Fire at maternity ward in Baghdad hospital kills 12 babies

BAGHDAD (AP) — A fire ripped through a maternity ward at a Baghdad hospital overnight, killing 12 newborn babies, government officials said Wednesday, a deadly blaze that was likely caused by faulty electrical wiring.

  • Written by SINAN SALAHEDDIN, Associated Press

Report blasts Baltimore police over racial bias, force

BALTIMORE (AP) — The Justice Department and Baltimore police agreed to negotiate court-enforceable reforms after a scathing federal report released Wednesday criticized officers for using excessive force and routinely discriminating against blacks.

  • Written by JULIET LINDERMAN, Associated Press ERIC TUCKER, Associated Press

WHY IT MATTERS: Voting rights

EDITOR'S NOTE _ One in an AP series examining issues at stake in the presidential election and how they affect people


Who should be able to vote and how easy should it be? It's a question that goes to the core of democracy.

  • Written by HOPE YEN, Associated Press

Trump ignites new firestorm: Gun backers might stop Clinton

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — Donald Trump ignited a fresh political firestorm Tuesday by declaring gun rights supporters might still find a way to stop Hillary Clinton, even if she should defeat him and then name anti-gun Supreme Court justices. Democrats pounced, accusing him of openly encouraging violence against his opponent.

  • Written by JOSH LEDERMAN, Associated Press CATHERINE LUCEY, Associated Press

Police: Woman killed by Florida officer in academy exercise

PUNTA GORDA, Fla. (AP) — A woman was fatally shot by an officer while participating in a "shoot-don't shoot" exercise during a two-hour citizens academy hosted by the Punta Gorda Police Department in southwest Florida.