Here is the latest news from The Associated Press at 12:40 p.m. EST

PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) — Students from several Florida high schools have taken to the streets in a show of solidarity with students from a nearby school where 17 students were gunned down in their classrooms on Valentine’s Day. Video footage taken from television news helicopter crews showed several dozen students who walked out of West Boca Raton High School on Tuesday morning, apparently bound for Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in nearby Parkland.

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is lashing out at a woman who claims he once forcibly kissed her, tweeting “Never happened!” Rachel Crooks is among 14 women who have accused Trump of sexual misconduct. The Washington Post featured Crooks in a story Tuesday. Trump denies the allegations, and said he’s never met her “to the best of my knowledge.” Crooks said she was a receptionist at Trump Tower in New York in 2005 when Trump kissed her “directly on the mouth” during an introductory conversation.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The law firm where a lawyer charged by special counsel Robert Mueller used to work says it fired him last year and has been cooperating with authorities. Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP issued a statement Tuesday after news broke that Alex van der Zwaan had been charged with lying to investigators. A charging document filed in federal court in Washington accuses van der Zwaan of lying to investigators about his interactions with Rick Gates, a former Trump campaign official.

BEIRUT (AP) — Turkey’s president says Turkish artillery fire has pushed back a convoy of pro-Syrian government forces from an enclave in northern Syria. Recep Tayyip Erdogan suggested Tuesday that the Shite fighters who entered the enclave of Afrin in a convoy of a dozen vehicles were acting alone.

LONDON (AP) — Queen Elizabeth II has made her first visit to London Fashion Week to present an award design recognizing British excellence. The 91-year-old monarch has handed out the first Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design to Richard Quinn.

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