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Thursday, March 14, 2019 1:00 am


O'Rourke seeks presidency

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AUSTIN, Texas – Democrat Beto O'Rourke has told a Texas TV station that he's running for president in 2020.

The former Texas congressman sent a text message to KTSM on Wednesday confirming that he will seek the Democratic presidential nomination.

He wrote: “I'm really proud of what El Paso did and what El Paso represents. It's a big part of why I'm running. This city is the best example of this country at its best.”

O'Rourke was little-known outside his hometown of El Paso until he challenged Republican Sen. Ted Cruz last year. O'Rourke got within 3 percentage points of upsetting Cruz in the nation's largest red state and shattered national fundraising records while using grass-roots organizing and social media savvy to mobilize young voters and minorities.

Scientists: Prohibit gene-edited babies

Scientists and ethicists from seven nations, including the United States, on Wednesday called for a moratorium on gene-editing experiments designed to alter heritable traits in human babies.

The call for the moratorium, published as a commentary in the journal Nature, came in direct response to the actions of a Chinese researcher who, disregarding a global consensus on the ethical boundaries of gene editing, altered embryos that were implanted and carried to term, resulting in the live birth of twin babies.

Florida teenager kills self at school

A 17-year-old took her life at a central Florida high school Wednesday, prompting a brief lockdown of the campus, authorities said.

Seminole County Sheriff Dennis Lemma said the student, an 11th-grader, died from a single gunshot just before 8 a.m. in the auditorium of Lake Mary High School.

School resource deputies and a nurse responded in “less than a minute” but could not save the girl, Lemma said.

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