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Texas vote set on ‘bathroom bill’ despite police opposition

By PAUL J. WEBER, Associated Press AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Police chiefs from Texas' largest cities rallied outside the state Capitol Tuesday in opposition to a "bathroom bill" targeting transgender people, just as Senate Republicans inside lurched toward a new vote on restrictions similar to ...

Rosenstein: “mutual respect” needed for confidence in police

BRIAN WITTE, Associated Press BALTIMORE (AP) — Deputy U.S. Attorney General Rod Rosenstein told the nation's oldest civil rights organization on Tuesday that building public confidence in law enforcement "is one of our great challenges." He said police have a special responsibility to follow ...

Appeals court blocks strict DC concealed carry permit law

By ALANNA DURKIN RICHER, Associated Press A federal appeals court on Tuesday blocked a District of Columbia law that makes it difficult for gun owners to get concealed carry permits by requiring them to show that they have a good reason to carry a weapon. A divided three-judge panel for the ...

Guards: 2 unreported uprisings at troubled Kansas prison

By ROXANA HEGEMAN and JOHN HANNA, Associated Press WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Inmates at a Kansas prison housing some of the state's most dangerous criminals twice took control of the prison yard for hours in recent months, setting a fire, trying to create barricades and breaking into a security ...

Dad of Hawaii boy who vanished in 1997 is sentenced in death

By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER, Associated Press HONOLULU (AP) — The father of a 6-year-old Hawaii boy who disappeared two decades ago was sentenced Monday to 20 years in prison for manslaughter, fulfilling a deal with prosecutors that required him to reveal the location of his son's ...

Court: Police can’t detain immigrants without charges

By MARK PRATT, Associated Press BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts police officers do not have the authority to arrest someone suspected of being in the U.S. illegally if that person is not facing criminal charges, the state's highest court ruled Monday. The Supreme Judicial Court opinion applied ...

Man killing self tells police: ‘Hurry up,’ I’m organ donor

SKOWHEGAN, Maine (AP) — A Maine man told a 911 dispatcher he was killing himself and first responders needed "to hurry up" because he was an organ donor. Skowhegan police Chief David Bucknam says the man was still breathing when first responders arrived Sunday night but he died a few minutes ...

Trump Jr., Manafort consider private interview with senators

By CHAD DAY, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's eldest son and his former campaign chairman won't testify publicly next week and are instead discussing being privately interviewed by a Senate committee investigating Russia's meddling in the 2016 election, the panel ...

Spicer out, Sanders and Scaramucci rise in Trump shake-up

By KEN THOMAS and JILL COLVIN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — White House press secretary Sean Spicer abruptly resigned Friday over President Donald Trump's decision to tap a camera-ready financier to lead the beleaguered White House communications team. The departing spokesman said the ...

Federal grand jury indicts US soldier on terrorism charges

By CALEB JONES HONOLULU (AP) — A federal grand jury in Hawaii indicted a U.S. soldier Friday for attempting to provide material support to the Islamic State group. Army Sgt. 1st Class Ikaika Kang was arrested by an FBI SWAT team on July 8. Kang was ordered held without bail. Kang will be ...

Brain scans may change care for some people with memory loss

By LAURAN NEERGAARD, AP Medical Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Does it really take an expensive brain scan to diagnose Alzheimer's? Not everybody needs one but new research suggests that for a surprising number of patients whose memory problems are hard to pin down, PET scans may lead to changes ...

Health plan’s fall brings dread for ‘Obamacare’ recipients

By JAMES ANDERSON and CARLA K. JOHNSON, Associated Press DENVER (AP) — One American was able to afford her toddler's latest heart operation. Another had the means to go back to college to pursue her dreams. They and thousands of others were able to do so as beneficiaries of President Barack ...

Trump tweets health bill ‘will get even better’ at lunch

By ERICA WERNER and ALAN FRAM, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Wednesday stepped up the pressure on reluctant Republicans to erase much of Barack Obama's health care law, tweeting, "They MUST keep their promise to America" and vowing the measure would improve at ...

Trump to rally in Ohio’s blue-collar Youngstown on Tuesday

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — President Donald Trump is returning to the blue-collar Ohio city where frustrated former Democrats crossed party lines last year to help send him to the White House. The Republican president will appear in Youngstown at 7 p.m. Tuesday for an event at the Covelli ...

Lawyer: Russian developer’s staffer also at Trump Tower meet

By STEPHEN BRAUN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — A representative of the Russian developer who partnered with President Donald Trump to bring the Miss Universe pageant to Moscow was the eighth person at a Trump Tower meeting arranged by Donald Trump Jr. during the campaign, a lawyer for ...

Officer who shot Australian woman felt called to police work

By AMY FORLITI, Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minneapolis police officer who shot and killed an Australian woman in an alley shortly after she called 911 to report a possible crime is a young Somali-American and father who felt called to work in law enforcement after getting a ...

Officials worry about debris in water near Florida sinkhole

LAND O'LAKES, Fla. (AP) — Even though a Florida sinkhole hasn't grown in several days, officials said that the debris-strewn site is still considered dangerous and that residents of five homes remained evacuated Tuesday due to the dangers. "The sinkhole is not growing anymore ... but still ...

Search intensifies for man swept away in violent flash flood

By ANITA SNOW and ANGIE WANG, Associated Press TONTO NATIONAL FOREST, Ariz. (AP) — The search for a man who was swept away in a flash flood that killed nine others at a swimming hole in central Arizona intensified Tuesday as crews with dogs and a drone combed through huge clumps of muddy ...

House budget blueprint key to success of Trump tax agenda

By ANDREW TAYLOR, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Despite opposition from Republican moderates and conservatives, House leaders are pressing ahead with a budget plan whose success is critical to the party's hopes to deliver on one of President Donald Trump's top priorities — a GOP-only ...

Powerful opioid suspected in 10-year-old Miami boy’s death

By JENNIFER KAY and CURT ANDERSON, Associated Press MIAMI (AP) — A 10-year-old boy from a drug-ridden Miami neighborhood apparently died of a fentanyl overdose last month, becoming one of Florida's littlest victims of the opioid crisis, authorities said Tuesday. But how he came into contact ...