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Vegas Strip reopens after gunman surrender, fatal shooting

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- A man riding on a double decker bus on the Las Vegas Strip pulled a gun and started shooting, killing one person and wounding another before barricading himself inside in a standoff that lasted hours before he finally surrendered. The standoff began about 11 a.m. PDT Saturday on the bus when it was stopped on Las Vegas Boulevard near the Cosmopolitan hotel-casino. "He was on the bus.

NYC says Trump Tower resident wrongly rented out on Airbnb

NEW YORK (AP) -- A Trump Tower apartment owner was fined $1,000 by the city after they say she wrongly rented the home out on Airbnb. Yelena Yelagina owns apartment 30H at 721 Fifth Avenue, the glitzy address of President Donald Trump, according to an affidavit filed with the summons seen by The Associated Press Saturday. The New York Times reported the apartment was available starting in September for up to $450 nightly.

Colorado weighs strategy for guarding against pot crackdown

DENVER (AP) -- Colorado is considering an unusual strategy to protect its nascent marijuana industry from a potential federal crackdown, even at the expense of hundreds of millions of dollars in tax collections. A bill pending in the Legislature would allow pot growers and retailers to reclassify their recreational pot as medical pot if a change in federal law or enforcement occurs. It's the boldest attempt yet by a U.S.

Immigrants find sanctuary in growing Austin church network

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Senior Minister Meg Barnhouse knows she'll need beds, a dresser, chairs and a mirror to make the classroom at the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Austin feel more like a home for a mother and her young daughter who are still deciding whether they will become the latest immigrants seeking sanctuary from deportation by moving into a church. It would be the second time Barnhouse's congregation had offered sanctuary.

Security, parking, garbage irk Ivanka Trump's DC neighbors

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Residents of a posh Washington neighborhood say Ivanka Trump and her family don't make for very good neighbors, taking up much of the parking on an already crowded street and leaving trash bags at the curb for days. A big part of the complaint: a huge security presence, with even a trip to the playground requiring three vans.

Latest Rikers brutality case fuels debate over jail's future

NEW YORK (AP) -- The latest in a string of brutality cases against Rikers Island guards has added fuel to a growing debate on whether New York City's notoriously violent jail complex has become so dysfunctional it should be shut down. At least 35 staff members at Rikers have faced criminal charges in the past three years, including 13 for assault or attempted assault.

Many governors welcome demise of GOP health care bill

CHERRY HILL, N.J. (AP) -- Governors of both parties had warned Congress for weeks that the Republican health care bill threatened to saddle their states with big costs and potentially leave millions of people without coverage, especially because of the cutbacks planned to Medicaid. The bill's withdrawal on Friday left in place the status quo under the Affordable Care Act.

Gunshots fired in burglary of store at Bellagio in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Las Vegas police say they are investigating a burglary at a high-end retail store inside the Bellagio Hotel and Casino. Police said in a statement Saturday that a preliminary investigation suggests that at least three people entered the store and one of them fired gunshots. No one was injured and a suspect was taken into custody.

N. Carolina father accused of killing newborn, toddler

RAEFORD, N.C. (AP) -- A North Carolina father was charged Saturday with stabbing his infant and toddler daughters to death, a day after he drove off with them "in a rage." Tillman Freeman III, 30, of Fayetteville is charged with two counts of first-degree murder for the deaths of 4-day-old Genesis Freeman and 2-year-old Serenity Freeman, said Hoke County Sheriff Hubert Peterkin. Their bodies were found about 2 a.m.

US immigration judge grants asylum to Singapore teen blogger

CHICAGO (AP) -- A blogger from Singapore who was jailed for his online posts blasting his government was granted asylum to remain in the United States, an immigration judge ruled. Amos Yee, 18, has been detained by federal immigration authorities since December when he was taken into custody at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport. Attorneys said he could be released from a Wisconsin detention center as early as Monday.

US immigration judge grants asylum to Singapore teen blogger

CHICAGO (AP) -- A teenage blogger from Singapore whose online posts blasting his government landed in him jail was granted asylum to remain in the United States, an immigration judge in Chicago ruled Friday. Amos Yee has been detained by federal immigration authorities since December when he was taken into custody at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport. Attorneys said the 18-year-old could be released from a Wisconsin detention center as early as Monday.

Kentucky lawyer pleads guilty in massive disability scheme

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- A flamboyant Kentucky lawyer who billed himself as "Mr. Social Security" pleaded guilty Friday for his role in what prosecutors portrayed as a long-running scheme to defraud the government of nearly $600 million in federal disability payments. Eric C. Conn pleaded guilty in federal court in Lexington to stealing from the Social Security Administration and bribing a federal judge.

Oregon woman pleads guilty to assaulting passenger on flight

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- An Oregon woman pleaded guilty Friday to a felony assault charge that was filed after a female passenger complained that she had been groped during a flight from Las Vegas to Portland. Heidi McKinney, 27, of suburban Portland, was arrested May 8, 2016, after the Alaska Airlines flight landed at Portland International Airport.

Harrison Ford says he was distracted when he flew over plane

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Actor Harrison Ford said he was distracted and concerned about turbulence from another aircraft last month when he mistakenly landed on a taxiway at a Southern California airport after flying low over an airliner with 116 people aboard, according to an audio recording released Friday. "I'm the schmuck who landed on the taxiway," Ford told an air traffic controller shortly after the near-miss on Feb.

After health care bill's withdrawal, elation and anger

NEW YORK (AP) -- Some Americans breathed a sigh of relief, others bubbled with frustration, and nearly all resigned themselves to the prospect that the latest chapter in the never-ending national debate over health care would not be the last. The withdrawal of the Republican-sponsored health bill in the face of likely defeat Friday in the U.S.

Ex-Penn State president convicted over child-sex scandal

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- Former Penn State President Graham Spanier was convicted Friday of hushing up child sexual abuse allegations in 2001 against Jerry Sandusky, whose arrest a decade later blew up into a major scandal for the university and led to the firing of beloved football coach Joe Paterno.