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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.

Senate inches closer to gun control showdown after massacre

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Senate inched closer to scheduling votes on limited gun control measures after a Florida nightclub massacre, with Democrats challenging Republicans on Thursday to defy the national gun lobby and vote for new restrictions.

Boy’s body recovered after alligator attack

ORLANDO, Fla. — Police divers on Wednesday recovered the body of a 2-year-old boy who was grabbed by an alligator in front of his family during a vacation at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

Investigators question wife of gunman in Orlando massacre

ORLANDO, Fla. — Investigators have questioned the wife of the gunman who killed 49 people at a gay nightclub in Orlando, the FBI said on Wednesday, and a law enforcement source said she could face criminal charges if there is evidence of any wrongdoing.

Shooter’s wife tried to talk him out of attack

ORLANDO, Fla. — The wife of the gunman who killed 49 people at an Orlando gay nightclub over the weekend tried to talk him out of the attack, the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history, media reported on Tuesday, citing law enforcement sources.

Obama says curbs on assault weapons could help prevent attacks

WASHINGTON, D.C. — President Barack Obama said on Tuesday lawmakers could help prevent attacks like the one that killed 49 people at a gay nightclub in Florida by making it harder for people who want to kill Americans to get their hands on assault weapons.

Security chief urges gun control

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson called on Tuesday for “meaningful, responsible” gun control measures following the Florida nightclub massacre, saying steps were needed to keep firearms out of the hands of people who might be planning terrorist attacks.

Democrats scold Trump over proposed Muslim ban

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Democratic President Barack Obama denounced Donald Trump for his proposed U.S. ban on Muslim immigrants on Tuesday, joining Hillary Clinton in portraying the Republican presidential candidate as unfit for the White House.

Russians steal research on Trump in hack

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Hackers believed to be working for the Russian government broke into the Democratic National Committee’s computer network, spied on internal communications and accessed research on presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, the committee and security experts said on Tuesday.

Ex-Calif. lawmaker to plead guilty in corruption case

LOS ANGELES — A former California state senator accused of taking cash bribes and gifts from a businessman and from undercover FBI agents posing as Hollywood filmmakers to steer legislation in their favor has agreed to plead guilty to mail fraud, federal prosecutors said on Monday.

Cop says Freddie Gray asked for help

BALTIMORE — A Baltimore police officer testified on Monday that black detainee Freddie Gray asked for help while being transported in a police van, where he suffered a broken neck.

Microsoft buys LinkedIn for $26.2 billion

Microsoft Corp will buy LinkedIn Corp for $26.2 billion in its biggest-ever deal, combining the software giant’s business-productivity tools with an online network of 433 million professionals.

Top court rejects challenge to mercury air pollution rule

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Supreme Court on Monday let stand a lower-court ruling that left in place Obama administration environmental regulations limiting power plant emissions of mercury and other toxic pollutants while the Environmental Protection Agency revised them.

Heavily armed man arrested on way to gay pride parade

LOS ANGELES — A heavily armed man who said he was heading to a Los Angeles-area pride parade was arrested early on Sunday in nearby Santa Monica, but there was no apparent link with the deadly mass shooting in Florida, authorities said.
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FBI starts probe of shooter’s media, data

ORLANDO, Fla. — FBI agents scrambled Monday to recover data from mass killer Omar Mateen’s electronic media — cellphones, computers and other devices — hoping to find clues to what sparked the massacre at a gay nightclub and whether he has contacts with any known extremists, according to current and former FBI officials.

Voice’ singer Christina Grimmie fatally shot after Florida show

ORLANDO — A man thought to be a deranged fan fatally shot Christina Grimmie, a rising singing star who gained fame on YouTube and as a contestant on television’s “The Voice,” while she was signing autographs after a concert in Orlando, Florida, police said on Saturday.