Congress returns with gun violence an unexpected issue

CORRECTS TO MARJORY STONEMAN DOUGLAS HIGH SCHOOL, NOT PARKLAND - In this Feb. 21, 2018, photo, school students from Montgomery County, Md., in suburban Washington, rally in solidarity with those affected by the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida, at the Capitol in Washington. Member of Congress return from a 10-day recess under enormous pressure to respond to gun violence after the Parkland high school shooting. Despite a long list of legislative proposals, including many flowing from President Donald Trump, few ideas seem poised for passage. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — After a 10-day break, members of Congress are returning to work under hefty pressure to respond to the outcry over gun violence. But no plan appears ready to take off despite a long list of proposals, including many from President Donald Trump.

Border Patrol’s checkpoints overlooked in debate over wall

Vehicles wait for inspection at the Border Patrol's Laredo North vehicle checkpoint in Laredo, Texas, on Friday, Feb. 2, 2018. When traffic backs up at Laredo North, agents say they sometimes have to speed up inspections to try to move vehicles through more quickly. (AP Photo/Nomaan Merchant)

LAREDO, Texas (AP) — As vehicles line up at the Border Patrol’s checkpoint a half-hour drive’s north of the U.S.-Mexico border, its agents have around 10 seconds to check each driver and decide which few they will stop for additional inspection.

The day after: Pyeongchang breathes, bids Olympics farewell

North Korean women's hockey team players in a bus reach out to hold hands with their South Korean teammates as they rerun to North Korea, at Olympic Village in Gangneung, South Korea, Monday, Feb. 26, 2018. (Yun Dong-jin/Yonhap via AP)

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — From volunteers to support staff to the joint Korea women’s hockey team, people from many cultures bid farewell to each other and to the 2018 Winter Olympics on Monday as a swath of the eastern Korean Peninsula readied itself for something novel: relative normalcy.

A fertility doctor’s secret, a special kinship decades later

This photo provided by Matt White shows him with Jacoba Ballard, left, and Julie Harmon in New York before a television interview. The three one-time strangers have also reached out to 21 other men and women, all in their 30s, who've been linked through DNA tests as their half-siblings, which they claim is evidence that former fertility doctor Donald Cline is likely their biological father. (Courtesy Matt White via AP)

ZIONSVILLE, Ind. (AP) — Matt White remembers that day in September 2016 when a mystery began to unravel that would change his life.

Trump’s deregulation drive weakens safety rules

FILE - In this Jan. 4, 2017, file photo, an injured passenger is taken from the Atlantic Terminal in the Brooklyn borough of New York after a Long Island Rail Road train hit a bumping block. President Donald Trump is putting the brakes on attempts to address dangerous transportation safety problems from speeding tractor-trailers to sleepy railroad engineers as part of his quest to roll back regulations across the government. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — On a clear, dry June evening in 2015, cars and trucks rolled slowly in a herky-jerky backup ahead of an Interstate 75 construction zone in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Barreling toward them: an 18-ton tractor-trailer going about 80 mph.

A fire alarm sounds, then gunfire erupts: Stay or flee?

FILE - In this Feb. 14, 2018 file photo, students hold their hands in the air as they are evacuated by police from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., after a shooter opened fire on the campus. Students are taught to evacuate during fire alarms but lock down during school shootings. So there was confusion Wednesday when a fire alarm sounded, the second one that day at the high school as 19-year-old former student Nikolas Cruz unleashed a barrage of gunfire. Head for the exits or hunker down in classrooms? (Mike Stocker/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP, File)

Students and teachers responded as trained when the fire alarm sounded, streaming out of the school and toward exits only to run into deadly gunfire.

Ancient beard traditions shape the face of modern Jerusalem

In this Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018 photo, Tzvi Schiff, a, Ultra-Orthodox Jew, poses for a portrait in Jerusalem's Old City. Facial hair is trendy worldwide these days, but in Jerusalem, beards have never gone out of style, projecting religious mysticism, nationalism and ideals of masculinity. For men of all faiths in the holy city, a beard can be an important statement of religious devotion, connecting past generations to God through the tangled strands of history. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)

JERUSALEM (AP) — Facial hair is trendy worldwide these days, but in Jerusalem beards have never gone out of style, projecting religious mysticism, nationalism and ideals of masculinity.

Jack Johnson descendant hopes for pardon, maybe from Trump

FILE - In this 1932 file photo, boxer Jack Johnson, the first black world heavyweight champion, poses in New York City. Black athletes have been finding a way to fight for social change for more than 100 years, from Jack Johnson, to Muhammad Ali to Kaepernick. (AP Photo/File)

In Jim Crow America, it’s no wonder that Jack Johnson was the most despised African-American of his generation.



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