NEW YORK (AP) — Dick’s Sporting Goods will immediately end sales of assault-style rifles and high capacity magazines at all of its stores and ban the sale of all guns to anyone under 21. The announcement Wednesday comes two weeks after the school massacre in Parkland, Florida. CEO Ed Stack is calling gun violence in the U.S. an epidemic.
PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) — Students are returning to the Florida high school where 17 were killed in a shooting two weeks ago, but they’ve been told to leave their backpacks at home. Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School principal Ty Thomas said in a tweet that “our focus is on emotional readiness and comfort not curriculum: so there is no need for backpacks.”
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman has pleaded not guilty to charges he acted as an unregistered foreign agent and directed an international money-laundering conspiracy. Paul Manafort entered a formal plea during a brief hearing Wednesday in Washington. Manafort had previously pleaded not guilty in the case but prosecutors for special counsel Robert Mueller brought a second indictment last week, requiring him to formally enter a second. Manfort has a Sept. 17 trial date.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation’s top political leaders are paying tribute to the late Rev. Billy Graham at the Capitol in Washington. President Donald Trump, House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell are expected Wednesday to remember “America’s pastor,” who died a week earlier at age 99. Graham met every president back to Harry Truman and counseled most of them. Graham’s funeral and burial are scheduled for Friday at his home in Charlotte, North Carolina.
WASHINGTON (AP) — White House communications director Hope Hicks acknowledged to a House intelligence panel that she has told “white lies” for President Donald Trump but has not lied about anything pertaining to the Russia investigation, according to those present for Hicks’ closed-door testimony. Hicks was interviewed for nine hours Tuesday by the panel investigating Russia interference in the 2016 election and contact between Trump’s campaign and Russia.