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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 ...