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Students Protest at White House…Florida Senate Plans Gun Reforms…Latvian Bank Chief Accused of Bribery

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) – Dozens of teenage students are lying down on the pavement in front of the White House to demand presidential action on gun control after 17 students were killed in a school shooting in Florida. They’re joined by parents and educators. One demonstrator held a sign asking, ‘Am I next?’ The protest unfolded with President Donald Trump at his Florida golf club.

PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) – State Sen. Bill Galvano, a Republican and incoming Senate president, says the Florida Senate is preparing a sweeping package of legislation in the aftermath of the deadly shooting at a high school. The legislation includes new age restrictions for gun purchases, a ban on bump stocks and gun violence restraining orders. Seventeen people were killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School last week.

UNDATED (AP) – The U.S. medical community is voicing mounting frustration over the Trump administration’s focus on mental illness to fight mass violence. Mental health experts say most people with psychiatric illnesses are not violent and many support gun violence research and at least some form of gun control. They say it’s a public health crisis that Congress has failed to address, not a matter of Second Amendment rights.

NEW YORK (AP) – The family reunification system that has been central to U.S. immigration law for half a century is suddenly facing talk of a complete overhaul thanks to President Donald Trump. The president used his State of the Union speech last month to call for limiting immigrants who become citizens to sponsoring only spouses and minor children to follow them. The current system allows petitions for parents, adult children and siblings, too. But the system can take decades to navigate.

LONDON (AP) – Latvian state TV say that the country’s central bank chief has been released from detention on bail pending an investigation into suspected bribery. The channel showed Rimsevics speaking to reporters and “rejecting everything” that has been alleged about him. An AP investigation found that a Latvian bank accuses Rimsevics of seeking bribes for years, abusing his power and being connected to individuals involved in money laundering from Russia.

Trump to Visit Site of School Shooting…Turkey Read to Fight Syria…Russian Curler Accused of Doping

PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) – The White House says President Donald Trump will hold a “listening session” with some students Wednesday following the Florida high school shooting that left 17 people dead. Seventeen-year-old David Hogg, a student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, told “Meet the Press” Sunday that Trump was being divisive when he tweeted Saturday that that Democrats hadn’t passed any gun control measures during the brief time they controlled Congress with a supermajority in the Senate.

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) – President Donald has spent the holiday weekend hunkered down at his Florida estate. As students around the country planned rallies to call for stricter gun control, Trump stayed largely silent about the nearby Florida school shooting victims. But Trump vented extensively about the investigation in a marathon series of tweets over the weekend.

BEIRUT (AP) – The Turkish foreign minister says his country is ready to battle Syrian government troops if they enter an enclave in northern Syria to protect Syrian Kurdish fighters. Mevlut Cavusoglu spoke in Jordan, as Syrian state media said pro-Syrian government forces will begin entering the Afrin enclave “within hours,” after reaching an agreement with the Kurdish militia in control of the region. The Turkish minister says that if that happens, “no one can stop us, stop Turkey or the Turkish soldiers.”

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) – Russia could lose its chance to be reinstated before the end of the Winter Olympics because of a doping charge against curling bronze medalist Alexander Krushelnitsky. The Court of Arbitration for Sport says that it has started a procedure against Krushelnitsky, who finished third in mixed doubles. IOC spokesman Mark Adams says a failed test could keep Russia’s banned team from marching under the national flag at the closing ceremony.

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) – It was expected to be a coronation: Snowboarder Shaun White, shredding the halfpipe in an epic performance that won him Olympic gold at Pyeongchang. But as he basked in his comeback story, allegations of sexual misconduct resurfaced, first on social media, then at White’s victory press conference. White waved away the accusations, making things worse. Will he be remembered for his victories or as someone whose achievements have been stained by accusations of sexual misconduct?