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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 ...

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 ...