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Wayne LaPierre, chief executive officer of the National Rifle Association, speaks during the NRA's annual meeting in Indianapolis in 2019. Photo: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg via Getty Images

The National Rifle Association said Friday it will defend itself against New York Attorney General Letitia James' attempt to dissolve the organization and dropped its countersuit in federal court.

Why it matters: The move comes after a federal judge in Texas tossed out the gun rights group's bankruptcy case in January, calling it an effort to avoid litigation by James' office, according to CNN.

  • "In the process, the NRA had made clear it sought to escape regulatory oversight in New York," the Washington Post writes.
  • The NRA also dropped its countersuit to block James' efforts on Friday.

Catch up quick: Last August, James sued the NRA over alleged corruption. She accused the group of diverting millions of dollars to NRA officials, including Chief Executive Wayne LaPierre, who has led the group for three decades.

  • James alleges that failure to manage the NRA's funds has led to the loss of more than $64 million in three years. She is also seeking to oust LaPierre.
  • The NRA claims that James is violating its free speech rights. Dropping the federal lawsuit will ensure the NRA's arguments are heard in the same state court in Manhattan that will oversee James' suit, per the Post.

What they're saying: "The NRA dropping its countersuit today in federal court is an implicit admission that their strategy would never prevail," James said in a statement. "The truth is that Wayne LaPierre and his lieutenants used the NRA as a breeding ground for personal gain and a lavish lifestyle."

  • "[O]ur fight for transparency and accountability will continue because no one is above the law."

The other side: Friday's move "will ensure that the NRA's claims proceed promptly to discovery and a full vindication of its members' rights," NRA lawyer William Brewer said in a statement to Reuters.

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Parkland shooting victims' families settle suit with school district

A makeshift memorial outside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, on Feb. 14, 2020. Photo: Matias J. Ocner/Miami Herald/Tribune News Service via Getty Images

Families and survivors of a 2018 mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, Fla., reached a $25 million settlement in their lawsuit against the Broward County school district Monday, per the South Florida SunSentinel.

Why it matters: The deal was reached in the suit over the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High after the school district won a Florida Supreme Court ruling that could have capped damages at $300,000 in total without approval from the state legislature, AP notes.

Texas Republicans pass new congressional maps in their favor

Photo: Matthew Busch/Bloomberg via Getty Images

The Texas House voted 84-59 late Monday to approve new congressional district maps that reduce the number of districts with Black and Hispanic majorities, per the Texas Tribune.

Why it matters: The legislation comes after recent census figures found Texas' growing diverse population doesn't bode well for Republicans, who then worked to protect incumbents with the redrawn maps.

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North Korea's military fires another ballistic missile into sea

A woman in Seoul, South Korea, walks past a television image if North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. Photo: Jung Yeon-je/AFP via Getty Images

North Korea's military fired at least one ballistic missile into the sea off its east coast on Tuesday, per multiple reports.

Why it matters: Pyongyang's latest in a series of recent missile launches happened hours after U.S. officials emphasized their commitment to restart negotiations on North Korea's nuclear weapons program, which have stalled since talks broke down during the Trump administration, AP notes.

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