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After massacre, Virginia governor demands action on guns

By ALAN SUDERMAN Associated Press VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam announced Tuesday he will summon lawmakers back to the state Capitol this summer to take up a package of gun-control legislation, saying last week's mass shooting in Virginia Beach calls for "votes and ...

Proposed cat declawing ban passes New York Legislature

By DAVID KLEPPER undefined ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York's Legislature passed a bill Tuesday that would make the state the first in the U.S. to make it illegal to declaw a cat . The bill, which would subject veterinarians to $1,000 fines for performing the operation, now heads to the desk of ...

Climate change lawsuit vs. US government faces court test

By ANDREW SELSKY Associated Press PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A lawsuit by a group of young people who say U.S. energy policies are causing climate change and hurting their future faces a major hurdle Tuesday as lawyers for the Trump administration argue to stop the case from moving ...

Florida deputy charged for inaction during Parkland shooting

By CURT ANDERSON and TERRY SPENCER Associated Press MIAMI (AP) — The former Florida deputy who failed to confront a gunman during last year's Parkland school massacre was arrested Tuesday on 11 criminal charges related to his actions, prosecutors announced. Broward State Attorney Mike Satz ...

White House tells 2 ex-aides to defy congressional subpoena

By MARY CLARE JALONICK and LISA MASCARO Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House on Tuesday again directed former employees not to cooperate with a congressional investigation, this time instructing former aides Hope Hicks and Annie Donaldson to defy subpoenas and refuse to provide ...

Record flooding causes levee breach in western Arkansas

DARDANELLE, Ark. (AP) — A levee breached Friday along the Arkansas River, prompting a flash flood warning and evacuation of a rural area in western Arkansas. Officials said the levee breached at Dardanelle, about 60 miles (95 kilometers) northwest of Little Rock. Yell County officials had ...

Trump prompts protests with promise of new Mexican tariffs

By JILL COLVIN and COLLEEN LONG Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — In a surprise announcement that could derail a major trade deal, President Donald Trump says he is placing a 5% tariff on all Mexican imports, effective June 10, to pressure the country to do more to crack down on the surge ...

Trump attacks Mueller, denies that Russia helped him win

By DEB RIECHMANN Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has angrily assailed special counsel Robert Mueller's motives, after Mueller bluntly rebuffed Trump's repeated claims that the Russia investigation had cleared him of obstructing justice. The president also offered ...

Louisiana’s Democratic governor signs abortion ban into law

By MELINDA DESLATTE Associated Press BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's Democratic governor signed a ban on abortion as early as six weeks of pregnancy Thursday, a move that puts him squarely in line with the leaders of other conservative Southern states while provoking anger from members ...

Lawsuit calls Mississippi’s way of choosing governors racist

By EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS and DAVID A. LIEB Associated Press JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — In 1890, as white politicians across the South cracked down on the black population with Jim Crow laws, Mississippi inserted into its constitution an unusually high bar for getting elected governor or winning ...