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Student protests resonate with Columbine shooting survivors

By P. SOLOMON BANDA and JAMES ANDERSON, Associated Press DENVER (AP) — Patrick Neville was outside, sneaking off to smoke with friends, and avoided the outburst of gunfire at Columbine High School nearly two decades ago, but he did not dodge the heartbreak. A close friend died, and the ...

Trump urges lawmakers to buck NRA every once in a while

By LISA MASCARO and MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump declared he's willing to take on the National Rifle Association over gun legislation, but Republicans who control Congress aren't so sure. They prefer to consider only modest changes to firearms ...

Georgia GOP leader threatens Delta over cutting its NRA ties

By R.J. RICO and BEN NADLER, Associated Press ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia's lieutenant governor on Monday threatened to prevent Delta Air Lines from getting a lucrative tax cut after the company ended its discount program with the National Rifle Association, in the latest fallout from a deadly ...

Report: Inequality remains 50 years after Kerner Report

By RUSSELL CONTRERAS, Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Barriers to equality are posing threats to democracy in the U.S. as the country remains segregated along racial lines and child poverty worsens, says a study examining the nation 50 years after the release of the landmark 1968 ...

Attorney: Deputy thought gunfire was from outside school

By KELLI KENNEDY, BRENDAN FARRINGTON and CURT ANDERSON, Associated Press PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) — The sheriff's deputy assigned to guard the Florida high school that was the scene of a mass shooting never entered the building to confront the suspect because he believed the gunfire was coming ...

Supreme Court declines to decide fate of ‘Dreamers’ just yet

By JESSOCA GRESKO, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Monday rejected the Trump administration's highly unusual bid to bypass a federals appeals court and get the justices to intervene in the fate of a program that protects hundreds of thousands of young immigrants from ...

Gorsuch silent as divided Supreme Court spars over unions

By MARK SHERMAN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — With the justice holding the decisive vote silent, a divided Supreme Court sparred Monday over a case that could undermine the financial footing of labor unions that represent government workers. The justices heard arguments in a challenge ...

New York remembers 1993 World Trade Center bombing

By JENNIFER PELTZ, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — The World Trade Center's operating agency issued an apology on Monday at a solemn commemoration of the trade center's deadly 1993 bombing, saying the agency and the country was wholly unprepared for an event that became a precursor to ...

Trump suggests he and governors would’ve rushed Fla. school

By DARLENE SUPERVILLE and KEN THOMAS, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump told the nation's governors on Monday that he would have rushed in unarmed to aid students and teachers during the deadly mass shooting at a Florida high school. "You don't know until you're ...

Caller told FBI Florida shooting suspect ‘going to explode’

By SADIE GURMAN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — A woman close to the man charged with killing 17 people at a Florida high school warned the FBI in chilling detail that he had a growing collection of guns and a temper so uncontrollable she worried about him "getting into a school and just ...

NRA, Florida face backlash after latest school shooting

By KEN SWEET, DAMIAN TROISE and ALEXANDRA OLSON, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — The National Rifle Association, and now the State of Florida, faced a growing backlash Saturday as companies cut ties to the gun industry following the latest school massacre, and student survivors called for ...

Democrats release memo rebutting GOP on Russia probe

By MARY CLARE JALONICK and CHAD DAY, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Two weeks after President Donald Trump blocked the full release of a classified Democratic memo, the House intelligence committee published a redacted version of the document that aims to counter a narrative that ...

Billy Graham’s body arrives at namesake library

By ALLEN G. BREED, AP National Writer CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Admirers took photos on their phones, fire trucks parked on freeway overpasses and police officers saluted as a motorcade carrying the body of the Rev. Billy Graham crossed the evangelist's beloved home state of North Carolina for ...

School shooting survivors target NRA-linked companies

By KEN SWEET and FREIDA FRISARO, Associated Press Survivors of a mass shooting at a Florida high school are hoping to expand the reach of their gun control movement by seeking a boycott of companies doing business with the NRA and urging tourists to boycott the Sunshine State. As the ...

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 ...