He had no run-ins with police, was an honor roll student and had been praised for his defensive work on the junior varsity football team. Dimitrios Pagourtzis, 17, projected a nondescript demeanor, a quiet loner who regularly wore a trench coat to school, even on scorching hot days. He had been bullied by classmates and coaches, one acquaintance said. And recently, he betrayed a growing darkness. In the weeks before the shooting at Santa Fe High School, he posted a picture of a black T-shirt on his Facebook page emblazoned in white with a simple message: "BORN TO KILL."
A passenger jet with more than 100 people on board crashed shortly after takeoff from Havana's international airport Friday, according to Cuban media and witnesses. The Cuban state-run newspaper Granma reported that the plane, a Boeing 737-200 leased by the national airline, Cubana de Aviación, was carrying 104 passengers and a foreign crew. Granma reported that three people survived the crash, which it said occurred at 12:08 p.m. Eastern time. The three were rushed to the hospital in critical condition, the paper said.
In the hours after a gunman killed at least 10 people at a Texas high school in the latest act of mass bloodshed on an American school campus, another man with a gun caught the attention of reporters at the scene. With a pistol holstered on his hip and an American flag in his hand, the man, wearing a Trump hat, spoke briefly on video with reporters gathered at Santa Fe High School Friday. The man, who was not identified in the video, said that his first thought after the shooting was to "get to the school, make America great again." He said he was there to offer support.
WASHINGTON - A sweeping farm bill failed in the House on Friday, May 18, in a major embarrassment to GOP leaders who were unable to placate conservative lawmakers demanding commitments on immigration. Leadership put the bill on the floor gambling it would pass despite unanimous Democratic opposition. They negotiated with members of the conservative House Freedom Caucus up to the last minutes.
WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump has personally pushed U.S. Postmaster General Megan Brennan to double the rate the Postal Service charges Amazon.com and other firms to ship packages, according to three people familiar with their conversations, a dramatic move that probably would cost these companies billions of dollars.
WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump announced Friday that he plans to nominate Department of Veterans Affairs Acting Secretary Robert Wilkie to become the department's permanent leader, noting that the decision may come as a surprise to Wilkie. "I'll be informing him in a little while - he doesn't know this yet - that we're going to be putting his name up for nomination to be secretary of the veterans administration," Trump said at a Friday morning event at the White House that Wilkie attended. The president added that Wilkie has done "an incredible job" as the acting secretary.
Angenette Welk's dark hair falls neatly onto her shoulders in the mug shot, her wide grin bearing teeth more vivid than the white stripes of her jail uniform. At that moment and less than four miles away from the jail in Marion County, Florida, doctors rushed to save the life of Sandra Clarkson, a victim in what authorities have alleged was a drunken-driving collision on May 10 around noon. Clarkson, a 60-year old mother, suffered severe head trauma when her car was struck with enough force to sandwich the vehicle into a horse trailer in front of it.
After more than two months, 66-year old former Russian spy Sergei Skripal has been discharged from the hospital after being poisoned by a military-grade nerve agent, British authorities said Friday.
WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani said Friday that he has been told "off the record" that there was at least one informant for the FBI or Justice Department embedded in Trump's presidential campaign, but he admitted that he and the president do not know if that's true or not. Trump alleged in a Thursday morning tweet that during the Obama administration, the FBI placed "an embedded informant" inside his presidential campaign to improperly spy on him. Trump tweeted that if this information is true, "this is bigger than Watergate!"
BEIJING - China ended an anti-dumping investigation into imports of U.S. sorghum on Friday, May 18, a possible concession or goodwill gesture as key talks are underway in Washington over the trade dispute between the two nations. China's vice premier, Liu He, met with President Donald Trump and a U.S. negotiating team led by Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Thursday in the first of two days of talks.