2 deadly shootings send a chill through black gun owners


ODENTON, Md. (AP) — Gun-rights advocates like to say, "The only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is with a good guy with a gun." Some black gun owners, though, are not so sure it's a wise idea for them to try to be the good guy and pull out a weapon in public.

  • Written by By JESSE J. HOLLAND , Associated Press

Democratic 2020 campaign revving up quickly


The first major presidential campaign announcements could come before year's end. The Democratic National Committee plans to announce a debate framework by then featuring 15 to 20 candidates. The first primary debate could happen as early as May, a full three months before the premiere debate of the 2016 cycle.

And long-rumored White House hopefuls are already bowing out.

  • Written by By STEVE PEOPLES, BILL BARROW and WILL WEISSERT , Associated Press

Ohio election panel tosses minor parties' debate complaint

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — State election regulators in Ohio delivered a blow to two minor parties on Thursday, dismissing complaints that alleged three debates this year that excluded their candidates for governor represented illegal corporate contributions.


  • Written by By JULIE CARR SMYTH , AP Statehouse Correspondent

Jury begins deliberations in Virginia fatal car ramming


CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Jurors have begun deliberating in the murder trial of an Ohio man accused of intentionally driving his car into a crowd of counterprotesters at a white nationalist rally, killing one woman and injuring dozens.

  • Written by By DENISE LAVOIE , AP Legal Affairs Writer

Ohio infant deaths decrease, but racial disparity continues

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Health officials say the number of infant deaths in Ohio decreased overall from 2016 to 2017, but racial disparity continued as deaths among black infants increased.