Effort to restrict 'bump stock' draws unlikely supporters

WASHINGTON (AP) — The National Rifle Association has joined the Trump administration and top congressional Republicans in a swift and surprising embrace of a restriction on Americans' guns, though a narrow one: to regulate the "bump stock" devices the Las Vegas shooter apparently used to horrifically lethal effect.

  • Written by By ERICA WERNER , AP Congressional Correspondent

Trump talks of 'calm before the storm' at military dinner

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump delivered a foreboding message, telling reporters as he posed for photos with his senior military leaders that this might be "the calm before the storm."

  • Written by By JILL COLVIN , Associated Press

US hiring fell 33,000 in September, depressed by hurricanes

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. shed 33,000 jobs in September because of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, which closed thousands of businesses in Texas and Florida and forced widespread evacuations. It marked the first monthly hiring drop in nearly seven years.

  • Written by By CHRISTOPHER RUGABER , AP Economics Writer

AP-NORC Poll: Disapproval for anthem protest, Trump response


WASHINGTON (AP) — Most Americans think refusing to stand for the national anthem is disrespectful to the country, the military and the American flag. But most also disapprove of President Donald Trump's calling for NFL players to be fired for refusing to stand.

  • Written by By ERRIN HAINES WHACK and EMILY SWANSON , Associated Press

Spain: No dialogue until Catalonia drops independence bid

MADRID (AP) — The spokesman for Spain's government declared Friday that "coexistence is broken" in Catalonia, blaming separatist authorities in the wealthy northeastern region for pushing ahead with their independence bid.

  • Written by By CIARAN GILES and ARITZ PARRA , Associated Press