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Abortion foes, supporters pack hearing in Massachusetts

BOSTON (AP) — Activists on both sides of the abortion divide have clashed over a bill in Massachusetts that would let women obtain an abortion after 24 weeks of pregnancy in cases of "fatal fetal anomalies." The bill, called the "Roe Act" by supporters, would amend current state law which allows abortions after 24 weeks only to preserve the life or health of the mother. The bill would also eliminate the requirement that teens obtain permission from a parent or judge before obtaining an abortion. Abortion opponents, many wearing red shirts with the words "choose LIFE, oppose infanticide,"

House GOP education bill moving forward as teachers protest

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Despite teacher protests, Republicans in the West Virginia House of Delegates have advanced their wide-ranging education proposal to allow the state's first charter schools. Lawmakers in the GOP-controlled chamber on Monday moved the bill forward in its legislative process, setting it up for a full vote as soon as Wednesday. Teachers have packed the Capitol to protest a similar Senate Republican proposal that would allow charters, raise teachers' salaries and includes a provision that lets county boards fire educators who strike. The House proposal would cap the

Lawmakers raise alarm after wave of Philly shootings

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Lawmakers from Philadelphia are calling on state and city officials to stem a rising tide of gun violence that included a fatal shooting at a graduation party. The members of Pennsylvania's Legislature are asking for a stronger police presence on the street, collaboration among top state and city offices and emergency measures from Mayor Jim Kenney. They also are calling for legislation to reduce the availability of firearms. It's not yet known what sparked the Sunday night graduation party shooting that authorities say left a 24-year-old man dead and five people wounded.

More than 20 Mississippi students hospitalized in bus crash

MCCARLEY, Miss. (AP) — A bus has fallen onto its side on a busy Mississippi highway, causing more than 20 high school students to be hospitalized. Mississippi Highway Patrol spokesman Sgt. Ronnie Shive told The Greenwood Commonwealth that one student had severe injuries from the Monday crash. Shive said 20 others taken to hospitals had bruises and abrasions. No other vehicles were involved. Greenwood school district spokeswoman Margaret Dean says the bus was carrying 40 students and three football coaches back to Greenwood from a camp in Starkville. Strachan says the bus turned onto its

Chicago gang member found guilty of shooting ATF agent

CHICAGO (AP) — A federal jury has convicted a man accused of shooting a U.S. Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agent he allegedly mistook for a rival Chicago street gang member. Ernesto Godinez was convicted Monday of the May 2018 shooting of Kevin Crump as he and other agents were installing tracking devices on cars belonging to suspected gang members. Assistant U.S. Attorney Nicholas Eichenseer says the 29-year-old Godinez was looking for rivals and "protecting Almighty Latin Saints territory." Prosecutors say one bullet fired by Godinez struck Crump in the head and entered his

Chicago gang member found guilty of shooting ATF agent

CHICAGO (AP) — A federal jury has convicted a man accused of assaulting a U.S. Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agent he allegedly mistook for a rival Chicago street gang member. Ernesto Godinez was convicted Monday of the May 2018 shooting of Kevin Crump as he and other agents were installing tracking devices on cars belonging to suspected gang members. Assistant U.S. Attorney Nicholas Eichenseer says the 29-year-old Godinez was looking for rivals and "protecting Almighty Latin Saints territory." Prosecutors say one bullet fired by Godinez struck Crump in the head and entered his

Debating impeachment, Democrats have 2020 on their minds

WASHINGTON (AP) — The decisions being made over whether or not to start impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump are personal, gut-wrenching and, at times, starkly political. And Democrats know they'll have fallout in 2020 and beyond. Some lawmakers say impeachment will benefit the president, energizing his campaign. Others warn that failing to impeach Trump risks deflating Democratic voters they need to turn out in 2020. As much as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says Congress shouldn't impeach for political reasons or not impeach for political reasons, political considerations

Judge declares mistrial on remaining counts in Benghazi case

WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. judge has declared a mistrial on 15 remaining charges against a Libyan militant who was found guilty last week of playing an instrumental role in the 2012 Benghazi attacks. The mistrial in the case of Mustafa al-Imam was declared Monday in Washington after a jury could not reach a decision on 15 counts. The same jury last week found al-Imam guilty of two different counts, including conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists. Al-Imam is the second militant to stand trial in connection with the attacks that killed four Americans, including Ambassador Chris

Judge declares mistrial on remaining counts in Benghazi case

WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. judge has declared a mistrial on 15 remaining charges against a Libyan militant who was found guilty last week of playing an instrumental role in the 2012 Benghazi attacks. The mistrial in the case of Mustafa al-Imam was declared Monday in Washington after a jury could not reach a decision on 15 counts. The same jury last week found al-Imam guilty of two different counts, including conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists. Al-Imam is the second militant to stand trial in connection with the attacks that killed four Americans, including Ambassador Chris

New York may soon OK licenses for immigrants in US illegally

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York state could soon become the 13th state to authorize driver's licenses to immigrants who entered the U.S. illegally. The state Senate will vote on the proposal Monday. The Assembly approved the measure last week. Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo had expressed support for the measure but on Monday said he was concerned that U.S. immigration officials could use state license information to target immigrants for deportation. He said he would wait for the state attorney general's office to weigh in before deciding whether to sign the measure. Supporters include the

Corden's 'Late Late Show' visits London, gets silly in Paris

LOS ANGELES (AP) — When James Corden takes his "The Late Late Show" to England, he does it up royally. This week's London-based shows include British and U.S. stars including Tom Hanks and Lily James. There's a taped dodgeball match with former first lady Michelle Obama and Melissa McCarthy among the women facing off against opponents including Corden and Harry Styles. One sketch has the host competing with Chris Hemsworth to see who would be the better restaurant employee. In another, "Dark Phoenix" cast members including Jessica Chastain and Michael Fassbender join Corden for a

The Latest: Arizona governor calls police video 'disturbing'

PHOENIX (AP) — The Latest on Phoenix police pointing guns at a couple during a shoplifting investigation (all times local): 3:30 p.m. Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey says a video showing Phoenix police aiming guns and yelling profanities at a man and a pregnant woman holding a baby is disturbing and unacceptable. But the Republican governor said Monday that he knows there's more to the story and he's withholding judgment on the officers' actions until an investigation is done. Ducey praised the transparency of Police Chief Jeri Williams and says he wants to see equal justice for everyone. Williams

Small weekly newspaper praised for standing with immigrants

PELICAN RAPIDS, Minn. (AP) — A small weekly newspaper in western Minnesota is receiving praise for a column that took a tongue-in-cheek approach to stand up for diversity. Last month, the Pelican Rapids Press posted high school graduation pictures on its Facebook page, including pictures of Somali students. After one Facebook commenter said the newspaper was displaying "Anti-Americanism," managing editor Louis Hoglund used the pen to fight back. In a June 12 column, Hoglund sarcastically declared his paper was "Anti-American ." Hoglund invited the Facebook commenter to write a letter to the

The Latest: No video of officer shooting in Buttigieg's city

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — The Latest on a deadly police shooting in the Indiana hometown of Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg (all times local): 6:15 p.m. Authorities say no police video exists of the confrontation during which an officer fatally shot a black man in the Indiana city where Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg (BOO'-tuh-juhj) is mayor. St. Joseph County Prosecutor Ken Cotter said Monday that an autopsy determined 54-year-old Eric Jack Logan of South Bend was shot once in the abdomen. Cotter says the officer's dash and body cameras weren't activated

The Latest: Man who fired at Texas courthouse just graduated

DALLAS (AP) — The Latest on an exchange of gunfire outside the federal courthouse in downtown Dallas (all times local): 5 p.m. A 22-year-old man who was killed after opening fire outside a federal courthouse in Dallas had just graduated from community college in Corpus Christi. Brian Isaack Clyde was fatally shot Monday as he exchanged gunfire with federal officers. Del Mar College says that Clyde graduated in May with an associate degree of applied science in nondestructive testing technology. The college says he was recognized as an outstanding student at a ceremony in April. An FBI

Closing arguments at trial of self-improvement group founder

NEW YORK (AP) — A secret society billed as a "sisterhood" that would empower women instead was a scam used to put them under the control of the sex-crazed leader of a purported self-help group, a federal prosecutor said Monday in closing arguments at a New York City trial. Assistant U.S. Attorney Moira Penza said graphic testimony showed how Keith Raniere used women known as "masters" to demand nude photos and other "collateral" from "slaves," with the understanding the material would be made public if they didn't obey orders to have sex with him. The group, sometimes known as "The Vow," was

Land swap may allow pipeline to cross Appalachian Trail

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — A land swap with the federal government could allow a developer to install a natural gas pipeline that crosses the Appalachian Trail. The Roanoke Times reports details of the deal were disclosed Monday in a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filing. The U.S. Department of the Interior could allow the Mountain Valley Pipeline to cross the Appalachian Trail in exchange for property that Mountain Valley owns next to the Jefferson National Forest. The developer plans to cross the trail at the top of Peters Mountain, near the Virginia-West Virginia line. The pipeline is

Ex-teacher charged with inappropriately touching young girls

LEBANON, Ohio (AP) — A former physical education teacher accused of inappropriately touching dozens of first-grade girls in incidents captured on school surveillance video has been indicted on charges of gross sexual imposition in Ohio. Warren County Prosecutor David Fornshell says 25-year-old John Hopkins, of Springboro, was indicted Monday on 36 counts involving 28 girls. Authorities allege the misconduct, such as putting his hands up girls' shirts or skirts, occurred while Hopkins was a physical education teacher at Clearcreek Elementary School in Springboro. Fornshell says authorities

3 men escape from immigrant detention center in Colorado

AURORA, Colo. (AP) — Authorities are searching for three men who escaped from an immigrant detention center in Colorado. The Sentinel reports the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency says the men escaped from the center in Aurora around noon Sunday. Authorities are searching for 23-year-old Amiclar Aguilar-Hernandez of El Salvador, 18-year-old Douglas Amaya-Arriaga and 18-year-old Carlos Perez-Rodriguez, both of Honduras. ICE officials say the men scaled a 15-foot (5 meter), chain-link fence and then went over a recreation area wall in the city 9 miles (14 kilometers) east of

The Latest: Off-duty cop may have saved house blast victim

RIDGEFIELD, N.J. (AP) — The Latest on an explosion that leveled a house in New Jersey (all times local): 6:10 p.m. An off-duty police officer's quick actions may have saved the life of a man inside a house that exploded in northern New Jersey. Hagop Cigercioglu was walking nearby when the house exploded Monday in Ridgefield, just outside New York City. The 14-year veteran called for help. He then helped the first officers on the scene clear away the rubble to pull out the man after they heard him moaning. The victim was taken to a hospital. Authorities say one firefighter and two police

Small media company to run Sports Illustrated for new owner

NEW YORK (AP) — The company that recently bought Sports Illustrated has found someone to run it: a small media company called Maven. Authentic Brands Group bought Sports Illustrated from publishing giant Meredith last month. At the time, the companies said Meredith would run the magazine and the SI.com website for at least two years under a licensing deal. But in a filing Monday, Maven said it has a licensing deal for Sports Illustrated magazine and the website. It says Ross Levinsohn, former publisher of the Los Angeles Times, would be CEO of the licensed business. Maven says its deal runs

Man charged in Wright's killing pleads guilty to gun charge

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee man charged with killing former NBA player Lorenzen Wright has pleaded guilty to a separate gun charge. Billy Ray Turner entered his plea in a Memphis court Monday before the scheduled start of his trial on charges of possessing a weapon as a convicted felon. Shelby County prosecutors say Turner illegally had two guns in his possession when he was charged with killing the 34-year-old Wright. Authorities have said Turner and Wright's ex-wife, Sherra Wright, conspired to kill the retired NBA player and Memphis native. Turner and Sherra Wright have pleaded

2019 APME awards honor AP journalists for powerful stories

NEW YORK (AP) — Accounts of perseverance in the wake of disaster, deep investigative looks into cyber threats against American democracy, and images that highlighted the human side of controversial political issues are among the stories that have won the 2019 Associated Press Media Editors Awards for AP staff. Dake Kang and Yanan Wang, both 25, were honored for excellence by staffers 30 years old or younger for work exposing the Chinese government's reach into their citizens' personal lives. Judges called their work "insightful — even shocking." Sharon Cohen, David Goldman and Mary Hudetz

The Latest: Health authorities threaten US Steel shutdown

CLAIRTON, Pa. (AP) — The Latest on a fire at U.S. Steel coke plant (all times local): 5:50 p.m. Health authorities are threatening to shut down U.S. Steel's suburban Pittsburgh coke plant unless it comes into compliance with air emissions standards. The Allegheny County Health Department issued an emergency order Monday after a fire at the steel producer's coke works in Clairton knocked out equipment used to remove toxic gases. Health officials say U.S. Steel must submit a plan within 24 hours and achieve compliance with emissions limits for hydrogen sulfide and sulfur dioxide within 20

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