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Gun background checks are on pace to break record in 2019

By LISA MARIE PANE Associated Press Background checks on gun purchases in the U.S. are climbing toward a record high this year, reflecting what the industry says is a rush by people to buy weapons in reaction to the Democratic presidential candidates' calls for tighter restrictions. By the ...

Ex-chief says he didn’t intentionally ‘deceive’ anyone

By SOPHIA TAREEN Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — Ousted Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said Tuesday that he didn't "intentionally mislead or deceive" anyone about the mid-October night he was found sleeping behind the wheel of his SUV. Johnson, 59, released a statement through ...

House impeachment report coming ahead of landmark hearing

By HOPE YEN, LISA MASCARO and MARY CLARE JALONICK Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The House impeachment report on President Donald Trump will be unveiled Monday behind closed doors for key lawmakers as Democrats push ahead with the inquiry despite the White House's declaration it will not ...

Schools close as US East braces for ‘long, difficult storm’

NEW YORK (AP) — A storm that already snarled Thanksgiving travel across much of the country threatened to dump a foot and a half of snow on parts of the East, leading governments to close schools and offices, canceling or delaying hundreds of flights, and sending an army of salt trucks ...

Chicago mayor fires city’s top cop over ‘ethical lapses’

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot fired Police Supt. Eddie Johnson on Monday, saying her decision was based on his "ethical lapses." Lightfoot said she decided to fire Johnson after reviewing an inspector general's report on its investigation into a recent incident in which he was ...

For banks, data on your spending habits could be a gold mine

By ANICK JESDANUN AP Technology Writer NEW YORK (AP) — There's a powerful new player watching what you buy so it can tailor product offerings for you: the bank behind your credit or debit card. For years, Google and Facebook have been showing ads based on your online behavior. Retailers ...

Democrats aim to catch up to Trump’s 2020 cash advantage

By BRIAN SLODYSKO Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats are narrowing President Donald Trump's early spending advantage, with two billionaire White House hopefuls joining established party groups to target the president in key battleground states that are likely to determine the ...

10 wounded in shooting near New Orleans’ French Quarter

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Ten people were shot and wounded early Sunday near the French Quarter in New Orleans, a popular spot for tourists. Hours later in another part of town, another shooting killed two men and wounded two others. Police said both shootings remain under investigation, and ...

Rescuers search for girl, 6, missing after truck swept away

TONTO BASIN, Ariz. (AP) — Rescuers with helicopters, drones, boats and dogs searched Sunday for a 6-year-old girl missing since Friday, when a truck she was in was swept away while attempting to cross an Arizona creek swollen by runoff from a powerful storm. A boy and a girl, both 5, were ...

‘I know Joe’s heart’: Why black voters are backing Joe Biden

By ERRIN HAINES AP National Writer After Kamala Harris challenged Joe Biden's past opposition to school busing in a nationally televised Democratic presidential debate, the former vice president who prides himself on strong relationships in the black community was in an unfamiliar place, ...