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As US mourns shootings, NRA in turmoil but influence remains

May. 28, 2022 09:43 AM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — For a brief moment in 2012, it seemed like a national stalemate over guns was breaking. Adam Lanza, a 20-year-old gunman, had forced his way into a Connecticut elementary school and massacred 26 people, mostly children, with an AR-15-style rifle. Flags flew at...

In Georgia, 2 Black candidates to compete for Senate seat

May. 28, 2022 09:10 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) — Wayne Black was one of the few African Americans in the crowd as about 100 people gathered recently at the Republican Party headquarters near Columbus, Georgia, to hear from U.S. Senate candidate and football legend Herschel Walker. A member of the Muscogee...

AP FACT CHECK: NRA speakers distort gun and crime statistics

May. 28, 2022 00:25 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Speakers at the National Rifle Association annual meeting assailed a Chicago gun ban that doesn't exist, ignored security upgrades at the Texas school where children were slaughtered and roundly distorted national gun and crime statistics as they pushed back against any...

Many back strict gun laws, but opposition tends to be louder

May. 27, 2022 13:32 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Majorities of U.S. adults think mass shootings would occur less often if guns were harder to get, and that schools and other public places have become less safe than they were two decades ago, polling shows. Still, public attitudes on guns and gun policy are...

NRA speakers unshaken on gun rights after school massacre

May. 27, 2022 21:01 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — One by one, they took the stage at the National Rifle Association’s annual convention in Houston and denounced the massacre of 19 students and two teachers at an elementary school across the state. And one by one, they insisted that further restricting access to firearms was not...

Biden tells Naval Academy grads Putin 'NATO-ized Europe'

May. 27, 2022 13:36 PM EDT

ANNAPOLIS, Maryland (AP) — President Joe Biden told Naval Academy graduates Friday that they will be “representatives and defenders of our democracy,” as free societies are under threat from Russia's invasion of Ukraine to China's maritime expansion. Delivering a commencement...

McCarthy, GOP lawmakers escalate standoff with Jan. 6 panel

May. 27, 2022 19:46 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy is making it clear that he will likely defy a subpoena from the House committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol attack, escalating a standoff with the panel over his and other GOP lawmakers’ testimony. In an 11-page...

Medicare recipients to see premium cut — but not until 2023

May. 27, 2022 18:37 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Medicare recipients will get a premium reduction — but not until next year — reflecting what Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra said Friday was an overestimate in costs of covering an expensive and controversial new Alzheimer's drug. ...

Senators talk expanded gun background checks, red flag laws

May. 27, 2022 05:52 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A bipartisan group of senators is considering how Congress should respond to the horrific shooting of 19 children and two teachers in Uvalde, Texas, restarting gun control talks that have broken down many times before. Aware of the difficulty of their task, the...

Cuellar, Cisneros runoff in Texas remains too early to call

May. 27, 2022 15:39 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Texas primary runoff between Democratic U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar and his progressive challenger, Jessica Cisneros, remained too early to call Friday. Cuellar led Cisneros by 175 votes, or 0.4 percentage points, out of 45,209 ballots counted as of 3 p.m. ET...

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As US mourns shootings, NRA in turmoil but influence remains

May. 28, 2022 09:43 AM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — For a brief moment in 2012, it seemed like a national stalemate over guns was breaking. Adam Lanza, a 20-year-old gunman, had forced his way into a Connecticut elementary school and massacred 26 people, mostly children, with an AR-15-style rifle. Flags flew at...

In Georgia, 2 Black candidates to compete for Senate seat

May. 28, 2022 09:10 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) — Wayne Black was one of the few African Americans in the crowd as about 100 people gathered recently at the Republican Party headquarters near Columbus, Georgia, to hear from U.S. Senate candidate and football legend Herschel Walker. A member of the Muscogee...

Today in History: May 28, Dionne quintuplets are born

May. 28, 2022 00:01 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Saturday, May 28, the 148th day of 2022. There are 217 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On May 28, 1863, the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Regiment, made up of freed Blacks, left Boston to fight...

Live updates | Communist deputy demands Russian withdrawal

May. 27, 2022 23:20 PM EDT

Breaking with the party line in a rare show of opposition to his country’s war in Ukraine, a Communist Party legislative deputy in Russia’s Far East demanded an end to the military operation and withdrawal of Russian forces. “We understand that if our country doesn’t stop the...

Report: Navy's Hawaii fuel tanks need repair before draining

May. 27, 2022 22:58 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — A contractor hired by the Navy is recommending a series of structural repairs to a massive fuel tank farm in Hawaii to make sure the facility doesn't leak petroleum when its tanks are drained, a report released Friday said. The recommendations for the Red Hill Bulk...

17 years post-Katrina, New Orleans-area protections complete

May. 27, 2022 21:21 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Seventeen years after Hurricane Katrina flooded New Orleans, the Army Corps of Engineers has completed an extensive system of floodgates, strengthened levees and other protections. The 130-mile (210-kilometer) ring is designed to hold out storm surge of about 30...

McCarthy, GOP lawmakers escalate standoff with Jan. 6 panel

May. 27, 2022 19:46 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy is making it clear that he will likely defy a subpoena from the House committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol attack, escalating a standoff with the panel over his and other GOP lawmakers’ testimony. In an 11-page...

New independent Mexican union wins wage increase at GM plant

May. 27, 2022 19:03 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A new independent union at a Mexican auto plant that won a historic organizing vote last year has negotiated an 8.5% wage increase for unionized employees. Authorities said Friday that workers at the GM transmission and pickup plants in the northern Mexico city...

Deliberations underway in trial linked to Trump-Russia probe

May. 27, 2022 18:59 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A lawyer for Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign hid his partisan interests from the FBI as he pushed “pure opposition research” related to Donald Trump and Russia in the weeks before the election, a prosecutor asserted Friday during closing arguments of the...

Progressive ousts Biden-backed Schrader in Oregon primary

May. 27, 2022 18:55 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Seven-term U.S. Rep. Kurt Schrader, a centrist who was endorsed by President Joe Biden, has been ousted in the Democratic primary in Oregon by progressive challenger Jamie McLeod-Skinner after results were delayed more than a week by a ballot-printing issue. ...