GOP-led House passes NRA-backed gun bill


WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans rammed a bill through the House on Wednesday that would make it easier for gun owners to legally carry concealed weapons across state lines, the first significant action on guns in Congress since mass shootings in Nevada and Texas killed more than 80 people.

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  • Written by MATTHEW DALY and RICHARD LARDNER , Associated Press

Protests across Palestinian areas, Mideast after Trump move

JERUSALEM (AP) — Clashes between hundreds of Palestinian protesters and Israeli troops erupted across the West Bank on Thursday while demonstrators in Gaza burned posters of President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, as well as Israeli and U.S. flags.

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  • Written by By ILAN BEN ZION, Associated Press

Senate Republicans barrel toward sweeping tax overhaul


WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate on Wednesday barreled toward the most sweeping rewrite of the tax code in more than three decades as the top Republican senator said he was willing to compromise on a major sticking point for lawmakers from high-tax states such as New York and California.

  • Written by By STEPHEN OHLEMACHER and MARCY GORDON , Associated Press

Australian Parliament allows same-sex marriages

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's Parliament voted Thursday to allow same-sex marriage across the nation, following a bitter debate settled by a much-criticized government survey of voters that strongly endorsed change.

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  • Written by By ROD McGUIRK, Associated Press