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FILE - In this April 9, 2013 file photo, a woman prepares to pay characters in New York's Times Square after she photographed a young girl with them.  A New York City Council member is drafting legislation to regulate the costumed characters who roam Times Square. The bill being proposed by Councilman Dan Garodnick would require that the costumed performers be licensed and go through a background check. There have been a number of troublesome incidents involving costumed figures who try to make a living by charming tourists.  (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

Proposed bill to regulate NYC costumed characters

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York City Council is considering legislation to regulate the costumed characters who roam Times Square. The bill would require that the costumed performers be licensed and go through a […]

07/10/2014

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California bill seeks to regulate homemade guns

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A state lawmaker wants to extend California’s requirement that gun buyers undergo background checks and register their weapons to anyone who assembles a firearm in their home. The legislation proposed Monday […]

01/13/2014

Govt sues company that handled Snowden vetting

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department is stepping into a lawsuit against the company that handled background checks of National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden and Navy Yard shooter Aaron Alexis. The lawsuit alleges that […]

10/30/2013

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House votes for school checks for sex offenders

WASHINGTON (AP) — Public schools would be barred from employing teachers and other workers convicted of sexual offenses against children or other violent crimes under a bill the House approved Tuesday. The measure would require […]

10/22/2013

A Lyft driver with the Lyft pink mustache on her car. (Photo credit: Lyft)

California adopts car-sharing service regulations

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Web-based car-sharing companies will have to make sure drivers undergo training and criminal background checks and have commercial liability insurance under rules approved Thursday by California regulators. The state Public Utilities […]

09/19/2013

Aaron Alexis, the gunman in the Washington Navy Yard shooting. (AP Photo)

Navy Yard gunman visited range day before shooting

WASHINGTON (AP) — An attorney for a Virginia gun store says the man identified as the Navy Yard gunman bought a shotgun and ammunition there two days before the rampage. Michael Slocum said in an […]

09/17/2013

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Voters to decide pot shop issue in Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Voters headed to the polls Tuesday to decide how Los Angeles should regulate medical marijuana storefronts that have cropped up over the past several years. The three measures are aimed at […]

05/21/2013

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Senate rejects expanded gun background checks

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has rejected a bipartisan effort to expand federal background checks to more firearms buyers in a crucial showdown over gun control. Wednesday’s vote was a jarring blow to the drive to curb firearms.

04/17/2013

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Senators work on deal expanding background checks

WASHINGTON (AP) — Talks between two influential senators have emerged as the most promising route for a bipartisan breakthrough on expanding federal background checks for gun buyers.

04/08/2013

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NRA to school officials: Train and arm a staffer

WASHINGTON (AP) — A National Rifle Association-sponsored study is recommending schools across the nation each train and arm at least one staff member.

04/02/2013

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FACT CHECK: A tired old gun stat still in service

WASHINGTON (AP) — Even in its heyday, the statistic wasn’t the kind you could count on. A finding that 30-to-40 percent of guns changed hands outside the background-check system was, at best, a rough guide post in the murky gun-ownership universe.

03/13/2013

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Gun background checks drop 10 percent in January

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of federal background checks for firearms sales declined in the U.S. last month, as retailers continue to run out of guns to sell during a buying spree driven by Washington’s new focus on gun control.

02/05/2013

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