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FBI To Start Using A 2nd Database For Gun Background Checks

A major change that aims to keep more weapons out of the wrong hands is in the works for the FBI's gun background check process.<p>Examiners will be …

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FBI To Start Using A 2nd Database For Gun Background Checks

A major change that aims to keep more weapons out of the wrong hands is in the works for the FBI's gun background check process.<p>Examiners will be given access to a large, previously untapped database of more than 400 million records as they determine when gun purchases can go through nationwide. …

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The epic story of the map that gave America its name

A few hundred years ago, when much of the world was mysterious and unknown, two European humanists came together to produce an extraordinary map of the world.<p>St-Dié-des-Vosges is a small, leafy town in the Meurthe valley in north-east France. It lies 68km south-west of Strasbourg in France, 93km …

Maps

McConnell: There's not much the federal government can do to respond to school shootings

WASHINGTON — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday that he doesn’t think the federal government can do much to respond to school shootings.<p>“I don’t think at the federal level there’s much that we can do other than appropriate funds,” McConnell said at an event with community leaders …

Mitch McConnell

Parkland Survivors Launch Tour To Register Young Voters And Get Them Out In November

Three months ago the students from South Florida established themselves as a potent force in the gun debate with the March For Our Lives rally. This summer they're hitting the road with a new mission: turn the wave of young activism they helped spark into an energized voting bloc for the November …

Youth Vote

The American Medical Association Is Pushing for Sweeping Policy Changes to Fight Gun Violence

(CHICAGO) — With frustration mounting over lawmakers’ inaction on gun control, the American Medical Association on Tuesday pressed for a ban on …

America’s gun problem, in one disturbing nursery rhyme

A parent toured her daughter’s kindergarten and noticed a jarring poster on the wall.<p>By now, most US public school students have learned to barricade their classroom doors, turn off the lights, and hide in a closet if a shooter bursts into their school.<p>These mass shooting drills, also known as …

Chicago officials laud 15th consecutive month of declining gun violence

<b>Chicago (CNN) —</b> It seemed a typical month in the nation's third largest city.<p>A 15-year-old boy returning home from a elite Chicago prep school suffered a graze wound to the head early last month when a stray bullet pierced the window of a city bus, police said.<p>An agent with the US Bureau of …

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After High School Bans Valedictorian’s Speech For Mentioning Parkland Shooting, He Delivers It With A Bullhorn

His speech was deemed 'too political,' but that didn't stop the Holy Cross High School student, Christian Bales, from delivering his message.<p>Denied …

Publix suspends political contributions following criticism for supporting pro-NRA candidate

<b>(CNN) —</b> Publix has suspended its political contributions as it reevaluates its giving processes, the national grocery chain said in a statement on Friday. The announcement comes days after Parkland student activist David Hogg called for a "die-in" at the grocery store to protest its support for a …

Florida

India PM Modi accepts fitness challenge but faces opposition backlash

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s decision to accept a fitness challenge from one of the nation’s top cricketers, Virat Kohli, has been seized on by opposition politicians who say the leader should be spending time on other challenges - such as reducing fuel prices and …

India

Everytown for Gun Safety takes out full-page ad in Houston Chronicle

A group of students from across Texas has a question for Gov. Greg Abbott: “We are dying on your watch. What will you do about it?”<p>More than 40 students signed a letter calling for action on gun control, which will be featured in a full-page ad from Everytown for Gun Safety set to run in the …

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Oregon Man Allegedly Fires AK-47 At Neighbors Because Kids Were Noisy

The victims are in stable condition.<p>An Oregon man is facing charges of attempted murder and unlawful use of a weapon after he allegedly fired an AK-47 rifle at his neighbors because the small children upstairs were making a lot of noise.<p>Franklin L. Tomes of Newport was arrested Tuesday night after …

Boulder, Colorado, unanimously votes to ban assault weapons, high-capacity magazines

Three months after the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, reignited the debate around assault weapons and …

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New Jersey releases its gun data, advocates call it trailblazing and troubling

TRENTON, N.J. — Gun control advocates are hailing New Jersey's release of near-real-time firearms trafficking data as a trailblazing use of federal information, but Second Amendment advocates and skeptical Republicans question whether the report amounts to a way around a federal limitation on the …

50 Americanisms That Don't Make Sense To Foreigners

"Pocketbook! How on earth is a handbag called that? It’s not a book, nor does it fit into a pocket.”<p>The English language is a complicated beast. Often, it makes no sense at all to non-native speakers. And even those who grew up speaking English find it confusing when they hear the way Americans use …

NRA Teens Can't Anonymously Challenge Florida Gun Laws, Judge Says

<b>Updated 3:09 p.m. ET</b><p>A federal judge in Florida has decided that the National Rifle Association cannot use pseudonyms for teenagers who want to buy guns as part of a legal challenge against new gun laws in Florida.<p>The judge expressed sympathy for the teenagers, acknowledging that they probably would …

Oklahoma governor vetoes gun carry bill in defeat for NRA

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma's Republican Gov. Mary Fallin vetoed a bill late Friday that would have authorized adults to carry firearms without a permit or training, dealing a rare defeat to the National Rifle Association in a conservative state.<p>The veto comes after opposition from the business …

An off-duty police officer thought a man stole Mentos. So he drew his gun.

For a moment, after the off-duty officer produced his pistol, Jose Arreola considered how he might die over a $1.19 pack of Mentos.<p>Arreola had already paid for the mints in an Orange County gas station March 16 and slid them into his pocket. The officer behind him, clad in black shorts and a …

Police Shootings

G.O.P. Lawmakers “Offended” by Banks’ Attempts to Cut Down on Mass Shootings

Congressional Republicans would like banks to mind their own damn business.<p>For many years, the banking industry has enjoyed an extremely friendly relationship with Congressional Republicans, who have demonstrated such a willingness to bend over backward for said industry, one might get the …

Bank of America

US states launch gun violence research group, bypassing Congress

A consortium to research gun violence has been launched by six US states and Puerto Rico. Their governors have said expert findings will fill a void …

Maryland GOP governor signs gun-violence legislation into law

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) on Tuesday signed a series of bills aimed at addressing gun violence into law.<p>The bills include a ban on “bump stocks” …

The Race to Save the World's Disappearing Languages

Every two weeks a language dies. Wikitongues wants to save them.<p>On a residential block at the border between Brooklyn and Queens, Gottscheer Hall appears like a mirage from 1945.<p>Blue awnings advertise the space for weddings and events. Inside, an entryway is covered with the saccharin smiles of …

Linguistics

Nashville mayor demands stricter gun control after Waffle House shooting

<b>(CNN) —</b> As police search for the gunman who killed four people at a Tennessee Waffle House, the mayor of Nashville is saying "enough is enough" and calling for stricter gun-control laws.<p>"I know that we all want to live in a safe environment that allows everyone to go to work or school and feel and …

Gun Control

Ohio Police: 2-Year-Old Girl Accidentally Shot Dead By Mom

"She's gone. My baby's gone."<p>A gun being handled by a young mother in a town outside Cleveland accidentally discharged, sending a bullet into her two-year-old daughter’s chest and killing her, police said Saturday.<p>The mother, who investigators did not identify, owned the weapon legally and had a …

Has Parkland changed Americans’ views on guns?

Support for new gun-control laws has risen to levels higher than after the Newtown, Conn., school massacre in 2012, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll, with a slight majority of Americans saying student protests for greater gun restrictions represent a “lasting movement.”<p>As students …

Toddler accidentally shoots pregnant mom after dad leaves loaded gun in car

MERRILLVILLE, Ind. — Police say a 3-year-old girl accidentally shot and wounded her pregnant mother in a car parked outside a northwestern Indiana …

If You Own Guns You Don’t Want Anymore, We Want To Talk To You

Sure, there are buyback programs, but those often put firearms back on the streets.<p>Americans own a lot of guns. With more than 300 million of them in civilian hands, according to some estimates, the U.S. is the most heavily armed society in the world.<p>This proliferation hasn’t happened overnight. …

New Jersey is one of the latest states to enact new gun control measures

<b>(CNN) —</b> Local and state lawmakers aren't holding their breath waiting for the federal government to take action on guns.<p>Several cities and states have taken matters into their own hands since the February 14 massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, from raising the age …

Guns

New Jersey Governor Signs 'Name And Shame' Order On Gun Data

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy has signed an executive order making data on gun violence more accessible to the public.<p>The so-called "Name and Shame" order will cite the origin of a gun involved in a crime. According to the state, approximately 80 percent of guns involved in crime come from outside of …

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