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  • Mass shooters use loopholes, lapses in checks to get guns

    Nikolas Cruz is just the latest U.S. mass shooter to legally obtain and own guns because of limited firearms laws, lapses in the background check process or law enforcement’s failure to heed warnings of concerning behavior. The 19-year-old had made threats and was expelled from school, bragged about killing animals, posed with guns on social […]
  • NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn’t happen this week

    A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue headlines of the week. None of these stories is legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked these out; here are the real facts: NOT REAL: BREAKING: Second Parkland Shooter in custody THE FACTS: Reports about a second […]
  • Flu season shows signs of leveling off

    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 symptoms of the flu. That’s no reason for health officials to celebrate yet: That […]
  • Boseman, Haddish, Gerwig, Nanjiani among Oscars presenters

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — “Black Panther” star Chadwick Boseman, “Girls Trip” breakout star Tiffany Haddish, “Lady Bird” author Greta Gerwig and “The Big Sick” co-writer and actor Kumail Nanjiani are set to appear at the 90th annual Academy Awards. Producers of next month’s telecast announced the show’s first round of presenters on Friday. Producers Jennifer […]
  • Ethics dispute erupts in Belgium over euthanasia rules

    A disputed case of euthanasia in Belgium, involving the death of a dementia patient who never formally asked to die, has again raised concerns about weak oversight in a country with some of the world’s most liberal euthanasia laws. The case is described in a letter provided to The Associated Press, written by a doctor […]
  • Food box idea draws criticism from Democrats, advocates

    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 and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney likened the box to […]
  • 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 […]
  • 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 […]
  • 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 […]
  • 3rd new case of Legionnaires at vets home where 13 died

    QUINCY, Ill. (AP) — A third new case of Legionnaires’ disease has been reported this week in a resident at a western Illinois veterans’ home where the illness has been linked to the deaths of 13 people since 2015 and sickened dozens more, state public health and veterans’ affairs officials said Thursday. The latest laboratory-confirmed […]