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U.S. bans e-cigarettes from checked baggage

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Transportation Department said Wednesday it is permanently banning passengers and crew members from carrying e-cigarettes in checked baggage or charging the devices onboard aircraft.

Chicago police officer involved in fatal 2012 shooting resigns

CHICAGO — The Chicago police officer who killed a 22-year-old black woman in an off-duty shooting in 2012 resigned on Tuesday, two days before a hearing was set to begin on whether he should be fired over the incident, officials said.

Senate passes bill allowing 9/11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia

WASHINGTON, D.C — The U.S. Senate passed legislation on Tuesday that would allow families of Sept. 11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia’s government for damages, setting up a potential showdown with the White House, which has threatened a veto.

Obama says transgender rule is important aid to schools

WASHINGTON, D.C. — President Barack Obama said on Monday that his administration’s guidance on transgender issues is needed to help schools grapple with the sensitive topic and ensure that all children are treated fairly.

Baltimore cop testifies that he arrested, handcuffed Freddie Gray

BALTIMORE — A Baltimore policeman testified on Monday that he, and not a fellow officer on trial for the death of black detainee Freddie Gray, was the one who arrested Gray, in testimony that was the first by another suspect in the high-profile case.

Court orders Mississippi town to desegregate after 50-year fight

A federal court has ordered a Mississippi town to consolidate its junior high and high schools in order to fully desegregate its school system after a 50-year battle the town has waged with the U.S. Department of Justice, agency officials said Monday.

Democrats use Trump to get people to vote

NEW YORK — Democratic Party activists in some U.S. states are using Donald Trump, the Republican presidential candidate who has stirred controversy with his comments about illegal immigrants and women, as the centerpiece of their “get out the vote” campaign for the November elections.

Zimmerman to try again to sell gun used to kill teenager

George Zimmerman, the Florida man who shot and killed the unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin in 2012, will try again this week to sell the handgun he had used in the incident, after an earlier online auction was hijacked by fake buyers.

Congressman, associates face corruption trial

PHILADELPHIA — The federal corruption trial of Rep. Chaka Fattah of Pennsylvania began Monday with opening statements, three weeks after he lost the Democratic primary election for his seat in the Philadelphia area.

Groups seek halt to N.C. law restricting bathroom choice

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Several groups supporting the rights of transgender people filed a motion Monday asking a U.S. court to block North Carolina from enforcing a law that mandates bathroom access according to birth sex while the measure is being challenged.

Red tuna crabs carpet California beaches again

LOS ANGELES — Masses of tiny red crustaceans known as tuna crabs have washed up for a second straight year along stretches of the Southern California coast in a phenomenon marine scientists say is linked to a rise in ocean temperatures.

Supreme Court tosses rulings backing contraception coverage

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday threw out lower-court rulings that had required Christian employers to comply with a mandate in President Barack Obama’s healthcare law to provide female workers insurance covering birth control, but ducked a major ruling on the merits of the case.

Man has first successful penis transplant in U.S.

BOSTON — A 64-year-old man became the first in the United States to undergo a successful penis transplant in a procedure at Massachusetts General Hospital earlier this month, his doctors said Monday.

Occupation of church to end

BOSTON — The occupation of a Massachusetts Roman Catholic church to prevent its closure will end now that the Supreme Court has declined to hear the case brought by people who have held their ground for 12 years, the Friends of St. Frances Xavier Cabrini said Monday.

Trump has a history of questionable behavior with women

Interviews with dozens of women who have worked for Donald Trump or interacted with him socially reveal a pattern of often unsettling personal behavior by the Republican presidential candidate, The New York Times reported on Saturday.

Republicans win Obamacare legal challenge, add to insurer concerns

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A U.S. judge on Thursday handed a victory to congressional Republicans who challenged President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law, ruling that his administration overstepped its constitutional powers relating to government spending.

Zimmerman offers gun used to kill Martin on new auction site

The Florida man who shot and killed black teenager Trayvon Martin, triggering nationwide civil rights protests, put his gun on a second auction website on Thursday after it was dropped by a firearm auction site that said it wanted no part in the sale.