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Poll shows support is growing for stricter laws

NEW YORK (AP) - Americans increasingly favor tougher gun laws by margins that have grown wider after a steady drumbeat of shootings in recent months, but they also are pessimistic that change will happen anytime soon, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll.

July 24, 2016 | | Nation

Judge tosses woman’s tornado- related suit against Home Depot

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - A federal judge has tossed out a woman's lawsuit against Home Depot over the deaths of her husband and two children who had sought refuge inside the big-box store destroyed during the devastating 2011 tornado in Joplin, Missouri.

July 24, 2016 | | Nation

University of Florida linebacker stops sexual assault of woman

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Police say a University of Florida football player helped stop the rape of an unconscious woman behind a trash bin outside a bar.

July 24, 2016 | | Nation

Pro-Sanders, anti-fracking marchers hit Philly streets

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Thousands of demonstrators took to Philadelphia's sweltering streets Sunday, cheering, chanting and beating drums in the first major protests ahead of the Democratic National Convention, as the city wilted during a heat wave.

July 24, 2016 | | Nation

Democrats bedeviled a new by email

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - On the heels of a tumultuous Republican convention, Hillary Clinton arrives in Philadelphia eager to show off a forward-looking Democratic Party united behind her steady leadership. To do that, she must overcome lingering bitterness among supporters of defeated rival Bernie Sanders and clean up a resurgent political mess of the party's own making.

July 24, 2016 | | Nation

Fortune, friction and decline as casino ‘Chinatown’ matures

UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) - No ornate archway marks it. No obvious business district with exotic signs and storefronts sets it apart. But in the quiet neighborhoods around two of the nation's largest casinos, a sort of suburban Chinatown has been growing for over a decade.

July 21, 2016 | | Nation

Records: Minnesota officer may have interacted with Castile

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A Minnesota police officer and the black motorist he shot to death during a traffic stop may have interacted in a previous stop more than four years earlier, newly released records released show.

July 21, 2016 | | Nation

Trump seeks to dismiss lawsuit over Trump University

SAN DIEGO (AP) - One day after Donald Trump accepted the Republican nomination for president of the United States, his lawyers will be in court to try to get a lawsuit dismissed alleging that the business mogul defrauded customers who took courses with false promises of teaching success in real estate at the now-defunct Trump University.

July 21, 2016 | | Nation

Chapman’s 105.1 mph pitch matches fastest since 2008

NEW YORK (AP) - The 105.1 mph pitch from Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman to Baltimore's J.J. Hardy matched the fastest since Major League Baseball began tracking speeds in 2008.

July 20, 2016 | | Nation

Hundreds of California recycling centers shut down

SACRAMENTO (AP) - More than a fifth of California's recycling redemption centers have closed in the last year, stripping consumers of easy access to recycling and limiting their ability to collect the deposits they made when purchasing bottles and cans.

July 19, 2016 | | Nation

Melania Trump ignites GOP convention after gloom, turmoil

CLEVELAND (AP) - After a harsh primary, Donald Trump's general election campaign officially opened with a warm and personal validation from his wife, Melania Trump, who kicked off the Republican convention by assuring voters that the brash candidate has the character and determination to unite a divided nation.

July 19, 2016 | | Nation

In medical mystery, caregiver of Zika patient gets virus

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A person who cared for a Zika-infected relative in Utah also got the virus, but exactly how it was transmitted is a medical mystery, health officials announced Monday.

July 19, 2016 | | Nation

Textbook reignites Mexican- American studies flap in Texas

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Activists and educators on Monday called a Mexican-American studies textbook proposed for use across Texas biased and poorly researched and argued that its contents are especially offensive in a state where a majority of public school students are Hispanic.

July 19, 2016 | | Nation

Pulse gunman repeatedly taunted for being Muslim

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - The gunman who opened fire at a gay Florida nightclub last month had complained he was repeatedly taunted for being Muslim in his job as a security guard at a Florida courthouse, according to records released Monday.

July 19, 2016 | | Nation

Killer of Baton Rouge law officers a man of mixed messages

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Gavin Long was a man of mixed messages. He peddled self-published books with abstract themes about self-empowerment and spiritual enlightenment, but also posted rambling internet videos calling for violent action in response to what he considered oppression.

July 19, 2016 | | Nation

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Scholars who studied liars, put pants on rats win Ig Nobels

BOSTON (AP) - A Swede who wrote a trilogy about collecting bugs, an Egyptian doctor who put pants on rats to study their sex lives and ...

September 22, 2016 | | Nation

Yahoo hack steals personal info from 500M accounts

SUNNYVALE (AP) - Computer hackers swiped personal information from at least 500 million Yahoo accounts in what is believed to be the biggest digital break-in at ...

September 22, 2016 | | Nation

LinkedIn adding news feeds, ‘bots’ & training

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - LinkedIn wants to become more useful to workers by adding personalized news feeds, helpful messaging "bots" and recommendations for online training courses ...

September 22, 2016 | | Nation

Luxury stores add more amenities in tougher market

NEW YORK (AP) - Buying some suits at Ralph Lauren might mean being offered a chauffeured ride home in a BMW. New clothes from Saks could ...

September 22, 2016 | | Nation

Tesla update halts automatic steering

PALO ALTO (AP) - Tesla Motors says a software update to its Autopilot system will disable automatic steering if drivers don't keep their hands on ...

September 22, 2016 | | Nation

Chicago hiring 970 more cops

CHICAGO (AP) - Chicago's police department will add 970 new positions over the next two years, its superintendent announced Wednesday, saying the move will help ...

September 21, 2016 | | Nation

Girl, 15, pepper sprayed, charged after bike crash

HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) - Police pepper-sprayed a 15-year-old girl and charged her as a juvenile with assault and disorderly conduct after her bicycle hit a car ...

September 21, 2016 | | Nation

Charlotte under state of emergency for 2nd night

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Authorities in Charlotte tried to quell public anger Wednesday after a police officer shot a black man, but a dusk prayer ...

September 21, 2016 | | Nation

Missouri man accused of sexually attacking, killing teen daughter

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - A Missouri man accused of sexually attacking and suffocating his high school honors student daughter and leaving her body in a ...

September 21, 2016 | | Nation

‘Potential bombing witnesses seen with suitcase are sought

NEW YORK (AP) - Investigators of last weekend's bombings have released an image of two men who took a suitcase they found on a city ...

September 21, 2016 | | Nation

Comcast plans to launch wireless service next year

NEW YORK (AP) - Comcast plans to launch a cellphone service roughly in the middle of next year, although it would be limited to areas of ...

September 20, 2016 | | Nation

Senators heap bipartisan criticism on Wells Fargo CEO, who apologizes

WASHINGTON (AP) - The CEO of Wells Fargo faced calls for his resignation Tuesday from harshly critical senators over allegations that bank employees opened millions of ...

September 20, 2016 | | Nation

Mylan CEO defends high EpiPen prices

WASHINGTON (AP) - The head of pharmaceutical company Mylan is defending the cost for life-saving EpiPens and is signaling the company has no plans to lower ...

September 20, 2016 | | Nation

FedEx beats Street forecasts with 1Q profit of $715 million

DALLAS (AP) - FedEx is raising prices, boosting earnings and making plans for handling the crush of holiday packages.

September 20, 2016 | | Nation

Clinton struggles with traditional playbook

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) - For months, Democrats argued that voters would get "serious" about the campaign once it reached the fall and would reject ...

September 20, 2016 | | Nation

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