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Aurora shooter's permit was revoked but gun wasn't seized

Feb. 17, 2019 6:31 PM EST

AURORA, Ill. (AP) — An initial background check failed to detect a felony conviction that should have barred the man who killed five co-workers and wounded six others at a suburban Chicago manufacturing plant from buying the gun. Months later, a second background check of Gary Martin found his 1995...

White House indicates Trump to veto disapproval of emergency

Feb. 17, 2019 5:29 PM EST

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump is prepared to issue the first veto of his term if Congress votes to disapprove his declaration of a national emergency along the U.S.-Mexico border, a top White House adviser said on Sunday. White House senior adviser Stephen Miller told "Fox News...

'Taking their last breath': IS hides among Syrian civilians

Feb. 17, 2019 3:57 PM EST

BAGHOUZ, Syria (AP) — From a self-proclaimed caliphate that once spread across much of Syria and Iraq, the Islamic State group has been knocked back to a speck of land on the countries' shared border. In that tiny patch on the banks of the Euphrates River, hundreds of militants are hiding among civilians...

Smollett developments leave some baffled, others outraged

Feb. 17, 2019 7:57 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The national outrage that simmered after actor Jussie Smollett said he was attacked by people shouting racial and anti-gay slurs was fueled in part by celebrities who spoke out loud and strong on social media. But the outrage has now been replaced by surprise, doubt and bafflement as the...

The Latest: Johnson wrecked trying to pit in Daytona 500

Feb. 17, 2019 5:49 PM EST

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on the Daytona 500 (all times local): ___ 5:40 p.m. Jimmie Johnson's chances of winning a third Daytona 500 ended with a strange accident on pit road. Johnson was running near the front of the field and trying to pit when Cody Ware and his Rick Ware Racing teammate...

'Carer-feeder': Gillibrand plays up motherhood in 2020 race

Feb. 17, 2019 3:17 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Kirsten Gillibrand had a flurry of pots on the stove and steak, haddock, peas, steamed vegetables and rice on the menu. She had a cable news appearance coming up in a few hours, but for now, her 10-year-old son entertained the family goldendoodle, Maple, a few feet away. The New York...

School board in Virginia may end transgender bathroom ban

Feb. 17, 2019 6:01 PM EST

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — For nearly four years, Gavin Grimm has been suing his former school district after it banned him from using the boys bathrooms in high school. Along the way, he's became a national face for transgender rights. His case almost went to the U.S. Supreme Court. He graduated and moved to...

Family: UK teen who joined Islamic State has baby in Syria

Feb. 17, 2019 6:02 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — The family of a British teenager who ran away to join the Islamic State group and now wants to return to the U.K. said Sunday she has given birth to a baby boy. The family's lawyer said 19-year-old Shamima Begum and the baby are in good health. In a recent interview with The Times newspaper,...

Return to sender: High court to hear undeliverable mail case

Feb. 17, 2019 4:18 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Mitch Hungerpiller thought he had a first-class solution for mail that gets returned as undeliverable, a common problem for businesses that send lots of letters. But the process he helped develop and built his small Alabama technology company around has resulted in a more than decadelong...

Polish PM cancels Israel visit amid new Holocaust tensions

Feb. 17, 2019 3:21 PM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki canceled his plans to attend a meeting of central European leaders in Israel starting Monday amid new tensions over how Polish behavior during the Holocaust is remembered and characterized. Morawiecki informed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin...

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Chicago police seek follow-up interview with Jussie Smollett

Feb. 17, 2019 7:58 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago police said Sunday they're still seeking a follow-up interview with Jussie Smollett after receiving new information that "shifted" their investigation of a reported attack on the "Empire" actor. The trajectory of the investigation "shifted" after detectives questioned two brothers...

Southwestern Washington measles case count grows to 61

Feb. 17, 2019 7:57 PM EST

VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) — Clark County Public Health has identified two new measles cases and two new exposure locations in its ongoing outbreak investigation. Public Health spokeswoman Marissa Armstrong released a statement Sunday saying the agency has now identified 61 confirmed cases of the highly...

Smollett developments leave some baffled, others outraged

Feb. 17, 2019 7:57 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The national outrage that simmered after actor Jussie Smollett said he was attacked by people shouting racial and anti-gay slurs was fueled in part by celebrities who spoke out loud and strong on social media. But the outrage has now been replaced by surprise, doubt and bafflement as the...

Denny Hamlin cruises to 2nd Daytona 500 victory in 4 years

Feb. 17, 2019 7:52 PM EST

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Denny Hamlin won the Daytona 500 for the second time in four years, leading a 1-2-3 sweep for Joe Gibbs Racing. The victory Sunday honored J.D. Gibbs, who died last month after battling a degenerative neurological disease. J.D. Gibbs co-founded the race team with his father and...

The Latest: Chicago police still seek Smollett interview

Feb. 17, 2019 7:51 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on the reported attack on "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett (all times local): 4:30 p.m. Chicago police say they still want to do a follow-up interview with Jussie Smollett about a reported attack that the "Empire" star says included his attackers yelling racial and homophobic slurs....

More than 1,500 attend vigil for Aurora shooting victims

Feb. 17, 2019 7:35 PM EST

AURORA, Ill. (AP) — More than 1,500 people braved snow and freezing drizzle to attend a prayer vigil for five slain co-workers Sunday, two days after they were fatally shot at a suburban Chicago manufacturing plant by a longtime employee who was fired moments earlier. The Rev. Dan Haas told those who...

Denny Hamlin races to second Daytona 500 victory in four years, holding off Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Kyle Busch

Feb. 17, 2019 7:34 PM EST
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Denny Hamlin races to second Daytona 500 victory in four years, holding off Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Kyle Busch.

Disgraced ex-Congressman Anthony Weiner released from prison

Feb. 17, 2019 7:32 PM EST

AYER, Mass. (AP) — Disgraced former Congressman Anthony Weiner has been released from federal prison after being convicted of having illicit online contact with a 15-year-old girl in 2017. The Federal Bureau of Prisons website shows the 54-year-old New York Democrat is currently in the custody of its...

Burberry catwalk showcases streetwear, elegant classics

Feb. 17, 2019 7:20 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Victoria Beckham doesn't need celebrities at her fashion shows — her A-list family provides more than enough star power. The designer's husband, retired soccer superstar David Beckham, and the couple's four children turned up as guests of honor Sunday to support her London Fashion Week...

Julia Roberts to receive George Eastman Award for movie work

Feb. 17, 2019 7:06 PM EST

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — Actress Julia Roberts will be this year's recipient of the George Eastman Award, given to honor contributions to the art of cinema. The George Eastman Museum in Rochester says it will honor the "Pretty Woman" and "Steel Magnolias" actress on May 2. Past recipients include Lauren...