Beto O’Rourke disrupts GOP news conference on shooting

UVALDE, Texas (AP) — Surrounded by fellow Republicans on a high school stage, Gov. Greg Abbott was wrapping up his opening remarks about the killing of school children and teachers in Uvalde, Texas, when Beto O’Rourke strode forward from his seat in the audience. “Government Abbott, I have something to say, ”the Democrat challenging Abbott … Read more

19 children, 2 adults killed in Texas school rampage

UVALDE, Texas (AP) — The gunman who massacred 19 children and two teachers at an elementary school in Texas warned in online messages sent minutes before the attack that he had shot his grandmother and was going to shoot up a school, the governor said Wednesday . Salvador Ramos, 18, used an AR-15-style semi-automatic rifle … Read more

Will Congress act on guns after Sandy Hook, Buffalo, Uvalde?

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer swiftly set in motion a pair of background-check bills for gun buyers Wednesday in response to the school massacre in Texas. But the Democrat reported violence Congress’ unyielding rejection of previous legislation to curb the national epidemic of gun. Schumer implored his Republican colleagues to cast aside … Read more

Davos updates | VW: Supply chain woes ease; orders backed up

DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — Executives with German automaker Volkswagen say at the World Economic Forum meeting in Davos that supply chain problems exacerbated by the Russia-Ukraine war are easing but they’re dealing with a huge backlog of orders. Audi board member Hildegard Wortmann says the VW-owned brand has its “highest level of orders at the … Read more

Gunman kills at least 18 children at Texas elementary school

UVALDE, Texas (AP) — An 18-year-old gunman opened fire Tuesday at a Texas elementary school, killing at least 18 children as he went from classroom to classroom, officials said, in the latest gruesome moment for a country scarred by a string of massacres. The attacker was killed by law enforcement. The death toll also included … Read more

Buffalo shooter’s prior threat, hospital stay under scrutiny

BUFFALO, NY (AP) — The white gunman accused of committing a racist massacre at a Buffalo supermarket made threatening comments that brought police to his high school last spring, but he was never charged with a crime and had no further contact with law enforcement after his release from a hospital, officials said. The revelation … Read more

Primaries spotlight coming battles over state supreme courts

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — The headliners for North Carolina’s primary on Tuesday include Republicans challenging for an open US Senate seat and candidates hoping to give the GOP a shot at veto-proof majorities in the Legislature. Getting less billing, but with equal long-term political importance, is a contest that will shape the fall matchups for … Read more

Court: California’s under-21 gun sales ban unconstitutional

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The US appeals court ruled Wednesday that California’s ban on the sale of semiautomatic weapons to adults under 21 is unconstitutional. In a 2-1 ruling, a panel of the San Francisco-based 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals said Wednesday the law violates the 2nd Amendment right to bear arms and a … Read more