The International Association of Fire Fighters, a politically powerful labor union, has abandoned its initial plans to endorse Democrat Hillary Clinton for U.S. president, the New York Times reported on Friday. Citing union sources, the Times said the Clinton campaign was told on Monday by IAFF President Harold Schaitberger that there was not enough support on the union's board or its rank-and-file members for an endorsement of the Democratic front-runner. Support from labor unions is an important source of strength for Democratic candidates and their endorsements are eagerly sought by campaigns.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A son of jailed polygamous leader Warren Jeffs describes how he was manipulated, shuffled around the country and assigned to work crews to atone for his perceived transgressions before leaving the sect last year.
PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona sheriff accused of launching a secret investigation into a judge in a failed bid to get him booted from a racial profiling case insisted in court Friday that the judge wasn't the target of the examination.
President Barack Obama said on Friday that he has asked his team to look for new ways to enforce existing regulations to keep guns away from criminals in the wake of the mass shooting in Oregon. "The main thing I'm going to do is I'm going to talk about this on a regular basis," Obama said at a news conference. Obama started by mocking Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush who earlier on Friday had said "stuff happens" in the course of an answer to a question about gun violence.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Alek Skarlatos, one of three Americans hailed as heroes for stopping a terrorist attack on a Paris-bound train in August, would have been at the Oregon college where a gunman killed nine people if Skarlatos hadn't been in Los Angeles to rehearse for ABC's "Dancing With the Stars."
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The nine people killed after a gunman opened fire on an Oregon community college campus Thursday took different paths to the small rural college, ranging from teens starting college for the first time to adults who were seeking a second career. One was an assistant professor of English at the college.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson said the U.S. should bar refugees from war-torn Syria because they are "infiltrated" with Muslim extremists who seek to harm America.