Virginia student's murder sparks bid to expand DNA databank

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Before Jesse Matthew killed 18-year-old University of Virginia student Hannah Graham, authorities say he left a trail of DNA evidence linking him to a 2005 rape and the 2009 slaying of another female student.

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  • Written by By DENISE LAVOIE, AP Legal Affairs Writer

On guns, companies are getting out ahead of the politicians

NEW YORK (AP) — In 1960, black students staged sit-ins that forced Woolworth's to desegregate its lunch counters, and other stores and restaurants followed suit. In 1986, General Motors, Coca-Cola and dozens of other U.S. corporations pulled out of apartheid-era South Africa after years of pressure from activists, college students and investors.

  • Written by By ALEXANDRA OLSON , Associated Press

Man convicted of murder hopeful ruling leads to freedom

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Witnesses have recanted. Another man has confessed. Now, a man who was convicted in 2001 of killing a woman in his Missouri hometown is awaiting a decision from the state's highest court that could determine whether he will be released — and finally get to spend time outside of a prison visitors room with a college-age daughter who was just a baby when he was first arrested.

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  • Written by By JIM SALTER , Associated Press

APNewsBreak: Questions surround Trump's 1st wall contract

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A tiny Nebraska startup awarded the first border wall construction project under President Donald Trump is the offshoot of a construction firm that was sued repeatedly for failing to pay subcontractors and accused in a 2016 government audit of shady billing practices.

  • Written by By MARGERY A. BECK , Associated Press

'Naked politics' of punishing Delta could haunt Georgia

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia lawmakers' decision to punish Delta Air Lines for publicly distancing itself from the National Rifle Association was an extraordinary act of political revenge.

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  • Written by By BEN NADLER and R.J. RICO , Associated Press