TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Filled with fury and impatient for change, hundreds of Florida high school students rallied Wednesday at the state Capitol to demand that lawmakers take action in the final weeks of the legislative session to curb the sale of assault rifles. "Anybody who opposes common-sense gun legislation should fear for their jobs," called out Andre Santos, one of several students who joined lawmakers and gun-control advocates.
By now, you've likely heard that breast-feeding is good. Women hear the mantra "breast is best" practically from the moment they conceive - both the World Health Organization and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend exclusively breast-feeding babies for six months. With this kind of endorsement, which any nursing mother will tell you requires a mammoth commitment, you would think we know everything there is to know about the practice. In reality, we don't. We aren't even close.
We all want to sleep better and feel less stressed out, to have more energy and fewer illnesses, and we'd like to be able to think more clearly, too. If only there were a magical potion we could drink to obtain all of these qualities.
WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump on Wednesday lashed out at Attorney General Jeff Sessions, suggesting the president's supporters should pressure Sessions to focus the investigation into Russian election meddling on President Barack Obama's administration. Taking to Twitter, Trump said that the meddling occurred while Obama was in office and asked why his predecessor didn't intervene.
Some Republicans have very slowly come around to an idea that is anathema to their less-is-more governing philosophy: raising the federal tax on gasoline. Even President Donald Trump, eager to find new revenue to fund infrastructure and to take on the mantle of a builder-in-chief, is on board. That presidential pressure, however, may not matter for vulnerable Republicans in need of campaign cash: A pair of powerful GOP donors, David and Charles Koch, don't want to see the new tax and are pushing back hard on multiple fronts.
Column by Grant Wacker. Wacker is Gilbert T. Rowe Professor of Christian History, emeritus, at Duke Divinity School. He is the author of "America's Pastor: Billy Graham and the Shaping of a Nation" (Harvard 2014). Evangelist Billy Graham tackled the topic of death often and with surprising frankness for a man who made his living telling people the Good News of salvation in Christ. Graham died Wednesday at the age of 99.
Lovers of chalupas and crunch wraps have spoken: Taco Bell is now bigger than Burger King. The Mexican-themed chain eclipsed its burger rival in U.S. sales last year, becoming the fourth-largest domestic restaurant brand, according to a preliminary report by research firm Technomic. McDonald's, Starbucks and Subway Restaurants held on to the top three spots.
The Florida House of Representatives was in session on Tuesday, Feb. 20, considering several issues. These included a motion to consider a bill banning the sale of assault weapons in the aftermath of the mass shooting that killed 17 people last week at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, and a resolution declaring pornography a public health risk. The House chose not to consider the bill that would lead to stricter gun control. But it passed a resolution saying that porn is dangerous.
Billy Graham, the Christian evangelist who preached to more than 200 million people in 185 countries and became the confidant of world leaders including every U.S. president from Harry Truman to George W. Bush, has died. He was 99. He died Wednesday, Feb. 21, at his home in Montreat, North Carolina, the Associated Press reported, citing a spokesman, Mark DeMoss. Graham had reduced his public appearances in the 1990s after developing Parkinson's disease. He also suffered from hydrocephaly, or water on the brain, and prostate cancer.
An aide to a Florida legislator was fired Tuesday after claiming two survivors of a Florida high school shooting who spoke to CNN were not students, but instead "actors that travel to various crisis when they happen."