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  • AP: Partisan divide over gun laws continues in most states

    Shortly after last year’s shooting massacre on the Las Vegas strip, Ohio Gov. John Kasich convened a working group to explore possible reforms to state gun laws. A Republican, Kasich wanted to be sure the panel’s members clearly supported the Second Amendment. Yet it also was to be bipartisan, with members from across the political […]
  • European shares flat, Asia rises ahead as US rate hike looms

    SINGAPORE (AP) — European markets were flat Wednesday following a day of gains in Asia as traders awaited an expected interest rate hike by the U.S. Federal Reserve. KEEPING SCORE: In Europe, France’s CAC 40 added 0.2 percent to 5,488.09 and Germany’s DAX fell 0.1 percent to 12,363.79. Britain’s FTSE 100 was flat at 7,506.31. […]
  • Cosby camp: Once-beloved actor a victim of racism, sexism

    NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A publicist for once-beloved actor Bill Cosby complained that his conviction and three- to 10-year prison term for sexual assault Tuesday stem from a racist and sexist justice system, as the defense vowed to appeal the first celebrity trial of the #MeToo era. Cosby, 81, was spending his first night alone […]
  • Deported man is suspect in deadly California beatings

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A man who was deported from the United States six times was expected in court Wednesday to face charges after police say he killed three people and injured four in attacks targeting sleeping homeless men in California. Investigators believe Ramon Escobar, 47, began attacking the men at random on Sept. 8, […]
  • Blocked US grizzly hunts fuel call for changes to law

    BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A court ruling that blocked grizzly bear hunts in the U.S. West carries far wider political implications amid a push by Congress for sweeping changes to how imperiled species are managed. The ruling restored protections for more than 700 grizzlies in and around Yellowstone National Park. It will likely force federal […]
  • San Francisco’s new transit terminal closes over beam crack

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The so-called “Grand Central of the West” is closed out of safety concerns after workers discovered a crack in a support beam of the $2 billion transit terminal that opened just last month. Workers discovered the crack early Tuesday while installing roofing tiles at the Salesforce Transit Center, according to its […]
  • GOP picks female prosecutor to question Kavanaugh, accuser

    PHOENIX (AP) — Senate Republicans are bringing in Arizona prosecutor Rachel Mitchell to handle questioning about allegations of sexual assault against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, describing her as tough, experienced and, above all, objective. Mitchell, a Republican, was expected to question both Kavanaugh and his accuser at Thursday’s Senate Judiciary Committee hearing. Christine Blasey […]
  • Developers say Mountain Valley Pipeline to now cost $4.6B

    ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — Developers of a natural gas pipeline set to run through West Virginia and Virginia say the project’s cost has risen from $3.7 billion to $4.6 billion. The Roanoke Times reports Mountain Valley Pipeline developers released the revised cost estimate Monday. A Mountain Valley statement says about half of the increase is […]
  • Former WBC welterweight champ Victor Ortiz charged with rape

    OXNARD, Calif. (AP) — Former welterweight champion Victor Ortiz has been charged with raping a woman inside a home in March. Police in Oxnard say the 31-year-old Ortiz turned himself in to Ventura County Sheriffs on Tuesday afternoon. Police say the district attorney filed charges after a months-long investigation, and Ortiz surrendered after a warrant […]
  • Kavanaugh’s 2nd accuser never sought spotlight, friends say

    BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — Between shifts ladling hot meals at the dining hall, Deborah Ramirez did her best to fit in with the blue-blooded social set of Yale University in the 1980s. She took a chartered flight to the Bahamas sophomore year with dozens of other spring breakers and attended booze-filled parties on campus with […]
  • Border Patrol’s first female chief hopes to inspire women

    WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. Border Patrol Chief Carla Provost says she hopes she can inspire other women to sign up with the agency, which has just one female agent for every 20 men. “If you’re a woman in law enforcement, I don’t care where you’re at, you’re a minority,” Provost told The Associated Press in […]
  • With Kavanaugh nomination, Trump faces #MeToo

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s victory helped give rise to the #MeToo era. Now, as it threatens his latest pick to the Supreme Court and his party’s electoral majorities in Congress, Trump is taking aim at the movement that has spurred a national reckoning around gender equity and sexual consent. Arguing that “false accusations […]
  • Are they ready? Kavanaugh, Ford prep for high-stakes hearing

    WASHINGTON (AP) — On Thursday morning, a psychology professor from California will sit before lawmakers to accuse a Supreme Court nominee of sexual assault — while all of Washington, and much of the nation, watches it live. It’s a high-stakes, high-drama moment with the power to sink Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s chances of winning a seat […]
  • Man who tortured, drowned ex-roommate set to die Wednesday

    HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — A Texas inmate who taunted jurors to sentence him to death is facing execution for torturing and drowning an East Texas woman in his bathtub and then stuffing her body into a barrel. Troy Clark was set for lethal injection Wednesday evening for the 1998 slaying of a former roommate, 20-year-old […]
  • AP Was There: The Clarence Thomas-Anita Hill hearings

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A conservative judge’s nomination to the Supreme Court is suddenly jeopardized by graphic allegations of a sexual nature. A Republican president says his nominee has been smeared but vows he will prevail. The accuser and the accused face off in a dramatic showdown on Capitol Hill. There are clear echoes of Anita […]