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Missouri GOP: Indictment Is ‘political hit job’

(AP) – The Missouri Republican Party says the indictment against Gov. Eric Greitens amounts to a “political hit job” by a Democratic prosecutor.  The party’s executive director, Sam Cooper, says the invasion of privacy law Greitens is accused of violating has never been prosecuted in this way in the past. He says: “Missourians should see […]

Poll: Most Have Dour Outlook On America’s Direction

(AP) – A majority of Americans believe the country’s overall direction has dipped in the past year. What’s more, only 28 percent are optimistic that things will get better in the year to come.  That’s according to a new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. The survey released Friday found Americans […]

California Couple Charged With Torture Of Kids Due In Court

(AP) – A California couple charged with torturing their children by starving, beating and shackling them is due in court. David and Louse Turpin are scheduled to appear Friday in a Riverside courtroom for a conference about their case. They have pleaded not guilty to torture and other charges and each is held on $12 […]

DC Metro Rejects Amnesty Ads Showing Trump, Putin, Others

(AP) – Amnesty International has criticized the Washington Metro’s rejection of an ad campaign featuring depictions of U.S. President Donald Trump, Russian President Vladimir Putin and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. A spokeswoman for the human rights group, Kharunya Paramaguru, tells The Washington Post the intended four-week, $35,000 ad campaign was intended to support […]

Enterprise Ends Car Rental Discount For NRA Members

(AP) – Car rental company Enterprise says it is ending a discount program for National Rifle Association members. The company tweeted late Thursday: “All three of our brands have ended the discount for NRA members. This change will be effective March 26.” Enterprise Holdings also operates the Alamo and National brands. The decision appeared to […]

Trump Backs Raising Age For Buying Assault Rifles, Bucks NRA

(AP) – President Donald Trump says the nation should keep assault rifles out of the hands of anyone under 21. That position defies his loyal supporters in the National Rifle Association at a time of heated debate over gun violence. He also is pushing hard for arming security guards and many teachers in U.S. schools. […]

Florida School Shooting: ‘Abject Breakdown At All Levels’

(AP) – The Florida high school where a former student is accused of fatally shooting 17 people with an assault-type rifle is reopening for teachers as the community grapples with revelations that the armed officer on campus did nothing to stop him. That failure, plus reports of a delay in security camera footage scanned by […]

Shooting Survivors Endure New Assault – From Online Trolls

(AP)–Survivors of the Florida school shooting have come under a different kind of assault, this time from online trolls who have threatened them as they seek tighter gun laws. One student was teased about being a “brown, bald lesbian.” Another was the target of conspiracy theorists who claimed he was really an actor. When a […]

Superagers’ Brains Offer Clues For Sharp Memory In Old Age

(AP) – Scientists are peering into the brains of “superagers” – people in their 80s and 90s who have retained unusually sharp memory – to learn the secrets to cognitive health. At Chicago’s Northwestern University, researchers have found a few clues. Superagers’ brains aren’t shrinking as fast as their peers’. And autopsies show they harbor […]

Trump Criticizes Active-Shooter Drills In School

(AP) – President Donald Trump says drills that teach students how to respond if an active shooter ever enters the premises “are a very negative thing.”  Trump says he wouldn’t want to tell his son that he has to go through an active-shooter drill. The youngest of Trump’s five children, 11-year-old Barron, attends a private […]