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Ex-President Barack Obama expected in Chicago for jury duty

By DON BABWIN, Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — Former President Barack Obama is expected to appear for jury duty in downtown Chicago. A senior law enforcement official who has been briefed says Obama is scheduled to show up for jury duty on Wednesday morning at the Richard J. Daley Center. ...

A look at the winners and losers of the top US races

By JOSCELYN PAINE, Associated Press Democrats swept Virginia and New Jersey's governor's races, incumbents came out on top in several big-city mayoral races and voters in Maine said they wanted to join 31 other states in expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. A rundown of the top ...

Maine OKs Medicaid expansion in first-of-its-kind referendum

By PATRICK WHITTLE, Associated Press PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Residents in this rural state grappling with a heroin epidemic and an aging population voted Tuesday to deliver a rebuke to Republican Gov. Paul LePage and join 31 other states that have expanded Medicaid under former President ...

Minneapolis elects transgender woman to City Council

By KYLE POTTER, Associated Press ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minneapolis has elected a black transgender woman to its city council, another national first in what advocacy groups have described as a banner night for transgender people in public office. Andrea Jenkins easily won the race Tuesday ...

2 men in a truck chase down Texas church shooter: ‘Let’s go’

By WILL WEISSERT and JIM VERTUNO, Associated Press SUTHERLAND SPRINGS, Texas (AP) — A former National Rifle Association instructor who grabbed his rifle and ran barefoot across the street to open fire on the gunman who slaughtered 26 people at a small-town Texas church was hailed as a hero ...

Air Force admits fault in reporting shooter’s past crimes

By JIM VERTUNO, WILL WEISSERT and PAUL J. WEBER, Associated Press SUTHERLAND SPRINGS, Texas (AP) — The gunman who killed 26 people at a small-town Texas church had a history of domestic violence that spanned years before the attack, and was able buy weapons because the Air Force did not ...

Florida State becomes 3rd university to suspend Greek life

By JOE REEDY, Associated Press TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida State becomes at least the third university this year to suspend Greek life because of alcohol-related tragedies. University President John Thrasher announced the indefinite suspension on Monday of the school's 55 fraternities ...

Trump says tougher gun laws not answer after Texas shooting

By JILL COLVIN, Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — President Donald Trump says tougher gun laws would not have prevented a mass shooting at a south Texas church, arguing that more restrictions might have led to more casualties. Trump spoke at a news conference in South Korea Tuesday ...

Threatened medical deduction seen as valuable, versatile

By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Several million people unlucky enough to face big medical bills not covered by their insurance would lose a valuable and versatile deduction under the House GOP tax bill. Groups representing older people and patients are trying ...

Democrats try to look forward but are still haunted by 2016

By NICHOLAS RICCARDI, Associated Press Time has not healed the Democratic party's wounds. On Election Day 2016, Democrats suffered a devastating and shocking loss. A year later, they're still sorting through the wreckage. The infighting, the divisive personalities and the questions about how ...