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Federal judge strikes down Kentucky abortion law

By BRUCE SCHREINER Associated Press FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A federal judge on Friday struck down a Kentucky abortion law that would halt a common second-trimester procedure to end pregnancies. The state's anti-abortion governor immediately vowed to appeal. U.S. District Judge Joseph H. ...

Students kill classmate, injure 8 others

HIGHLANDS RANCH, Colo. (AP) — Two high school students shot and killed a classmate and injured eight others at a charter school in a Colorado community that marked the 20th anniversary of one of the nation’s worst school shootings just weeks ago. Douglas County sheriff’s officials said ...

Michigan Senate approves plan to cut car insurance rates

LANSING (AP) — Michigan’s Senate passed legislation Tuesday aimed at cutting the country’s highest average auto insurance premiums by eliminating a requirement that drivers buy unlimited medical benefits to cover crash injuries. No other U.S. state has such a mandate. Motorists could ...

‘Riley Howell is a hero’: Student who attacked gunman lauded

By TOM FOREMAN Jr. and JEFFREY COLLINS Associated Press CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — David Belnap stood on his North Carolina college campus aching from the latest U.S. school shooting as he held a candle and wore a homemade T-shirt with "Riley Howell is a hero" written on the back. Howell died ...

Key takeaways from Barr’s testimony and Mueller’s letter

By CHAD DAY Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — It was Attorney General William Barr's testimony, but Robert Mueller's words stole the show. In his appearance Wednesday before the Senate Judiciary Committee , Barr was on the defensive after a letter from Mueller surfaced criticizing how the ...

Lawmakers to see empty chair, not AG Barr, at House hearing

By MARY CLARE JALONICK Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General William Barr plans to skip a House Judiciary hearing Thursday on special counsel Robert Mueller's report , escalating an already acrimonious battle between Democrats and the Justice Department. Barr's decision — he ...

Poll finds hunger for change to US system of government

By NICHOLAS RICCARDI and EMILY SWANSON Associated Press After more than two years of the Donald Trump presidency, Andrea Petrusky is ready for some fundamental changes in the way the United States government works. "Right now we're being shown all of the loopholes, the president being able to ...

Colorado Sen. Bennet launches Democratic presidential bid

By NICHOLAS RICCARDI Associated Press DENVER (AP) — U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet of Colorado jumped into the packed Democratic presidential primary on Thursday, announcing a 2020 campaign that had been stalled while he was treated for prostate cancer. Bennet, a former head of Denver Public ...

Suspect in synagogue attack stuns family with radical turn

By ELLIOT SPAGAT and JULIE WATSON Associated Press POWAY, Calif. (AP) — The lone suspect in a fatal attack on a Southern California synagogue was a star scholar, athlete and musician whose embrace of white supremacy and anti-Semitism has dumbfounded his family and others who thought they ...

Trump says he wants asylum seekers to pay a fee to apply

By JILL COLVIN Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is proposing charging asylum seekers a fee to process their applications as he continues to try to crack down on the surge of Central American migrants seeking to cross into the U.S. In a presidential memorandum signed ...