National News

Sometimes a ballot issue isn’t really about the issue

By JAMES MacPHERSON, Associated Press BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The outcome of one of the nation's most critical Senate races could come down to an unrelated question: how North Dakota residents feel about blocking noncitizens from voting — even though such voting is already ...

Oklahoma prosecutors resist push for prison alternatives

By SEAN MURPHY, Associated Press OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Since the days of frontier justice, lawmakers in conservative Oklahoma have viewed harsh prison sentences as the politically expedient solution to crime, including nonviolent offenses. That approach has imposed a high price, leaving the ...

On solid ground: ‘Sully,’ controller reunite at NYC Marathon

By MELISSA MURPHY, AP Sports Writer NEW YORK (AP) — The image is miraculous: Passengers standing on the wings of a US Airways jetliner as it floats down the Hudson River. Pilot Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger and air traffic controller Pat Harten are forever linked by the amazing water landing ...

Package to DeNiro recovered, Trump tweets against media

By MICHAEL BALSAMO, ERIC TUCKER and COLLEEN LONG, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Police recovered a suspicious package addressed to actor Robert DeNiro on Thursday, which investigators said was similar to crude pipe bombs sent to prominent Democrats, including former President Barack ...

Bomb threats put spotlight on vitriolic political rhetoric

By STEVE PEOPLES and KEN THOMAS, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — The discovery of pipe bombs targeting prominent Democratic politicians and CNN is raising the threat of election-season violence largely unknown in the U.S. — and prompting uncomfortable questions about the consequences of ...

AP-NORC Poll: Most Americans see a sharply divided nation

By JUANA SUMMERS, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — With just two weeks to go until the critical midterm elections, an overwhelming majority of Americans say the United States is greatly divided, according to an Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll. Few Americans ...

Who won the lottery? Why some states allow winners secrecy

By REBECCA SANTANA and JEFFREY COLLINS, Associated Press SIMPSONVILLE, S.C. (AP) — Like the location of Jimmy Hoffa's body, the secret formula for Coca-Cola and the possibility of aliens in outer space, the identity of the winner of the second-biggest lottery in American history may remain ...

Experts: Bomber likely left behind a mass of forensic clues

By MICHAEL BIESECKER and LISA MARIE PANE, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Investigators examining the explosive devices sent to high-profile targets in Washington and New York will be working to glean forensic clues to help identify who sent them, gathering fingerprints and DNA evidence ...

Buckle up: Wall Street volatility is back with a vengeance

By MARLEY JAY, AP Markets Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the market. If you're an investor who was lulled to sleep by the stock market's calm, steady gains this summer, you're wide awake by now. Stocks have swooned over the last three weeks as ...

Over 7K-strong, migrant caravan pushes on; still far from US

By MARK STEVENSON, Associated Press TAPACHULA, Mexico (AP) — Thousands of Central American migrants resumed an arduous trek toward the U.S. border Monday, with many bristling at suggestions there could be terrorists among them and saying the caravan is being used for political ends by U.S. ...