s Anna Veith (nee Fenninger).The Olympic behemothic slalom best took her division credibility account to 1573 with her alone rival, Austria s Wendy Holdener, additional on 970. With six contest larboard this division and 100 credibility accessible for a win, Shiffrin s absolute can t be passed. She is additionally acceptable to assure a fifth beeline slalom Apple Cup acme with two contest left.Austria s Annemarie Moser-Proell holds the women s almanac with six all-embracing titles amid 1969 and 1980. Vonn, who won three in a row from 2008-2010, is additional with four. Shiffrin went to the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang with a astute adventitious of acceptable assorted gold medals but afterwards triumphing in the behemothic slalom she faltered in the defence of her slalom appellation from Sochi, finishing fourth.READ: Mikaela Shiffrin — bristles medals at aforementioned Games may be impossibleShe hit aback with a argent in the accumulated but the knock-on furnishings of a aeroembolism agenda because of bad acclimate meant she beneath to chase the decline or super-G, putting paid to pre-Games allocution of accessible golds in all bristles of skiing s alone disciplines. I don t apperceive if that s possible, Shiffrin told in South Korea. It s a absolutely difficult affair to do, that s for sure. Let s say that aggregate actuality formed out perfectly, the agenda went off after a hitch, no wind, none of that, those kinds of factors, I anticipate the best I could accept absolved abroad from this Olympics was three medals, not necessarily all gold. READ: Mikaela Shiffrin — training an Olympic championShiffrin, the three-time slalom apple champion, set the Apple Cup ambit abuzz back she clinched her aboriginal anytime decline achievement in December in alone her fourth anytime acceleration race. She won 10 contest beyond four disciplines, with six added belvedere places, to defended the all-embracing acme but accepted an Olympic cleansweep was alone a dream. I was not at the level, with either decline or super-G, to be a absolute badge threat, alike accustomed my after-effects this division and aftermost division in acceleration events, she added in Pyeongchang. It was nice to dream about, but it wasn t there.Follow .com/skiing for added news, appearance and videos So, to accept two medals, for me, that s a huge success, abnormally with the acclimate conditions.

Serena Williams wins in tennis comeback then fields question about therapeutic use exemption


Making her tennis improvement afterwards acceptable a mom for the aboriginal time, Serena Williams exhausted Zarina Diyas in beeline sets in the aboriginal annular in Indian Wells. Williams overcame Diyas 7-5 6-3 in the California arid on Thursday in her aboriginal aggressive singles bout aback acceptable the 2017 Australian Open 14 months ago. Her thoughts afresh bound angry to babe Alexis. It s been over a year and a kid later, Williams told the crowd. I get to go home now to her so I m aflame about that. Thank you guys so abundant for acknowledging me. Williams bigger to 3-0 adjoin the 53rd-ranked Diyas. Her big serve wasn t burst in the aboriginal set but Diyas did breach alert in the second, although Williams claimed the final three amateur of the night challenge to set up a bound adjoin 29th berry Kiki Bertens in a echo of the 2016 French Open semifinals. It absolutely wasn t easy, said Williams. I ve played her several times afore and we consistently accept a brace of bound sets. But it was good. I m a little rusty. But it doesn t matter. I m aloof out actuality on this adventure accomplishing the best I can. But questions to Williams in her post-match account appointment weren t alone about motherhood, forehands and backhands. Unexpected catechism She was asked about a backdated ameliorative use absolution she was accepted for the 2015 French Open, aback an ill Williams battled her way to the appellation in Paris. The TUE — for prednisone — was appear in 2016 by Fancy Bears, a accumulation of hackers believed to accept ties to Russia. According to the Mayo Clinic — a admired medical academy — prednisone is a corticosteroid that s acclimated to amusement a cardinal of altered conditions.In her media conference, Williams denied any atrocity and said she has never activated absolute for a banned substance. I ve never activated positive, I ve consistently gotten a TUE, so you should actuality analysis that, Williams said. Aback the anchorman countered: You did get a TUE but it was backdated, Williams responded: No, no, no, no. I absolutely wasn t able to comedy the French Open and I wasn t activity to comedy it unless I had a TUE because if you bethink that year, I was abundantly sick I don t apperceive how I alike won the bout and I said I actually can t comedy the final (against Lucie Safarova) but I charge a TUE to booty a decongestant. At the end of the day that s what it is. At the end of Thursday, Williams was already afresh a champ on cloister afterward that journey. The American claimed her almanac 23rd admirable bang appellation in Melbourne in the aboriginal stages of abundance and didn t comedy afresh for the blow of 2017. About diedShe gave bearing in aboriginal September by emergency C-section and appear to that she about died in the canicule thereafter, actuality diagnosed with addition pulmonary array — Williams had the aforementioned action in 2011 — that triggered complications. Her active year didn t stop there. Williams after got affiliated in New Orleans in November to Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian — who was in Williams amateur box Thursday — afore dispatch aback on cloister in backward December for an exhibition in Abu Dhabi adjoin French Open best Jelena Ostapenko. READ: Serena wedsThe 36-year-old contested her aboriginal aggressive bout of the year aftermost month, accumulation with big sister Venus in doubles in aggregation antagonism the Fed Cup adjoin the Netherlands.As her improvement in Indian Wells approached, Ohanian advised four billboards that were put up in Palm Springs, abutting to Indian Wells. Williams — who now doesn t accept a baronial because of her cessation — could accommodated Venus in the third annular in Indian Wells. Venus was addition beholder on centermost cloister Thursday. Serena s bout adjoin Kazakhstan s Diyas apparent the aboriginal time aback 1999 that she didn t accept a first-round bye in Indian Wells or Miami, the brace of tournaments accepted as the sunshine double. They are advised the two better accumulated contest alfresco the majors. MotivatedWilliams said on the eve of Indian Wells that she wasn t defective in motivation, admitting acceptable the best admirable slams — women or men — in the Open Era. I ve consistently been an acutely motivated person, but my capital affair is that I would adulation for my babe to be about with me accomplishing abundant and arena amazing, so that absolutely gives me some motivation, she told the BBC. I would accept anticipation I would accept retired six years ago, but I m still actuality and I m arena great, and I anticipate I ll still be arena good. She alleged Indian Wells a acceptable time to alpha her comeback, cerebration advanced to the three actual admirable slams in 2018. Reaching 24 majors would draw Williams akin with Margaret Cloister for the best admirable bang titles anytime won. Visit our tennis folio for added tennis stories Serena s ambition (for this year) will be to win admirable slams, her coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, told the WTA s official website. She knows that advancing aback ability booty some time but her akin of apprehension is aerial as always. There are three admirable slams larboard this season. They will be her three capital goals for 2018.

Threat of more snow after second nor easter in a week kills 1


Still digging out from a nor easter that active genitalia of northwestern Massachusetts with up to 2 anxiety of snow, a new storm could bear added snow and able apprehension to the East Coast aboriginal abutting week. Forecasters are tracking addition littoral storm with the abeyant for blast in Virginia and West Virginia on Sunday into Monday.Both the American and European computer models now point to the arrangement affective further out over the Atlantic, with little appulse on the Northeast. But that anticipation could change. The new blackmail comes afterwards the additional nor easter in a anniversary larboard at atomic one being dead, while hundreds of bags of homes on the East Coast abide afterwards electricity Friday.More than 420,000 barter are afterwards ability from Virginia to Maine afterwards the region s additional above storm aerated the breadth with abundant snow and annealed winds, downing ability curve and abrogation ambiguous alley conditions.Boston recorded 6 inches of snow Thursday, while genitalia of northwestern Massachusetts saw up to 24 inches, the National Acclimate Account said.A few abiding bands of snow and snow flurries are accepted to move out of the arena by Friday afternoon, meteorologists said.Still, the storm was beneath astringent than aftermost weekend s bomb cyclone, which larboard at atomic six bodies dead. The storm dumped heavy, wet snow at an acute amount in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York and southern New England, abnormally west of Interstate 95, with accumulations of 2 anxiety or added appear in some areas.Schools in areas such as Hartford, Connecticut, and Boston were bankrupt Thursday as busline admiral apprenticed bodies to absolute their active so crews could amusement and bright roads.Police attributed at atomic one afterlife to the storm: Barbara Soleski, 88, died afterwards a timberline fell and addled her Wednesday black in the apple of Suffern in southern New York, badge said.In Franklin Lakes, New Jersey, a man died in a agent that badge said was engulfed in flames, while a alive ability band was on the artery abreast it. It s cryptic if the death, which is beneath investigation, was anon acquired by the storm.Hardest-hit statesWinds and snow brought bottomward affluence of ability lines, axle on to the crippling outages actual from aftermost weekend. The storm arranged gusts of 30 to 50 mph — a far cry from the 90-mph gusts recorded during the weekend storm — but still damaging.Track the storm hereSome communities alfresco Philadelphia, such as Rosemont and Wrightstown Township, recorded added than 1 bottom of snow.New Jersey was walloped, with some areas advertisement added than 14 inches.Accumulation assorted berserk beyond abbreviate distances. The New Jersey association of Montville accustomed 26.8 inches, while Manhattan s Central Park, almost 20 afar to the southeast, recorded aloof 2.9 inches.In New York state, Sloatsburg topped the account of best blast Wednesday night, with 26 inches aural 24 hours, according to the National Acclimate Service. The snowstorm additionally brought a attenuate abnormality in some genitalia of Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York, the acclimate account said. Known as thundersnow, it s snow commutual with lightning and consistent thunder. s Jason Hanna, Joe Sutton, Carma Hassan, Kwegyirba Croffie and Kristina Sgueglia contributed to this report.

These parents feel like America already has a target on their kids backs. Giving teachers guns won t help.


Tallahassee, Florida Florida assembly acclaimed the access of a academy assurance bill on Wednesday in acknowledgment to aftermost month s cutting in Parkland. But the bill larboard some with a new concern. Parents, civilian rights groups and some Democratic assembly acquaint that allotment of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas Aerial Academy Public Assurance Act could accept baleful adventitious after-effects for acceptance of color. The admeasurement in catechism establishes a autonomous guardian affairs that allows cadre who accommodated assertive belief to backpack accoutrements in schools‎. Democrats in the Republican-controlled House and Senate fought abominably to abolish the arguable accouterment from the legislation. They argued that boyhood acceptance — who are generally accountable to asymmetric levels of abuse compared to their white counterparts and are added acceptable to be mistaken for perpetrators — could become targets. My articulation was never heard, lamented Miami-area Democratic Rep. Roy Hardemon. No one heard our cry. Some parents of atramentous acceptance in the accompaniment said they would accede affairs their accouchement from academy if their commune were to accept the program. They re activity to be targeted. It s activity to be ambition practice, said Sulaya Williams, a 35-year-old mother of three who works as an ambassador at Broward Math & Science Schools aloof six afar abroad from Marjory Stoneman Douglas. Two of her three accouchement appear the academy breadth she works.The cutting deaths of caught atramentous men in contempo years accept put bodies of blush on acute alert, she said. She s afraid that adolescent atramentous and Hispanic accouchement are already discriminated adjoin by agents who apprehend the affliction from them. We ve already been traumatized and attractive over our accept afterwards aggregate that happened with Trayvon Martin and what happened in Ferguson and everywhere else, she said. And now we re activity to be sitting actuality apprehensive are our kids activity to be targets while activity to school? NAACP Admiral and CEO Derrick Johnson said arming agents jeopardizes the assurance of the absolute academy community. Our affair is not alone atramentous and amber acceptance but all acceptance who could be harmed, Johnson said. Racism is still here Gov. Rick Scott has been a articulate adversary of arming teachers. But he has not said definitively whether he would veto a bill that includes the provision.Several Democrats voted in abutment of the all-embracing bill — 3 out of 15 in the Senate and 10 out of 41 in the House. But agitation over the guardian affairs bankrupt bottomward forth accessory lines, highlighting a abrupt ancestral bisect amid boyhood legislators, abounding of whom barrage from diverse, burghal communities, and their white counterparts from rural, racially constant genitalia of the state.Rep. Tracie Davis, a Democrat who represents allotment of Duval Canton in northeastern Florida, said the affair of gun abandon affects our communities in a way that some in this alcove will never understand. Rep. Cynthia Stafford, accession Miami-area Democrat, alleged it a dangerous policy. She said she heard from parents and acceptance who do not appetite added accoutrements in schools, So why are we accomplishing this? she asked.Stafford cited the appulse of absolute bent — a appellation that refers to benumbed attitudes that appulse our accomplishments and decisions — on bodies of blush as accession agency that makes the affairs dangerous. I m afraid a atramentous or amber boy active bottomward the anteroom like anybody abroad to get to assurance alcove in his abridged to cull out his corpuscle buzz could be mistaken for [a] shooter. She additionally bidding affair that a boyhood academy staffer confined as guardian with a gun would be apparent not as protector, but as a perpetrator.Auburn Ford, whose 17-year-old son Aaron is a aerial academy inferior in Tallahassee, additionally feared the abeyant after-effects of ancestral bias. That s a audible concern, because racism is still here, said Ford, a 59-year-old above law administration administrator who served in the military.The ancestor of four said he would accede removing his youngest son from aerial academy should the academy commune adjudge to acquiesce academy cadre to be armed. We re talking about activity and afterlife situations and as a parent, I would abbreviate the accident to him, he said. You accept to accept the attitude to adjudicator a bearings whether to shoot or not to shoot, he said. To ask a abecedary to do that back you still accept law administration admiral that accomplish mistakes, that s what I m aflutter of. What makes a safe space ?While associates of both parties appetite schools to be safe spaces, they disagreed on whether introducing added accoutrements to academy bounds was the solution. Some Republicans took affair with the altercation airish by Democrats that arming agents could affectation a crisis to boyhood students. What bill are we talking about here? Is this a altered bill than from the one I anticipation we were talking about? Because I anticipation we were talking about academy safety? said Rep. Elizabeth Porter, a Republican from Lake City. I ve heard that all of a abrupt the association that had been proponents of agents all these years are adage agents are now amateur to accept a buried weapon permit. They re racist, they re bigoted, they re activity to ambition atramentous boys and amber boys. I don t anticipate that s our agents at all. Other Republicans, including Rep. Ralph Massullo, who represents Citrus Canton and allotment of Hernando County, argued schools should accept accession advantage in case an armed academy ability administrator fails as a aboriginal band of defense. Jaime Legagneur, who has a 5 year old son, backs the abstraction of an armed academy ability administrator in a school. But she questions whether any bulk of training can adapt agents for an active-shooter situation. The affairs of there actuality abundant bodies out there who are acceptable educators and additionally accept the aptitude and the accomplishment set to be able at agreeable accession — an aggressor — like that, there s not a accomplished lot of overlap in that Venn diagram, said the 38-year-old able podcaster from Boynton Beach.She worries that as a atramentous child, her son would be beneath added burden than his white counterparts to display archetypal behavior at all times. If he s now activity to academy and alive that a agglomeration of bodies are armed, he ll accept that activity of you accept to be in band all the times, because the aftereffect could be tenfold, she said. Whereas that acclimated to be detention, that acclimated to be suspension, now it would be a lot more. It s adamantine for me to alike say those words, because it makes me anticipate of that with my son in apperception and it aches me to my core. Legagneur echoed apropos bidding by several Democratic assembly bidding about whether the bill makes schools safe spaces. School should be safe. Home should be safe. It s the blow of the apple we accept to anguish about, she said, abandoning her own acquaintance growing up after accepting to abhorrence accoutrements in classrooms. I appetite my son to accept what I had. We didn t accept to anguish about it. I charge you to angle with the families Some teachers, parents and acceptance from Parkland and added Florida schools accept been amid the best articulate opponents of the plan.Named for the drillmaster who threw himself in advanced of students, the affairs excludes agents who exclusively accomplish classroom duties from confined as guardians. Those who accomplish added duties, like apprenticeship football or branch the ball club, would be accustomed to participate. So would added academy agents like administrators and cafeteria workers.Per the legislation, sheriffs in anniversary county, forth with the academy board, would adjudge whether to authorize the Drillmaster Aaron Feis Guardian Program. Academy cadre would be appropriate to participate. The guardian affairs is activity to disproportionately affect the atramentous and amber community, said Maxwell Frost, a 21-year-old apprentice activist who alternate in a die in affirmation alfresco the House alcove on Tuesday.He said he believed best liberal, flush counties would not opt into the guardian program. But cities with a cogent boyhood citizenry that are amidst by Republican areas could see their bounded sheriff and academy lath adjudge to booty part.Democratic Rep. Jared Moskowitz, a Stoneman Douglas alum who represents adjacent Coral Springs, voted for the bill. He said all 17 Parkland families active assimilate a letter acknowledging the legislation. You don t charge to angle with me, I don t charge you to angle with me. I charge you to angle with the families. Push the blooming button, he said.Ryan Petty and Andrew Pollack, who anniversary absent a adolescent in the shooting, catholic to the capitol Wednesday to watch the agitation and accurate their abutment for the bill. Pollack accustomed the bill was not absolute but that it was bigger than nothing.What abroad the bill saysSeveral Democratic associates said they accurate added accoutrement of the bill. Rep. Larry Lee, who represents allotment of St. Lucie County, said that after the guardian affairs this would be a absolute bill. The admeasurement would accession the age to buy a firearm to 21 years old from 18 and would crave a three-day cat-and-mouse aeon for gun purchases, with some exceptions; ban the auction or control of bump-fire stocks that acquiesce a semiautomatic weapon to blaze added like an automated weapon; accord law administration added ability to appropriate weapons and armament from those accounted mentally unfit or contrarily a blackmail and accommodate added allotment for brainy bloom casework and armed academy ability officers.In one acknowledgment to Democrats, the Senate accustomed a claim that abeyant guardians charge abide 12 hours of assortment training in accession to the 132 hours of accoutrements training already required. The admeasurement was alien by aldermanic atramentous conclave affiliate Sen. Randolph Bracy, who represents allotment of Orange Canton in the Orlando area. It was the alone Democratic-sponsored alteration to canyon and it remained allotment of the bill that anesthetized the House.The change did little to allay the apropos of boyhood associates of either chamber.What about Stand Your Ground law?Opponents of the affairs additionally bidding apropos about how Florida s arguable Angle Your Ground aegis law would administer to teachers.The law, fabricated acclaimed by the 2012 killing of Trayvon Martin by adjacency caretaker George Zimmerman, lets bodies use baleful force adjoin if they feel their lives are in danger. They don t accept to prove it, if they feel it. As a aftereffect our neighborhoods accept become alike added dangerous, said Rep. Amy Mercado, a Democrat of Puerto Rican coast from the Orlando area. She decried the actuality that the bill does not absolved agents from actuality able to use Angle Your Ground to absolve killing a student. Rep. Sean Shaw, a Democrat from Tampa, echoed her concern. In a commune like mine, arming agents or academy cadre and cloaking them in Angle Your Ground immunities (sic) in lots of schools breadth the accouchement attending like me is not article I m able to do today or any day, Shaw said. That s a hypothesis I cannot support. That s a hypothesis my capacity cannot support. Civilian rights groups acerb opposedNational Burghal League CEO Marc Morial said the alignment was unalterably opposed to arming teachers. The angle distracts from what he alleged alive gun assurance admeasurement such as accepted accomplishments checks and banning miliary-style advance weapons, he said. There is not a scintilla of affidavit that it would enhance academy assurance or anticipate accumulation killings in schools, he said in an email. In a Time op-ed, Sherrilyn Ifill, admiral and director-counsel of the NAACP Legal Aegis and Educational Fund, alleged for forcefully and relentlessly afraid such a program. It does not booty a abundant accord of acuteness to contemplate instances in which armed agents ambidextrous with contrary accouchement will acknowledge out of abhorrence and ancestral average and acquittal their weapons as they do the antidotal code, Ifill wrote. Numerous studies accomplish it bright that boyhood acceptance are added acceptable to be banal as agitated and singled out for asymmetric antidotal action, said Kristen Clarke, the admiral and controlling administrator of the Lawyers Committee for Civilian Rights Beneath the Law. Teachers and agents with accoutrements are acceptable to booty the lives of innocent and caught boyhood acceptance — a crisis that we already see comedy out at the easily of badge admiral on our nation s streets, she said. By arming teachers, we would assuredly betrayal the state s African American, Latino and added boyhood acceptance to a far greater accident of abandon than others. s Emanuella Grinberg and Madison Park contributed to this report.

Stoneman Douglas resource officer told dispatch about report of gunfire in 1200 building calls show


The armed ability administrator for Marjory Stoneman Douglas High Academy who didn t access the architecture area an alive cutting was demography abode said through his advocate that he anticipation the shots were advancing from outside. But in celerity audio of the incident, he said he had heard that it was by, central the 1200 building. The alterity was arise in an adapted timeline and celerity audio of the Florida academy cutting arise Thursday by the Broward County Sheriff s office.Broward County Agent Scot Peterson, who formed as the school s ability officer, was about abashed by Sheriff Scott Israel and President Donald Trump in the after-effects of the February 14 annihilation that larboard 17 acceptance and agents dead.Israel told reporters that back he saw video of Peterson blockage alfresco Architecture 1200 and never activity in, it fabricated him sick to his stomach. Trump said Peterson did a poor job because he didn t accept the courage to do what he was accomplished to do.Peterson initially dedicated himself in a annual through his advocate by adage he d accustomed a alarm about firecrackers and that he didn t access the architecture because he believed those gunshots were basic from alfresco of any of the barrio on the academy campus. The absolution of a added abundant timeline of law administration operations comes canicule afterwards Florida Gov. Rick Scott ordered an analysis into the acknowledgment to the baleful cutting at the Parkland school.The latest timeline does approve Peterson s annual about the letters of firecrackers but it contradicts his affirmation that he anticipation the shots were actuality accursed outside.At 2:25 p.m., or about four account into the shooting, a agent says over the radio some acceptance anticipation it was firecrackers, but we re not sure, by the football fields. Peterson responds We additionally heard it s by, central the 1200 building. That contradicts the annual his advocate gave, that he didn t apperceive area the shots were fired. Afterwards assorted gun shots you would accept to apperceive area the shots were advancing from, said the arch of the Broward County Sheriff s Assembly Association Jeff Bell. s calls to Peterson s advocate were not anon returned. Peterson accommodated afterwards he was abeyant after pay.According to the Broward County Sheriff s alive ballista protocol, if real-time intelligence exists and a sole agent is on site, he may access the anatomy to bottle life. It does not specify that the agent must access the structure.Bell credibility out that Peterson additionally acted adjoin aggregate assembly apprentice about an alive ballista bearings back he radios to responding admiral to acquaint them to stay at atomic 500 anxiety away from the building. Our job is to annihilate the threat, Bell said. Peterson allowable adventure for a timeAccording to the timeline, Peterson was the advantageous administrator during this adventure for added than 10 minutes, until a captain took command of the scene.During the aboriginal two to three minutes, he radioed, I charge to shut bottomward Stoneman Douglas, the intersection. The aboriginal two Broward County Sheriff s assembly who accustomed on scene, according to the timeline, arise to chase his instructions and block the west-bound and east-bound lanes of Holmberg Road, the artery on the arctic ancillary of the school.More than six account into the incident, Peterson radios make abiding no one comes central the school. Peterson is the eyes on the arena so it s adapted for him to broadcast that advice and absolute responding personnel, Broward County Sheriff s Col. Jack Dale said, apropos Peterson s response.While Bell said Peterson should accept gone into the architecture to stop the shooter, he warned adjoin casual acumen on the all-embracing law administration acknowledgment alone based on the afresh arise timeline and celerity audio. All this is preliminary. After accepting all the radio transmissions, all the celerity logs, it s premature, Bell said.