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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 ...

Trump vents frustration over Russia probe, rails against FBI

By CATHERINE LUCEY, Associated Press WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Venting his fury over the Russia investigation, President Donald Trump on Sunday asserted that the Obama administration bears some blame for the election meddling, insisted he never denied that the Kremlin interfered in the ...

Biden, in public and private, tiptoes toward a 2020 run

By JOSH LEDERMAN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Vice President Joe Biden is tiptoeing toward a potential presidential run in 2020, even broaching the possibility during a recent gathering of longtime foreign policy aides. Huddled in his newly opened office steps from the U.S. ...

Indictment: Social media firms got played by Russian agents

By MATT O'BRIEN and MAE ANDERSON, AP Technology Writers Friday's election-interference indictment brought by Robert Mueller, the U.S. special counsel, underscores how thoroughly social-media companies like Facebook and Twitter were played by Russian propagandists. And it's not clear if the ...

Romney, favored in Senate bid, could take on outsized role

By MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Mitt Romney's extensive resume has many Republicans looking to him to take on a role in the Senate as a political and moral counterweight to a president many in the GOP see as divisive and undignified. First he has to get elected. The ...

Florida, angry and grieving, takes gun protest to streets

By JASON DEAREN, ALLEN G. BREED and TAMARA LUSH, Associated Press PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) — Thousands of angry students, parents, teachers and neighbors of a Florida high school where 17 people were killed demanded Saturday that immediate action be taken on gun-control legislation, insisting ...

In aftermath of shooting, a community mourns and wonders why

By KELLI KENNEDY, CURT ANDERSON and TAMARA LUSH, Associated Press PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) — Nikolas Cruz jumped out of the Uber car and walked toward building 12 of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, carrying a black duffel bag and a black backpack. A man inside the school spotted Cruz, ...

High school shooting claimed students and teachers

By JAY REEVES, Associated Press When a gunman opened fire with an AR-15 at a large high school in south Florida, he claimed the lives of students with their whole lives ahead of them, along with those of the teachers who tried to protect them. Here is a look at the 17 people who authorities ...

Lots of talk, little action in Congress after shootings

By MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — For a brief moment after the Las Vegas massacre last fall, Republicans and Democrats in Congress talked about taking a rare step to tighten the nation's gun laws. Four months later, the only gun legislation that has moved in the House or ...

Food box idea draws ire from Democrats, advocates

By JULIET LINDERMAN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is pushing what it calls a "bold new approach to nutrition assistance": replacing the traditional cash-on-a-card that food stamp recipients currently get with a pre-assembled box of canned foods and other ...

Did FBI miss a warning before Florida high school shooting?

By MICHAEL BALSAMO and SADIE GURMAN, Associated Press The massacre at a Florida high school is again raising concerns about whether the FBI missed signs that might have stopped a mass shooting. Last fall, a Mississippi bail bondsman and video blogger noticed a comment on one of his YouTube ...

School shooting suspect made ‘disturbing’ social media posts

By KELLI KENNEDY, Associated Press PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) — The suspect in a deadly rampage at a Florida high school is a troubled teenager who posted disturbing material on social media before the shooting spree that killed at least 17 people, according to a law enforcement official and former ...

Former student opens fire at Florida high school, killing 17

By TERRY SPENCER and KELLI KENNEDY, Associated Press PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) — A former student opened fire with a semi-automatic rifle at a Florida high school Wednesday, killing at least 17 people and sending hundreds of students fleeing into the streets in the nation's deadliest school ...

1 climber dies, others rescued on Oregon’s tallest peak

By STEVEN DUBOIS and GILLIAN FLACCUS, Associated Press GOVERNMENT CAMP, Ore. (AP) — One climber fell to his death and several others had to be rescued after conditions turned treacherous on Oregon's tallest peak. More than a half-dozen people had been climbing near Mount Hood's peak when a ...

Party’s over: Raucous Fat Tuesday gives way to solemn Lent

By REBECCA SANTANA and JANET McCONNAUGHEY, Associated Press NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Families camped out from early morning to catch beads and stuffed animals thrown from float riders. Revelers took to the streets in elaborate or funny costumes evoking Marie Antoinette, President Donald Trump and ...

Leaping elk crashes low-flying research helicopter in Utah

By LINDSAY WHITEHURST, Associated Press SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — An elk leaped into a research helicopter that was trying to capture it and brought down the helicopter in a collision that also killed the elk, authorities said Tuesday. The elk jumped into the chopper's tail rotor as the ...

White House, FBI differ in accounts of investigation of aide

By DEB RIECHMANN and ZEKE MILLER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Contradicting the White House, the FBI said it gave the Trump administration information on multiple occasions last year about a top aide accused of domestic abuse by his two ex-wives, and the investigation wrapped up in ...

Senate leaders predict a tough time getting immigration deal

By ALAN FRAM, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate's two top leaders put on a show of comradery as their chamber launched its immigration debate, but also laid down markers underscoring how hard it will be to reach a deal that can move through Congress. "We really do get along, ...

Winners and losers under Medicare drug plan in Trump budget

By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Some Medicare beneficiaries would face higher prescription drug costs under President Donald Trump's budget even as the sickest patients save thousands of dollars, a complex trade-off that may make it harder to sell Congress on ...

Conservatives lash out at GOP spending binge

By STEVE PEOPLES, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — The GOP is the party of fiscal responsibility no more. That's according to some conservatives who are grappling with a Republican-backed spending binge that threatens to generate trillion-dollar deficits for years to come while staining a ...