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NRA, Florida faces backlash after latest school shooting

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 tourism boycotts of...

 

Trump processes Fla. students' grief as president, parent

WASHINGTON (AP) — Once again, it was the images of children that propelled President Donald Trump to act. Trump spent the first days after the Feb. 14 school shooting in Florida fixated on the grieving and anguished students and parents. While at...

 

Admirers line streets, overpasses to see Graham's motorcade

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Motorists pulled aside and well-wishers lined freeway overpasses to see the Rev. Billy Graham's motorcade barrel through his beloved home state of North Carolina on Saturday in a running tribute to "America's Pastor." Adults...

 

Florida nabs more teens for making school shooting threats

BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Florida authorities arrested two teenagers Friday for making shooting threats against two separate schools, days after the mass bloodshed in Parkland. The cases are the latest among dozens of threats involving students...

 

Police: 21 cases involving threats to Virginia Beach schools

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — Authorities say they have investigated 21 cases involving threats to public schools in Virginia Beach since the school massacre in Florida. The Virginian-Pilot reports that 10 juveniles have been charged in recent days...

 

NY student charged with threatening to 'shoot all' at school

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — A Rochester student accused of threatening online to shoot up a high school that she didn't attend has been arrested. Abigail Hernandez pleaded not guilty Wednesday to making a terroristic threat, online court records show. H...

 

Civil rights icon Ruby Bridges Hall: Ban assault weapons

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Ruby Bridges Hall, who faced threats and harassment when she integrated a southern school as a child several decades ago, said Friday that she is distressed by mass shootings in U.S. schools. "When I think about our babies...

 

Bundy: Judge did US government a favor by throwing out case

SPARKS, Nev. (AP) — Southern Nevada rancher and state's rights activist Cliven Bundy said Friday a judge in Las Vegas did the U.S. government a favor last month when she threw out his criminal case stemming from an armed standoff with federal agent...

 

Florida man yells 'murderers!' as he's executed for slaying

STARKE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida inmate convicted of raping and killing a college student decades ago screamed and yelled "murderers!" three times, thrashing on a gurney as he was being put to death Thursday. The governor's office said Eric Scott...

 

New charges brought against ex-Trump campaign associates

WASHINGTON (AP) — Dramatically escalating the pressure and stakes, special counsel Robert Mueller filed additional criminal charges Thursday against President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman and his business associate. The filing adds...

 

Sheriff: School officer never went inside to confront gunman

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The armed officer on duty at the Florida school where a shooter killed 17 people never went inside to engage the gunman and has been placed under investigation, officials announced Thursday. The Valentine's Day shooting...

 

California senator quits as Legislature grapples with #MeToo

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 a farce and underscored the...

 

NRA accuses gun-control advocates of exploiting FL shooting

WASHINGTON (AP) — Leaders of the National Rifle Association on Thursday accused 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...

 

After a year, Trump holds firm grip on conservative movement

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...

 

Trump comments points to deep divisions over arming teachers

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...

 

Husband of slain online exhibitionist charged with murder

CALERA, Ala. (AP) — The husband of an online exhibitionist whose partially nude body was found outside her suburban home was arrested Thursday in her killing, an Alabama police chief said. William Jeffrey West, 44, is being charged with murder in...

 

Shooting survivors endure new assault _ from online trolls

One student was teased about being a "brown, bald lesbian." Another was the target of conspiracy theorists who claimed he was really an actor. When a group of teens posed for a photo, they were accused of lapping up attention from the news cameras...

 

Billy Graham will lie in honor in the US Capitol Rotunda

MONTREAT, N.C. (AP) — The Rev. Billy Graham's body will lie in honor in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda next week, the first time a private citizen has been accorded such recognition since civil rights hero Rosa Parks in 2005. The two-day viewing in...

 

Civil disobedience: Teen shooting survivors shake up Capitol

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Holding hand-scrawled signs and wearing black "Parkland Strong" T-shirts, the 40 teenagers filed warily into a committee room at Florida's state Capitol on Wednesday. They hadn't been invited and the lawmakers they were...

 

Baldwin urges Trump to take action on gun control

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Democratic Sen. Tammy Baldwin urged President Donald Trump on Thursday to bring forward gun control measures, while slamming the National Rifle Association and saying high school students are forcing politicians to consider...

 

Gov. Baker says arming teachers not the answer to shootings

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker says more guns in the classroom isn't the answer to school shootings. The Republican made the comment Thursday after President Donald Trump suggested in a tweet that "highly trained teachers would act...

 

Police advocacy group says it opposes arming teachers

WASHINGTON (AP) — An advocacy group for police officers assigned to secure the nation's schools has a simple message about arming teachers: Don't do it. The National Association of School Resource Officers said Thursday it strongly recommends that...

 

Final tribute: Slain football coach is hailed as a 'hero'

When Joe LaGuardia heard there had been a mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, he said he knew in the pit of his stomach that his longtime friend Aaron Feis was doing everything possible to save students. LaGuardia was heading to...

 

New Jersey's biggest teacher's union opposes arming teachers

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey's biggest teacher's union says it's "adamantly opposed" to suggestions that teachers should carry guns as a deterrent to school attacks. New Jersey Education Association President Marie Blistan announced the group's...

 

FBI says it's trying to rebuild trust after botched tip

WASHINGTON (AP) — A senior FBI official acknowledged Thursday that the nation's top law enforcement agency has lost public trust after the revelation that it failed to investigate a potentially life-saving tip before the Florida school shooting, a...

 

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