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Again the question: Could armed teachers stop shootings?

1 hour 19 min ago

In the aftermath of yet another mass school shooting, President Donald Trump says that if one of the victims, a football coach, had been armed "he would have shot and that would have been the end of it."

Revisiting an idea he raised in his campaign, Trump's comments in favor ...

Book Trump? Interest groups press case at his properties

1 hour 23 min ago

WASHINGTON (AP) - Payday lenders got regulators to rethink rules on how closely to vet borrowers. E-cigarette makers got a delay in federal oversight of many vaping products. Candy makers praised a decision to hold off on more stringent labeling standards. And title insurers declared "victory" for getting changes that ...

Florida students pushing for gun regulations face pushback

1 hour 26 min ago

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - The students who swarmed Florida's state capitol in the wake of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High massacre want the Legislature to enact stricter limits on guns. What that might entail remains debatable - if any changes are forthcoming at all.

The 100 Stoneman Douglas survivors who ...

House to vote on bill to allow guns on college campuses

1 hour 39 min ago

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - Pistols and revolvers would be allowed on the campuses of New Hampshire's public colleges, universities and community colleges under a bill up for a vote in the House.

House lawmakers are set to vote Thursday on a bill that would allow anyone who is not otherwise ...

For decades Graham offered counsel and comfort to presidents

1 hour 42 min ago

WASHINGTON (AP) - He was rebuffed, then embraced, by Harry Truman. Confided in - and deeply hurt by - Richard Nixon. A source of reassurance for George H.W. Bush on the eve of war. The spark that finally turned George W. Bush toward sobriety.

The Rev. Billy Graham, who died ...

Civil disobedience: Teen shooting survivors shake up Capitol

1 hour 46 min ago

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 intruding upon were in the middle of a meeting. Timid yet determined, they ...

Trump pledges action on school safety, gun violence

1 hour 48 min ago

WASHINGTON (AP) - Spilling out wrenching tales of lost lives and stolen security, students and parents appealed to President Donald Trump to set politics aside and protect America's school children from the scourge of gun violence. Trump listened intently to the raw emotion and pledged action, including the possibility of ...

Billy Graham dies: 'America's Pastor,' adviser to presidents

2 hours 46 min ago

MONTREAT, N.C. (AP) - As a young man, he practiced his sermons by preaching to the alligators and birds in the swamp. At his height years later, he was bringing the word of God into living rooms around the globe via TV and dispensing spiritual counsel - and political advice ...

Procession planned for 'America's Pastor,' Rev. Billy Graham

3 hours 2 min ago

MONTREAT, N.C. (AP) - The Rev. Billy Graham, the magnetic, movie-star-handsome preacher who became a singular force in postwar American religious life, a confidant of presidents and the most widely heard Christian evangelist in history, died Wednesday at 99.

"America's Pastor," as he was dubbed, had suffered from cancer, pneumonia ...

Shooting town hall: Rubio on the defensive on gun control

3 hours 23 min ago

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) - Republican Sen. Marco Rubio was put on the defensive Wednesday by angry students, teachers and parents who are demanding stronger gun-control measures after the shooting rampage that claimed 17 lives at a Florida high school.

One of those confronting the Florida senator at a CNN's "Stand ...

Obama's rogue consumer finance cops give sweetheart deal

3 hours 36 min ago


Approximately 44 million Americans have student loan debt, and during former President Obama's historically weak economic recovery, many borrowers defaulted on their loans, contributing to an economic crisis.

When lenders are not paid, it has significant consequences for the future of student loan funding, both in the short-term for ...

Tea party in Trump's shadow at CPAC 2018

4 hours 16 min ago

When then-House Republican leader John A. Boehner appeared at the Conservative Political Action Conference in 2010, he delivered a deep embrace to the emerging tea party movement, declaring its budget-cutting, limited-government goals the heart of the party.

As CPAC gears up for its latest iteration, the tea party has been ...

Beyond 'Obamacare': New liberal plan on health care overhaul

4 hours 56 min ago

WASHINGTON (AP) - A major liberal policy group is raising the ante on the health care debate with a new plan that builds on Medicare to guarantee coverage for all.

Called "Medicare Extra for All," the proposal to be released Thursday by the Center for American Progress gives politically energized ...

Youth demanding to be heard in U.S. political discourse

5 hours 9 min ago

The rallying cry among politicians for years has been to do it for the children. Now those children are embracing their political power first-hand.

From guns to immigration, the country's youths are increasingly laying claim to moral high ground in major national debates, demanding they be heard both as victims ...

Billy Graham gave more than prayer to presidents

5 hours 11 min ago

WASHINGTON (AP) - He was rebuffed, then embraced, by Harry Truman. Confided in - and deeply hurt by - Richard Nixon. A source of reassurance for George H.W. Bush on the eve of war. The spark that finally turned George W. Bush toward sobriety.

The Rev. Billy Graham, who died ...

Top Greek politicians facing probe over pharma scandal

5 hours 19 min ago

ATHENS, Greece (AP) - Greek lawmakers were voting early Thursday, following an 18-hour debate, on whether to investigate 10 senior politicians, including two former prime ministers, over allegations they were involved in a pharmaceutical bribery scandal.

The allegations follow a judicial investigation into bribes Swiss drugmaker Novartis allegedly paid to ...

Claudia Tenney says 'so many' mass murderers Democrats

5 hours 45 min ago

ALBANY, N.Y. — A Republican congresswoman from upstate New York says "many" people who commit mass murder are Democrats.

U.S. Rep. Claudia Tenney made the comment Wednesday on Talk 1300 Radio during a discussion about calls for stricter gun control since last week's deadly Florida high school shooting. She says ...

Inside the Beltway: Rush Limbaugh: Democrats 'seized' Parkland shooting

5 hours 52 min ago

Survivors of the Florida student shooting continue to be a presence in the news media, and their outreach has swiftly increased in size, scope and sophistication — now rife with strategic social media, crafted slogans and complex organization.

On Wednesday, some journeyed to the capital, Tallahassee, for an appearance before ...

The Latest: Iowa congressman failed to disclose new company

5 hours 58 min ago

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - The Latest on a congressman from Iowa's failure to disclose an internet marketing company that he helped form in 2016 (all times local):

7:00 p.m.

A congressman from Iowa says he made an "administrative oversight" by failing to disclose his ownership of a company that ...

Pennsylvania Republicans ask Supreme Court to block new congressional map

6 hours 13 min ago

Pennsylvania's two highest-ranking Republican legislative leaders are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to block a new congressional district map viewed as likely to help Democrats.

The presiding officers of the House and the Senate on Wednesday electronically filed an emergency request to stay a state Supreme Court order issued Monday ...

South Dakota Senate panel rejects refugee resettlement bill

6 hours 50 min ago

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - A state Senate panel has rejected a bill aiming to suspend refugee resettlement into South Dakota from countries on "any federal travel ban list."

The Senate State Affairs Committee voted 8-1 Wednesday against the bill, which would have also directed the state to refuse "chain migration" ...

House investigation allegations against lawmaker

6 hours 53 min ago

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - House officials are reviewing an allegation against a Democratic lawmaker for alleged inappropriate behavior.

The Seattle Times reported Wednesday that the allegation against Democratic Rep. David Sawyer is being investigated by House counsel and the chief clerk. No other details about the allegation were provided.

House ...

Trump's European climate change critics fuel U.S. coal boom

6 hours 56 min ago

As France, Germany and Italy chastised President Trump for rejecting the Paris climate accord in June and mocked the U.S. for turning its back on the environment, their nations were busy importing record amounts of American coal.

The U.S., federal data show, is seeing something of a coal renaissance, but ...

Former UN chief says Koreas dialogue must be kept alive

7 hours 19 min ago

UNITED NATIONS (AP) - Former U.N. secretary-general Ban Ki-moon said Wednesday the dialogue between the two Koreas that began during the Winter Olympics must be kept alive so it can hopefully lead to reconciliation, peace and the denuclearization of North Korea.

Ban, who was South Korea's foreign minister before serving ...

Devin Nunes memo response shows FBI commitment to protecting image

7 hours 29 min ago

At the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia, a guidance drummed into the heads of new agents is, "Don't do anything to embarrass the bureau."

Former agents say it is an appropriate lesson to maintain the G-men's straight-arrow standards. It also is an indication of how the FBI hierarchy is committed ...

Kansas Senate passes tougher lobbying law, higher gift limit

7 hours 36 min ago

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - The Kansas Senate has approved a bipartisan bill for strengthening lobbying laws that also would allow state officials to take more expensive gifts from people seeking to influence them.

The measure approved unanimously Wednesday would require people trying to promote contracts or influence actions by executive ...

Florida workers' pension fund invested in gun manufacturers

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 23:52

TALAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Florida's main pension fund for state workers and teachers has a half-million dollar stake in the company that makes the rifle used in the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

The Florida Retirement System had more than 41,000 shares in American Outdoor Brands Co. with ...

High court won't block deportation of Cincinnati-area man

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 23:33

WASHINGTON (AP) - A Supreme Court justice is refusing to block the deportation of an immigrant in the Cincinnati area who has been helping care for a disabled child.

Justice Elena Kagan on Wednesday denied an emergency appeal from 27-year-old Yancarlos Mendez without comment.

Mendez says in court papers that ...

Students stage walkouts of suburban Chicago high schools

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 23:28

CHICAGO (AP) - Hundreds of suburban Chicago high school students joined a nationwide protest against gun violence.

Students at Oak Park-River Forest High School walked out of class on Wednesday, a protest that coincided with a march on the Florida state capitol in Tallahassee by students from Parkland, Florida. That ...

The Latest: Senator apologizes to anyone offended by conduct

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 23:21

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - The Latest on alleged sexual misconduct at the California Legislature (all times local):

2 p.m.

A California state senator accused of sexual misconduct is apologizing to anyone who felt uncomfortable by his behavior.

But Sen. Tony Mendoza flatly denied two of the more serious allegations Wednesday, ...

The Latest: Wisconsin Assembly passes anti-crime package

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 23:14

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - The Latest on anti-crime initiatives moving through the Wisconsin Legislature (all times local):

4:15 p.m.

A package of anti-crime bills that would create stiffer penalties for repeat offenders and illegal firearm possession are on their way to Gov. Scott Walker.

The Assembly approved the bills Wednesday. ...

The Latest: Mayor decries guarantee to contributor

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 23:11

ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) - The Latest on the Allentown mayor's testimony in his corruption trial (all times local):

5 p.m.

The Democratic mayor of Pennsylvania's third-largest city is telling a jury that he was horrified when he learned one of his political consultants had guaranteed favorable treatment to a real ...

Trump meets with parents, students impacted by school shootings

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 23:01

President Trump held an emotional meeting at the White House Wednesday with students who survived last week's school shooting in Florida and their parents who pleaded with him for changes that will make schools safe.

Andrew Pollack, whose 18-year-old daughter Meadow was slain at Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school in ...

California Editorial Rdp

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 22:52

Feb. 20

Chico Enterprise-Record on proposed ban on lead fishing weights lacking justification:

California has seen the number of licensed anglers fall by half since 1984, from more than 2 million to barely 1 million who purchase annual licenses.

One big reason is declining opportunities - more waters closed to ...

Students across US stage walkouts to protest gun violence

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 22:25

In a wave of demonstrations reaching from Arizona to Maine, students at dozens of U.S. high schools walked out of class on Wednesday to protest gun violence and honor the victims of last week's deadly shooting in Florida.

The protests spread from school to school as students shared plans for ...

Colorado Editorial Roundup

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 22:03

The Pueblo Chieftain, Feb. 21, on a boot camp providing second chances:

As satisfying as the idea of locking up all criminals and throwing away the key might sound, it isn't a practical solution for every situation. And it would deny the opportunity for many who've been convicted of crimes ...

Kentucky editorial roundup

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 21:58

Summary of recent Kentucky newspaper editorials:


Feb. 21

Lexington Herald-Leader on two U.S. Congressmen's comments about gun issues:

The National Rifle Association wields a big mailing list and "hunter orange" postcards to control legislators. A bad word from the NRA showing up in voters' mailboxes is the kiss of ...

North Carolina editorial roundup

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 21:52

Recent editorials from North Carolina newspapers:


Feb. 21

The Charlotte Observer on the death of Christian evangelist Billy Graham:

On a cool Tuesday night in October 1958, the Rev. Billy Graham walked onto a stage at the Charlotte Coliseum for the 26th sermon of a five-week Charlotte crusade. "Tonight," ...

Florida editorial roundup

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 21:32

Recent editorials from Florida newspapers:


Feb. 21

Miami Herald on students' reactions over Florida lawmakers refusing to consider a gun law bill:

That was swift. As swift as Nikolas Cruz was when he killed 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. It took Florida legislators little time to ...

Border wall construction begins in Calexico, California

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 21:30

SAN DIEGO — The federal government began work Wednesday on replacing border wall in California, the first wall contract awarded in the Trump administration outside of eight prototypes that were built last year in San Diego.

Customs and Border Protection is replacing a little more than 2 miles in downtown ...

Hogan, Democrat introduce bills creating school watchdogs

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 21:17

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Prompted by alleged grade-fixing in Prince George's County Public Schools and perjury and theft allegations in the Baltimore area, a pair of bills in the General Assembly would establish investigative offices to oversee schools in Maryland.

Republican Gov. Larry Hogan and a Democratic lawmaker each are ...

Ivanka Trump to lead U.S. delegation to Winter Olympics closing ceremony

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 21:15

The Winter Olympics now will get the real Ivanka Trump.

President Trump's daughter and top adviser will lead the U.S. delegation to the closing ceremonies this weekend at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

The opening of the games was marked by breathless news reports about the North Korea ...

Texas governor weighs parole board's advice on inmate's fate

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 21:13

HOUSTON (AP) - The fate of a convicted Texas killer nearing execution was in Gov. Greg Abbott's hands Wednesday after the state parole board made the rare recommendation that the prisoner's life be spared.

Thomas "Bart" Whitaker is scheduled for lethal injection Thursday for arranging the fatal shootings of his ...

Editorials from around Pennsylvania

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 20:55

Editorials from around Pennsylvania:



Insurance companies, part of the health care industry, don't often resort to military analogies to tout their initiatives. But Highmark Inc.'s announcement last week declaring a "war on opioids" seems apt.

The company rolled out two new ...

Editorials from around New York

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 20:52

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from New York's newspapers:

The Post-Standard on the push for gun reform by American high school students.

Feb. 20

Don't look now, America, but the kids who populate our high schools and middle schools - the generation their elders tend to write off ...

Walz breaks with NRA, supports Minnesota assault weapons ban

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 20:50

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - U.S. Rep. Tim Walz, a Democratic candidate for Minnesota governor and longtime gun-rights supporter, has proposed an assault weapons ban in the state.

Walz has faced repeated attacks from Democratic competitors because of his past support from the National Rifle Association.

In a statement this ...

Much-touted MS-13 sweep keeps even most basic details secret

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 20:39

NEW YORK (AP) - It was a tally so impressive that President Donald Trump touted it at his State of the Union address: Since May, agents cracking down on the violent gangs terrorizing the working-class suburbs of Long Island had swept up 428 gang suspects, including 220 members of the ...

The Latest: Governor candidate would require gun permits

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 20:35

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The Latest on the gun debate in the Ohio Governor's Race (all times local):

2:30 p.m.

A Democratic gubernatorial candidate is proposing a mandatory permitting process for all assault-type weapons in Ohio in the wake of a deadly school shooting in Florida.

William O'Neill said in ...

Indiana gun bill under scrutiny after Florida shooting

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 20:11

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - A Senate panel advanced a proposal to eliminate lifetime handgun license fees, but not before Democrats voiced concerns about loosening gun laws in the wake of a Florida high school shooting.

The bill previously sailed through the House. But Democratic Sen. Tim Lanane of Anderson says "everything ...

Gun control advocates take aim at the Georgia Capitol

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 20:08

ATLANTA (AP) - Hundreds of anti-gun protesters have descended on the Georgia Capitol, fighting through drizzling rain to lobby the legislature for stricter gun laws.

Led by the advocacy group, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, the gathering was joined Wednesday by several Democratic lawmakers including House Minority ...

Harassment training for Utah lobbyists clears committee

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 19:54

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A legislative panel has advanced a bill that would require all Utah lobbyists to undergo annual anti-harassment training in order to be licensed to lobby at the state Capitol.

An interim committee rejected the proposal in November.

But the Deseret News reports the House Government ...

Editorials from around Oregon

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 19:46

Selected editorials from Oregon newspapers:


The Eugene Register-Guard, Feb. 21, on righting an old wrong:

State Rep. Julie Fahey's discovery that the deed to her family's home includes racist exclusions was an ugly reminder of a shameful part of Oregon's past. These whites-only covenants are not that unusual on ...

Toomey eyes reviving gun background check legislation

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 19:38

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Republican U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania says he'll probably reintroduce legislation to expand background checks on gun purchases, but that it may require changes to do so.

Toomey said Wednesday he'll have a better sense next week of how many senators support it when the ...

More Democrats want probe into misconduct at Madigan offices

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 19:25

CHICAGO (AP) - A growing number of Illinois Democrats are calling for an independent investigation of misconduct within longtime House Speaker Michael Madigan's political and state operations.

Madigan, who's also chairman of the Democratic Party of Illinois, has dismissed two campaign workers in recent days following complaints of sexual harassment ...

Texas district to suspend students protesting gun laws

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 19:17

NEEDVILLE, Texas (AP) - A Houston-area school district is threatening to suspend students who disrupt classes or walk out to protest current gun laws.

The Houston Chronicle reports that Needville ISD Superintendent Curtis Rhodes sent a letter to families and published on schools' social media Tuesday saying students would ...

Senate leaders move to expel member accused of sex extortion

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 18:50

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Republican and Democratic leaders of the Rhode Island Senate have taken the first step in trying to expel the Senate minority leader, who was indicted on charges of extorting a legislative page for sex.

Legislation was introduced in the Senate on Wednesday to expel Republican Sen. ...

Islamic State sympathizer pleads guilty in terrorism case

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 18:49

NEW YORK (AP) - An Albanian man who became a U.S. citizen but carried an Islamic State flag has pleaded guilty to terrorism charges.

Sajmir Alimehmeti (SAHZH'-meer ah-lee-meh-MEH'-tee) entered the plea Wednesday in Manhattan federal court to an indictment alleging he provided material support to the group.

His trial had ...

Students gather at Florida's statehouse to push for change in gun laws

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 18:48

Students from the Florida high school mass shooting continued to put the pressure on lawmakers Wednesday taking turns speaking on their experiences and the changes they want to see at a rally in the state's capital.

"My case was different than all the others because on that day I was ...

Bill would add staff to county district attorney offices

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 18:30

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Nearly 54 additional prosecutors would be hired statewide under a Republican-backed proposal designed to address a shortfall of staff in Wisconsin district attorneys' offices.

The idea put forward Wednesday is one of several tough-on-crime bills the Assembly is taking up as it races to complete its ...

The Latest: Trump administration cautioned on bump stock ban

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 18:22

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Latest on President Donald Trump and guns (all times local):

1:23 p.m.

California Sen. Dianne Feinstein says the Trump administration lacks authority under current law to ban bump stocks, as President Donald Trump has urged.

Feinstein, the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, says in ...

Iowa congressman failed to disclose internet company

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 18:18

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - A congressman from Iowa violated House ethics rules by failing to disclose his ownership of a company that uses one of his federal staffers in a false testimonial for its services.

A business filing reviewed by The Associated Press shows Rep. Rod Blum was one ...

Official in Obama's Interior Dept funneled thousands of dollars in grant money to family: Watchdog

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 18:04

A top official in the Obama administration's Interior Department helped facilitate payments of thousands of dollars in federal money to a family member, the department's inspector general said in a report late Tuesday that found clear abuse of the office's grant policies.

The inspector general said Richard Ruggiero, who served ...

Trump's first economic report forecasts strong growth

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 18:04

President Trump's economic team on Wednesday declared the end of the "new normal" of the Obama era's stagnant wages and lackluster economic growth, forecasting a return to the robust and dominant American economy that will last into the next decade.

The first annual economic report by the president's Council of ...

Gun stances of Ohio governor candidates run the gamut

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 17:54

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Want a governor who's all-in on gun rights? How about one who supports a complete ban on assault-type weapons?

In politically diverse Ohio, candidates' responses to the deadly Florida school shooting have run the gamut.

Republican Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor reasserted her support for the 2nd ...

AP Exclusive: Migrant recounts his deportation from Israel

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 17:51

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) - Inside the immigration office in Tel Aviv, Yohannes Tesfagabr considered his options. He could not dare return to his native Eritrea, a country he risked his life to flee in 2010. He also hoped to avoid the fate of compatriots who languished in a notorious desert ...

Game-show host Alex Trebek to moderate Pa. gubernatorial debate

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 17:46

Let's try "game-show hosts playing at politics" for $800, Alex.

Longtime "Jeopardy!" host Alex Trebek will moderate a gubernatorial debate in Pennsylvania on Oct. 1, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported Wednesday.

Mr. Trebek, 77, will appear on the stage at the Hershey Lodge in Dauphin County with incumbent Democratic Gov. Tom ...

Utah gun store owner removes ad for AR-15

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 17:41

OGDEN, Utah (AP) - The owner of a Utah gun store says he has taken down a sign with an advertisement for an assault rifle after a number of complaints from what he calls "anti-gun people."

Darin Kendall, operations manager for Impact Guns in Ogden, says the ad for the ...

Democrats demand $700 million to stop Russian election intrusions

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 17:35

Democratic congressional leaders demanded Wednesday that the new funding bills due by late March include a serious infusion of resources for the FBI, Homeland Security and federal elections officials to monitor and combat Russian election meddling.

Senate Democrats also called for the U.S. intelligence community to issue both public and ...

Speaking out: Students who survived shooting talk activism

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 17:13

Many students who survived the shooting at Marjory Stoneman High School have turned into outspoken gun control advocates. Some of them say their stance on gun rights has changed. Others believed if they stayed silent, nothing would change.

About 100 of them traveled to the state capital to talk to ...

Devin Nunes encourages Kremlin propaganda machine to promote his message

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 17:13

House Intelligence Committee chairman Devin Nunes on Wednesday sent out what appeared to be a tongue-in-cheek plea from his personal Twitter account to Russian social media propagandists to make a story about his arch rival on the panel "go viral."

In his tweet, the California Republican wrote: "Catch ...

Allentown mayor takes stand, denies campaign cash shakedown

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 17:12

ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) - The mayor of Pennsylvania's third-largest city is defending himself against accusations that he sold his office to campaign donors.

Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski took the witness stand Wednesday in his federal corruption trial. He's telling a jury that he entered public service to "make a difference."


GOP candidates spar over spending deal in Indiana Senate race

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 16:17

The candidates running for the GOP nomination for the U.S. Senate in Indiana clashed Tuesday over whether it was necessary to pass a two-year bipartisan spending deal that increased spending by $300 billion.

Reps. Luke Messer and Todd Rokita joined former state Rep. Mike Braun Tuesday night for a debate, ...

Schumer: Trump's gun overtures 'won't come close' to solving problem

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 16:15

Top Democratic Sen. Charles E. Schumer said Wednesday that Republicans are undergoing a "welcome shift" on gun control, but said the proposals they're talking about don't go far enough to clamp down on availability of firearms.

Mr. Schumer said President Trump has led the way in the past on opposing ...

Diane Black, campaigning for Tenn. governor, releases opioid strategy

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 15:57

Rep. Diane Black, hoping to stand out in a crowded field for Tennessee governor, released a comprehensive blueprint Wednesday for tackling the opioids crisis, saying her training as a licensed nurse gives her a unique perspective into a problem that is ravaging communities.

The plan from Ms. Black, a Republican, ...

The Latest: Students meet with Florida state leaders

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 15:57

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - The Latest on the deadly Florida school shooting (all times local):

10:25 a.m.

Students from the Parkland, Florida, high school where 17 people were killed in a shooting rampage split into several groups to meet with lawmakers and other state leaders in the state's capital.

One ...

Donald Trump suggests Obama administration should be under investigation for Russian meddling

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 15:50

President Trump said Wednesday that the Obama administration should be under investigation for Russian meddling instead of him and his campaign.

"Question: If all of the Russian meddling took place during the Obama Administration, right up to January 20th, why aren't they the subject of the investigation? Why didn't Obama ...

Letter: Cicilline to reintroduce assault weapons ban

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 15:39

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Democratic U.S. Rep. David Cicilline (sihs-ihl-EE'-nee) of Rhode Island says in a letter being circulated to members of Congress that he plans to re-introduce legislation for an assault weapons ban next week.

In a letter obtained by The Associated Press, Cicilline says the planned legislation will ...

Adam Schiff says Democratic memo likely to be released this week

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 15:24

Rep. Adam B. Schiff expects the Democratic memo concerning alleged abuses in the federal surveillance system will be released this week, the San Francisco Chronicle reported late Tuesday.

"We are negotiating with the FBI, and I think we are almost done," Mr. Schiff, California Democrat, said at an ...

Madrid art fair yanks photo exhibit amid political spat

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 15:22

MADRID (AP) - Madrid's International Contemporary Art Fair has yanked a photo exhibition called "Political Prisoners in Contemporary Spain," prompting charges of censorship against the government-funded body which operates the event venue.

The spat comes during efforts by pro-independence groups in the northeastern Catalonia region to break away from Spain. ...

Billy Graham preached simple message, reached millions

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 15:18

The Rev. Billy Graham was anxious about his 1954 appearance at the London School of Economics. The school was left-leaning and openly dismissive of religion, and Graham was insecure - he had no advanced theology degree.

After he was introduced, something happened that could have derailed the already nervous evangelist. ...

Union urges Delaware teachers' union to join gun protests

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 15:15

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Delaware's largest educators union has urged teachers and school staff to participate in three upcoming protests against gun violence.

A mass shooting last week at a high school in Parkland, Florida, left 17 people dead and has sparked calls for walkouts, sit-ins and other actions on ...

New Mexico Legislature gets flurry of harassment complaints

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 14:32

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - The New Mexico Legislature received a flurry of reports about possible sexual misconduct, harassment and discrimination during the recently concluded legislative session.

In response to a public records request, the Legislative Council Service that serves as legal counsel to the Legislature said there were five ...

Evangelist Billy Graham, who reached millions, dies at 99

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 14:28

MONTREAT, N.C. (AP) - The Rev. Billy Graham, who transformed American religious life through his preaching and activism, becoming a counselor to presidents and the most widely heard Christian evangelist in history, died Wednesday. He was 99.

Graham, who long suffered from cancer, pneumonia and other ailments, died at his ...

Dannel Malloy: Lawmakers who allow gun show loophole have 'blood on your hands'

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 13:59

Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said Wednesday that lawmakers who don't pass stricter laws on gun show sales "have blood on your hands."

Sellers at gun shows are not required to conduct a background check on buyers since they're considered private party sellers. They are also not required to record ...

Ted Deutch: 'This time feels different' on passing gun legislation after Florida shooting

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 13:31

Rep. Ted Deutch said Wednesday that some action will be done after the shooting in Florida, explaining that this time "feels different."

"This time, I have to tell you, this time it feels different. Not just because it's personal for me but because of what these kids are projecting around ...

Mike Coffman of Colorado booed as people demand action on guns

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 13:28

GREENWOOD VILLAGE, Colo. (AP) — Grumbling and jeers met the request for a moment of silence for the 17 people killed last week in the Florida school shooting.

"Let's do something for them!" one man yelled at the beginning of Republican Rep. Mike Coffman's town hall Tuesday night. Another participant ...

Donald Trump Jr.: 'Nonsense' that family's profiting from presidency

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 13:02

NEW DELHI (AP) — Donald Trump Jr. said that any talk of his family profiting from his father's presidency is "nonsense" as he embarked on a trip to India that has raised ethical concerns about using the name of the American president to promote international business ventures.

The eldest son ...

West Virginia city may end recreation centers if bill passes

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 10:20

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - A West Virginia mayor says he may close his city's recreation centers or disallow school programming in them if a Senate gun bill becomes law.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports Charleston Attorney Paul Ellis says Senate Bill 244 appears to allow guns in school-owned and leased buildings ...

Migrant deported by Israel back to Africa recounts ordeal

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 09:59

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) - Inside the immigration office in Tel Aviv, Yohannes Tesfagabr considered his options. He could not dare return to his native Eritrea, a country he risked his life to flee in 2010. He also hoped to avoid the fate of compatriots who languished in a notorious desert ...

Mount Vernon marks Washington's birthday with new citizens

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 09:18

MOUNT VERNON, Va. (AP) - George Washington's Mount Vernon estate is celebrating the Founding Father's birthday with a naturalization ceremony.

Mount Vernon is hosting the ceremony for new citizens Thursday at 1 p.m. Fifty-one candidates from 37 countries are scheduled to be sworn in.

The estate is also offering free ...

Border volunteer set for trial in immigrant harboring case

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 08:21

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - A volunteer for an organization that tries to prevent immigrants from dying in the Arizona desert is scheduled for an April 10 trial on charges that he harbored people who were in the United States illegally.

Scott Daniel Warren, 35, was arrested in January after federal ...

Activist group to protest Phoenix council for Trump visit

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 08:15

PHOENIX (AP) - Local activists say they will gather at Phoenix City Council chambers to protest how police handled protesters during last year's visit by President Donald Trump and ask that taxpayer money not be used to host the leader in the future.

The activist group Puente says its protest ...

California Senate to weigh discipline for accused colleague

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 08:14

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - The California Senate is weighing whether to punish a colleague after an independent investigation confirmed he likely engaged in a pattern of unwelcome flirting and sexually suggestive behavior with six women, including four subordinates.

Senators will gather Wednesday with outside lawyers hired by the Senate to ...

Lobbying group criticizes Utah bill on drunken gun use

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 08:12

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A proposal to allow Utah residents who are legally intoxicated to use a weapon as self-defense while in their home is being called hypocritical by the American Beverage Institute.

The national lobbying group has opposed a law approved last year that lowered the state's blood ...

Bill targeting false service animals introduced in Hawaii

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 08:04

HONOLULU (AP) - Hawaii lawmakers have introduced a law that would make it a crime to falsely present an animal as a service animal.

The law introduced in January would make the act of falsely claiming an animal to be a service animal a misdemeanor offense, punishable by a maximum ...

Florida shooting survivors in capital, demand action on guns

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 07:19

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Students who survived the Florida school shooting prepared to flood the Capitol Wednesday pushing to ban the assault-style rifle used to kill 17 people, vowing to make changes in the November election if they can't persuade lawmakers to change laws before their legislative session ends.

About ...

Colorado congressman booed as people demand action on guns

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 07:14

GREENWOOD VILLAGE, Colo. (AP) - Grumbling and jeers met the request for a moment of silence for the 17 people killed last week in the Florida school shooting.

"Let's do something for them!" one man yelled at the beginning of Republican Rep. Mike Coffman's town hall Tuesday night. Another participant ...

Trump says more must be done to protect children

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 07:12

WASHINGTON (AP) - As a grieving Florida community demanded action on guns, President Donald Trump on Tuesday directed the Justice Department to move to ban devices like the rapid-fire bump stocks used in last year's Las Vegas massacre. It was a small sign of movement on the gun violence issue ...

Australia resettles Cambodian activist's family as refugees

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 04:45

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) - Australia continued to work effectively with Cambodia, an Australian minister said on Wednesday after news that a murdered Cambodian political activist's family had been accepted as refugees.

Kem Ley's wife and five children arrived in the Australian city of Melbourne from Thailand on Saturday, state officials ...

Obama, Democrats set sights on flipping statehouses

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 04:16

Long relegated to dimly-lit back rooms of statehouses, Democrats are convinced they can make the decennial process of congressional map-drawing a major issue in this year's elections, telling voters if they want fairness they must vote Democratic.

Former President Barack Obama has made the issue his major post-office political cause, ...