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A new AP-GfK poll shows that Americans are increasingly in favor of stricter gun laws
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....

Americans widely support some of the most often-proposed limits on firearm ownership, including universal background checks and banning semi-automatic weapons such as the AR-15
A new poll shows that Americans generally support some of the most often-proposed limits on gun ownership, including universal background checks and banning semi-automatic weapons such as the AR-15....

After sitting in silence, some whites say they're being spurred to action by recent shootings of black men
MEDFORD, Mass. (AP) -- An attorney in Oregon is supporting political candidates who promise to address racial profiling in policing. In suburban Ohio, a mother says she and her friends will push for better racial integration in their children's high school. And in rural Massachusetts, a young father has launched a Facebook group called "White Men for Black Lives."...

Leslie Van Houten, the youngest member of the Manson "family" that staged a series of gruesome California murders in 1969, has been denied freedom again _ her past overshadowing her decades as a model prisoner
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- Leslie Van Houten, the youngest member of the Manson "family" to take part in a series of gruesome California murders in 1969, has been denied freedom again - her past overshadowing her decades as a model prisoner....

A quarter century after his credible run for governor of Louisiana rattled the national political establishment, white supremacist David Duke has joined a wide open field seeking a U.S. Senate seat
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) -- A quarter century after his credible run for governor of Louisiana rattled the national political establishment, white supremacist David Duke has jumped into the crowded competition for a U.S. Senate seat in his home state, receiving rebuke from Republicans who don't want him running on a ballot as a member of their party....

California is bearing down against continuing heat and wildfires that have forced the evacuations of hundreds of homes as red-flag warnings of extreme fire danger predicted gusty winds and scorching, dry air
SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (AP) -- California bore down Saturday against the continuing heat and wildfires that have forced the evacuations of hundreds of homes as red-flag warnings of extreme fire danger predicted gusty winds and scorching, dry air....

A 14-year-old girl has died and a woman was hospitalized in critical condition after lightning struck the personal watercraft they were riding across a reservoir straddling the Utah-Wyoming border, authorities said
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A 14-year-old girl has died and a woman was hospitalized in critical condition after lightning struck the personal watercraft they were riding across a reservoir straddling the Utah-Wyoming border, authorities said....

Virginia's highest court has struck down Gov. Terry McAuliffe's executive order restoring voting rights to more than 206,000 felons
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe's sweeping executive order restoring the voting rights of more than 200,000 felons is unconstitutional, the state's highest court ruled Friday, siding with Republican lawmakers who said the governor overstepped his authority....

The Indiana Court of Appeals has overturned the feticide conviction of a woman found guilty of killing her premature infant by ingesting abortion-inducing drugs
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- The Indiana Court of Appeals overturned the feticide conviction of a woman found guilty of killing her premature infant by taking abortion-inducing drugs, saying Friday the state's law wasn't intended to be used "to prosecute women for their own abortions."...

Friends and family are gathering to remember Brad Garafola, one of three officers shot and killed last Sunday by a gunman
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) -- Brad Garafola, one of three law enforcement officers shot and killed by a lone gunman in an ambush, went down fighting, returning fire to the very end....

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Friends and family are gathering to remember Brad Garafola, one of three officers shot and killed last Sunday by a gunman

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