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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 ...

Shooting survivors on potential collision course with Trump

By JASON DEAREN, TERRY SPENCER and ALLEN G. BREED, Associated Press PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) — Student survivors of the deadly Florida school shooting who hope to become the face of a revived gun control movement are on a potential collision course with President Donald Trump. Several of the ...

High court asked to iron out polling place clothing dispute

By JESSICA GRESKO, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — A "Make America Great Again" hat. A tea party T-shirt. A MoveOn.org button. Wear any one of those items to vote in Minnesota, and a poll worker will likely ask you to remove it or cover it up. Like a number of states, Minnesota bars ...

Few states let courts take guns from people deemed a threat

By RYAN J. FOLEY and DON THOMPSON, Associated Press SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The warnings around Nikolas Cruz seemed to flash like neon signs: expelled from school, fighting with classmates, a fascination with weapons and hurting animals, disturbing images and comments posted to social ...

Museum to discuss efforts to see if bones belong to pirate

YARMOUTH, Mass. (AP) — Researchers are set to discuss their efforts to determine whether human bones recovered from a Cape Cod shipwreck are those of the infamous pirate Samuel "Black Sam" Bellamy. The Whydah Pirate Museum in Yarmouth, Massachusetts, says it also will publicly display the ...

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 ...