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Gunman Dead, 2 Injured After Shooting At A Maryland High School
The shooter, Austin Wyatt Rollins, 17, was the only fatality. Police said Rollins used a handgun to shoot a 16-year-old female student who is in the ICU with life-threatening, critical injuries. A 14-year-old male student was also shot and is in stable condition. St. Mary's County Sheriff Tim Cameron said there were indications Rollins and the female victim had a prior relationship, which police are investigating as a possible motive for the incident. The school resource officer, Deputy Blaine Gaskill, was alerted of the shooting, immediately responded and engaged the shooter. Fox
VOA VIEW: Unfortunately and a good thing - the bad guy loses.

Obama 2012 Campaign 'Sucked' Data From Facebook
As the controversy over Cambridge Analytics’ alleged misuse of Facebook data grows, other groups’ use of the social network have also been thrust into the spotlight, including President Barack Obama’s 2012 presidential election campaign. Reports emerged over the weekend that data mining firm Cambridge Analytica, which has ties to Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential election campaign, improperly used information from more than 50 million Facebook accounts. Facebook has suspended the company from the social network. Fox
VOA VIEW: Americans must wise up - oust themselves from all social media web sites.

Cambridge Analytica: Facebook 'Being Investigated By FTC'
The US Federal Trade Commission is reported to be investigating Facebook after allegations that 50 million users' private information was misused by a political consultancy firm. Cambridge Analytica, used by the Trump campaign in the 2016 US election, has been accused of taking the personal data unknown to users. Facebook is due to brief congressional aides on Wednesday. Its stock has continued to slide, following Monday's steep decline.  BBC

2nd Suspicious Package Found At FedEx After Blast
A package that exploded early Tuesday at a FedEx sorting center near San Antonio was not the only parcel there that investigators believe contained an explosive device, San Antonio Police Chief Bill McManus said. Tuesday's blast in Schertz, Texas -- which officials said injured one FedEx worker -- came as four explosions, two of them deadly, have rattled the city of Austin, about an hour's drive northeast of Schertz, since March 2.  CNN


Ex-Playboy Model Who Alleges Affair With Trump, Sues To Break Silence
A former Playboy model on Tuesday sued the company that owns the National Enquirer so she could break her silence about an alleged affair she claims she had with President Trump. Karen McDougal is suing American Media Inc., which paid her $150,000 for her story about the alleged affair and then withheld it from publication, The New York Times reports. Hill
VOA VIEW: The NYT is a shameful trash paper.

NWS Posts Winter Storm Warniing; Doubles Snow Totals
The fourth nor’easter this month is taking aim at storm-weary Connecticut with more than a foot of snow and gusty winds. And it all happens on the first full day of spring. The National Weather Service has posted a winter storm warning from midnight to 8 a.m. Thursday. In its warning for Fairfield, New Haven and Middlesex counties, the NWS says “Heavy mixed winter precipitation transitioning to heavy snow is expected. CT Post

Officer Who Fatally Shot Justine Damond Is Charged With Murder
The Minneapolis police officer who mistakenly shot and killed an Australian woman in July was behind bars Tuesday and charged with third-degree murder. Officer Mohamed Noor was also charged with second-degree manslaughter in connection with the death of Justine Ruszczyk Damond. NBC


Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman's US Visit Is A Shopping Trip For War
Under normal circumstances, it would be a no-brainer to welcome a forward-looking young heir to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia's throne to Washington. Saudi rulers tend to visit the U.S. when they are in their eighties, so it should be refreshing to see a younger face emerge among from one of the world's richest countries, which is also home to Islam's most holy places. CNBC

Trump Says He Will Meet Putin To Discuss 'Arms Race That Is Getting Out Of Control'
US President Donald Trump said he will meet his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in the not too distant future to discuss an arms race that Trump called “out of control.” He also congratulated Putin on his election victory. Trump answered a question about Putin as he was holding a meeting with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman at the White House.  RT
VOA VIEW: The dictator and head of state have to meet.

Justices Appear Skeptical Of Calif. Law Challenged By Anti-Abortion Centers
Supreme Court justices on both sides of the ideological spectrum expressed skepticism Tuesday about California's "truth-in-advertising" law requiring anti-abortion clinics to more fully disclose what they are. The anti-abortion "crisis pregnancy centers" objected to the law on free-speech grounds. While some more liberal justices appeared receptive to the state's case initially at the court Tuesday, the arguments appeared to unwind during several instances. NPR
VOA VIEW: The people must prevail.

Carson Defends Delay In LGBT Homeless Protections
Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson defended his agency's delay in instituting regulations to protect transgender individuals in homeless shelters because "there are some women who said they were not comfortable with being in a shelter" with "somebody who had a very different anatomy." CNN

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GOP Fears Another Potential Electoral Disaster
National Republicans — on the heels of the Roy Moore and Rick Saccone debacles — worry they’re staring down their latest potential midterm election fiasco: coal baron and recent federal prisoner Don Blankenship. With Blankenship skyrocketing in the West Virginia Republican Senate primary and blanketing the airwaves with ads assailing his fractured field of rivals as career politicians, senior party officials are wrestling with how, or even whether, to intervene. Politico

Business Groups To Trump: No New China Tariffs
A coalition of industry groups from across the US economy have written to President Donald Trump urging him not to slap new tariffs on China. The Trump administration has already imposed tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from most of the world, aimed primarily at curbing the excess production of those commodities in China. But the White House confirmed to CNN last week that the administration is weighing tariffs on at least $30 billion worth of other imports from China. Hartford Business
VOA VIEW: Cowards - China is the main culprit.

Operator Of Self-Driving Uber Vehicle That Killed Pedestrian Was Felon
The operator behind the wheel of a self-driving Uber vehicle that hit and killed a 49-year-old woman Sunday night had served almost four years in an Arizona prison in the early 2000s on an attempted armed robbery conviction. A representative for Uber declined to comment on the conviction and the company's hiring policies, citing an active investigation. USA Today


Google Unveils $300M News Initiative
Google  today announced a multi-pronged News Initiative, which Chief Business Officer Phillipp Schindler described as a way to tie together all the company’s efforts to work with the journalism industry. Google says the News Initiative is focused on three broad goals — strengthening quality journalism, supporting sustainable business models and empowering newsrooms through technological innovation. It’s also committing to spend $300 million over the next three years on its various journalism-related projects. Tech Crunch
VOA VIEW: Google is getting too big and has too much control.

Trump Done Playing Nice With Mueller
There's been an important shift over the last few days in President Donald Trump's approach to the ongoing special counsel investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election as his rhetoric and his legal team have begun to reflect an increased focus on winning the fight for public opinion rather than cooperating with the actual probe. For months, Trump's advisers -- political and legal -- kept him largely constrained. Yes, he bashed the Russia probe as a "witch hunt" and a hoax.  CNN
VOA VIEW: CNN is upset that they are not winning their vendetta on Trump.

The Case For Indicting Presidents, As Made By Trump's New Lawyer
Joseph diGenova, the newest member of President Donald Trump’s legal team, is most famous for his hyperbolic attacks on the Russia investigation during Fox News hits. He has accused the FBI and Department of Justice of “trying to frame Donald Trump of a falsely created crime,” and said special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Trump’s Russia ties has created “the largest law enforcement scandal in history.” Vox

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Ryan: Special Counsel Mueller 'Should Be Free' To Follow Through With Russia Probe
House Speaker Paul Ryan said Tuesday that the special counsel "should be free" to complete his investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election and links between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin. "The special counsel should be free to follow through his investigation to conclusion," Ryan said at a news conference Tuesday morning. CNBC

United Temporarily Suspends Reservations For Carrying Small Animals
United Airlines is suspending its transport of animals in the cargo compartments of planes, after a series of mistakes last week, the carrier announced Tuesday. Passengers who have already made arrangements by March 20 for their pets will be able to fly. But United won’t accept any more reservations for pets until the review is completed, which is expected by May 1. USA Today

Trump May Be Deposed In ‘Apprentice’ Groping Lawsuit
President Donald Trump can’t avoid a former "Apprentice" contestant’s defamation lawsuit and may be forced to respond under oath to allegations of sexual assault and his treatment of women. Summer Zervos, a contender on The Apprentice in 2005, sued Trump in January 2017 alleging he “ambushed” her on more than one occasion starting in 2007, kissing her, touching her breast and pressing his genitals against her. On Tuesday, New York State Supreme Court Justice Jennifer Schecter denied the president’s request to throw out the lawsuit or delay it until he leaves office. Bloomberg

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Republicans Don't Want A Primary Challenge To Trump
Last Friday in New Hampshire, Jeff Flake—the outgoing Republican senator from Arizona who has denounced President Donald Trump as a threat to American democracy—got a standing ovation in Manchester, New Hampshire. John Kasich, another potential challenger to Trump in the 2020 GOP primary, will visit the Granite State next month. “The unusual flurry of activity,” noted The Washington Post, “is stoking speculation about whether a sitting president could face a serious challenge from within his own party for the first time in a quarter-century.” Atlantic

Former GOP WH Official: Evangelicals' Mulligan Defense Of Trump Is 'Complete Hypocrisy'
He served under Presidents Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, and George W. Bush, but under Donald Trump's presidency, Peter Wehner says things are different. "I'm very uncomfortable calling myself now a Republican even though my roots are with the Republican Party," Wehner told David Axelrod on "The Axe Files," a podcast from the University of Chicago Institute of Politics and CNN. CNN

President Trump's New Lawyer Once Argued America Could 'Benefit From The Indictment Of A President'
Joseph diGenova, the newest member of President Donald Trump's legal team for the Russia investigation, wrote in a 1997 op-ed that the nation "could conceivably benefit from the indictment of a president" because "it would teach the valuable civics lesson that no one is above the law." At the time, diGenova was writing about then-President Bill Clinton, who was the subject of an independent counsel investigation during his second term. But diGenova's position on indicting a sitting president could put him at odds with other members of Trump's legal team and could even force diGenova to argue against his own position at some point in the future. CNBC

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