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Gun control bill advances in Florida

THIS AR-15 “clone” is legal to possess in California. It carries a 10-clip magazine (Wikipedia).

After a four-hour hearing, a committee of the Florida House of Representatives voted 23-6 to approve a bill that would raise the minimum age to purchase a firearm from 18 to 21 and allow school teachers to carry guns, with proper straining and the permission of the school district.

The bill, which must be passed by the state senate and signed by the governor, came in response to the Feb. 14 shooting deaths of 17 people at a high school in Parkland, Florida, by a 19-year-old former student. The bill would also require a three-day waiting period for rifle purchases.

A local NRA official told legislators to oppose the bill, saying it infringed on the Second Amendment rights of gun owners; some lawmakers were concerned that the bill did not go far enough to reduce the threat off gun violence


Kushner’s security clearance is downgraded

The security clearance of Jared Kushner, senior adviser to President Donald Trump and son-in-law of Mr. Trump, has been downgraded, according to multiple sources.

His high-level clearance, which allowed him to view “top secret material,” has been reduced to a lower level, pending the completion of “full scale background checks.”

Last month, Staff Secretary Rob Porter resigned because he lacked a security clearance.

Apple to go bigger toward a “phablet”

After the disappointing sales of the new iPhone X, Apple is primed to try a different tack in selling mobile communications devices: the “phablet.” That’s a cross between a mobile phone and an electronic tablet. According to USA Today, Apple is considering developing such a device with a 5.8-inch screen, making it the company’s biggest mobile device.

THE DOW JONES INDUSTRIAL AVERAGE fell by over 1000 points on Thursday.

Market wobbles after interest rate remarks

The Dow Jones Industrial Average lost nearly 300 points on Tuesday after Federal Reserve chairman Jerome Powell said he expected small increases in the prime interest rates over the course of the year.

He said that while he felt the economy was improving, he was also interested in arresting the possibility of inflation.

The DJIA fell by 299.24 points, while the S&P 500 fell by 1.27 percent and Nasdaq was down 1.23 percent. Disney and Home Depot were the big losers.


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