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White nationalists impose deadline for OK on campus speeches

By MARK GILLISPIE, Associated Press CLEVELAND (AP) — An attorney for associates of white nationalist leader Richard Spencer said Sunday he'll sue Ohio State University and the University of Cincinnati if they don't agree by Friday to make campus space available for Spencer to speak. A ...

NY ballot measure would strip pensions of corrupt lawmakers

By DAVID KLEPPER, Associated Press ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — For years, New York lawmakers convicted of abusing their power and sent off to prison had at least one thing to look forward to: a generous state pension. That practice could come to an end in November when voters will be asked whether ...

James Woods says his retirement announcement was a mistake

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Oscar-nominated actor James Woods says his career is not going to end in a real estate announcement. A press release offering Woods' Rhode Island lake house for sale had included news he was retiring. But Woods tells The Washington Post last week's announcement was a ...

Trump reaches out to Democrats in bid for ‘great’ health law

By KEN THOMAS, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Trying to revive health care talks, President Donald Trump tweeted Saturday that he had spoken to the Senate's Democratic leader to gauge whether the minority party was interested in helping pass "great" health legislation. The answer back: ...

US Gulf Coast braces for fast-approaching Hurricane Nate

By JANET McCONNAUGHEY, MELINDA DESLATTE and JEFF AMY, Associated Press NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Coastal residents from Louisiana to the Florida panhandle braced for the effects of fast-moving Hurricane Nate, expected to hit sometime Saturday night - likely with Category 2 strength. The National ...

Rapper Nelly arrested on rape accusation

By MARTHA BELLISLE, Associated Press SEATTLE (AP) — Police arrested rapper Nelly early Saturday after a woman said he raped her in a town outside Seattle, an accusation the Grammy winner's attorney staunchly denied. Auburn police spokesman Commander Steve Stocker said Nelly, whose real name ...

‘Person of interest’ sought after device found at airport

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Police in North Carolina say they are seeking a "person of interest" after what was described as an explosive device was found at an airport. Authorities at Asheville Regional Airport initially said the package found on the curb near a baggage claim area Friday was ...

Oklahoma judge again overturns medical abortion restriction

By KEN MILLER, The Associated Press OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Attorneys say an Oklahoma judge has again overturned a state law restricting a woman's access to drug-induced abortions. Attorney Autumn Katz with the New York-based Center for Reproductive Rights says Friday's ruling by Oklahoma ...

Girl hurt in fall from carnival Ferris wheel in Virginia

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A fire official says a young girl was taken to a hospital with injuries not considered life-threatening after she fell from a Ferris wheel at a carnival in Richmond. Fire Department Battalion Chief Bailey Martin tells the Richmond Times-Dispatch the girl fell about 10 ...

Vegas probe examines possible bombing plan

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Authorities hunting for a motive behind the carnage at a Las Vegas concert are looking into the possibility that gunman Stephen Paddock planned additional attacks, including a car bombing. In addition, law enforcement was investigating whether Paddock had scoped out other ...

Vegas victims shared love of country music, zest for life

By COREY WILLIAMS AND JULIE WATSON, Associated Press Pati Mestas was a firecracker. Victor Link a gentle spirit. Hannah Ahlers her family's sunshine. As told by the people who knew them best, the 58 victims in Sunday's mass shooting at a Las Vegas country concert lived their lives with ...

1st firefighters at Vegas massacre came across it by chance

By ANITA SNOW, Associated Press LAS VEGAS (AP) — Fire engineer Brian Emery was driving his station's engine back from a call for a minor car crash when hundreds of hysterical people began swarming the vehicle near an outdoor country music festival in Las Vegas. "Then, suddenly, we heard ...

Equifax makes money by knowing a lot about you

By KEN SWEET, AP Business Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Equifax knows a lot about you. That is, in essence, how it makes money. The company and its competitors have in their files the personal financial information of tens of millions of Americans like you, going back decades. Your mortgage loan ...

Harvey Weinstein to take leave amid sexual harassment report

By LINDSEY BAHR, AP Film Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — Harvey Weinstein, the larger-than-life Hollywood executive and Oscar-winner, is taking a leave of absence from his own company after an explosive expose revealing decades of sexual harassment against women, from employees to actress Ashley ...

Nate aims at New Orleans amid worries about drainage system

By STACEY PLAISANCE and KEVIN McGILL, Associated Press NEW ORLEANS (AP) — When Tropical Storm Nate formed Thursday and forecasts put New Orleans in its projected path, one big question loomed for residents and business owners: Will the pumps work? "That's now a thought in everybody who ...

‘I wasn’t ready to die,’ says Vegas victim from hospital bed

By AMANDA LEE MYERS and JOCELYN GECKER, Associated Press LAS VEGAS (AP) — Tubes connecting to veins in her arms, Natalie Vanderstay clutches a pillow to her stomach, over the spot where a bullet entered her body. Blankets cover the leg that was ripped apart, doctors believe by shrapnel. The ...

Las Vegas gunman’s girlfriend returns to US for questioning

By MICHAEL BALSAMO and KEN RITTER, Associated Press LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Las Vegas gunman's girlfriend, back in the United States after a weekslong trip abroad, will be at the center of the investigation into the shooting deaths of 59 people as authorities try to determine why a man with no ...

WHAT’S HAPPENING: FBI to interview Vegas gunman’s girlfriend

LAS VEGAS (AP) — President Donald Trump plans to travel to Las Vegas on Wednesday to speak with law enforcement officers and the survivors of a concert shooting outside the Mandalay Bay hotel casino that killed 59 people. The visit comes as investigators continue pursuing leads to learn a ...

Families detail victims’ lives: ‘Nothing but good memories’

By JAY REEVES and DON BABWIN, Associated Press A son remembered a mother's laugh. Elementary school employees wore red, white and blue to honor a beloved receptionist. A wife recalled her husband's ultimate devotion: losing his life to protect hers by diving over her while bullets ...

Chinese man admits sneaking snakes over border in socks

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — A man who was caught trying to sneak snakes into Canada in his socks has pleaded guilty. Federal prosecutors in Buffalo say 28-year-old Chaoyi Le faces up to five years in prison after pleading guilty Tuesday to violating wildlife regulations. He was arrested in 2014 at ...