Obama offering sympathy but no easy answers in Orlando

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Offering sympathy but no easy answers, President Barack Obama came Thursday to Orlando to try to console those mourning the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

  • Written by JOSH LEDERMAN, Associated Press

Muslim view of LGBT people in spotlight after Orlando attack

NEW YORK (AP) — After the massacre in Orlando, the head of a prominent Muslim advocacy group stood before a bank of microphones and made remarks beyond the expected condemnations.

  • Written by RACHEL ZOLL, Associated Press DEEPTI HAJELA, Associated Press

DIVIDED AMERICA: Evangelicals feel alienated, anxious

BENTON, Kentucky (AP) — Pastor Richie Clendenen stepped away from the pulpit, microphone in hand. He walked the aisles of the Christian Fellowship Church, his voice rising to describe the perils believers face in 21st-century America.

  • Written by RACHEL ZOLL, AP Religion Writer

Chaos in all corners: club gunman sprayed bullets everywhere

EDITOR'S NOTE _ Over the course of three hours, as a gunman stalked the Pulse nightclub, hundreds of terrified club-goers did anything they could to stay alive. Here, some of the survivors tell their stories.

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — "Please, don't let my hand go," Eddie Justice begged Demetrice Naulings. The two best friends huddled together in the women's bathroom with about 40 other terrified club-goers.

  • Written by ALLEN G. BREED, Associated Press JASON DEAREN, Associated Press TAMARA LUSH, Associated Press

Dem senator wages filibuster, claims progress on gun control

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Democratic senator who mourned the loss of 20 children in his home state waged a roughly 15-hour filibuster into early Thursday, asserting as he yielded the floor that Republican leaders had committed to hold votes on expanded gun background checks and a ban on gun sales to suspected terrorists.

  • Written by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press