US home prices jump in 2017 at fastest pace in 3 ½ years

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. home prices rose at the fastest 12-month pace in more than three years in 2017, as potential home buyers fought over a limited number of available properties.

  • Written by By CHRISTOPHER RUGABER , AP Economics Writer

Attorney: Deputy thought gunfire was from outside school

PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) — The sheriff's deputy assigned to guard the Florida high school that was the scene of a mass shooting never entered the building to confront the suspect because he believed the gunfire was coming from outside, his attorney said Monday.

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AP Exclusive: Transport safety rules sidelined under Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) — On a clear, dry June evening in 2015, cars and trucks rolled slowly in a herky-jerky backup ahead of an Interstate 75 construction zone in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Barreling toward them: an 18-ton tractor-trailer going about 80 mph.

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  • Written by JOAN LOWY and TOM KRISHER , Associated Press

After Florida rampage, some owners are destroying their guns

ATLANTA (AP) — One man in upstate New York sawed his AR-15 rifle into pieces and posted a video of it on Facebook. A woman in Connecticut did the same with her handgun. Not far from scene of the Florida high school shooting, another man brought his assault weapon to police and asked them to destroy it.

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  • Written by By LISA MARIE PANE , Associated Press

2 lions from Mideast war zones reach South African refuge


LIONSROCK BIG CAT SANCTUARY, South Africa (AP) — Two lions rescued from neglected zoos in war zones in Iraq and Syria arrived in South Africa on Monday to live at a sanctuary with other animals that survived harsh conditions in captivity elsewhere in the world.

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  • Written by By CHRISTOPHER TORCHIA , Associated Press