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    Trump meets Florida shooting victims, first responders

    POMPANO BEACH, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump came face-to-face Friday with hospitalized victims of the horrific school shooting in Florida and offered thanks to the doctors and nurses who helped the wounded, declaring “the job they’ve done is incredible.” Asked if he’d talked with victims, Trump added: “I did indeed, and it’s very sad […]
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    Budget undercuts Trump focus on mental health, school safety

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is calling for a focus on mental health and school safety in response to shootings like the one that took 17 lives in Florida, but his budget would cut funding in both areas. Trump’s latest budget would slash the major source of public funds for mental health treatment, the […]
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    Justice Thomas: confirmation process not what it ought to be

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas said Thursday that he believes that Congress’ process for confirming judges and others in government will discourage “some of our best people” from serving. Speaking at an event at the Library of Congress’ Thomas Jefferson building, directly across from the Capitol, Thomas said he doesn’t think the […]
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    Budget undercuts Trump focus on mental health, school safety

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is calling for a focus on mental health and school safety in response to shootings like the one that took 17 lives in Florida, but his budget would cut funding in both areas. Trump’s latest budget would slash the major source of public funds for mental health treatment, the […]
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    Trump postpones rally in wake of Florida school shooting

    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — President Donald Trump on Thursday postponed a campaign rally scheduled for next week in the Pittsburgh area, the early political hotspot of 2018’s congressional elections. Trump’s campaign said the decision was out of respect and sympathy for the victims and survivors of the Florida high school shooting that left 17 dead. […]
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    Key senator to stop blocking US arms sales to Persian Gulf

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States is poised to let Persian Gulf nations resume buying American-made lethal weapons after a key U.S. senator said he would stop blocking the sales, even though the Qatar diplomatic crisis that prompted the freeze is no closer to being resolved. Last year, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker […]
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    Public money fuels Indiana Senate candidate’s publicity bid

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Throughout his career in elected office, Indiana Senate candidate Todd Rokita has used apocalyptic language to warn of “out-of-control” government spending, which he once described as “choking our economy and stealing freedom.” Yet whenever election season rolls around, the Republican congressman has been more than willing to shell out public dollars to […]
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    US urges Malaysia protect Uighurs facing deportation

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States on Thursday urged Malaysia to provide temporary protection to 11 Uighur Muslims reportedly held there, warning they could face torture or persecution if forcibly returned to China. Human Rights Watch says the Uighurs were among more than 200 detained in neighboring Thailand in 2014. Thailand deported more than 100 […]
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    The Latest: Wolf submits map in gerrymandering case

    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Latest on Pennsylvania’s congressional gerrymandering case (all times local): 11:55 p.m. Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf is submitting a map he’s proposing to redraw Pennsylvania’s congressional districts, releasing it minutes before the court-ordered midnight deadline in a high-stakes gerrymandering case. Wolf’s map submitted Thursday night was the seventh such submission, coming […]
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    2 firms paid $50 million by Trump inaugural committee

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s inauguration committee paid two private companies more than $50 million for event planning while donating $5 million to charitable causes after the January 2017 event in Washington, according to new federal tax documents filed by the nonprofit committee. The filings for the Presidential Inaugural Committee show that the organization […]
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    Shulkin to pay back some expenses after Europe trip faulted

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin on Thursday pledged to repay more than $4,000 for his wife’s airfare for an 11-day trip to Europe that mixed business and sightseeing. Testifying at a House hearing, Shulkin said he accepts responsibility for making mistakes after a government investigation found “serious derelictions” in the handling of […]
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    The Latest: Obama calls for gun safety laws after shooting

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the gun control debate in Congress after the Florida school shooting (all times local): 1 p.m. Former President Barack Obama is calling for “common-sense gun safety laws” following Wednesday’s school shooting in Florida. Obama tweeted Thursday: “We are grieving with Parkland. But we are not powerless. Caring for our […]
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    Lots of talk, little action in Congress after shootings

    WASHINGTON (AP) — For a brief moment after the Las Vegas massacre last fall, Republicans and Democrats in Congress talked about taking a rare step to tighten the nation’s gun laws. Four months later, the only gun legislation that has moved in the House or Senate instead eases restrictions for gun owners. The October deaths […]
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    US denies plan for ‘bloody nose’ strike on North Korea

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States doesn’t have a “bloody nose” strategy for North Korea, senators of both parties and a Trump administration official said Thursday, rejecting claims the U.S. wants to strike the North’s nuclear program in a way that avoids an all-out war. The harmonized message could quell speculation that President Donald Trump […]
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    New Virginia lawmakers have little luck making laws

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Democrats from around the country cheered last year when a bumper crop of new candidates in Virginia surpassed all expectations, winning 15 seats previously held by Republicans in the Virginia House of Delegates. Powered largely by voter dislike of President Donald Trump, the new class’ success presented a potential model for […]
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