Lessons from the past as immigrants take church sanctuary

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Bruce Beyer says claiming sanctuary in a church can be a powerful protest tactic, guaranteed to generate lots of publicity.

But nobody should think that moving into a church - as a Mexican family of five has done in Philadelphia, to avoid deportation - will ultimately offer ...

Hunters split on use of semi-automatic rifles

YORK, Pa. (AP) - In 2017, Pennsylvania became the last state to legalize semi-automatic rifles - including AR-15s - for hunting. It looked like the guns might be allowed for furbearers, small game and big game, until something surprising happened:

A survey showed hunters didn't want them.

Ahead of the ...

Unless you’re a citizen, legal marijuana isn’t for you

DENVER (AP) - Marijuana may be a multi-billion dollar industry in Colorado, but cannabis is still illegal federally - so any job in the industry can be considered trafficking in a controlled substance. Normally, this hasn't been a tricky distinction for the industry's state-licensed employees, except by one standard. Their ...

Trump focuses on first responders after Florida shooting

POMPANO BEACH, Fla. (AP) - President Donald Trump has made a grim trip to a Florida community reeling from a deadly school shooting, meeting privately with victims and cheering the heroics of first responders.

But he extended few public words of consolation to those in deep mourning, nor did Trump ...

Romney, favored in Senate bid, could take on outsized role

WASHINGTON (AP) - Mitt Romney's extensive resume has many Republicans looking to him to take on a role in the Senate as a political and moral counterweight to a president many in the GOP see as divisive and undignified.

First he has to get elected.

The 2012 GOP nominee for ...

Young immigrant follows father’s community organizing path

ALBERTVILLE, Ala. (AP) - Julio Cesar Baeza was not yet one year old in 1994, when his parents brought him from Mexico across the Rio Grande into the United States.

His father, Jose Baeza, spent most of the family's savings on a broken-down old car he found in New Mexico ...

Pence visits Texas, tours US-Mexico border

HIDALGO, Texas (AP) - Vice President Mike Pence has arrived in Texas for fundraising and a tour of the U.S.-Mexican border as lawmakers debate immigration proposals.

Pence on Friday flew to McAllen to tour the border in the Rio Grande Valley. Earlier Friday he spoke at a Republican National Committee ...

Shooting survivors become advocates for stronger weapon laws

PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) - Teen survivors of the deadly shootings at a Florida high school are fast becoming advocates for stronger weapons laws.

The students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland have sparred with gun-rights activists on social media, given many television interviews and spoken at vigils that ...

Anger bubbles over at funerals for Florida shooting victims

PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) - As families began burying their dead, authorities questioned whether they could have prevented the attack on a South Florida high school where a gunman took the lives of 14 students, the athletic director, a coach and a geography teacher.

At funerals and in the streets of ...

Senate hopeful Mitt Romney on immigration, Russia and guns

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - As he launched his long-awaited U.S. Senate campaign in Utah, Mitt Romney spoke with The Associated Press about immigration, gun control, Russia and why he's running in Utah.

Some highlights of the phone interview with Romney:

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Romney said he agrees with President Donald Trump ...

Dianne Feinstein: Raise gun buying age to 21

Sen. Dianne Feinstein said Friday she'll write legislation to impose a 21-year-old age requirement to buy a rifle, after police say a man used an AR-15 in a killing spree at a Florida high school this week.

Ms. Feinstein said federal law already restricts handgun sales by licensed dealers to ...

Records: Washington officials gave activist’s info to ICE

SEATTLE (AP) - Newly released records confirm that the Washington state Department of Licensing gave information to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement about an undocumented immigrant rights activist now facing deportation.

Documents obtained Friday by The Associated Press under a public records request show the state agency sent ICE a ...

Democrats and Republicans mourn but disagree over guns

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Democrats in the Virginia General Assembly have expressed frustration over Republicans' refusal to take up gun control legislation in the wake of Wednesday's deadly school shooting in Florida.

"We extend our thoughts and prayers to the victims and their families, but our thoughts and prayers are ...

Q&A: How do different groups define school shootings?

An advocacy group that supports stricter gun laws says the shooting that killed 17 people at a Florida high school on Wednesday was the 17th incident of gunfire at a U.S. school so far this year. Of the 17 incidents, one was a suicide, two involved active shooters who killed ...

GOP director takes sole responsibility for anonymous website

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - The Maine Republican Party's executive director says he alone was responsible for running an anonymous website that published articles Democrats say slandered their unsuccessful local candidate.

The state ethics commission's staff on Friday said GOP Executive Director Jason Savage denied using his party's resources to fund ...