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DeVos play not meant as ‘cartoon or lampoon,’ producer says

By MARIA DANILOVA, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Guns in schools to protect students from grizzly bears? Betsy DeVos endured yet another rocky confirmation hearing in the Senate to become education secretary — this time on a theater stage. In a play performed Monday at Washington's ...

1st private moon flight passenger to invite creative guests

CHRISTOPHER WEBER, Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — After announcing that he'll take the first-ever commercial rocket trip around the moon, Yusaku Maezawa said he wants company for the weeklong journey. The Japanese billionaire said he plans to invite six to eight artists, architects, ...

Jury shown shooting video repeatedly at Chicago cop’s trial

By DON BABWIN, Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — The last moments of Laquan McDonald's life played over and over again for the jury. An officer pulls up, gets out of a squad car and opens fire as the black teenager walks away from police, a small knife in one hand. McDonald crumples to the ...

Showdown between Kavanaugh, accuser scheduled for next week

By ALAN FRAM and LISA MASCARO, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans are forging ahead with plans for a Senate hearing they had hoped to avoid on a woman's claims that Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when they were high schoolers, hoping to salvage the judge's endangered ...

Kavanaugh willing to talk to panel, arrives at White House

By DARLENE SUPERVILLE and LISA MASCARO, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh said Monday he was willing to speak to a Senate panel to "refute" an allegation he sexually assaulted a woman while in high school, after his accuser said via her attorney that ...

Survey finds 2M US teens are vaping marijuana

By CARLA K. JOHNSON, AP Medical Writer A school-based survey shows nearly 1 in 11 U.S. students have used marijuana in electronic cigarettes, heightening concern about the new popularity of vaping among teens. E-cigarettes typically contain nicotine, but results published Monday mean 2.1 ...

Easier gambling has sports worried about fighting the fix

By DAVID PORTER and REGINA GARCIA-CANO, Associated Press OCEANPORT, N.J. (AP) — It's early in a college basketball game and Team A, playing methodically and using up most of the 30-second shot clock, falls behind 10-6. Scattered around the bleachers, several fans staring at their smartphones ...

US border agent in Texas confesses to 4 killings, police say

LAREDO, Texas (AP) — A U.S. Border Patrol supervisor who confessed to killing four women and assaulting a fifth who managed to escape remained in jail Monday, police said in court records. Juan David Ortiz is being held in Laredo on $2.5 million bond on four counts of murder, aggravated ...

Watchdog slams safeguards for foster kids on psych drugs

By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Thousands of foster children may be getting powerful psychiatric drugs prescribed to them without basic safeguards, says a federal watchdog agency that found a failure to care for youngsters whose lives have already been ...

Fearsome new stage begins as Florence floods inland rivers

By ALLEN G. BREED, Associated Press NEW BERN, N.C. (AP) — As the death toll from Florence mounted and hundreds of people were pulled from flooded homes, North Carolina is bracing for what could be the next stage of a still-unfolding disaster: catastrophic, widespread river flooding. After ...

Police: Man dies after shark attack off Cape Cod

By SUSAN HAIGH, Associated Press WELLFLEET, Mass. (AP) — A man was bitten by a shark Saturday in the water off a Cape Cod beach and died later at a hospital, becoming the state's first shark attack fatality in more than 80 years. The man, identified by Cape and Islands Assistant District ...

US Border Patrol agent charged in 2-week killing spree

By JUAN A. LOZANO, Associated Press HOUSTON (AP) — Texas authorities charged a U.S. Border Patrol supervisor with murder following what they called a two-week serial killing spree that left four female sex workers dead and ended when a fifth woman escaped at a gas station and found ...

Niece: Family won’t take in Elizabeth Smart’s kidnapper

By LINDSAY WHITEHURST, Associated Press SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Once an accomplished organ player in Salt Lake City, Wanda Barzee became a disturbing figure for members of her own family after she helped in the 2002 kidnapping of then-teenager Elizabeth Smart. Days before the 72-year-old ...

Before and after a storm, the supply stores are critical

By CURT ANDERSON, Associated Press MIAMI (AP) — Before and after a hurricane, Ace is the place. And Home Depot and Lowe's. And many other hardware and building supply outlets. Not surprisingly, these companies plan for storms such as Hurricane Florence all year. Much like the Federal ...

Man charged with killing 2 Arizona girls who went missing

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — A registered sex offender jailed since last year has been charged in the kidnapping and killing of two Arizona girls who went missing in 2012 and 2014, authorities announced Saturday. Christopher Matthew Clements, 36, was indicted on Friday by a grand jury on 21 criminal ...

Obama tells voters to step up or ‘things can get worse’

By ELLIOT SPAGAT, Associated Press ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Former President Barack Obama says the November midterm elections will give Americans "a chance to restore some sanity in our politics," taking another swipe at his successor as he raises his profile campaigning for fellow Democrats ...

Florence expected to become hurricane, head to southeast US

By PAMELA SAMPSON, Associated Press ATLANTA (AP) — The U.S. East Coast could be hit with a powerful hurricane next week as Tropical Storm Florence continues to strengthen as it moves toward the mainland, forecasters said Saturday. Florence is expected to become a major hurricane by Monday, ...

For Sessions, Trump’s constant attacks may define his legacy

By ERIC TUCKER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Jeff Sessions has vigorously pushed President Donald Trump's agenda at the Justice Department, and before that, spent 20 years championing conservative causes in the Senate. Yet as Sessions enters what may be the final ...

Dallas officer who killed black man also shot a man in 2017

By RYAN TARINELLI, Associated Press DALLAS (AP) — The Dallas police officer who says she mistakenly went to the wrong apartment after work earlier this week and fatally shot a black man also fired her weapon and wounded a man during an on-duty confrontation in 2017, according to court ...