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WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is putting gun sellers on notice that the administration plans to strengthen enforcement of background check requirements for gun buyers. Plans include 230 new examiners the FBI will hire to process those checks. President Barack Obama today unveiled his plan to tighten control and enforcement of firearms using his presidential powers. He said the gun lobby had taken Congress hostage -- but that "they cannot hold America hostage."
WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Paul Ryan is accusing the president of going after "the most law-abiding of citizens," instead of focusing on "criminals and terrorists." The Wisconsin Republican said there will be a court challenge aimed at blocking the executive actions announced today at the White House.
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley will be delivering the Republican response to President Barack Obama's State of the Union address next week. The daughter of Indian immigrants is the state's first female and first minority governor. She's also the country's youngest governor.
SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) — Authorities investigating the attack that killed 14 people last month in San Bernardino, California, are seeking the public's help in filling out the timeline of the assailants' moves that day. The FBI says investigators are specifically seeking information about an 18-minute gap in the timeline between the deadly attack at the Inland Regional Center and the shootout in which both attackers were killed. An agent says they hope to find out if the assailants contacted anyone during that time.
BURNS, Ore. (AP) — A leader of the small, armed group that's been occupying a national wildlife refuge in Oregon says the activists will leave when a plan is in place to turn over management of federal lands to locals. Ammon Bundy told reporters today that ranchers, loggers and farmers should have control of federal lands. He is a son of Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, who was involved in a high-profile 2014 standoff with the government over grazing rights. Environmentalists and others say federal officials should run the land for the broadest benefits to business, recreation and the environment.
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