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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 ...