Florida Democrats have backing for vote on special session

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Florida House and Senate Democrats have submitted enough letters to the Secretary of State's Office to trigger a poll of members on whether to have a special session related to toughening gun laws following the massacre of 49 club patrons.

  • Written by TERRANCE HARRIS, Associated Press

Senate Democrats block GOP's Zika funding bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — A dysfunctional Senate split along party lines on Tuesday and left a $1.1 billion proposal to fight the Zika virus in limbo, despite growing fears and a continental U.S. caseload that's exceeding 800.

  • Written by ANDREW TAYLOR, Associated Press

Supreme Court rejects pharmacists' religious rights appeal

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday declined to hear an appeal from Washington state pharmacists who said they have religious objections to dispensing Plan B or other emergency contraceptives.


In rain-soaked West Virginia, flood victim planning funerals

RAINELLE, W.Va. (AP) — Like other business operators along Main Street in the West Virginia town of Rainelle, Pamela Wallace Arnold is slowly cleaning up from state's worst flooding in decades. As a funeral planner, she's also helping to bury the dead.

  • Written by JOHN RABY, Associated Press JONATHAN MATTISE, Associated Press