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Trump endorses raising minimum age to 21 for more weapons

Feb. 22, 2018 1:54 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Thursday endorsed a higher minimum age for buying certain rifles and tighter background checks for purchasers, saying "there's nothing more important than protecting our children," amid a public outcry for action after the Florida school shooting. Trump said he...

Again the question: Could armed teachers stop shootings?

Feb. 22, 2018 1:22 PM EST

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 enforcement officer and can't easily see herself carrying a...

Book Trump? Interest groups press case at his properties

Feb. 22, 2018 8:04 AM EST

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...

Pennsylvania congressional map battle lands in Supreme Court

Feb. 22, 2018 9:41 AM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A request by Republican leaders in the Pennsylvania Legislature to stop a new congressional map from being implemented is now in the hands of the nation's highest court. The filing made late Wednesday asked Justice Samuel Alito to intervene, saying the state Supreme Court overstepped...

The Latest: Rev. Billy Graham to lie in honor at US Capitol

Feb. 22, 2018 11:19 AM EST

MONTREAT, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on the death of Billy Graham (all times local): 11:15 a.m. U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan says the Rev. Billy Graham's body will lie in honor in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda for two days next week. Ryan says he's inviting members of Congress and the public to pay their respects...

Texas' vow to streamline Harvey recovery and aid backfires

Feb. 22, 2018 12:52 PM EST

BEAUMONT, Texas (AP) — After Hurricane Harvey hammered Texas, Republican Gov. Greg Abbott pledged that the country's largest conservative state would lead its own recovery, streamlining federal aid to storm victims while avoiding the staggering inefficiencies of earlier Washington-controlled disaster...

Vonn scatters grandfather's ashes near downhill course

Feb. 22, 2018 1:37 PM EST

JEONGSEON, South Korea (AP) — Lindsey Vonn came to South Korea with the goal of taking home an Olympic medal and leaving something even more special behind. She did both. The American ski great said Thursday she recently scattered some of the ashes of her grandfather, who served during the Korean War, on a...

At Olympics, omnipresent flags are a tricky political dance

Feb. 22, 2018 5:20 AM EST

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — A group of high school students plan to keep their new flags all their lives, as a souvenir of this historic political and Olympic moment that they traveled across their nation to witness. They joined thousands of others at a women's hockey game, waving their unified Korean...

Superagers' youthful brains offer clues to keeping sharp

Feb. 22, 2018 11:56 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — It's pretty extraordinary for people in their 80s and 90s to keep the same sharp memory as someone several decades younger, and now scientists are peeking into the brains of these "superagers" to uncover their secret. The work is the flip side of the disappointing hunt for new drugs to...

New study finds female protagonists decreased in 2017 films

Feb. 22, 2018 12:26 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — While 2017 may have been the year of "Wonder Woman," but a new study finds that female protagonists were down 5 percent in the year's 100 top-grossing films. The Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film at San Diego State University released its annual "It's a Man's (Celluloid)...

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

Feb. 22, 2018 1:55 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A top FBI official is acknowledging the agency has lost public trust after it botched a potentially life-saving tip before the Florida school shooting. David Bowdich is the FBI's acting deputy director. He says the bureau is "doing everything we can" to regain that trust. And he says it...

University experts to lead Puerto Rico storm death review

Feb. 22, 2018 1:55 PM EST

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico's governor announced Thursday that a team of experts at George Washington University will lead an independent, in-depth review to determine the number of deaths caused by Hurricane Maria amid accusations that the U.S. territory has undercounted the toll. The team,...

Haiti government minister: Aid group Oxfam suspended in country for two months amid investigation into sexual misconduct

Feb. 22, 2018 1:54 PM EST
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Haiti government minister: Aid group Oxfam suspended in country for two months amid investigation into sexual misconduct.

Romanian minister calls for firing of anti-graft prosecutor

Feb. 22, 2018 1:51 PM EST

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romania's justice minister on Thursday called for the country's chief anti-corruption prosecutor to be removed from her post, citing what he said were serious concerns about the way she conducted her job. Justice Minister Tudorel Toader claimed that National Anti-Corruption...

Former lawmaker accused of lying to FBI about $5K kickback

Feb. 22, 2018 1:50 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A former New York lawmaker accepted a $5,000 kickback from a contractor who hosted him at a Notre Dame football game and then lied about it to FBI agents involved in a widening corruption probe, federal prosecutors said Thursday. Former Assemblyman Rob Walker was charged with obstruction of...

4 governors join forces on gun safety, pledge to share intel

Feb. 22, 2018 1:49 PM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The governors of Connecticut, New York, New Jersey and Rhode Island have created a coalition of like-minded states on gun control, promising to expand existing efforts to share information on illegal guns, and ultimately make progress on gun safety measures where they contend the...

Eni executive: drilling off Cyprus could be put on hold

Feb. 22, 2018 1:48 PM EST

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — The head of Italian energy firm Eni said Thursday that planned drilling in search of gas off Cyprus could be put on hold until Turkey can be convinced to pull back its warships preventing a rig from reaching the site. Eni CEO Claudio Descalzi made the remarks after Turkey's energy...

Eyewear website operator sentenced to 2 more years in prison

Feb. 22, 2018 1:48 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — An eyewear website operator who was convicted of threatening customers with rape and murder and served time in prison has been sentenced to two more years by an angry New York judge who says he violated probation after his release. Federal Judge Richard Sullivan banned Vitaly Borker from...

Atlanta gathering aims to help black women leverage power

Feb. 22, 2018 1:47 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Black women plan to gather in Atlanta this week to discuss ways to leverage their strengths to amplify their voices and advance their interests. Organizers say the Power Rising Summit, running Thursday through Sunday, aims to bring black women together to develop strategies to be implemented...

Mayor: Driver crashed car into hospital, set himself on fire

Feb. 22, 2018 1:45 PM EST

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (AP) — A driver intentionally crashed a car filled with gasoline containers into a Connecticut hospital emergency room Thursday and set himself on fire, authorities said. The driver, a local man in his 20s known to police, was the only person injured in the crash at Middlesex Hospital in...