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After school shooting, Florida leaders propose new gun laws

Brendan Farrington, Gary Fineout and Curt Anderson, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 2:38pm

Florida's governor announced plans Friday to put more armed guards in schools and to make it harder for young adults and some with mental illness to buy guns in response to days of intense lobbying from survivors of last week's shooting at a Florida high school.

Trump says son-in-law's clearance is up to Kelly

Jill Colvin, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 2:38pm

President Donald Trump says he'll leave it up to chief of staff John Kelly to decide whether Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, will keep his interim security clearance.

Special counsel accuses Paul Manafort of secretly paying former European politicians to lobby on behalf of Ukraine

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 2:31pm

Special counsel accuses Paul Manafort of secretly paying former European politicians to lobby on behalf of Ukraine.

Milwaukee man gets life without parole in triple-homicide

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 2:25pm

A man with a history of mental illness has been sentenced to life in prison with no possibility of parole for killing three of his neighbors in a Milwaukee apartment building.

US Interior boss alters agency revamp, governors 'gratified'

Matthew Brown and Dan Elliott, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 2:24pm

U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is revamping a planned sweeping overhaul of his department with a new organizational map that more closely follows state lines instead of the natural boundaries he initially proposed, he told The Associated Press on Friday in an exclusive interview.

New execution date set for Georgia's 'stocking strangler'

Kate Brumback, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 2:23pm

A man known as the "stocking strangler," who was convicted of raping and choking to death three elderly women four decades ago in Georgia is set for execution next month.

Trump, Turnbull praise each other on immigration and taxes

Darlene Superville, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 2:16pm

President Donald Trump and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull put their "mateship" on full display Friday at the White House as they took turns praising each other's approaches on immigration and taxes.

Critics question Utah lawmakers' changes to ethics panel

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 2:14pm

Utah lawmakers are overhauling an ethics committee that investigates the state's top elected officials, but critics say the changes may make it harder to file a complaint and easier for elected officials to get away with unethical behavior.

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Ex-Trump aide pleads guilty, will cooperate in Russia probe

Chad Day, Tom Lobianco and Eric Tucker, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 2:12pm

A former senior adviser to President Donald Trump's election campaign pleaded guilty Friday to federal conspiracy and false-statements charges, saying he will now cooperate in the special counsel's Russia investigation.

Trump again criticizes ailing McCain over health care vote

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 2:08pm

President Donald Trump renewed his criticism of John McCain for the senator's dramatic thumbs-down deciding vote last year against the GOP health care repeal.

Agency leader insists mission statement isn't anti-immigrant

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 2:08pm

The head of the federal agency that grants visas says he has a message for anyone who considers his new mission statement anti-immigrant: "A thousand times no."

CDC seeking $400 million to replace lab for deadliest germs

Mike Stobbe, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 2:06pm

Thirteen years after building a state-of-the-art lab for the world's most dangerous germs, the nation's top public health agency is asking for more than $400 million to build a new one.

Grounds of Gateway Arch get a new name

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 2:04pm

The grounds of the Gateway Arch in St. Louis will now be officially known as The Gateway Arch National Park.

Homeless veterans could get a new home in Idaho

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 1:59pm

Homeless veterans could get a new home in Idaho, with access to health care and other services, under a proposal from housing agencies and local officials.

St. Louis-area utility worker dies from stray bullet

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 1:58pm

Police say a St. Louis-area utility worker hit by a stray bullet from a shooting a half block away has died.

White House locked down after vehicle strikes barrier

Zeke Miller, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 1:54pm

The White House is on lockdown after a passenger vehicle struck a security barrier.

Protesters want Nevada to enforce gun background check law

Ken Ritter, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 1:49pm

A Nevada judge is due to hear arguments Friday in a lawsuit seeking enforcement of a voter-approved gun background-check law that has not been enforced since it passed in November 2016.

Threat from New Mexico panics parents at New Jersey school

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 1:48pm

Authorities say a hoax threat against a school in New Mexico caused hundreds of parents to rush to a New Jersey school known by the same abbreviation.

The Latest: Scalise 'irate' deputy didn't confront shooter

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 1:42pm

The Latest on the deadly Florida school shooting (all times local):

Schools physically restrained students 9,000 times last year

Collin Binkley, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 1:39pm

Public school officials in Massachusetts say they had to physically restrain students more than 9,000 times last school year, sparking outcry from some advocates who say the practice is dangerous and overused.