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Militia members accused of targeting Somalis to stand trial

By ROXANA HEGEMAN, Associated Press WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Three members of a militia group are set to stand trial on charges alleging they were plotting to bomb a mosque and a southwestern Kansas apartment complex where Somali refugees live. Gavin Wright, Patrick Stein and Curtis Allen have ...

PA race tighter-than-tight; Dem claims win, GOP hangs in

By BILL BARROW, MARC LEVY and STEVE PEOPLES, Associated Press MT. LEBANON, Pa. (AP) — A razor's edge separated Democrat Conor Lamb and Republican Rick Saccone early Wednesday in their closely watched special election in Pennsylvania, where a surprisingly strong bid by first-time candidate ...

Cleanup, power restoration begin after 3rd nor’easter

By MARK PRATT and SARAH BETANCOURT, Associated Press BOSTON (AP) — Storm cleanup and the restoration of power to the tens of thousands of residents and businesses without electricity was the focus Wednesday, one day after a fierce nor'easter lashed the Northeast with hurricane-force winds ...

Students to walk out nationwide protesting gun violence

By COLLIN BINKLEY, Associated Press From Maine to Hawaii, students planned to walk out of school Wednesday to protest gun violence in the biggest demonstration yet of the student activism that has emerged in response to last month's massacre of 17 people at Florida's Marjory Stoneman Douglas ...

Prosecuting more who lie to buy guns could strain resources

By SADIE GURMAN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — A Trump administration plan to crack down on people who lie to buy guns faces a giant hurdle: It relies on federal agents and prosecutors who are already overwhelmed with other responsibilities. Prosecutors and officials from the U.S. ...

NYPD confirms 5 passengers in NYC helicopter crash are dead

By JENNIFER PELTZ, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — A helicopter crashed into New York City's East River Sunday night and flipped upside down in the water, killing all five passengers aboard, officials said. A spokesman for the NYPD confirmed the deaths to The Associated Press early ...

Bids to curb health care costs offer little more than talk

By ALAN FRAM, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — It started as a bipartisan attempt to curb soaring health care premiums. But Congress' effort to stabilize the nation's insurance markets is faltering amid escalating demands by each party and erratic positions by President Donald Trump. ...

Trump doesn’t set age for guns, defers on arming teachers

By JILL COLVIN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's plan to prevent school shootings doesn't increase the minimum age for purchasing assault weapons to 21 — an idea Trump publicly favored just last month — and leaves the question of arming teachers to states and ...

Tim McGraw collapses on stage during Ireland performance

DUBLIN (AP) — Country music star Tim McGraw collapsed on stage during a performance in Ireland. Rolling Stone magazine reports McGraw collapsed while performing Sunday night in Dublin. McGraw's wife, singer Faith Hill, can be seen in a video on a fan's Instagram page saying, "He's been ...

Michigan seeks changes to abuse reporting law after Nassar

By DAVID EGGERT, Associated Press LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan is looking to shore up its law that requires certain people to report suspected child sexual abuse to authorities to address gaps that were exposed after disgraced former sports doctor Larry Nassar admitted to sexually ...