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Oklahoma judge again overturns medical abortion restriction

By KEN MILLER, The Associated Press OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Attorneys say an Oklahoma judge has again overturned a state law restricting a woman's access to drug-induced abortions. Attorney Autumn Katz with the New York-based Center for Reproductive Rights says Friday's ruling by Oklahoma ...

Girl hurt in fall from carnival Ferris wheel in Virginia

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A fire official says a young girl was taken to a hospital with injuries not considered life-threatening after she fell from a Ferris wheel at a carnival in Richmond. Fire Department Battalion Chief Bailey Martin tells the Richmond Times-Dispatch the girl fell about 10 ...

Vegas probe examines possible bombing plan

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Authorities hunting for a motive behind the carnage at a Las Vegas concert are looking into the possibility that gunman Stephen Paddock planned additional attacks, including a car bombing. In addition, law enforcement was investigating whether Paddock had scoped out other ...

Vegas victims shared love of country music, zest for life

By COREY WILLIAMS AND JULIE WATSON, Associated Press Pati Mestas was a firecracker. Victor Link a gentle spirit. Hannah Ahlers her family's sunshine. As told by the people who knew them best, the 58 victims in Sunday's mass shooting at a Las Vegas country concert lived their lives with ...

1st firefighters at Vegas massacre came across it by chance

By ANITA SNOW, Associated Press LAS VEGAS (AP) — Fire engineer Brian Emery was driving his station's engine back from a call for a minor car crash when hundreds of hysterical people began swarming the vehicle near an outdoor country music festival in Las Vegas. "Then, suddenly, we heard ...

Equifax makes money by knowing a lot about you

By KEN SWEET, AP Business Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Equifax knows a lot about you. That is, in essence, how it makes money. The company and its competitors have in their files the personal financial information of tens of millions of Americans like you, going back decades. Your mortgage loan ...

Harvey Weinstein to take leave amid sexual harassment report

By LINDSEY BAHR, AP Film Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — Harvey Weinstein, the larger-than-life Hollywood executive and Oscar-winner, is taking a leave of absence from his own company after an explosive expose revealing decades of sexual harassment against women, from employees to actress Ashley ...

Nate aims at New Orleans amid worries about drainage system

By STACEY PLAISANCE and KEVIN McGILL, Associated Press NEW ORLEANS (AP) — When Tropical Storm Nate formed Thursday and forecasts put New Orleans in its projected path, one big question loomed for residents and business owners: Will the pumps work? "That's now a thought in everybody who ...

‘I wasn’t ready to die,’ says Vegas victim from hospital bed

By AMANDA LEE MYERS and JOCELYN GECKER, Associated Press LAS VEGAS (AP) — Tubes connecting to veins in her arms, Natalie Vanderstay clutches a pillow to her stomach, over the spot where a bullet entered her body. Blankets cover the leg that was ripped apart, doctors believe by shrapnel. The ...

Las Vegas gunman’s girlfriend returns to US for questioning

By MICHAEL BALSAMO and KEN RITTER, Associated Press LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Las Vegas gunman's girlfriend, back in the United States after a weekslong trip abroad, will be at the center of the investigation into the shooting deaths of 59 people as authorities try to determine why a man with no ...

WHAT’S HAPPENING: FBI to interview Vegas gunman’s girlfriend

LAS VEGAS (AP) — President Donald Trump plans to travel to Las Vegas on Wednesday to speak with law enforcement officers and the survivors of a concert shooting outside the Mandalay Bay hotel casino that killed 59 people. The visit comes as investigators continue pursuing leads to learn a ...

Families detail victims’ lives: ‘Nothing but good memories’

By JAY REEVES and DON BABWIN, Associated Press A son remembered a mother's laugh. Elementary school employees wore red, white and blue to honor a beloved receptionist. A wife recalled her husband's ultimate devotion: losing his life to protect hers by diving over her while bullets ...

Chinese man admits sneaking snakes over border in socks

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — A man who was caught trying to sneak snakes into Canada in his socks has pleaded guilty. Federal prosecutors in Buffalo say 28-year-old Chaoyi Le faces up to five years in prison after pleading guilty Tuesday to violating wildlife regulations. He was arrested in 2014 at ...

Michigan health chief back in court in Flint water case

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — Testimony is resuming in Flint, Michigan, as a judge considers whether the state's health director should go to trial for the death of a man who had Legionnaires' disease during the city's water crisis. Corinne Miller is returning to the witness stand Wednesday. ...

Loved ones mourn victims of Las Vegas shooting attack

By JASON DEAREN AND KATHLEEN RONAYNE, Associated Press They were school teachers and youth football coaches, real estate agents and local business owners. They were parents, siblings, husbands, wives, neighbors and friends. They traveled to Las Vegas to see their favorite stars, posting ...

Vegas shooter had interest in guns, video poker, real estate

By KEN RITTER and GENE JOHNSON, Associated Press MESQUITE, Nev. (AP) — Stephen Paddock had a penchant for guns, high-limit video poker and real estate deals. His father was a notorious fugitive bank robber. He had a recent live-in girlfriend and two ex-wives and seemed to live a comfortable ...

Vegas gunman had device turning weapon into automatic

By The Associated Press The gunman who unleashed hundreds of rounds of gunfire on a crowd of concertgoers in Las Vegas had two "bump-stocks" that could have converted semi-automatic firearms into fully automatic ones, officials said. The devices have attracted scrutiny in recent years from ...

Tropical bird likely blown off course by hurricane dies

EASTHAM, Mass. (AP) — A tropical bird believed to be the first of its type seen in Massachusetts has died after it was likely blown off course by Hurricane Jose. Wild Care Cape Cod, a wildlife rehabilitation facility in Eastham, said Monday that the masked booby died overnight. It was found ...

Baby born after pregnant mother was fatally shot has died

CHICAGO (AP) — Authorities say a baby girl who was born after her pregnant mother was shot to death on Chicago's far South Side has died too. The girl's mother, 20-year-old Charnella Lemon, was sitting in a parked vehicle in Fernwood with 33-year-old Terrence Carter on Friday when someone ...

Trooper who fired Taser before fatal ATV crash has resigned

DETROIT (AP) — The Michigan State Police says a trooper who fired his Taser at a Detroit teenager before the 15-year-old crashed an all-terrain vehicle and died has resigned. State police spokeswoman Shanon Banner tells The Detroit News that Mark Bessner resigned Sept. 22 and two other state ...