1 student dead, another hurt by gun in Alabama high school

 

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Birmingham closed one of its largest schools for a thorough safety sweep Thursday after metal detectors and other security measures failed to keep students from handling a gun in a classroom where one 17-year-old was fatally shot and another wounded in an apparent accident.

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Will Gov. Rick Scott sign legislature's compromise on guns?

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — All eyes are now on Republican Gov. Rick Scott to see if he'll sign the Florida legislature's narrowly approved response to last month's high school massacre of 17 people, a measure that isn't what he called for, falls short of what survivors demanded and challenges National Rifle Association orthodoxy.

  • Written by By CURT ANDERSON, BRENDAN FARRINGTON and JOSH REPLOGLE , Associated Press

Uncertainty persists as Trump readies tariff plan rollout

 

WASHINGTON (AP) — After a week of hints and uncertainty, President Donald Trump is preparing to announce tariffs on imported steel and aluminum that would offer temporary exemptions to Canada and Mexico, a shift that could soften the blow amid threats of retaliation by trading partners. Opponents of the tariffs spent Thursday engaged in last-minute lobbying to blunt the impact.

  • Written by By KEN THOMAS , Associated Press

Aid convoy to Damascus rebel-held suburb postponed

BEIRUT (AP) — A top U.N. aid official appealed to the Syrian government and its Russian backers for a cessation of hostilities in eastern Ghouta on Thursday when a second convoy with desperately needed aid was postponed after government forces split the enclave in two, creating an evolving, unpredictable situation on the ground.

  • Written by By BASSEM MROUE , Associated Press