TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Survivors of the Florida school shooting are preparing to flood the state Capitol Wednesday, pushing to ban the assault-style rifle used to kill 17 people a week ago. About 100 Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students arrived at a Tallahassee high school late Tuesday after a 400-mile trip on three buses. Despite their determination, the students and their supporters aren’t likely to get what they really want: a ban on AR-15s and similar semi-automatic rifles.
WASHINGTON (AP) — After past mass killings yielded little action on tighter gun controls, the White House is trying to demonstrate that it is taking the issue seriously. President Donald Trump, a strong supporter of gun rights, has not endorsed more robust changes. But the White House cast him in recent days as having been swayed by the school shooting in Florida. On Wednesday, Trump is hosting parents, teachers and students for a “listening session” that will include people impacted by the shooting in Florida.
BEIRUT (AP) — The spokesman for President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says Turkey is determined to press ahead with its offensive to clear a Syrian enclave of Kurdish fighters despite an attempt by Syrian pro-government forces to enter the region. Fighters loyal to Syria’s government entered the Afrin enclave late Tuesday to support of the Syrian Kurdish militia. They were repelled by Turkish shelling.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department says North Korean officials passed up an opportunity to meet face to face with Vice President Mike Pence during his visit to South Korea for the Olympic Games. A State Department spokeswoman says a meeting not publicly announced had been scheduled but that the North canceled at the last minute. A high-level interaction between officials of the U.S. and North Korea would have broken years of estrangement between the two countries.
JEONGSEON, South Korea (AP) — Lindsey Vonn won a bronze medal in the last Olympic downhill of her career. The American was beaten by her friend Sofia Goggia of Italy. Ragnhild Mowinckel of Norway got the silver. The 33-year-old Vonn is the oldest female Alpine medalist at an Olympics. She also has won a downhill gold and super-G bronze at the 2010 Vancouver Games.