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Oklahoma prosecutors resist push for prison alternatives

By SEAN MURPHY, Associated Press OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Since the days of frontier justice, lawmakers in conservative Oklahoma have viewed harsh prison sentences as the politically expedient solution to crime, including nonviolent offenses. That approach has imposed a high price, leaving the ...

On solid ground: ‘Sully,’ controller reunite at NYC Marathon

By MELISSA MURPHY, AP Sports Writer NEW YORK (AP) — The image is miraculous: Passengers standing on the wings of a US Airways jetliner as it floats down the Hudson River. Pilot Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger and air traffic controller Pat Harten are forever linked by the amazing water landing ...

Package to DeNiro recovered, Trump tweets against media

By MICHAEL BALSAMO, ERIC TUCKER and COLLEEN LONG, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Police recovered a suspicious package addressed to actor Robert DeNiro on Thursday, which investigators said was similar to crude pipe bombs sent to prominent Democrats, including former President Barack ...

Bomb threats put spotlight on vitriolic political rhetoric

By STEVE PEOPLES and KEN THOMAS, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — The discovery of pipe bombs targeting prominent Democratic politicians and CNN is raising the threat of election-season violence largely unknown in the U.S. — and prompting uncomfortable questions about the consequences of ...

AP-NORC Poll: Most Americans see a sharply divided nation

By JUANA SUMMERS, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — With just two weeks to go until the critical midterm elections, an overwhelming majority of Americans say the United States is greatly divided, according to an Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll. Few Americans ...

Who won the lottery? Why some states allow winners secrecy

By REBECCA SANTANA and JEFFREY COLLINS, Associated Press SIMPSONVILLE, S.C. (AP) — Like the location of Jimmy Hoffa's body, the secret formula for Coca-Cola and the possibility of aliens in outer space, the identity of the winner of the second-biggest lottery in American history may remain ...

Experts: Bomber likely left behind a mass of forensic clues

By MICHAEL BIESECKER and LISA MARIE PANE, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Investigators examining the explosive devices sent to high-profile targets in Washington and New York will be working to glean forensic clues to help identify who sent them, gathering fingerprints and DNA evidence ...

Buckle up: Wall Street volatility is back with a vengeance

By MARLEY JAY, AP Markets Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the market. If you're an investor who was lulled to sleep by the stock market's calm, steady gains this summer, you're wide awake by now. Stocks have swooned over the last three weeks as ...

Over 7K-strong, migrant caravan pushes on; still far from US

By MARK STEVENSON, Associated Press TAPACHULA, Mexico (AP) — Thousands of Central American migrants resumed an arduous trek toward the U.S. border Monday, with many bristling at suggestions there could be terrorists among them and saying the caravan is being used for political ends by U.S. ...

Trump refugee cuts slow resurgence of cities like Buffalo

By MICHAEL HILL, Associated Press BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — When thousands of others fled the struggling Rust Belt city of Buffalo, refugees poured in to fill the void and invigorate the economy. Blighted blocks were tidied up by new arrivals from Iraq. Shops selling Ethiopian cuisine opened and ...

Police search for man they say killed U of Utah student

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Police are searching for a man they say shot and killed a University of Utah student outside of a dormitory on campus Monday, the Salt Lake Tribune reported. The female student's body was found about 9 p.m. in a car near the medical towers, University of Utah Police Lt. ...

2 men charged in Georgia officer’s shooting death

SNELLVILLE, Ga. (AP) — Two teen-aged suspects, including one who is still being sought by police, were charged in connection with the fatal shooting of a George police officer who was killed while responding to a suspicious vehicle parked near a middle school, authorities said ...

Sales are brisk as Mega Millions jackpot hits $1.6 billion

By ELLIOT SPAGAT, Associated Press SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Mega Millions lottery may see a streak of jackpot rollovers end as it heads toward a record $1.6 billion drawing on Tuesday. As more tickets sell, chances grow that at least one buyer will pick all six winning numbers. That would stop ...

Warren ancestry highlights how tribes decide membership

By FELICIA FONSECA, Associated Press FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Jon Rios traces his ancestry to the Pima people of Arizona, but he has no tribal enrollment card and lives hundreds of miles away in Colorado. He has no interest in meeting any federally imposed requirements to prove his ...

Scope of Michael’s fury becomes clearer in Florida Panhandle

By JAY REEVES, Associated Press PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — Hurricane Michael killed at least 16 people in Florida, most of them in the coastal county that took a direct hit from the storm, state emergency authorities said Tuesday. That's in addition to at least 10 deaths elsewhere across the ...

Trailing in polls, O’Rourke lays into Cruz in Texas debate

By WILL WEISSERT, Associated Press SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Democrat Beto O'Rourke abandoned his usual message of unity and optimism and laid into Ted Cruz, hoping to reverse polls that show him fading against the Republican incumbent during the second debate of a Texas Senate race that's become ...

Trump tells AP he won’t accept blame if GOP loses House

By CATHERINE LUCEY, JONATHAN LEMIRE and ZEKE MILLER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Facing the prospect of bruising electoral defeat in congressional elections, President Donald Trump said Tuesday that he won't accept the blame if his party loses control of the House in November, arguing ...

Trump rallies delight supporters

By JILL COLVIN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump gazes out over his rally crowd and lets loose a stream of insults with a theatrical flourish and playful grin. He jabs at Cory Booker the "disaster" mayor, Elizabeth Warren the "Pocahontas" pretender and "sleepy" Joe ...

Sears files for Chapter 11 amid plunging sales, massive debt

By ANNE D'INNOCENZIO, AP Retail Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Sears filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Monday, buckling under its massive debt load and staggering losses. The question now is whether a smaller version of the company that once dominated the American retail landscape can ...

Warren DNA analysis points to Native American heritage

BOSTON (AP) — Responding to years of derision by President Donald Trump and other critics, Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Monday released a report on a DNA analysis that provides strong evidence she does, in fact, have Native American heritage. The analysis on the Massachusetts Democrat was done ...