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Pennsylvania attorney general goes on trial in leak case

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane will go on trial on Monday on charges that she illegally leaked grand jury information to embarrass a rival, closing out a four-year term dominated by a web of allegations that have roiled the state government.

California fire forces closure of scenic Highway 1

LOS ANGELES — An epic wildfire that has killed one person and blackened about 60,000 acres along the California coast forced authorities on Monday to shut down a portion of scenic Highway 1 near Carmel-by-the-Sea.

Town mostly unfazed about arrival of Reagan attacker Hinckley

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. — Many residents of the Virginia town where John Hinckley Jr. will settle after his release from a psychiatric hospital were unfazed by his expected arrival on Friday, though some were still wary of the man who tried to kill President Ronald Reagan in 1981.

Man charged with trying to aid Islamic State

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A North Carolina man was arrested Thursday on a charge of conspiring to provide material support to the Islamic State militant group by attempting to recruit people to carry out an attack in the United States, the Justice Department said.

Florida steps up Zika fight

DORAL, Florida — Florida began aerial spraying on Thursday to kill mosquitoes in a Miami neighborhood with the first U.S. spread of the Zika virus that can cause a rare but devastating birth defect.

Officer convicted of shooting unarmed suspect

BALTIMORE — A Maryland jury convicted a Baltimore police officer on Thursday of first-degree assault in the 2014 shooting of an unarmed and already subdued burglary suspect, a court spokeswoman said.

U.S. FCC votes to limit inmate phone call rates

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Federal Communications Commission on Thursday voted to limit inmate phone call rates — but set the cap at a higher level than it proposed last year.

U.S. charges nearly 50 suspected Mafia members

NEW YORK — U.S. authorities arrested dozens of suspected Mafia members on Thursday, charging them with extortion, loan sharking, smuggling, arson, gun trafficking and other crimes.

Trump’s refusal to back Ryan angers party leaders

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Donald Trump’s White House campaign was in turmoil on Wednesday after he angered senior Republican Party leaders by criticizing a dead soldier’s family and refusing to back the re-election campaign of House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan.

Supreme Court blocks transgender bathroom choice

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A Virginia school board may temporarily block a student who was born a girl from using the boys’ bathroom while a legal fight over transgender rights proceeds on appeal, the U.S. Supreme Court said on Wednesday.

Professor helps Michigan cops crack smartphone

Police in Lansing, Mich., had a problem — investigators had a smartphone, belonging to a homicide victim, that could contain key evidence. But they couldn't get into it. It was locked, and to open it, they needed more than a password. A fingerprint was required to get into the phone.

Police kill armed black woman

Maryland police fatally shot an armed black woman who espoused anti-government views and threatened to kill officers during a standoff where her 5-year-old son was wounded, authorities said on Tuesday.

Obama says DNC hacks would not alter relations with Russia

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. President Barack Obama said on Tuesday if Russia had engaged in hacking Democratic Party organizations it would be an issue he would discuss with President Vladimir Putin, but it would not "wildly" alter the countries' relationship.

Judge questions North Carolina transgender bathroom access law

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A judge weighing whether to halt a North Carolina law that restricts bathroom access for transgender people in government buildings and public schools questioned at a hearing on Monday what problem the measure fixed and how it would make restrooms safer.

Florida nightclub backs off plans to reopen as memorial

TAMPA, Fla. — A gay nightclub in Florida that was the site in June of the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history on Monday cited an “inadvertent” social media post for reports that it was reopening as a memorial to the 49 people who were killed there.

Trump campaign asks Capitol Hill for support in Khan controversy

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Republican Donald Trump’s presidential campaign appealed to Capitol Hill for support on Monday as his attacks on the Muslim parents of a decorated American soldier killed in Iraq drew sharp rebukes from fellow party members.

Tighter oversight of balloon operators urged after Texas crash

AUSTIN, Texas — Federal regulation of hot air balloon operators needs to be more in line with oversight of the airline industry, a U.S. safety official said on Monday during a briefing on a crash in Texas that ranked as the worst in North American ballooning history.