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'Tired of being afraid': Hundreds of thousands decry guns
WASHINGTON (AP) - Summoned to action by student survivors of the Florida school shooting, hundreds of thousands of teenagers and their supporters rallied in the nation's capital and cities across America on Saturday to press for gun control in one of the biggest youth protests since the Vietnam era. "If you listen real close, you can hear the people in power shaking," David Hogg, a survivor who has emerged as one of the student leaders of the movement, told the roaring crowd of demonstrators at the March for Our Lives rally in Washington. He warned: "We will get rid of these public servants who only care about the gun lobby." Chanting "Vote them out!" and bearing signs reading "We Are the Change," ''No More Silence" and "Keep NRA Money Out of Politics," the protesters packed Pennsylvania Avenue between the Capitol and the White House.

The Latest: Youth across US rally for stricter gun control
Fifteen-year-old Brooke Solomon led thousands of demonstrators in a march through the downtown streets of Detroit. Ten-year-old Jack Thorne attended a similar event in Savannah, Georgia with his mom. South Salem High School student Allison Hmura told protesters in Salem, Oregon that students shouldn't have to learn to "duck and cover." The youths were among hundreds of thousands at "March for Our Lives" events nationwide calling for stricter gun control in response to school shootings and gun violence. "I'm here marching for the thousands of under-represented black and brown kids, especially in Detroit," said Solomon, who wants background checks in all gun sales.

'Something needs to change': Students march for gun reform
WASHINGTON (AP) - Student survivors of the Florida school massacre anchored a massive rally against gun violence Saturday in Washington, D.C., while throngs of other young people took to the streets in cities across the U.S. Here's a look at what some of them had to say: ZOE BONNER, 16 SCHOOL: Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida MARCHING IN: Washington, D.C. WHY ATTEND? "I'm here today because it happened to our school, and it shouldn't have happened. It shouldn't have happened anywhere, and we feel like it's time to make change and get gun reform." WHAT DO YOU WANT TO SEE CHANGE AS A RESULT?

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'He fell a hero:" French praise policeman in hostage swap
TREBES, France (AP) - The French police officer who swapped himself for a female supermarket employee being held hostage had already received a lifetime of accolades by the time he walked unarmed into the store under attack by an extremist gunman. Known for his courage and sang-froid in life, Lt. Col. Arnaud Beltrame was honored as a national hero Saturday after his death from wounds the day before. After agreeing to the hostage swap, Beltrame surrendered his weapon - but kept his cellphone on, allowing authorities outside the Super U market in the southern French town of Trebes to hear what was happening inside.

Will GOP accomplishments in Congress be enough for voters?
WASHINGTON (AP) - With passage of an enormous budget bill, the GOP-controlled Congress all but wrapped up its legislating for the year. But will it be enough to convince voters to give Republicans another term at the helm? In two big ways, Republicans have done what they promised. They passed a long sought tax overhaul bill that slashed tax rates. They've rolled back regulations, in ways they claim are boosting the economy. In the Senate, they confirmed a justice to the Supreme Court. But there are signs Americans wanted more: immigration reforms, gun control legislation, even an infrastructure plan that President Donald Trump promised voters.

Why Trump's latest steps heighten risk of a global trade war
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Ronald Reagan once likened trade wars to the pie fights in old Hollywood comedies. One pie in the face leads to another. And then another. Pretty soon, Reagan said in a 1986 radio address, "everything and everybody just gets messier and messier. The difference here is that it's not funny. It's tragic. Protectionism becomes destructionism. It costs jobs." Suddenly, the world's financial markets are gripped by fear that an escalating trade rift between the United States and China - the two mightiest economies - could smear the world with a lot of splattered cream and broken crust.

UK watchdog eyes evidence seized from Cambridge Analytica
LONDON (AP) - Britain's information regulator said Saturday it was assessing evidence gathered from a raid on the office of data mining firm Cambridge Analytica, part of an investigation into alleged misuse of personal information by political campaigns and social media companies like Facebook. More than a dozen investigators from the Information Commissioner's Office entered the company's central London office late Friday, shortly after a High Court judge granted a warrant. The investigators were seen leaving the premises early Saturday after spending about seven hours searching the office. The regulator said it will "consider the evidence before deciding the next steps and coming to any conclusions." "This is one part of a larger investigation by the ICO into the use of personal data and analytics by political campaigns, parties, social media companies and other commercial actors," it said.

7 months after Harvey, flood-control projects' fate unclear
HOUSTON (AP) - Large-scale projects long considered essential to easing Houston's flooding woes went to the top of the area's to-do list after Hurricane Harvey inundated large swaths of the nation's fourth-largest city. Seven months later, local officials are still looking for funding to undertake plans that include a new reservoir, deeper and wider bayous and a costal barrier system - all of which have fallen victim to a lack of money or political will in the past. Yet local leaders insist this time will be different, saying they're committed to making the projects a reality, even as they wait to find out how much money they might get from the state and federal governments and whether local taxpayers will be willing to help out.

Can Facebook restore public trust after privacy scandal?
CHICAGO (AP) - It's a scandal of privacy, politics and an essential ingredient of business success - public trust. Facebook is confronting a costly, embarrassing public relations debacle after revelations that Cambridge Analytica may have misused data from some 50 million users to try to influence elections. Among its marquee clients: President Donald Trump's general election campaign. Now a company known as much for reminders of a long-lost friend's birthday and documentation of acquaintances' every whim is grappling with outrage- and the possible loss of confidence - from users around the globe that have made the social media site a part of their daily routine.

AP FACT CHECK: Trump on trade, Islamic State, vets, Clinton
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump isn't always bringing genuine statistics to the fight as he goes after China on trade. Trump stretched credulity on a variety of subjects over the past week, trade among them. He mangled comments from 2016 presidential rival Hillary Clinton, inflated expectations of an overhaul in health services for veterans and gave his administration too much credit for defeating the Islamic State. Here's a look at some of his recent statements. TRUMP: "Last year we lost $500 billion on trade with China. We can't let that happen." - comments at the White House on Friday. THE FACTS: That didn't happen.