Clergy, activists seek independent probe in guard’s death

MIDLOTHIAN, Ill. (AP) - A group of clergy and activists are calling for an independent investigation into a bar security guard's fatal shooting by a suburban Chicago police officer.

About 50 people rallied Friday in the Midlothian police parking lot to protest Sunday's slaying of 26-year-old Jemel Roberson.

Roberson was ...

Dems on verge of ending GOP dominance in N Carolina Senate

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Democratic challengers have expanded vote advantages in tight North Carolina state Senate races. That's putting the party on the verge of eliminating the Republicans' veto-proof majority in the chamber.

County election boards tallied final vote totals Friday to include absentee and provisional ballots. Trailing candidates where ...

Maryland law draws 114 gun removal requests in its 1st month

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Data show Maryland's new "red flag" gun safety law drew more than 100 requests to remove firearms from individuals in the first month it went into effect.

The Baltimore Sun reported Friday that it obtained the state's figures through a public information request. The law drew ...

Free speech threat seen in prosecuting WikiLeaks’ Assange

In a divided Washington, few causes have as much bipartisan support as prosecuting WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

Many Democrats seethed when the radical transparency activist humiliated Hillary Clinton by publishing the content of her campaign chairman's inbox. Most Republicans haven't forgiven Assange for his publication of U.S. military and intelligence ...

Ethics panel: Nevada lawmaker made unwanted sexual advances

WASHINGTON (AP) - The House Ethics Committee has found that Democratic Rep. Ruben Kihuen (KEE-wihn) of Nevada made persistent and unwanted advances toward three women who were required to interact with him as part of their job.

Kihuen is serving his first term and announced he would not seek re-election ...

Fugitive Macedonian ex-PM ‘passed through’ Montenegro

PODGORICA, Montenegro (AP) - A former prime minister who fled Macedonia while facing prison for a corruption conviction entered Montenegro from Albania on Sunday but left the same day, Montenegro's police said Friday.

Nikola Gruevski passed through Montenegro on Nov. 11, when he wasn't the subject of arrest warrants or ...

California voter turnout sets recent record for a midterm

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Preliminary projections Friday show nearly two-thirds of California registered voters cast ballots in last week's election, a recent record for a non-presidential general election.

County officials estimate that about 12.8 million ballots were cast by the record 19.7 million Californians who registered to vote.

That puts ...

Ruben Kihuen, Mark Meadows cited in sexual harassment misconduct probes

The House ethics committee on Friday sanctioned Rep. Ruben Kihuen, saying he harassed several women, and Rep. Mark Meadows, saying he mishandled harassment allegations against his chief of staff.

In the case of Mr. Kihuen, a Nevada Democrat, several employees and a lobbyist said he touched them and made inappropriate ...