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Pam Bondi: Prosecutor likely to seek death penalty against Nikolas Cruz, shooting suspect

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Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi said Friday that prosecutors will likely seek the death penalty against Nikolas Cruz, the 19-year-old shooting suspect in the Florida high school case. “Anyone who, in general is cold, calculated, premeditated, something that is well thought out, something that is planned, something that is organized in advance, those all weigh very heavily,” Ms. Bondi said on Fox News. She added that his mental state during the crime, and overall mental health, will also likely be a factor in the state’s case. She could not speak specifically to the case since she is not prosecuting the shooting personally. Seventeen people died after a former student opened fire on Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Wednesday. Mr. Cruz has been charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder. He had a social media presence that showed his interest in weapons and violence, and also reportedly had a history of mental health problems. Copyright © 2018 The Washington Times, LLC. Click here for reprint permission. The Washington Times Comment Policy The Washington Times is switching its third-party commenting system from Disqus to Spot.IM. You will need to either create an account with or if you wish to use your Disqus account look under the Conversation for the link "Have a Disqus Account?". Please read our Comment Policy before commenting. …

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Most North Koreans Can’t Actually Watch the Olympic Games

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SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea has 22 athletes competing in the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, a South Korean town only 50 miles from its border. Can its people watch them and other Olympic Games on television? Technically, yes, because North Korea has free access to Olympic broadcasts. But its isolated people are unlikely to watch any broadcasts from Pyeongchang, said officials and North Korean defectors in the South. As of Friday, North Korea’s state-run television had broadcast none of the Games — a stark contrast to its glorifying coverage of Kim Yo-jong, who visited the South last week…

Ducks outlast Wild 3-2 in 11th round of shootout

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Nick Ritchie scored in the 11th round of a shootout and John Gibson stopped seven straight shots in the Anaheim Ducks’ 3-2 victory over the Minnesota Wild on Saturday. After the teams combined for 13 straight misses, Ritchie beat Devan Dubnyk. Ryan Getzlaff and Ondrej Kase also scored in the shootout after Kase and Corey Perry scored in regulation. Gibson made 36 saves through overtime to help the Ducks, 4-1-1 in their past six, move into a tie with the Wild for the second wild-card slot in the Western Conference. Mikko Koivu and Jason Zucker scored in regulation …

Trump Administration Recommends Stiff Penalties on Steel and Aluminum Imports

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WASHINGTON — The Trump administration on Friday recommended an array of stiff tariffs and other tough trade actions on imports of steel and aluminum from China and other nations, saying the influx of foreign metals has compromised national security. In a call with reporters Friday, Wilbur Ross, the secretary of commerce, laid out a variety of recommendations for President Trump to choose from, including a 24 percent tariff on all steel imports from all countries. The scope and severity of any trade action will ultimately be determined by President Trump, who has broad authority to decide wheth…

Kraft Heinz profit, sales miss Wall Street estimates

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Kraft Heinz’s quarterly profit and sales missed analysts’ estimates on Friday, hurt by lower shipments for nuts, natural cheese and cold cuts in the US. Shares of the company, which is backed by billionaire investor Warren Buffett and private equity firm 3G Capital, fell 6 percent in early trading. Sales in the US, the company’s biggest market, fell 1.1 percent, to $4.79 billion, declining for the seventh straight quarter and also missing analysts’ average estimate of $4.81 billion, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S. The company’s net income rose to $8 billion, or $6.52 per share, in th…

News Analysis: In Netanyahu’s Israel, the Divisiveness Is Now All About Him

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JERUSALEM — In a trio of new polls, Israelis have declared what they think of the bribery case against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and the answer is roughly the same as what they think of Mr. Netanyahu himself: About half think he should step aside. His right-wing supporters overwhelmingly think he should stay. Mr. Netanyahu’s Israel is as polarized as it has been in generations, and under his lengthy tenure, the national conversation has become steadily more toxic. Now, as the prime minister awaits a possible criminal indictment, his efforts to cling to power could pose even greater st…

The Latest: Misconduct probe of California senator concludes

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - The Latest on sexual misconduct allegations in the California Legislature (all times local): 12 p.m. A California senator accused of sexual misconduct will learn next week whether he’ll face formal disciplinary proceedings. A team of lawyers has finished its investigation of Sen. Tony Mendoza, and the findings were presented to the Senate Rules Committee on Friday. Those findings haven’t been made public. The five-member committee says it will decide Tuesday whether to recommend discipline, and if so, will share the findings with all members. Mendoza coul…