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Gun background checks are on pace to break record in 2019

By LISA MARIE PANE Associated Press Background checks on gun purchases in the U.S. are climbing toward a record high this year, reflecting what the industry says is a rush by people to buy weapons in reaction to the Democratic presidential candidates' calls for tighter restrictions. By the ...

Ex-chief says he didn’t intentionally ‘deceive’ anyone

By SOPHIA TAREEN Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — Ousted Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said Tuesday that he didn't "intentionally mislead or deceive" anyone about the mid-October night he was found sleeping behind the wheel of his SUV. Johnson, 59, released a statement through ...

House impeachment report coming ahead of landmark hearing

By HOPE YEN, LISA MASCARO and MARY CLARE JALONICK Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The House impeachment report on President Donald Trump will be unveiled Monday behind closed doors for key lawmakers as Democrats push ahead with the inquiry despite the White House's declaration it will not ...

Schools close as US East braces for ‘long, difficult storm’

NEW YORK (AP) — A storm that already snarled Thanksgiving travel across much of the country threatened to dump a foot and a half of snow on parts of the East, leading governments to close schools and offices, canceling or delaying hundreds of flights, and sending an army of salt trucks ...

Chicago mayor fires city’s top cop over ‘ethical lapses’

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot fired Police Supt. Eddie Johnson on Monday, saying her decision was based on his "ethical lapses." Lightfoot said she decided to fire Johnson after reviewing an inspector general's report on its investigation into a recent incident in which he was ...

For banks, data on your spending habits could be a gold mine

By ANICK JESDANUN AP Technology Writer NEW YORK (AP) — There's a powerful new player watching what you buy so it can tailor product offerings for you: the bank behind your credit or debit card. For years, Google and Facebook have been showing ads based on your online behavior. Retailers ...

Democrats aim to catch up to Trump’s 2020 cash advantage

By BRIAN SLODYSKO Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats are narrowing President Donald Trump's early spending advantage, with two billionaire White House hopefuls joining established party groups to target the president in key battleground states that are likely to determine the ...

10 wounded in shooting near New Orleans’ French Quarter

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Ten people were shot and wounded early Sunday near the French Quarter in New Orleans, a popular spot for tourists. Hours later in another part of town, another shooting killed two men and wounded two others. Police said both shootings remain under investigation, and ...

Rescuers search for girl, 6, missing after truck swept away

TONTO BASIN, Ariz. (AP) — Rescuers with helicopters, drones, boats and dogs searched Sunday for a 6-year-old girl missing since Friday, when a truck she was in was swept away while attempting to cross an Arizona creek swollen by runoff from a powerful storm. A boy and a girl, both 5, were ...

‘I know Joe’s heart’: Why black voters are backing Joe Biden

By ERRIN HAINES AP National Writer After Kamala Harris challenged Joe Biden's past opposition to school busing in a nationally televised Democratic presidential debate, the former vice president who prides himself on strong relationships in the black community was in an unfamiliar place, ...

House panel to vote on Ukraine report as Trump mulls defense

By HOPE YEN Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The House impeachment inquiry enters a pivotal stage this week, with investigators planning a vote Tuesday to approve their report making the case for President Donald Trump's removal from office as he decides whether to mount a defense before a ...

Weather delays South Dakota plane crash investigation

CHAMBERLAIN, S.D. (AP) — Harsh wintry weather on Sunday prevented federal investigators from reaching the site in South Dakota where a single-engine plane crashed a day earlier, killing nine people and injuring three others. Peter Knudson with the National Transportation Safety Board said ...

Schiff: Impeachment report to come soon after Thanksgiving

By LISA MASCARO and MARY CLARE JALONICK Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff says his committee is preparing an impeachment report to submit to the House Judiciary Committee "soon after Congress returns from the Thanksgiving recess." In a ...

Inspiring tale of a Chicago neighborhood that would not die

By MARTHA IRVINE AP National Writer CHICAGO (AP) — With the echo of African drums, Fairfield Avenue comes alive. Men, women and children, drawn to their front porches by the pulsing beat, witness an impromptu parade led by 60-year-old Hasan Smith. A long line of well-wishers follows him to ...

Esper says Trump ordered him to stop SEAL review board

By ROBERT BURNS AP National Security Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Mark Esper declared on Monday that President Donald Trump ordered him to stop a disciplinary review of a Navy SEAL accused of battlefield misconduct, an intervention that raised questions about America's ...

Conan the dog gets hero’s welcome at White House after raid

By DEB RIECHMANN Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. military dog that played a starring role in the raid that killed Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi seemed oblivious to the praise that President Donald Trump heaped on it Monday at the White House. Conan, a Belgian Malinois, ...

Rabbis urge teaching of empathy to counteract religious hate

By GARY FIELDS Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — At a time when anti-Semitic incidents are on the rise worldwide, schools should take steps to teach empathy as an antidote to racism and religious hatred, several rabbis attending an international conference said. The religious leaders praised ...

FBI lawyer suspected of altering Russia probe document

By ERIC TUCKER and DEB RIECHMANN Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — An FBI lawyer is suspected of altering a document related to surveillance of former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page, a person familiar with the situation said Friday. President Donald Trump, who has long attacked as a ...

Trump denigrates US diplomats, pushes conspiracy theories

By DEB RIECHMANN Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Offering his own take on five long days of public hearings, President Donald Trump brushed off the impeachment inquiry as "total nonsense" on Friday and bad-mouthed a number of the U.S. diplomats who testified to Congress about his Ukraine ...

Feds fight back as Epstein death conspiracy theories swirl

By MICHAEL R. SISAK Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — At another time in history, the indictment of two jail guards responsible for monitoring Jeffrey Epstein the night he killed himself might have served as an emphatic rebuttal to suspicions that the wealthy sex offender was actually ...