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Gun enthusiasts rally across the U.S.

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Gun rights supporters — many carrying rifles and ammunition — gathered at state capitols across the U.S. on Saturday to push back against efforts to pass stricter gun control laws that they fear threaten their constitutional right to bear arms. From Delaware to ...

Police: Man charged in death was trying to scare victim

WAYNE, W.Va. (AP) — Police say a West Virginia man who wanted to scare someone he accused of taking a pressure washer has been charged with murder. The Wayne County Sheriff’s Department had been investigating the death of 43-year-old Kenneth Edward Davis since February. Police say Davis ...

Chief: Officers did nothing wrong in arrest at Starbucks

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia’s police commissioner on Saturday defended officers who arrested two black men at a Starbucks, prompting accusations of racism on social media and an apology from the company. Videos posted online show officers handcuffing the men in the downtown ...

Deadly storm blasts central U.S. with snow, ice and wind

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A storm system stretching from the Gulf Coast to the Great Lakes buffeted the central U.S. with heavy winds, rain, hail and snow, forcing flight cancellations, creating treacherous road conditions and killing at least three people, including a sleeping 2-year-old Louisiana ...

Horses evacuated during wildfire returning to San Diego stables

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Hundreds of thoroughbred horses evacuated during a wildfire late last year are heading back to their home at the San Luis Rey Training Center near San Diego, according to a report. Forty-six horses were killed when the Lilac Fire on Dec. 7 raced across rolling hills near ...

‘Cuckoo’s Nest’ director Milos Forman dies at 86

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Czech filmmaker Milos Forman, whose American movies “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” and “Amadeus” won a deluge of Academy Awards, including best director Oscars, died Saturday. He was 86. Forman died about 2 a.m. Saturday at Danbury Hospital, near his home in ...

Radio host Art Bell dead at 72

PAHRUMP, Nev. (AP) — Art Bell, a radio host best known for a paranormal-themed nightly show syndicated on hundreds of stations in the 1990s, died at his home in southern Nevada, authorities said Saturday. Nye County Sheriff Sharon Wehrly announced in a Facebook video that Bell died Friday in ...

Louisiana officials take aim at jury law from Jim Crow-era

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana is one of only two states in the country allowing a non-unanimous jury to convict a defendant of a felony, and a Louisiana lawmaker says it is time for the practice to end. Sen. J.P. Morrell says the unusual rule is a remnant of the Jim Crow era, stemming ...

Pence defends Syrian strike while in Peru

LIMA, Peru (AP) — Thousands of miles from home, Vice President Mike Pence was thrust into a new, more immediate, role on the world stage Saturday: explaining President Donald Trump’s military strike in Syria to a summit of Latin America leaders. Hours after Trump hailed the missile strike ...

Trump: China will do ‘right thing’ on trade

WASHINGTON (AP) — Amid global fears of an escalating trade dispute between the U.S. and China, President Donald Trump suggested that Beijing will ease trade barriers “because it is the right thing to do” and that the economic superpowers can settle the conflict that has rattled financial ...

High school students use Easter treats to create art

WEIRTON (AP) — For many, Peeps are colorful, chewy marshmallow treats usually shaped like chickens or bunnies and often found in Easter baskets. For many Brooke High School students, however, they are a tool with which they can create a variety of scenes, with the Peeps standing in for such ...

Discrimination and disparities

I don’t mind saying that this column represents a grossly understated review of “Discrimination and Disparities,” just published by my longtime friend and colleague Dr. Thomas Sowell. In less than 200 pages, Sowell lays waste to myth after myth not only in the United States but around the ...

How Trump’s presidency will be judged

On many issues — naming Scalia-like judges and backing Reagan-like tax cuts — President Trump is a conventional Republican. Where he was exceptional in 2016, where he stood out starkly from his GOP rivals, where he won decisive states like Pennsylvania, was on his uniquely Trumpian agenda ...

Dems vying to be Ohio governor to debate

CINCINNATI (AP) — Ohio’s governor races have been heating up as early voting begins and the candidates begin the stretch drive to the May 8 primary. Voter registration for the primary ends today, and voting opens Tuesday to choose the Democratic and Republican nominees for the Nov. 6 ...

College close to home?

DEAR ABBY: My daughter is graduating from high school and will be starting college. It was always her plan to go to a school away from our small town, and I supported that decision. However, six months ago she started dating her first real boyfriend. His parents have offered to pay all ...

‘Quiet Place’ roars with $50M debut

NEW YORK (AP) — John Krasinski’s “A Quiet Place” made a thunderous debut at the box office, opening with $50 million in ticket sales and rumbling to the year’s second-best weekend after “Black Panther,” according to studio estimates Sunday. The Paramount Pictures thriller far ...

Ohio State revokes Bill Cosby’s honorary degree amid retrial

COLUMBUS (AP) — Ohio State University has revoked an honorary degree awarded to Bill Cosby when he spoke at commencement in 2001. University trustees on Friday approved rescinding the degree for the 80-year-old comedian, whose retrial in a sexual assault case begins today with opening ...

Four hurt after knife-wielding man attacks crowd of people

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A knife-wielding man injured three people in an attack in downtown Indianapolis after being told to stop playing a siren on a bullhorn, authorities said Sunday. Four people, including the suspect, were hospitalized after the attack Saturday afternoon on the American ...

Trump once fought measure requiring sprinkler systems

NEW YORK (AP) — The 50th-floor apartment in Trump Tower where a man was killed in a raging fire did not have sprinklers — a requirement Donald Trump once fought as a powerful real estate developer. Todd Brassner, 67, died at a hospital on Saturday after a fire ripped through his apartment ...