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FILE - In this Dec. 12, 1961 file photo, Evangelist Billy Graham, left, talks with President John F. Kennedy during a call at the the White House in Washington. Graham, who transformed American religious life through his preaching and activism, becoming a counselor to presidents and the most widely heard Christian evangelist in history, has died. Spokesman Mark DeMoss says Graham, who long suffered from cancer, pneumonia and other ailments, died at his home in North Carolina on Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018. He was 99. (AP Photo, File)
February 21, 2018 - 9:35 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — He was rebuffed, then embraced, by Harry Truman. Confided in — and deeply hurt by — Richard Nixon. A source of reassurance for George H.W. Bush on the eve of war. The spark that finally turned George W. Bush toward sobriety. The Rev. Billy Graham, who died Wednesday at age 99, was...
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President Donald Trump, looks to Julia Cordover, the student body president at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., as she speaks during the listening session with high school students, teachers, and others in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
February 21, 2018 - 8:58 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Spilling out wrenching tales of lost lives and stolen security, students and parents appealed to President Donald Trump on Wednesday to set politics aside and protect America's school children from the scourge of gun violence. Trump listened intently to the raw emotion and pledged...
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Julia Cordover, the student body president at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., speaks as President Donald Trump hosts a listening session with high school students and teachers in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
February 21, 2018 - 8:54 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump and guns (all times local): 8:45 p.m. The National Rifle Association says any legislation aimed at raising the age requirement for rifle and shotgun purchases would deprive young Americans their constitutional right to self-protection. Federal...
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FILE - In this Jan. 3, 2018, file photo, California state Sen. Tony Mendoza, D-Artesia, announces that he will take a month-long leave of absence while an investigation into sexual misconduct allegations against him are completed in Sacramento, Calif. When lawmakers return from the President's Day weekend, Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2018, they will learn whether the investigation cleared Mendoza or sets him up for possible expulsion. (AP Photo/Steve Yeater, File)
February 21, 2018 - 8:03 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A California state senator accused of sexual misconduct apologized Wednesday to anyone who felt uncomfortable because of his behavior but flatly denied two of the more serious allegations, one involving a 19-year-old female intern, a day before his fellow senators could...
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FILE - In this March 4, 2015 file photo, Arizona House Majority Leader Steve Montenegro, R-Avondale, speaks during a legislative session at the Arizona Capitol in Phoenix. Two former Republican Arizona lawmakers who are leading candidates to fill a vacant U.S. House seat are embroiled in controversy as Tuesday's special primary election looms. Former state Sen. Steve Montenegro reportedly received racy text messages from a Senate staffer who isn't his wife. Former state Sen. Debbie Lesko is under fire for transferring $50,000 from her old state Senate campaign fund to an independent group backing her congressional election bid. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)
February 21, 2018 - 7:18 pm
PHOENIX (AP) — A Christian minister seeking the congressional seat of a disgraced Arizona congressman is labeling reports that that he traded suggestive texts with a female staffer who included a topless photo of herself in one of the exchanges as "tabloid trash." But former state Sen. Steve...
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Gwendolyn Frantz, 17, of Kensington, Md., stands in front of the White House during a student protest for gun control, Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
February 21, 2018 - 6:16 pm
In a wave of demonstrations reaching from Arizona to Maine, students at dozens of U.S. high schools walked out of class on Wednesday to protest gun violence and honor the victims of last week's deadly shooting in Florida. The protests spread from school to school as students shared plans for their...
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A protester waves a sign as U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman, R-Colorado, talks during a town hall meeting with constituents in a high school assembly hall Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018, in Greenwood Village, Colo. Coffman was peppered with questions about gun control in the wake of the mass shooting at a school in south Florida last week. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
February 21, 2018 - 4:37 pm
GREENWOOD VILLAGE, Colo. (AP) — Grumbling and jeers met the request for a moment of silence for the 17 people killed last week in the Florida school shooting. "Let's do something for them!" one man yelled at the beginning of Republican Rep. Mike Coffman's town hall Tuesday night. Another...
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FILE - In this June 26, 2005 file photo, the Rev. Billy Graham speaks on stage on the third and last day of his farewell American revival in the Queens borough of New York. A spokesman said on Graham has died at his home in North Carolina at age 99. (AP Photo/Henny Ray Abrams)
February 21, 2018 - 3:53 pm
MONTREAT, N.C. (AP) — The Rev. Billy Graham, the magnetic, movie-star-handsome preacher who became a singular force in postwar American religious life, a confidant of presidents and the most widely heard Christian evangelist in history, died Wednesday at 99. "America's Pastor," as he was dubbed,...
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Kent Whitaker, center, reacts to the his lawyer Keith Hampton, right, reading an email from the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles which voted unanimously to recommend clemency for death row inmate Thomas Whitaker, Kent's son who was found guilty of setting up an ambush that killed his mother and brother in 2003. At left is Kent's wife Tanya, whom he married later. Despite the crime, his father had waged a desperate campaign to spare his life before Thursday's scheduled execution. The board recommended that Whitaker's sentence be reduced to life in prison as they read the reaction Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018, in Austin, Texas. (Ralph Barrera/Austin American-Statesman via AP)
February 21, 2018 - 3:13 pm
HOUSTON (AP) — The fate of a convicted Texas killer nearing execution is in Gov. Greg Abbott's hands after the state parole board made the rare recommendation that the prisoner's life be spared. Thomas "Bart" Whitaker is scheduled for lethal injection Thursday for arranging the fatal shootings of...
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Vice President Mike Pence addresses the audience during a meeting of the National Space Council Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018 at Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla. (Craig Bailey/Florida Today via AP)
February 21, 2018 - 2:37 pm
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on the deadly Florida school shooting (all times local): 2:30 p.m. Vice President Mike Pence says the administration is putting "renewed energy" into making schools safe. Pence spoke Wednesday at the meeting of the National Space Council at Kennedy Space Center...
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