Trump says some lawmakers too fearful of NRA to act on guns


WASHINGTON (AP) — Putting fellow Republicans in the hot seat, President Donald Trump is calling for quick and substantial changes to the nation's gun laws even as he criticizes lawmakers for being too fearful of the National Rifle Association to act.

  • Written by By LISA MASCARO, MATTHEW DALY and CATHERINE LUCEY , Associated Press

Hope Hicks leaving as Trump's communication director


WASHINGTON (AP) — White House communications director Hope Hicks, one of President Donald Trump's most trusted and longest-serving aides, abruptly announced her resignation, leaving a void around a president who values loyalty and affirmation.


  • Written by By ZEKE MILLER and JILL COLVIN , Associated Press

West Virginia teachers continue strike, await Senate action


CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A public school strike in West Virginia entered its second week as teachers balked at returning to the classroom in all 55 counties. Instead, they went back to the state Capitol on Thursday to monitor the Legislature's progress on a 5 percent pay raise for them.


  • Written by By JOHN RABY and MICHAEL VIRTANEN , Associated Press

US stocks join worldwide slide; markets wait on Fed chairman


NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stock indexes joined a worldwide slide Thursday, as investors wait to see if Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell will again move markets with his testimony before Congress.

  • Written by By STAN CHOE , AP Business Writer