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Young shooting survivors stepped from school into gun debate

By KELLI KENNEDY and JASON DEARENAssociated Press PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) – Dead bodies were still inside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School when survivors of this week’s shooting began speaking out about gun violence. It seemed as if the teens had stepped straight from the bullet-scarred school into the nation’s gun …

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EPA head expenses nearly $200,000 in travel over 6 months

By ELLEN KNICKMEYERAssociated Press SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt and staffers billed taxpayers nearly $200,000 for his trips over six months last year, including 10 visits to Pruitt’s former home city of Tulsa, according to travel vouchers obtained by an environmental organization. Pruitt is one …

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Wynn gets no money in termination deal with casino company

By REGINA GARCIA CANOAssociated Press LAS VEGAS (AP) – A termination agreement released Friday between embattled casino mogul Steve Wynn and the company bearing his name leaves him without any severance or compensation and prohibits his involvement in any competing gambling business for two years. The Las Vegas billionaire resigned …

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Food box idea draws criticism from Democrats, advocates

By JULIET LINDERMANAssociated Press WASHINGTON (AP) – The Trump administration is pushing what it calls a “bold new approach to nutrition assistance”: replacing the traditional cash-on-a-card that food stamp recipients currently get with a pre-assembled box of canned foods and other shelf-stable goods dubbed “America’s Harvest Box.” Office of Management …

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Activists delay rebuild of Hawaii hotel with Elvis ties

By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHERAssociated Press HONOLULU (AP) – Developers rebuilding a storied, hurricane-ravaged Hawaii hotel with a Hollywood connection were looking forward to the Coco Palms’ rebirth when two men showed up last year, claiming to own the property because they descend from King Kaumualii, the last ruler of Kauai. …

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Inmates who clapped for cop death suspect may face reprisals

By DON BABWINAssociated Press CHICAGO (AP) – Five Cook County Jail inmates who applauded as the man charged with the fatal shooting of a Chicago police commander was led by their cell could face reprisals for their actions, a jail official said Friday. Cara Smith, the chief policy officer for …

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Trump appeals California judge’s curb on birth control rules

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – The U.S. Department of Justice is appealing a California judge’s decision to temporarily block new Trump administration rules allowing more employers to opt out of providing no-cost birth control to women. Lawyers filed the notice of appeal to the 9th District Court of Appeals on Friday, …

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Is Maryland ready to rid ‘Northern scum’ from state song?

By BRIAN WITTEAssociated Press ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) – Maryland lawmakers who support changing the official state song think the time is right to finally wipe away “Northern scum” and other sensitive pre-Civil War phrases. “Maryland, My Maryland,” set to the traditional seasonal tune of “O,Tannenbaum,” was written in 1861 by …

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Flu season shows signs of leveling off

By MIKE STOBBE and CARLA K. JOHNSONAP Medical Writers NEW YORK (AP) – This nasty flu season, which has been worsening for months, may finally be leveling off. Health officials on Friday said about 1 of every 13 visits to the doctor last week was for fever, cough and other …

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Critics blast EPA for lowering Syngenta pesticide fine

By AUDREY McAVOYAssociated Press HONOLULU (AP) – Critics are blasting the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for dramatically lowering a fine on agribusiness company Syngenta for violations of pesticide regulations. Syngenta, under a settlement announced this week, will pay $150,000 for improperly using the pesticide chlorpyrifos at a seed corn field …

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