Police knew 'madman' had guns before killing rampage


RANCHO TEHAMA RESERVE, Calif. (AP) — Police on Wednesday called the deadly shooting rampage in California a clear case of "a madman on the loose" while defending their decision not to arrest the man for previously violating a court order prohibiting him from having guns.

  • Written by By DON THOMPSON and JOCELYN GECKER , Associated Press

GOP, Democratic senators back bill to bolster FBI gun checks


WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican and Democratic senators have joined forces on legislation to strengthen the FBI database of prohibited gun buyers after the Air Force failed to report the criminal history of the gunman who slaughtered more than two dozen people at a Texas church.

  • Written by By KEVIN FREKING, Associated Press

Greeks clean up, mourn after floods kill 16; 4 still missing


ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Residents on the western fringes of the Greek capital struggled Thursday to clean up the devastation from flash floods that swept through their neighborhoods a day earlier, while the death toll rose as rescue crews searching for missing people recovered another body.

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  • Written by By ELENA BECATOROS, Associated Press

House OKs GOP tax bill in Trump win; Senate fate less clear

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans rammed a near $1.5 trillion package overhauling corporate and personal taxes through the House on Thursday, edging President Donald Trump and the GOP toward their first big legislative triumph in a year in which they and their voters expected much more.

  • Written by By ALAN FRAM and MARCY GORDON , Associated Press