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Trump says raise age for buying assault rifles, defying NRA
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The nation should keep assault rifles out of the hands of anyone under 21, President Donald Trump declared Thursday, defying his loyal supporters in the National Rifle Association amid America's public reckoning over gun violence. He also pushed hard for arming security guards and many teachers in U.S. schools....



Florida school shooting: 'abject breakdown at all levels'
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) -- The Florida high school where a former student shot and killed 17 people with an assault-type rifle is reopening for teachers Friday as the community grappled with word that the armed officer on campus did nothing to stop the shooter....



10 Things to Know for Friday
Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday:...



NRA accuses gun-control advocates of exploiting FL shooting
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Leaders of the National Rifle Association on Thursday accused gun control advocates of exploiting the deadly Florida school shooting, striking a defiant tone amid a renewed debate over guns and school safety....



New charges brought against ex-Trump campaign associates
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Dramatically escalating the pressure and stakes, special counsel Robert Mueller filed additional criminal charges Thursday against President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman and his business associate....



Florida man screams, yells 'murderers!' as he's put to death
STARKE, Fla. (AP) -- A Florida Corrections official says authorities have no indication an inmate's blood-curdling scream and repeated shouts of "murderers!" as he was being put to death were caused by the lethal injection....



Grand jury indicts Missouri governor who admitted affair
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- A St. Louis grand jury on Thursday indicted Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens on a felony invasion of privacy charge for allegedly taking a compromising photo of a woman with whom he had an affair in 2015. The Republican governor responded that he made a mistake but committed no crime....



California senator quits as Legislature grapples with #MeToo
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- A California state senator accused of sexual misconduct resigned Thursday just ahead of a possible vote to expel him, delivering a scathing resignation letter that called the investigation a farce and underscored the Legislature's struggle to respond to the #MeToo movement....



World leaders urge Syria cease-fire as fighting escalates
BEIRUT (AP) -- World leaders called Thursday for an urgent cease-fire in Syria as government forces pounded the opposition-controlled eastern suburbs of the capital in a crushing campaign that has left hundreds of people dead in recent days....



US women headed for worst figure skating finish in Olympics
GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) -- One by one, the best in American figure skating fell to the ice, their Olympic hopes dashed in the opening seconds of their short programs at the Pyeongchang Games....