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Trump bucks NRA, backs raising age for buying assault rifles

By JILL COLVIN and MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation should keep assault rifles out of the hands of anyone under 21, President Donald Trump says, defying his loyal supporters in the National Rifle Association amid America's public reckoning over gun violence. He ...

Florida school shooting: ‘abject breakdown at all levels’

By GARY FINEOUT, JENNIFER KAY and JOSH REPLOGLE, Associated Press FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida high school where a former student shot and killed 17 people with an assault-type rifle is reopening for teachers Friday as the community grappled with word that the armed officer on ...

Missouri governor defiant after indictment linked to affair

By JIM SALTER, DAVID A. LIEB and SUMMER BALLENTINE, Associated Press ST. LOUIS (AP) — Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens remains defiant, even amid calls for impeachment or resignation, after a St. Louis grand jury indicted him for felony invasion of privacy, alleging the Republican took a ...

NRA strikes a defiant tone, criticizes gun control advocates

By KEN THOMAS, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Leaders of the National Rifle Association are accusing gun control advocates of exploiting the deadly Florida school shooting, striking a defiant tone amid a renewed debate over guns and school safety. NRA Executive Vice President Wayne ...

Florida man screams, yells ‘murderers!’ as he’s put to death

By JASON DEAREN, Associated Press STARKE, Fla. (AP) — As the execution drugs were being administered, inmate Eric Scott Branch let out a blood-curdling scream. Then he yelled "murderers! murderers! murderers!" as he thrashed on a gurney as he was being put to death for the 1993 rape and ...

Florida students not backing off push for gun regulations

By BRENDAN FARRINGTON, GARY FINEOUT and TERRY SPENCER, Associated Press TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The student-driven movement to rewrite gun laws showed no sign of waning a week after a gunman killed 17 people at a Florida school, with politicians yielding to pressure to respond. The ...

Congressman claims undisclosed firm wasn’t ‘doing business’

By RYAN J. FOLEY, Associated Press IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A congressman from Iowa said in a sworn statement made public Thursday that a company he failed to disclose wasn't "doing business" in 2016, despite claims in its own advertising to the contrary. GOP Rep. Rod Blum filed an amended ...

After a year, Trump holds firm grip on conservative movement

By ZEKE MILLER, Associated Press OXON HILL, Md. (AP) — Donald Trump's outsider candidacy rattled the conservative movement. But more than a year into his presidency, the onetime Democrat now holds what seems to be a near-total grip. The largest annual gathering of conservatives has all the ...

California lawmaker accused of sexual misconduct resigns

By JONATHAN J. COOPER and DON THOMPSON, Associated Press SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A California state senator accused of sexual misconduct resigned Thursday just ahead of a possible vote to expel him, delivering a scathing resignation letter that called the investigation process a ...

Again the question: Could armed teachers stop shootings?

By CAROLYN THOMPSON, Associated Press Utah teacher Kasey Hansen says carrying a concealed weapon in school is "more of a solution" than hiding in a corner and waiting if an armed intruder enters the classroom. But Texas teacher Tara Bordeaux worries that she lacks "the instincts" of a law ...

Fighting gun violence after shooting gives teens purpose

By JASON DEAREN, Associated Press PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) — Chris Grady was a theater kid counting down the days until he reported for duty in the U.S. Army this summer, when a gunman opened fire at his school. As he huddled in his classroom at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School last Wednesday ...

Trump offers support for background checks on gun buys

By CATHERINE LUCEY and MARIA DANILOVA, Associated Press WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — From the confines of his golf club, President Donald Trump offered support for a limited strengthening of federal background checks on gun purchases Monday while staying largely mum in the last few days ...

Students head to Florida capital to press for gun law change

By TERRY SPENCER, CURT ANDERSON and BRENDAN FARRINGTON, Associated Press PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) — A hundred Stoneman Douglas High School students are busing 400 miles to Florida's capital Tuesday to urge lawmakers to act to prevent a repeat of the massacre that killed 17 students and faculty ...

Trump endorses Romney’s Senate bid — and Romney accepts

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is endorsing Mitt Romney in Utah's Senate race, another sign that the two Republicans are burying the hatchet after a fraught relationship. The GOP's presidential nominee in 2012, Romney announced last week he would seek the nomination to replace ...

15-year-old shot 5 times protecting classmates from gunfire

PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) — A 15-year-old Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student who was shot five times during the massacre is credited with saving the lives of at least 20 other students. A fundraising site says Anthony Borges was shot in both legs and his back while attempting to close ...

Shooting survivors on potential collision course with Trump

By JASON DEAREN, TERRY SPENCER and ALLEN G. BREED, Associated Press PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) — Student survivors of the deadly Florida school shooting who hope to become the face of a revived gun control movement are on a potential collision course with President Donald Trump. Several of the ...

High court asked to iron out polling place clothing dispute

By JESSICA GRESKO, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — A "Make America Great Again" hat. A tea party T-shirt. A MoveOn.org button. Wear any one of those items to vote in Minnesota, and a poll worker will likely ask you to remove it or cover it up. Like a number of states, Minnesota bars ...

Few states let courts take guns from people deemed a threat

By RYAN J. FOLEY and DON THOMPSON, Associated Press SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The warnings around Nikolas Cruz seemed to flash like neon signs: expelled from school, fighting with classmates, a fascination with weapons and hurting animals, disturbing images and comments posted to social ...

Museum to discuss efforts to see if bones belong to pirate

YARMOUTH, Mass. (AP) — Researchers are set to discuss their efforts to determine whether human bones recovered from a Cape Cod shipwreck are those of the infamous pirate Samuel "Black Sam" Bellamy. The Whydah Pirate Museum in Yarmouth, Massachusetts, says it also will publicly display the ...

Calls for gun control grow louder after Florida shooting

By JASON DEAREN, ALLEN G. BREED and TAMARA LUSH, Associated Press PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) — Pressure is growing for tougher gun-control laws after a mass shooting at a Florida high school, with thousands of angry protesters at state rallies demanding immediate action from lawmakers, and more ...