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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 ...

At least 50 killed as gunman opens fire at Las Vegas concert

By SALLY HO and REGINA GARCIA CANO, Associated Press LAS VEGAS (AP) — A gunman perched high on the 32nd floor of a Las Vegas Strip casino unleashed a shower of bullets down on an outdoor country music festival below, killing at least 50 people and wounding more than 200 as tens of thousands ...

First Monday in October: New Supreme Court term begins

By MARK SHERMAN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is starting its new year, with Justice Neil Gorsuch on board for his first full term. The nine justices are taking up several high-profile, difficult cases. This follows a term in which they were mostly shorthanded after ...

3 Americans win Nobel medicine prize for body rhythm work

By JIM HEINTZ and DAVID KEYTON, Associated Press STOCKHOLM (AP) — Three Americans won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine on Monday for their discoveries about the body's daily rhythms, opening up whole new fields of research and raising awareness about the importance of getting proper ...

Flushed jumpsuit causes $100K in damage at justice complex

TOMS RIVER, N.J. (AP) — Officials say a jumpsuit flushed down a toilet by an inmate has caused at least $100,000 in damage to a justice complex in New Jersey. Pipes burst, including the main sewer line, damaging courtrooms and the sheriff's office at the Ocean County Justice Complex on Sept. ...

Police identify 5 killed in North Carolina wreck after chase

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Authorities have released the names of five people killed in a wreck that followed a chase by a North Carolina sheriff's deputy. Police said the victims in the two cars were from Greensboro. Greensboro police said in a news release Sunday night that 42-year-old ...

Facebook to turn over to Congress Russia-linked ads

By MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Social media giant Facebook is expected to provide Congress on Monday with more than 3,000 ads that ran around the time of the 2016 presidential election and are linked to a Russian ad agency. Company officials will meet with the ...

Trump lashes out at San Juan mayor who begged for more help

By JILL COLVIN, Associated Press BRANCHBURG, N.J. (AP) — President Donald Trump on Saturday lashed out at the mayor of San Juan and other officials in storm-ravaged Puerto Rico, contemptuous of their claims of a laggard U.S. response to the natural disaster that has imperiled the island's ...

Report: Welsh climber killed in Yosemite tried to save wife

LONDON (AP) — A British newspaper is reporting that the Welsh climber killed by falling rock in Yosemite National Park this week died while trying to shield his wife. The Times says Andrew Foster's wife, Lucy, told her husband's aunt that he jumped to cover her as tons of rock came cascading ...

Trump seeks new health chief after Price resignation

By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is seeking a new health secretary to take the place of Tom Price, ousted after an outcry over flying on costly private charters for official travel. The Health and Human Services chief oversees a $1 ...

Oceanographer’s ashes going to sea aboard rescued sea turtle

By WILL WEISSERT, Associated Press PORT ARANSAS, Texas (AP) — A rescued green sea turtle will be released this weekend back into the Gulf of Mexico, carrying the ashes of a self-taught Texas oceanographer who founded the rehabilitation center that nursed it back to health. Thousands are ...