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  • Senators want commission to look at mass shootings

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Two senators called Sunday for a national commission to examine mass shootings in the United States, while a third vowed to ban the sale of military-style assault …


  • Obama to speak at Newtown, Conn., vigil

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Making a sadly familiar journey, President Barack Obama will attend an evening vigil in Newtown, Conn., to mourn with a town still seeking to comprehend the unimaginable …


  • Obama to speak at Newton, Conn., vigil for victims

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Making a sadly familiar journey, President Barack Obama will attend an evening vigil in Newtown, Conn., to mourn with a town still seeking to comprehend the unimaginable …


  • Family of slain Border Patrol agent sues officials

    PHOENIX (AP) — The family of a slain Border Patrol agent has sued federal officials over the botched “Fast and Furious” gun operation. Agent Brian Terry was mortally wounded on …


  • Tearful Obama calls for action after shooting

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A tearful President Barack Obama said Friday he grieved first as a father about the massacre at a Connecticut elementary school, declaring, “Our hearts are broken today.” …


  • APNewsBreak: Border Patrol to stop interpreting

    SEATTLE (AP) — U.S. Border Patrol agents will no longer serve as interpreters when local law enforcement agencies request language help, according to a new decree issued by the Department …


  • APNewsBreak: Colo gov says time to talk gun laws

    DENVER (AP) — Colorado’s Gov. John Hickenlooper said “the time is right” for state lawmakers to consider gun control measures, offering his firmest stance in the aftermath of several high-profile …


  • Chicago vows to fight concealed carry ruling

    CHICAGO (AP) — With parts of the city in the grip of gang warfare and spiking homicide rates, Chicago aldermen are urging state officials to appeal an appellate court’s decision …


  • Mich. becomes right-to-work state despite protests

    LANSING, Mich. (AP) — In a dizzyingly short time span, Republicans have converted Michigan from a seemingly impregnable fortress of organized labor into a right-to-work state, leaving outgunned Democrats and …


  • Court ruling on Ill. gun ban sets stage for fight

    CHICAGO (AP) — Backers of Illinois’ ban on concealed weapons vowed Wednesday to fight for continued controls on gun possession, a day after a federal appeals court struck down the …


  • Parents fight for release of son jailed in Mexico

    MIAMI (AP) — A South Florida family is fighting to get their son, a Marine veteran, released from a prison in a dangerous area in Mexico while facing charges that …


  • Court strikes down Illinois’ concealed carry ban

    CHICAGO (AP) — In a major victory for gun rights advocates, a federal appeals court on Tuesday struck down a ban on carrying concealed weapons in Illinois — the only …


  • Court strikes down Illinois concealed carry law

    CHICAGO (AP) — In a big victory for gun rights advocates, a federal appeals court on Tuesday struck down a ban on carrying concealed weapons in Illinois — the only …


  • Right-to-work debate heats up ahead of Mich. vote

    LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Even with the outcome considered a foregone conclusion, the heated battle over right-to-work legislation in the traditional union bastion of Michigan showed no sign of cooling …


  • Solid evidence elusive in right-to-work debate

    LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Rick Snyder says one reason he supports right-to-work legislation in Michigan is the economic boost a similar law has given Indiana, although officials have provided …


  • Evidence elusive in Michigan right-to-work debate

    LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Rick Snyder says one reason he supports right-to-work legislation in Michigan is the economic boost a similar law has given Indiana, although officials have provided …


  • Michigan Democrats make final right-to-work push

    LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Democrats in Michigan’s Legislature and congressional delegation made a final push Monday to stall Republican-led right-to-work proposals that would limit the power of unions in the …


  • Gay couples in Wash. start taking wedding vows

    SEATTLE (AP) — Keith Bacon and Corianton Hale wore dress shirts as they recited their vows at Seattle City Hall, as the city hosted more than 100 weddings on the …


  • Same-sex couples in Wash. state start wedding vows

    SEATTLE (AP) — Scores of same-sex couples crowded Seattle City Hall for a day of wedding ceremonies on Sunday, the first day they could marry after the state’s voter-approved gay …


  • Unions vow political payback for right-to-work law

    LANSING, Mich. (AP) — With defeat in the Michigan Legislature virtually certain, Democrats and organized labor intend to make enactment of right-to-work laws as uncomfortable as possible for Gov. Rick …


  • Same-sex couples in WA start taking wedding vows

    SEATTLE (AP) — Scores of same-sex couples crowded Seattle City Hall for a day of wedding ceremonies on Sunday, the first day they could marry after the state’s voter-approved gay …


  • Same-sex weddings in Wash. to begin on Sunday

    OLYMPIA, WASH. (AP) — Two retired military women who fought for the rights of gays in the military were among the hundreds of couples who received their marriage licenses this …


  • Same-sex wedding in Wash. to begin on Sunday

    OLYMPIA, WASH. (AP) — Two retired military women who fought for the rights of gays in the military were among the hundreds of couples who received their marriage licenses this …


  • Same-sex marriage cases get Supreme Court review

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is taking a potentially historic look at same-sex marriage by agreeing to hear two cases that challenge governments’ different treatment of gay Americans. The …


  • Supreme Court will hear same-sex marriage cases

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court plunged into the contentious issue of gay marriage Friday when it agreed to take up California’s ban on same-sex unions and a separate dispute …


  • Supreme Court will hear gay marriage cases

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court will take up California’s ban on same-sex marriage, a case that could give the justices the chance to rule on whether gay Americans have …


  • Mich. legislators defy unions, OK right-to-work

    LANSING, Mich. (AP) — In an audacious flex of political muscle, Republicans in a single day reached the brink of a goal that for years has seemed an all-but-impossible dream: …


  • Michigan GOP approves right to work amid protests

    LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Republicans slammed right-to-work legislation through the Michigan House and Senate Thursday, drawing raucous protests from throngs of stunned union supporters, whose outnumbered Democratic allies were powerless …


  • Gay Washington state couples get marriage licenses

    SEATTLE (AP) — Hundreds of same-sex couples across Washington state started picking up marriage licenses Thursday as a voter-approved law legalizing gay marriage took effect. King County, the state’s largest, …


  • Gay Wash. couples get marriage licenses

    SEATTLE (AP) — Two by two, dozens of same-sex couples obtained their marriage licenses in Washington state early Thursday, just hours after hours after Gov. Chris Gregoire signed a law …


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