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Parkland shooting: How the NRA is more vulnerable than ever after a year of protests and a wave election

Parkland shooting: How the NRA is more vulnerable than ever after a year of protests and a wave electionOne year after gunfire began in the freshman building of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, the movement those bullets sparked has swept through the US and opened a new chapter on guns in America. Guns have come to dominate political debate this past year in way unseen previously in the US, with massive protests from March for Our Lives attracting headlines and major news coverage — and virtually all Democrat presidential candidates supporting stricter gun control. Meanwhile, dozens of states have moved to pass new gun control laws in an historic effort, as communities across America continue to be scarred by gun violence.



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British cryptocurrency market sold in one of industry's biggest ever deals

British cryptocurrency market sold in one of industry's biggest ever dealsA British cryptocurrency company founded by former bankers has been bought for at least $ 100m (£77m) in what is being described as one of industry's largest ever deals.  London's Crypto Facilities, which allows trading in Bitcoin futures and derivatives, has been acquired by San Francisco-based Kraken, one of the world's largest cryptocurrency exchanges, for a “nine figure sum”. Kraken did not disclose the exact number but lawyers at Hogan Lovells who advised the British company on the deal confirmed it was “one of the largest M&A; deals the emerging crypto industry has seen”.  The deal merges one of the world’s largest global websites for trading Bitcoin and other coins with the most popular futures markets. It will boost confidence that the cryptocurrency industry, which appeared to have fizzled out somewhat after hitting a peak at the end of 2017, still has life in it. Bitcoin has fallen to around $ 3,500 (£2,700), well below its peak of $ 20,000.  Crypto Facilities is regulated by Britain’s finance watchdog and allows customers to trade futures on six cryptocurrencies including Bitcoin. The company launched its exchange four years ago and was founded by Timo Schlaefer, a former Goldman Sachs executive in London, and Jean-Christophe Laruelle, who worked for BNP Paribas. Kraken chief executive Jesse Powell said that he believed the industry no longer presented “a get rich quick opportunity or mentality as there was 12 months ago” but compared cryptocurrency to the stock market. “If there’s a bear market it does not mean stocks are dead and everyone should abandon working in securities,” he said.  Total value of all cryptocurrency on the market He claimed the company had been “grateful” for the cryptocurrency chill after a period where “everything was on fire and we are no longer getting 50,000 people signing up per day” as it relieved pressure on technology, giving some respite for improvements before the next wave.   Crypto Facilities is regulated by Britain’s finance watchdog and allows customers to trade futures on six pairs of cryptocurrency including Bitcoin, Ethereum, Ripple, XRP, Litecoin and Bitcoin cash. Kraken has been on a shopping spree since 2016, acquiring Coinsetter, Cavirtex and CleverCoin along with wallet – or crypto storage – service Glidera and tracking website Cryptowatch. It is backed by private investors. It is understood to have laid off a number of staff in its California headquarters toward the end of last year.



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Largest great white shark ever recorded seen feasting on dead sperm whale near Hawaii

Largest great white shark ever recorded seen feasting on dead sperm whale near HawaiiDivers near the Hawaiian island of Oahu made a rare discovery over the weekend, capturing close-up photographs of what’s believed to be the largest great white shark ever recorded in history. The predator — nicknamed “Deep Blue” and estimated to be 50-years-old — weighs in at 2.5 tons. Mark Mohler and Kimberly Jeffries saw the shark feasting on a dead sperm whale on Sunday, boldly swimming alongside the seven-metre giant and capturing stunning pictures of the experience.



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Trump denies ever working for Russia, blasts investigators

Trump denies ever working for Russia, blasts investigatorsWASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Monday denied he ever worked for Russia against U.S. interests, addressing an extraordinary question that has haunted his presidency and shows no sign of going away.



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This is now the second-longest government shutdown ever. On Saturday, it becomes No. 1

This is now the second-longest government shutdown ever. On Saturday, it becomes No. 1The longest shutdown ever lasted from Dec. 5, 1995, to Jan. 6, 1996, when House Speaker Newt Gingrich and President Bill Clinton faced off over taxes.



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Dutch teachers, lecturers to hold first ever all-out strike in March

Dutch teachers, lecturers to hold first ever all-out strike in MarchDutch teachers and lecturers at all levels will hold their first ever joint strike on March 15 to press demands for wage hikes and better working conditions, labor unions said on Wednesday. The looming walkout reflects growing frustration across the workforce in the Netherlands, with employees in many sectors feeling left behind by strong economic growth that has not been matched by wage increases. The March 15 stoppage is expected to shut schools and universities, and follows similar walkouts by primary school teachers in October and December 2017.



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No other Congress has ever looked this much like me. Now how will female lawmakers use that power?

No other Congress has ever looked this much like me. Now how will female lawmakers use that power?To continue to smash the old boys' club, female lawmakers in the historically diverse 116th Congress must embrace each other, and their differences.



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Mega Millions drawing could deliver biggest Christmas lottery gift ever

Mega Millions drawing could deliver biggest Christmas lottery gift everAmericans who included Mega Million tickets on their holiday shopping lists have a shot at winning more than $ 300 million in Tuesday’s drawing, the largest Christmas Day jackpot in the history of the multi-state lottery. The grand prize has grown to $ 321 million after a nine-week spell without a winner. Combined with a $ 294 million Powerball jackpot up for grabs on Wednesday, the holiday week could deliver prizes worth more than $ 600 million.



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Michelle Obama on running for political office: 'It's not something I would ever do'

Michelle Obama on running for political office: 'It's not something I would ever do'Michelle Obama has an unyielding answer for anyone trying to persuade her to run for political office: she’s not interested. The former first lady discussed her newly published memoir Becoming with television host Jimmy Kimmel in his eponymous show on Thursday night when he asked her about people goading her to pursue a political career. “I know you said – repeatedly – you will not run for office,” Mr Kimmel said, “but has anyone ever really, like, seriously approached you and tried to convince you to run for office?



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Midterms 2018: More candidates using anti-muslim rhetoric than ever – but it's not working

Midterms 2018: More candidates using anti-muslim rhetoric than ever - but it's not workingFear-mongering is not new in American politics. This midterm election season American voters have seen a growing number of candidates – nearly all Republican – smearing their political opponents either as terrorism threats or with Islamophobic rhetoric. On Monday, ahead of the midterm Election Day, Muslim Advocates, a legal advocacy group in Oakland, California, released their Running on Hate 2018 report noting a sharp increase in anti-Muslim rhetoric from election campaigns in the state and local level.



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