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Up against NRA, gun control advocates still voice optimism

Nancy Benac, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 3:45pm

Donald Trump, darling of the National Rifle Association, has custody of the Oval Office. The Republican-controlled Congress already has ditched one Obama-era rule to tighten access to guns. And an emboldened NRA has much more ambitious plans afoot for easing state and national gun laws as its annual convention unfolds this weekend in Atlanta.

Resolution honoring Klan leader denounced as 'underhanded'

Erik Schelzig, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 3:34pm

After voting unanimously for a resolution honoring a Confederate general, slave trader and early Ku Klux Klan leader, Tennessee lawmakers denounced the measure Thursday and said they were tricked into supporting it.

Train delays likely this summer over work at Penn Station

David Porter, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 3:33pm

Rail travelers who have endured major disruptions recently at Penn Station, the nation's busiest rail station, are likely to see more delays this summer because it's in dire need of repair work, Amtrak officials said Thursday.

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Passenger who was dragged off jetliner settles with United

Michael Tarm and Don Babwin, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 3:33pm

The passenger who was dragged off a flight after refusing to give up his seat settled with United for an undisclosed sum Thursday in an apparent attempt by the airline to put the fiasco behind it as quickly as possible.

Canadian sent to US prison for smuggling immigrants in 1999

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 3:33pm

A Canadian man has been sentenced to 15 months in a U.S. prison nearly 20 years after he smuggled immigrants across the Detroit River.

Correction: Shenandoah River-Pollution story

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 3:25pm

In a story April 26 about a report on pollution in the Shenandoah River, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the Virginia Farm Bureau Federation has 3,500 farmer members. The organization says it has approximately 35,000 farmer members.

Political mainstay heads home to Utah, questions in his wake

Matthew Daly, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 3:25pm

Since arriving in Washington in 2009, Republican Rep. Jason Chaffetz has been a political mainstay, doggedly investigating Democrats, frequently appearing on cable TV and regularly updating his legions of social media followers with photos of himself, his family and even his dog, Ruby.

Woman convicted in mom's death; case tied to found remains

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 3:25pm

A jury has returned a guilty verdict in the New York murder trial of the sister of a sex worker whose disappearance led to the discovery of 10 sets of human remains along a highway near a beach.

US presses for Americans' release in direct talks with Iran

Bradley Klapper, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 3:25pm

The Trump administration says American diplomats used a meeting with Iranian counterparts to press for the release of Americans detained in Iran.

Police union wants city to reject anti-profiling measure

Matt O'Brien, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 3:16pm

The police union in Rhode Island's largest city is asking political leaders to reject a proposed ordinance that would ban discriminatory profiling by police, limit use of a gang database and establish other checks on officers.

Slain trooper's young sons in court as killer gets death

Michael Rubinkam, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 3:16pm

With his victim's two young sons in court for the first time, a gunman who shot and killed a Pennsylvania trooper was formally sentenced to death Thursday, one day after a jury determined he should receive a lethal injection for the ambush at a state police barracks.

Gunman pursued injured officer seeking cover, fired again

Randall Chase, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 3:10pm

A man who killed a state trooper outside a convenience store was shot to death at his home Thursday after an all-night standoff with police who used explosives to blow open his door and windows.

Texas backs tough 'sanctuary city' ban as federal push slows

Will Weissert, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 3:06pm

The Texas House approved a strict ban on "sanctuary cities" Thursday, empowering local police to enforce federal immigration law against anyone they detain and threatening police chiefs and sheriffs who refuse to do so with jail.

Police detain teen in fatal beating of 86-year-old woman

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 3:06pm

California police said Thursday they have detained a young man in the apparently random sexual assault and beating death of an 86-year-old woman on a morning walk around a high school track.

No criminal charges over Choate boarding school allegations

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 3:06pm

Police in Connecticut say former faculty and staff members accused of sexual misconduct at the prestigious Choate Rosemary Hall boarding school can't be charged criminally because of the statute of limitations.

Appeals court upholds dismissal of orphanage founder lawsuit

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 3:06pm

A federal appeals court says a Haiti orphanage founder cannot file a defamation suit against a Maine activist who publicized sexual abuse accusations.

NYC police department launches 1st phase of bodycam program

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 2:55pm

Starting with a roll call Thursday at an uptown Manhattan police station, the New York Police Department launched a program to boost accountability by equipping its patrol force with body cameras.

Body of missing Joliet toddler found in mother's home

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 2:44pm

The body of a 1½-year-old girl was found at a "deplorable" northern Illinois home that she and her mother shared with squatters after her mother reluctantly allowed detectives inside to search and a day after she reported her daughter missing, authorities said Thursday.

Man gets probation in Ohio military base security breach

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 2:44pm

A man who drove through a security gate at Ohio's largest military base, causing the evacuation of two buildings, has been sentenced to two years' probation.