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President Donald Trump speaks as he hosts a listening session with high school students, teachers and parents in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
February 22, 2018 - 12:13 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has ordered his Justice Department to work toward banning rapid-fire bump stocks like the ones used in last year's Las Vegas massacre— but officials aren't sure they can. Trump's surprise order this week comes as officials from the department's Bureau of...
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National Rifle Association Executive Vice President and CEO Wayne LaPierre, speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), at National Harbor, Md., Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
February 22, 2018 - 11:26 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump, guns and school violence (all times local): 11:06 a.m. Vice President Mike Pence says the Trump administration will make school safety "our top national priority" after last week's attack on a high school in Parkland, Florida. Speaking at the...
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Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students are recognized before a CNN town hall broadcast, Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, at the BB&T Center, in Sunrise, Fla. (Michael Laughlin/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP)
February 22, 2018 - 9:07 am
SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — On the defensive after the Florida school shooting rampage that killed 17, GOP Sen. Marco Rubio, an ardent gun-rights advocate, said he would support raising the age to buy rifles and other restrictions. Rubio faced angry students, teachers and parents demanding stronger gun-...
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FILE - In this Dec. 21, 2016, file photo, the Trump International Hotel in Washington. Special interests are holding meetings at properties owned by President Donald Trump, putting money in his pockets as they seek to influence his administration. An Associated Press analysis of the interest groups that visited Trump properties in the first year of his presidency found several instances that at least created the appearance of “pay for play.” (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)
February 22, 2018 - 8:04 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Payday lenders got regulators to rethink rules on how closely to vet borrowers. E-cigarette makers got a delay in federal oversight of many vaping products. Candy makers praised a decision to hold off on more stringent labeling standards. And title insurers declared "victory" for...
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FILE- In this Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, file photo, protesters picket the Senate at the start of the probe in the death of an overseas worker in Kuwait in Pasay city, south of Manila, Philippines. The Philippine president says a ban on the deployment of workers to Kuwait, where a Filipina was found dead in a freezer, will continue and could be expanded to other countries where Filipino workers "suffer brutal treatment and human degradation." (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez, File)
February 22, 2018 - 6:58 am
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine president said Thursday that a ban on the deployment of workers to Kuwait, where a Filipina was found dead in a freezer, will continue and could be expanded to other countries where Filipino workers suffer "human degradation." President Rodrigo Duterte made...
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FILE - In the this Feb. 16, 2018, file photo released by Japan's Ministry of Defense shows what it says North Korean-flagged tanker Yu Jong 2, left, and Min Ning De You 078 lying alongside in the East China Sea. China says it is "highly concerned" about a reported ship-to-ship transfer on the high seas that could violate U.N. sanctions on North Korea. (Ministry of Defense via AP, File)
February 22, 2018 - 6:18 am
BEIJING (AP) — China is "highly concerned" about a reported ship-to-ship transfer on the high seas that could violate U.N. sanctions on North Korea and has launched an investigation, the foreign ministry said Thursday. Spokesman Geng Shuang said China would "seriously deal" with any Chinese...
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FILE - In this Jan. 18, 2018, file photo, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull arrives at Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's official residence for a meeting in Tokyo. When Turnbull arrives in Washington this week for consultations with President Donald Trump, he won't be traveling solo. Turnbull is bringing the most senior Australian political and business delegation ever to visit the United States in a trip aimed at building stronger relationships with America's governors.(Franck Robichon/Pool Photo via AP, File)
February 22, 2018 - 12:42 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — When Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull arrives in Washington this week for consultations with President Donald Trump, he won't be traveling solo. Turnbull is bringing the most senior Australian political and business delegation ever to visit the United States in a trip...
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FILE - In a March 22, 2015 file photo, U.S. writer Jared Taylor, author of the book "White Identity" speaks during the International Russian Conservative Forum in St. Petersburg, Russia. Taylor is suing Twitter for banning his account amid the company's recent crackdown on content it deems abusive. He filed the lawsuit Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018, in a San Francisco state court. Taylor joins a growing list of extreme right wing groups and figures suing social media sites for banning their accounts and content.(AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky, File)
February 21, 2018 - 5:35 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A prominent white nationalist is suing Twitter for banning his accounts at a time when social networks are trying to crack down on hateful and abusive content without appearing to censor unpopular opinions. Jared Taylor filed the lawsuit Tuesday in state court in San Francisco...
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President Donald Trump listens to Justin Gruber, a student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, during a listening session with high school students and teachers and parents in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
February 21, 2018 - 5:08 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump and guns (all times local): 5 p.m. Students and parents are delivering emotional appeals to President Donald Trump to act on school safety and guns after last week's school shooting. Andrew Pollack, the father of slain Florida student Meadow...
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In this Feb. 16, 2018 photo, President Donald Trump gestures as he walks as he leaves the White House, Friday, Feb. 16, 2018, in Washington, for a trip to his private Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida. The White House top economist says the U.S. could achieve annual growth rates of 3 percent through the next decade if President Donald Trump’s policies on regulations and infrastructure are enacted. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
February 21, 2018 - 3:43 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House's top economist said Wednesday the U.S. could achieve annual growth rates of 3 percent through the next decade if President Donald Trump's policies on regulations and infrastructure are enacted. The Council of Economic Advisers released its annual economic report,...
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