• In this Feb. 13, 2014, file photo, a worker attaches a banner to a scaffolding in New Orleans in preparation of the NBA All-Star basketball game. The league took the 2017 game out of Charlotte on Thursday, July 21, 2016,  because of its objections to a North Carolina law that limits anti-discrimination protections for lesbian, gay and transgender people. As the NBA looks for a new home for the 2017 All-Star Game, cities are lining up with open arms to welcome LeBron James, Stephen Curry and the hundred million or so dollars they would bring to the local economy. New Orleans is the favorite, with one official familiar with the discussions telling The Associated Press that the league and city are “deep in negotiations” to stage the game there for a third time.  (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

    Blame game follows NBA’s removal of Charlotte All-Star game

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The NBA All-Star Game’s exit from North Carolina because of a law limiting protections for LGBT people represents some of the worst publicity yet for Republican Gov. Pat McCrory’s re-election campaign, even as he dismisses the move as political correctness gone too far.

  • Survey: Fewer teens drinking alcohol, smoking in New Mexico

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A recent state survey has found that New Mexico teenagers are consuming less alcohol as well as smoking fewer cigarettes.

  • In this Saturday, June 25, 2016 photo, Cub Scouts watch a race during the Second Annual World Championship Pinewood Derby in New York's Times Square. Nearly 12 months after the Boy Scouts of America National Executive Board's decision to end a long-standing blanket ban on participation by openly gay adults, the Boy Scouts seem more robust than they have in many years. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

    Boy Scouts faring well a year after easing ban on gay adults

    NEW YORK (AP) — There were dire warnings for the Boy Scouts of America a year ago when the group’s leaders, under intense pressure, voted to end a long-standing blanket ban on participation by openly gay adults. Several of the biggest sponsors of Scout units, including the Roman Catholic, Mormon and Southern Baptist churches, were openly dismayed, raising the prospect of mass defections.

  • A portrait is displayed as colleagues and people gather at the coffin of Pavel Sheremet to pay their respects at his memorial ceremony in Kiev, Ukraine, Friday, July 22, 2016. Hundreds of local residents and journalists have come to pay their respects to a prominent journalist who died in a car bombing in the Ukrainian capital of Kiev earlier this week. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

    Journalist who died in Ukraine car bombing buried in Belarus

    MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Prominent journalist Pavel Sheremet, who died when his car was bombed in Ukraine, has been buried in his hometown of Minsk, Belarus.

  • Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., listens to community leaders at a roundtable discussion on religious freedom with the regional interfaith community at All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS) Mosque in Sterling, Va., Thursday, July 21, 2016. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

    Kaine liberal appeal muted by energy ties, abortion concerns

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Clinton and running mate Tim Kaine are closely aligned on many issues, but Kaine’s cautious, left-leaning political profile in a closely contested state is blurred by his ties to energy industry interests and his personal qualms over abortion.

  • CAPTION CORRECTION: CORRECTS NAME OF PHOTOGRAPHER TO MASSOUD HOSSAINI -- A bloodied man who carried dead and wounded, speaks on the phone at the site of a suicide attack an explosion that struck a protest march, in Kabul, Afghanistan, Saturday, July 23, 2016. Witnesses in Kabul say that an explosion causing multiple casualties struck the march by members of Afghanistan’s largely Shiite Hazara ethnic minority group, who were demanding that a major regional electric power line be routed through their impoverished home province. (AP Photo/Massoud Hossaini)

    The Latest: Afghan official: Bombing death toll rises to 61

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Latest on the deadly bombing of a mass demonstration by members of Afghanistan’s ethnic Hazara minority in the capital, Kabul (all times local):

  • In this Jan. 19, 2016 file photo, a woman looks at a handgun at the Glock booth at the Shooting Hunting and Outdoor Trade Show in Las Vegas. Nearly two-thirds of Americans expressed support for stricter gun laws, according to an Associated Press-GfK poll released Saturday, July 23, 2016. A majority of poll respondents oppose banning handguns. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)

    AP-GfK poll finds clear divisions in views on gun limits

    A new poll shows that Americans generally support some of the most often-proposed limits on gun ownership, including universal background checks and banning semi-automatic weapons such as the AR-15.

  • In this Jan. 19, 2016 file photo, Nolan Hammer looks at a gun at the Heckler & Koch booth at the Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade Show in Las Vegas. Nearly two-thirds of Americans expressed support for stricter gun laws, according to an Associated Press-GfK poll released Saturday, July 23, 2016. A majority of poll respondents favor a nationwide ban on the sale of semi-automatic assault weapons such as the AR-15. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)

    AP Poll: Support grows among Americans for stricter gun laws

    Americans increasingly favor tougher gun laws by margins that have grown wider after a steady drumbeat of shootings in recent months, but they also are pessimistic that change will happen anytime soon, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll.

  • Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump smiles as he addresses delegates during the final day session of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Thursday, July 21, 2016. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

    Critics: Trump speech signals shift to coded race language

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — During the primaries, Donald Trump threw red-meat rhetoric to supporters, pledging to build a wall on the Mexico border and to ban Muslim immigrants. He even told at least one crowd that he wanted to punch a demonstrator who disrupted an event.

  • $5K reward for info on owl’s shooting death near Santa Fe

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A reward of up to $5,000 is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the fatal shooting of a burrowing owl near Santa Fe.