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Weary of protest, Baltimore activists seek change elsewhere
BALTIMORE (AP) -- Under the beating summer sun, retired steelworker Arthur B. Johnson Jr. stood outside the Clarence Mitchell Courthouse in Baltimore, clutching the fraying wooden handle of a homemade sign....

AP Poll: Support grows among Americans for stricter gun laws
Americans increasingly favor tougher gun laws by margins that have grown wider after a steady drumbeat of shootings in recent months, but they also are pessimistic that change will happen anytime soon, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll....

A look at the AP-Gfk poll on American attitudes about guns
A new poll shows that Americans generally support some of the most often-proposed limits on gun ownership, including universal background checks and banning semi-automatic weapons such as the AR-15....

How sympathetic whites are helping to fuel racial change
MEDFORD, Mass. (AP) -- An attorney in Oregon is supporting political candidates who promise to address racial profiling in policing. In suburban Ohio, a mother says she and her friends will push for better racial integration in their children's high school. And in rural Massachusetts, a young father has launched a Facebook group called "White Men for Black Lives."...

California governor denies parole for Manson follower
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- Leslie Van Houten, the youngest member of the Manson "family" to take part in a series of gruesome California murders in 1969, has been denied freedom again - her past overshadowing her decades as a model prisoner....

The Latest: Wildfire north of Los Angeles growing
SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (AP) -- The Latest on California wildfires (all times local):...

California wildfires burn near Los Angeles and Big Sur
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Wildfires burned out of control Saturday in mountains north of Los Angeles and near Big Sur on California's scenic Central Coast, posing a threat to 2,000 homes and a sanctuary for exotic animals which was being evacuated, authorities said....

Slain Kansas police captain remembered as hero at funeral
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) -- Just before the funeral of a detective who was killed by a fleeing suspect in May, the police chief of Kansas City, Kansas, asked one of his trusted veterans, Capt. Robert "Dave" Melton, to craft a how-to manual for holding a slain officer's funeral in case the department ever needed to do so again....

Boy Scouts faring well a year after easing ban on gay adults
NEW YORK (AP) -- There were dire warnings for the Boy Scouts of America a year ago when the group's leaders, under intense pressure, voted to end a long-standing blanket ban on participation by openly gay adults. Several of the biggest sponsors of Scout units, including the Roman Catholic, Mormon and Southern Baptist churches, were openly dismayed, raising the prospect of mass defections....

Philadelphia primps, activists prepare for DNC convention
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Protesters, party leaders and city officials were making final plans as Philadelphia prepared to host the four-day Democratic National Convention that starts Monday....

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Interactives
A year after the Gulf oil spill, problems remain
Local governments spent BP money with abandon
Civil War celebrations stir controversy
States' attempts to resist health care reform
A look at extremist attacks on the U.S. government
Gun law changes across the U.S.
A look inside the Statue of Liberty
A look around the Statue of Liberty
A look at Guantanamo's history
Up to the Minute
New artificial reef is sunk off Florida's Pompano Beach

California wildfires burn near Los Angeles and Big Sur

Excessive heat warning issued as Democratic convention nears

Remains found believed to be missing Ohio college student

Weary of protest, Baltimore activists seek change elsewhere

Lines form ahead of Garafola's funeral service

Power restored to National Mall, some museums still closed

Police: Detroit-area man held, said he wanted to kill cops

Mourners gather for funeral of slain Kansas police captain

North Charleston sells land after police shooting settlement