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The president is directing Attorney General Jeff Sessions to propose ways to ban devices like the ones used in the 2017 Las Vegas shooting that accelerate the shooting rate of semi-automatic weapons.

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Democratic Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia denies groping a former male legislative staffer who worked for a colleague in 2014.

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The court, continuing a pattern of nonintervention, has turned away a constitutional challenge to a 10-day waiting period for gun purchases. Conservative Justice Clarence Thomas angrily dissented.

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L.A. County officials, looking to address massive housing affordability challenges, will look at ways to encourage construction of low-income housing.


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The Russian defendants are accused of violating U.S. criminal laws to interfere with American elections and the political process.


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Former presidential nominee Mitt Romney is considered a heavy favorite for the Senate seat held by Orrin Hatch, who is retiring.

California lawmaker Tony Mendoza alleges racism may be behind suspension


Mendoza, who is Latino, says race is playing a role in his treatment. Sen. Bob Hertzberg, who is white, hasn't been asked to step aside despite allegations he inappropriately hugged people.

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