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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....

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....

Trump convention speech draws 32.2 million TV viewers
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The Nielsen company says an estimated 32.2 million people watched Donald Trump deliver his GOP nomination acceptance speech....

Ex-KKK leader Duke tries political comeback in US Senate run
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) -- A quarter century after his credible run for governor of Louisiana rattled the national political establishment, white supremacist David Duke has jumped into the crowded competition for a U.S. Senate seat in his home state, receiving rebuke from Republicans who don't want him running on a ballot as a member of their party....

Los Angeles-area wildfire prompts evacuations
SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (AP) -- California bore down Saturday against the continuing heat and wildfires that have forced the evacuations of hundreds of homes as red-flag warnings of extreme fire danger predicted gusty winds and scorching, dry air....

Girl, 14, killed by lightning while on personal watercraft
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A 14-year-old girl has died and a woman was hospitalized in critical condition after lightning struck the personal watercraft they were riding across a reservoir straddling the Utah-Wyoming border, authorities said....

Virginia court nixes order restoring felons' voting rights
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe's sweeping executive order restoring the voting rights of more than 200,000 felons is unconstitutional, the state's highest court ruled Friday, siding with Republican lawmakers who said the governor overstepped his authority....

Kerry visits American wounded in Nice attack
PARIS (AP) -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is on a private visit to Nice, France where he visited an American citizen recovering from injuries sustained in the July 14 truck attack in the Mediterranean city....

Indiana court tosses woman's feticide conviction
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- The Indiana Court of Appeals overturned the feticide conviction of a woman found guilty of killing her premature infant by taking abortion-inducing drugs, saying Friday the state's law wasn't intended to be used "to prosecute women for their own abortions."...

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Police: Car slams minivan, pedestrians; kills woman, hurts 6

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California governor denies parole for Manson follower

Court: Birth control mandate violates religious rights

Girl, 14, killed by lightning while on personal watercraft

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Series of attacks may lead mall owners to increase security

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