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Obama seeks to curb youth violence in meeting with city mayors

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WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama met with 18 city mayors to discuss ways to contain youth violence, quietly reviving an issue that once dominated the White House agenda.

The meeting was closed to reporters and none of the mayors discussed the session when they emerged from the White House.

The White House says Obama praised local efforts to stem violence. He also told the mayors he would continue to seek measures that control gun violence through executive actions and by pressing Congress to expand a background check system.

Earlier this year, the Senate blocked an effort to broaden background checks. The effort was prompted by a shooting rampage at a Connecticut school last December that left 20 first-graders and six adults dead.

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