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APNewsBreak: NAACP names new leader for more active future
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The NAACP turned to an insider Saturday to help bring the nation's oldest civil rights organization back to prominence....

Poll finds Las Vegas shooting doesn't alter opinions on guns
ATLANTA (AP) -- The slaying of five dozen people in Las Vegas did little to change Americans' opinions about gun laws, a poll finds....

Bannon faults George W. Bush for 'destructive' presidency
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Former White House adviser Steve Bannon depicted former President George W. Bush as bumbling and inept, faulting him for presiding over a "destructive" presidency during his time in the White House....

Judge tosses $417M award against Johnson & Johnson
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A judge on Friday tossed out a $417 million jury award to a woman who claimed she developed ovarian cancer by using Johnson & Johnson talc-based baby powder for feminine hygiene....

Wildfires plunge vineyard workers, owners into same struggle
SONOMA, Calif. (AP) -- When the wildfires ignited, vineyard workers stopped picking grapes and fled for their lives. Some vineyard owners decided to stay and fight back, spending days digging firebreaks and sleeping among their vines for safety....

Court weighing whether graffiti mecca was protected by law
NEW YORK (AP) -- For two decades, Jerry Wolkoff let graffiti artists use his crumbling Queens warehouse complex as a canvas for their vibrant works. Artists gave the spot the name "5Pointz" - a place where all five New York City boroughs come together - but painters traveled from as far as Japan and Brazil to tag, bomb and burn at what became a graffiti mecca and a tourist destination....

US probe alleges corruption by top Honolulu law enforcers
HONOLULU (AP) -- A curious allegation of mailbox theft unraveled into a tale of corruption that reached the highest levels of Honolulu law enforcement, culminating in a U.S. investigation that found the former police chief and his prosecutor wife bilked clients and relatives out of hundreds of thousands of dollars to spend on their lavish lifestyle and then used their power to orchestrate a plot within the police department to target anyone who threatened them....

Voter advocates push Illinois to exit multistate database
CHICAGO (AP) -- Voter rights advocates are pushing Illinois election officials to withdraw from a longtime multistate voter registration database over questions of accuracy, security and voter suppression....

Alleged office gunman got jobs, guns despite criminal past
BALTIMORE (AP) -- The man charged with shooting five co-workers at a Maryland granite company this week, killing three of them, is a felon with dozens of arrests and a history of attacking people he worked with. With such a troubled past, how was Radee Prince able to land a decent-paying job and acquire a gun?...

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