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Baltimore judge clears second officer in Freddie Gray death

BALTIMORE — Baltimore police officer Caesar Goodson Jr. on Thursday became the second officer cleared of criminal wrongdoing in the death of Freddie Gray, a black man who died of injuries sustained while in police custody.

Gun control bid fizzles out in Congress

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Another attempt at gun control fell short in Congress on Thursday despite outrage at the Orlando massacre, as senators failed to back a proposed ban on fi rearms sales to people being monitored for links to terrorism.

Dad, daughter conquer the seven summits

RANCHO SANTA FE, Calif. — On May 21, the father-and-daughter duo of Greg and Vanessa Blasic made it into one of the loftiest clubs on Earth.

Split Supreme Court blocks Obama immigration plan

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday blocked President Barack Obama’s plan to spare millions of immigrants in the country illegally from deportation in a split ruling that heartened political foes who had accused him of overstepping his powers.

Democrats hold ‘sit-in,’ seek vote on gun control

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Democrats staged a “sit-in” on the floor of the House of Representatives on Wednesday demanding the chamber remain in session until the Republican leadership agrees to a vote on gun control legislation following the Orlando mass shooting.

Rubio seeks re-election to Senate

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Former Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio will seek re-election to his U.S. Senate seat, he announced on Wednesday, reversing a pledge not to run and saying the prospect of a Donald Trump presidency worries him.

Glimmer of hope’ seen for compromise gun control bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Senators pushed for a compromise gun control bill on Tuesday, a day after the Senate failed to advance four gun measures following last week’s mass shooting in Orlando, the deadliest in modern U.S. history.

Clinton: Trump presidency would be ‘disastrous’

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Democrat Hillary Clinton said on Tuesday that if Republican rival Donald Trump wins the White House, it will be a disaster for the U.S. economy, predicting a “Trump recession.”

Trump shrugs off funding lag

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Republican Donald Trump said on Tuesday his “unlimited” trove of personal wealth would help compensate for his poor presidential campaign fundraising, even as he took steps to court new donors to help win the White House.

Solar plane takes on the Atlantic, round-the-world bid

NEW YORK — An airplane powered solely by energy from the sun headed across the Atlantic early on Monday, on one of the longest legs of the first-ever flight around the globe without using a drop of fuel.

Actor of ‘Star Trek’ films dies in freak accident

LOS ANGELES — Actor Anton Yelchin, best known for playing the young Russian starship navigator Chekov in the rebooted series of “Star Trek” movies, was killed on Sunday when accidentally crushed by his own car against a driveway wall, police said.

Supreme Court agrees to hear immigrant detention dispute

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Supreme Court on Monday agreed to decide whether immigrants detained for more than six months by the U.S. government while deportation proceedings take place are eligible for a hearing in which they can argue for their release.

Top court rejects challenge to state assault weapon bans

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday left in place gun control laws in New York and Connecticut that ban military-style assault weapons like the one used in last week’s massacre at an Orlando nightclub, rejecting a legal challenge by gun rights advocates.

California wildfire spreads as blazes hit parched states

LOS ANGELES — A wildfire fed by parched land and high winds spread in southern California on Saturday, forcing hundreds of people to leave their homes as the blaze formed destructive columns of flames known as fire tornadoes.

Corruption probe nets NYC police officers, consultant

NEW YORK — Three New York City police commanders and a business consultant were arrested on Monday as part of a wide-ranging federal corruption probe that has also been examining Mayor Bill de Blasio’s fundraising.

Orlando gunman claimed to have bomb-rigged car and vests

ORLANDO, Fla. — The gunman who killed 49 people at a gay nightclub in Florida threatened to detonate a car rigged with bombs and to strap hostages into explosive vests, according to partial transcripts of his 911 calls released Monday.

Officials say American Muslims do report extremist threats

Muslim-Americans have repeatedly informed authorities of fellow Muslims they fear might be turning to extremism, law enforcement officials say, contrary to a claim by presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump this week.