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British firm billed US for cars, pay to ‘significant others’

By RICHARD LARDNER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — A British company hired to help train Afghan intelligence officers billed the U.S. government for more than $50 million in questionable expenses that included luxury cars and exorbitant salaries paid to the "significant others" of the ...

Gunmen kill 1, wound 6 in attack along Chicago street

CHICAGO (AP) — Police say several gunmen opened fire on a group of people standing on a Chicago sidewalk, killing a man and wounding six other people. Police say the shooting happened late Tuesday along a street in the city's Bronzeville neighborhood, about two blocks from police ...

Trump touts nuke strength as Tillerson urges calm on NKorea

By JOSH LEDERMAN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump declared the U.S. nuclear arsenal "far stronger and more powerful than ever before," even as his top diplomat was working to calm the North Korea crisis and insisting there wasn't "any imminent threat." In a series ...

Tip leads to arrest of suspect in Missouri officer’s death

By MARGARET STAFFORD, Associated Press KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A man charged in the shooting death of a western Missouri police officer has been arrested after an alert driver provided a tip that the fugitive was wandering within miles of where the killing took place, a law enforcement ...

How states are handling Trump’s voter information request

By The Associated Press These are state-by-state responses to a request for detailed voter data from President Donald Trump's Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity, which is investigating voter fraud. The information indicates whether a state is willing to comply with, is ...

Kelly shows his clout: Scaramucci out as WH chief moves in

By JONATHAN LEMIRE and CATHERINE LUCEY, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Firmly taking charge in an unruly White House, former Gen. John Kelly moved in Monday as President Donald Trump's new chief of staff and immediately made sure that Trump's profanity-spouting new communications ...

Defiance that made Joe Arpaio popular leads to his downfall

By JACQUES BILLEAUD, Associated Press PHOENIX (AP) — The political defiance that made Joe Arpaio popular and seemingly untouchable as metro Phoenix's sheriff of 24 years ultimately led to his downfall Monday as he was convicted of a crime for ignoring a U.S. court order to stop traffic ...

Trump awards Medal of Honor to Army medic 48 years later

By DARLENE SUPERVILLE, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — An Army medic who "ran into danger" to save wounded soldiers during a Vietnam War battle despite his own serious wounds on Monday became the first Medal of Honor recipient under President Donald Trump, 48 years after the selfless acts ...

Transgender US soldier felt ‘fired’ by Trump’s tweet

By JULIE WATSON and CHRISTOPH NOELTING, Associated Press BERATZHAUSEN, Germany (AP) — The subject line read: "Announcing a personal change." The U.S. Army soldier took a deep breath before hitting the button that sent the email to more than 200 fellow troops. "All considered, I am, and ...

After life without parole: 2 held for decades savor freedom

By ADAM GELLER and SHARON COHEN, AP National Writers WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — It's just a few blocks from the house Earl Rice Jr. left behind as a teenager to the places he remembers. But after more than four decades in prison, he has ground to cover. Skirting Franklin Street's neatly ...

Worsening drought conditions in parts of U.S. stressing crops

By DAVID PITT, Associated Press DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Drought conditions worsened in several states over the past week from extreme heat and weeks with little rain, raising the prospect that grocery staples such as bread and beans could cost more as the region that produces those ...

Cancer patient sues over license photo, cites distress

EATONTOWN, N.J. (AP) — A cancer patient is suing the New Jersey's Motor Vehicle Commission for compelling her to remove her headscarf to take a driver's license photo. Forty-year-old Jennifer Giordano said she was still uncomfortable without wearing a wrap to cover her balding head caused by ...

Gambler tied to golfer Phil Mickelson gets 5 years in prison

By LARRY NEUMEISTER, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — A Las Vegas gambler linked to golfer Phil Mickelson was sentenced Thursday to five years in prison by a judge who said the businessman collected tens of millions of dollars illegally in the stock market to seem like "a winner" to himself ...

96-year-old vet gets his wish of visiting U.S. Navy station

NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — A 96-year-old World War II veteran who dreamed of returning to a Navy installation to reminisce about his more than 20-year naval career got his wish. Edmund DelBarone (del-bah-ROHN') toured Naval Station Newport in Rhode Island Thursday in a visit arranged by ...

New York eyes ‘textalyzer’ to bust drivers using phones

By DAVID KLEPPER, Associated Press ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Police in New York state may soon have a high-tech way of catching texting drivers: a device known as a "textalyzer" that allows an officer to quickly check if a phone has been in use before a crash. Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo on ...

Police: One-armed, machete-wielding clown arrested

HOLLIS, Maine (AP) — A man is accused of drunkenly strolling down a Maine road wearing a black-hooded sweatshirt and a clown mask and brandishing a machete taped to where his arm had been amputated. Maine State Police told WCSH-TV (http://on.wcsh6.com/2uZu4Db ) that 31-year-old Corey Berry, ...

Things looking up as Los Angeles Zoo unveils baby giraffe

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Things are looking up at the Los Angeles Zoo, where visitors are getting their first glimpses of a baby giraffe. The female Masai giraffe born July 11 made its public debut Wednesday. Still without a name, the giraffe already stands about 6 feet tall and weighs 156 ...

Minneapolis police chief tightens officer body camera policy

By STEVE KARNOWSKI, Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minneapolis police officers will be required to have their body cameras on when they respond to calls and make traffic stops, the acting police chief announced Wednesday, following widespread criticism that two officers involved in the ...

Appeals court lets suit by Michael Brown’s friend press on

By JIM SUHR, Associated Press KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A federal appeals court has upheld a judge's refusal to throw out a lawsuit questioning a Ferguson police officer's use of force involving the man who was with Michael Brown when that officer shot Brown to death three years ...

Barbara Sinatra, Frank’s 4th wife and philanthropist, dies

By JOHN ROGERS, Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — Barbara Sinatra, the fourth wife of legendary singer Frank Sinatra and a prominent children's advocate and philanthropist who raised millions of dollars to help abused children, died Tuesday at 90. Sinatra died of natural causes at her ...