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Teachers Return to Parkland School…Trump Floats Age Restrictions for Semi-Autos…Syrian Bombardment Continues

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) – One geography instructor says “our new normal has yet to be defined” as he prepares to return, along with other teachers, to the Florida high school where a former student is accused of killing 17 people with an assault-type rifle. Teachers will be allowed to collect belongings from classrooms that have been off-limits since the slayings. It comes as the grieving community grapples with a revelation that the armed officer on campus did nothing to try to stop the shooter.

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump says the National Rifle Association will eventually come aboard with his endorsement of a plan to bar those under 21 from buying semi-automatic weapons. As things stand now, he is in direct conflict with the NRA, which opposes the idea. His comments Thursday came amid a public reckoning over school gun violence after last week’s Florida school massacre. Trump says Congress will eventually back it too.

BANGKOK (AP) – Human rights groups say authorities in Myanmar are destroying “crime scenes” that contain evidence of atrocities committed by the nation’s security forces against Rohingya Muslims forced to flee to neighboring Bangladesh. New satellite imagery of Myanmar’s Rakhine state shows the government is using bulldozers to completely flatten dozens of villages burned during violence last year. The Rohingya believe the government is trying to stop their return by erasing remnants of their culture.

BEIRUT (AP) – Syrian government warplanes supported by Russia have pressed ahead with their bombardment of the rebel-controlled eastern suburbs of Damascus for the sixth day Friday, killing five people, opposition activists and a war monitor say. The death toll from the past week has climbed to over 400, overwhelming rescuers and doctors at hospitals.

WASHINGTON (AP) – Republican mega-donor Sheldon Adelson has proposed paying for at least part of the new U.S. embassy in Jerusalem and the Trump administration is considering the offer. U.S. officials say State Department lawyers are looking into the legality of the highly unconventional proposal to cover the embassy’s costs through private donations. The discussions are occurring as the new embassy moves closer to reality. Officials say Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has approved a security plan for the move.

Parkland Survivors Meet Legislators…Trump Meets with Students, Parents…US Women Upend Canada for Hockey Gold

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) – Holding hand-scrawled signs and wearing black “Parkland Strong” T-shirts, the 40 teenagers filed warily into a committee room at Florida’s state Capitol Wednesday. It was perhaps the first act of civil disobedience ever by the high school students whose lives were turned around just one week before by a shooting that left 17 of their friends and teachers dead. The teens politely stood and told their stories to the politicians, some of whom a day earlier had voted against an assault weapons ban.

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump is pledging action after students and parents appealed to President Donald Trump to set politics aside and protect America’s school children from the scourge of gun violence. Trump says that could include the possibility of arming teachers. The president largely listened during the session Wednesday at the White House, holding handwritten notes bearing his message to the families in black marker: “I hear you.”

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) – Republican Sen. Marco Rubio was put on the defensive Wednesday by angry students, teachers and parents who are demanding stronger gun-control measures after a school shooting that killed 17 people at a Florida high school. One of those confronting Rubio at a CNN’s “Stand Up” town hall Wednesday night was Fred Guttenberg, whose 14-year-old daughter Jaime Guttenberg was killed on Feb. 14 with 16 others.

BEIRUT (AP) – A father saying his last goodbye to his dead child in a moment captured on video, before the shelling starts again. It’s a grief shared by all too many parents trapped with their children under a brutal, government siege of the eastern Ghouta region outside the Syrian capital of Damascus. The government, backed by Russia, is determined to bring the once rebellious region back under its authority.

GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) – The Americans’ gold medal drought in women’s hockey is over. Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson scored a dazzling goal in the sixth round of a shootout against Canada to win 3-2. Twenty years after taking gold when the sport was added to the Olympics, the United States snapped Canada’s streak of four straight golds.