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  • Teacher in accidental shooting in good condition

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Officials say a Utah teacher is in good condition after accidentally shooting herself in the leg with a concealed firearm in a faculty bathroom at …


  • Mourners urge black Americans to take action

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — The mourners filled an enormous church to remember Michael Brown — a “gentle giant,” aspiring rapper and recent high school graduate on his way to a …


  • Texas’ Perry indicted for coercion for veto threat

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A grand jury indicted Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Friday for abusing the powers of his office by carrying out a threat to veto funding for …


  • Ukraine parliament head takes presidential powers

    KIEV, Ukraine — A top opposition figure assumed presidential powers Sunday, plunging Ukraine into new uncertainty after a deadly political standoff — and boosting long-jailed Yulia Tymoshenko’s chances of a …


  • Mob attacks alleged gays in Nigerian capital

    ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — A mob armed with wooden clubs and iron bars, screaming that they were going to “cleanse” their neighborhood of gay people, dragged 14 young men from …


  • Folk singer, activist Pete Seeger dies in NY

    NEW YORK (AP) — American troubadour, folk music singer and activist Pete Seeger has died at a hospital in New York. He was 94. Seeger’s grandson, Kitama Cahill-Jackson, says Seeger …


  • Syrian rebels seize strategic hospital in Aleppo

    BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian rebels have gained control of a strategic hospital in the city of Aleppo despite days of relentless barrel bombings of opposition-held areas in the northern city, …


  • Obama to allow sale of canceled plans

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Bowing to pressure, President Barack Obama on Thursday announced changes to his health care law that would give insurance companies the option to keep offering consumers plans …


  • Giffords to attend gun show under NY sales model

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who survived an assassination attempt in 2011, is set to tour a New York gun show, the first such visit since …


  • More armed security at schools after Newtown

    MIAMI (AP) — In the Fort Lauderdale suburb of Pembroke Pines, students returning to school this year are being greeted not only by their teachers and principal. They’re also meeting …


  • Senate blocks expanded gun sale background checks

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republicans, backed by rural-state Democrats, blocked legislation Wednesday to tighten restrictions on the sale of firearms, rejecting personal pleas made by families of the victims of …


  • Thousands march for gun control in Washington

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Thousands of people, many holding signs with names of gun violence victims and messages such as “Ban Assault Weapons Now,” joined a rally for gun control on …


  • Gun laws show difficulty of stemming violent acts

    WASHINGTON (AP) — One early focus of new gun regulations by President Barack Obama and some lawmakers would reinstate a federal ban on assault weapons, a law widely regarded as …


  • Obama’s call for action against gun violence

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says the massacre of schoolchildren in Newtown, Conn., obligates the nation to finally act to reduce gun violence. He’s outlined only a broad plan …


  • Obama to send Congress gun proposals in January

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Declaring the time for action overdue, President Barack Obama promised on Wednesday to send Congress broad proposals in January for tightening gun laws and curbing violence after …


  • Obama sets January deadline for gun proposals

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Spurred by a horrific elementary school shooting, President Barack Obama vowed to send Congress new policy proposals for reducing gun violence by January. “This time, the words …


  • Obama to press for policy changes after shooting

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is launching an administration-wide effort to curb gun violence, underscoring the growing political consensus over tightening gun restrictions following the horrific massacre at a …


  • Grief mixes with impatience in shattered Newtown

    NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) — Mourners overlapped at back-to-back services as funerals began in earnest in a Connecticut town that lost 20 of its children and seven adults to a gunman, …


  • Investors turn against gun makers after massacre

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Investors shunned some of the nation’s largest gun makers Tuesday, putting up for sale the manufacturer of the Bushmaster semiautomatic rifle used in the Connecticut school shooting …


  • Gun advocates conflicted on changes after massacre

    KITTERY, Maine (AP) — In a region where gun ownership is a cherished right, holiday shoppers snake through rows of shotguns, pistols and semi-automatic assault rifles at the Kittery Trading …


  • APNewsBreak: $1 coin backers give to Harkin center

    IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A South Korean businessman and his Iowa metals company gave $500,000 to a university institute honoring U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin, who is pushing for a …


  • Petraeus mistress won’t face cyberstalking charge

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department has decided not to charge David Petraeus’ mistress, Paula Broadwell, with cyberstalking as part of its investigation into an email scandal that led to …


  • Some Republicans say gun control should be debated

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Some Republicans now say they’re willing to discuss the politically treacherous issue of gun control along with mental health issues and violent video games, while formerly pro-gun …


  • Classes resuming in Newtown, minus Sandy Hook

    NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) — With security stepped up and families still on edge in Newtown, students began returning to school Tuesday for the first time since last week’s massacre, bringing …


  • Grassley, Reid, Manchin: Let’s debate gun violence

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Even as most Republicans played it safe and initially said little about the politically treacherous issue of gun control, a senior GOP senator has called for a …


  • W.Va.’s Manchin: Time to rethink gun legislation

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Sen. Joe Manchin, an avid hunter and lifelong member of the National Rifle Association, says it’s time for all sides in the gun policy debate to …


  • Gun control debate begins to simmer after massacre

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats say meaningful action in the wake of the school shootings in Connecticut must include a ban on military-style assault weapons and a look at how the …


  • Obama signals action following school shooting

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is vowing to use “whatever power this office holds” to safeguard the nation’s children, raising the prospect that he will pursue policy changes to …


  • Newtown plans burials as school’s future debated

    NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) — A grieving Connecticut town braced itself Monday to bury the first two of the 20 littlest victims of the school gunman. Authorities could not say when …


  • Lieberman, Democrats want ban on assault weapons

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic lawmakers and independent Sen. Joe Lieberman said Sunday that military-style assault weapons should be banned and that a national commission should be established to examine mass …


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