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NRA's top lobbyist resigns amid turmoil within the group

Jun. 26, 2019 2:43 PM EDT

The National Rifle Association's top lobbyist resigned Wednesday, the latest development in a dizzying array of in-fighting within the gun lobbying group in recent months that has ensnared even its most ardent loyalists. Chris Cox's departure came the same day the NRA confirmed it was severing ties with its...

Trump tells evangelicals gains he's made are 'fragile'

Jun. 26, 2019 2:40 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Wednesday listed steps his administration had taken to bolster conservative causes and oppose abortion, warning evangelical voters that it all could change very quickly with the "wrong person" in the White House. Trump's remarks came in a speech kicking off a...

Russia hails return European body amid objections

Jun. 26, 2019 2:09 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian officials are hailing the decision by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe to ratify credentials of the country's delegation, restoring Russia's participation five years after being stripped of voting rights. But seven countries including Ukraine said Wednesday they...

The Latest: Envoy says Iran could soon exceed uranium limits

Jun. 26, 2019 1:50 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Latest on developments in the Mideast and Persian Gulf amid tensions between the U.S. and Iran (all times local): 10:15 p.m. Iran's U.N. ambassador says the government will exceed limits on low-enriched uranium set by the 2015 nuclear deal unless Britain, France and Germany take...

Brazil Bolsonaro tries new tactic to loosen gun laws

Jun. 26, 2019 1:46 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro has issued new decrees to loosen Brazil's strict gun laws after his earlier effort was rejected by the Senate. The action published late Tuesday cancels a May decree that eased requirements for individuals to purchase and carry firearms in public. ...

Texas Tech player Corprew suspended over Title IX complaint

Jun. 26, 2019 1:42 PM EDT

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Texas Tech basketball player Deshawn Corprew has been suspended while the school investigates a Title IX complaint against the junior forward. The school said coach Chris Beard suspended Corprew after learning of the allegations. Title IX complaints can involve allegations of sexual...

Documents show NSA again improperly collected call records

Jun. 26, 2019 1:38 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Newly released documents show the National Security Agency improperly collected phone records four months after it said it had fixed technical problems that caused a similar collection of data that violated federal law. Internal documents obtained by the American Civil Liberties Union...

Seeking gun rights back, Iowa farmer gets arrested instead

Jun. 26, 2019 12:47 PM EDT

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Retired farmer Allan Phillips had been out of legal trouble for 40 years when he asked Iowa's governor to restore the gun rights he lost in 1978. Phillips, 76, wrote in his 2017 application for clemency that it was time for him to get past the consequence of his misdemeanor...

Estranged husband of missing mom says he misses 5 children

Jun. 26, 2019 12:40 PM EDT

STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) — The estranged husband of a missing Connecticut mother of five made his first public comments Wednesday since her disappearance, saying he loves and misses his children as they remain in the custody of his mother-in-law while he faces criminal charges. Fotis Dulos, 51, briefly spoke...

Boys' mock government proposed eliminating women's vote

Jun. 26, 2019 12:34 PM EDT

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — An organization that sponsors an all-male Kansas student mock government apologized after this year's teenage governor proposed eliminating the constitutional amendment that gave women the right to vote. The teenager from Leavenworth made the proposal in the final moments of his term...