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  • 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 …


  • To give on the street? In cities, a daily calculus

    During her two decades living in Houston, Caroline Oliver, like any urban dweller, frequently encountered people in the streets asking for money. She struggled with how to respond. She wanted …


  • 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 …


  • NY’s top court: NYC gang member not a terrorist

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Street gangsters who commit assaults and killings are not terrorists under the statute enacted after hijackers crashed jets into the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, …


  • 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 …


  • APNewsBreak: Sotomayor book offers personal look

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor says in her upcoming memoir that her lifelong battle against diabetes and the fear that she might die early played a big …


  • 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 …


  • FBI: Hate crimes down slightly in 2011

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The FBI says the number of hate crimes reported to police in 2011 declined slightly compared to the previous year. Nearly half of the reported hate crimes …


  • Spies see poverty down, but resource fights ahead

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly two-thirds of the world’s population will live in cities by 2030, with most people middle class, connected by technology, protected by advanced health care and linked …


  • Files on accused LA priests could soon be public

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Secret files kept for decades by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles on priests accused of sexually abusing children could soon become public as a …


  • 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 …


  • Black women battle obesity with dialogue, action

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Nicole Ari Parker was motivated by frustration. For Star Jones, it was a matter of life or death. Toni Carey wanted a fresh start after a bad …


  • Homeless rate steady in latest government estimate

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A vigorous effort to house the homeless has been countered somewhat by a sluggish economy. The federal government and local communities have greatly increased the number of …


  • 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 …


  • Washington could become pot source for neighbors

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Now that marijuana is legal in neighboring Washington state, Portland police are offering some helpful advice to Oregon pot users. Sure, you can go over to …


  • 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 …


  • US job gains defy Sandy and fears of fiscal cliff

    WASHINGTON (AP) — It takes more than a superstorm to derail the U.S. job market. Employers added 146,000 jobs in November and the unemployment rate dipped to 7.7 percent, a …


  • 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 …


  • RI court hears arguments in pension case

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — With billions of dollars and the retirement security of public workers at stake, the legal dispute over Rhode Island’s sweeping overhaul of its public pension system …


  • US economy adds 146K jobs, rate falls to 7.7 pct.

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy added 146,000 jobs in November and the unemployment rate fell to 7.7 percent, the lowest since December 2008. The government said Superstorm Sandy had …


  • 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: …


  • Superstorm utility crews complain of payroll delay

    MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) — Mike Valaskatgis slept in his National Grid truck for two nights, and then on a cot two more nights before getting a bed in a hotel …


  • RI court to hear arguments in pension case

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Attorneys for the state of Rhode Island will ask a judge to dismiss a legal challenge to the state’s landmark pension overhaul filed by public-sector unions. …