US visa boss insists mission statement isn't anti-immigrant

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The head of the federal agency that grants citizenship and immigration benefits said Friday that he had a message for anyone who considers his new mission statement anti-immigrant: "A thousand times no."

  • Written by By ELLIOT SPAGAT , Associated Press

Stores make push in scan and go tech, hope shoppers adopt it

 

NEW YORK (AP) — Shoppers at self-checkout lanes scanning all their groceries after they're done shopping? Old school. More stores are letting customer tally their choices with a phone app or store device as they roam the aisles.

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  • Written by By ANNE D'INNOCENZIO , AP Retail Writer

Sheriff: School officer never went inside to confront gunman

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The armed officer on duty at the Florida school where a shooter killed 17 people never went inside to engage the gunman and has been placed under investigation, officials announced Thursday.

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  • Written by By BRENDAN FARRINGTON, GARY FINEOUT and TERRY SPENCER , Associated Press

Deaths mount in Syria bombing campaign near Damascus

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian government warplanes supported by Russia continued their relentless bombardment of the rebel-controlled eastern suburbs of Damascus for a sixth day Friday, killing nine people, opposition activists and a war monitor reported. The death toll from the past week climbed to more than 400.

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  • Written by By ZEINA KARAM , Associated Press