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Gunman surrenders after bus barricade standoff on Las Vegas Strip

  • One person dead, one hospitalised in shooting near Cosmopolitan casino
  • Police say terrorism discounted, no relation to earlier Bellagio robbery

Las Vegas police said the gunman in a fatal shooting on the Strip who barricaded himself inside a public bus on Saturday surrendered peacefully after shutting down the busy tourism corridor for hours.

The standoff began at about 11am with a shooting that killed one person and injured another. It happened on a double-decker bus on Las Vegas Boulevard near the Cosmopolitan hotel-casino.

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Original Source Link: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/mar/25/gunman-barricades-bus-las-vegas-strip-shooting-police

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Gunman barricaded in bus on Las Vegas Strip after fatal shooting – police

  • Busy tourist boulevard partially closed after standoff develops
  • One person dead after shooting near Cosmopolitan casino

Police said on Saturday a gunman had barricaded himself inside a bus along the Las Vegas Strip, prompting a partial closure of the busy boulevard.

The standoff began after a shooting was reported on Las Vegas Boulevard in the heart of the Strip near the Cosmopolitan hotel-casino.

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Original Source Link: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/mar/25/gunman-barricades-bus-las-vegas-strip-shooting-police

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‘He’s a street fighter’: Trump fans rally after heavy blow on healthcare

In New York, supporters said the president was far from down and out despite taking a hit on Obamacare and facing an FBI investigation into alleged Russia ties

About 100 people held a pro-Donald Trump rally in midtown Manhattan on Saturday, in one of about 40 such events across the country at the end of a week in which the president failed to get enough votes to repeal the Affordable Care Act and saw the FBI confirm it was investigating possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.

Related: ‘Move fast and break things’: Trump’s Obamacare failure and the backlash ahead

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Original Source Link: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/mar/25/new-york-trump-rally-healthcare

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‘Move fast and break things’: Trump’s Obamacare failure and the backlash ahead

Republicans suffered a devastating defeat on Obamacare. But the pulling of the American Health Care Act could be a ‘blessing in disguise’ for Trump

The James S Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House was crammed as usual but there was an extra frisson of suspense. As the press secretary, Sean Spicer, walked to the lectern, a conversation was unfolding just 27 paces away in the Oval Office. It would invalidate almost everything he said.

Related: Donald Trump blames Democrats for stunning failure to repeal Obamacare

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Original Source Link: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/mar/25/donald-trump-healthcare-deal-republicans-obamacare

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‘Pizzagate’ gunman pleads guilty as conspiracy theorist apologizes over case

Edgar Maddison Welch, who fired an AR-15 rifle at Comet Ping Pong restaurant, makes plea on same day as Alex Jones offers statement to restaurant’s owner

The gunman who fired an AR-15 rifle in a Washington DC pizza restaurant as he “self-investigated” a bogus conspiracy theory pleaded guilty on Friday, the same day a prominent conspiracy theorist apologized for spreading the story.

Related: ‘Move fast and break things’: Trump’s healthcare failure and the backlash ahead

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Original Source Link: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/mar/25/comet-ping-pong-alex-jones

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Nearly 15% of female undergraduates at UT Austin report being raped

  • University of Texas report based on survey of more than 7,600 students
  • College president says findings ‘deeply troubling to our community’

Nearly 15% of female undergraduates at the University of Texas at Austin reported having been raped, according to a survey released by officials at the 50,000-student campus on Friday.

Related: Sexual harassment: records show how University of California faculty target students

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Original Source Link: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/mar/25/15-percent-female-undergraduates-texas-austin-raped

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‘Move fast and break things’: Trump’s healthcare failure and the backlash ahead

Republicans suffered a devastating defeat on Obamacare. But the pulling of the American Health Care Act could be a ‘blessing in disguise’ for Trump

The James S Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House was crammed as usual but there was an extra frisson of suspense. As the press secretary, Sean Spicer, walked to the lectern, a conversation was unfolding just 27 paces away in the Oval Office. It would invalidate almost everything he said.

Related: Donald Trump blames Democrats for stunning failure to repeal Obamacare

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Original Source Link: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/mar/25/donald-trump-healthcare-deal-republicans-obamacare

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Noah: a man helping Flint, Michigan, rise from ashes – video

Flint, Michigan is a city built on the American dream. With the disappearance of industry, it became impoverished and neglected, and so did its residents. The water crisis is just one more tragedy piled upon a mound of oppression.

Noah Patton, a young man from Flint, was deeply affected after his mother committed suicide. But with the help of his pastor, he has turned his life around and is helping to positively shape the future of his community

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Original Source Link: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/video/2017/mar/25/noah-helping-flint-rise-from-ashes-michigan-video

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Neil Gorsuch’s confirmation hearing revealed his hidden similarity to Trump

The two appear to be a study in contrasts – but both display a remarkable lack of compassion. Their likeness could serve to justify Democrats’ opposition

On the surface, they could hardly be more different. Neil Gorsuch is known for his intellectual firepower; Donald Trump speaks at the level of a 10-year-old. Gorsuch has literary panache; Trump once referred to the size of his genitalia on a presidential debate stage. Gorsuch is a textualist; Trump makes up his own facts. And at first, it seemed confirmation hearings for Gorsuch’s nomination to be the next justice on the supreme court this week would only serve to heighten these contrasts.

As Trump tweeted angry disinformation in response to the revelation of an FBI investigation into his administration, Gorsuch sat coolly before members of the Senate judiciary committee. He quoted Socrates and reminisced with Ted Cruz about playing ball on the supreme court’s basketball court as young clerks.

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Original Source Link: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/mar/25/neil-gorsuch-confirmation-hearing-empathy-analysis

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Donald Trump blames Democrats for stunning failure to repeal Obamacare

Weeks of negotiations over American Health Care Act fail to build a GOP consensus, forcing president to pull legislation from House vote

Donald Trump suffered a major legislative reversal on Friday as Republicans were forced to pull their repeal of the Affordable Care Act from the House floor.

After weeks of contentious negotiations over the American Health Care Act (AHCA), Republicans had to admit defeat as they could not gain sufficient support from their own side for the plan to overhaul US health insurance.

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Original Source Link: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/mar/24/republican-healthcare-plan-bill-vote-pulled-obamacare-trump

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My undocumented friend: Carlos does the work few in Vermont want to do

I met Carlos as part of a volunteer network helping migrants with basic needs and services in Vermont, where their work is vital to the dairy industry. After a trip to Planned Parenthood, he suddenly opened up about his experiences

“Hey, come on in,” I told Carlos. Silhouetted by summer sun, he stood at the front door of my Vermont house. “No,” he said pointing to his work boots, heavy with mud and manure. “But can you help me?”

Carlos was one of the estimated 1,000-2,000 undocumented, mostly Mexican immigrants employed on the state’s dairy farms. The actual number, like most of the workers who entered the country illegally, is hidden.

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Original Source Link: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/mar/25/undocumented-immigrants-vermont-dairy-industry

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James Comey: Democrat by birth, Republican by trade, thorn in the side of both

The imposing FBI director has drawn both praise and scorn from both major parties. But his biggest test – the investigation of Trump’s alleged ties to Russia – lies ahead

It took James Comey less than one minute to reveal his big news at a congressional hearing this week. The imposing FBI director, a former federal prosecutor who stands 6 feet 8 inches tall, began his opening statement by thanking the House intelligence committee for inviting him.

Then he announced that the FBI was eight months into an investigation of some of the president’s closest associates, if not the president himself, for possible cooperation with Russia during last year’s election.

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Original Source Link: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/mar/25/james-comey-profile-trump-russia-investigation

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Louisiana officer convicted of manslaughter in 6-year-old boy’s death

Jury finds Derrick Stafford guilty on manslaughter and attempted manslaughter charges

A Louisiana law enforcement officer was convicted Friday on a lesser charge of manslaughter in a shooting that killed a 6-year-old autistic boy, an encounter captured on tape by another officer’s body camera.

Jurors found Derrick Stafford guilty of manslaughter and attempted manslaughter charges, multiple news outlets reported. He had faced charges of second-degree murder and attempted second-degree murder in the case.

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Original Source Link: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/mar/25/louisiana-officer-convicted-of-manslaughter-in-6-year-old-boys-death

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Singapore teen blogger who criticised government wins asylum in US

Amos Yee left the city state with the intention of staying in US after being jailed for several weeks in 2015 and 2016

A teenage blogger from Singapore whose online posts blasting his government landed in him jail has been granted asylum to remain in the United States.

Amos Yee, 18, had been detained by federal immigration authorities since December when he was taken into custody at Chicago’s O’Hare International airport.

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Original Source Link: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/mar/25/singapore-teen-blogger-who-criticised-government-wins-asylum-in-us