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Hearing in Colorado school shooting put off until next week

By P. SOLOMON BANDA and KATHLEEN FOODY Associated Press DENVER (AP) — Prosecutors investigating the case against two students suspected of shooting nine classmates, one fatally, in a suburban Denver charter school have until next week to decide what charges to pursue, a judge ruled ...

Farrakhan delivers insult while denying he’s anti-Semitic

By HERBERT G. McCANN Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — Nation of Islam leader Minister Louis Farrakhan referenced "Satanic Jews" in a speech denying allegations of anti-Semitism, misogyny and homophobia after Facebook banned him from the social media platform. During the speech Thursday at a ...

Utah event celebrates Transcontinental Railroad anniversary

By BRADY McCOMBS Associated Press PROMONTORY, Utah (AP) — Music, bells and cannon fire rang out Friday at a remote spot in the Utah desert where the final spikes of the Transcontinental Railroad were hammered 150 years ago, uniting a nation long separated by vast expanses of desert, ...

Space-tourism enters ‘home stretch’ toward commercial flight

By MORGAN LEE Associated Press SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Billionaire Richard Branson is moving Virgin Galactic's winged passenger rocket and more than 100 employees from California to a remote commercial launch and landing facility in southern New Mexico, bringing his space-tourism dream a step ...

Federal judge strikes down Kentucky abortion law

By BRUCE SCHREINER Associated Press FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A federal judge on Friday struck down a Kentucky abortion law that would halt a common second-trimester procedure to end pregnancies. The state's anti-abortion governor immediately vowed to appeal. U.S. District Judge Joseph H. ...

Students kill classmate, injure 8 others

HIGHLANDS RANCH, Colo. (AP) — Two high school students shot and killed a classmate and injured eight others at a charter school in a Colorado community that marked the 20th anniversary of one of the nation’s worst school shootings just weeks ago. Douglas County sheriff’s officials said ...

Michigan Senate approves plan to cut car insurance rates

LANSING (AP) — Michigan’s Senate passed legislation Tuesday aimed at cutting the country’s highest average auto insurance premiums by eliminating a requirement that drivers buy unlimited medical benefits to cover crash injuries. No other U.S. state has such a mandate. Motorists could ...

‘Riley Howell is a hero’: Student who attacked gunman lauded

By TOM FOREMAN Jr. and JEFFREY COLLINS Associated Press CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — David Belnap stood on his North Carolina college campus aching from the latest U.S. school shooting as he held a candle and wore a homemade T-shirt with "Riley Howell is a hero" written on the back. Howell died ...

Key takeaways from Barr’s testimony and Mueller’s letter

By CHAD DAY Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — It was Attorney General William Barr's testimony, but Robert Mueller's words stole the show. In his appearance Wednesday before the Senate Judiciary Committee , Barr was on the defensive after a letter from Mueller surfaced criticizing how the ...

Lawmakers to see empty chair, not AG Barr, at House hearing

By MARY CLARE JALONICK Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General William Barr plans to skip a House Judiciary hearing Thursday on special counsel Robert Mueller's report , escalating an already acrimonious battle between Democrats and the Justice Department. Barr's decision — he ...