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Songs, heartfelt words fill the Rev. Billy Graham’s funeral

By TOM FOREMAN Jr. and JONATHAN DREW, Associated Press CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Rev. Billy Graham's funeral Friday featured rousing music along with heartfelt words from his adult children in the culmination of more than a week of tributes to "America's Pastor." The noon service commenced ...

Florida students return to ‘picture of education in fear’

By KELLI KENNEDY, TERRY SPENCER and JOSH REPLOGLE, Associated Press PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) — Students and teachers passed through tight security cordons of dozens of officers as classes resumed Wednesday for the first time since a troubled teenager with an AR-15 killed 17 people, thrusting them ...

Graham praised by Trump, politicians as ‘America’s pastor’

By LAURIE KELLMAN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — He felt stung by the politics that helped define his life — and resolved to keep a distance. But in death, the Rev. Billy Graham on Wednesday received a rare tribute from the nation's top political leaders under the Capitol ...

Dick’s ends sales of assault-style rifles in stores

NEW YORK (AP) — Dick's Sporting Goods, a major U.S. retailer, will immediately halt sales of assault-style rifles and high-capacity magazines at all of its stores and ban the sale of all guns to anyone under 21. The announcement Wednesday comes as students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High ...

Manafort pleads not guilty, gets September trial date

By CHAD DAY, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort maintained his innocence on Wednesday to new charges he acted as an unregistered foreign agent and directed an international money-laundering conspiracy. Manafort appeared at the ...

Immigration chief: 800 avoid arrest due to mayor’s warning

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — A federal immigration official says about 800 people living in Northern California were able to avoid arrest because of a warning by Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf. Thomas Homan, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement chief, told "Fox and Friends" Wednesday that what ...

Florida shooting suspect case heads back to court

By KELLI KENNEDY, BRENDAN FARRINGTON and CURT ANDERSON, Associated Press PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) — The criminal case against the gunman accused in the Florida high school shooting returns to court Tuesday with prosecutors seeking hair samples, fingerprints, DNA and photographs of the ...

Student protests resonate with Columbine shooting survivors

By P. SOLOMON BANDA and JAMES ANDERSON, Associated Press DENVER (AP) — Patrick Neville was outside, sneaking off to smoke with friends, and avoided the outburst of gunfire at Columbine High School nearly two decades ago, but he did not dodge the heartbreak. A close friend died, and the ...

Trump urges lawmakers to buck NRA every once in a while

By LISA MASCARO and MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump declared he's willing to take on the National Rifle Association over gun legislation, but Republicans who control Congress aren't so sure. They prefer to consider only modest changes to firearms ...

Georgia GOP leader threatens Delta over cutting its NRA ties

By R.J. RICO and BEN NADLER, Associated Press ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia's lieutenant governor on Monday threatened to prevent Delta Air Lines from getting a lucrative tax cut after the company ended its discount program with the National Rifle Association, in the latest fallout from a deadly ...

Report: Inequality remains 50 years after Kerner Report

By RUSSELL CONTRERAS, Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Barriers to equality are posing threats to democracy in the U.S. as the country remains segregated along racial lines and child poverty worsens, says a study examining the nation 50 years after the release of the landmark 1968 ...

Attorney: Deputy thought gunfire was from outside school

By KELLI KENNEDY, BRENDAN FARRINGTON and CURT ANDERSON, Associated Press PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) — The sheriff's deputy assigned to guard the Florida high school that was the scene of a mass shooting never entered the building to confront the suspect because he believed the gunfire was coming ...

Supreme Court declines to decide fate of ‘Dreamers’ just yet

By JESSOCA GRESKO, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Monday rejected the Trump administration's highly unusual bid to bypass a federals appeals court and get the justices to intervene in the fate of a program that protects hundreds of thousands of young immigrants from ...

Gorsuch silent as divided Supreme Court spars over unions

By MARK SHERMAN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — With the justice holding the decisive vote silent, a divided Supreme Court sparred Monday over a case that could undermine the financial footing of labor unions that represent government workers. The justices heard arguments in a challenge ...

New York remembers 1993 World Trade Center bombing

By JENNIFER PELTZ, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — The World Trade Center's operating agency issued an apology on Monday at a solemn commemoration of the trade center's deadly 1993 bombing, saying the agency and the country was wholly unprepared for an event that became a precursor to ...

Trump suggests he and governors would’ve rushed Fla. school

By DARLENE SUPERVILLE and KEN THOMAS, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump told the nation's governors on Monday that he would have rushed in unarmed to aid students and teachers during the deadly mass shooting at a Florida high school. "You don't know until you're ...

Caller told FBI Florida shooting suspect ‘going to explode’

By SADIE GURMAN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — A woman close to the man charged with killing 17 people at a Florida high school warned the FBI in chilling detail that he had a growing collection of guns and a temper so uncontrollable she worried about him "getting into a school and just ...

NRA, Florida face backlash after latest school shooting

By KEN SWEET, DAMIAN TROISE and ALEXANDRA OLSON, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — The National Rifle Association, and now the State of Florida, faced a growing backlash Saturday as companies cut ties to the gun industry following the latest school massacre, and student survivors called for ...

Democrats release memo rebutting GOP on Russia probe

By MARY CLARE JALONICK and CHAD DAY, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Two weeks after President Donald Trump blocked the full release of a classified Democratic memo, the House intelligence committee published a redacted version of the document that aims to counter a narrative that ...

Billy Graham’s body arrives at namesake library

By ALLEN G. BREED, AP National Writer CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Admirers took photos on their phones, fire trucks parked on freeway overpasses and police officers saluted as a motorcade carrying the body of the Rev. Billy Graham crossed the evangelist's beloved home state of North Carolina for ...