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Trump endorses raising minimum age to 21 for more weapons

Catherine Lucey and Matthew Daly, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 2:09pm

President Donald Trump on Thursday endorsed a higher minimum age for buying certain rifles and tighter background checks for purchasers, saying "there's nothing more important than protecting our children," amid a public outcry for action after the Florida school shooting.

The Latest: Man arrested in shooting death of postal worker

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 2:04pm

The Latest on the arrest of a man in the shooting death of a postal worker driving on a Dallas highway (all times local):

Kansas lawmakers cancel debate on NRA-backed gun safety bill

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 2:03pm

Kansas legislative leaders have canceled a debate on a gun-safety education bill giving preference to a National Rifle Association program in elementary schools.

Jury picks death for man who abducted, killed Florida girl

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 1:59pm

Jurors who took less than 15 minutes to convict a Florida man last week of abducting, raping and killing an 8-year-old girl have now decided he should be executed.

FBI says it's trying to rebuild trust after botched tip

Sadie Gurman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 1:56pm

A senior FBI official acknowledged Thursday that the nation's top law enforcement agency has lost public trust after the revelation that it failed to investigate a potentially life-saving tip before the Florida school shooting, a mistake he suggested was the result of bad judgment.

Woman, 2 men dead in Illinois had been reported missing

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 1:54pm

Police in northern Illinois said on Thursday that the bodies of two people were found in a park hours after the man suspected of kidnapping them apparently shot and killed himself in his car.

MLK's daughter supports students, says gun changes overdue

Jonathan Landrum Jr., Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 1:53pm

As the 50th anniversary of her father's assassination approaches, the daughter of civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr. said Thursday that limiting access to guns is long overdue.

The Latest: School visit changed Rubio's view of 1 gun issue

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 1:52pm

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

Lawmakers weighing more incentives for film crews in Utah

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 1:50pm

A Utah lawmaker won unanimous committee approval for a proposal to add $5 million to a fund designed to lure movie and television film crews to the state.

Investigation of lawmaker's hotel encounter comes up empty

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 1:50pm

Utah's Senate president says state troopers have closed an investigation into a lawmaker's strange encounter with a woman outside his hotel room without determining who the woman was or what happened.

Woman to stand trial for attempted murder in May

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 1:50pm

A Utah woman accused of attempting to assist in a suicide will likely spend the next three months in jail awaiting trial.

Congressman claims undisclosed firm wasn't 'doing business'

Ryan J. Foley, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 1:49pm

A congressman from Iowa said in a sworn statement made public Thursday that a company he failed to disclose wasn't "doing business" in 2016, despite claims in its own advertising to the contrary.

Florida students not backing off push for gun regulations

Brendan Farrington, Gary Fineout and Terry Spencer, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 1:44pm

The student-driven movement to rewrite gun laws showed no sign of waning a week after a gunman killed 17 people at a Florida school, with politicians yielding to pressure to respond.

After a year, Trump holds firm grip on conservative movement

Zeke Miller, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 1:42pm

Donald Trump's outsider candidacy rattled the conservative movement. But more than a year into his presidency, the onetime Democrat now holds what seems to be a near-total grip.

Navajos settle Utah voting rights case over mail-in ballots

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 1:42pm

Navajos who once worried they'd have to drive hours to cast their ballots in Utah say a new settlement is a step forward as tribes challenge what they call discriminatory voting practices around the United States.

California lawmaker accused of sexual misconduct resigns

Jonathan J. Cooper and Don Thompson, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 1:39pm

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 process a farce.

Perdue to food box critics: Give the idea a chance

Juliet Linderman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 1:34pm

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue on Thursday defended a proposal that would replace a portion of food stamp benefits with pre-assembled boxes of shelf-stable goods delivered to recipients' doorsteps — an idea one lawmaker called "a cruel joke."

Lawmaker facing charges he extorted page for sex resigns

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 1:21pm

A Rhode Island state senator facing charges that accuse him of extorting a teenage Statehouse page for sex has resigned.

Idaho man charged with manslaughter in boating deaths

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 1:13pm

Prosecutors have charged an eastern Idaho man with two counts of involuntary manslaughter in the wake of a boating accident last year that left two Utah residents dead.