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NRA spokeswoman becomes new face of gun rights movement

Feb. 25, 2018 8:54 AM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Dana Loesch is the new public face of the National Rifle Association, an organization long associated with older white men. At 39, she's poised, photogenic and a skilled public speaker, yet she's not softening the message of the NRA as it becomes an increasingly active voice in the nation's...

Thousands march in memory of slain Russian opposition leader

Feb. 25, 2018 8:36 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Thousands of people have marched down a central Moscow boulevard to mark the third anniversary of the slaying of Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov. Nemtsov was shot and killed on Feb. 27, 2015 while walking on a bridge near the Kremlin. His death sent shock waves through Russia's...

North Korean envoy, in South, opens door to US talks

Feb. 25, 2018 8:15 AM EST

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — A North Korean envoy making a rare visit to South Korea said Sunday that his country was willing to open talks with the United States, a rare step toward diplomacy between enemies after a year of North Korean missile and nuclear tests and direct threats of war from both...

The Latest: Bach hails Koreas cooperation at Olympics

Feb. 25, 2018 8:02 AM EST

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — The Latest on the Pyeongchang Olympics (all times local): 10 p.m. The IOC president, Thomas Bach, says that by marching together at the Winter Games, athletes from South and North Korea showed they both believe in "a peaceful future." In his wrap-up speech at the closing...

Congress has ideas on gun violence, but no consensus

Feb. 25, 2018 7:54 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — After a 10-day break, members of Congress are returning to work under hefty pressure to respond to the outcry over gun violence. But no plan appears ready to take off despite a long list of proposals, including many from President Donald Trump. Republican leaders have kept quiet for days...

Political end to Olympics: NKorea offers talks with US

Feb. 25, 2018 7:53 AM EST

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — The overtly political 2018 Winter Olympics closed Sunday night very much as they began, with humanity's finest athletes marching exuberantly across the world stage as three nations with decades of war and suspicion among them shared a VIP box — and a potential path...

Dems release Russia probe memo defending FBI surveillance

Feb. 25, 2018 7:35 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two weeks after President Donald Trump blocked its full release, the House Intelligence Committee published a blacked out version of a classified Democratic memo aiming to counter a GOP narrative that the FBI and Justice Department conspired against Trump as they investigated his ties to...

Syrian Kurdish leader detained in Prague on Turkey's request

Feb. 25, 2018 7:32 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Czech authorities detained a former leader of a Syrian Kurdish political party under an Interpol red notice that was based on Turkey's request for his arrest, Turkey's official news agency and a Kurdish official said Sunday. Anadolu news agency said Salih Muslim, former co-chair of the...

Christians shutter famous Jerusalem church to protest taxes

Feb. 25, 2018 7:19 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — The leaders of the major Christian sects in Jerusalem closed the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, built on the traditional site of Jesus' crucifixion and resurrection, for several hours on Sunday to protest an Israeli plan to tax their properties. The Christian leaders responsible for the...

Olympic flag passes to acting Beijing Mayor Chen Jining, signifying transfer of responsibility for Winter Games to China

Feb. 25, 2018 7:18 AM EST
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — Olympic flag passes to acting Beijing Mayor Chen Jining, signifying transfer of responsibility for Winter Games to China.