UPDATE: Gun control loses: No expanded background checks

Wednesday, April 17, 2013 | 6:20 p.m. CDT; updated 8:17 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, April 17, 2013

WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans backed by a small band of rural-state Democrats scuttled the most far-reaching gun control legislation in two decades Wednesday, rejecting tighter background checks for buyers and a ban on assault weapons as they spurned pleas from families of victims of last winter's school massacre in Newtown, Conn.