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Superstore chain Fred Meyer to stop selling guns, ammunition

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Superstore company Fred Meyer will stop selling guns and ammunition. The Portland, Oregon,-based chain in a statement Friday said it made the decision after evaluating customer preferences. The company sells guns at nearly 45 of its 132 stores in Oregon, Washington, ...

State: Voicemail about cracking in bridge wasn’t picked up

By ADRIANA GOMEZ LICON and JENNIFER KAY, Associated Press MIAMI (AP) — An engineer left a voicemail two days before a catastrophic bridge failure in Miami to say some cracking had been found at one end of the concrete span, but the voicemail wasn't picked up until after the collapse, Florida ...

Trump lauds firing of ex-top FBI official as ‘great day’

By ERIC TUCKER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — In what President Donald Trump called "a great day for Democracy," Attorney General Jeff Sessions fired Andrew McCabe, a former FBI deputy director long scorned by Trump, two days before McCabe's scheduled retirement date, acting on the ...

Trump’s possible China tariffs send opponents scrambling

By LISA MASCARO and JOSH BOAK, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is considering broad tariffs on imports from China and an announcement could come as soon as next week. Industry groups and some lawmakers are scrambling to prevent a new front in a potential trade war ...

Talks on trillion-dollar US budget bill reach crucial stage

By ANDREW TAYLOR, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Top-level congressional talks on a $1.3 trillion catchall spending bill are reaching a critical stage as negotiators confront immigration, abortion-related issues and a battle over a massive rail project that pits President Donald Trump ...

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 ...

California gunman in veteran center killings was ex-patient

By ELLEN KNICKMEYER and JANIE HAR, Associated Press YOUNTVILLE, Calif. (AP) — Three women who devoted their lives to helping traumatized veterans were killed by a patient who had been kicked out of their Northern California treatment program, authorities and a relative of a victim said. A ...

Debate stirs over ‘America’s Harvest Box,’ food benefit plan

By JULIET LINDERMAN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Hawaii's food stamp administrator says he was stunned when he first heard that the U.S. Agriculture Department wanted to replace some cash benefits with a pre-assembled package of shelf-stable goods. That changed quickly to frustration, ...

GOP candidate in Pennsylvania struggles with campaign basics

By STEVE PEOPLES, Associated Press GREENSBURG, Pa. (AP) — There is no sign of Republican congressional candidate Rick Saccone on Sherwood Drive. Just days before western Pennsylvania's special election, his campaign informed some residents that he may knock on doors that morning in this ...

Justice Department proposes banning rapid-fire bump stocks

By SADIE GURMAN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is proposing banning bump stocks, which allow guns to mimic fully automatic fire and were used in last year's Las Vegas massacre. The Justice Department's regulation, announced Saturday, would classify the device ...

Democrats, women candidates score big in Texas primaries

By WILL WEISSERT and PAUL J. WEBER, Associated Press AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Women running for Congress surged to big wins and Democrats smashed recent turnout levels in Texas' first-in-the-nation 2018 primary elections, giving Republicans a potential glimpse of what's ahead in the first ...