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Ex-astronaut Mark Kelly announces run for McCain Senate seat

Ex-astronaut Mark Kelly announces run for McCain Senate seat

By JONATHAN J. COOPER , Associated Press PHOENIX (AP) — Retired astronaut Mark Kelly, who became a prominent gun-control advocate after his wife, former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, was shot in a failed assassination attempt, announced Tuesday he will run to finish John McCain’s last term in the U.S. Senate. Kelly, 54, is a top…

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In Texas, Trump backs Wall While O’Rourke Rallies Opponents

In Texas, Trump backs Wall While O’Rourke Rallies Opponents

EL PASO, TX (AP) — President Donald Trump charged ahead with his pledge to build a wall at the U.S.-Mexico border, skimming over the details of lawmakers’ tentative deal that would give him far less than he’s been demanding and declaring he’s “setting the stage” to deliver on his signature campaign promise. In the first…

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Budget Talks Resuming Amid Pessimism Over Border Differences

Budget Talks Resuming Amid Pessimism Over Border Differences

By JONATHAN LEMIRE and ALAN FRAM , Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Budget negotiators will meet Monday to revive talks over border security issues that are central to legislation to prevent key parts of the government from shutting down on Saturday, but an air of pessimism remains after talks broke down over the weekend. They…

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Iranians Mark Anniversary of Victory Day in 1979 Revolution

Iranians Mark Anniversary of Victory Day in 1979 Revolution

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iranians are pouring out onto the streets of Tehran and other cities and towns across the country, marking the date 40 years ago that’s considered victory day in the country’s 1979 Islamic Revolution. On Feb. 11 that year, Iran’s military stood down after days of street battles, allowing the revolutionaries to…

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Gun-seizure laws grow in popularity since Parkland shooting

Gun-seizure laws grow in popularity since Parkland shooting

By RYAN J. FOLEY , Associated Press In the year since the deadly mass shooting at a Florida high school, more and more states have passed laws making it easier to take guns away from people who may be suicidal or bent on violence against others, and courts are issuing an unprecedented number of seizure…

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