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Trump vows action on gun background checks after Florida shooting
WASHINGTON/TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday vowed to take steps to improve background checks for gun buyers in the wake of last week's deadly Florida high school shooting as hundreds of students joined scattered protests around the United States.

U.S. hate groups proliferate in Trump's first year, watchdog says
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The number of U.S. hate groups expanded last year under President Donald Trump, fueled by his immigration stance and the perception that he sympathized with those espousing white supremacy, the Southern Poverty Law Center said on Wednesday

New sealed charges brought in case against ex-Trump campaign manager
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - New sealed criminal charges have been filed in federal court in the case brought by Special Counsel Robert Mueller against two of President Donald Trump's former campaign officials, a court record indicated on Wednesday.

Lawsuits challenge Electoral College system in four U.S. states
BOSTON (Reuters) - A coalition that includes a Latino membership organization and a former Massachusetts governor filed lawsuits on Wednesday challenging how four U.S. states allocate their Electoral College votes in presidential elections.

Billy Graham, preacher to millions, adviser to U.S. presidents, dies at 99
(Reuters) - U.S. evangelist Billy Graham, who counseled presidents and preached to millions across the world from his native North Carolina to communist North Korea during his 70 years in the pulpit, died on Wednesday at the age of 99, a spokesman said.

United Technologies wins $2.5 billion U.S. defense contract: Pentagon
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - United Technologies Aerospace Systems, a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp, has been awarded a maximum $2.5 billion contract for aviation-related spare parts and related services, the Pentagon said on Wednesday.

Family of black man killed by Washington police gets $3.5 million settlement
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The city of Washington will pay $3.5 million to settle a wrongful death lawsuit brought by the family of an unarmed black man who was shot to death by police in 2016, officials said on Wednesday.

New York man pleads guilty to attempting to support to Islamic State

More than $500,000 raised for 13 siblings held captive in California

Trump signals he's open to mileage tax with praise of Oregon program