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GOP picks female prosecutor to question Kavanaugh, accuser

Sep. 26, 2018 3:30 AM EDT

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...

Australian judge imprisons 2 men for Airbnb guest's death

Sep. 26, 2018 3:11 AM EDT

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — An Australian judge has sentenced two men to prison over the fatal beating of their Airbnb guest who owed rent. The guest, Ramis Jonuzi, was killed at a rented house in a Melbourne suburb in October last year. Housemates Ryan Charles Smart and Craig Jonathon Levy each pleaded...

In Chicago, can art unite a deeply divided neighborhood?

Sep. 26, 2018 3:05 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The sixth-graders, from very opposite sides of the street, sat in pairs, a list of questions before them: "What do you dream about?" ''Do you think about dying?" ''Are you scared?" Their task, at once easy and awkward, was to learn about one another — and differences surfaced quickly....

Maryland gun-control laws taking effect next week

Sep. 26, 2018 3:03 AM EDT

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — New gun-control laws are taking effect in Maryland next week, and some state lawmakers already are talking about strengthening them in the next legislative session after high-profile shootings in the state. An Associated Press review of firearms-related legislation shows many other...

After Las Vegas shooting, states take action on bump stocks

Sep. 26, 2018 3:03 AM EDT

Notable events in the U.S. involving bump stocks, the device used in last year's Las Vegas massacre to allow guns to fire like fully automatic firearms: — 1990: California bans "multi-burst trigger activators," which include bump stocks. — Nov. 3, 2017: Massachusetts enacts ban on bump stocks....

What's happened to bump stocks in the year since Las Vegas?

Sep. 26, 2018 3:03 AM EDT

The gunman in the Las Vegas mass shooting was armed with 23 AR-style weapons, 14 of them fitted with "bump stocks" that allowed them to mimic fully automatic fire. The devices were little-known before they were used in the Oct. 1 rampage, the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. And in the immediate...

Cosby camp: Once-beloved actor a victim of racism, sexism

Sep. 26, 2018 2:59 AM EDT

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...

AP: Despite shootings, states return to familiar patterns

Sep. 26, 2018 2:55 AM EDT

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 appointed panel members who supported the Second Amendment and came from across the political spectrum. Their work accelerated...

AP: Despite shootings, states return to familiar patterns

Sep. 26, 2018 2:54 AM EDT

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...

Deported man is suspect in deadly California beatings

Sep. 26, 2018 2:37 AM EDT

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...