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Bump stocks: What's changed since Las Vegas shootings

Sep. 26, 2018 5:12 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...

AP: Partisan divide over gun laws continues in most states

Sep. 26, 2018 5:05 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: Partisan divide over gun laws continues in most states

Sep. 26, 2018 5:03 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...

Man accused of kidnapping women at gunpoint, assaulting 1

Sep. 26, 2018 4:56 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina man is accused of kidnapping two women at gunpoint and sexually assaulting one of them. News outlets report 28-year-old Gregory Bernard Roberts Jr. was arrested Tuesday on charges including kidnapping and criminal sexual conduct. Columbia police say a woman told them...

Convicted killer of Kim Wall on last day of sentence appeals

Sep. 26, 2018 4:44 AM EDT

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Danish submarine inventor Peter Madsen, convicted of torturing and murdering Swedish reporter Kim Wall last year, appeared in court Wednesday on the last day of his appeal against a life sentence. Closing remarks had been adjourned Sept. 14 after a juror collapsed. The hearing...

GOP lines up Kavanaugh vote plan as showdown hearing nears

Sep. 26, 2018 4:35 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump denounced Democratic efforts to block Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court confirmation as a cynical "con job" on Tuesday and launched a dismissive attack on a second woman accusing the nominee of sexual misconduct in the 1980s, asserting she "has nothing." Senate...

Anita Hill: Kavanaugh hearing isn't a referendum on #MeToo

Sep. 26, 2018 4:17 AM EDT

Her 1991 testimony against Clarence Thomas riveted the nation, but failed to derail his nomination to the Supreme Court. Now, 27 years later, Anita Hill says the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation hearing — with no FBI investigation and no witness testimony — is destined to be unfair, just as she and many...

Australian judge imprisons 2 men for Airbnb guest's death

Sep. 26, 2018 3:38 AM EDT

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — An Australian judge sentenced two men to prison on Wednesday over the fatal beating of their Airbnb guest who owed rent. The guest, Ramis Jonuzi, 36, was killed at a rented house in the Melbourne suburb of Brighton East on Oct. 25 last year. Housemates Ryan Charles Smart, 38,...

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...

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....