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NRA tells members never to surrender

Texas

HOUSTON — The public face of the National Rifle Association implored members Saturday to never give up their weapons in the wake of recent gun control efforts in Congress that he said will ‘‘destroy us and every ounce of our freedom.’’ Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre told several thousand at the annual convention, “We will never surrender our guns, never,’’ and urged members to become a force in upcoming elections. (AP)

Arizona

Solar plane ends first leg of its flight

PHOENIX — Flying for several hours after sundown, a solar-powered airplane landed in Phoenix early Saturday morning on the first leg of a cross-country trip. The Solar Impulse set down about 12:30 a.m. at Sky Harbor Airport, completing part of a journey that its pilot described as a milestone in aviation history. Its creators said the trip is the first attempt by a solar airplane capable of flying day and night without fuel to cross America. (AP)

New York

9/11 museum sets admission charge

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NEW YORK — Faced with nearly $60 million in annual operating costs, the foundation building the 9/11 museum at the World Trade Center has decided to charge an admission fee of $20 to $25 when the site opens next year. Entry to the memorial plaza with its twin reflecting pools will still be free, but the decision to charge for the underground museum has been greeted with dismay by some relatives of trade center victims. (AP)

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