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Students Walk Out of Class to Demand Tighter Gun Laws

Many of the demonstrators wore orange, a color that has come to represent the movement against gun violence, as they observed a 13-second silence in honor of those killed at Columbine.

(Reuters) — Thousands of students again walked out of classes across the United States on Friday, marking the 19th anniversary of the massacre at Columbine High School with a show of unity aimed at pressuring politicians to enact tighter gun restrictions.

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Senate's 'First Baby' on Hand for Confirmation Vote

A swaddled 11-day-old Maile Pearl Bowlsbey arrived on the floor of the chamber carried by her mother, Sen. Tammy Duckworth.

(Reuters) — A little history was made in Washington on Thursday — little in the form of a newborn who became the first baby ever to appear on the floor of the U.S. Senate during a vote.

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Democrats O​utraising Republicans in Key House Races

Party leaders, encouraged by recent victories in special elections in Pennsylvania and Alabama, hope it will be enough to help them flip 24 seats needed in November to wrestle control of the chamber from Republicans.

(Reuters) — Democrats have a $10.5 million fundraising advantage over Republicans in the 25 most competitive races for seats the U.S. House of Representatives ahead of the November elections, according to an analysis by Reuters.

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Dallas Mavericks center Dirk Nowitzki (41) passes the ball against Sacramento Kings center Willie Cauley-Stein (00) during the first quarter at Golden 1 Center. / REUTERS

Mavericks and 76ers Packed to Play in China

The games will be the 25th and 26th played in China while the Mavericks and 76ers will become the 16th and 17th teams as the NBA continues its push into the Asian market.

(Reuters) — The Dallas Mavericks and Philadelphia 76ers will add their names to the list of clubs who have visited China when they play a pair of exhibition contests next season as part of NBA China Games, the league said on Tuesday.

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Nortasha Stingiey (2nd L) hold hands in a group prayer during a news conference by "Purpose over Pain," a group of mothers who lost children to gun violence, calling for a stop to shootings in Chicago, Ill., May 6, 2016. / REUTERS

Chicago's Gun-toting Students Outnumber Those of New York, Los Angeles: Study

Students in Chicago also reported being exposed to a higher level of risk factors for violence, such as bullying, schoolyard fights, drug abuse and even general feelings of despair.

(Reuters) — Chicago high school students were far more likely to report carrying a firearm in recent years than their peers in New York and Los Angeles, a probable factor in Chicago's 2016-17 spike in gun violence, a study showed on Thursday.

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New York Governor to Allow 35,000 Paroled Felons to Vote

"They work, pay taxes, and support their families, and they should be permitted to express their opinions about the choices facing their communities through their votes, just as all citizens do," Cuomo said in a statement.

(Reuters) — New York State plans to restore voting rights to about 35,000 New York felons on parole who previously were barred from casting a ballot until they completed their parole, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said on Wednesday.

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