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Army awards Heroism Medal to three students killed in Parkland shooting

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The U.S. Army awarded Medals of Heroism to 15-year-old Peter Wang and two 14-year-olds, Alaina Petty and Martin Duque who were killed in the Parkland, Florida shooting, Buzzfeed reports.

  • They were all members of the Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps and the Army is presenting their parents with the medals at each of their memorial services.
  • Wang was killed in his ROTC uniform and held a door open so that others could escape from the shooter, according to his cousin.

West Point released a statement on Tuesday, admitting Wang posthumously: "Peter Wang, an Army Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps cadet at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, had a lifetime goal to attend USMA and was posthumously offered admission for his heroic actions on Feb. 14, 2018. It was an appropriate way for USMA to honor this brave young man."

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Trump's two-front war

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President Trump is ending the week with a flop — nowhere close to the border wall funding he wanted in the DACA-less spending bill that congressional leaders released last evening. But he's fulfilling one of his most aggressive campaign promises with his anti-China trade action.

The big picture: Trump's expected announcement today of tariffs on Chinese imports is a big deal, and analysts fear it could provoke a trade war — and it comes as Trump has been battling his own party here at home over the government spending bill.

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The worst flu season in eight years

Note: Activity levels are based on outpatient visits in a state compared to the average number of visits that occur during weeks with little or no flu virus circulation; Data: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Chart: Chris Canipe/Axios

This year's flu season caught many experts off guard with both its sustained prevalence and its virulence. At its peak, there was a higher level of flu-like illnesses reported than any other year during the past eight years. Watch in the visual as it hits its peak around Week 18.

Why it matters: Public health officials try to capture this data when developing the next year's vaccines. And, of course, they want to find better ways to prevent severe flu seasons. There's a "Strategic Plan" to develop a universal vaccine to protect against a wider range of influenza viruses, Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, tells Axios.