Trump jabs Mueller, but White House says firing not in works

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says President Donald Trump isn’t thinking or talking about firing special counsel Robert Mueller.

That’s the word from White House lawyer Ty Cobb in a statement late Sunday after a series of Trump tweets revived chatter that the frustrated president may be preparing to have Mueller fired.

Mueller is investigating whether Trump’s actions, including last year’s ouster of FBI Director James Comey, amount to obstruction of justice.

Trump believes the probe is biased against him, a point he made clear in weekend tweets that jabbed Mueller directly.

Cobb says: “In response to media speculation and related questions being posed to the Administration, the White House yet again confirms that the President is not considering or discussing the firing of the Special Counsel, Robert Mueller.”


With security measures, urban schools avoid mass shootings

DETROIT (AP) — Schools around the U.S. are looking for ways to impose tougher security measures in the wake of last month’s school shooting in Florida that left 17 people dead.

And they don’t have to look further than urban districts such as Detroit, Chicago, Los Angeles and New York that installed metal detectors and other security in the 1980s and 1990s to combat gang and drug violence.

Security experts believe these measures have made urban districts less prone to mass shootings, which have mostly occurred in suburban and rural districts.

National African American Gun Association president Philip Smith says security measures at urban schools are “eons ahead” of those in the suburbs because “they’ve been dealing with violence a lot longer.”