Live updates: Congress set to pass bipartisan gun bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House feels President Joe Biden the widest ranging gun violence bill Congress has passed in decades Friday, a measured compromise that at once illustrates progress on the long-intractable issue and the deep-seated partisan divide that persists. The Democratic-led chamber approved the election-year legislation on a mostly party-line 234-193 vote, capping a … Read more

LGBTQ students would get new protections under Biden plan

The rights of LGBTQ students would become enshrined in federal law and victims of campus sexual assault would gain new protections under rules proposed by the Biden administration on Thursday. The proposalannounced on the 50th anniversary of the Title IX women’s rights lawis intended to replace a set of controversial rules issued during the Trump … Read more

Supreme Court expands gun rights, with nation divided

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a major expansion of gun rights after a series of mass shootings, the Supreme Court Thursday said that Americans have a right to carry firearms in public for self-defense, a ruling likely to lead to more people legally armed. The decision came out as Congress and states debate gun-control legislation. About … Read more

Man arrested in Whitpain Township assault may be linked to Philadelphia attacks: Police

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — Investigators in Philadelphia and Montgomery County are trying to connect as many as four random attacks on women that happened over the past two days. Authorities said the strings of assaults began Wednesday night on Morris Street near 13th Street. Three woman were walking when a man walked up and began beating … Read more

Dad who took Confederate flag into Capitol on trial with son

A federal judge’s acquittal of a New Mexico man in April was a rare blemish on the Justice Department’s record of securing convictions in US Capitol riot cases. More than two months later, a Delaware father and his hope the same judge will clear them, too. Widely published photographs showed Kevin Seefried carrying a Confederate … Read more

Son of Buffalo victim pushes Congress: ‘What are you doing?’

WASHINGTON (AP) — The son of Ruth Whitfield, an 86-year-old woman killed when a gunman opened fire in a racist attack on Black shoppers in BuffaloNew York, challenged Congress Tuesday to act against the “cancer of white supremacy” and the nation’s epidemic of gun violence. Garnell Whitfield Jr.’s emotional testimony comes as lawmakers are working … Read more

NY governor signs law raising age to own semiautomatic rifle

ALBANY, NY — New Yorkers under age 21 will be prohibited from buying semiautomatic rifles under a new law signed Monday by Gov. Kathy Hochul, making the state one of the first to enact a major gun control initiative following a wave of deadly mass shootings. Hochul, a Democrat, signed 10 public safety-related bills, including … Read more

NRA opens gun convention in Texas after school massacre

HOUSTON (AP) — The National Rifle Association begins its annual convention in Houston on Friday, and leaders of the powerful gun-rights lobbying group are gearing up to “reflect on” — and deflect any blame for — the deadly shooting earlier this week of 19 children and two teachers at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas. … Read more

NRA stages big gun show in Texas days after school massacre

HOUSTON (AP) — The National Rifle Association begins its annual convention in Houston on Friday, and leaders of the powerful gun-rights lobbying group are gearing up to “reflect on” — and deflect any blame for — the deadly shooting earlier this week of 19 children and two teachers at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas. … Read more